Instructors

Ashley Hanson

Theatre Instructor

Ashley is thrilled to be joining the EduArts team! She is a recent graduate of Western Washington University, where she received her degree in Theatre Arts Performance. A performer since the age of five, Ashley has been acting and singing for most of her life – she is even a BAAY alum! She has performed all over the Pacific Northwest, as well as in New York City and England. Favorite credits include Vivienne in Legally Blonde and Genevieve in The Baker's Wife. Ashley cannot wait to start combining her two passions of theatre and teaching and is so excited to have the opportunity to spread her love of theatre to the students of EduArts!

Bekah Zachritz

Theatre Instructor

Bekah holds a BA in Theatre from Washburn University in Kansas. Her teaching began at Topeka Civic Theatre Academy and Helen Hocker Theatre 15 years ago. Since then, she has toured the country acting and singing. She has spent many years teaching in Waldorf Early Childhood and Music. Although Bekah is new to Bellingham, she is active as a local singer-songwriter and back up vocalist and bassist. She also teaches privately through her business, Nanny Bee, and does group music classes for children to Wild Hare Music School. To learn more, visit www.bekahzachritz.com.

Christina Davis

Visual Arts Instructor

Christina is a nature lover and self-taught artist from her early childhood. She loves learning, creating, and teaching others to do the same. Living in England, Thailand, and the US she has been able to participate in many folk arts. She has painted, and sold and taught art internationally in public and private settings. Joining local arts groups in different locations has afforded friendships and great learning experiences. Chris loves encouraging others to discover their creative side and sees confidence and joy in them as they do this.

Dana Crediford

Theatre, Improv, & Costuming Instructor

Dana has a Master's degree in Children's Theatre Education and a passion for organizing. She has taught everything from Improvisation to Stage Management and has directed all ages in dramatic plays and musical theatre. As the new Costume Shop Manager for BAAY Theatre, she can indulge her lifelong interest in costume design, as well as create an efficient space for students to experience all aspects of wardrobe implementation. Dana enjoys leading children to self-discovery in the arts and watching them blossom in the areas of their choice.

Dave Wagner

Guitar Instructor

Dave has over 40 years in the music business as a performer, singer/songwriter, composer, studio player and instructor. Add to that 20 years as a youth counselor and Dave is uniquely qualified to share that experience with your kids in a way that is fun and full of the necessary information to get them started on a lifetime of musical journeys. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy/Liberal Arts from the University of Montana where he also played for the football Griz. He’s toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and is currently a member of the Bellingham Unitarian Chalice and Phoenix Choirs.

Erica Ewell

Theatre & Choir Instructor

Erica earned her BFA in musical theatre performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in LA in 2012 and is now working on her BFA in music education at Western Washington University. She is involved in the WWU Concert Choir, works in the community with Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, and teaches voice lessons. Her personal love of singing, acting, and dancing grew into a love of arts education, and she is eager to share her passion for theatre with kids through EduArts.

Erika Chambliss

Theatre & Dance Instructor

Erika is currently an instructor for BAAY EduArts and an assistant teacher at BAAY Preschool. She has been teaching and working with children for over 25 years. Erika's first experience teaching in a classroom setting was in Taipei, Taiwan, where she and her husband moved to teach English and travel. Erika has also been involved in the performing arts her whole life. She has an extensive background in theatre and dance, and is a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor. Erika studied creative movement and The Braindance for children at The Creative Dance Center in Seattle, and then went on to teach her classes to toddlers and preschoolers at the Seattle Holistic Center, private playgroups and parties. She has studied acting at Freehold Theatre, Unexpected Productions, Taproot Theatre Company and Seattle Central Community College, as well as acting in independent film projects in the 1990s. She has taught improvisational acting classes at elementary schools and had the pleasure of directing The Wizard of Oz for an elementary school in Seattle. Erika loves being in the presence of children and genuinely loves working with them. They are constantly reminding her to stay in the present moment and delight at the smallest details of life. Erika is thrilled to be part of EduArts, and feels to lucky to get to help each child blossom into the unique and creative being that they are!

Evan Ingalls

Choir Instructor

Evan Ingalls is a composer, music director, singer, folk musician, and poet, among other things. Born, raised, and educated in Bellingham, WA, he graduated from Western Washington University in the spring of 2014 with a B.Mus. in Composition and a B.A. in Linguistics. His work with BAAY has included music directing "The Jungle Book" and "Muppets Take Manhattan." In this, he discovered the joys of working with children, and is excited to impart to them the wonders of his favorite world -- music! For more information on Evan's other endeavors, you can visit www.evaningalls.com.

Lisa Markowitz

Theatre Instructor

Lisa was a member of the Southern California based performing group, The Young Americans, for four years as a dancer and signer. While in the group, she went on three National Music Outreach Tours to enrich the lives of kids through the performing arts, especially in schools that had to cut their arts programs. She has years of experience teaching dance, choral singing, and theatre to young artists in Bellingham, California, Maine, New York, and Switzerland. She has a BA in English from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her dog, a Dachshund named Zoey.

