Instructors

The Hopkinton Center for the Arts offers quality fine art, music, and dance education for all ages and skill levels.

Instructor Bios:

Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander (Fine Arts Academy) is a painting instructor and fine artist who exhibits nationally. She works primarily in Mixed Media, and uses watercolor on unconventional surfaces such as canvas or Aquabord with torn handmade paper collage. She also paints in oils, oil bars, and acrylics. She has been featured recently in Incite, The Best of Mixed Media (2013) and Incite Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media (2013).  www.wanderingmindstudio.com

Cathy Howe

Catherine Howe (Paint & Draw, Art Adventures, Prismcolor, Mixed Media) has had a lifelong passion for creating art starting from childhood when she crafter her own colorful jewelry out of mud and wax. Today, Catherine designs and produces her unique line of gemstone jewelry and coloful paintings that have been exhibited in Florida, California & Cape Cod.

After earning her BFA in Art from Indiana University, Catherine used her artistic skills while working as a fashion illustrator, graphic desinger for American Trans Airlines, and Art Director for America Art Clay Co. An avid runner, Catherine lives in Hopkinton with her husband, two children and two dogs.

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Award-winning photographer Lynne Damianos specializes in photography of the built environment, artwork/products and people for business. She earned her BS in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Her personal photography includes NatureScapes and BuildingScapes, which have been exhibited throughout New England.

An active educator, Lynne presents a wide variety of photography seminars to professionals, students and companies. She has published two of her own books, The Bancroft Building and The Saxonville Mills, and now helps other authors get published. She is a board member of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts and the Friends of Saxonville. For more information, visit DamianosPhotography.com and DamianosPublishing.com.

Milford, MA resident Richard Denzer (Watercolor Painting from Photographs) has been painting with watercolor for more than 35 years. His love for Andrew Wyeth-like landscapes and highly-detailed architectural subjects led him in the early 1990s to establish a part-time business, Curb Appeal Portraits, creating commissioned house portraits for local realtors and home-owners. Over the years, he has shown his work regionally and been a member of area Watercolor Societies. He has taught watercolor at the Franklin Art Center and continues to do so for the Dover Sherborn Community Education Department.

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Marsha Gleason (Art Journey) received a BA in Fine Arts and Education from Westfield State University in 1974. She was a passionate art educator for 30+ years in public schools, achieving National Board Professional Teaching Status in Early and Middle Childhood Art, and Massachusetts Master Teacher Status. She served as a mentor and provided PDP Workshops for teachers in her school district of Southboro, Massachusetts.

Beyond the Art Room, and after a fulfilling life dedicated to her family and students, Marsha has refocused on her own work, painting in oils– mainly figurative subject matter. Her studio is a restored 1966 Shasta Camper/Studio which sits under a tree in her back yard. Marsha has recently studied at The Fine Arts Workshop in Provincetown, MA, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, South Shore Art Center, and North River Art Society, which has exhibited her work. She is inspired by teachers Nancy Collela and Catherine Kehoe. Marsha lives in Northboro, MA.

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Ms. Nathalie Navert (Dance Program Director) is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School Teacher Training Program and is certified in the Cecchetti Ballet Method and National Dances for Pre-Ballet to Intermediate levels from the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing in London, England. The French Canadian native from Montreal has more than 25 years of experience teaching dancers of all levels in schools in Canada and in the United States. She is also the founder and artistic director of two successful schools in Quebec. In 2004, Ms. Navert moved to the United States and taught at the Ballet Workshop of New England and at the Massachusetts Youth Ballet in Hopkinton and Waltham, MA. Ms. Navert was the Assistant Director and Interim Director of the Community Dance Academy at Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, MA for ten years and is now teaching at the Dancing Arts Center in Holliston, MA. Nathalie instructs all of the Ballet classes at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts.

Christina Alfonso (tap)…

Dan Cote (Movie Making)…

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Mark DiCampo is a Boston area musician and director, and life-long music enthusiast.  Having studied classical voice at New England Conservatory and Boston Conservatory, he now works mostly in musical theater and jazz.  In addition to his private voice studio, he has directed musicals and workshops for many local theater companies and also works as a writer/arranger for original concerts and musical revues.  His passion for song also finds an outlet in his own work as a vocalist.  A dedicated interpreter of the American Songbook, he has performed standards in concert as a guest soloist with the Claflin Hill Orchestra summer concert series and as a tenor for Boston Musical Theater, with whom he recorded the album “Blues in the Night: The Songs of Johnny Mercer.”  Roles include Camille in The Merry Widow, Jason inBare: A Pop Opera, Joseph inJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.  He also won first place in the 2010 National Association of Teachers of Singing musical theater vocal competition.

