School may be out for the Summer, but Osceola Arts is back in session with a whole new summer school for the arts. Offering a variety of camps for the Central Florida community to enjoy, there is truly something for everyone. Osceola Arts summer camps are now available offering an exciting fusion of both visual and performing arts. With a state-of-the-art facility, students will have the opportunity to learn in an environment that inspires all. Kids 7-14 years of age are the perfect choice for any of the camps offered at Osceola Arts. With a specular final showcase completing the end of each camp, friends and family will be entertained and astounded by the talent and growth of each and every kid!
Camp Supervisor, All Camps
Lavonte is so excited to join the Osceola Arts family this summer as the Camp Supervisor. He is no stranger to the stage. Some of his directing credits include "All Shook Up", "Godspell", "Hairspray" and most recently "13, the Musical". In addition to directing, Lavonte sit on the Executive Board for the Moonlight Players Theatre in Clermont, FL. It is always his goal to touch the lives of the younger generation through his passion and love for arts. "The power of art can break the shackles that bind and divide human beings"- Ikeda
Marlon Gonzalez earned his BFA from Parsons, the School for Design in New York in 2005. His accomplishments have been noted in The New York Times and Photo Techniques Magazine. He has worked for Time out New York and YRB Magazine just to name a few. His passion for teaching photography and Cinema has transferred to his students being successful at the local, regional and national level. His pupils have amassed an impressive number of accolades in his short five-year tenure as an art teacher in Florida, including over 58 recognitions in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (as well as congressional honors both in the state and nation’s capitols).
Disney on Broadway
Shana Snodgrass-Burns has been a choreographer in the central Florida area for the past 10+ years, and a director for the past two years. Her most recent Directing credits were Sister Act, Irving Berlin‘s White Christmas and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She has also been a major staple in the Orlando theme park community for the past 15+ years. Most recently, before the pandemic, she was a maintenance choreographer with the Walt Disney World company. But before that, she was an equity dancer at the beauty and the beast live on stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She has been dancer, actor and singer for Universal Orlando Resorts. She was also was a Choreographer, dancer, and actor at Seaworld Orlando. Shana is also a dance teacher in the central Florida area, and loves being able to work with kids and adults of all ages.
Disney on Broadway, Make the Band
Christopher Burns is currently the Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist in Osceola County, Florida. He received his B.M.E. from the University of Central Florida and his M.M.E. from Boston University and his PhD in Music Education from the University of South Florida. When he isn't working for the school district, he loves working with little and big kids at Osceola Arts, teaching summer camps and music directing for shows such as Sister Act, Newsies, and Sound of Music!
Camp Assistant/Instructor, All Camps
Landri has been working as a director, actor, writer, and photographer for the past five years. She has had the joy to work at Osceola Arts for the past three summers. Some of her past directing credits include Medea, Love Letter in Code, and Motel Riviera. She is excited to see all the young artists again this year and can’t wait to see what they create!
Safin Karim is a music director, vocal coach, and performer in the Central Florida area, having over 10 years of experience and holding multiple accolades in piano, vocal, and theatre performance. Saf's music direction credits include 'Parade', 'Sweeney Todd', and Tony Winner Kelli O'Hara's 'Encore Ensemble'. His performance credits include Jean Valjean, Officer Lockstock, and Sweeney Todd. He has assisted and taught various camps at Osceola Arts and is excited to be teaching the 'My Shot' summer camp this year!
Land of Lego
Ida received her Bachelor's in Art Education and a minor in Art Therapy from Buffalo State, The State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.). She has taught in community art centers all over for over 20 years. Her philosophy of "Keeping the Arts Alive" is key in her own life as well as inspiring her students to experience the joy of creating every day. With inspirational journeys traveling to France and Italy, she shares the history and techniques of some of their most famous artists. Offering a wide variety of materials, she allows her students to explore and to develop their own creative abilities cultivating their own journey through the arts.
Brenna Arden is delighted to be joining Osceola Arts for educating the next generation of artists. Currently the drama teacher at Lake Nona Middle School, Brenna has been involved in the theatre community for the past 15 years. Previous teaching endeavors include substitute teaching at University High School's Theatre Magnet and Assistant Directing at Winter Springs Performing Arts.
Gabriel Bermudez is no stranger to Osceola Arts. Gabriel has worked as a camp assistant for the last two years for the OA Summer Camps. Recently Gabe has Assistant Directed the Young Actors Company production of The Addams Family and this summer he will be the Associate Director and costume designer for YAC’s production of The SpongeBob Musical. Gabe has been onstage in many YAC productions such as Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, A Night on Broadway, All Shook Up and served as Dace Captain for Legally Blonde the Musical!
