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2D Animation

Joe Klockowski: Joe graduated from Skidmore College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and a concentration in Communication Design. Since graduating, Joe has worked as a freelance graphic designer and motion graphics artist for numerous design agencies. He is currently the in-house graphic design for Nine Pin Cider Works, a hard cider company located in Albany, working on a diverse array of projects including packaging design, motion graphics, video/photography and other promotion materials. In 2017, Joe began working as a summer instructor at Skidmore College teaching Intro to Design.

 

3D Modeling

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A Capella Singing

Christina Pizzino-Catalano: Mrs. Pizzino-Catalano is in her tenth year with Niskayuna Central Schools as the high school director of choral studies where she conducts Choir (9th-12thgrade mixed), Ladies First (treble voices), Concert Chorale (select mixed), Studio Singers (select vocal jazz), and Bel Canto Voices (select a cappella/madrigal) in addition to teaching group vocal instruction. She has also conducted the Glencliff Elementary School 4th/5thGrade Chorus and teaches at the Summer Sonata program during July. She acts as the vocal prepateur/rehearsal accompanist for Niskayuna’s annual high school musical (shows include Sondheim’s Follies, Bye Bye Birdie, Cinderella, Thoroughly Modern Millie, CATS, Shakespeare’s R&J,Sweeney Todd, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Phantom of the Opera which was nominated for nine H.S. Musical Theatre Awards and was named best musical at the regional H.S. Musical Theatre Awards at Proctors Theatre, and CAMELOT). She has sung with Albany Pro Musica under the direction of the late Dr. David Griggs-Janower, has toured as a conductor with American Music Abroad to Germany and Austria and has chaired both the Suburban Council Select and Schenectady All-County High School Select Mixed Choruses. In addition, she has twice been a NYSSMA Choral Majors chairperson and co-chaired the NYSSMA Solo Festival at Niskayuna High School that hosted over 2800 students from area schools. She has judged the art song competition that was sponsored by the Eastern division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and has been the guest conductor of the Greene All-County High School Select Mixed Chorus, Renssalaer County High School Select Mixed Chorus, and the Saratoga-Warren County 7-10 Select Women’s Chorus. Under her direction, Bel Canto Voices was selected to perform at the 2013 NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference.

Mrs. Pizzino-Catalano returned to the Capital Region after completing her M.M. in Vocal Performance at the College-Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati) and a B.M. in Music Education and Vocal Performance at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Concert work includes Handel’s Messiah with the Middletown (Ohio) Civic Chorus, Bach’s Magnificat with the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Mohawk Valley Chorus and Rutter’s Mass of the Children with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra where 140 of her students joined her onstage for the performance at Proctors Theatre. Locally she has performed with the SUNY Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Octavo Singers and the Mendelssohn Club of Albany. Mrs. Pizzino-Catalano has soloed with the Video Games Live tour in the “Tetris Opera” at Proctors Theatre while her students were featured as choral musicians. She has performed at the Saratoga Race Track for Italian-American Day in addition to frequent requests to perform the Italian National Anthem, most recently at the Zonta District 2 Conference (Empowering Women) in October joined by ten of her students. While in Cincinnati she maintained a two-year employment with Old St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church as a soloist at the Latin Mass. She was the second place winner at the National Society of Arts and Letters vocal competition within the Kentucky Chapter in 2008.

Mrs. Pizzino-Catalano maintains a private vocal studio (former member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing), is a cantor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Roman Catholic Church where she also sings at weddings and funerals, has coached girls freshmen volleyball, was the advisor of the S.A.P.E. Club (Students Advocating for a Positive Environment/anti-bullying) at Niskayuna H.S. and is a NYSSMA solo adjudicator.

 

Acting Techniques

Craig Dolezel: Craig MacArthur Dolezel is an actor and professor of voice and speech.  He recently completed a tour in Ireland of Misterman by Enda Walsh.  As an instructor of voice he has been a contributing faculty member at Rutgers University and AMDA.  He has also taught at the NYU Atlantic Acting School and HB Studio.  He is currently the head of speech in the HB Studio CORE Acting Conservatory.  He works as a mentor to other teachers in the field and contributes regularly to international workshops and conferences.  Craig received his BA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.  He feels that voice and speech are experiential skillets which are creative, fun and accessible to everyone.

 

Acting with Accents & Dialects

Craig Dolezel: Craig MacArthur Dolezel is an actor and professor of voice and speech.  He recently completed a tour in Ireland of Misterman by Enda Walsh.  As an instructor of voice he has been a contributing faculty member at Rutgers University and AMDA.  He has also taught at the NYU Atlantic Acting School and HB Studio.  He is currently the head of speech in the HB Studio CORE Acting Conservatory.  He works as a mentor to other teachers in the field and contributes regularly to international workshops and conferences.  Craig received his BA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.  He feels that voice and speech are experiential skillets which are creative, fun and accessible to everyone.

