Our Teachers

Patricia Anderson
Patricia Anderson has served as music director for Willy Wonka, Anything Goes and the Winter Solstice Celebration at CCftA. She has also been involved with the Musical Theatre Dance Workshop for many years and has performed in many other productions. Patti has been the music teacher at the Nathaniel H. Wixon Middle School in Dennis since 1978.

Jessie Arnone
Jessie Arnone studied art and education at Alfred University in western New York. She  moved to Cape Cod in May of 2013 to pursue her career as an art teacher.   In addition to teaching she creates wire jewelry and sells her work at local venues.

Heather Blume
Heather Blume graduated with a BFA summa cum laude in Painting from the University of North Florida in 1992 and an MFA cum laude in Sculpture from the New York Academy of Art in 1994. Blume focuses on creating metaphorical and archetypal figurative drawings, paintings, and sculptures in mixed mediums. These works reflect her interest in the human condition and concern for the environment.  Regionally, her work has been exhibited at the Cape Museum of Fine Arts, the Provincetown Art Association , and the Cahoon Museum of American Art. Internationally, her works are included in the permanent collection of the British Museum, and the Royal Coin Cabinet of Sweden in Stockholm. Blume maintains a teaching career in tandem with her studio practice; instruction is based on combining western art academic fundamentals with intuitive artistic process.

Ed Chesnovitch
Ed Chesnovitch a Cape Cod based artist, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and has studied extensively at The Art Students League of New York, and the Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is a juried elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America in Gramercy Park, New York City, and both a Signature Member and sits on the board as Vice President of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. In 2012 his work received Honorable Mention in the top 100 pastelist’s in the magazine publication Pastel Journal. His work is also included in the new Deborah Forman book Contemporary Cape Cod Artists: Images of Land and Sea, (Schiffer Publishing 2013). Ed is represented on Cape Cod by the Left Bank Gallery in Orleans.

Michele Colley
Michele Colley has an Education major with a concentration in Dance from SUNY Potsdam, and a Masters in Education from Lesley College. She has been involved in Community Theater on the Cape as a director, choreographer, and actor since 1993. In 1997, Michele created the Musical Theater Dance Workshop and has been running it ever since.  The project was originally started to attract more adults to perform in Community Theater productions.  Since it’s inception, the Workshop has grown to include students of all ages six years old and older with workshops and performances each February, April and summer.

David Cohen
David is best known to Cape Cod music audiences for his compositions, "Sunrise on the National Seashore", and "Summer on the Cape", commissioned and performed by the Cape Symphony Orchestra to celebrate their 50th anniversary.  Additionally, David has composed music for documentaries and film scores and written numerous songs.  He holds a masters degree in music composition, studied film scoring at UCLA and songwriting with Jack Segal in New York City and LA.

Debra Hope Colligan
Debra Hope Colligan is a graduate of the PA Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Debra's artwork was recently exhibited in shows at Cape Cod Museum of Art & Louisa Gould Gallery in“New England Artists of PAFA”.  Debra also exhibited & presented “Healing Through Art” at our gallery in 2012. Residing on the Cape/Islands for many years gives her a "soulful impression" of texture, color and impact upon the creation of her portraits of animals/people and seascapes/landscapes.. Debra is represented by the Louisa Gould Gallery in Vineyard Haven & Thanassi Gallery in Provincetown. Her work can be seen at http://debrahope.wordpress.com/

Christine Rathbun Ernst
Christine Rathbun Ernst is a writer-poet-performer who performs her work regularly on stage and at local open mics. Her acclaimed one-woman show, Reconstruction, or How I Learned to Pay Attention, has been performed all over New England, and two of her plays were named Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant Finalists. She spent the summer of 2011 at Cotuit Center for the Arts’ Black Box Theater performing The Further Adventures of a Fat Ass Cancer Bitch, and this summer she’ll be back at the same venue with The Fat Ass Cancer Bitch Goes Shopping. Christine lives in Sandwich with her daughters, Marney and Julia, and her husband, the sculptor Michael Ernst.

