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Ceramics
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For several years Renata studied ceramics in Brazil. In 2000 she was invited for a two-year apprenticeship with Annie Schliffer at the Rochester folk Art Guild (NY). Renata currently works at her studio in Edgewater, MD and teaches at the Maryland Hall for The Creative Arts. Renata’s work has been displayed at galleries and stores in the US and Brazil. She has an MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Artist Statement

“My pieces combine simple forms with a passion for intricate decoration. I’m inspired by geometric patterns and nature forms. Carving, piercing and leaf application are some of the techniques I’ve been exploring in a search for harmony between detail and simpleness.

I’m interested in the contrast between the earthy tones of the clay body and the bright glazes applied around the decorated areas. That process allows the bare clay body to become the focal point and the blank canvas where the decorative process takes place.”

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Theater
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The Compass Rose Studio Theater is a professional teaching theater company. Artistic Director Lucinda Merry-Browne founded the Compass Rose Studio Theater to offer programs, productions, and classes in the Greater Baltimore/Washington Area. Our classes and workshops are currently offered onsite at our theater at 1011 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland, and at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Chesapeake Arts Center, Anne Arundel County performing arts magnet programs, St. Martins Day School in Severna Park, The Key School, and the Annapolis Recreation Department. The Compass Rose Studio Theater produces a full season of plays at our theater. Performances are fully professional, and include members of Actor's Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States as well as Non-Equity actors. In keeping with our mission, performances also include students of acting who have studied with the Compass Rose faculty and other educational companies. Students audition with the professional actors and are selected by the professional casting process.

All of the Compass Rose Studio Theater faculty are teaching artists with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in theater from an accredited institution. Some have Masters Degrees in theater as well. All of our faculty have teaching experience with a range of student populations and a depth of knowledge of how to challenge and stimulate the creative process within students individually and as an acting ensemble.
 

Our approach to theater education is process based, meaning that any performance is the result of hard work and in depth study of technique, not the goal. We do not seek to present a polished product until the basics of theater knowledge have been learned. The result of this building work is that when the performances happen, they are the consequences of the rich and rewarding work of becoming an actor. And they are excellent, surprising audiences at the quality which can be achieved by student actors.

Artist Statement

The Compass Rose Studio Theater is a professional studio and theater rooted in the belief that education in the theater creates excellence in performance. We seek to inspire passion for live theater through education in the dramatic arts for all ages. We believe that the experience of the craft of the theater builds not only talent and technique, but fosters skills for living which enrich the human experience. Professional theater performances by Compass Rose Studio Theater uphold unparalleled artistic standards which reflect our core values and commitment to artistic excellence. As the compass rose on a nautical chart guides the mariner on his or her journey, so the Compass Rose Studio Theater explores dramatic journeys and charts a course toward moving, evocative, and richly entertaining theater.

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Dance
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Dianna Cuatto is beginning her tenth season as the Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Maryland in the 2012/13 season.  She has choreographed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, An American Southwest Carmen, Beauty and the Beast, Tango Dramatico, Little Women and Excalibur, among others.   Previously, she spent four seasons as the Ballet Mistress with the Richmond Ballet and taught ballet and jazz in their school of dance. She was also Artistic Director/Choreographer/ School Director of the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre in Colorado where many alumni went on to pursue professional careers in such companies as San Francisco Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Hubbard Street, San Diego Ballet, Ballet Nouveau and Richmond Ballet.   Following that, Ms. Cuatto taught classical ballet at San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Sacramento Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre and Oklahoma Ballet.   In addition, she has taught at the University of Oklahoma, University of Utah, California State University at Sacramento, and at several high schools for the performing arts.

Ms. Cuatto began her career as a professional dancer with Ballet West in 1963 where she was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1966.   She has also performed as a Principal Dancer with a number of national companies including Sacramento Ballet, Oklahoma Ballet, Berkeley Ballet Theatre and the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre. She has performed a wide range of classical and contemporary roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Swanhilda in Coppelia, Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Balanchine’s Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Symphony in C, Valse Fantasie and also in contemporary works by Caniparoli, Weiss, Robbins, Orejudas and others.   She also had a stint in Hollywood performing for the American Music Awards, A Chorus Line and national television, where she also choreographed The Wonderful World of the Waltz for National PBS.