 

Aerospace Engineering

Timothy Emre Rice: Timothy graduated from Syracuse University in May of 2017 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. At Syracuse, he worked three years as an Academic Excellence Workshop facilitator, and he recently has been working for General Electric Global Research Center as an intern for the additive materials and ceramic materials laboratory. Timothy is currently an accepted graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and will continue his studies in the field of Aeronautical Engineering, studying propulsion and combustion.

 

Albany Murder & Mystery

Shaunna Pastuszak: Ms. Pastuszak is an American Historian with degrees from Boston College and Russell Sage College. This is her fourth year on staff at the St. Rose Summer Academy. Ms. Pastuszak has taught social studies in the South Colonie School system since 2002. Her most current academic endeavors include fellowships given by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her last five summers have been spent as a fellow studying topics like the Civil Rights Movement on the Mississippi Delta at Delta State University, and at Montana State University, in Helena, researching the impact of western mining on the Second Industrial Revolution. Her resume also includes participation in the Ashbrook Center’s Presidential Academy and the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute.

 

Alexander Hamilton History

Susan Brophy: Susan Brophy is happy to be back for her ninth year with the Summer Academy. Brophy received her Bachelors Degree in English from SUNY Brockport and her graduate degree in Secondary Education from The College of Saint Rose. She has been teaching 8th grade English in the Waterford-Halfmoon school district for nine years. Because of her love for language and emphasis on the creative (she was also a Theatre Minor in college). Ms. Brophy likes to encourage all her students to be eloquent, unique, and have fun.

 

American Sign Language

Michael Langevin: Michael had been a Sign Language Interpreter in the community and at the Capital Region BOCES for the past 29 years. He works in a local public school system interpreting for students who are Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, and he received a Bachelor’s Degree from Utica College in Biology and secondary education. Michael holds a certificate of Deaf Studies from the College of Saint Rose. American Sign Language is becoming more and more recognized as an official language and is more visible than ever out in the community thanks in large part to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 

App Inventor

Rachel Linehan: I have taught mathematics for 7 years at Bethlehem Central High School, and the past three years’ I have also taught college level computer science. I earned my teaching degree from SUNY Oneonta and I am certified to teach both math and physics at the secondary level. After SUNY, I earned my master’s degree from The College of St. Rose and I am now certified as an Educational Technology Specialist. Even though I envisioned myself as a long time math teacher, I have found a new love of coding and computer science. When I am not teaching, I enjoy running and training for races with my dog Ruby. This is Rachel’s second year with the Summer Academy.

 

Astronomy

Curtis Snyder: Curtis has a MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, and a BS in Secondary Education Earth Science/Biology from SUNY Geneseo. He has been teaching Regents Earth Science for 25 years and is currently employed at Guilderland Central Schools and is teaching Space Exploration. He teaches an Astronomy enrichment course for Guilderland Parks and Rec. and loves the night sky. This is Curtis’s first year as in instructor for the Summer Academy.

 

Aquatic Ecology

Susan Moore-Palumbo: Susan has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and an M.S. from Syracuse University in Science Education. In addition, she is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and NYS Master Teacher. She has taught science for over 20 years and currently teaches Living Environment, A.P. Biology and Forensics at South Glens Falls High School. She has developed full year curricula for Forensics and Environmental Technology courses, with an emphasis on inquiry learning. She has also been an adjunct professor at SUNY Albany and Syracuse University. She is excited to have students hone their critical thinking skills through inquiry science! This is Susan’s eighth summer with the Summer Academy.

 

Broadway Bootcamp

Melissa Firlit: Melissa has been nominated and won various awards and accolades around the country for her work on the regional level. She recently directed the Ireland National Tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh, which was developed at Thingamajig Theatre Company in 2014. Prior, she was at Creede Repertory Theatre directing the world premiere of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer which toured the Southwest region of the  United States and reached over 24,000 people.  As part of her personal commitment to new work and collaboration with playwrights, Melissa dedicates a lot of her time to plays in various stages of development. In 2015 she started a playwright’s festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado so that she could give a playwright the opportunity to work on their play in a rehearsal room setting. 
 
New Work Credits: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 (Best Medicine Rep), I’m Just Fine (solocomNYC), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD ( Chicago Fringe Festival), Annabel Lee (Apothecary Theatre Co), Someone to Buy It (EST’s Youngblood), A Nasty Tempered Man (Theatre for the New City), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Third Ward Scandal (Project Y), The Squizzinator (Project Y) and many FringeNYC shows. 

