Our Staff 2017-10-17T12:55:32+00:00

OUR STAFF

Carrie Spitler – Executive Director

Carrie Spitler joined Snow City Arts in 2013 and has led the organization through strategic planning, strengthened assessment efforts, and increased fundraising capacity to fully support the mission.  She was selected through a competitive process for the University of Chicago’s inaugural cohort of the 2015 Chicago Leadership Academy and is a prior member of the Steering Committee of the Civic Knowledge Project’s Southside Arts and Humanities Network. Prior to joining Snow City Arts, Carrie serve for 10 years as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Writing Alliance, a social justice and popular education literary arts organization, and as Publisher of the Journal of Ordinary Thought. From 1997 to 2002, she was the Director of Development at Access Living. Carrie holds a BS in Political Science from Central Michigan University, and a Certificate in Baking and Pastry from Kendall College.

Julia deBettencourt – Program Director

Julia deBettencourt was named Program Director at Snow City Arts, having previously worked as the Director of Academic Programs. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre program, she previously worked with Chicago Children’s Theatre as their Education Associate overseeing their education and outreach initiatives, until leaving to pursue advanced study.  She received her MA in Applied Theatre with a focus in Theatre and Disability from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England.  She has worked as a teaching artist with several companies, such as Access All Areas, WAC, Boston Children’s Theatre, and VSA Massachusetts, with a special focus on facilitating projects for people with disabilities.  In 2012, Julia received a prestigious Leverhulme Trust grant to travel to Cape Town, South Africa and make theatre with the students of the Vera School for Learners with Autism. Upon her return, Julia enrolled in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where she completed her Ed.M in Arts in Education in 2013.  In addition to her work with young people with disabilities, Julia teaches musical theatre at The Music Institute of Chicago and is a teaching artist for Northlight Theatre.

Jonathan Heuring – Development and Communications Director

Jonathan Heuring joined Snow City Arts in 2015, having spent nearly 20 years as an active member of the Chicago arts and non-profit community. Prior to joining Snow City Arts, he was Individual Giving Manager at Inspiration Corporation, where he has been an active volunteer for 14 years. His theatrical experience includes 6 years at Porchlight Music Theatre in a variety of capacities, and 10 years at Victory Gardens Theater, where he helped produce over 60 world or regional premiere productions. He was also an integral part of the multi-year renovation of the historic Biograph Theater into the Zacek-McVay Mainstage and Richard Christiansen Theatre. He has worked with countless other companies in the Midwest, including Indiana Repertory, Emerald City, TimeLine, Famous Door, Lifeline, International Voices Project, Jam Theatricals and Oak Park Festival Theatres. He is a proud graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, and still serves as an original member of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Arts & Technical Committee.

Julia Perciasepe – Development and Communications Associate

Julia joined Snow City Arts as Development and Communications Associate in October of 2016. She is an avid cultural consumer with a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Art History from Wesleyan University. Most recently she worked for WBUR, Boston’s public radio station, in various capacities within the Syndication Department, the Marketing and Promotions Department and the Community Outreach Department. She has held administrative positions at a number of nonprofits including the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Documentary Educational Resources (DER). In addition to her nonprofit work, Julia has volunteered as co-host of Boston Neighborhood Network’s cable access television program “It’s All About Arts” and for the Festival do Rio while living in Brazil from 2014 to 2015.

Tyreece Williams  – Administrative Assistant

Tyreece Williams is a UIC alumni with a degree in Communications. After working as one of the Senior Associate Coordinators of the UIC Orientation Program, he’s developed a strong interest in nonprofit and higher education administration. As someone who strongly believes in the accessibility of comprehensive education to all, Tyreece is excited to collaborate with Snow City Arts and its mission to provide children with arts education.”

TEACHING ARTISTS

Emmy Bean

Emmy Bean is a musician-in-residence at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois, and is a singer, theater artist and teacher living in Chicago. She performs frequently with Theatre Oobleck, Curious Theater Branch, and The Neo-Futurists. She writes songs and performs with Chris Schoen and T-Roy Martin in the trio 80 Foots Per Minute. Other performance work includes appearances at the Parlor in Philadelphia, Judson Church in New York City, Studio Theater in Washington DC, and Sandglass Theater in Putney, VT.  She has toured with Amanda Maddock’s play “Mrs. Wright’s Escape” and co-created the “Three Piggy Opera” at Links Hall in Chicago. Since 2008, she has worked as an Associate Curator at the Great Small Works International Toy Theater Festival in New York City. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and a B.A. in Religion from Vassar College, with a concentration in Music and Culture.

Eric Elshtain

Eric Elshtain is a creative writer-in-residence at Children’s Hospital University of Illinois and Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He has taught poetry and other subjects through the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Hands on Stanzas program, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and the Better Boys Foundation. His poetry, reviews and interviews have been published in such journals as the Notre Dame Review, McSweeney’s, American Letters & Commentary, among many others.  His book, Here In Premonition, was published in 2006. His most recent book, This Thin Memory A-ha, was published by Verge Books. Additionally, Eric is the editor of the on-line poetry press Beard of Bees. He received his PhD in Poetry from the University of Chicago.