Artist Statement

BTM offers a complete curriculum for the aspiring professional dancer as well as for the dancer seeking good solid dance training for pure enjoyment.  Our curriculum is designed to provide anatomically sound training, while providing an increasing variety of classes and performance opportunities.

BTM’s school is the only one in Maryland that offers a fully comprehensive ballet training program for the beginner student up to the professional dancer.  A focus on the healthy body aesthetic (healthy body types and healthy monitoring) is a hallmark of BTM’s Company and School.  In addition to training students of all ages with differing interests for learning the discipline of dance we also take great responsibility in our goal to train fine professional dancers and share this vital art form with our community. It is central to the mission of the school to expect the very best effort of each student, whether or not he/she chooses the professional track. We provide professional faculty and the best possible instruction to serve the dance needs of all of our students.  Our instructors give each of the students the care and attention they deserve in the hopes that they will become self-confident young adults and artists. 

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Woodturning
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Chuck’s first exposure to woodworking involved construction of a photographic contact printer under the guidance of his father. Now some sixty years and many varied projects later, he has put his focus on woodturning and has displayed his work in almost a dozen venues in Maryland. He has demonstrated at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington and for several local clubs, and most recently took First Place in the Maryland Hall exhibition of works by the Chesapeake Woodturners club.

Artist Statement

My goal is to display the endless variations of wood in graceful and sometimes functional shapes with close attention to smooth and fluid lines and patient care in finishing. I am currently trying to find new ways to enhance my turnings with accents of texture, color, and incorporation of other materials.

The On Screen/In Person Independent Film Series continues on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm with "Dislecksia: The Movie" and a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell. Tickets are $10; $7 for Maryland Hall members. (Click here to purchase tickets.)

Come early for a beer or glass of wine and to meet Harvey Hubbell. Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 6:30 pm. Wine and beer will be available for purchase for the evening.

 
Maryland Hall has partnered with The Summit School to present a discussion with the director, Harvey Hubbell, and a panel of experts following the film to answer questions and share thoughts on the film and subject.
 

Sitting down to view the film I thought to myself, sure, I’m familiar with Dyslexia. That is when people see words backwards, right? Well, there is a lot more to this learning difference than what I thought I knew. I expected to sit down and spend 90 minutes learning facts from professional interviews and seeing stats across the screen. I thought I would return to my reality armed with these new facts a wiser person. Well I did, and much more.

Director Harvey Hubbell V brings us through not only his journey with Dyslexia but the journey of the disorder itself. The myths and truths are explored through Harvey’s contagious lightheartedness and positivity. Some of the most interesting perceptions are how many highly successful people live with Dyslexia and the ways they have learned to adapt. People like Stephen J. Cannell, Billy Bob Thornton and Emmy winning actress Sarah Joy Brown have made successful careers based on the need to read, yet share this learning difference.

I can only think how immeasurably frustrating it must be to feel like you can’t keep up with your friends in class. School can be hard enough. As I watched the intimate views of struggles & shortcuts, it made me wonder what resources were available and how involved are the school systems? Well, those questions seem to have become easier to answer thanks to the determination and passion of some. Educators and scientists have developed learning programs that have evolved through the years to benefit those with Dyslexia and without. One of the places that these practices focus on is instructing teachers & educators on how to recognize and teach a child that experiences hurdles in learning. The Haskins Laboratories of Yale University have been implementing this practice worldwide. It seems that many teachers never knew how to reach a student who enters their classroom before these practices were taught to them. Many teachers have given feedback on how teaching in these new ways has eased the stress on the relationship they have with the students. The best part, all of the kids in the class can learn reading and writing skills this same way so students don't feel segregated or that they have a difference at all. Technology has proved to be a friend for the dyslexic as well. Former Harvard Neuroscientist turned educator Dr. Gordon Sherman takes advantage of technology to facilitate computer programs in audio/video that allow the dyslexic brain to thrive. Students are able to learn in a way outside of words, outside of ways that cause them anxiety and inside environments that encourage confidence to grow.  

This film turned out to be one of my favorites that I viewed for this series. Harvey Hubbell V brings Dyslexia to light what many people don’t even know about it and the constant attention that it needs in order for schools to continue to receive funding for their programs and to keep these priceless educators inside their walls. Watching these stories brings hope not just to those dealing with Dyslexia, but to people who are affected by any learning challenge.

