To participate, please contact Communication & Membership Coordinator Elisha Wilson-Beach or Advisory Council Chair Jennifer Oliver.

Communication & Membership Coordinator

Adriana Sánchez Alexander

Adriana Sánchez Alexander is a writer, educator, and community artist from Santa Ana, CA with her main focus on designing and implementing community-based arts projects.  She is a founder of the Santa Ana Community Artist Coalition (2013), Workshop for Community Arts (2012), and the ESL Poetry Project (2007).  She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from UC Irvine and taught for several years at Santa Ana College.  She is currently pursuing a Public Policy degree from UCI and continues to practice artistic and community work in collaboration with various organizations.

Regional Representatives:

Jean Johnstone, San Francisco Bay Area  jean.johnstone@appliedtheatre.org or jean@teachingartistsguild.org

In addition to founding and directing the Applied Theater Action Institute, Jean is Executive Director of the Teaching Artists Guild. She also serves as theatrical director for David Herrera Performance Company of San Francisco, a modern dance/theater company focusing on works related to the Latino Diaspora. She spent several years teaching drama and applied theater, and directing new work in Hong Kong, China, at the Hong Kong University Graduate Association College, and was a delegate at the IDEA International Arts Education congress. She has created and implemented curricula for several year-long drama courses for hundreds of students, taught workshops for teachers on using Drama in Education, and facilitated the creation of original theater pieces by young people on topics that mattered to them most.

Megan Kirkpatrick, Los Angeles County MKirkpatrick@arts.lacounty.gov

Megan Kirkpatrick is Senior Manager, Arts for All at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she manages programs that support the quality of arts education teaching and learning in school districts and arts organizations across the County.  Previously, Megan was Education Director at Broadway’s Roundabout Theatre Company.  She has served as a Grantwriter and Education Consultant for Deaf West Theatre. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Culver City Education Foundation.

Sabrina Klein, Adviser At-Large sabrina@creativeeducationconsulting.com

Sabrina is formerly executive director of Teaching Artists Organized (TAO) in the San Francisco Bay Area and a freelance teaching artist and teacher trainer for arts and education organizations throughout the region.  Trained in the Lincoln Center Institute for Arts in Education methodology, she is a teacher and artist trainer around the state and founder of the Creative Education Institute (formerly at the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley).

Erika Kraft, Sacramento Metro Area EKraft@cityofsacramento.org

Erika is the Arts Education Coordinator, for the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission since 2005, building the arts education program into a dynamic, integration system of professional development, model programs for schools and community organizations, and career opportunities for teaching artists. Erika continues to perform as a pianist and has served on piano faculties in college, studio and music school settings for 30 years.

Nancy Ng, San Francisco Bay Area  NNg@lunadanceinstitute.org

Nancy is Director of Community Development for Luna Dance Institute, where she currently manages Luna’s MPACT program for teen mothers and develops interns and other professionals to expand the work into their own communities.  Ng has worked as a performing artist, choreographer and educator for her entire life, including a long tenure with Asian American Dance Performances.  She received her teaching credential from SF State University and her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Mills College.  Her work and contributions have been recognized by the California Arts Council and the National Dance Education Organization in 2003.

Jennifer Oliver, San Diego Area Jennifer@yasandiego.org

Jennifer graduated from UC, Irvine with a BA in Dance and received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy & Education with a minor in Psychology from the European Graduate School. She served as the Program Director and Acting Executive Director for City Moves! prior to merging with Young Audiences in 2004. Outside of administration, Jennifer works as a Master Teaching Artist and a dancer/choreographer in the San Diego community.