Favorite Credits: Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), AidaCircle Mirror TransformationThe PillowmanThe Secret GardenRedA Picasso  (Thingamajig), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), Stop Kiss (Wagner College), Under Construction, Machinal, boom, Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Rutgers Theater Company).

To provide up and coming thespians with the same encouragement and passion she thrives on, Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose and does workshops at colleges around the country. Melissa’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BA in theater with a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute.  She is an associate member SDC. Check out Melissa’s website at www.melissafirlit.com.

 
Craig Dolezel: Craig MacArthur Dolezel is an actor and professor of voice and speech.  He recently completed a tour in Ireland of Misterman by Enda Walsh.  As an instructor of voice he has been a contributing faculty member at Rutgers University and AMDA.  He has also taught at the NYU Atlantic Acting School and HB Studio.  He is currently the head of speech in the HB Studio CORE Acting Conservatory.  He works as a mentor to other teachers in the field and contributes regularly to international workshops and conferences.  Craig received his BA from SUNY Purchase and a MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.  He feels that voice and speech are experiential skillets which are creative, fun and accessible to everyone.

 
Bradley Gregg: Bradley has extensive teaching, performing, conducting and accompanist experience. He graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and attained his master’s degree in music education at the College of Saint Rose.

Before accepting the Galway position, Gregg taught at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Schenectady High School & Middle Schools, and at Scotia-Glenville High School. He also teaches private piano and voice lessons & is the organist and pianist at the West Charlton Presbyterian Church, where his father Thomas serves as pastor. Bradley has also served as accompanist to the Mohawk Valley Chorus since 2014.

Bradley has ample theater experience as well, both directing and accompanying for the likes of the Schenectady Light Opera Company, the Family Players of Northeastern New York, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Gregg lives in Clifton Park with his wife, Jaclyn, and their two corgis, Lola & Ruby.

 

Law & Trial

Patrick Totaro: 

 

Character Creation

Emily Cammisa: Emily Cammisa is an up and coming artist that focuses primarily on fantasy illustration, portraiture, and character design. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and began her freelancing career in 2010 doing both graphic design and illustration projects for various clients. In July of 2015 she began teaching at the College of Saint Rose’s Summer Academy for Youth.
 
Currently she is established at the Other Worlds Gallery, located in Glens Falls. She also teaches dreamcatcher workshops, along with group and private art lessons, eager to share her knowledge and passion for art with children and adults alike.

 

Civics & Democracy

Frank Finch: Frank has taught history, economics, and political science at high school and college levels. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and political science from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s degree in social studies education from SUNY-Plattsburgh, and has completed additional work towards a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois. Frank has judged high school civics contests, and while in college, won the outstanding delegate award at the Harvard Model U.N. He has been selected to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” This is Frank’s third year with the Summer Academy.

 

Coding with Minecraft

Teresa Wainwright: Tess Wainwright graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016 with a BS in Game Design and a BS in Communications. Since then, she has worked and volunteered at multiple summer camps that teach game design. She also volunteers at Tech Valley Game Space, a charity organization whose mission is to bring diversity into the gaming industry and spread the message that gaming and game design are for everyone.

 

Conspiracy Theories

Shaunna Pastuszak: Meredith has a MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and an MFA in video art from Syracuse University. Her teaching certificate was earned at the College of St. Rose. She has been teaching art: including classes in Animation, advertising and design, AP art, film, and studio art for the last 10 years. She continues to make her own art work (video and painting) and exhibit locally and on line. This is her ninth year with The Summer Academy.

 

Conspiracy Theories

Shaunna Pastuszak: Ms. Pastuszak is an American Historian with degrees from Boston College and Russell Sage College. This is her third year on staff at the St. Rose Summer Academy. Ms. Pastuszak has taught social studies in the South Colonie School system since 2002. Her most current academic endeavors include fellowships given by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her last four summers have been spent as a fellow studying topics like the Civil Rights Movement on the Mississippi Delta at Delta State University, and at Montana State University, in Helena, researching the impact of western mining on the Second Industrial Revolution. Her resume also includes participation in the Ashbrook Center’s Presidential Academy and the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. Ms. Pastuszak brings a great deal of enthusiasm to the Conspiracy Theories class.  Intriguing information, hands-on games, and plenty of “aha” moments are in store for the students she is working with.

 

Crime & Mystery Writing

Julie Demers: This is Julie Demers’s second summer at Summer Academy. Previously, she taught at Summer Institute for the Gifted for five summers at Vassar College. She received her BA, MA and MAT in English from SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Albany and Sage Graduate School and currently teaches composition and literature at Hudson Valley Community College. Another passion of hers is writing for the stage; she has written, directed, and produced theater in the Capital Region for over fifteen years. Three of her one-act plays have competed at the TANYS (Theater Association of NYS) festival, winning numerous awards. She continues to take writing workshops to become a better writer, teacher and student.

