Faculty Profile

Dana Piazza

Dana Piazza (’06 2S) is an artist, graphic designer who received his BFA Magna Cum Laude from the School of Art+Design at Purchase College. His work was recently exhibited at Gallery 263, Limner Gallery, and The Arts Center of the Capital Region. He was featured at the Geoffrey Young Gallery, Muriel Guépin Gallery, and Room 68 in December 2017, and at Albany Center Gallery in 2018. His work is held in Pierogi Gallery’s Flat Files. In addition to creating artwork, Piazza has provided graphic design services for Ellsworth Kelly Studio and MASS MoCA, and worked as an artist assistant for LoVid. Currently, he is the Gallery Manager of Sohn Fine Art Gallery, in Lenox Massachusetts. http://danapiazza.art/

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Ari Cameron

Ari Cameron is our teaching artist in the Painting and Drawing Studio. She is an artist and educator having graduated from the New School with a B.A. in Visual Arts and Poetry. Ari has worked as a teaching artist across age ranges, designed curriculum for after school programs and summer camps, managed community arts projects, and facilitated group dialogue with teens and adults. Her poetry has appeared in Vinyl, Hinchas de Poesia, The Offing, and PANK among other places.

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Lia Russell-Self

Lia joins the faculty as our Theater Director. She directs the Middle School theater workshop in November, as well as the Upper School Winter Production. Originally from Atlanta, Lia currently lives in Austerlitz, NY. She is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and holds a degree in Creative Writing and Theatrical Arts. Lia has been a teaching artist at the WAM Theatre, and she will co-direct a production at WAM in Fall 2017. She is the co-founder and co-artistic director of 84 Production, a local theatre company. Lia is passionate about “devised” theatre, wherein the script originates from the collaborative work of a group. Full of energy, optimism, and talent, Lia, who also serves as a member of the Development Office, is a valuable addition to our dynamic arts teachers and offerings at BCD.

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Ben Evans

Ben Evans has worked at IS183 Art School in Stockbridge, MA as the Ceramics Studio Manager. He has taught Wheel Working, Hand Building, Tile Making, and Slip Casting, and he has been the Summer Camp Ceramic Instructor. Ben received his BFA, majoring in Ceramics, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. His other teaching experience includes work at Morningside Elementary School in Pittsfield, the after-school program at Taconic High School, and as an art club teacher at Richmond Consolidated School. He has also worked as a studio assistant for Michael Brod in Rhinebeck, NY, and Mary Roehm in High Falls, NY, and as a teaching assistant for Jeff Zamek at the Penland School of Crafts in NC.


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Charlie Zotique

Charles Zotique

Charles teaches Music and coordinates BCD’s private instrumental music program. He most recently taught at an elementary charter school and at New Design Middle School in New York, and he has been a guest lecturer with the New York Composers Collective. Charles is an accomplished musician, singer, choral director, and composer, and has worked professionally with Cantori New York, Treasure House Chorale, Young New Yorker’s Chorus, and the New York Symphony. Charles co-founded the Harlem Creates Music Festival and produced “Celebramos Juntos!” for the Riverbank State Park’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Several of his compositions have been performed in the United States and abroad. Music education at BCD begins in Preschool and students in Kindergarten through Grade 6 have classes based on the Orff-Schulwerk approach. Concepts are learned through song, dance, movement, drama, and percussion instruments. Improvisation, composition, and a natural sense of play are encouraged. Starting in Grade 1, students participate in chorus where they learn to cooperate and work as a group towards a common goal. Students in Grades 4 through 6 are members of the Middle School chorus and develop good vocal technique, proper breath support, clear diction, and confident stage presence.

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Joe Katz

Joe Katz is an accomplished woodworker, sculptor, and teacher. Joe has over twenty years of experience teaching students in Grades 4 through 12. At BCD, students in Grades 4 through 6 take shop class for one trimester each year. Using real tools is essential in developing minds, muscles, strength, and stamina. A strong emphasis is placed on craftsmanship and proper planning, while always working with safety in mind. In addition to teaching woodworking, Joe has experience working with students in such areas as metalworking, ceramics, jewelry making, and architectural design. Joe has operated his own woodworking and cabinetry business for ten years, was a member of the Peace Corps in both Ethiopia and the Marshall Islands, and then taught at Waldorf schools in Vancouver and New Zealand. He received a B.S. in Industrial Arts Education from Millersville University and a B.A. in Art from Westfield State University.


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Sasha Sicurella

Sasha Sicurella is the Coordinator of BCD’s Visual Arts Program and as a K-6 arts instructor. Sasha is an arts education specialist, artist, and consultant. As the Director of Education at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY, Sasha has spent ten years developing and implementing public, arts-based programming for people of all ages. Through her work as the founding director of the I AM: International Foundation, Sasha provides opportunities for children to explore identity through art and self-portrait photography. To date, the I AM: Projects have served more than 1,000 children in 15 countries across 5 continents. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and internationally at museums and art centers in Tel Aviv, Milan, Mumbai, Addis Ababa, Bratislava, Ulan Bator, Sao Paulo, and New York.


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Jon Suters

Jon Suters is an accomplished musician and teacher, and is well-known throughout the Berkshires and beyond as a professional musician and bandleader. Jon plays the piano, guitar, string bass, cello, violin, trombone, saxophone, drumset and percussion, and steel drums. He has performed music with Charles Neville (the Neville Brothers), Ed Mann (Frank Zappa), Eugene Friesen and Paul Halley (the Paul Winter Consort), and has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Rickie Lee Jones, Tuck and Patti, Martin Sexton, Madeline Peyroux and many others. Jon works with students, beginning in Grade 4, who choose to study a band instrument and participate in the group lessons that are offered once a week. After a year of lessons, students are invited to join the Beginning Band which performs at various concerts throughout the school year.


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