OSAI 2021 Auditions

Due to the ongoing pandemic, OSAI auditions are being held entirely online this year. More info >>

OFAI at Home Faculty

Designed for Educators

Miko Lee

Miko Lee, Instructor

Berkeley, California

Miko Lee is Executive Director of Teaching Artist Guild and hosts a weekly radio show on KPFA. She was Executive Director of Youth in Arts, where she created the Digital Toolkit and Arts BANK. Formerly Director of Art and Education at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, where she designed and directed Learning Without Borders, recipient of three U.S. Department of Education Model Arts Awards. Miko was a member of the Advisory Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts Professional Development for Arts Education. Her expressive arts curricula created with STAND! Against Domestic Violence received multiple awards. Miko also served as Artistic Director of Theatre of Yugen and Artistic Associate at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Red Ladder Company where she directed and created original productions. Miko’s extensive background in theatre includes shows at American Conservatory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre and New York’s Public Theatre.


WORKSHOP Trauma Informed Arts Education in Action
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John Bertles, Instructor

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York

John Bertles is a composer, instrument builder, teaching artist, and administrator, as well as a professional development specialist through Kennedy Center. He is also the co-founder of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, a national ensemble of 35+ musicians performing on instruments made from recycled and reused materials. As former Distance Learning Coordinator for Carnegie Hall’s Link-Up! program, Bertles reimagined live programs to bring them to an online format, and trained facilitators to present those programs. Since the quarantine, he and his creative partner (and wife) Carina Piaggio have been presenting online programs for schools, museums, and other online venues, along with professional development sessions in virtual skills for arts educators. Bertles received Bennington College’s Visionary Leadership Award in 2019 and was nominated for a Grammy and a Drama Desk Award for his work on Tony-winning Broadway show Once on This Island.


WORKSHOP Building Virtual Skills for Arts Educators & Performers
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Samantha King, Instructor

New Orleans, Louisiana

Samantha King is a Theatre artist and playwright. She hails from Northern California, where she studied at the American Conservatory Theatre, the Academy of Media and Theatre Arts, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  She did educational children’s theatre for ten years touring schools in Northern California, Denver, Dallas, and Atlanta. She then wrote The Best Me which, before COVID, toured as part of Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs. Her play Chicken Dance was performed at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. She has been teaching and integrating Theatre into core academic subjects in New Orleans public schools since the year 2000. As an Arts Coach with KID smART, she trains teachers in Arts Integration and has an Arts Literacy residency at Langston Hughes Academy. She is also a member of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project and has taught Creative Writing at Tulane’s Upward Bound program.

WORKSHOP Empathy: Using Monologue to Appreciate Other Points of View and Perspectives

Film & Video

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Ben Stumpf, Instructor

Concord, Massachussetts

Ben has been making films and teaching filmmakers for decades. In his early years, he produced a short documentary for WGBH about the pros and cons of competition and worked with his students on another WGBH short about climate change and New England fishermen. In 2008, he helped with camera, sound, editing and research for the feature-length documentary Traces of the Trade, which opened the POV season that year. He cut the trailers for the 2009 and 2010 Boston Jewish Film Festivals and has since produced awareness-raising short pieces on time banks, local currencies, immigration and climate change. In 2018, he managed the feature film postproduction team at Concord Academy and is repeating the effort in the 2020-21 school year. Ben has been teaching creative technology courses for 20 years and has been leading a week-long film teacher workshop at Maine Media for 10 years. He has a Masters in Documentary Film from Goddard College.

WORKSHOP Film Teachers: Energize Your Courses or Launch a New One


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Terese Mailhot

West Lafayette, Indiana

Terese Mailhot is from Seabird Island Band. Her work has appeared in GuernicaThe GuardianMother JonesMediumAl Jazeera, the Los Angeles Times, and "Best American Essays 2019." She is the New York Times bestselling author of Heart Berries: A Memoir. Her book was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for English-Language Nonfiction and was selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018. Her book was also the January 2020 pick for Now Read This, a book club from PBS Newshour and The New York TimesHeart Berries was also listed as an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Best Book of the Year, a Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year, and was one of Harper's Bazaar's Best Books of 2018. She is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award, and she is also the recipient of the Spalding Prize for the Promotion of Peace and Justice in Literature. She teaches creative writing at Purdue University and Vermont College of Fine Arts.

WORKSHOP Creative Writing: Personal Essay and Memoir


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Tim Albaugh, Instructor

Los Angeles, California

Tim Albaugh is a producer with Royal Viking Entertainment (Black and Blue, Worth), and a graduate of the UCLA M.F.A. screenwriting program. Tim has taught screenwriting at UCLA, UC Irvine, Hollins University, Pixar Animation Studios, and Walt Disney Feature Animation. His students have sold features to major studios, networks and streaming services. Their feature film credits include the recent films All Eyez On Me, The Boy Next Door, Clash of the Titans and the Christian Bale film The Machinist. Their work in TV includes, but is not limited to, Bigger, Blackish, Insecure, Two Dope Queens, Broad City, Star Trek: Discovery, Hawaii Five-O, Wynnona Earp, iZombie, The Magicians and many others. Tim is currently executive producing The Start Up for Royal Viking Entertainment and eOne. In addition to his writing, producing and teaching, Tim is co-founder of ProPath Screenwriting, a film and television writing consultation company, and he consults and speaks at film festivals throughout the world.


