In addition to being Education Coordinator for the Schauer Arts Center, Melissa has thirteen years of experience working as an instructor within our dance, theater, and visual art programs. She has taught dance for twenty-five years and is a member of The Dance Masters of Wisconsin. Melissa has always preferred the behind-the-scenes side of putting together performances, and has done choreography workfor the Musical Masquers, Kettle Moraine Players, and North Shore Academy of the Arts, as well as costuming and prop work for various dance productions. She holds a BFA (Illustration) from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and has completed master’s work in art education via Concordia University’s post-baccalaureate teaching certification program. Outside of the arts, Melissa spent twelve years in special education working as a home therapist for Wisconsin Early Autism Project and an instructional aide for Merton Community School District. Her teaching is driven by the desire to support people in the unique ways in which they connect to the world around them.
Anna has been dancing since the age of 3, and started dancing at the Schauer Center in 2010. She’s concurrently pursued further dance education from Academy of Dance Arts, Danceworks, Valley Academy for the Arts, and Milwaukee Ballet. She’s taken an intensive course in the systematic teachings of Vaganova, Anatomy, Kinesiology and developmental movement in children through Valley Academy forthe Arts. Performing in countless dance productions with Schauer Center, Storybrook Dance, Dance Alive National Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Valley Academy for the Arts, and Dance of Wisconsin has been a highlight for Anna. She has taken master classes from Patrik Kasper of Storybook Dance Theater, Andre Valladon and Kim Tuttle of Dance Alive National Ballet, Karl Van Rabeneau and Jennifer Miller, as well as attended Dance Masters of Wisconsin workshops and Milwaukee Ballet’s 6-week pre-professional summer intensive. Anna has been professionally trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary and modern, with varying exposure in tap, funk, Irish, ballroom, African, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban, and Latin dance. Anna was a teacher assistant at the Schauer Center for 3 years, served a dance internship through their Sycamore Tree location, and began teaching in 2015. She also taught for Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy from 2018–2020. She has taught all levels of ballet and contemporary at the Schauer Center, choreographed modern and contemporary group and solo pieces, dances for a school play, the Schauer’s 2016 showcase “The Toy Shop”, 2017 showcase “Dance of the Swans”, and 2018 showcase “A Story Through our Shoes”. She is excited to continue teaching at the Schauer Center, and is looking forward to helping your children develop into the best dancers and individuals possible.
Hannah has been dancing competitively for over 15 years. She has performed professionally and actively competes at the international level. Some of her accomplishments include training a junior 8-person mixed ceili team to win 5th overall at the Midwest Regional Championships, taking first place at the Midwest Championships in the set dance category and ranking top 10 in the solo championshipcategory at the Midwest Championships. She is currently understudying for the TCRG exams (international Irish Dance teaching certification) and enjoying the position of Troupe director with the Schauer's first semi-professional performing Irish Dance Troupe. If you wish to enjoy a great Celtic Christmas, St. Patrick's Day performance or other show, workshop, or combination, please make arrangements by email. To contact Hannah regarding Troupe performances and workshops, email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Autumn started dancing with the Schauer School of the Arts when she was 8 years old. She took ballet for 10 years. At age 11 she started as a teacher's assistant for ballet and tap classes, something she continued to do all the way to age 17. In 2015 she started taking Irish dance, going on to perform with the Schauer Irish Dance Troupe for three years, two of which she spent as Troupe Captain.At age 15 she started teaching her own private ballet student that she continues to teach. She did an internship under Hannah Voelkel in 2018 and started substitute teaching the next year, going on to teach her own classes that summer. After graduating high school she started dancing with Milwaukee Irish Dance Academy, competing in her first competition in January 2020.
Celeste started her dancing career with Cashel Dennehy where she very quickly found herself on many competitive solo and team trips around the country and abroad. After many years with Cashel Dennehy, Celeste moved to Kinsella Academy where she spent a few more years dancing until life moved her around the country. After two very serious dancing injuries, Celeste's competitive career was overand her dancing was put on hold. While rehabilitating, she was able to use her experience to teach dance and tutor young dancers in their careers. While living in South Korea, Celeste was the ambassador for the Cambodian National Dance Team and traveled with them on tour before returning back to the states. After moving back to Wisconsin, she joined The Milwaukee Irish Dance Company and has been performing with them for three years. Celeste is currently studying for her TCRG (International Irish Dance Certification), which provides an international, standardized teacher certification for Irish dance teachers.
Thecla moved to the West Bend area in the summer of 2018 after 23 years in New York City. While in New York, Thecla was Artistic Director of PS Broadway® of Rosie's Theater Kids (RTKids), an arts education program providing nearly 1,500 students annually with musical theater training. Thecla still serves as a consultant for RTKids.
Ms. Harris trained professionally with the CuyahogaValley Youth Ballet and Dayton Ballet II, and was a guest performer with numerous companies. She received a BA from the University of Akron and has been teaching dance in New York City public schools since 1995, including Ballet Tech, Steps, Broadway Dance Center and 8 years with the National Dance Institute. Thecla has also served as an artistic consultant for arts education programs in Ohio, Long Island, NY and Pennsylvania and is an American Ballet Theater (ABT®) Certified Instructor.