Susan Mendoza Friedman
Susan has taught  all styles of dance to Cape Codders of all ages for over 30 years. In addition to receiving a teaching degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, she owned and operated Dance Designs,Inc. until 2012.  Her knowledge  and enthusiasm for dance is contagious…. and is why  students rave about her classes!

Patti Gill
Patti is the Family Resource Educator and Family Support Specialist with the Families United Network (FUN) Program of Cape Cod Child Development. She has worked in the field of Early Education and Care for many years in the role of teacher and Director. She brings patience, knowledge and humor into her work with young children and their families. She will offer dynamic and hands-on activities to stimulate young minds as they learn to prepare for their journey to Kindergarten.

Alfred Glover
Alfred Glover has been creating his unique form of sculpture sense moving to Cape Cod from Newton in 1973.  He has many pieces in public spaces such as schools, libraries and hospitals notably Children's Hospital in Boston,Cape Cod Hospital and the Falmouth Public Library.   Alfie is a professor of sculpture at CCCC since 2001; he has conducted numerous workshops for adults and children.                    

Steve Gregory
Steve graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor's degree in music and attended Berklee College of music to study composition and jazz guitar. He played all over the Boston area with the original folk/pop group, "The Groovy Nobodies" in the 1990's. He now plays guitar and sings with the soul / funk trio, "Felonious Funk" and the jazz / pop duo, "Two Cool".  Steve has written over 200 compositions and sells his music on various stock music web-sites. Inspired by his daughter Vanessa's ability with the instrument, the Ukulele has recently become his favorite new instrument to play. Steve's goal with the Songwriting Collective and the Ukulele orchestra is to give folks with various degrees of ability a chance to express their art through playing, singing, writing, humor and fun. Visit him on-line!   www.feloniousfunk.net

Lois Hirshberg
Lois began working in clay in 1976 at Mudflat Studios in Cambridge. She holds a M.Ed in community counseling, and a M. A. in Art Therapy from Leslie University. She has studied ceramics at the Bezalel School of Design in Jerusalem, and in Japan while spending a summer there through the Parsons School of Design, where she was greatly influenced. Lois was a Guidance Counselor at the K.C.Coombs School in Mashpee, MA for 18 years.    www.potterybylois.com.

Bunky Hurter
Bunky Hurter is a professional fashion designer and illustrator. Clients have included Victoria's Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, TJ Maxx and Marshall stores and Talbots. Her illustrations have appeared in New York Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Women's Wear Daily and numerous other publications. Bunky is an instructor of Fashion Design and Drawing Foundations in the Rhode Island School of Design's Pre-College Program.

Hilary Hutchison
Hilary Hutchison received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in sculpture from Boston University.  For twenty years, she resided in Boston where she taught sculpture, kept a studio, and exhibited her work.  Her teaching experience includes sculpture classes for children, adult education classes, and university level fine arts courses. Hutchison resides full-time in the Philadelphia area, spends the summer in Cotuit and currently teaches sculpture, ceramics, and 3-D Design courses to high school and middle school students at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA.  Her work can be seen on her website: www.hilaryhutchison.com.

Sam Holmstock
Sam Who? If you happen to be an ENTRAIN fan you might recognize Sam Holmstock as the guy behind the congas or playing the djembe, timbales or Cajun rub board – when he’s not playing trombone that is. He is one of the co-founders of the world fusion ensemble, ENTRAIN, and has performed with this incredible group of talented musicians for 16 years. In addition to his work with ENTRAIN, Sam has had the honor of playing music with artists such as Babatunde Olatunji, Bo Diddley, Gil Scott-Heron, Kate and James Taylor, Bob Weir, and even Bill Clinton.

Christina Jacobi
Being naturally creative early on, my first “teaching” experience was giving art lessons to my neighborhood elementary school friends. Though on the college track in high school, I always managed to squeeze in art courses and went on to major in art in college. With a BA in Art Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology, I have been able to meld the best of both worlds – the creativity of the arts with the tools of technology.  Over the years I’ve taught art and facilitated workshops in schools, colleges, galleries, libraries and the like. More recently I’ve been focused on creating and exhibiting my own art. visit www.ArtworksbyChristina.wordpress.com

David Kooharian

L. Michelle Law
L. Michelle Law has been a member of the educational team at Cotuit Center for the Arts since 2002. She has taught numerous children’s art classes and developed and instructed many kid’s programs including the series of Art Week summer camps and Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Winter Exhibit workshops held at CCftA . In addition to her role as instructor, Michelle is a curator and frequent exhibitor in our gallery, helps coordinate the annual Art & Souls Masquerade Ball and has participated many in theater productions working on and off stage. She is the Art Director for the Musical Theater Dance Workshop.

