VAPAE Faculty and Staff
Kevin M. Kane
Director & Lecturer, VAPAE Program
Kevin M. Kane received his Ph.D. In Cultural Studies, with an emphasis in Arts Education, from Claremont Graduate University and his MFA in Dance Choreography from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WACD). Throughout his career, Kevin has focused his research, practice, and activism on designing and implementing inclusive multidisciplinary performing arts programs for youth in his community. He is a long time instructor in UCLA WACD where he designed and directed the award winning summer High School Dance Theatre Intensive program from 2006-2013. A former credentialed language arts teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Kevin taught theatre arts and dance for eight years at John Marshall High School, where he created numerous original dance theatre productions in collaboration with his many students. Along with his childhood friend Monica Horan Rosenthal, Kevin co-founded and served as Executive Director of The Flourish Foundation from 2005-2014, before joining the UCLA VAPAE Program as Associate Director and Lecturer. Kevin is committed to using performing arts and arts education as a tool for individual and social transformation, creating student pipeline programs that allow youth of all backgrounds to feel connected and inspired through the arts, empowered to imagine and realize bright futures for themselves.
Program Coordinator, VAPAE Program
Amorette is an arts educator, artist, curator, and administrator. With a foundation of critical visual literacy and influences of art therapy, Amorette has developed and implemented multiple curricula focusing on a social justice praxis in various educational and museum settings throughout California. She has had her photography on display in galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Amorette received a Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude from UCLA with a major in Art History and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE), and is thrilled to be part of the VAPAE team.
Community Engagement Coordinator, VAPAE Program
Raymundo Baltazar is a multidisciplinary artist, arts educator, and fashion industry consultant. Baltazar has been an active volunteer in the nonprofit sector, most notably working with organizations such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and The Huntington Library. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a focus on World Arts and Cultures, and a minor in Visual and Performing Arts Education (VAPAE); and an A.A. in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (F.I.D.M.).
Founding Director, VAPAE Program; Associate Dean of Community Engagement & Arts Education; Professor, Department of Art
Barbara Drucker received her MFA from UCLA, where she is currently the Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Arts Education, and Founding Director of the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE) for the School of the Arts and Architecture and Professor of Painting and Drawing in the Department of Art. From 1996-2001 she was the founder/director of The Living Room, an alternative exhibition space in Santa Monica, California. Her creative work includes painting, mixed media installation, sculpture, photography and video. It has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Mazzocchi Gallery, Parma, Italy; Academy of Fine Arts, Brescia, Italy; Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Graz, Austria; Kennedy Gallery, Athens, Greece; Bouzianis Gallery, Athens, Greece; Center for Book Arts, New York; and Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA. Drucker’s work is also included in numerous public collections such as the Smithsonian Archives of Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.; the Sackner Collection of Concrete Poetry and Artists’ Books, Miami, Florida; UCLA Special Collections/Artists’ Books; the Museum of Greek Folk Art, Film Archives, Athens, Greece; and the Museum of Greek Popular Instruments Center of Ethno-musicology, Athens, Greece. Drucker is a recipient of the Howard Foundation Award for Contemporary Art, Brown University, Providence, RI.
Jessica Bianchi received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Social Justice from Loyola Marymount University where she has focused on clinical art therapy as means for social justice within a school context. A master’s in Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy, Jessica is an art therapist working at Aviva Family and Children’s Services implementing art therapy with emotionally disturbed teenage girls on probation in a group home setting. Jessica is also part-time faculty at LMU and UCLA teaching on the importance of providing visual arts in all educational environments as a foundation for holistic and empathic learning.
Laurel received her M.A. in Theater Education and Community Outreach in 2010. She has served as Adjunct Professor in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at USF; Youth Arts Manager and Education Specialist at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Executive Director of Theater-in-the-Making; Theater Director for the Idyllwild Arts Academy; and an educator for Stanford University, the Unusual Suspects Theater Company, and numerous jails and detention centers. She has presented at the Engaging Dance Audiences Learning Exchange at Dance USA Conference, the National Teens-in-the-Arts Convening, and been published in Theater Topics and the Journal of Museum Education.
