SSA Staff

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Melissa Arnold
Education Coordinator, Dance, Theater

Education:

BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design; Concordia University

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 work

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Anna Nowicki
Dance

Education:

Mirror Image; Academy of Dance Arts; Valley Academy for the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet

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 for

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Hannah Voelkel
Dance, Schauer Irish Dance Troupe

Education:

Homeschooled (Graduated), Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, Kinsella Academy

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 championship

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Autumn Reed
Dance

Education:

Homeschooled (Graduated), Schauer School of the Arts

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.

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Celeste Kulla
Dance

Education:

UW-Milwaukee, Cashel Dennehy, Kinsella Academy

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 over

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Thecla Harris
Dance

Education:

BA, University of Akron

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 Cuyahoga

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Mattie Zimmer

Education:

Schauer School of the Arts, Milwaukee Ballet School Academy

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 miscellaneous

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Lori Hassig
Music

Education:

UW-Platteville

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.

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Terese Hummel
Music, Theater

Education:

Northern Michigan University; Concordia University Wisconsin

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 been

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Therese Burazin
Theater

Education:

UW-Milwaukee

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 Oshkosh

 

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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 Fine

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Rachel Ojala Dumke
Circus Arts

Education:

Academy of Movement & Music (Oak Park), Lakeland College, Association of Talent Development

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 her

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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

 

Deb Pettit — Stained Glass & Painting

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