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Melissa Ennulat (Group Voice I, II)  is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She began teaching voice lessons at UMass where she also studied Vocal Pedagogy or the study of the art and science of voice instruction.  There she learned key teaching techniques that incorporate breathing, placement, posture, diction, among many others, to produce healthy singing.  Currently, she is working as a vocal instructor as well as teaching musical theater classes to young children. In her time at UMass she performed as a soloist in George Crumb’s The River of Life with the UMass Percussion Ensemble. She is also an avid Musical Theater performer and in the summer of 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company. Recent roles include Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Hope (Urinetown), Fiona (Brigadoon), Eve (Children of Eden), Lucy (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown), Rosemary (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) and Fraulein Kost (Cabaret).

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Melissa Ennulat (Storybook Theater, ESL Music Director)  has extensive experience in performing and working with children.  She attended UMass Amherst where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.  She has assisted or directed ESL productions for the past two years.  In 2012 she was a member of the College Light Opera Company and continues performing in the Boston area.  She is also a private voice instructor at the HCA.

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Alecia Thomas is a director, actor, singer, dancer, and teacher who grew up in Grafton, MA. Alecia studied dance at the Performing Arts School of Worcester, and was a member of the Worcester Youth Ballet and The Worcester Childrens Theater’s Teen Repertory group before attending New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Alecia earned her a BFA in Drama from Tisch, where she studied musical theater at Collaborative Arts Project 21 and directing at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. After graduating, Alecia was a director and performer in New York City before moving back to Massachusetts to start her family. She has recently re-immersed herself in the performing arts after taking some time off to have 3 wonderful children. She is very involved in local theater as both a director and performer, and is the current Vice President/Artistic Director of the Washington Street Players in Holliston, MA. She is a MA certified Drama teacher who has worked in the public schools, and currently resides in Holliston with her husband and three young daughters

Tina Grady (Musical Theater Little Ones)

Kirsten Raymond (Acting Exploration)

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Mary Scarlata-Rowe (Magic Treehouse, The Little Mermaid) is one of the founding members of Enter Stage Left Theater.  She has been performing since age 6 and teaching/directing for the last 25 years.  As a member of Enter Stage Left she has performed and directed over 30 shows.  Mary is also a co-founder of the Boston Association of Cabaret Artists, has several recordings and jingles to her name. Recently her focus has been to expand her theatrical offering to those with special needs and the aging population.

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Mark Schiappucci (Little Actors Center)

Jere Shea (Private coaching) is a classically trained actor and entertainer who starred on Broadway in the 1992 revival of “Guys and Dolls”and Stephen Sondheim’s world premiere of “Passion” (Theater World Award, Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination). He originated the role of Mike Connor in the musical “High Society”, played Joe Hardy in the 1993 revival of “Damn Yankees”, and performed Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the US. He also has several film and TV credits, including a role in the Boston based feature film “Southie” (1998) with Donnie Wahlberg,Will Arnett, and Anne Meara. Shea has served on the faculties of Emerson College and the College of the Holy Cross, and led acting and vocal performance workshops throughout the Northeast. He will join the theatre department of Boston College in fall of 2016. Shea trained at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program,Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre School and Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre in Dublin. An accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, he performs in venues across New England. Shea can be heard onthe Grammy Award winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of “Passion”(Producer Phil Ramone).

Kate Westhaver (Creative Writing, College Essay) is a poet, essay writer, and teacher. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, was the recipient of a Margery David Boyden Wilderness Writing award, and has spent time writing at the Vermont Studio Center and Providence Fine Arts Work Center.

She has over 12 years of experience teaching literature and creative writing at independent high schools and colleges. Her work has been published in Red Rock Review, US 1 Worksheets, and MiPoesias.

Barbara Varanka (Creative Writing, Memoir) holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Bear Review, The Jet Fuel Review, and Booth. She is currently working on a creative non-fiction book about her parents’ immigration to America.

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Mary Starr Green (Teen Yoga & Meditation: Chill Skills) is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner. Her teaching is informed by meditation, visual arts and a passion for sharing self-care and wellness tools with people of all ages.

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It was a common running injury that introduced Kandace Matzker (Vinyasa) to yoga. With a background in exercise, becoming a yoga instructor seemed like an organic progression. Kandace has a degree in kinesiology (the study of human movement), spent the years following college working in a hospital doing injury rehab and teaching many different exercise classes (spinning, kickboxing, stretching, conditioning, chair aerobics for arthritis) as well as personal training. These days Kadance can be found enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends or teaching yoga at REI.

“Yoga has the ability to create transformation. It provides necessary time to align, reflect and find inner strength. Like many, I was first attracted to the physical aspects of yoga but I soon found the rhythmic movement connected to breath soothed my mind and spirit. My goal is to bring all of this to my students in each and every class I’m blessed to guide. I encourage you to let your yoga practice be a journey of self-discovery and your inner teacher be your guide.”

Anh Thomas-Wolfe (Vinyasa)…

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