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Susan is a graduate of the University of the Arts (Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Theater Arts, Acting Emphasis) and Eastern University (Master of Science in Nonprofit Management.) She has received professional training from the Harvard Business School, Wharton Executive Education, La Salle University, and National Arts Strategies. Susan has served as Executive Director of Darlington Arts Center and Young Audiences of PA as well as Director of Education at Walnut Street Theatre. At Walnut Street Theatre she led program growth from 15,000 to 110,000. Her years as a booking agent with an Arts Education specialty include Baylin Artists Management and American Family Theater. Prior to her leadership roles in Education and Administration Susan performed as an actor, singer, musician and dancer in Philadelphia, New York, London and regional theaters. A Teaching Artist for over 30 years, she directed frequently in Professional and Educational settings with a focus on work by and for children. Her awards include the Barrymore award for Excellence in Theater Education and Community Service, Beyond the Ramp award for Accessibility and Best of Philly for Children’s Theatre. She has led partnerships including Please Touch Museum, National Constitution Center and University of the Arts. She especially enjoys arts integration, teaching the arts to people with disabilities and commissioning new works of Musical Theater. Serving on grant panels and presenting at local and national conferences is another favorite role. Susan resides in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and their two school-aged children.
Carol is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, (Bachelor of Piano Performance, Master of Music Teaching) and Southern Methodist University (Master of Sacred Music with an emphasis in Choral Conducting. A former twenty-four year veteran teacher of the School District of Philadelphia, Carol taught piano and vocal music at the Philadelphia High School for Girls and was the 1996 recipient of the Rose Lindenbaum Award for excellence in teaching. A writer and developer of arts education curriculum, Carol has developed and implemented courses from pre-school through high school and is the Director of the Kimmel Center Show Stoppers After School Musical Theater Program. In 2003 Carol served as guest pianist for the Willard Rouse Memorial service held at the Kimmel Center. In July 2003 she served as the Choral Director for the opening celebrations of the National Constitution Center where she conducted a choir of 80 plus, featuring Tony Award- winner Audra McDonald. In addition to her work at the Kimmel Center, Carol is the Minister of Music at the New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, and performs as an artist here and in Europe on jazz festivals with her gospel group Agape/New Spirit which earned the 2005 "Grand Prix du Jazz/Gospel Disque" from the Hot Club of France.
Anthony Tidd is a composer, producer, audio engineer, educator and musician. He plays bass, guitar and piano/keyboards. He attended the Newhan Academy of Music in London, Thurrock College of Music, as well as Goldsmiths University of London, where he received a B.A. in Composition & Music technology. As a student, he studied composition, upright and electric bass, piano, music technology, and film scoring. A well-known name on the scene and veteran touring bass player, he has graced stages alongside many staple names including, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ravi Coltrane, Meshell N’degiocelo, Common, Gangstarr, and Vijay Iyer. Anthony has also made a name for himself in the production world, producing records with well-known artists such as, The Roots, Macy Grey, Zap Mama, The Black Eyed Peas, Jill Scott, and Ursula Rucker, as well as composing for major film and television projects. Anthony Tidd has held the position of Director of the Creative Music Program since 2010, where he also currently curates “Sittin’ In Jam Sessions,” a performance series here at the Kimmel Center.
Brent White studied trombone with some of the best in jazz such as Slide Hampton, Al Grey, John Legend and Chubby Checker. Brent began playing the trombone in 6th grade, later receiving his early training at the High School of Creative and Performing Arts and the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. He then continued his studies at Widener University in Electrical Engineering. Brent continued sharpening his skills under the tutelage of Rich Genovese (Philadelphia Orchestra) and entered the Masters program at the University of the Arts where he studied closely with John Fedchock, Clifford Adams (from Kool and the Gang) and Robin Eubanks. Brent has been catapulted into a myriad of special guest appearances and featured spots worldwide in locations such as Holland at the North Sea Jazz Festival, London on BBC radio with Roy Ayers, and Indonesia with John Legend. Brent stretched his musical stylings from jazz to soul to hip-hop, recording with the queen of soul Patti Labelle on her album Back to Now. Brent White has been a part of the Kimmel Center Education team for over two years coordinating the jazz education programs for the Education department.
Kenya is a graduate from The University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Theater Arts, emphasis in stage management and playwriting. She has worked professionally in theater in her hometown of Las Vegas and Philadelphia as well as at theater companies, dance companies, schools, and community sites. Growing up a dancer turned theater technician, she had the opportunity to tour the west coast with a small dance company as a featured performer and stage managed for Wynn Las Vegas on the famed show Le Reve. Kenya has nearly 15 years of teaching artist experience and has produced, directed, and choreographed large scale productions for city-wide programs. Spending the last 5 years training and mentoring K-12 teachers and teaching artists, Kenya is happy to be a part of the expansion of the Kimmel Center’s musical theater education programs.
Eliza is a graduate from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Trumpet Performance as well as Music Education Certification. She is a recent transplant to Philadelphia from Baltimore where she has had the opportunity to work as an educator, arts administrator, and performer. An avid supporter of community engagement and music outreach, Eliza has worked as a Project Manager for the Archipelago Project and Baltimore Creative Connections as well as an Administrative Assistant for the Peabody Preparatory Tuned-In Program, all programs working to bring musical exposure to underserved communities. She has been a Teaching Artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, the Peabody Preparatory Tuned-In Program, as well as the Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program, all of which provide free access to musical instruction. She has had the pleasure of performing in a variety of ensembles as well as teaching private lessons. Eliza looks forward to exploring Philadelphia and becoming a member of the community.
Brian is a graduate of the University of the Arts where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance. Since graduating in 2005, Brian has done extensive performing at venues such as the Beacon Theater, Kennedy Center, Nikon Theater, Mann Music Center, and the Walnut Street Theater. He is regularly hired to play an array of woodwinds which include saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe or English Horn. Brian has also been highly involved in Philadelphia music education scene, working as a teacher at Germantown Friends School, George School, Merion Mercy Academy, and Temple Music Prep. He served as Private Lesson Coordinator at Germantown Friends School from 2014-2018 and is also the acting Director of the Haverford Conservatory. Over the years, Brian has performed alongside many musicians such as Josh Groban, The Temptations, Idina Menzel, Evanescence, Gladys Knight, The Who, and Warren Haynes to name a few. Brian is excited to be part of the expanding Education Department at the Kimmel Center in his new role of Education Programs Coordinator.
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