Teaching Artists

We are proud to introduce our 2017 Teaching Artists! A mix of youthful energy, experience, and passion for art and teaching, our Teaching Artists are all working artists in their fields. And see if you can count how many are SFOA alumni!

Dylan Billings is a former SFOA camper with a love of all forms of storytelling. He is a self-described master of improvised dance moves and thought provoking jokes. (theater, dance, multi-media)

Viera Boudreau is a third year student at Maine college of art, majoring in digital media. She has been involved in visual art since middle school, and the musical/performing arts since age 4. Her best skills are in digital and traditional art, mainly drawing people, and in the basics of painting and color theory. (visual art)

Nicole Cardano is proud to return to teach at SFOA.  SFOA is a program she benefited from as a student, and a camp her daughter currently prioritizes her summer around.  Cardano grew up performing and singing at Pemetic Elementary School and MDIHS.  She majored in theatre from St. Michael’s College in VT and went onto study long form improvisational theatre in Chicago, IL.  Chicago was her performance home for ten years.  Today Cardano teaches drama, show choir and improv at the local schools and community programs. (theater)

Ron Castonguay has over 24 years of teaching experience across all genres of music. He is a certified teacher in the state of Florida for music k-12, and is currently in his 21st year as music director and department chair for the performing arts at a prestigious high school in Miami. His music is available on Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, and CDBaby. (music, Sprite music)

Jeremy Cline is a native of Bar Harbor, ME and first attended SFOA in 1997. He has practiced art, music, theater, and yoga since he was a child and later studied dance and capoeira. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he dances professionally and teaches visual art and capoeira. (visual art, dance, theater)

Meghan Frederick (guest artist) is a performer, choreographer and dance educator based in Brooklyn, NY and is the director of Meghan Frederick/Practice Project: an arts platform dedicated to the creation and performance of original dance works and the stewardship of supportive spaces for artistic exploration. Her choreography has been shown in New York City at Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, The Wild Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Green Space, Open Performance through Movement Research, STUFFED at the Judson Church, and at Bates Dance Festival (ME), Rutgers University (NJ), Denmark Arts Center (ME) and Barn Arts Collective (ME). Meghan was the 2016 (M)mix Artist in Residence at Marymount Manhattan College (NYC) and her work has been supported by residencies at Denmark Arts Center and Barn Arts Collective. Meghan has recently performed with Liz Lerman, Denman Theater and Dance Company, Kendra Portier, Maya Orchin, Catherine Galasso, Carlye Eckert, Laura Peterson Choreography, Jules Bakshi, Marielis Garcia, and Brian Brooks Moving Company (’08-’14). Meghan appears in a dance film by Haylee Nichele with Derrick Belcher and Tim Fain, and in a music video for Esmé Patterson choreographed by Carlye Eckert and directed by David Fishel. Meghan has taught in the dance departments of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with Brian Brooks Moving Company and Bowdoin College with Laura Peterson Choreography, as well as at Rutgers University as adjunct faulty, and as a guest artist at Hunter College, Bates College, Dance New Amsterdam, Gibney Dance Center, Moving Target Portland, and 100 Grand. Meghan is an SFOA alum, and attended Hampshire College where she designed her own major combining dance and cultural studies and teaches Pilates in New York City.

Caresse Hanson loves to create! She spends a lot of her free time knitting, being crafty, and hiking the trails of Acadia with her dog Ella. Caresse grew up here on MDI and work at Conners Emerson School. She also serves on the SFOA Board of Directors. (visual art)

Will Hoar was born and raised in New York City, and has grown up immersed in the arts.  He sang professionally at the Metropolitan Opera for four years as a boy soprano.  He was raised on a healthy diet of museums, art galleries and theater.  His exploration of the visual arts began in school and has continued throughout his life.  At Columbia University, he studied Art History, photography, dry media and painting under many accomplished artists (including the popular contemporary painter, Mira Dancy).  He has grown up spending summers on Mount Desert Island.  Recently he and his wife made MDI their permanent home.  Will is currently teaching at the Tremont Consolidated School. (visual art, multi-media, Sprite music)

