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Jodi Levitz, Former Violist of the Ives Quartet and Viola Professor
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2015-2017
Karen Ritscher, Pedagogue, Chamber Musician and Soloist
Summers of 2013, 2014 and 2016
Helen Callus, Soloist and Viola Professor
University of California, Santa Barbara, 2011-2015
Bang On A Can Summer Festival, North Adams, Massachusetts, 2017
Banff Ensemble Evolution with ICE, Alberta, Canada, 2017
New Music on the Point with the JACK Quartet, Lake Dunmore, Vermont, 2016, 2017
Karen Tuttle Coordination Conference: Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2016
Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, Burlington, Vermont, 2013, 2014
Ivo Jan Van der Werft's Summer Institute, Catskills Mountains, New York, 2012
Montecito Music Festival, Santa Barbara, California, 2011
SFCM Chamber Music Recital, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Brahms Piano Quartet No.2, April 2017
Final Master's Solo Recital, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, featuring Hindemith's "Der Schwanendreher" with SFCM Orchestra, Organizer and Soloist, April 2017
Project Connect: A Benefit Concert for Project Homeless Connect, Curator, Composer and Performer, December 2015
SFCM New Music Ensemble, with Ted Hearne (voice), Alan Pierson (conducting) and Angela Davis (narrating), Hearne's "Katrina Ballads" and Rzewski's "Coming Together", November 2016
SFCM New Music Ensemble, with David Tanenbaum (guitar) and Nicole Paiement (conducting), Henze's "Ode an eine Aolshärfe" and Kancheli's "Midday Prayers", September 2016
Recital in St. Ruprecht's Church, Vienna, Bach Cello Suites No.2 and No.4, August 2016
New Music on the Point Chamber Music Recital, with John Richards (viola), Dan Trueman's "Clapping Machine Music Variations", June 2016
New Music on the Point Chamber Music Recital, with Ari Streisfeld (violin), premiere of 3 student compositions, June 2016
Max/MSP Rooftop Recital, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, May 2016
Master's Solo Recital #1, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, April 2016
SFCM Chamber Music Recital, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Schnittke and Mahler's "Piano Quartets", November 2015
Senior Recital, University of California, Santa Barbara, May 2015
San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, 2015-2017
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra, 2015-2017
University of California, Santa Barbara Ensemble for Contemporary Music, 2013-2015
University of California, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, 2011-2015
Caroline Shaw, Pulitzer Prize Winning Composer and Violinist, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 2015
Basil Vendryes, Principal Violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013
Lawrence Dutton, Violist of the Emerson String Quartet, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, 2013
Writer, Directer, Producer and Scholar, bringing long-standing global relationships in film and media arts and offering world class training in production and digital technologies to enhance and strengthen the whole.
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council (GPAC) Development Grant 2014.
Nominee Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Award for Emerging and Established Artists Categories, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust 2014.
Recipient of The Pittsburgh Foundation, A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund, Artist Grant 2014.
Recipient of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Grant, 2013.
Artist in Residence, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, 2013 - 16.
Ausur Auset Society 40th Anniversary Celebration, Opening Performer of Nkosi Sikeleli , Mama Afrika with Chen Lo, Brooklyn Marriot, 2013.
Recipient of Multicultural Arts Initiative (MCAI) Grant 2004 - 2006.
Sundance Institute, South African Screenwriters Lab (SCRAWL) Fellow 2002.
Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and Television, African World Press 2000.
Best of Pittsburgh Award The Island 2000.
City of Pittsburgh Proclamation for Constant Star 2000.
Heinz Endowments Grant 2000.
Recipient of The Pittsburgh Foundation A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund Grant 2000.
Recipient of Pennsylvania Council for the Humanities Grant for Linden Academy 2000.
Member Actors Equity Association 1998
Virginia Center for the Arts (VCCA) Fellow 1.
Virginia Hero, Arthur Ashe Foundation Honoree 1995.
Recipient of United States Information Services (USIS) Grant 1993, 1995.
Recipient of Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) Grant 1993,1995.
Recipeint of French Mission for Cultural Cooperation, Franco Namibian Cultural Center Grant 1992, 1993.
Founder of global posse productions, inc.,1992-Present.
Cry Freedom, Tenjy (Universal) directed by Lord Richard Attenborough 1987.
Member British Equity 1986.
Pauline Siddell Memorial Scholar BBC 1984.
Fit Camp Caribbean, reality television competition show on health and wellness.
Wade in the Water/Kuomboka, a hybrid oratorio in five short acts in collaboration with Haitian composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), as artists-in-residence with Kelly Strayhorn Theater, East Liberty, Pittsburgh and international tour. 2013 - 2016.
Provided services related to Summer Dreamers Academy, Pittsburgh Public Schools providing skills and methods in acting techniques and scriptwriting for youth and explored social justice using Rasabox emotional and physical theater methods.
Curriculum development through storytelling for young children, youth and their teachers in schools, libraries, and community centers.
