A faculty of experienced and dedicated teaching artists is trained in our nationally recognized best-practices.
Manny Arciniega, Music
Chris Brown, Music
Peter Burroughs, Opera and Spanish Dance
Marla Bush, Spanish Dance
Annetta Dexter Sawyer, Healing Movement
Fairouz Foty, Music
Joan Fraser, Creative Movement and Drama
Nancy Havlik, Dance, Quicksilver Co-Director
Jason Horowitz, Art and Photography
Anthony Hyatt, Music and Dance, Quicksilver Co-Director
Wall Matthews, Music
Donna McKee, Visual Art
Jael Patterson, Music
Deborah Riley, Dance
Sandy Roachford, Dance
Carol Siegel, Expressive Arts
Miles Spicer, Music
Jackie Steven, Art and Digital Media
Tobias Werner, Music
Candace Wolf, Storytelling
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, Visual Art
Quicksilver Senior Improv Dance Company: Jaya Adiga, Judith Bauer, Gloria Buckberg, Sachiko Chang, Susan Coco, Gretchen Dunn, Margaret Easter, Roberta Geier, Nancy Harris, Carolyn Hill, Dorothy Levy, Jenean McKay, Naomi Morse, Peg Schaefer, Betty Shuford.
AFTA accepts applications for new Teaching Artists on a rolling basis – learn how to apply here.
“The wonder of each person’s unique story continues to amaze me and reaffirm my own artistic journey” – Nancy Havlik
Manny Arciniega teaches on the Percussion Faculty at Levine Music in Washington, DC. He has also worked regularly with the Education Programs at the Kreeger Museum and has provided in-school contemporary music workshops. Manny has appeared in numerous award-winning musical theatre productions in the Washington, D.C., area, including performances at the Olney Theatre Center, Constellation Theater Company, Arena Stage, and Keegan Theatre. He brings his expertise to AFTA from working with world-renowned performers and conductors. Manny received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and Theory Composition from Texas Christian University and Master of Arts degree in Timpani and Percussion Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Chris Brown is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, composer, and educator. He has taught at Levine Music since 2011. He has performed on five continents in a wide variety of musical styles and has more than 20 years of experience performing and teaching around the world. He also has extensive experience working with students with a variety of learning styles and disabilities. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he previously taught at the Academy of Contemporary Music in London, England, the leading undergraduate school of contemporary music in Europe.
B.M. in Music from Ithaca College; M.M. in Opera Performance and Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park. A versatile singing actor, Peter’s repertoire encompasses opera, oratorio, musical theatre, Shakespeare, traditional art song recital, zarzuela and the dance music of Latin America. He debuted in 1999 with The Washington Opera and has since performed with the company extensively. In addition to his work with AFTA, Burroughs is an Artist Mentor for the Washington Opera, helping grade school students write and produce original operas. He also develops outreach programs with the Spanish Dance Society of Washington, D.C. Peter leads the AFTA workshops “La Movida” and “Co-Operation”.
B.A. and M.A., American University and an M.S.W., University of California, Berkeley. Marla has over 20 years experience performing Flamenco and other Spanish dances with the Spanish Dance Society and the Raquel Pena dance troupe. Dance venues have included everything from nursing homes to the Kennedy Center. Marla has led school outreach programs and taught Spanish dance in Washington, DC and in Florida. In her “day job” at the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, she has developed projects with art therapy associations that use the arts with healthy and frail elderly. For AFTA, she leads “La Movida”, an interactive Spanish dance program.
Annetta Dexter Sawyer
B.A/ English, minor Communications, Rutgers University; New Jersey State Teacher’s Certification; MA Performing Arts-Dance, American University. Annetta is an awarded teaching artist with the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and an awarded poet for the Arlington Humanities Project pick-a-poet public school residency program. She works as a college professor in the areas of Fine Arts, Dance, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Studies/Integrated Arts. As a performing artist she has often received critical acclaim. She collaborates with the ensemble Dance Performance Group, often works with adjunct artists from the Dance Exchange, and is an Associate Artist with Faction of Fools Theatre Company, recipient of the Helen Hayes/John Aniello award for emerging theater company. Annetta devises original theatre pieces that speak to her personal experience through choreography, spoken word, and projected imagery or props. Her workshops in Healing Movement/Healing Stories (TM) and Art for Everyone, an interdisciplinary look at expressive arts, have been awarded by Arts for the Aging, Inc. Her newest class is Dance for the Young at Heart at Glen Echo Arts Park in cooperation with the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture, Inc., the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland. Annetta’s dance studies have influenced her interest in physical comedy. She currently also plays many roles as a clown.
