Seth Blake

Seth Blake

Seth Blake earned his MFA in Creative Writing from CalArts in 2012. His short fiction and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, [out of nothing]The Encyclopedia Project, Critically AcclaimedTrop, and elsewhere.

Samantha Chen

Samantha Chen

Sam Chen 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.

Devlin Grimm

Devlin Grimm
Devlin is a creative theorist, writer and art educator. Her research interests include cinema and television studies, performance history and humor theory. She has a background in improv comedy, scenic design and dramaturgy. She left a career in television production to earn her BA in Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Go Panthers. She earned her MA in Aesthetics and Politics at CalArts in 2017. When not watching cartoons for work, she watches Star Trek for fun.

Eve LaFountain

Eve LaFountain
Eve 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 Turtle Mountain Chippewa and Jewish heritages, feminisms, mysticisms, and ghosts through lens based media and installations. She teaches alternative photographic processes at CalArts, 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

Rachel Park

Rachel Park
Rachel Park is a director, writer, and creative collaborator primarily focused on the development of new plays and theatrical experiences. For more than a decade, she has worked alongside show writers, designers, and innovators across the entertainment industry, searching for ways to tell stories and engage audiences through the power of presence and integration of new technologies. A lover of dogs, breakfast tacos, and the San Antonio Spurs, the native Texan is also an avid traveler who can be found jumping out of planes or swimming with sharks when she isn't locked in a windowless theater. She holds a BFA in Theater Arts from Boston University and an MFA in Directing from CalArts. 

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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