Faculty - Arts for Children Program

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Backstage Sculpting FaceAn extensive number of distinguished faculty teach Arts for Children students in art, dance, music and theatre classes. The primary Arts for Children faculty present a noteworthy range in scholarship, service and research activities.

Mr. Christian Carson received his MFA in Painting from the University at Albany. Before coming to Brockport, his prior teaching experiences include 5th -12th grade art and photography at the Albany Academy in Albany, NY and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. His work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national venues, including Taxter and Spengemann Gallery in New York, NY, the Center for the Arts Gallery at the University at Buffalo, the Olive DeLuce Gallery at Northwest Missouri State University, and the Shick Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Dr. Oh Kon Cho holds an MFA in drama and a PhD in theatre. He is a puppeteer, creative drama and children's theatre instructor, and notable theatre historian. Currently he is working on a book entitled "History of Korean Theatre: From Rituals to Eclectic Approaches". Dr. Cho is a long-standing member of the SUNY Brockport faculty and is a professor in the Department of Theatre.

Dr. Natalie Sarrazin is the music faculty teaching courses for Arts for Children and the Department of Theatre. Most recently, Natalie hails from the International School of Monterey, California, where she taught K-8 vocal music classes and was Visiting Scholar at Stanford University for the Departments of Music and Asian Cultures and Languages. Dr.Sarrazin has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, an MMEd. in Music Education from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and BM and BA degrees in Piano, Liberal Arts, and Arts Management from Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She has expertise in Orff-Schulwerk, the Kodály Method, and Western and Eastern vocal techniques. She has experience as a Study Abroad Program Director for the University of Virginia and has led trips to India and taught courses on Indian culture. She is sought Her extensive scholarship includes teaching Indian music in the classroom and the music of Bollywood.

Dr. Juanita Suarez earned a PhD in Dance and Related Arts from Texas Woman’s University and her MFA from the University of Utah. She currently serves a joint position in the Department of Dance and as Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts for Children Program. As a founding member of the Latina Dance Theater Project, she is actively involved with LOCA (Latinas-Over-the-Top Collaborative Arts), an interdisciplinary workshop designed for dancers. Suarez participated in Legends of China, a dance exchange between dancers from the US and China. She received a $14,000 Rockefeller Grant, US-Map Fund for Culture, to study dance in Mexico. Suarez contributed a chapter to Fields in Motion: Ethnographies ‘At Home’ in the Worlds of Dance, published in 2011 by Wilfred Laurier Press, which features “insider” dance research of 21 scholars from around the world. In August of 2016, she was commissioned as guest artist for Happendance Community School and Professional Company and premiered “Book of Esther: Migrant Revelations” at the Wharton Performing Arts Center on the Michigan State University campus. Currently, Suarez is involved with graduate dance education as well as the National Dance Education Organization’s Dance 2050 Symposium movement.

 

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Last Updated 11/9/18

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