 

Digital Narratives

Teresa Wainwright: Tess Wainwright graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016 with a BS in Game Design and a BS in Communications. Since then, she has worked and volunteered at multiple summer camps that teach game design. She also volunteers at Tech Valley Game Space, a charity organization whose mission is to bring diversity into the gaming industry and spread the message that gaming and game design are for everyone.

 

Digital Photography

Anna Pellicone: Born and raised in Northern New Jersey I have spent the last 5 years in Albany New York where I have recently graduated The College of Saint Rose with a BFA in Art Education concentrating in Printmaking.  Art has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a young girl I would write in my journals my dream of someday becoming an art teacher. I am a collector of many things and love to go thrifting in hopes of finding new treasures! Random fun facts: my favorite color is seafoam, I have always dreamt of owning a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, and Sailor Moon is my hero.

 

Drawn & Quartered

Shawn Banner: Shawn Banner has been with the Summer Academy for eight years and is a graduate of Oberlin College, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Sage College of Education. He has been a freelance illustrator for over 20 years, serving a wide range of clients in the fields of fashion, book and magazine publishing, advertising, and more. In addition, he has worked as an arts educator for more than a decade, teaching budding artists from Kindergarten to College.

 

Environmental Technology

Susan Moore-Palumbo: Susan has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and an M.S. from Syracuse University in Science Education. In addition, she is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and NYS Master Teacher. She has taught science for over 20 years and currently teaches Living Environment, A.P. Biology and Forensics at South Glens Falls High School. She has developed full year curricula for Forensics and Environmental Technology courses, with an emphasis on inquiry learning. She has also been an adjunct professor at SUNY Albany and Syracuse University. She is excited to have students hone their critical thinking skills through inquiry science! This is Susan’s eighth summer with the Summer Academy.

 

Espionage History

Frank Finch: Frank has taught history, economics, and political science at high school and college levels. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and political science from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s degree in social studies education from SUNY-Plattsburgh, and has completed additional work towards a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois. While not a spy himself (or so he claims), Frank appreciates both the importance of espionage in shaping history, and the intrigue caused by spying in a fun yet academic approach about real-life spying, we will explore this natural fascination about international espionage, that draws so many of us to flock to the latest spy film or best-selling thriller book. This is Frank’s third summer with the Summer Academy.

 

Fan Fiction Writing

Josh Kohan: This is Josh’s sixth year at the Summer Academy.  He is currently a faculty English Instructor at Hudson Valley Community College.  A graduate of The College of Saint Rose with his M.S. in English Education, Josh got his BA in Film and Media Study from the University at Buffalo where he wrote and directed screenplays and films.  As a New York State certified English teacher for Josh has taught English abroad for two years in South Korea, a higher needs charter school in New Orleans through the Teach Greater New Orleans program, and various public schools throughout the Capital Region.  He continues to write whenever he is not teaching and is looking forward to another great summer with the Summer Academy!

 

Fashion Illustration

Shawn Banner:Shawn Banner has been with the Summer Academy for eight years and is a graduate of Oberlin College, Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Sage College of Education. He has been a freelance illustrator for over 20 years, serving a wide range of clients in the fields of fashion, book and magazine publishing, advertising, and more. In addition, he has worked as an arts educator for more than a decade, teaching budding artists from Kindergarten to College.

 

Fire Science

Matthew Derway: Matt is a career Firefighter with the City of Saratoga Springs Fire Department. Matt was hired by the city of Saratoga Spring in 2006. Matt has been a volunteer Firefighter for 24 years and is currently a Captain in Schuylerville Fire Department. Matt was an Airport/Structural Firefighter for 6 years in the NY Air National Guard, graduating from the Department of Defense Fire Academy in 1995. Matt also graduated from Schenectady County Community College in 2000 with an Associates in Fire Protection Technologies. Matt also has various NYS and National Fire Certifications.

 

Forensics

Karen Waters: Karen has a MS in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from SUNY Albany, and a BS in Secondary Education Chemistry and a BS in Secondary Education Physics from SUNY Oneonta. She has been teaching Regents Chemistry for 20 years and is currently employed at Greenwich Central School and teaching Forensics this year at Greenwich. In the past, she has taught Regents Physics. She has also been an instructor at the Summer Education Enrichment Program at Adirondack Community College. This is Karen’s tenth year as in instructor for the Summer Academy.

 

Game Theory, Logic, & Probability

Frank Finch: Frank has taught history, economics, and political science at high school and college levels. He received a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and political science from SUNY Binghamton, a master’s degree in social studies education from SUNY-Plattsburgh, and has completed additional work towards a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Illinois. Frank taught chess for years at SUNY – Adirondack, as well as high school economics, where game theory was part of the curriculum. He has been selected to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” This is Frank’s third year with the Summer Academy.

