JONAS ARTISTS 2020-2021

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company – Dance

        Founded in 1991 by Hwee-Eng Y. Lee, the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company (ACDC) educates and entertains metro Atlanta and surrounding areas about Chinese history and culture through the art of Chinese dance.  The company has enchanted Chinese and non-Chinese audiences alike through original full-evening Chinese dance productions as well as countless community outreach performances for schools/universities, libraries, senior centers, arts festivals, international days, corporate events, military observances, Asian community events, and more.  Most notably, ACDC helped showcase Atlanta to the world as performers in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games.  For more than ten years, they performed the “Chinese variation” in John McFall’s version of the Atlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
        Specifically designed for schools, community centers, and libraries in mind, ACDC’s lecture-demonstration combines traditional Chinese dance performances with detailed live narration and audience participation to introduce traditional Chinese dance, history, and culture in an interactive setting.  ACDC’s lecture-demonstration duo features a narrator/instructor (artistic director Hwee-Eng Y. Lee) and a solo professional dancer (Kerry Lee).

 

Carmen Deedy – Bilingual Storyteller
        Carmen Deedy is a noted bilingual storyteller and children’s author.
        Born in Havana, Cuba, Deedy came to the U. S. As a refugee in 1964.  She grew up in Decatur, Georgia where she lives today.  Deedy began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were collected and released under the title, Growing Up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia.  Many of her stories are true experiences that occurred to her as a result of her immigration to the United States.
        In addition to being a wonderful storyteller, Deedy is also well know for her beloved children’s books.  Each of her books is beautifully illustrated and exhibits wonderful morals and values.  Many of her books are written for elementary students, but have an important lesson for all ages.
        Deedy is also an accomplished lecturer, having been a guest speaker for the TED Conference, the Library of Congress, Refugees International, the Kennedy Center, and Columbia University.  She has also been the host of the Emmy-winning children’s program Love That Book!  Although she has shared her stories with a wide variety of people, school children are still her favorite audiences.

 

Sean Driscoll – Music & Storytelling

        Sean Driscoll is a proven innovative educational entertainer who reaches thousands of children through shows and workshops each year
        His shows and workshops meet curriculum standards in math, science, STEAM, character education, reading, language arts and social studies, and include comedy-theater, animation, puppets, music, and storytelling.  Driscoll uses his talents as a classical guitarist and his experience as a university professor, recording artist, and performer to enhance his programs.
 

D’Vine – Vocal Group – “Georgia On Our Minds”

         D’Vine presents state and national history through songs and helps students to appreciate diversity and culture among their peers.  Students experience the heritage and history of the United States through beautiful, a cappella melodies rendered with seamless and expressive harmony.  Songs on the program include the “Star Spangled Banner,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and “Georgia on My Mind.”  This program celebrates the American experience and brings history to life through voices united in song.

 

Georgia Ensemble Theatre – Theatre
        The Georgia Ensemble Theatre (GET) in Roswell is a professional theatre company founded in 1992 under the direction of Artistic Director Robert J. Farley. Bob came to Atlanta with experience that spanned from Alaska to Broadway. He was first introduced to Atlanta theatre through the Alliance Theatre Company. While at the Alliance, Bob became very interested in taking theatre to outlying communities.
        GET’s first full season of plays began in 1993 and the 2020-2021 Season includes a four-play Theatre for Young Audiences series: A Wrinkle in Time, Dragons Love Tacos, Aesop’s Fables (an original play by Alex Koceja as commissioned by Georgia Ensemble Theatre), and now in its 27th year touring to metro Atlanta schools, And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. The GET Conservatory also provides theatrical training to adults and young people in the areas of acting, movement, vocal technique, and more.
        For more than 25 years, Georgia Ensemble Theatre & Conservatory (GET) has a rich history of providing professional and engaging curriculum-driven Theatre for Young Audiences shows to students all over Georgia. All of their shows include a talk-back with the cast to answer questions and encourage conversation with our audiences.

 

Gene Cordova – Theatre

        Gene has been providing educational and motivational School Assembly programs for almost 30 years.  His program, “Seuss Spectacular”, is a Magical Celebration of Dr. Seuss and his books.  Gene’s goal is inspiring kids to read through imaginative entertainment.  He combines educational material with puppetry, illusions, props, sound effects, music, and humor to keep students engaged.  This is live theatre on their level.  Many students have never seen a ventriloquist show and are fascinated.  His goal is to leave students with an interest in the subject matter presented as well as an interest in the artistry in which it has been shared.

 

Michael Levine – Music & Storytelling
        Through his children’s programs in schools,  Levine spreads the joy of reading, singing, creating and learning through MUSIC INTERACTION.  “Mr. Michael” Levine is the co-founder of The Learning Groove music & movement company.  He also is the music producer of the original four NY Times bestselling Pete The Cat books by Eric Litwin and James Dean.  In his school performances, he has children singing, moving, creating and reading together through the joy of interactive songs & stories.

 

Kay Rosenblum – Storyteller and Educator

       Kay Rosenblum, a storyteller and educator, has a large repertoire of folktales, myths, magic tricks, drawing stories, puppets, songs, games, improvisations, and poems.  In her current program, Insects are Everywhere, she uses the art of drama to make insects and butterflies come alive to students.
        She draws on her 21 years teaching performance arts at Circus Camp in Decatur, 30 years traveling around Georgia to schools and communities and 20 years with Young Audiences to bring her Live Remote and Video performances to schools.
        Kay has a B. A in Theatre from Florida State University, was an Alliance Theatre Intern, and has been a Georgia Council for the Arts Teaching Artist for 28 years.

 

 

Kathryn Sommers – Visual Arts

        Kathryn Somers combines clay, fiber and beads to capture the suggested essence of a place or object.
        Beginning with a simple ring, thrown on her pottery wheel, Kathryn creates what will become the skeleton of each piece – the loom as it is being woven is then transformed into the frame of the final completed work.  Using fibers and beads with a variety of mathematical formulations she weaves and recreates the swirls, waves, spirals and rings that are so often found in nature.  The contrast between the clay and weaving steps help to create innovations in a piece; a creative idea to change an element in one process often requires a technical update to the other.
        From a young age she has traveled to many places around the world, and now many of her memories from those travels inspire the themes of her work.