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.
Associate Director & Lecturer, VAPAE Program
Laurel Butler received her M.A. in theater education and community outreach in 2010 from the University of New Mexico. She is currently the Performing Arts Specialist for the Los Angeles County Office of Education, and possesses a depth and breadth of experience in arts education in Los Angeles, including having served as Head of the Dance Program at St. James Episcopal School; Service Learning Coordinator and Social Justice teacher at Windward School; and as a Teaching Artist with the Unusual Suspects Theater Company. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, she served as Youth Arts Manager and Education Specialist at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Adjunct Professor in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at the University of San Francisco, and has held many other arts leadership and education positions for such institutions as the Idyllwild Arts Academy, Stanford University, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and numerous jails and detention centers throughout the country. As an artist, her original performance work has premiered at prestigious venues including REDCAT, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the International Home Theater Festival. Her arts education pedagogy is dedicated to facilitating creative practice and discourse as catalysts for community building, critical awareness, transformative self empowerment, and social justice.
Program Coordinator & Lecturer, VAPAE Program
Lindsay Lindberg is the Arts Education Program Coordinator and a lecturer in the VAPAE Program, a member of the dance faculty for the Everybody Dance! Foundation, and a teaching artist at the Hollywood Schoolhouse. A graduate of UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department with an emphasis in dance, Lindsay earned her MA at NYU in Dance Education, has helped develop and implement innovative K-12 projects and professional development programs in Los Angeles, and has been designing and teaching dance curricula for years.
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.
Veronique d’Entremont is a teaching artist with an investment in collaborative practice, critical pedagogy and community organizing. She has taught visual art for ten years in alternative classroom, community and therapeutic settings, primarily working with students whose educational needs are not being met by traditional classroom teaching models. Veronique teaches Sculpture and Art Education at Massachusetts College of Art and UCLA. She continues to teach art to adolescents at continuation high schools across Los Angeles County and at The Youth Justice Coalition’s F.R.E.E L.A. (Fighting the Revolution to Educate and Empower Los Angeles) High School, in Inglewood, CA.
As a K-12 public school teacher, Laura dedicated herself to teaching in high-need urban schools in both Los Angeles and New York City. Early in her career she was featured in the book Teaching to Change the World (Oakes & Lipton, 2003) and has since become a teacher educator. Laura is passionately interested in contemplative approaches to teaching and learning and has developed a model of integrative education that has wellbeing at the core. Laura is currently an advisor, field supervisor and lecturer in UCLA’s Teacher Education Program. She also teaches a course in the VAPAE program focused on the social and emotional wellbeing of the teaching artist.
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.
Ejiro Ntekume is an Education Lecturer in the VAPAE Program, a public health consultant, and a Zumba instructor at the John Wooden center at UCLA. As a graduate of the Jonathon and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, Ejiro earned her Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H) with an emphasis on Community Health Sciences, program planning and evaluation. Ejiro’s work is focused on obesity prevention, and arts based strategies as a way to improve health outcome in underserved communities. She currently oversees health programs for teens in Long Beach, CA with the nonprofit organization, HealthCorps, where she educates and empowers teens with the resources they need to live stronger, healthier lives.
Carolina San Juan
Carolina San Juan received her doctorate in Culture and Performance from the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance. Her research focuses on the influence of American Vaudeville in Philippine/Filipino American performance and the role of popular culture performance in identity formation and social justice movements. She brings over 15 years of Arts Education teaching, organizing, and partnerships including her work as the Director of Arts Education for East West Players, America’s premiere Asian American theater. As founding faculty member for the UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education minor, she continues to facilitate young teaching artists into local schools districts and community organizations throughout Los Angeles. For the past 6 years she has also developed and implemented counter-storytelling and counter-narratives teaching and programming for the CSUDH Division of World Cultural & Gender Studies where she also served as the 2015-16 Women’s Resource Center Faculty Fellow.
Luis Tentindo is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator focusing on the crossovers between movement, puppetry and visual art. From 1994 to 2008 he danced in several renowned NYC-based contemporary dance companies. Luis has participated in residencies at Bogliasco, The MacDowell Colony, and Djerassi. His original puppet-theater work was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Theater for the New City and Dixon Place in NYC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. He also presented performances at Skirball Cultural Center, Fowler Ethnographic Museum, and at XFest! (SIUE). His work has received support from the Jim Henson Foundation and he recently presented a workshop at the National Puppetry Festival at UCONN. He completed an MFA degree in Dance at WAC/D, where he was also a teaching associate, in 2016.
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 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.
VAPAE Teaching Artists 2016-2017
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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 undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Kevin Belisario, UCLA Dance Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Phoebe Brown, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Canneo Canul, Teaching Artist
Sally Chung, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2014
Vanessa Chung, UCLA Art Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor 2016
Jane Kim, UCLA Design | Media Arts Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Brittany Ko, UCLA Art Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor 2013
Lily Raven Leon, UCLA World Arts and Cultures undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Kevin Michini, UCLA Art History Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor
Amorette Muzingo, UCLA Art History Department B.A., VAPAE Minor 2016
Jackie Oka, UCLA Dance Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Brianda Perez, UCLA Design | Media Arts Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2015
Valentina Quezada, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2012
Claudia Rosas, UCLA Art Department B.A., VAPAE minor 2016
Yue Wang, UCLA Art Department undergraduate, VAPAE minor
VAPAE Program Assistants 2016-2017
Raymundo Baltazar, Afterschool Arts Programs Coordinator
Bianette Linares, Afterschool Arts Programs Coordinator
Clara Kim, Designer & Programmatic Support
Jane Kim, Designer & Programmatic Support
Brianda Perez, Designer & Programmatic Support
Olivia Schafer, Public Events & Development Assistant