Rose Andersen

Rose Andersen

Rose Andersen is a writer, academic and currently working towards an MA in Clinical Psychology. Her debut memoir, The Heart and Other Monsters, about the life and death of her younger sister, is now available from Bloomsbury. She received BA in LIberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA in Creative Writing (18’) at California Institute of the Arts where she was awarded the CalArts Emi Kuriyama Thesis Prize. She is published in The Cut, Glamour, The California Sunday, Lit Hub, and Crime Reads among others.

Sam Stahl

Sam Stahl

Sam Stahl earned her BFA from CalArts in 2018. As a teaching artist, Sam developed a deep love for pedagogy in tandem to her studio practice. She often draws inspiration from her students’ intuitive and free use of material, color and line. She mimics these investigations by bringing elements of translation and play into the studio to create modular installations, idiosyncratic mark making instruments, and collections of drawings. Overall, she enjoys the whimsical and dynamic nature of her work, and brings it into all aspects of life. When she’s not working, she can be found playing string instruments, collecting house plants, and chasing her outdoor cats.

Jesse Damazo

Jesse Damazo

Sous les pavés, la plage!

Miranda Hoffs

Miranda Hoffs

Miranda received her BA in Art and Art History from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and her MFA in Art at CalArts in 2014. Some of the themes that run through her visual art practice include food and the body, female gender identity, and the politics of the domestic space. In her work, she explores the world of radical hospitality through social practice, installation, performance and video. Miranda maintains her own private catering company, and she teaches design for the California State Summer School of the Arts each summer. In her free time, you’ll often find her in the kitchen making exorbitant amounts of food, exploring the beaches of Mexico, or taking countless selfies with her perfect dog, Elfie.

Eve LaFountain

Eve LaFountain

Eve LaFountain (she/her) is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. She earned a BA from Hampshire College in 2008, and a dual MFA from CalArts in Film & Video and Photography & Media in 2014. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she learned how to ride a horse instead of a bike. Her art practice investigates her mixed Indigenous and Jewish heritages, feminisms, mysticisms, and ghosts through lens based media and installations. She has received fellowships from Sundance New Frontier Lab, Tribeca Institute, and Flaherty Film Seminar. Her work has been shown across the US and internationally in several film festivals including Images, ImagineNATIVE, Crossroads, Camden International, and the Smithsonian Museum American Indian Film Festival. Her first solo museum exhibition was mounted in 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and she has also exhibited work at The Autry Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Venice Biennale, Los Angeles Filmforum, and more. She teaches alternative photographic processes at CalArts, Experimental Filmmaking at Otis College of Art and Design, and curates screenings and teaches hand processing classes at the Echo Park Film Center. When she's not at CalArts, you can usually find her in her garden with her large black cat, on a yoga mat, or in a darkroom.

Sarah Melnick

Sarah Melnick

Sarah Melnick née Van Sciver is the Admissions Counselor for the Herb Alpert School of Music for CalArts. She also runs her own music business to compose, arrange, and conduct scores, songs, and sound for film/TV, theatre, dance, concert, and studio productions. She records, mixes, masters, and produces music, audio, and video. A vocalist, pianist, harpist, and ukulele player, Sarah lectures on arts-based business as well as music and theater engineering, performance, and composition. An ensemble and solo music and theater teacher, she also mentors creative professionals to build skills to not only make art, but also a living. At CalArts, Sarah has also worked as a CAP (Community Arts Partnership) instructor, Herb Alpert School of Music TA and instructor, and the Assistant Director for Alumni & Family Engagement.

Prior to joining CalArts, Sarah worked with a myriad of arts, culture, and education organizations including the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Studio Crash, Third Story Recording, Cedar Street Studios, Philadelphia Theater Company, Stimulus Children’s Theater, and Sholem. Sarah received her Performer-Composer M.F.A. from CalArts as well as a B.A. in Music from the University of Pennsylvania and a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies from the Berklee College of Music. www.sarahvansciver.com

Juan Antonio Rivera

Juan Antonio Rivera

Juan Antonio Rivera is a Los Angeles based orchestral flutist, baritone vocalist, interdisciplinary artist, and arts administrator. As a flutist, he has appeared with numerous organizations such as Ballet Austin, Waco Symphony Orchestra, Waco Lyric Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra, State Street Ballet, Temple Civic Chorus, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Opera de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, Valley Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Vines, and Celestial Opera Orchestra. Currently, Mr. Rivera is Principal Flute with the Los Angeles Symphonic Winds, Ojai Pops Orchestra, Opera by the Glass Orchestra, Genesis Opera Theater Orchestra, and Hawkmore Lyric Opera Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Los Angeles based Ventvm Qvintet, which is dedicated to sharing the vast repertoire spanning two centuries. As an arts administrator, Juan has worked with organizations such as the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Dyson & Womack Productions, REDCAT, The Broad Stage, The Industry, Beth Morrison Projects, and Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles. As a teaching artist, he has worked with students at the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and the California State University Northridge Youth Orchestras. Mr. Rivera is also working as a Music Supervisor for a French language documentary film on the topic of unknown World War II heroes to be released later this year. Mr. Rivera received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the Baylor University School of Music and a Masters of Fine Art in flute performance from California Institute of the Arts Herb Alpert School of Music.

Kevin Whitmire

Kevin Whitmire

Performance Art is the ever present ticking of the heart that cannot be expressed in words. All realms of Kevin’s art encompasses an evolutional language where breath steers the human form. This Pennsylvania native has a passion for physical theater and the surrounding calls of his environment. He has trained in a wide variety of physical techniques. His pallet of movement fluctuates in and out of contact improvisation, aerial dance, trapeze, corporeal mime, Skinner Releasing, and abstract body flux.  In all his creations, there is zero limitation when it comes to the body and its capabilities of storytelling. He holds an MFA from CalArts and aspires to one day outrun an ostrich in a 100 yard dash.

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