Fairouz Foty received her Bachelor Degree in Music and Africana Studies from Lafayette College in 2011 and then continued her studies at Westminster Choir College, where she earned a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy with a Performance emphasis. As a trained opera singer she has studied with Carlos Cesar Rodriguez for more than ten years and debuted with Carol Opera Company as Micaela in ‘Carmen.’ In addition she performed with Westminster Choir College Opera as Helena from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and Lauretta from ‘Gianni Schicchi.’ In 2014 she completed the Bel Canto Le Chiavi Program with University of Houston and the Carol Yahr Summer Opera Scenes Workshop where she sung Mimi from Act III of ‘La Boheme.’ She is currently the Co-Director of Music of Foty Fusion Productions and performs with Romez3Arts. Fairouz’s musical foundation began through Arabic music where her father, a virtuosic oud and Arabic singer, taught her and her four siblings how to play and sing in Arabic. She is in the process of using her Western Opera skills to create a unique genre of Arabic Opera that focuses on the works of early 20th century Arabic composers and musicians.
Joan Hampton Fraser
B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Ithaca College, M.A. in Education and Human Development with a Specialization in Dance from George Washington University, Psychodrama Certification from the DC Commission on Mental Health Services. Joan has been a Creative Arts Consultant for 25 years. She has worked with many populations of people and has specialized in working with people in the “Third Age” of their lives. She has utilized her extensive background in psychotherapy, family therapy, dance therapy and systems theory to complement her artistic work. Joan studied with Liz Lerman for several years at the Dance Exchange, having started her work with seniors and dance at that time. Joan utilizes dance/movement for artistic expression and to help build a sense of community and belonging. In her AFTA workshops she leads the Marvelous Musicals, Creative Writing and Creative Movement programs.
Nancy Havlik has 25 years of experience teaching interactive creative movement/dance workshops for older adults through Arts for the Aging (AFTA). She has a BS and MA from Northwestern University Speech Department with a degree as a Speech Pathologist. She has studied dance/dance improvisation with Robert Dunn, Simon Forti, Susan Rethorst and John Jaspers and physical theater with Saskia Hegt. With AFTA, Havlik presents interactive workshops for people living independently and also those with physical and/or mental impairment in community centers, day health programs and nursing homes. Nancy Havlik and Donna McKee received a Met Life Grant though Arts for the Aging in 2012 to present a series of workshops for older adults called Moving Art that introduces the connection between visual art and dance; the gesture of making lines on paper and the gesture of the moving body in space. Havlik and Anthony Hyatt co-direct Quicksilver, an AFTA sponsored improvisational dance company whose members are 65 and older. Quicksilver presents performances and workshops for frail seniors throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Nancy Havlik is also Artistic Director/Choreographer of Dance Performance Group, a small experimental company of professional dancers and musicians. Dance Performance Group has performed extensively in the Washington DC area and in New York and Eastern Europe. Carmel Morgan called Havlik’s choreography ‘gloriously beautiful to behold…inspirational” (Ballet-Dance Magazine).
Jason Horowitz has a BFA from George Washington University and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited extensively including at the American University Museum, Washington, DC; Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR; McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA; Peer Gallery, New York, NY; Civilian Art Projects, Washington, DC; Richmond International Airport as a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellow; The Silber Art Gallery, Goucher College, Towson, MD; Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA; American University Museum at the Katzen Center, Washington, DC; Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC; Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC; Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA; among others. Horowitz is the recipient of the prestigious Aaron Siskind Foundation Award; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship; The Franz & Virginia Bader Fund Grant; Arlington County, VA Individual Artist Grant. His work is also in numerous public and private collections. Additionally, he has extensive experience teaching at all levels from childhood through adult, including the Corcoran School of Art & Design, Georgetown University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Arlington County Public Schools.
With primary artistic disciplines in music and dance, Anthony’s long interest in the role and use of improvisation techniques in the creative process has made him into a sought after leader at international conferences such as those of the USA based Creative Education Foundation and of CREA – the Creativity European Association. He does additional creativity consulting and facilitation work through his own organization, Moving Beauty. In recent years this work has merged with his role as an AFTA artist and he has been honored to become one of the master trainers of the National Center for Creative Aging. Under their auspices Anthony has been representing AFTA as a recognized best practice program in the rapidly emerging field of Creative Aging. In his violin programs for AFTA, Anthony draws upon a diverse repertoire ranging from works of the classical composers to fiddle tunes, ethnic music and jazz standards. He also co-leads collaborative multidisciplinary and intergenerational programs with other AFTA artists, such as “Moving Art”, and is co-director with Nancy Havlik of Quicksilver.