Lori VanEtta

Visual Arts Instructor

Lori is a competitive rower, an avid reader, and loves to hike with her golden retriever. Yet, her lifelong passions are art and teaching. She has taught elementary school for more than 30 years, been an art specialist for grades K through 6, and has taught adult English learners. Her lifelong immersion in the arts has brought her exciting opportunities. She lived in Indonesia for three weeks to learn about and practice Indonesian art and dance with the most respected artists of the area. Through the Ambassador to Ambassador Program, she visited several schools in China to meet with Chinese teachers to compare teaching styles, observe their cultural traditions and attend performances. Lori integrates art and learning as much as possible and knows that this helps her students make deep connections and remember what they have learned. Lori has worked with the Seattle Repertory theater artists to bring drama into her lessons and to host school plays through the Bringing Theater into the Classroom Program. She was the director of Meridian School’s highly successful Young Artist Conference with guest artist workshops featuring Pacific NW Ballet, Indonesian puppetry, Japanese kites, edible art, and more. In the summer, Lori hosts art camps where students draw, paint, sculpt, create glass mosaics and other exciting activities. She is looking forward to bringing her love of the arts and teaching to the Bellingham area!

Maddy Hamilton

Theatre Instructor

Maddy has been involved in theater since she was five years old. She first found BAAY in sixth grade and has continued this path for seven years, first as a student and later as a staff member. She has also been a part of other theater programs such as the Missoula Children's Theater and Neighborhood Playhouse. Maddy has performed in over 20 productions. She received an Associates Degree in Arts and Science at Whatcom Community College and is currently a student at WWU, earning a Bachelor's in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in Dance. Maddy has directed and assisted in many plays such as Fiddler on the Roof Jr., Aladdin, and High School Musical. She loves working with kids and believes in the importance of arts education. She thinks the arts not only help students learn to express themselves, but also feel confident in everyday life. Besides BAAY, you can find her dancing Blues and contemporary dance, and hiking the beautiful trails throughout the North Cascades with friends and family.

Natalia Robinson

Fiber Arts Instructor

Natalia has been working with kids for 20 years in the realms of childcare and education. She assistant taught at the Sunfield Waldorf Farm and School for 3 years, ran her own aftercare program, summer camps, and has been an instructor in fiber arts for 8 years. Obsessed with all things naturally made by hand, she lived in New Zealand and Guatemala studying felting, weaving, natural dyeing, spinning, and sewing. A graduate of the Evergreen State College, she created her own major in fiber arts and early childhood education. She owns the local business Feral Felt, located in the Pickford Art Studios, where she instructs adults as well as children in the arts of the wild world of wool. Teaching is her greatest passion and joy. Natalia was born in Washington state and loves the rain, hiking, and her very fluffy cat, Kali. Every day is a good day to make art and play! For more information about her teaching, wearable art, and sales check out www.feralfelt.com.

Olivia Theilemann

Theatre Instructor

Olivia is a recent graduate from WWU with a major in Theatre Arts with emphases in acting and education. She is currently wrapping up her last quarter at Woodring College of Education and will be certified to teach theatre at the PK-12 levels this coming fall. She is very excited to be joining the crew at BAAY and loves teaching theatre more than anything!

Rachel Simpson

Visual Arts Instructor

Rachel has always been a part of art, ever since she was a child. The community of Bellingham, the outdoors, travel, diversity, and her family are a big part of life and inspiration. Rachel has a plethora of experience in many forms of fine arts; from art history, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, screen-printing, and photography, to recycling art, dyes, fibers/fabrics, textiles, sewing, costumes, masks, art installation, collaboration, and mixed-media. In 2007, she enrolled at Whatcom Community College. Then she went on to the Woodring College of Education for Fine Arts in Education K-12 at Western Washington University. In the fall of 2013, Rachel was given the opportunity to be a fine arts student teacher in England at an international school called Box Hill. There, she was able to meet and work with a fine group of teachers, staff, and wonderful students from all over the globe. Rachel graduated from WWU in December 2013 with her certification in arts education. Since then, she has continued her love of the arts and education in many ways. These include volunteering at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, tutoring at Explorations Academy, substitute teaching for the Bellingham School District, teaching art workshops throughout Bellingham, and teaching art classes for BAAY's EduArts Enrichment program. For more information about Rachel's art classes and artwork, visit rachelsimpsonart.weebly.com.

Tara Reiter

Dance Instructor

A native rain-loving, coffee-fueled Washingtonian, Tara is in her third year at Western Washington University pursuing a dance major and a philosophy minor. Her curricular studies have included such subjects as Modern, Choreography, Ballet, Creative Movement for Educators, Dance Arts in Education, Functional alignment, and Ethical Theory. With a passion and enthusiasm for creative movement and integrated arts in education, she aims to help foster a desire to move and dance in her students. Tara's pedagogic belief is that dance is for everyone and movement is an important and necessary aspect of life. Her teaching has a strong emphasis on developing creative exploration skills and encouraging self-affirmative, decision making capabilities. Tara's goal is that her students develop their kinesthetic sense and an appetite for creative movement exploration.

Teaching Assistants

Angela Morovic, Anna Eifert, Emily Hancock, Erin Johnson, Johnnae McDaniels, Julia Poit, Kate Nichols, Krista Cassidy, Tara May, Thomas Farrell, Virginia Rose

Staff

Juliette Machado

Program Director

Damian Cade

BAAY Operations Manager

Ian Bivins

BAAY Executive Director