KID smART teaching artists are professionals in their field with experience working with children in classrooms in New Orleans’ public schools. They have an indispensable role as catalysts for creativity, and inspire children to make positive changes in their own lives.

KID smART is committed to building the capacities of teaching artists through on-going research of best practices. Teaching artists meet twice monthly forming a learning community to grow their practice, assess student progress and to evaluate their work with students and teachers.

Erin Barnard

  • Media Arts Enrichment Instructor at Crescent Leadership Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Erin Barnard specializes in teaching and curriculum development in photography and youth media. She is a founding director of Exposures, a photography-based arts and cultural program facilitating creative dialogue between youth from diverse communities across the country. Prior to her work with New Orleans youth and teachers, Erin coached and taught alongside teachers in arts integration programs in Chicago, where she also presented professional development and studio workshops with programs including the Art Institute of Chicago’s Teacher Workshops. Erin studied Literature and Photography at Marlboro College and Arts Management in the Arts in Youth and Community Development program at Columbia College, Chicago.

Martin ‘Bats’ Bradford

  • Theatre Residency at Arthur Ashe
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Martin ‘Bats’ Bradford is an actor, writer and filmmaker. He is a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Dillard University where he studied Mass Communications and Theatre Arts. His film credits include Tales from the Hood 2, Venom, The Dirt, Blaze, Greenbook, NOLA Circus and When We First Met. His television credits range from American Horror Story: Coven, Zoo, and Scream Queens to recurring roles on The Oath, Containment and NCIS: New Orleans. ‘Bats’ is an actor of film and stage alike. His theatre credits include Macbeth (as Macbeth), Sweet Bird of Youth (as Chance Wayne), TopDog/Underdog, Porgy, Father Comes Home From the Wars, Miss Evers’ Boys, The Angola 3, Fences, Fishers Of Men, Clybourne Park, Measure for Measure, and Orphans.

“I live to tell stories through my art, specifically bringing heart and truth to the stories of those society trains us to ignore.” – Martin Bats Bradford

Aminisha Ferdinand

  • Arts Integration Instructional Coach
  • Dance & Theatre Residency at McDonogh City Park Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Aminisha Ferdinand is a theater & dance artist-educator. She coaches teachers and teaching artists on integrating arts into the classroom and co-teaches a theater & dance K-8 arts integrated residency. Additionally, she leads monthly sessions with teaching artists on race and power in education. Her teaching experience includes work in Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and Gulu, Uganda. Before entering the field of arts education, she performed in theater and film in New York, Los Angeles and New Orleans.  She is re-emerging as a performing artist with a developing lens on decolonized expression. She has an MA in Educational Theater from NYU and a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Miami.

Bonnie Gabel

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Bonnie Gabel is an arts educator, theater maker, and creative consultant. She is passionate about helping students and teachers in construct their understanding and tell their own stories through performance and digital media and has nearly a decade of experience working with youth ages 3-18 in various settings. Her arts integration workshops for teachers focus on using theater techniques to reach different learning styles in the classroom. Her original performance explores social justice through dance, theater, sound, and visual art and has been nationally supported and presented in galleries and at regional festivals.

Leslie Goldberg

  • Music Arts Residency at Dolores T. Aaron Academy
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Leslie Goldberg has been working in elementary schools in New Orleans since 2012. In the classroom, she specializes in building community and deepening personal connections to learning through drumming, song-writing, and creative movement. Before moving to New Orleans, she taught K-12 music in the suburbs of Chicago and in rural Arkansas. In addition to her work in schools, Leslie enjoys performing all types of music from singing with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra to playing funk and jazz on Frenchmen Street. Leslie holds a Bachelors in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Zeb Hollins III

  • Drama Arts Coach
  • Theatre Residency at Martin Behrman Community School
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Zeb Hollins III studied Speech/Theatre at Southern University and worked and studied Educational Theatre with New York University’s Creative Arts Team as a Master Actor/Teacher for six years. While in New York, he performed in numerous productions at The Billie Holiday Theatre, The Negro Ensemble Company, and Woodie King’s New Federal Theatre. He conducted violence prevention and arts in education workshops throughout NYC public schools with The Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, and The Leadership Program Inc. He has performed with several New Orleans arts organizations including The NOLA Project, Southern Rep, Goat in the Road Productions, The Bayou Playhouse, LePetit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, and Anthony Bean Community Theatre. He recently completed Visible Thinking, Programs in Professional Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Chris Kamenstein

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Chris Kamenstein is an actor, writer, director and arts instructor. He has experience teaching improvisation, writing, acting, and movie making to students of all ages.Chris is co-artistic director of Goat in the Road Productions, a theater company devoted to creating new work, fostering the growth of local theater artists, and educational outreach. He has premiered work at the New Orleans Fringe Festival and State of the Nation. He holds a BA from Wesleyan University in theater studies.