Wall Matthews is a composer /performer whose career began in 1968. He was a founding member of the visionary Entourage Music and Theater Ensemble which released two critically acclaimed recordings for Smithsonian Folkways in the early 70’s. Since then he has had a solo career performing throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From 1978 – 1994 he served as Composer In Residence for Dance at Connecticut College, where he composed music for such companies as The Royal Danish Ballet and The Paris Opera Ballet. He has released 9 critically acclaimed solo recordings. From 1994-2012, as Vice President of Creative for Clean Cuts Music, he composed and produced music The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and The History Channel, as well as numerous independent film projects and national ad agencies. He was nominated in 2010 for an Emmy, for his work on Yellowstone: Battle For Survival. He currently resides in Columbia, MD, where in addition to his ongoing solo work, he is a co-founder of Dancing Egg Music, an original custom music company.
B.A., Art History, American University; M.A. Ed. Art Education, University of Hartford; M.A. Art History, American University. Formerly the Director of Education at the Philips Collection and currently adjunct faculty at the Corcoran School of Art, Donna has brought both art history and visual art workshops to AFTA seniors. She has given talks on Georgia O’Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz, Honore Daumier, Romare Bearden, and her penchant for collage work guides seniors in mixed-media approaches that explore rhythm, visual movement, color and texture. Donna leads AFTA workshops in Visual Art and co-taught the series “Moving Art”.
Jael Patterson is a Music Therapist and Business Owner at The Whole Note, LLC, which seeks to provide quality and affordable music therapy services to senior citizens, individuals in end-of-life, adults with mental health diagnoses, and their respective caregivers. She has also worked for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., using evidence-based music interventions to meet the needs of consumers in alignment with their individual recovery plans. To AFTA, she brings her skills as a proficient and knowledgeable musician, her belief in the power of music to empower individuals to become equal participants in their healing process, as well as the power of music to aid clients along the journey to better health.
Deborah Riley is a life-long dance artist and more recent practitioner of Laban Movement Analysis, the basis for teaching movement arts to people of all ages and abilities. In her capacity as artist-in-residence, faculty member, staff and Co-Director of Dance Place, she has contributed immeasurably to nurturing the careers of thousands of dance artists, students and arts administrators. Under her tenure, the organization was awarded the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards for Excellence in Service to the Arts and Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education as well as being recognized as “the hub of dance activity in Washington, DC” (Alan Kriegsman).
As a dancer, choreographer and educator, career highlights include international touring with Douglas Dunn & Dancers, collaborative choreography with Diane Frank and director of Deborah Riley Dance Projects. In addition to guest artist residencies at universities across the country, Deborah’s choreographic work has been presented in the U.S., the U.K. and France. In the DC Metro area, Deborah’s Moving Affirmations workshop helped to facilitate healing and recovery in partnership with community organizations such as the DC Rape Crisis Center, Montgomery County Crisis Center and Whitman Walker Clinic. Deborah continues to practice as a certified Laban Movement Analyst throughout the region.
Past honors include the Distinguished Alumni in Fine Arts Award from Ohio University and twice for the Pola Nirenska Award – Distinguished Artistic Leadership and Lifetime Achievement. Deborah has served on grant panels and the National endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the Bush Foundation.
M.A. The American University; B.F.A. in dance, The Boston Conservatory of Music. Sandy has 16 years of experience teaching dance, drama, movement and performance technique at Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts/Imagination Stage. She has performed dance and theater work with Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group and performed in Washington, D.C.’s first Fringe Festival. Sandy has choreographed numerous works both locally and in New York. A typical Creative Movement workshop from Sandy includes stretching and warming up, one-on-one interaction to create and share movement born from imagery, rhythm and sound, and often in closing, a group dance fostering interaction and a sense of community.
M.A. in Expressive Therapies from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA, and B.A. in Art History and Psychology from American University. Carol trained through the D.C. Humanities program in Poetry Therapy and interned at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She also facilitated groups in poetry and expressive arts at The Art and Drama Institute in D.C. as well as local hospitals. She has presented ideas on her groups with seniors at several national conferences. She is a former professional photographer and has exhibited in many galleries including The Corcoran Gallery of art. She taught photography on many levels and has worked in some art form all her life. Carol has been teaching with AFTA for 13 yrs. She is a collage artist and uses that media along with story, poetry and movement in her work-shops.