Personal Assistant and Early Childhood special needs adviser to Opera diva Anna Netrebko during major European tour including Paris, Berlin, Prague, Ljubljana, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, of Tchaikovsky opera Iolanta.
Three year strategic plan for Friends of l'Hopital Albert Schweitzer, Haiti with analytics tools to allow senior management to understand the health and future of their organization.
Chen Lo for international engagements which included State Department funded program Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Rhythm Road Tour of North Africa and the Middle East and included Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Vietnam. Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, July 4, 2010 and Indepth, AlJazeera.
So Long a Letter, screen adaptation of short story by Senegalese writer Mariama Ba about two women who exchange stories about life and love as Moslem women dealing with polygamy.
School based programs with principals and teachers in Namibia developing confidence and communication skills in children aged 3-18 years in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Bank Windhoek Theatre School and Waldorf School, Namibia.
Culturally Responsive Arts Education (CRAE) is a child advocacy based program that uses best practices of arts instruction and arts integration through storytelling to work towards a responsive and healthy school environment.
Wade in the Water/Kuomboka, a 26" HD hybrid dramatic and 15" short film MLK Dream produced through development grants in association with MAMOKOBO Video and Research, Namibia with permission from Nayuma Museum, the Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE).
African Soccer Hero, full length feature Screenplay about the Zambian national soccer team "Chipolopolo" who died in a plane crash in Gabon in 1993 only to return and win the Africa Cup in 2012. In Development.
Policy Research initiative with the American Evaluation Association, (AEA), through a collaboration between Duquesne University, School of Education, and OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia for three webisodes of Diversity Lens.
Mandatory one-credit college class and campus-wide initiative to celebrate the Year of Brazil and included live lectures using a Course Management System (CMS) in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and performances of Capoeira by Nego Gato.
EDECE304, Aesthetic Experiences in Early Childhood Education, a course that explored early development in young children and created opportunities to increase their sensitivity to and appreciation of beauty in visual and performing arts through storytelling.
The Auto-ethnographic Eye and I, acting training through improvisation and exploration of writing through the autobiographical imagination and journey of the actor culminating in a one day performance festival of nine live and digital performances.
Year-long school based program to encourage literacy through playwriting in Pittsburgh Public Schools for over two hundred youth, at Gateway Middle School and Carrick Middle School culminating in performances in association with the Pittsburgh Theatre and The Grable Foundation.
And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses (Mda) and The Island (Kani , Fugard, Ntshona), double bill of one act plays from South Africa in partnership with The Hamburg Partner Program, Pittsburgh City Theatre, with special arrangement with Actors Equity Association, Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organization (DALRO) (South Africa) and Samuel French. Funding provided by the A.W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Linden Centennial celebration, a year long school-based arts and humanities component developed with a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Humanities and the Linden PTO in Association with the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Association, Rivers of Steel and performed by Pittsburgh Playback Theatre.
Summer arts camp with forty youth performing There was an Old Woman musical.
Joys of War (Zakes Mda), a stage play with drama majors produced in association with Dramatic, Literary and Artistic Rights Organization (DALRO) South Africa and the Helms Theatre.
Writing assignments and features to International Film Festival Toronto, Vue d'Afrique, Montreal, New York African Film Festival at the Lincoln Center, New York and the Africa Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF), and the Pan African Film Festival (FESPACO), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Graduate and post-graduate course assisting professor with lecture and presentation by providing visual and performative tutorials for students in linguistics field research methods in SiLozi/SeSotho.
Girls in the Middle, Associate Producer for 26" documentary broadcast on PBS affiliates nationally. A co-production with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Research for Action, Boston. Official Research Report, Girls in the Middle: Working to Succeed in School.
Innacity, one act play and documentary film as part of the federally funded Weed and Seed Community revitalization program .Hippolo Theatre in association with City of Richmond Police Department, and City of Richmond Public Schools.
Choices a five part radio drama series addressing teen pregnancy in Namibia in association with United Nations Information Services (UNIC), Ministry of Health and Social Services (MHSS) the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). Broadcast April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18.
Solo, a regional southern African advertising campaign in the banking sector to develop products that included music driven 26' commercial to promote a bank card for youth in association with the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN).
Summer Drama Camp for twenty multi-ethnic German speaking Namibians on an Ostrich farm incorporating daily farm chores and bush living with an arts camp.
I've been to the Mountaintop a stage play by Lazarus Jacobs with national tour of Namibia and exclusive shows at The Playhouse, Windhoek Namibia.
International Teleconference from Windhoek Namibia in association with the King Center for Non-Violence, Atlanta with Yolanda King and Namibian social scientists, policy researchers and cultural icons discussing The Policy of National Reconciliation and the Civil Rights Movement in southern Africa and the US.
Directing, conducting and coordinating classes in Drama 1, three productions and instructional programs in writing, directing, producing, voice and speech, musical theatre and movement Selected and managed material resources, developed and implemented curricular changes, coordinated visiting artists.