Sam King

  • Theatre Residency at ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy
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Samantha King has been teaching theatre in New Orleans Public Schools since 2000. Trained in Arts Integration at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, she worked with elementary and middle school students at Lusher Charter School, and high school students at Edna Karr. She is also a member of The Greater New Orleans Writing Project, and has taught Creative Writing at Tulane’s Upward Bound program. She hails from Northern California, where she studied at The American Conservatory Theatre, The Academy of Media and Theatre Arts, and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Kevyn Miller

  • Music Residency at Benjamin Franklin Elementary
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Kevyn Miller is a music educator, singer, and drag artist in New Orleans. He studied Music Education at Louisiana State University and went on to teach K-8th grade general music in Baton Rouge. In the classroom, his goal is to build literacy and to foster a life-long love and appreciation for music and the values it instills. He loves sharing his knowledge and understanding of music with students in an exciting and creative way that makes them eager to learn more.

Tiana Nobile

  • Arts Coach
  • Poetry Residency at Esperanza Charter School
  • Professional Development Presenter
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Tiana Nobile has been working in New Orleans schools since 2009. Starting as a paraprofessional, she then worked as a lead classroom teacher for several years before joining KID smART as a Teaching Artist and Arts Coach. In this role, she teaches in a collaborative artist residency at Esperanza Charter School and coaches teachers on how to best integrate the arts in their classrooms. She also designs and facilitates professional development workshops on effectively integrating poetry and visual art with academic curriculum. She received her Bachelor’s of the Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College, Master’s of Arts in Teaching in elementary and special education from the University of New Orleans, and a Master’s in Fine Arts in Poetry from Warren Wilson College. As a professional poet, her writing has appeared online and in print, and she is a recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, the Lucy Grealy Prize for Poetry, and a poetry fellowship from Kundiman.

Andrea Panzeca

  • Visual Art Residency at Edward Hynes Charter School
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Andrea Panzeca is a writer, cartoonist, sculptor, dancer, and teaching artist. She’s taught visual art and dance at the Contemporary Arts Center, environmental education at UNO’s Coastal Education and Research Facility, and modern dance at Lelia Haller School of Ballet. She’s developing a multidisciplinary project to foster environmental awareness, creativity, movement, and science by combining outdoor service, recreation, and reflection through art. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston, and is the author of the poetry chapbook Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets.

Jenn Potts

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Jennifer Potts is a photographer and art educator who has taught art and photography for the past eleven years. Jennifer encourages all of her students to experiment and to explore art as a way to communicate ideas. For the past 3 years, Jennifer taught art and photography at the International School of Louisiana. Prior to that, she taught at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and with numerous non-profits and community groups. She holds a BA from Tulane University and Masters of Arts in Teaching: Visual Arts from Tufts University in affiliation with the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston.

Jalisa Roberts

  • Dance Residency at International School of Louisiana – Dixon Campus
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Jalisa Roberts is a writer, educator, Black Studies scholar, singer, and choreographer. With more than 20 years of dance experience locally and internationally, she has most recently trained in modern and African forms of dance at Swarthmore College, and explores how all of these different artistic interests live in one body and influence each other. As dance has been an essential part of her identity and wellbeing, Jalisa’s mission is to use dance to create space for dialogue and change. Currently, she is a freelance artist, consultant, and educator in New Orleans and is the founder of The Cocoon: Youth Empowerment Program.

Sophia Rabinovitz

  • Dance Residency at International School of Louisiana – Olivier Campus
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Sophia Rabinovitz is the Founding Director of Artivism Dance Theatre, a dance company dedicated to creating work that speaks to current social issues. She strongly believes in the power of movement to express ideas, educate, and encourage growth. Sophia has performed in London, Rome, New York City, Philadelphia and now New Orleans. Sophia holds a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology from Temple University along with her Masters in Dance Cultures from the University of Surrey. She is trained in a variety of different dance styles, but grounds her work in Hip Hop and Contemporary and particularly enjoys infusing Waacking and B-Girling into her performance. Sophia is an ACSM certified personal trainer and a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. She loves accomplishing new feats of strength and exploring all the amazing ways our bodies can move.

Laura Stein

  • Professional Development Presenter
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Laura Stein is a dancer, teacher, choreographer and nonprofit administrator. She has taught Hip Hop dance and Creative Movement to children and adults for over ten years. Since 2012, Laura has taught in afterschool programs across New Orleans through KID smART and Community Works. Laura is the co-founder and Executive Director of Dancing Grounds, a community arts organization that brings high-quality dance education and performance programs to New Orleanians of all ages. Laura holds an M.P.A. from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.