Disney on Broadway, Sherlock Mystery
Taylor Evans has her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre for Youth from East Carolina University. She has been working with children for over seventeen years and has a passion for sharing the world of theater with them. She has experience performing, teaching classes and directing youth shows. Taylor knows American Sign Language and loves to incorporate this into theater opportunities whenever she can. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again” C.S. Lewis
Miss Rhiannon, or "Miss Rhi," could not be more excited to be back for another year of teaching all things musical theatre and dance! She is a 2019 graduate of Florida Southern College's BFA Musical Theatre program with a minor in music performance. She has worked at Universal Studios Orlando Resort as a "scareactor" for Halloween Horror Nights 29, as well as a parade performer in Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras 2020, and was featured on NBC's "TODAY" promoting the event. Osceola Arts is where she got her start as a member of the youth theatre program all the way back in 2011--it feels like a dream to have been working here as a professional artist and teacher for the past few summers. She can't wait to dance the day away with some of her favorite kiddos! rhiannonroselle.weebly.com
Mrs. Leung has been teaching in Osceola County for 14 years. She began by teaching Middle School Reading and Language Arts and in 2018 transitioned into the Visual Arts classroom. Her love of literature and culture made the visual art classroom a perfect fit! She encourages each of her students to tell their own story through their artwork. In 2021 Mrs. Leung had students who were awarded the honor of "Art in the Capitol" a display of middle school art work in the State Capitol building featuring one student per Florida County, and the Florida Art Education Association award of Excellence with Distinction. In 2022 another student received the "Art in the Capitol" award. As a teacher her greatest achievement is always to see the students take pride in their artwork whether an experimental piece or a masterpiece, it is in the making of art that students learn and grow the most!
Amber Nadelkov is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and creator in the Central Florida area. She has spent many years developing her creative knowledge, vocabulary, and experience in cities such as Tampa, New York City, and Nashville. And she maintains an active performing career at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, where she is an AEA dancer on Cinderella's Castle Stage at the Magic Kingdom. Amber has also performed alongside artists such as Disney’s Descendants and Meghan Trainor for nationally televised Christmas specials and LeAnn Rimes, Deborah Cox, and Debbie Gibson for different live event productions. She is a teacher, choreographer, staging specialist, and manager for multiple production companies across the country. Amber choreographs and teaches for the Stars Youth Dance Program workshops at Universal Studios Orlando. When she's not working in the professional entertainment world, she travels the nation as a judge for multiple regional and national dance competitions, sharing her love and knowledge of dance with future generations.
Claudia Fain is tickled pink to be teaching at Osceola Arts! Being a military brat, Claudia has traveled and lived in many places. She holds a music theatre degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Claudia’s next goal is to be the female version of Mr. Rogers, so teaching kids theatre has always been a huge passion of hers! "You can think about things and make-believe. All you have to do is think and they'll grow."-Mr. Rogers
Amy comes with years of experience as a manager, teacher & freelance artist. She has worked with Universal Creative, Universal Beijing. She holds a degree in computer animation from Full Sail University, along with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Houston. Amy is excited to bring her expertise to the kids in Animation Station this summer!
Jose Rodriguez Marmol
"I always loved Entertainment, playing roles in musicals with my siblings in my parents living room also, recording myself while hosting my own radio and TV show, years went by and back in 2010, I decided to pack in just 1 suitcase all my dreams and goals and arrived to the City of Orlando, but it was not until 2015 where I was able to go back to school after getting my Bachelors at Law in Caracas, to get my degree in what I feel most passionate about; earning my degree in Entertainment Business was in my bucket list. I am now happy to have a Master of Arts in New Media Journalism.
Working at The Walt Disney Company, and hosting "Artistic Spot" Podcast are just wonderful experiences of a career that I love, it is only the beginning. As I always say, we are all actors of our movies, singers of our musicals and writers of our books and I am writing my story in this adventure called life".
JJ Gonzalez Acosta
"I am originally from Valencia, Venezuela. I started my artistic journey back in 1990, when I was just 5 years old; always learning beautiful techniques from my mother and my aunts who are also artists.
When I grew up I decided to pursue my career in arts when I was just 8 years old and I studied Art in the School of Fine Arts in Valencia.
Growing up my passion for arts grew more and more, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Master's in Management in my hometown, Valencia.
One day I decided to pursue my American Dream and arrived in the City of Orlando in 2017 where I am currently developing an art project in which I teach different art techniques and origami to adults and children of all ages in order to promote their talents and help them discover their artist within".