Coyote’s teaching artists are professional artists, animators, chefs, music producers, welders, public artists, photographers, even lawyers and scientists.
They exhibit in art galleries, travel throughout the country or around the world, cook in elegant restaurants, hold mock trials in courtrooms, tour with their music, install public art statewide, and premiere their animations in theaters and film festivals.
Collectively they are an ideal corps of experienced teachers who know how to challenge adolescents to think for themselves and discover confidence in their own potential.
TARIK ABDULLAH is a private chef who has been in the industry since 1989, working at the Napa Valley Grill, Luna Park Cafe, Earth and Ocean, Cirque de Soleil and Serafina/Cicchetti. He was a star semi-finalist in this season’s The Taste, competing on Anthony Bordain’s team. Tarik has a great following for his pop-up dinners and brunches and does elaborate photo shoots for culinary publications. He regularly carves out time to teach kids at community centers & special programs.
CARLOS AGUILAR was introduced to graffiti at 11 years old while growing up in Compton, CA. He began taking it seriously in 2000 and has been selling and exhibiting his artwork across the US and in Seattle since 2008. He teams up with Sara Ferguson and travels across the US painting large murals for festivals and organizations. Commissioned by the city of Netanya, they traveled to Israel in 2015 to paint large scale murals on a three and five story buildings.
JEMIL AZIZ a graduate of the Culinary Academy in Hyde Park, is from New Orleans and has been THE Cajun chef at Seattle restaurants, including The Taste of New Orleans. A popular instructor as well, he has been teaching culinary skills at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School since 1997. Summer 2012 he hits the road – serving his mouthwatering fare out of his Cajun food truck, Jemil’s Big Easy – joining the Seattle ‘s latest cool & hot food scene!
RUBEN BARRON became hooked on magic as a 10-year-old. A professional magician since 1994, he performs at comedy clubs, trade shows, company or community events, and private affairs, even on the annual holiday train route to Leavenworth. He is also a popular magician for kids at parties or in schools where he captivates his audiences either performing for them or teaching them how to perform magic. He’s taught Coyote kids since 2009.
KRISTINA BARTLESON graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in NY and has cooked on tall ships and in fine restaurants. Determining that desserts inspire her the most, she turned to pastries - at Rover's, Cascadia, and the Four Seasons Hotel. Her family owns the Sand Point Grill where she continues to make pastries and plays many roles in that popular neighborhood restaurant. She has been a champion Coyote teaching chef for many years.
JENNIFER BENNETT is a jewelry artist whose production line is exhibited and sold nationally in many galleries and stores, and who shows locally at The Seattle Art Museum’s museum store, Kobo Gallery, and Venue Ballard. In addition to making and teaching jewelry, she creates large-scale, temporary sculpture evocative of her small- scale sensibility. www.dilucedesign.com
BIKE WORKS, an organization established in Columbia City, has been working for kids, bikes, and community since 1996 and is centered around bicycles in a way that combines youth development, community engagement, bicycle recycling and a social enterprise bike shop to help build a sustainable & healthy community. Coyote and Bike Works first formed a partnership in 2012 to bring Bike Works programming onto Coyote’s campus.
MARTEZ RICE is the Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator at Bike Works and has more than 9 years experience teaching youth skills from rock climbing to bicycle maintenance and safety. She is great at helping them feel empowered with a wrench in their hands when they are fixing and customizing their own bikes.
JAMES BRANDALISE, architectural designer and furniture maker, is also proficient in metal arts. He spent fourteen years as a professional restorer of antique furniture, preparing it for market. As a craftsman who has gained extensive knowledge in woods and styles of furniture, including current, vintage, and antique, he brings a wide array of skills and knowledge to his teaching. He is also a metal fabricator both for his own art and other artists.
PAUL CASEY is the sole proprietor of Quicksilver Metalsmithing. His metalwork includes architectural installations and public art commissions. His work has been published in The Contemporaty Blacksmith, 20 Hot Kitchen Designs by architect Geoff Prentiss, and the Northwest Home and Garden. He has taught blacksmithing and metal jewelry at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle Waldorf School & Peter’s Valley Center for Crafts. www.pcquicksilver.com
AMY CRAWFORD, a glass sculptor, expresses herself in glass by creating fantastical animals and environments. A BFA graduate and a veteran of Pilchuck Glass School, she also teaches Coyote’s summer glassblowing classes at Seattle Glassblowing Studio. She is a production glassworker at Avalon Glass and owner of her own business, Ship of Fools. Ship of Fools is a participant in the Seattle Farmers Market Association where Amy enjoys integrating ART into the local community.