Mattie started her love for dance at the age of 4. From then on, she continued to grow as a dancer, taking a variety of classes ranging from Ballet to Funk. Mattie grew up taking classes at the Schauer School of the Arts, but also enrolled in Milwaukee Ballet School Academy for 2 years before she decided to finish out her senior year back at the Schauer Center. She continued taking miscellaneousclasses at Danceworks in Milwaukee after finishing high school.
Lori graduated magna cum laude from UW-Platteville with a degree in general music and secondary choral education. She currently teaches K-5 general music at Slinger Elementary and is the musical director for Slinger High School's musicals. She also is a regular vocalist at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend and performs with the Hartford Players.
Therese has enjoyed being a children's theater instructor at the Schauer Arts Center for the past nine years, and is the Director of Schauer Rising Star productions. Therese has directed countless plays and taught a wide variety of drama classes for over 30 years. This is her 25th Season as Executive Director for the Milwaukee Youth Theatre. Since she moved to Oshkosh 19 years ago, she has beenvery active in directing and stage managing shows for Fond du Lac Community Theatre. Therese has also been instrumental in starting up three Winnebago area theater groups—Fond du Lac Area Home School Drama Troop, Oshkosh Home School Players, and Oshkosh Playin' Round.
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Therese has been a children's theater instructor at the Schauer Arts Center for eight years and is the director of our Schauer Rising Star productions. She has directed countless plays and taught a wide variety of drama classes for the past 30 years. This is Therese’s 23rd Season as Artistic Director for the Milwaukee Youth Theatre. Since she moved to Oshkosh18 years ago, she has also been very active directing and stage managing shows for Fond du Lac Community Theatre. Therese has been instrumental in starting up three theater groups, Fond du Lac Area Homeschool Drama Troupe, Oshkosh Home School Players, and Oshkosh Playin' Round.
Naiza Delica Gohr has been surrounded by music and performance since an early age. Her first musical debut was around the age of 6, singing Part of Your World from The Little Mermaid at every family party event. Alongside her brothers, she continued singing and added piano, violin, and theater. Naiza continued her musical studies into college, graduating from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of FineArts in Vocal Performance. In addition to performing in shows like West Side Story, Princess Ida, and In the Heights, she began music directing and pit conducting with recent credits including Shrek, Spamalot, Addams Family, Man of La Mancha, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Willy Wonka Jr, Madagascar Jr, Beauty and the Beast, and Flat Stanley Jr. She is extremely excited to continue her passion in the arts with the Schauer Arts Center for her fifth year! Sharing her love for music and theater, and seeing that passion and appreciation in other performers and artists of all ages is what keeps her happy and excited to continue in the fantastic world of Fine Arts!
Questioning her future as a ballerina, Rachel was first introduced to unicycling at the age of six at the suggestion of her dance instructors at the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park, Illinois. After her first unicycle class she abruptly stopped following in her older sister’s footsteps and found the confidence to proudly “march to the beat of a different drummer” as hermother always said she did. Rachel attended her first National Unicycle Meet at the age of eight and in 1987 won the World Unicycle Queen title at International Competitions in Edogawa, Japan. She has performed with Chicago’s Windy City Circus, Triton Trouper Circus, Circus Kingdom, and has traveled with The Flying Valentines where she performed aerial cradle and flying trapeze. Performing on The Bozo Show and providing opening entertainment for the Bruce Springsteen Concert at Soldier Field have been highlights for her. Outside of the Circus Arts, Rachel’s career brought her into the banking world where she found her niche in talent development. It’s no surprise that creating a culture of learning and supporting others in their professional growth and pursuit of their passions has her walking into work with a smile each day! Over the years, Rachel has become involved with the youth of the communities she serves through volunteer activities with several not-for-profit organizations with a shared interest in financial literacy and economic education. Additionally she discovered the Milwaukee writing community which further fueled her creativity. As a result of sharing her stories from childhood with these audiences, her desire to pass on the life skills she learned through the Circus Arts has been reignited. Whether it was fate or coincidence, she also found - and was found - by new and old influencers. The pursuit of people with shared interests resulted in the support of her dream by the American Youth Circus Organization (AYCO). In 2018 she attended her first American Circus Educators Conference (ACE) which made her realize the only thing standing in her way was…nothing. Rachel is happy to report that she is right where she needs to be to make her dream of helping youth shine brighter by providing a safe place for the exploration of self through the Circus Arts a reality.
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Melissa Arnold — Mixed Media & Painting
Black’s Flower Shop (Mary Black & Carley Shipley) — Floral & Greens
Terri Feutz — Basketmaking
Jess Helmer — Art of Mixology
Dana Kleiman — String Art & Fiber Arts
Sandy McCambridge— Jewelry & Craft Trends
Deb Pettit — Stained Glass & Painting