Kristin Holley is an educator, skin care specialist and make up artist who is passionate about empowerment and self expression. She holds a masters degree in social work, a minor in theatre arts and has been an aesthetician and make-up artist for 12 years. (visual art)

Vivian Hyde has taught choral music and musical theater with community theaters, schools, colleges, and churches for 40 years in six states. She has had the privilege of teaching at SFOA since 2006, and has enjoyed being able to watch these children grow and blossom into amazing teenagers and young adults. (music, theater)

Paige LeDuc is an SFOA alum and life long artist. Drawing, painting, sculpture, you name it, if it's visual arts, she's tried it and loved it! Currently attending college, Paige is pursuing a career in teaching inspired in part by experiences at SFOA. (visual art, Sprite art)

Annie Leonardi-Merchant (SFOA alum!) has been teaching voice locally in her hometown of Northeast Harbor for the past 3 years. Annie graduated with her M.M in vocal performance from USM in 2014 and received her B.M in vocal performance from Westminster Choir College in 2006. Annie has performed in Italy, New York, Boston, and Florida, as well as locally. (music, theater)

Meghan McDunnah is a Junior at the Maine College of Art in Portland. She has been with SFOA for nearly a decade; first as a camper, and in the more recent years, as an assistant and teacher. She is majoring in Illustration, and loves to draw and to tell stories with her art. She also loves to sing, play the ukulele, and perform on stage. She can't wait for another great season at SFOA! (visual art, music)

Susan Peterson started hamming it up in ballet class when she was three years old, continued to take dance into adulthood, became a ballroom dance instructor for Arthur Murray after graduating with a BS in Education, and continues to enjoy dance with a grain of goofy to keep it real. She is currently a Special Education Teacher during the school year, and a SFOA teacher come July. (movement, theater)

Natalie Rogers just finished her first year studying the Liberal Arts at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. An SFOA and MDI High School alum, this is her third year as an assistant and a teacher. She loves all forms of art, especially theater, and participated in the MDI High School Show Choir and the MDI Drama Program. She is also a passionate writer and poet, and plans to bring that passion to junior poetry slam! (writing, Sprite theater)

Camille Ross is an SFOA alum, former Apprentice, and former Assistant.  She has been working with Sprites for the past two summers and is very excited to co-teach Sprite Art this summer!  She has also been playing the violin for over a decade and has developed a deep love for both classical and traditional Irish and Acadian fiddle music along the way. She is very excited to bring that passion to her classes this summer! (music, Sprite art)

Ameta Parlin is a native Maine and classically trained artist who seeks adventure and inspiration from her beautiful MDI surroundings. Her multifaceted artistic background includes being an award winning painter, television commercial producer, voice actor, and copy writer. She is currently a jewelry designer as well as an adviser to an upcoming clothing line. She always enjoys seeing the students' faces light up when they discover something new, where they find their inspirations, and how they grow as artistic beings. She believes that art is about seeing things in a new light; it's thought provoking, self expression, problem solving... but most importantly, art is fun. (Sprite multi-media)

Weslea Sidon is a poet, writer, musician, and educator who has taught at SFOA for over 25 years. She teaches private guitar lessons locally and is a published author. Originally from Brooklyn, she lives in Tremont with her husband and two cats. Weslea is also a long-standing member of the SFOA Board of Directors. (apprentices)

Anna Walker has been teaching at SFOA for about 15 years.  Her day job is Ed Tech at Pemetic School in Southwest Harbor, and she has an MFA in Graphic Design from BU.  She has drawn, crafted, sewn and built things for her whole life, and has recently taken up oil painting. How exciting to be learning something new! (visual art)

Tami Willis is the owner/director of Two Shoes Dance in Bar Harbor.  She has been teaching dance and fitness classes for over twenty-five years.  She spent a year traveling and performing internationally with Up With People, and worked in entertainment at DisneyWorld.  She recently choreographed the MDI high school musical, Chess, as well as the Acadia Community Theater musical, Willy Wonka.  She loves SFOA and is delighted to return this summer after a two year hiatus. (movement, Sprite dance)

Olivia Wolf has enjoyed crafting stories ever since she herself was a child. She has spent a great amount of time studying writing, especially children's writing. She currently resides on Mount Desert Island with her husband and their small dog. (writing)