Teaching Resume

Biographical Summary

I have been working with children as a teacher and teaching artist for 36 years. Over time I have developed a unique and innovative approach to nurturing learning through creative play. This approach achieves great results, and my students have won awards and gotten their work published.

I am a published author, graphic novel editor and the puppeteer-in-residence at the Bank Street College of Education Bookstore. I have both an MFA in English and Creative Writing and a Masters in Communications. I have taught Writing, Web Design, Animation, Computer Design, Comics and Cartooning, Art and Puppetry.

I have worked with inner city youth and adults on art and literacy projects, and dedicated many volunteer hours to activism and education for free speech, artists’ rights and human rights.


 2008  Master of Fine Arts, English & Writing: SUNY Southampton
 2005  Master of Arts, Communication Arts: New York Institute of Technology
 1999  Stop Motion Animation (course): School of Visual Arts , NY
 1988  Video and Performance (Masters course): New York University
 1985-1986  Performance, Printmaking (courses): Converse College, Spartanburg SC
 1982   Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art: University of California, Santa Cruz
 1981 Krishna Reddy Printmaking Workshop: KALA Institute, Berkeley CA

Selected Grants and Honors

 2005  Merit Scholarship, LIU Southampton MFA Writing Program
 2004  New York Institute of Technology, Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Long Island News Tonight: Broadcast Journalism and Web Design
 1989  Emerging Artists Grant, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance
 1988   Interdisciplinary Artists Grant, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
 1988  Honorarium and Invitation to Exhibit, South Carolina State Acquisitions and Collection Committee
 1988   Small Grants for Artists Award, South Carolina Arts Commission
 1988  First Honorable Mention, NCNB Annual Art Exhibition;
Juror: Mr. Salvatore G. Cilella, Jr., Executive Director, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
 1982  Chancellor’s Discretionary Honorarium, to attend Krishna       Reddy printmaking workshop at KALA Institute, Berkeley, California
 1978-1982  Regents’ Scholar, University of California

Teaching Experience

Improvisational Puppetry, Word Up Bookstore, NYC. 2015

Graphic Novel, Arts for the Environment, Storytelling and Puppetry workshops, Bank Street Bookstore, NYC. 2012-15

Graphic Novel Course – Etta Center for the Arts, Amherst MA. 2010-11

Computer Illustration (Adobe Illustrator) – Nassau Community College Art Department, 2007-8

Web Design for Artists –Graphic Artist’s Guild of New York Professional Development Workshops.Lectures on Web Design, Licensing, Copyright and Artists’ Rights.  2005-6

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Long Island News Tonight; New York Institute of Technology.Broadcast journalism; designed the LI News show web site. 2004

Teaching Artist, Community Workshops Program: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.Cartooning, ages 8-12; Doll-making, ages 8-adult; Cartooning & Animation, ages 12-adult; Civic Cyber Arts Program: Web Design, grades 7-8. 2002–2004

Teaching Artist, Media Arts Specialist, Curriculum Coordinator: Police Athletic League / TASC After School Program, PS 214.The Comic Book Literacy Project, grades 4-6 (prize-winning group); Puppet Making, Poetry, grades 2-4. 2003–4

Guest Speaker, Fashion Institute of Technology. Copyright, Artists’ Rights and New Media. 2000

Guest Speaker, Parsons School of Design. Copyright, Artists’ Rights, New Media. 2000

Classroom Teacher, New York City Public Schools. 1989-90

Selling Cool: Demystifying the Media Image of Youth Art WorksPresenter, NYCATA/UFT Curriculum Workshop. 1990

Director, Nature Studies Program, Breezemont Day Camp.Armonk, NY. 1989

Education Department Docent, Año Nuevo State Wildlife Preserve, Año Nuevo, CA.Tour guide, Educator; created Display Materials for Museum. 1980-82



The Graphic Canon The Awakening by Kate Chopin (Graphic Novel Adaptation). Seven Stories Press, 2013

The Bohemians Ed. Paul Buhle. Verso Press, 2014

The Design of Dissent Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, editors, Forward by Tony Kushner. Poster designs. Rockport Press, 2005
Words and Pictures

Ana and the Calabash 2009; –Author, Illustrator

Fools Gold 2007; –Author, Illustrator.

Agent Alpha, The Pentagon’s Tiniest Covert Operative 2006; –Author, Illustrator.

Crime And Punishment 2004 –Author, Illustrator.

All of the above published in: World War 3 Illustrated Magazine.

War Is Hell (Part I and Part II) by Penny Allen; World War 3 Illustrated Magazine. –Designer. 2005-6

The Last Mermaid Redflagsdaily.com. 2002

Ear Fetish Sound Views Subterranean Music & Culture, Brooklyn. 1997

The Spoonworms/From Percy’s Lips Sound Views, Brooklyn. 1997-2000

The Red Hat Rogue’s Harbor Literary Review 1997

Zombie Punk, SubversEve self published comic books. 1996, 2008


– Selected Art and Performance Reviews and Previews

Dining, art, culture and music reviews, The Brooklyn Paper: Ed. Gersh Kuntzman; GO Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Bride, Ed. Lisa Curtis. 2006-7

X-Ray Visions Corridor Gallery review

Future Archaeology Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition’s annual exhibition

Magical Hands Performances at The New York Puppet Library

Share a Moment Joe Mangrum at Ch’I Contemporary Fine Art

Wild Style Graffiti Artists at the Brooklyn Museum

Flying High Floyd Bennet Field’s Tuskegee Airmen exhibit

Design, Illustration

World War 3 Illustrated Magazine
Art Director, 2005-8; Editorial Committee, 2005-2009

Physical Magazine Illustrator 2003

British Television Magazine Art Director, Illustrator 1997-8

The Walford Gazette Art Director, Illustrator 1996-7

Verdict, Vol. 1, No.1 National Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals.
Cover and interior illustrations. 1995


World War 3 Illustrated Magazine –Editorial Committee. 2006


Computer Applications:

Adobe Photoshop CC                             Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe After Effects CC                         Adobe Premiere CC
Adobe InDesign CC                                  Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Audition CC                                  Adobe Flash CC
FinalCut Pro                                                 AVID
Wordpress                                                    iMovie
Microsoft Office: Word                        Microsoft Office: PowerPoint
Microsoft FrontPage                              QuickTime Pro


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