 

Graphic Design

Olya Maria Szyika: Olya has taught Summer Academy’s Graphic Design for eight years and Interior Design for six years. She received a BA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany, an AAS in Graphic Design from Sage College of Albany, and a BFA in Graphic Design and concentration in Painting from Sage as well. Olya has operated her own design practice since 2001, specializing in print graphic design and visual communication. In addition to solving design problems for a range of clients, she spends a portion of her time doing pro-bono design work for not-for-profits and arts organizations. She has exhibited design, paintings, photography, collage and sculptures throughout the Capital Region. Olya has studied and continues to study art in various forms, both formally and through and independent research and experience. Her areas of interest include graphic design, painting, interior design, photography, computer art, jewelry design, quilt-making, drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, artist books, and papermaking. She enjoys the results of blurring the lines between various media and appreciates the results of experimentation as a form of learning.

 

Graphic Novel

Emily Cammisa: Emily Cammisa is an up and coming artist that focuses primarily on fantasy illustration, portraiture, and character design. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and began her freelancing career in 2010 doing both graphic design and illustration projects for various clients. In July of 2015 she began teaching at the College of Saint Rose’s Summer Academy for Youth.
 
Currently she is established at the Other Worlds Gallery, located in Glens Falls. She also teaches dreamcatcher workshops, along with group and private art lessons, eager to share her knowledge and passion for art with children and adults alike.

 

Hotel & Restaurant Management

Michelle Daus: Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial studies from Paul Smith’s College, in the Adirondacks, after originally planning to study Culinary Arts. Life presented many great plot twists and opportunities and she ended up at The College of Saint Rose earning a teaching degree and certification in Business and Marketing Education. One thing led to another and now she’s a business teacher at Guilderland High School with hopes and dreams of opening an ice cream shop, food truck, bakery, or maybe a mini golf course. She’s really looking forward to taking some time this summer to help others explore the hospitality industry and their entrepreneurial ideas.

 

Improvisation Acting

Melissa Firlit: Melissa has been nominated and won various awards and accolades around the country for her work on the regional level. She recently directed the Ireland National Tour of Misterman by Enda Walsh, which was developed at Thingamajig Theatre Company in 2014. Prior, she was at Creede Repertory Theatre directing the world premiere of Albert Porter: Boy Explorer which toured the Southwest region of the  United States and reached over 24,000 people.  As part of her personal commitment to new work and collaboration with playwrights, Melissa dedicates a lot of her time to plays in various stages of development. In 2015 she started a playwright’s festival in Pagosa Springs, Colorado so that she could give a playwright the opportunity to work on their play in a rehearsal room setting. 
 
New Work Credits: The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 (Best Medicine Rep), I’m Just Fine (solocomNYC), BUBBA (FringeNYC, Planet Connections, UnitedSolo, Theatre Tuscaloosa), SIDD ( Chicago Fringe Festival), Annabel Lee (Apothecary Theatre Co), Someone to Buy It (EST’s Youngblood), A Nasty Tempered Man (Theatre for the New City), Bunting or Flags (New Light Theater Project), Third Ward Scandal (Project Y), The Squizzinator (Project Y) and many FringeNYC shows. 

Favorite Credits: Trojan Women: A Love Story (Fort Lewis College), AidaCircle Mirror TransformationThe PillowmanThe Secret GardenRedA Picasso  (Thingamajig), Dracula (Mile Square Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Princeton Festival), Stop Kiss (Wagner College), Under Construction, Machinal, boom, Fabulation, or the Re-education of Undine (Rutgers Theater Company).

To provide up and coming thespians with the same encouragement and passion she thrives on, Melissa teaches at the renowned McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, helms a Musical Theatre Bootcamp Program at The College of St. Rose and does workshops at colleges around the country. Melissa’s training includes an MFA in Directing from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BA in theater with a minor in music from The University of Hartford and The O’Neill National Theater Institute.  She is an associate member SDC. Check out Melissa’s website at www.melissafirlit.com.

 

Individualized Personal Training

Korey Rogotzke: Korey Rogotzke has taught middle school math and science for 19 years and is presently working at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. As a wrestling coach, Mr. Rogotzke, has taught the physics of human motion as part of strategy. He has a background in the study of human mechanics and enjoys the technical part of breaking down mechanics of specific sport activities. Korey graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead MN with an emphasis on science for his Elementary Education B.A.  During his studies there, he enjoyed kinesiology courses which focused on the mechanics of human motion related to athletics. These courses and working with athletic trainers as a coach have allowed Korey to see firsthand how fundamental mechanics make all the difference with athletic performance. This course will stress the importance of learning proper techniques for sports performance with a variety of sports and how to train for peak physical strength and endurance. This is Korey’s seventh summer with the Summer Academy.