B.A., Economics, University of Maryland College Park. A Washington area native, Miles plays acoustic blues in the Piedmont style mixing in influences of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Rock, Cajun and Zydeco. He is the principle guitarist in M.S.G. The Acoustic Blues Trio and The Riverdale Ramblers. Miles was mentored in the Piedmont guitar style by Mike Baytop and is a founding director of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jackie has been involved in the area’s media arts community for over 30 years. She has been on staff at Arlington Independent Media (AIM) since 1986 and currently serves as the organization’s Director of Community Programs, where she oversees outreach, education, and commercial production services. During her tenure at AIM, Jackie has designed media literacy and technology instruction programs for people of all ages; taught media production to thousands of area residents; and has provided countless promotional opportunities to Washington area filmmakers, artists, performers, and non-profit organizations.
Tobias Werner has been the cellist in residence and co-artistic director at Garth Newel Music Center from 1999 until 2012. He currently is the artistic director of VERGE ensemble, ensemble-in-residence at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. and teaches at Georgetown University. He has performed at the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, Villa Musica Mainz, the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop, the Vail Valley Bravo! Colorado Music Festival, the Maui Classical Music Festival, in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Strathmore Hall, the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and at Bargemusic. Tobias has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the US, France, Germany, and Romania, and recent performances have included the concertos of Dvorák, Elgar, Haydn, and Boccherini. He has recorded on the ECM, Darbringhaus & Grimm, Bayer Records, and Orfeo labels. Recent CD releases include Piano Quartets by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorák, and Martinu with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, the Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by J.S. Bach, and the Sonatas for Piano and Cello by Beethoven with Victor Asuncion. Tobias studied at the Musikhochschule Freiburg in Germany, and at Boston University. His teachers have included Andrés Díaz, Christoph Henkel, and Xavier Gagnepain. He plays on an 1844 J.F. Pressenda cello.
Candace Wolf is a Storyteller-in-Residence with the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She has lived and worked among migrant Gypsies in Europe, Mayan Indians in the rain forest of Central America, itinerant circus performers in Mexico, goat herders in Italy, fishermen on the Canary Islands, rice farmers in Indonesia, artisans in the Middle East, and coal miners in Appalachia. As a performing artist and educator, Candace is dedicated to preserving our rich heritage of oral literature and providing a valuable service to the elderly members of our community. Candace is creator and artistic director of the Witnessing Project, an intergenerational oral history initiative that invites older adults to share personally significant stories from their lives with young people, who in turn transform these stories into dramatic, literary and visual works of art that honor and celebrate the life histories and wisdom of their elders. Candace is currently engaged in an ambitious oral history project that has taken her on a global journey. She is humbled by the powerful life histories she has recorded from a diverse representation of people including migrant farm-workers and merchant seaman in the U.S.–to a visionary outsider artist and “Seed-Keeper” in India. These stories will eventually be published as an anthology. For AFTA, Candace leads sessions combining storytelling with music and movement.
B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art & Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Marcie has received numerous grants from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, along with other Art Councils to work in the community with children and adults, including individuals with special needs. Her paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast. Marcie has illustrated for magazines and books, as well as worked as a courtroom illustrator. Marcie used encaustic painting to illustrate her husband, David Hubbard’s children’s book, The Shiny Shell, an environmental fantasy. Her nature paintings will be included in Ashley Rooney’s book, Green Art: Trees, Roots, and Leaves, featuring international artists. Marcie is an instructor at Glen Echo Park and teaches art in her studio at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Quicksilver is AFTA’s dance improvisation company of senior adults, aged 60 years and over. The dancers, most of whom are octogenarians, employ structured improvisational dance pieces inspired by master teachers and artists such as Robert Dunn, Simone Forti, Ruth Zaporah, Eiko & Komo and others in the field of contact improvisation. Quicksilver’s vitality, humor, and rich, varied life experiences inform their development, performance and engagement in improvisational dance. Co-directed by AFTA teaching-artists Anthony Hyatt and Nancy Havlik, Quicksilver leads interactive workshops for AFTA seniors throughout the metro area. Public performances have included those at the International D.C. Improvisation Festival, Executive’s Ball of Montgomery County, D.C. Elderfest, Joe’s Movement Emporium, the Atlas Intersections Festival, University of Maryland, and conferences for National Aphasia Association, American Art Therapy Association, the National Center for Creative Aging and the National Council on Aging. Quicksilver was the 2013 recipient of the Maryland Governor’s Leadership in Aging Award.