--Rebecca Daubney, Performing Arts Coordinator

Dirk Hamilton will perform at Maryland Hall on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm. Opening for Hamilton is five time WAMMIE nominated singer-songwriter, Georgie Jessup. Tickets are $15; $10 for Maryland Hall members.
*Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 7 pm.* Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the evening.
 
 

Dirk Hamilton is a classic case of "woulda, shoulda, coulda". Hailed in the 70's as a true poet/troubadour, his songwriting and singing were unique enough to make him standout from the singer-songwriter du jour, with a quirky style that was fresh and totally original. His voice was often compared to Van Morrison’s, and his performances and music were praised by respected publications like Rolling Stone and the LA Times.

His first album, "You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right," was released on ABC records in 1976. Produced by Gary Katz, who at the time was working with Steely Dan, and would later work with local legend Root Boy Slim, it was an excellent album that showcased his eclectic style as a writer, and was fairly well-received by the critics. His next album, "Alias," I would pair him with guitarist Don Evans, whose distinctive guitar sound would help shape and define Hamilton’s sound for the rest of the decade. In 1977, he released "Meet Me at the Crux," an album that is considered to be one of his finest works, and by many, myself included, a minor masterpiece. Rolling Stone magazine called it an "overlooked gem," among other things. He finished out the 70's with "Thug of Love," another excellent album full of well-crafted songs that would cement his legacy as the best singer-songwriter nobody ever heard of. Then he basically walked away from the "busyness," as he calls it. After laying low for much of the 80's, he returned to recording in the 90's, and since that time has recorded and released some of the best music of his career. Hamilton's latest album is called "Solo Mono" and it is his first truly solo acoustic record. Just guitar, vocals, and Dirk laying his soul on the line.

Although there was promise never realized, there are absolutely no regrets on his part. He told me "I feel good about how things have transpired for me so far. I've stayed alive in the largest sense, and I've never stopped living and growing as an artist and a man. I'm more alive than ever, I'm approaching "wise", and have never been better as an artist".

That’s more evident than on Dirk’s latest release “Solo Mono,” a stripped down, back to his roots record that has Hamilton in peak form as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. And while some of his contemporaries have gone on to greater success, it’s not all about the “busyness” for Dirk; it’s about the craft and what people derive from his music.

Dirk is making a rare trip to the East coast and will be making an appearance at Maryland Hall on Wednesday Nov 14th. He will be performing songs from "Solo Mono" as well as dipping into his extensive back catalogue for classics like "Billboard on the Moon" and "Meet Me at the Crux." If you missed Hamilton the first time around, meaning 35 years ago now is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. I promise it’ll be worth your while.

-- Michael Macey, Box Office Coordinator

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Music
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America's premier hammered dulcimer player and recording artist, Maggie Sansone pioneering artistry has brought the ringing beauty of her music to hundreds of thousands of music lovers around the world.  She has fourteen recordings including her new recording Wind Drift that was featured on NPR’s A Thistle & Shamrock where host Fiona Ritchie said “Maggie Sansone sets us off on a journey... and with hands across the water, reveals a great variety of authentic acoustic delights."   The Washington Post has said of Maggie's work: "Few recordings span the gap of generations so gracefully… she's managed to balance art and accessibility, past and present, with unusual care and deftness." Sansone has been the focus of much praise by the press as the most exciting and innovative hammered dulcimer player recording today.

Her awards include INDIE awards from the Association of Independent Record Distributors, and dozens of nominations and WAMMIE awards from the Washington Area Music Association including Irish/Celtic instrumentalist and record label. She was the recipient of the prestigious ANNIE Award for Performing Arts in Maryland. Sansone produces Celtic and holiday concerts and has performed in a variety of venues, from the big stage of America's Kennedy Center to Celtic and Renaissance festivals and street fairs with her puppet show Rover-dance. Sansone was featured on CBS-TV Sunday Morning, Maryland Public Television; NPR's All Things Considered, Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock and XM Radio.  

As teacher and author she has created a series of music books for Mel Bay Publications that feature transcriptions of her music and playing style and was included in their Hammered dulcimer Anthology Series featuring America’s finest performers and teachers.  Maggie teaches privately and has been teaching at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts for many years with unique class offerings such as Celtic Slow Jam, Hammered dulcimer and Irish Bodhrán. She is founder and CEO of the independent record company, Maggie's Music, Inc. with twelve recording artists and over fifty albums in world-wide distribution. Three of these albums- Mist and Stone, Sounds of the Season, and Ancient Noels- have won Indie awards from the Association of Independent Record Distributors and eight time WAMMIE winner for Record Label of the Year.