Sue Bell Yank
Sue Bell Yank is a writer, producer, and arts educator. She currently works in online digital education. Formerly Associate Director of Academic Programs at the UCLA Hammer Museum, her writing on socially-engaged art and public cultural practice has been featured in exhibition catalogues, the Liverpool Biennial journal Stages, UCSD’s Field Journal, n.paradoxa feminist journal, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, the Huffington Post, KCET Artbound, and various arts blogs including her ongoing essay blog entitled Social Practice: Writings about the social in contemporary art (www.suebellyank.com). She is currently an advisor for the Asian Arts Initiative's Social Practice Lab and the granting organization SPArt, and is a board member of the arts organization Clockshop in LA.
Onya Hogan-Finlay is a teaching artist who holds an MFA from USC. Onya has developed her pedagogical practice through her tenure as Artist in Residence at HOLA, former Director of the Summer Art Institute at the UCLA Department of Art, and as the current Assistant Director of School and Professional Development Programs at Armory Center for the Arts. Focusing on social practice, Onya's work has been exhibited internationally at MOTHA, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, The Power Plant, and Documenta 12 Halle. She is the co-founder of projet Mobilivre-Bookmobile project and is the co-editor of the 2014 publication The Bookmobile Book which chronicles the project's history. Her work has been published in C Magazine, Cruising the Archives, Féminismes Électriques, and e-misférica.
Leslie is a veteran theater actress, teaching artist, and stage director with East West Players, Center Theatre Group, the American Conservatory Theatre, University of California, Irvine, Perseverance Theatre in Douglas, AK, Fitzmaurice Voicework Institute, international conferences and workshops. As a theater curriculum specialist, Leslie has spent many years teaching acting and voice technique that integrates liberation and alliance building methods. In 2016, Leslie co-organized the Consortium of Asian American Theatres and Artists National Conference and Theatre Festival hosted by Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). In addition, she has been a diversity/inclusion facilitator trainer at OSF and co-facilitated the launch of Theatre Communication Group's Diversity/Inclusion Institute. Leslie has performed on Broadway, in regional theatre, and every genre on camera from film to one-hour drama, sitcoms, soaps, and commercials. Most recently, Leslie is the Founder and Co-Director of the National Cultural Navigation Theatre Project.
VAPAE Teaching Artists 2016-2018
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Tali Aires, UCLA Dance Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Angelina Attanasio, UCLA Art History Department, B.A., VAPAE minor 2014
Raymundo Baltazar, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2017
Kevin Belisario, UCLA Dance Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Phoebe Brown, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Christyana Cabal, Ethnomusicology B.A., VAPAE minor
Canneo Canul, Teaching Artist
Sally Chung, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2014
Vanessa Chung, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Aya Fathallah, UCLA Art Department undergraduate
Ria Julian, UCLA Dance Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Jane Kim, UCLA Design | Media Arts Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Brittany Ko, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2013
Lindsey Kunisaki, UCLA Independent Major B.A., VAPAE minor, 2015
Lily Raven Leon, UCLA World Arts and Cultures B.A., VAPAE minor 2017
Kevin Michini, UCLA Art History Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Amorette Muzingo, UCLA Art History Department B.A., VAPAE Minor 2016
Lorena Ochoa, UCLA Art Department undergraduate
Jackie Oka, UCLA Dance Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Brianda Perez, UCLA Design | Media Arts Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Jessi Pontillas, UCLA Dance Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2017
Valentina Quezada, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2012
Claudia Rosas, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Amelia Sargent, Teaching Artist
Alyssa Scott, UCLA World Arts and Cultures/Dance undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Zo Shay, UCLA Ethnomusicology Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Sara Simon, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Rachel Tu, UCLA Design | Media Arts Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Yue Wang, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2017
Owen Weitzel, UCLA Design | Media Arts Department undergraduate
VAPAE Program Assistants 2017-2018
Jane Kim, Designer & Programmatic Support
Tigran Nersisian, Designer, Videographer, & Programmatic Support
Brianda Perez, Designer & Programmatic Support
Olivia Schafer, Public Events & Development Assistant