STEVE DEMAS is a filmmaker who received his M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York. His short films have been screened at the Seattle International Film Festival and the Olympia Film festival, as well as at Northwest Film Forum, where he has also programmed screenings of other artists' works. He has been teaching video production and editing since 2000 to students from middle school thru college age.
JEANNE DODDS, professional illustrator and photographer, earned a BFA with honors in Photography from Boise State University and a Certificate in Scientific Illustration from University of Washington. An educator since 1997, she currently presents classes for SAM, Gage Academy, and Seattle Public Schools. She was selected as a WA State Arts Commission Teaching Artist from 2008-2011.
BELLEN DRAKE is a graduate of Photographic Center Northwest and has been a professional photographer since 1999. She photographs children and families as well as world champions, events, fashion shows, and forests. She considers photography a never-ending project and takes photographs every day. A gifted teacher, she has taught for Powerful Schools, The Community Learning Center, Seattle Public Schools, and Coyote since 2007.
OLISA ENRICO was born into a family filled with music and she began singing in public at the age of three. She has performed reggae, soul, rock n roll and hip hop and is a respected spoken word artist in the Puget Sound. She currently is performing, teaching and directing in the Seattle area. As a teacher of all aspects of stage performance - singing , acting, improvisation, and spoken word, she incorporates the values of community and shared responsibility. She is a long time member of The Conciliation Project, a non profit that uses theater to facilitate open dialogues around race and racism in America.
ANN FASANO has been doing hands-on explorations in art, science and play with young people since 2002. Her professional mediums include drawing, printmaking, sculpture, outsider art. She is now lead after-school enrichment teacher at The Bush School in Seattle.
SARA FERGUSON, an accomplished graffiti artist, has completed murals across the nation, many for corporations and community murals. Locally she made a prominent one on the Pratt Fine Arts building, where she teamed up with other artists guiding a team of youth. She has taught intensive workshops in graffiti art, teaching a progression of skills that aim her students toward creating more and more accomplished urban art. www.kserapaints.com
ANGELA FLOWERS earned a degree in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of Seattle. Well-versed in fabrics, weave, form, angle, texture, sculpture, and color composition, she has specialized in costume designing and sewing. She’s worked for community shoots and for regional theaters including Teatro ZinZanni. Her teaching includes many problem-solving sessions with young people designing challenging fashion.
HANNAH GORDER holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Three-Dimensional Visual Art from Evergreen State College where she focused on Apparel Design and Construction using re-purposed materials. She is inspired by found fabrics and uses creative design to breathe new life into that which already exists. She has four years of experience teaching design and sewing at the reFabulous Sewing Studio in Olympia and in the Thurston County public schools programs.
WILLOW HEATH has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries for fifteen years. Her visual art is composed mostly of vivid portraiture pieces, each displaying a keen eye for detail and love of saturated color. She is currently working on illustrating and writing her childhood tales and teaching illustration and painting courses at Gage Academy of Art, Coyote, and many Seattle public schools. She has been teaching for over a decade. www.willowheath.com
GABRIEL HERBERTSON is a multidisciplinary artist and IT professional who teaches Graphic/Web Design, Video Game Development and Animation, and Math. He is an aspiring photographer and screen-printer and a student of 3D modeling and animation for image and video production, focusing on compositing and computer generated image/object production, with AfterFX and Blender.
HOCINE JOUINI is a crew member of the world renowned MASSIVE MONKEES, winner of many world championship titles. From the French community centers and public schools of his youth, he has gone on to tour nationally and internationally and earn many titles. Locally he has performed at the Moore Theater, On The Boards, the Paramount and major sports events. He's battle-tested & quality-invested in teaching young breakers. www.massivemonkees.com
ELENA KORAKIANITOU creates jewelry in her Pariscope Studios for fine stores and museum shops, including SAM and the Bainbridge Island Art Museum. Her paintings and multimedia artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Europe, and locally at BAM and the former Pacini Lubel Gallery. She has inspired Coyote students to produce impressive paintings, sculptures, jewelry, & objets d’art. www.elenaarts.com and www.pariscopestudios.com
DAWNULA KOUKUL realized her passion for food very young, starting her culinary career at age 12 in a small café in Montana. She has since gained experience in French, Cajun, Italian, Spanish, Pan-Asian and world vegetarian cuisines. Formerly the catering chef at Café Flora in Seattle, she works as a private chef and teaches at the Blue Ribbon Cooking School, Powerful Schools, and Coyote.