WORKSHOP Building A Script From The Ground Up


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Amanda Quist, Instructor

Miami, Florida

Dr. Amanda Quist is the Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and was previously Chair of Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College. She is the recipient of Westminster Choir College’s 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2018 Mazzotti Award for Women’s Leadership. Her ensemble Westminster Kantorei won the 2018 American Prize in College & University Choral Performance and has performed at American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Conferences and Boston Early Music Festival. Dr. Quist has served as chorus master for the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival. An active guest conductor and clinician, her upcoming appearances include All State High School & Collegiate Honor Choirs throughout the country, and serving as headliner for music conferences in the US and abroad. Dr. Quist is the National ACDA Repertoire & Resources Coordinator for Collegiate Activities, and her choral series is published through Walton Music.

WORKSHOP Building Sound and Spirit: Vocal Music Skills for the High School Classroom and Repertoire Selection for All Ages
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Tom Shelton, Instructor

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Tom T. Shelton, Jr. is Associate Professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College and also serves as the Director of Music for Children’s and Youth Choirs at Princeton United Methodist Church. He serves as an Associate Conductor with the Princeton Girlchoir Organization, conducting two ensembles: “Grace Notes” and “Semi-Tones.” Shelton currently serves as the National Past President for the American Choral Directors Association. Shelton has conducted festivals and honor choirs in 21 states as well as Hong Kong. He is the Series Director for the Music for Young Voices Series with GIA Publications and has over 50 compositions published by Choristers Guild, Colla Voce Music, G. Schirmer, Galaxy, GIA Publications, Growing in Grace Curriculum, Heritage Music Press, Hinshaw Music Company, Musicspoke.com, Santa Barbara Music Press and Walton Music.


WORKSHOP Ideas for Introducing a New Song to Young Singers and Repertoire Selection for All Ages

Visual Arts

Ben Long

Ben Long, Instructor

San Francisco, California

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also the author of several best-selling LinkedInLearning.com photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House. Long was an OSAI acting student in 1985.


WORKSHOP Getting the Most Out of Your Smartphone Camera, Teaching Photography in the Online Classroom, Photography Critique, Techniques for Compelling Composition, Advanced Topics in Composition
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David Modler, Instructor

Rockville, Maryland

David R. Modler is a maker, scholar and professor originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education in Art Education from Towson State University and his Master of Fine Arts in studio art from James Madison University. Modler is an internationally recognized expert in the field of visual journals, which he engages to explore the multiple lines of inquiry entangled in his studio, research and teaching concerns. He facilitates numerous lectures and workshops around the world as well as maintaining prolific studio, exhibition and curatorial practices. Modler holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Art at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia where he works in the Department of Contemporary Art and Theater. He currently lives with his muse and beautiful partner Stephanie in Rockville, Maryland.


WORKSHOP Visual Journals: Where the Image Meets the Word
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Eric Scott

Purcellville, Virginia

Eric M. Scott is a mixed media artist, an educator, and a writer born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He is dedicated to sharing his art and helping people tap into their artistic potential and cultivate their creativity. As a former public school art educator, he frequently travels and provides workshops and presentations on the power of art and the visual journal. Scott might be better known as one half of the Journal Fodder Junkies. In 2005 he teamed up with friend and artistic accomplice David R. Modler, and this dynamic duo has presented on the visual journal and the importance of authentic artmaking in art education at a variety of venues, conferences, and retreats. They have co-authored two bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop and Journal Fodder 365, both published by North Light Books. Eric lives in Purcellville, Virginia with his wife and their menagerie of animals.


WORKSHOP Visual Journals: Where the Image Meets the Word
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Marwin Begaye, Instructor

Norman, Oklahoma

An internationally exhibited artist, Marwin Begaye examines the issues of cultural identity through the intersection of American Indian and popular cultures. His ongoing research investigates the technical processes related to printmaking and the construction of mixed-media art. He has received numerous awards as an Artist in Residence and through juried exhibitions, often negotiating the cultivation of his own skills and opening doors for his students. His work has been featured in numerous publications and he maintains an active exhibition schedule, featured in exhibitions in New Zealand, England, Argentina, Paraguay, Italy, Siberia and Estonia.

WORKSHOP Looking for a Little Relief: Printmaking Without a Press
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Yatika Fields, Instructor

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Yatika Starr Fields is an artist with an emphasis on studio paintings and large-scale murals. He is a member of the Osage, Cherokee and Muscogee Creek Nations and currently works in Tulsa as a fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Yatika's artistic endeavors have taken him worldwide, working with institutions and museums in a continuous dialogue to help broaden the views of Contemporary Native art today. His influences vary with range—often, he takes his memories as a source of inspiration to expand upon. After studying and living on the East Coast for many years, the urban environments quickly became a source of visual and energetic inspirations that continue to influence his works today. In recent years, his work has shifted to represent the contemporary politics we are experiencing. He ties these together with historical and traditional context through explorations in landscapes, representational motifs of culture and heritage, and his earlier works' pop references. His compositions are colorful and dynamic, leading the viewer to move the eye and find elements relative to their own journey.

WORKSHOP Plein Air Escape