Unique partnerships include Sony/BMG's DVD Scottish Christmas with Bonnie Rideout; Time-Life's Celtic Tapestry, (2-CD set from the Maggie's Music catalog). Maggie’s own recordings are: Wind Drift, A Celtic Fair,  Mystic Dance, Celtic Meditations, A Traveler's Dream, Dance Upon the Shore, Mist & Stone, Traditions; Ancient Noels (with Ensemble Galilei), Sounds of the Season, Sounds of the Season II, A Scottish Christmas (with Bonnie Rideout and Al Petteway) and Merrily Greet the Time (with Sue Richards).  www.maggiesmusic.com, Maggie’s Music, PO BOX 490, Shady Side, MD. 20764

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Visual Arts
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John Ebersberger has been an instructor at Maryland Hall since 1985. He was one of the original Artists-in-Residence at MD Hall, and shows his work locally at the McBride Gallery. John was a student of the late American Impressionist Henry Hensche, as well as a student of nationally-known portrait painter Cedric Egeli. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

John's work and articles have appeared in The Artist's Magazine, American Artist, American Art Collector, and Workshop Magazine. Books containing John's work include Capturing Radiant Color in Oils by Susan Sarback, and Painting the Impressionist Watercolor by Lee Boynton.

John's work has garnered many national and regional awards including, in 2012 - Exceptional Merit Award , Portrait Society of America; 2009 - Best inShow at Paint Annapolis, Annapolis, MD ;2008 - Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America; 2007 - Second Place Ribbon at the Paint Annapolis Exhibition; 2004 - Jack Richeson Silver Brush Award for Best Figure Painting, awarded by Stephen Doherty, Editor in Chief of American Artist Magazine; and in 2003 - a Capital Region Emmy Award for Maryland Public Television's "Outdoors Maryland" segment "Shades of Winter".

John is represented by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD; The Troika Gallery in Easton, MD;and Egeli Gallery in Provincetown, MA. He is represented for portraiture by Portraits, Inc. in NYC. Notable collections include The United States Naval Academy, The Federal Reserve Bank of MD, Lockheed-Martin Corporation, and the First Bank of Alabama.

 

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Dance
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University of Maryland College Park, Dance Education K-12; University of Colorado specialty training dance education for children; NYC Walden School dance education; 12 years NYC  modern dance, jazz, ballet, tap , studied, performed, and taught classes; Mentored by Henry Letang, Brenda Bufalino, Charles”Cookie” Cook (Masters of Tap); 20 years faculty Univ of MD , College Park; 23 years Maryland Hall Creative Arts; 21 years Slater’s Dance Studio, Edgewater, MD; McCarthy and Slater – dance team,NYC- cruiseships,cabaret,Las Vegas,Catskills; Bubbling Brown Sugar – Judy Cantrell- CrossRoads Theatre, Regional and Caribean Tour. 

Artist Statement 

I love teaching and sharing the art of dance with children and adults.  Dance uses your body as the medium for expression.  It is a nonverbal form of communication.  

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Dance
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Cheryl Mauck has been a Dance Faculty member at Maryland Hall for over 20 years.  Classes include Adult, Teen & Kid's Jazz Dance, Adult Pilates, Children's Jazz, Ballet & Tap, Mom & Me Rhythm Song and Dance, Creative Movement and Tumbling plus several summer workshops. Mauck choreographs and directs a yearly spring dance recital at Maryland Hall for her students.  She is a graduate of the University of Maryland College Park Dance Department.  She is a longtime dance teacher for Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department, a former faculty member of Anne Arundel Community College, a former board member Maryland Council for Dance and guest teacher at Maryland Council for Dance 27th State Dance Festival.  She has choreographed several musical productions for Anne Arundel Community College, Children's Theatre of Annapolis and Miss Anne Arundel County Pageants and is a certified Pilates instructor.

Artist Statement

I am very fortunate to have a career that I enjoy so much.  I get to share my love of dance with my many students.  My goal is to teach technique in a friendly, controlled, safe, noncompetitive atmosphere.  I strive to bring out the inner dancer in all my students and concentrate on the positive.  

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