 

Interior Design

Olya Maria Szyika: Olya has taught Summer Academy’s Graphic Design for nine years and Interior Design for six years. She received a BA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany, an AAS in Graphic Design from Sage College of Albany, and a BFA in Graphic Design and concentration in Painting from Sage as well. Olya has operated her own design practice since 2001, specializing in print graphic design and visual communication. In addition to solving design problems for a range of clients, she spends a portion of her time doing pro-bono design work for not-for-profits and arts organizations. She has exhibited design, paintings, photography, collage and sculptures throughout the Capital Region. Olya has studied and continues to study art in various forms, both formally and through and independent research and experience. Her areas of interest include graphic design, painting, interior design, photography, computer art, jewelry design, quilt-making, drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, artist books, and papermaking. She enjoys the results of blurring the lines between various media and appreciates the results of experimentation as a form of learning.

 

Jamming & Musical Improvisation

Joe Hetko: Joe Hetko worked as a freelance musician and private music teacher for more than 25 years. He has played a wide variety of music ranging from rock to chamber music, and has played in many musical theater pit orchestras. He is currently playing the guitar with Duo Dolce, and bass guitar with the Jim Sande Ensemble. He has written music for various bands and composed music for John Koethen’s Heldeberg Marionettes. Joe has been teaching music at The Doane Stuart School for the past nine years. This is Joe’s fifteenth year with the Summer Academy.

 

Make-up Effects

Jenn Dugan: Jenn Dugan is a makeup artist and owner of The Makeup Curio. The Makeup Curio blends the beautiful and the unusual in the art of makeup offering a unique blend of beauty, bridal, theater, and special fx for sale, through educational workshops, and with makeup artist services. She has worked with numerous students in the Capital District as a makeup artist, costume designer and wig stylist. Jenn has a Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College, an Associates Degree in Business Administration from SCCC, and is has a NYS Esthetics License.

 

Manga Drawing

Emily Cammisa: Emily Cammisa is an up and coming artist that focuses primarily on fantasy illustration, portraiture, and character design. She graduated from Skidmore College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and began her freelancing career in 2010 doing both graphic design and illustration projects for various clients. In July of 2015 she began teaching at the College of Saint Rose’s Summer Academy for Youth.
 
Currently she is established at the Other Worlds Gallery, located in Glens Falls. She also teaches dreamcatcher workshops, along with group and private art lessons, eager to share her knowledge and passion for art with children and adults alike.

 

Military Strategy

Sara Colaneri: Sara Straub teaches Middle School Social Studies at Northville Central Schools. She is an active member of the District’s Assessment Review Team and is interested in fostering a love for the Social Sciences and challenging students to think deeper about the content. Her favorite author is Howard Zinn and enjoy sharing his perspective on history with her students.

 

Mixed Media Art

Olya Maria Szyika: Olya has taught Summer Academy’s Graphic Design for nine years and Interior Design for six years. She received a BA in Anthropology from SUNY Albany, an AAS in Graphic Design from Sage College of Albany, and a BFA in Graphic Design and concentration in Painting from Sage as well. Olya has operated her own design practice since 2001, specializing in print graphic design and visual communication. In addition to solving design problems for a range of clients, she spends a portion of her time doing pro-bono design work for not-for-profits and arts organizations. She has exhibited design, paintings, photography, collage and sculptures throughout the Capital Region. Olya has studied and continues to study art in various forms, both formally and through and independent research and experience. Her areas of interest include graphic design, painting, interior design, photography, computer art, jewelry design, quilt-making, drawing, collage, assemblage, sculpture, artist books, and papermaking. She enjoys the results of blurring the lines between various media and appreciates the results of experimentation as a form of learning.

 

Music Recording & Engineering

Nick Dardaris: Nick grew up in the rural outskirts of Syracuse NY in a town called Onondaga. Nick attended The College of Saint Rose where he recently received a BS in Music Industry, and he is currently a freelance audio engineer, producer, and bass player, working in a variety of styles. In the past, Nick has worked as a camp counselor through Onondaga Parks and Recreation, workings with kids ages 5 through 13. Nick has released a solo album entitled ‘Scoops’ and is working on other new and exciting projects. Nick is happy to be back for his 5th year with the Summer Academy!

 

Naval Engineering

Timothy Emre Rice: Timothy graduated from Syracuse University in May of 2017 with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. At Syracuse, he worked three years as an Academic Excellence Workshop facilitator, and he recently has been working for General Electric Global Research Center as an intern for the additive materials and ceramic materials laboratory. Timothy is currently an accepted graduate student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and will continue his studies in the field of Aeronautical Engineering, studying propulsion and combustion.

