Faculty Team

DIRECTORS

PK Candaux is an Emmy-award winning producer of the television series 'Cagney & Lacey', and a former Director of Current Programs at CBS Entertainment where she supervised production of network prime-time series. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and has written and produced for stage, film, television, and radio. She is co-founder of Renaissance Arts Academy.

Sidnie Gallegos Myrick is a literacy and curriculum specialist, 1996 finalist for California Teacher of the Year, past president of the Glendale Teachers' Association, recipient of the California Reading Initiative Leadership grant, and Associate Director of the UCLA Writing Project. As an instructor with UCLA's Teacher Education Program and USC's Rossier School of Education, she has helped design instructional programs for students from kindergarten through university. She has a BA in History from UCLA and a Masters in Education from Cal State University Los Angeles. She is co-founder of Renaissance Arts Academy.

ACADEMIC TEAM

Fabio Altenbach holds an M.S. in Astrophysics from Caltech and a Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics from UCLA. He was a Graduate Researcher for Lynne Hillenbrand, investigating the properties of stars with ultraviolet excess, and taught introductory astronomy at Caltech. He is recipient of the Charles Geoffrey Hilton Award, the Dr. Irving S. Reed Fellowship, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has tutored in astronomy, physics, algebra II, precalculus and calculus, and was president of the Undergraduate Astronomical Society at UCLA.

Patrick Barrow is a PhD Candidate in Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, currently completing his dissertation; research topics include non-commutative geometry and chainlet geometry. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from North Carolina State University, taught math at U.C. Berkeley where he received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, and has tutored all levels of pre-college and undergraduate math.

Margarita Ivanova holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Molecular & Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley. She has served as president of Bears for UNICEF at U.C. Berkeley, as a teacher at a Title I school in Oakland, and as a researcher at a U.C.L.A. skeletal disorders lab.

David Jamieson holds a Masters Degree in Education with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Point Loma Nazarene University. For the past five years he has taught in Title 1 schools in Oregon, and has international experience teaching Humanities at an International Bacheloriate school in Xiamen, China.

Tom Knight holds a Ph.D. in Classics and an M.A. in Greek, both from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught for six years at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe, and for three years at Chancellor College of the University of Melane, in Zomba, Malawi. His published papers include comparisons between Greek and African myth.

Garrett McLean graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Music and a passion for mathematics. He was concertmaster of UC Berkeley's University Symphony Orchestra and recipient of the Eisner Prize, Lyons Prize, Souza Award and Witzel Memorial Prize. He has performed with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, and Classical Revolution in addition to managing California Summer Music, an annual international music festival at Sonoma State University.

Gerald Nicdao holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Political Science and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. in Teaching from the University of Southern California. He has served as an editor on The Daily Californian at Berkeley, a sports reporter for San Diego's Examiner.com, and an internet organizer for the Public Interest Research Group in Chicago.

ARTS TEAM

Nicholas Heitzeberg holds a B.A. in Dance and Studio Arts from Loyola Marymount University where he studied with choreographers Holly Johnston, Maria Gillespi, Hassan Christopher, Damon Rago, and Scott Heinzerling. He has danced professionally with the Regina Klenjoski Dance Company, Ledges and Bones Dance Company, Company of Strangers, Palindrome Performance Group, Collage Dance Theatre, Kdub Dance, and Argentine Tango masters Miriam Larici and Hugo Patyn. Nicholas grew up playing competitive sports with his three brothers, and discovered a love for movement through hip-hop and partner dance while in high school.

Stephen Holman received a B.A. in Fine Art with honors from NE London Polytechnic College at the University of North London, England. His work involves painting, animation and performance art and has included co-founding the highly-regarded performance art venue/troupe Theatre Carnivale in Los Angeles in the late 1980s, and exhibiting paintings in galleries across the US, as well as creating, designing and directing innovative children's animation series for Nickelodeon, Warner and Disney. His work has been called "a wildly inventive treat" by the LA Times and "performance art at its finest" by the LA Weekly.

Nguyen Nguyen holds an M.F.A. in Choreography and Dance, and a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, both from UCLA. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Theater and Dance at CSULA, the Department of Kinesiology and Dance at Santa Monica College, and the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA, where he worked with Peter Sellars and documented the Meredith Monk Residency. He has choreographed for stage and film, and performed with Butoh artist Katsura Kan, Maria Gillespi, Heidi Duckler, Holly Johnston and Rebecca Pappas. He serves on the board of Los Angeles Movement Arts, an interdisciplinary group of choreographers and multi-media artists.

Sharon Ray graduated from the Curtis Institute with a Performance Degree in Viola. She also studied violin, viola and tympani at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the New Jersey Symphony, the Delaware Symphony and is currently affiliated with the Southeast Symphony and the Santa Monica Symphony. She is the author of two books on bass guitar method for Alfred Publishing, and served on the faculty of the National Guitar Workshop for 16 years. She maintains a private teaching practice for viola and bass guitar.

Sarri Sanchez has an MFA in Dance from Hollins University/American Dance Festival and a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA in World Arts and Cultures: Dance. She has been a founding member/company teacher for Holly Johnston's Ledges and Bones Dance Project, a dancer for Laura Karlin's Invertigo Dance Theatre, and Co-Director of the modern dance company IN/EX Dance Project. She is a member of Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, a past recipient of the UC Regents Scholarship and National Hispanic Scholar Award, and is a 2011 Los Angeles County Bravo nominee for excellence in arts teaching.

Simeon Simeonov holds an M.M. in Violin Performance from Yale University, Performer's Certificate from Eastman School of Music, Artist's Diploma from Yale, Graduate Certificate Degree from USC Thornton and is currently completing the doctoral program at USC Thornton where he studies with Midori Goto. Orchestra engagements include concertmaster of the Tanglewood Orchestra under James Levine, guest musician with the LA Chamber Orchestra under Jeffrey Kahane, concertmaster of SoliAll Orchestra in Seoul Korea, Young Soloists of New York Chamber Orchestra, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, and assistant concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic. Chamber music collaborations have involved members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Ying and Tokyo String Quartets, as well as Jerome Lowenthal, Giora Schmidt, Joseph Silverstein and Zvi Zeitlin. While touring, he devotes extensive time to community engagement work and presentations for young people.

Erik Speth holds a BFA in Dance: Choreography and Performance from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), an AA in dance from Moorpark College, and is a licensed Pilates instructor. Erik trained at the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive and the Music and Dance Exchange (MADE) 2006, an interdisciplinary performance laboratory for professional artists and researchers at Dartington College of Arts. He was a founding member of Ledges and Bones Dance Project under the artistic direction of Holly Johnston, and has worked with Los Angeles Movement Arts, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, and as artistic director of Project Eight DT. He is currently on sabbatical, teaching at Ohio State University while he completes his MFA in Contemporary Dance, Choreography and Video Production.