Coordinator: Arts Camps and Theater
Summer Arts Camp, Musical Theater Camp
Hello! My name is Hana (pronounced Hah-nah) and I'm so excited to meet you! I'm a Chicago born and raised comedy writer, stage manager, actor, and artist who loves cats, cooking, dancing, knitting, crocheting, and all things old Hollywood. I've been knocking around the Chicago theatre scene for quite some time now, working for companies such as Raven Theatre and Jackalope Theatre, and am a proud alumni of the Acting Program at Columbia College Chicago. I'm beyond excited to be working with a community of artists who so believe in encouraging, fostering, and continuously inspiring creatives of all ages to pursue their passions. I love getting to know people, and I love hearing about their stories, goals, dreams, and passions, so make sure to stop by and say hi!
4 - 6 YEAR OLDS CAMP STAFF
A graduate of UW-Milwaukee with a BFA in Music History, Zosia Holden teaches from a very diverse musical knowledge base. She has performed early choral music at the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy, sung in Ravel's Opera "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" with UWM and the Milwaukee Opera Theatre, and played piano in events ranging from corporate parties to doo-wop reviews. Ms. Holden's first love, however, is folk music. She has shaped her singer-songwriter style out of years of studying the great American songbook and idolizing people like Odetta and Pete Seeger. After establishing her music career gigging around Milwaukee, Ms. Holden is proud to be returning to her home town of Chicago. Her two goals are to find her musical audience and to teach children how powerful music can be. Ms. Holden has spent the last three years teaching piano, voice and songwriting in Milwaukee music schools. She adapts the genre she teaches to each individual student, spanning classical, rock, blues, jazz, country, folk, and musical theater genres. She is a firm believer in applying a strong background in theory to a deeper exploration into and and all musical realms. Above all, she looks forward to sharing with her students everything that music has taught her.
Hi all! I'm super excited to return to the Arts Camp for my second summer. Last year, I had a blast with the campers and enjoyed helping them learn, create, meet new friends. I think this program is something special and I'm proud to be a part of it. In total, this will be my fourth summer working with 4-6-year-olds; I love their enthusiasm! A little about me- I'm a recent graduate of Reed College where I studied Music Composition and Musicology. Outside of camp, I write songs, sing, and play guitar with my band, “Busy Bodies”. On June 7th, we will release our debut EP, “Extended Play”, which I produced and mixed. I also love to read, cook, and play basketball. Can't wait to meet you!
7 - 11 YEAR OLDS CAMP STAFF
My name is Aziza Macklin, and I'm thrilled to spend another summer at The Old Town School of Folk Music! This is my first year as 7-11 Camp Leader after being a counselor for the last three years, so I am PUMPED to see old friends, meet new ones, and share awesome art with everyone. I'm an actress from Columbus, OH and I substitute teach during the school year. I love to sing, Zumba, and just talk about food. I can't wait to see what we'll create together!
Hello! My name is Aron Frellick, and this will be my first time working as a camp counselor for the 7-11 summer program. I'm beyond excited for the opportunity to work with the brilliant young minds of Chicago at the Old Town school where I first learned to play guitar over a decade ago! I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical education, but I have an underlying passion for music theory. I frequently write songs and I love playing guitar whenever I get the chance. I look forward to meeting everyone this summer!
Jalyn Greene is a Chicago based actor, teaching artist, and gummi bear enthusiast. Hailing from Detroit, MI, they received a BFA in acting from Michigan State University and have spent their time in Chicago, primarily, trying to pet other people’s dogs. Jalyn has been blessed to perform on stages at Eclipse Theatre, Raven Theatre, and Red Tape Theatre, as well as a handful of others. They’ve also taught with Lifeline Theatre, Emerald City Theatre, as well as Chicago Public Schools.
Hi there! My name is Nickel and I am so excited to spend the summer with you! I went to Columbia College Chicago for their Musical Theatre Performance program and often choreograph musicals in the suburbs - we got to perform The Lion King this year, it was an absolute blast! Now I attend Northeastern Illinois University and am working toward a Master of Arts in Teaching for Secondary Education. I'll be able to teach drama, dance, and social studies by the time I've finished it. When I'm not at school I love to dance, go to the beach, and read stories about pirates. I can't wait to meet you all!