TAYLOR LARSON is currently a mock trial coach at Seattle Prep Academy and has over a decade of experience as both a competitor and advisor. An All-American as an undergraduate, Taylor won awards as both a witness and attorney. As a coach, he has helped teams to numerous tournament victories, including five consecutive Washington State Championships and the 2014 National High School Championship.
DAVID LASKY has been writing and drawing comics for over 20 years. He co-authored the graphic novel “Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song,” which won comics’ Eisner Award in 2013, and also, the historical graphic novel for middle-grade readers, “Oregon Trail: The Road to Destiny.” He has been teaching the art of cartoon drawing through Arts Corps, Hugo House, Gage Academy, King County libraries, the Kirkland Arts Center, and EMP.
LESLIE LIGHTNER is the executive chef and founder of Culinary Events Northwest Cooking School and Invisible Chef catering. Through travel she is dedicated to exploring international and regional flavors and is passionate about teaching how to incorporate them into everyday meals or sophisticated menus. A member of the APPCA, she works alongside the best chefs, restaurateurs & caterers both locally & abroad. www.culinaryeventsnw.com
JULIE LITTLE has been teaching the culinary arts for 15 years. She is a chef/instructor at the Blue Ribbon Culinary Center, and launched a food truck in Seattle, Jemil’s Big Easy, four years ago with fellow chef Jemil Aziz. She is also a partner in Terra Plata restaurant at Melrose Market in Seattle. Julie studied cooking in Thailand, Malaysia, Italy and France. She has also been on the Board and Advisory Committee with Coyote Central for many years.
LIN LUCAS is a visual and performing artist whose comics and illustrations have appeared in The Stranger, Top Shelf Comics, Two-Fisted Science, The Psychology of Race, and Le Dernier Neurone. He is also the writer-artist of the mini-series, Creepy Joe. A highly regarded teaching artist, he has taught cartooning at the Northwest School, Gage Academy, Powerful Schools, Pacific Arts Center, Path with Art, and Coyote.
ULYBER MANGUNE became a self-taught serious dancer in middle school by learning new moves from YouTube. He has performed in musicals at the 5th Avenue Theatre, was a featured dancer in Macklemore’s, “And We Danced” music video, and has danced in several concerts, a TV show, and T-Mobile's 2014 advertisement for GooglePlay. He is currently studying all other dance disciplines at Westlake Dance Center to one day open his own studio. He has five years experience teaching hip hop in various styles.
CATHY McCLURE, a sculptor and multi-media artist, is best known for creating intricate kinetic pieces out of sterling silver and bronze, often using the inner structure and workings of mechanical toys. The year she earned her MFA form the U. of WA, she received the prestigious Betty Bowen Memorial Award administered by the Seattle Art Museum. She has exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Milton Hershey School Museum, and Art Miami Basel. She is currently represented by Edelman Arts and Moss in NYC.
BRIAN McDONALD is an award-winning director/writer who has unlocked many underlying truths about good storytelling, no matter in what form or medium. He has taught his story structure seminar at PIXAR, Disney Feature Animation and LucasFilm’s ILM. He has written four books on the subject, including Ink Spots and Invisible Ink- A Practical Guide to Building Stories That Resonate, all required reading for the Pixar story interns. His own writings include comic books and television programs and his film WHITE FACE, which is used in corporations nation-wide as a diversity-training tool, has run on HBO and CINEMAX.
GENE GENTRY McMAHON is a painter, printmaker, multi-media and public artist whose artworks have been exhibited in the Seattle Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, and in other west coast museums and galleries. She has taught (U of WA, Cornish, Lakeside School), collaborated on major installations, and once led a team of Coyote artists in creating display windows for the Bon Marche. Her 10’ X 35’ mural is one of three that are installed on the platform in the Westlake Station Metro Tunnel.
AMOS MILLER has recorded two solo albums, Amelation and Rogers Thriftway and produced two full-length albums, Lovework by Gabriel Teodros and Only Love by Toni Hill. In 2012, he engineered the song “Wings” by pop sensation Macklemore, for which he directed the youth who sang the chorus. Through ArtsCorps, his music students were invited to the White House as part of an evening of performances dedicated to social justice & protest songs. He currently composes in Seattle, is a member of lovecitylove arts collective and focuses his music on promoting social change.
DONNA MOODIE opened her first restaurant, Marco’s Supper Club, in Belltown in 2003 and relocated to Capital Hill in 2011 where she opened Marjorie’s, named after her mother. Growing up in Jamaica and cooking with her mother, she quickly gained respect for “scratch” cooking, using ingredients supplied by local farmers and merchants whenever possible. In 2015 she introduced her mother’s famous plantains to the commercial market. Called Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains, they are sold in select grocery stores and small markets in Seattle and across the US.
