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A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12
Episcopal School of Dallas
A Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Ages 3 Through Grade 12

FINE ARTS FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

Dusty Davidson


FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Fine Arts Department Chair and Upper School Theater Instructor at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dusty Davidson is an award-winning actor, director, and teacher. Previously he taught in Atlanta, Abilene, Wylie, Arlington, and Houston.In his more than 20 years in education, Dusty has been nominated for more than 60 Tommy Tune Awards for excellence in high school musical theater, winning in categories including “Best Musical,” “Best Ensemble,” and “Best Director.” His former students have appeared in Broadway productions of Spamalot, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Frogs, The Light in the Piazza, The Addams Family, Bullets Over Broadway, and Evita. He is an active member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, where he serves as College Auditions Coordinator. Abilene Christian University, Bachelor of Arts in Theater/French; University of North Texas, Master of Arts in French/Educational Administration (in process).

Monica Awbrey


PRE-ELEMENTARY MUSIC

Monica Awbrey has served as the Pre-Elementary Music Enrichment Teacher at The Episcopal School of Dallas for four years. Teaching young learners to create music together, she shares with them the gift of expression, helping them see, feel, and understand the aesthetics of music. She hopes her students will have a strong foundation to either become musicians, or have a lifelong love and appreciation for music. Monica has also taught Middle School Choir and served as an eighth-grade Advisor. She also coordinates the AP Program for the Upper School.. Monica also works with professional choral groups in the Dallas area, including Christ the King Catholic Church, Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Trinity University, Bachelor of Music; Master of Arts in Teaching.

Barbara Brault


UPPER SCHOOL CERAMICS

Barbara Brault has shown her work regionally and nationally in several museums and galleries. Her work is featured in corporate and private collections nationwide. “I balance my life between making traditional vessels and using clay in a sculptural manner. I strive to instill this sense of communication as students explore functional and sculptural directions. I love watching students relax and begin to experience clay through their sense of touch. As artists, we are problem-solvers. Students and I brainstorm, discuss techniques, and problem-solve together. It is a collaborative experience, and we learn from each other.” Northern Michigan University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art; New Mexico State University, Master of Arts in Ceramic Art; University of Dallas, Master of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art.

Becca Bryan


LOWER SCHOOL CHOIR AND MUSIC

Rebecca Bryan has been teaching for 11 years, the last four in the music classroom. Rebecca’s main instrument is her voice, which she has utilized with the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Her passion is teaching Orff-Schulwerk, a process that encourages the creation of music by using instruments that are easily playable. “I believe the music-making process is a beautiful and natural outgrowth of the child’s already growing mind and body. My process-oriented method of discovering song from words, poems, and chants ultimately leads the child to create melodies with voice and instruments. Music is a personal, expressive, and communicative art, and every child deserves this rich opportunity.” University of North Texas, Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies/Music Education, SBEC Certified Music K-8, General Ed K-8, Art EC-12; Southern Methodist University, Complete Orff-Schulwerk Certification.

Kristi Cardwell


MIDDLE SCHOOL THEATER

Kristi Cardwell grew up in a family of theater artists. She began
performing professionally at the age of eight, and developed a successful adult career, acting at the Dallas Children’s Theater, Santa Fe Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Festival of Independent Theatres, and Almeda Theatre of London. She has taught theater at the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, and Girl Scouts of America, and was an Artist in Residence at various DISD schools. “Theater is a transfiguring art form that, through the power of collaborative creativity, connects individuals to the essence of humanity. It provides a platform from which we can see the path that leads us to growth beyond ourselves. By providing children with a nurturing environment in which they have the security to explore, they develop the skills and tools necessary for lives of creative and artistic fulfillment.” College of Santa Fe, Bachelor of Fine Arts; British American Drama Academy, London.

Charlotte Chambliss


UPPER SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS AND ART HISTORY

Charlotte Chambliss began teaching in 1989 at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and joined the Visual Arts Faculty of The Episcopal School of Dallas in 2012. During this time, she has maintained a diligent studio practice, where she pursues a variety of interests including landscape painting, abstract geometric painting, mixed media, and collage. University of North Texas, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing/Painting; Texas A&M Commerce, University of North Texas, and University of Dallas, Graduate Credit in Education/Art History/Humanities.

Glen Dawson


MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL DANCE

Glen Dawson, a dancer and theater performer since the age of five, has studied with Igor Youskevitch, Helen McGehee, Agnes DeMille, Marcel Marceau, Eric Hawkins, Alvin Ailey, Stanley Hall, and Ben Stevenson. She is a member and co-founder of Austin Repertory Dancers, Sharir Dance Company, and various regional dance and theater companies. The owner of three dance studios, she is presently an associate professor of dance at Collin County Community College, dance teacher for The Episcopal School of Dallas, an instructor of dance for the Contemporary School of Dance in Dallas, and a free-lance choreographer and fitness teacher. “I want to give students the opportunity to develop the skills needed for success, and to motivate them to find the creative spirit and cultivate their individual talents.” University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance/Theater; Southern Methodist University, Master of Fine Arts in Dance.

Adrian Demian


LOWER, MIDDLE, AND UPPER STRINGS

The deeply musical and Romanian-born artist Adrian Demian began studying the violin at the age of six and made his debut as a soloist with the Arad Symphony Orchestra when he was only 12 years old. At 24, he became one of the youngest violinists to be offered a position as Associate Professor of Violin with the Bucharest National University of Music. Adrian has performed in numerous international music festivals in Romania, Canada, and the U.S., and has toured extensively throughout Romania, France, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, and Turkey. Additionally, he has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Romania and the U.S. Last season, he was invited to perform Sibelius’ Violin Concerto as the featured soloist with the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra. Eastman School of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance/Literature; National University of Music, Bucharest, Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance.