Johanna Tesfaye is an Ethiopian-American artist and graduate student pursuing her Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling at SAIC. She is committed to working towards the mental health and social-wellbeing of youth of color, with particular interest in CBT and the use of collaborative networks. Johanna has experience working with a community art-based non-profit in Southern Illinois, especially as it relates to programming and coordinating volunteer-run events. One summer initiatives, Girls Rock Camp, created a space for Black and Brown girls and gender-non-conforming youth to engage with curriculum on consent, self-advocacy, and empowerment through creative workshops. She has also worked as an inclusion aide with special recreation at the Champaign-Urbana Park and Rec Department, adapting programing to meet children where they are at. Johanna is currently leading BIPOC Makespace at SAIC, a support and strategy group for students of color to discuss issues around cultural competency within PWIs. This will be her second year at camp, and she can't wait!
TEEN CAMP STAFF
Program Manager: Teen and Adult Music
Teen Arts Camp
Growing up in Alton, Illinois, John Huber has had a life-long interest in music and education. Through playing in rock bands in high school and college, John began to find his musical voice. After studying elementary education at Knox College, John lived and taught school in New Delhi, India for 14 months between 2007 and 2008. It was during this time that John decided to commit his life to music. Befriending and collaborating with Indian folk and classical musicians inspired John to delve into the traditions of American music through his guitar, mandolin, banjo, and voice. He started this in-depth study at the Old Town School, and continues to learn and be inspired by his masterful colleagues. After ten years working at Brickton Montessori School, John has developed his voice as a classroom teacher as well. Seven years of teaching bluegrass classes and leading the 7-11 year old summer camp has given John a deep understanding and love of the Old Town School of Folk Music.
Teen Camp Leader
Caroline (she/her/hers) is a writer, artist, and teacher from Durham, North Carolina. After spending several years teaching ESL abroad, she ended up in Chicago to pursue her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While her work is generally text-based, it has been presented and published in the form of audio recordings, artist's books, videos, digital media, and good ol' poems. Caroline is currently studying Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago, where she enjoys researching the relationship between books and digital spaces. This is Caroline's third year at OTSFM Teen Camp, and she's looking forward to a creative, collaborative summer with puns aplenty! [Taurus sun/Aries moon/Virgo rising, Chaotic Good, white + gold dress].
Hi there! My name is Maddy, I'm Chicagoan and an unapologetic White Sox fan. I'm excited to join the Teen Arts crew this summer! I graduated from Luther College with a degree in History and Nordic Studies, studied a semester in Norway, was a camp counselor in Minnesota for three summers, taught English in Cambodia for a year, and work as the Youth Director at a nearby church. My favorite things to do are to play guitar, ride my bike, find the best memes for every situation and to quote Disney movies. I look forward to a very exciting and creative summer with you all!
Aaron McClure has been working with children of all ages for several years. During the school year he is an assistant teacher at Drummond Montessori. He has also worked with various after school and summer programs. In his free time he enjoys creating art and music, as well as wrenching on vintage motor scooters.
Fiddle Camp Leader
Anna hails from a little town in Wisconsin called Elk Mound, where you won't find much fiddling happening. She started on classical violin, and played with a local folk dance band while in grade school, which sparked her initial interest in fiddling. In addition to teaching at the Old Town School and playing fiddle in various bands around town, Anna also plays the French horn in orchestras and chamber groups! She loves to collect fiddle tunes from around the world and share them with people (and sometimes tries to play them on the horn, too)!
Fiddle Camp Leader
Jess grew up in Southeast Wisconsin as a Suzuki kid and followed a love of folk music she found in high school to East Tennessee State University. After studying American music and Appalachian history there, she returned to Wisconsin to finish undergraduate studies in Social Work and Spanish but continued studying and teaching fiddle at camps and workshops in West Virginia and Kentucky. Since moving to Chicago in 2013, Jess spends most of her time fiddling, singing and touring with too many bands to count, arranging & composing music for theatre companies (House Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Children's Theatre), and just released a second album of original music with her songwriting project, Joybird.
MUSICAL THEATER CAMP
Musical Theater Camp Leader
Teaching: Book Writing for Musical Theater
My name is Aziza Macklin, and I'm thrilled to spend another summer at The Old Town School of Folk Music! This is my first year as Musical Theater Camp Leader after being a counselor for the last three years, so I am PUMPED to see old friends, meet new ones, and share awesome art with everyone. I'm an actress from Columbus, OH and I substitute teach during the school year. I love to sing, Zumba, and just talk about food. I can't wait to see what we'll create together!
Musical Theater Camp Leader
Rawson Vint studied Acting at DePaul University. He is a company member with Barrel Of Monkeys, an arts education company that creates original performances based on Chicago Public School students work. He has also worked for Lookingglass Summer Theatre Camps as a music and movement director. Along with his music background, he has worked at Second City teaching improvisation to young performers.