 

Play Writing

Julie Demers: This is Julie Demers’s second summer at Summer Academy. Previously, she taught at Summer Institute for the Gifted for five summers at Vassar College. She received her BA, MA and MAT in English from SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Albany and Sage Graduate School and currently teaches composition and literature at Hudson Valley Community College. Another passion of hers is writing for the stage; she has written, directed, and produced theater in the Capital Region for over fifteen years. Three of her one-act plays have competed at the TANYS (Theater Association of NYS) festival, winning numerous awards. She continues to take writing workshops to become a better writer, teacher and student.

 

Poetry

Susan Brophy: Susan Brophy is happy to be back for her ninth year with the Summer Academy. Brophy received her Bachelors Degree in English from SUNY Brockport and her graduate degree in Secondary Education from The College of Saint Rose. She has been teaching 8th grade English in the Waterford-Halfmoon school district for nine years. Because of her love for language and emphasis on the creative (she was also a Theatre Minor in college). Ms. Brophy likes to encourage all her students to be eloquent, unique, and have fun.

 

Roller Coaster Engineering

Wade Abbott: For Wade Abbott, there is nothing more thrilling than the steep drop down the first hill of a roller coaster. Despite a significant fear of heights, he has ridden more than 370 different roller coasters in the United States and Canada. He has a bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in Communications from the College of Saint Rose. Wade also serves as the New York State Regional Representative for American Coaster Enthusiasts, the world’s largest roller coaster enthusiast organization. This is Wade’s fifth year with the Summer Academy program. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge of these behemoths of steel and wood that grace amusement parks throughout the world.

 

Science Fiction Writing

Joshua Kohan: This is Josh’s sixth year at the Summer Academy.  He is currently a faculty English Instructor at Hudson Valley Community College.  A graduate of The College of Saint Rose with his M.S. in English Education, Josh got his BA in Film and Media Study from the University at Buffalo where he wrote and directed screenplays and films.  As a New York State certified English teacher for Josh has taught English abroad for two years in South Korea, a higher needs charter school in New Orleans through the Teach Greater New Orleans program, and various public schools throughout the Capital Region.  He continues to write whenever he is not teaching and is looking forward to another great summer with the Summer Academy!

 

Screenprinting

Anna Pellicone: Born and raised in Northern New Jersey I have spent the last 5 years in Albany New York where I have recently graduated The College of Saint Rose with a BFA in Art Education concentrating in Printmaking.  Art has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a young girl I would write in my journals my dream of someday becoming an art teacher. I am a collector of many things and love to go thrifting in hopes of finding new treasures! Random fun facts: my favorite color is seafoam, I have always dreamt of owning a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, and Sailor Moon is my hero.

 

Sculpture

Jack Shaefer: Jack is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose Sculpture program, BFA Studio Art / Art History Minor, 2007. Jack has worked steadily in art-related environments since graduating including; founding and supervising a theme-art studio for an amusement park equipment company, professional Art Installation with the Tang Museum and RPI’s EMPAC, and gallery oriented professional art moving and handling. Jack also has extensive theatrical experience, and his original puppets and props have been featured in the Moscow Ballet’s Grand Touring Nutcracker as well as in recent productions at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre. Jack is currently Sculpture Technician at the College of Saint Rose and is enthusiastic about working with Summer Youth Academy again.

 

Sports Broadcasting

Matthew Woods: New to the Summer Academy Program, Matthew is a 2015 graduate of The College of Saint Rose with a BA in journalism. While at St. Rose, he enjoyed many courses related to sports journalism and had his writings included in the New York Times. Under the tutelage of Armen Williams and Jeff Levack, he was hired immediately by Townsquare Media out of college and is now the producer for multiple shows on 104.5 the TEAM ESPN Radio. Shows he has produced in the capital region include Hahn & Humpty, Big Board Sports with Rodger Wyland, and Levack & Goz among others. He has interviewed the likes of UFC champion Amanda Nunes, ESPN’s Buster Olney, and multiple directors of ESPN featured 30 for 30 films. Matthew has also written hundreds of articles for the station’s website as well. When Matthew is not working, he enjoys time spent with his dog and playing soccer and golf.

 

Sports Coaching

Korey Rogotzke: Korey Rogotzke has taught middle school math and science for 19 years and is presently working at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. As a wrestling coach, Mr. Rogotzke, has taught the physics of human motion as part of strategy. He has a background in the study of human mechanics and enjoys the technical part of breaking down mechanics of specific sport activities. Korey graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead MN with an emphasis on science for his Elementary Education B.A.  During his studies there, he enjoyed kinesiology courses which focused on the mechanics of human motion related to athletics. These courses and working with athletic trainers as a coach have allowed Korey to see firsthand how fundamental mechanics make all the difference with athletic performance. This course will stress the importance of learning proper techniques for sports performance with a variety of sports and how to train for peak physical strength and endurance. This is Korey’s seventh summer with the Summer Academy.