Lenore Lyons
Lenore Lyons is passionate about living life artistically and inspiring others to explore their creative selves through individual or community art. She is a mixed-media artist who fills her work with color and energy.  Art that may present a change in point of view is her trademark; she sees connections in life more than differences.  Lenore is the founder of Explore Art and the Journal Project.   Lenore Lyons can often be found at Cotuit Center for the Art where she is the Director of Arts Education. She is certified to teach Visual Arts K-12 and Elementary Education. She is a member of the Printmakers of Cape Cod, the Cape Cod and Islands Art Educators Association and is a juried member of the Cape Cod Art Association.

Holly McCarthy
Holly Erin McCarthy received her BA in Theatre Arts from Plymouth State Univ. and has been acting, directing, teaching and producing non-stop ever since.  As Founding Executive Director of Theater Under the Stairs, Holly has written, directed, produced, and performed in original family shows on the mainstage at CCftA for the past two summers, and they are currently working on their third family show, Lulu's Lemonade Stand, for August 2013. Holly has performed in three national tours with the National Theater for Arts and Education and has taught numerous workshops to high school students in subjects like "Dialects in Acting," "Audition Techniques," and "Performing Shakespeare."

Rosalie McCarthy
Rosalie McCarthy has been teaching children & adults in a variety of settings throughout the New England area for over 20 years. She has developed a unique, direct and non-intimidating teaching approach to drawing, portraits and painting, gleaned from her many years of working with and teaching students of all skill levels. Rosalie studied at Butera School of Art, the Art Institute of Boston & graduate of the Vesper George School of Art. Former member of the Copley Society of Art, where she also taught workshops.  Former director of the Stony Brook Art Guild, Norfolk,Ma. and a juried member in many regional art guilds in the Metro West area before relocating to Cape Cod several years ago. Currently teaches in Milford H. S. and several locations throughout Cape Cod.

Joan McDonald
Joan McDonald learned about art and creativity from her fiber artist mother, Elizabeth Gurrier. She received a BA at Leslie University in Religious Studies and went on to study at Andover Newton Theological School. Joan studied clay at the Radcliff Studios in Cambridge and at DG Dahlquist Art Studio in Des Moines, Iowa. Joan’s works in mixed media, fiber and clay and is fascinated by masks. She has taught mask making and exploring creativity.

Mary Moquin
Mary Moquin is a well-known artist and teacher on the Cape.  She spends her summers in a remote dune cottage on Sandy Neck where she finds most of the inspiration for her paintings. Her expressive paintings have won numerous awards and have been included in several regional and national juried competitions.  The imagery she portrays evokes a sense of place in which to take shelter or explore and elicits a sense of belonging to something eternal.  Mary holds a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in painting. Her work is represented locally by the Cove Gallery in Wellfleet and S. Chatham and may also be viewed at www.covegallery.com and www.marymoquin.com

Richard Neal
Richard Neal is a Centerville painter and sculptor working at Chalkboard Studio in Barnstable Village. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He was the set designer and builder for Cotuit Center's production of Darwin in Malibu and within the past year he has exhibited his work in Provincetown, Boston and New York City.

Denise and Katrina Caracol-Parker
Denise and Katrina Caracol-Parker, both self-taught, have been creating together since 2006. They are passionate  about keeping traditional crafts alive, specifically bookbinding and soap making. They enjoy working with a variety of media including paper, leather, glass, wood, and metal, and focus on giving everyday functional objects a little flair.

Jim Pettibone
James Pettibone has degrees from the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City and Emerson College in Boston. Since moving to the Cape, he has appeared in productions at the Chatham Theater Guild, Harwich Junior Theater and Cape Cod Community College. He is also on the faculty at 4Cs where he directed a number of stage readings and one act plays. In addition, he teaches acting at the John Robert Powers School in Boston. At the Cotuit Center for the Arts, he has been the acting coach for two main stage productions.