Regin Igloria

Regin Igloria is a Visual Artist-In-Residence at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. He maintains a multidisciplinary studio practice in Chicago which revolves around teaching and serving as an arts administrator. In 2010, he founded North Branch Projects, a community bookbinding project based in the Albany Park neighborhood, which allows him to combine various aspects of his work as an educator and artist. Teaching experiences include Marwen, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Hyde Park Art Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Rhode Island School of Design. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally, including the ANTI Contemporary Art Festival in Finland, Out of Site Performance Festival Chicago, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, The Franklin, Zg Gallery, and The Center for Book Arts NYC. He is a recipient of a 3Arts Teaching Artist Award, Propeller Grant, 96 Acres Project Grant, and an Americans for the Arts Fellowship. Residencies include Montello Foundation, Ucross, ACRE, and The Wormfarm Institute. He received his MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dan Kerr-Hobert

Dan Kerr-Hobert is a Theatre Artist-In-Residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is an ensemble member of Blair Thomas and Company, former Artistic Director of Sans-culottes Theater and Manifest Theatre, and a regular collaborator with the Chicago Neofuturists. As a renowned director, deviser, performer, and puppet designer, his work has been seen throughout the United States at venues such as the MCA, the DIA, NJPAC, Steppenwolf, the Pritzker Pavilion, HERE Arts Center in New York, Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and The Actors Theatre of Louisville. Additionally, he has taught at The Theatre School at DePaul University and the Art Institute of Chicago. Dan is an alum of the Acting program at The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Ronnie Kuller

Ronnie Kuller is a Musician-in-Residence at Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Rush Children’s Hospital. She is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, teaching artist, and the Artistic Director of Mucca Pazza. She has written music for Mucca Pazza, Theater Oobleck, The Cambrians, and the Actor’s Gym, as well as Opera-Matic, where she is an Artistic Associate, and is the accompanist and arranger for Mister Tom Musick. Ronnie has performed in venues all over the country, including Orchestra Hall at Chicago’s Symphony Center, Mass MoCA, Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, the Watermill Center, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. One of her compositions was recorded onto wax cylinder at Edison National Historical Park, and was also featured on the TV show Transparent. Ronnie is a 2013 3Arts Awardee and a 2015 3Arts Ragdale Fellow. 

 

Jess Leonard

Jess is a visual artist-in-residence at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hosptial, as well as a multidisciplinary artist residing in Chicago. Her artistic practice is rooted in photographic processes, functional ceramic production and fiber arts. Jess’s work explores deconstruction and curation of found images, establishing and manipulating a sense of place and time, exploring familial structures and the role of the artist’s hand within each piece. She earned her BFA at The School Of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Jess has taught young children varying art mediums in camp and workshop settings. In addition to working with Snow City Arts, she also teaches both photography and ceramics at The Marwen Foundation.

John Lyons

John Lyons is a filmmaker-in-residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. John is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and a teaching artist, who has been making films with students in the Chicago area for over 10 years with various arts organizations. He is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is also the Assistant Director of Technology and Administration at Marwen. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys hiking with his wife Jessica and discussing outer space with his daughters Catie and Annie.

Mikey Peterson

Mikey Peterson is a filmmaker-in-residence at Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Rush Children’s Hospital. He is a video/audio artist and singer/songwriter who actively exhibits and performs at galleries, festivals and clubs internationally. His video work is also shown on the Paris/London-based satellite television channel, Art Television and the New York-based website, Videoart.net. Additionally, he teaches video/audio art, filmmaking, animation, and music to elementary and high school students at Marwen Foundation and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education.

Kevin Smith

Kevin is a musical artist-in-residence at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and is a guitarist, composer, and music educator from the Chicagoland area. He began studying classical guitar performance at the University of Georgia with John Sutherland before finishing his degree at the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the instruction of Denis Azabagic. During this time, Kevin took first prize in the 2005 Society of American Musicians Competition and the 2006 D’Addario Classical Guitar Competition. Along with his classical and solo engagements, Kevin can also be found performing and recording with a number of bands around Chicago, such as Gussied, Third Coast Percussion Ensemble, and Ami Saraiya and the Outcome. He has also recorded several studio albums with his band Cpt. Captain.

Allison Spicer

Allison Spicer is a visual artist in residence at Rush Children’s Hospital, Stroger Hospital, and Lurie Children’s Hospital. She is an exhibiting 2D visual artist and art educator in Chicago. Her work delves into the documentation of time and space, social theory, and relationships. She works primarily in drawing, painting, and photography (manual and digital). Allison earned her B.A. in Political Science at the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Art Education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been a teaching artist since 2002, developing her pedagogy at, the Rush Day School, Sherwood Academy Columbia College, Detroit and Chicago Public Schools, the Smart Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Marwen, Hyde Park Arts Center, and Street Level Youth Media. She is a certified Aesthetics Education instructor from the Lincoln Institute of Arts in New York. She also teaches children with emotional/behavorial disorders and autism at the Rush Day School. She is the first to pilot a visual arts education program on a pediatric psychiatry unit at Rush University Hospital. In 2013, Allison was awarded the Artigiana Artist Residency in Sicily, where she was granted her first international exhibition by the Italian Consulate.

Jonathan Stein

Jonathan Stein is Visual Artist-in-Residence at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is an abstract painter and printmaker, as well as being an art educator who has been working with Snow City Arts since 2007. He exhibits his own artwork at Thomas Masters Gallery in Chicago. Also, his artwork has been shown in galleries and exhibitions in New York, London, Miami, Chicago and throughout Illinois. He is an Illinois Arts Council grant recipient. As an educator Jonathan has also been working in the Kraft Artabounds Studio program at the Chicago Children’s Museum since 2004.

Lenny Zieben

Lenny Zieben is a musician-in-residence at Stroger Hospital of Cook County and Rush Children’s Hospital and has worked at Snow City Arts since 2011. He is thrilled to be here. When not at Snow City, Lenny teaches children’s music classes, works as a sound engineer and composes music under the name Voluptuous Tusk. He is a graduate of DePaul University and has worked with kids at The Old Town School, Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Women’s Athletic Club and led recording workshops at Music Industry Workshop and Waukegan School District. Lenny has performed throughout the USA but mostly in Chicago, Minneapolis and Texas.