 

Sports Team Management

Matthew Woods: New to the Summer Academy Program, Matthew is a 2015 graduate of The College of Saint Rose with a BA in journalism. While at St. Rose, he enjoyed many courses related to sports journalism and had his writings included in the New York Times. Under the tutelage of Armen Williams and Jeff Levack, he was hired immediately by Townsquare Media out of college and is now the producer for multiple shows on 104.5 the TEAM ESPN Radio. Shows he has produced in the capital region include Hahn & Humpty, Big Board Sports with Rodger Wyland, and Levack & Goz among others. He has interviewed the likes of UFC champion Amanda Nunes, ESPN’s Buster Olney, and multiple directors of ESPN featured 30 for 30 films. Matthew has also written hundreds of articles for the station’s website as well. When Matthew is not working, he enjoys time spent with his dog and playing soccer and golf.

 

Small Business Management

Michelle Daus: Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Entrepreneurial studies from Paul Smith’s College, in the Adirondacks, after originally planning to study Culinary Arts. Life presented many great plot twists and opportunities and she ended up at The College of Saint Rose earning a teaching degree and certification in Business and Marketing Education. One thing led to another and now she’s a business teacher at Guilderland High School with hopes and dreams of opening an ice cream shop, food truck, bakery, or maybe a mini golf course. She’s really looking forward to taking some time this summer to help others explore the hospitality industry and their entrepreneurial ideas!

 

Song Writing

Joe Hetko: Joe Hetko worked as a freelance musician and private music teacher for more than 25 years. He has played a wide variety of music ranging from rock to chamber music, and has played in many musical theater pit orchestras. He is currently playing the guitar with Duo Dolce, and bass guitar with the Jim Sande Ensemble. He has written music for various bands and composed music for John Koethen’s Heldeberg Marionettes. Joe has been teaching music at The Doane Stuart School for the past nine years. This is Joe’s fifteenth year with the Summer Academy.

 

Studio Art: Painting

Bradley McCrary: Brad McCrary is an artist from Albany and a current student at the Rhode Island School of Design where he studies painting. He has been a teaching assistant for multiple classes for foundations and continuing education students. He will graduate in 2020 with a Bachelors of Fine Art. Although he spends most of the year in Providence studying at RISD he considers Albany his home. Brad’s paintings often are based on explorations of color, either through representational figurative subjects or more recently diving into abstraction with a combination of drawing, painting and collage. Brad is looking forward to his first year teaching at the Summer Academy.

 

Theatrical Make-up Design

Jenn Dugan: Jenn Dugan is a makeup artist and owner of The Makeup Curio. The Makeup Curio blends the beautiful and the unusual in the art of makeup offering a unique blend of beauty, bridal, theater, and special fx for sale, through educational workshops, and with makeup artist services. She has worked with numerous students in the Capital District as a makeup artist, costume designer and wig stylist. Jenn has a Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College, an Associates Degree in Business Administration from SCCC, and is has a NYS Esthetics License.

 

Theater Technology

Timothy Clow:

 

Veterinary Science

Brad Schoonmaker: Brad Schoonmaker has been with the program for 4 years. He has been a Licensed Veterinary Technician for 9 years and has received an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from SUNY Ulster. Brad spent 7 years working at the Ulster County SPCA where he served as the Medical Coordinator. In the position he set medical protocols for shelter animals as well as acted as a surgical technician a low cost spay/neuter clinic. Brad set up several low cost programs and services to benefit the local community, pet population and TNR programs. Brad currently works as a Licensed Veterinary Technician at Kingston Animal Hospital.

 

Video Game Design

Chris Spahn: Chris is a hobbyist game designer in addition to working with TVGS as volunteer event organizer and mentor for the weekly Beginner Game Design group. He has an M.S. in Computer Science from the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica. He is in the process of founding his own group called Grifkuba, which provides web hosting, game projects, a Minecraft server, and a discord server. He is also currently working on his own indie game project, Space Colonizers.

 

Video Production

Ron Mattice: Ron has been teaching Summer Academy Video Production for seventeen years. He obtained his Bachelors from The College of Saint Rose. He is currently working as an Educational Television Specialist for Albany City School District and a freelance videographer. Ron has worked on a wide variety of video projects locally from Instructional Videos for Sterling Pharmaceutical to advertising for several local businesses. He also did principal camera work and the editing for a local sketch comedy show, 40 Whacks, that starred current Late Night host, Jimmy Fallon.