Bronwen Prosser         
Bronwen Prosser trained at New York’s Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and went on to write and perform the critically acclaimed one-woman show The Make-Out Queen in a variety of festivals. Bronwen’s extensive theater resume includes shows in Chicago, New York and Boston. On film she can be seen in the Sundance syndicated webseries Sparks as well as receiving best actress for her lead role in the short film Breaker.  This past spring Bronwen played Sister James in Cotuit’s production of Doubt. Bronwen has been involved in teaching theater since college. She has led summer workshops, and has taught both children and adults in New York and in Woods Hole.

Jackie Reeves
Jackie Reeves was born in Montreal, Canada. She received her BFA in Design Art from Concordia University, Montreal (1990), and MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2012).   She has been actively involved in community arts as co founder of Plymouth Community Arts Center (1998), and as a commercial and community mural painter for fifteen years.  Reeves is represented by Gallery Ehva in Provincetown and was recently awarded a solo show at NKG in Boston. She has been a resident of the United States since 1995, currently lives in Sandwich and works out of Chalkboard Studio in Barnstable Village.  To see Jackie's art go to www.jackiereeves.com

Doris Rice
Doris Rice is a watercolor painter from New Hampshire. She received her formal art training at the Moore College of Art, Philadelphia. She prefers to paint in plein air, finding her artistic inspiration from the great outdoors. Collectors would look for impressions of a location.   Artistic Statement:   “I want to capture the immediacy of a place in time. Sensory feelings of light, movement, sound and fresh air combine for a painting, which is alive with energy.”

Harry Sandler
Harry Sandler spent a good deal of time learning the technical aspects of photography using various alternative processes like Platinum and  Gum over Gold Platinum Printing. He has been teaching workshops and showing his prints at various locations around the United States since 2008. Harry as a vast knowledge of printing iPhone and traditional images that he brings to each and every workshop.  Photography has been a lifetime avocation for Harry. Prior to 2008 he had a career in entertainment in various roles over the years such as Film and Video Producer and Tour Director. He has worked with some of entertainments most elite acts such as Barbara Streisand, John Mellencamp, Eagles, Jewel, Van Halen, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Nicks.  His work can be seen at http:harrysandler.com and http:iPhone-antics.blogspot.com.

Karen Santos
Karen Santos has worked on and off stage in various roles performing, directing, producing, writing and teaching.  She has been involved with Cotuit Center for the Arts since 2007 in various roles including box office manager, customer service and special events.  Karen has worked at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston as a teaching artist in their Citi Spotlights program and education office, taught creative drama at the Waldorf School of Cape Cod and taught theatre games at Barnstable Intermediate School.  Karen holds a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College and also has a background in international non-profit program management.

David Sigel
David Sigel received his B.F.A degree in painting from Boston University. He continues to maintain a studio and work both as a professional artist and educator. David has been teaching studio art for the last seventeen years and currently chairs the visual art department at the Episcopal Academy outside of Philadelphia.

Anthony Teixeira
Anthony Teixeira grew up in Sandwich where he developed a life-long enthusiasm for theater and music. He studied both at the University of Southern Maine, where he also spent four summers as an instructor at the USM Theater Academy. Anthony completed four tours with National Theater for Arts & Education, working as a performer and technician to bring educational theater to students across the country. He also worked as the company manager for Connecticut Free Shakespeare, a non-profit professional theater company dedicated to making Shakespeare's works accessible to all-ages audiences. Since returning to the Cape last year, he has had the good fortune to perform in shows with CCftA, Cape Rep Theater, Chatham Drama Guild, and Theater Under the Stairs.

Pamela Wills
Professionally Certified Dance Teacher and Choreographer Pamela Wills offers year round dance instruction for all ages and all levels of experience.  Over the past 25+ years, she has choreographed and taught dance in Washington, DC, Mansfield, MA, Cotuit, MA and in Hamburg, Germany.  She most recently worked as choreographer for Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Cotuit Center for the Arts.  Call 774-253-3099 or email pcwills67@yahoo.com