Afro-Pop, a 52 part African contemporary music series for broadcast to CPB affiliates.
Thesis: Cultural Citizenry and African Cinema(s). Thesis Film, Wade in the Water/Kuomboka.
Thesis: Hybridization of Genres. Thesis Film: Digital Diary #2.
Thesis Proposal: Earthwatch, proposal for weekly environmental magazine show. Thesis Film: Eyes for Love.
Three year degree course in Acting for Radio, Stage, Screen.
Weighty Matters, The Playhouse Theatre, Only in NYC short play and musical festival, New York City, 2014
Wade in the Water, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, Alloy Studio, Pittsburgh, 2014
Afrikadaa Women Film Festival, Screening of MLK Dream and Wade in the Water, Lavoir Moderne Parisien, Paris, France 2013
Culturally Responsive Arts Education, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Heinz Endowments, Professional Development Workshops, Pittsburgh, 2009 - 2013
Shakespeare's Heightened Language with Patsy Rodenburg, Level III, King Lear, Malcolm, Michael Howard Studios, New York, 2011
Wade in the Water/Kuomboka, Screening and Lecture, African Studies Association, Annual Conference, San Francisco, 2009
Dreamtime in BuLozi, Mixed Media Performance, Norwegian Theatre Academy, Fredrikstad, Norway, 2006
I.D., Helen Daniels, dir. Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2005*
Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, Dell, dir, Mladen Kiselov, Carnegie Mellon University, Drama Department, Chosky Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2005 *
Carters Way, Marilyn Stokes, in staged reading dir. Kellee Van Aken, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2004 *
Momentum, Dot, in staged reading, dir, Tracey Brigden, City Theatre, Pittsburgh, 2004 *
Variations in America, Marion Anderson, First National Performing Arts Convention, Pittsburgh, 2004
Photography, Performativity and the Politics of a Colonial Encounter, King Lubosi Lewanika and Francois Coillard, 1, Association for Cultural Studies at Urbana Champaign, Paper, 2004
Literacy and the Arts Conference, Keynote Speaker, Pennsylvania Writers Project and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 2003
The Exonerated, Artist, in staged reading in association with CAPA, Pittsburgh Opera, August Wilson Center and City Theatre, 2004 *
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Spectacles of Religiosity, 4th Annual Encuentro, Migrating Religiosity's, New York University, 2003
Pittsburgh Film Kitchen, Filmmaker, digital diary #1, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening room, 2003
Literacy and the Arts Conference, Keynote Speaker, Western Pennsylvania Writers Project, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Making a Good Script Great with Linda Segar, Delegate, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002
Sundance Institute, South African Screenwriters Lab (SCRAWL), Screenwriting Fellow, dirs. Shawn Slovo, Vondie Curtis Hall, Colin Vaines , 2002
Sithengi, Southern African Film and Television Market, Cape Town Pitching Finalist, dir. Julian Friedmann, 2002
Southern African Communications for Development (SACOD), Delegate, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2002
New York African Film Festival Traveling Series, Lecture on Kini and Adams, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, 2000
A Midsummers Nights Dream, Titania/Hipollyta, dir. Karla Boos, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh 2000 *
Think Global, Act Local, Forum Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop Facilitator, Pittsburgh City Theatre, 2000 *
Constant Star, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, dir. Tazewell Thompson, Pittsburgh City Theatre 2000 *
On the Beach, Helen, dir. Ron Lindblom, Conservatory Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh *
Keepers of the Dream, Woman, dir. Jackie Moscou, City Theatre, Pittsburgh *
FESPACO Pan African Film Festival, Delegate, 1997
Third Development Theatre Festival, Workshop Facilitator, Forum and Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop, Ouagadougou, 1992
The Magic Carpet, Tortoise, dir. Steve Unwin, Royal National Theatre, Olivier Stage, London *
Visitor to the Veldt, Karabo, dir. Alby James, Temba Touring Company, UK
King the Musical, Lily, dir. Clarke Peters, Piccadilly Theatre, London 1990 *
Nuns on the Run, Julie, dir. Jonathan Lynn, Handmade Films 1987 *
Crossing the Border, Pello, dir. Faith Isiakpere, Scene BBC2 Television 1987 *
To Kill a Mockingbird, Helen, School for Scandal, Maria, dir. John Adams, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 1987 *
Cry Freedom, Tenjy, dir. Lord Richard Attenborough, Universal, 1987 *
Mass, Jazz Singer, dirs. Leonard Bernstein, Bill Bryden, John Mauceri Barbican Centre, London 1986
* Member of British Equity and Actors Equity Union for Professional Actors
To pursue a rewarding career, in a challenging and healthy work environment where I can utilize my skills and knowledge efficiently for organizational growth .
Playing piano, singing, shooting pool, badminton, working out, and exploring new places.
A competant and talented violinist,guitarist and pianist,working as a music teacher in a reputed school since 7 yrs