George Fiala


UPPER SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY

George Fiala is a successful commercial photographer, teacher, and mentor. Specializing in lyrical images of people on location or in the studio, he began with editorial and advertising photography, and expanded his business to photography for corporate annual reports, weddings, and other events. He is a charismatic teacher who sets high standards and inspires his students. His personal work includes black-and-white photographs of Czech Potlach, an international gathering of Bohemian people. “My goal is for the student to experience photography as a journey through time. Understanding the history of photography and the early processes is essential in my program. Teaching the disciplines of photography enriches one’s ability to think critically, plan and meet deadlines, express themselves visually, and communicate with others on a professional level. I believe in the individual talent of each student and in shaping that talent to its highest potential.” Texas A&M Commerce, Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Wendy Kenneybrew


ART INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT

Wendy Kenneybrew has been teaching early childhood and elementary art for 32 years. Growing up in a family of artists, Wendy enjoys mixing media to create art with texture, color, and depth. My mission is to help guide the development of each student’s unique talents in the visual arts. The greatest thrill is seeing the student’s excitement when the finished product is beyond his expectations. Art is a perfect vehicle for developing the skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking, so necessary for the students of today.

Dane Larsen


UPPER SCHOOL SCULPTURE AND DESIGN

Dane Larsen, a sculptor, painter, and occasional performance artist, was raised in Dallas where he began his artistic education at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has lived abroad extensively, and exhibited or performed in Germany, Thailand, Spain, Italy, and the Dominican Republic. Dane has taught nine years at both public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad, and he represents the third generation of educators in his family. The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.

Cathy Namanny


LOWER SCHOOL VISUAL ARTS

The first- through fourth-grade art teacher at The Episcopal School of Dallas, Cathy Namanny has enjoyed teaching and developing young artists for more than 30 years. “Each child has an innate ability to create art. Through our varied studies, I strive to nurture the student’s confidence in creative self-expression, while fostering critical and analytical thinking skills through experimentation and problem-solving. My mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate, safe, and nurturing environment, where students can synthesize the world around them and explore their artistic potential while utilizing various techniques and media. East Texas State University, Bachelor of Science in Art Education/Elementary Education.

Lauren Redmond '01


MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL THEATER

Lauren Redmond has worked professionally in regional arts organizations across the country, including the Santa Fe Opera, Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance in Asheville, CenterStage in Baltimore, Hartford Stage and, most recently, the Dallas Theater Center. She is proud to return to her roots after graduating from The Episcopal School of Dallas in 2001. Lauren also directs and designs the annual alumni musical each summer. “My responsibility as a teacher is to help engage and encourage students in the same way I was nurtured throughout my artistic career. It is because of those teachers and mentors that I have the desire to give back to the next generation of artists. My goal is to show students that the arts not only enhance their education, but can help lay the foundation for who they are and who they will become.” Elon University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theater; University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management.

Joe Snyder


UPPER SCHOOL CHOIR

Joe Snyder has taught for the past 26 years at The Episcopal School of Dallas, where he is the Upper School Choir Director, teaches Advanced Placement Music Theory, and plays the organ for daily chapel services. He has performed on the Fisk organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center and was previously the Principal Accompanist for the Turtle Creek Chorale in Dallas. Joe also has a piano studio of 12 students and is the organist at the Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Las Colinas. “I believe music is a universal pathway to feeding the soul and enhancing higher brain function. My experience in music education has proven that students can increase their level of musicianship and performance, which increases confidence and provides an unlimited opportunity to create and contribute to the world.” Concordia College, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance/Piano/Organ; Stephen F. Austin State University, Master of Fine Arts in Piano Performance.

Amber Stautzenberger


EARLY CHILDHOOD ART TEACHER

Amber Stautzenberger joined the Fine Arts Faculty in 2015 and became the first art teacher to educate Pre-Kindergarten at The Episcopal School of Dallas. She also teaches Kindergarten and Primer. Stautzenberger comes from a family of educators and is a second generation art teacher. “I believe Art is where a child finds his or her artistic expression. Art is not about the finished product; it is about the experience.” The University of Texas at Arlington, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing

Bobby Weiss


UPPER SCHOOL FILM AND PRINTMAKING

Before receiving a master’s in Fine Arts, Bobby Weiss taught at Ball High School on Galveston Island, where he received the “Teacher of the Year”award, as well as the “Lifetime Achievement” award from the school district. His advanced film class created “Ike: A Documentary,” a film about Hurricane Ike that received numerous awards and was featured on “Good Morning America” and National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Bobby’s work has been featured in numerous art exhibitions, recently in Chelsea, New York, and in the East Austin Studio Tour. Maryland Institute College of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Syracuse University, Master of Fine Arts.

Susan Wiles


MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR

Susan Wiles was awarded the Aidan Kavanagh Prize for Intellectual Achievement at Yale University, where she studied choral conducting. She has taught music from the Kindergarten through college level, and she finds great fulfillment at every stage of learning. “My hope for my students is for them to recognize through their singing that they have a connection that is physical, intellectual, and spiritual to the past, the present, and the future; I believe that art makes us all better human beings, and I feel privileged to be able to spend my days making music with other people.” In addition to teaching Middle School Choir at ESD, she is a sixth-grade advisor. Sewanee, The University of the South, Bachelor of Arts in Music; Yale University School of Music, Master of Music in Choral Conducting; Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts, Certificate.

Lower School

4344 Colgate Avenue
Dallas, Texas, 75225
214-353-5818

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4100 Merrell Road
Dallas, Texas, 75229
214-358-4368

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