NORTHWEST FILM FORUM is Seattle's premier film arts organization that screens over 200 independently made and classic films annually, offers a year-round schedule of filmmaking classes for all ages, and supports filmmakers at all stages of their careers.
JONAH KOZLOWSKI specializes in documentary storytelling and has 6 years experience working with youth in innovative media programs. At Tincan in Spokane his students produced award-winning documentary shorts, news broadcasts, and music videos. He has worked in seven countries and continues to work locally and internationally, most recently helping to build the Seattle-based non-profit, ChangeStream Media.
ANDREW PETERSON combines his background in engineering, electronics, and art to create multi-disciplinary workshops that rely on creativity and problem solving. He has received generous funding for his projects from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, and Artist Trust. He taught arts programs with SEEDArts, Sanctuary Arts Center, Urban Impact, WA State University, and teaches currently at Seattle Pacific University, Northwest School & Coyote.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST is a regional leader in the education and promotion of art photography in the Northwest and offers courses and workshops to novices as well as professionals. Its gallery presents works of internationally renowned photographers.
TREVOR RIDGE is a music producer and instrumentalist specializing in guitars, keyboards, drums, & electronic music. He studied at the Musician's Institute and Cornish College of the Arts where he has trained in jazz, blues, rock, and classical. He has developed K-12 music programs through the EMP Museum, Roberts Music Institute, and Cornish College of the Arts. Having worked in many professional recording studios, he has the tools and knowledge to teach his students to create their own music masterfully and to be self-sufficient in doing it independently.
BRITT RYNEARSON has been teaching art and design for 14 years. She studied painting as undergraduate at Scripps College, Claremont and is now finishing an MFA at Seattle University. She runs her own design company, ARAE, producing a line of scarves and clothing sold nationwide. www.brittrynearson.com
ANN TEPLICK is a poet, playwright, and prose writer who has an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. For the past 19 years, she has been a teaching artist writing with youth in schools, hospitals, psychiatric units and juvenile detention centers. Her plays have been showcased in Washington, Oregon and Nova Scotia. She is a Jack Straw and Hedgebrook Fellow.
LESLIE THIEL, glass artist for over 15 years, has taught flameworking at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle Glassblowing Studios, the International Society of Glass Bead-makers, and the Clay Art Center in Tacoma. Her work has been included in the Lark Book publication 1001 Beads and in their lapidary journals and bead magazines. Leslie joined Coyote’s flame working team in the summer of 2013.
LESLIE THYAGARAJANI is an artist who has been creating, performing, and teaching special styles of artworks in virtually all mediums. He learned magic from East Indian snake charmers and a British trickster and mixes both east and west in his teaching and performing. His talents include Origami, Puppetry, Cartooning, 3D, plus his original invention of the art of “Filterism”. His film, Magic Verite, is popular among all ages.
LIZA VONROSENSTIEL is one of Coyote’s first painting instructors and has been the lead artist for many Hit the Streets and CityWorks projects. Her paintings have been shown in major galleries around the country, and she has received painting grants from all of the local arts commissions. Her paintings are in the collections of Microsoft, University Hospital, and Seattle Children’s Theatre.
ELON WAGONER completed his chef's training at the Seattle Culinary Academy before working in fine restaurants and inns in CA, NY, and Alaska. He returned to Seattle to become the banquet chef at the Seattle Culinary Academy. He has recently been the executive chef at University House in Issaquah. Many years age he taught cooking classes for Coyote when adequate kitchens were hard to come by, and he made it work as a gifted teacher.
ALAIR WELLS, a metal fabricator and blacksmith, has participated in a multitude of iron casting workshops and blacksmithing events nationwide. Her mixed-media installations have been exhibited in Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York, and Seattle. She has taught sculpture, blacksmithing, and iron casting classes at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Tacoma Community College, and in her shop. Alair owns her own metalworking business, Tinder Heart Metals and Design. www.tinderheartmetals.com. ; www.alairwells.com
MEGAN WHITE received her Bachelors in Fine Arts and Art Education with a concentration in glass from Bowling Green State University. She continued to study glass at Pittsburgh Glass Center and Pilchuck Glass School. In 2010 she moved to Seattle to pursue a career in glass, working for Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle Glassblowing Studio, and local glass artists. She is now teaching glass at both Pratt and the Seattle Glassblowing Studio.