• KM Perform hosts 20-30 guest artsists each and every year.  Check out just a few of the fantastic professionals who have taught along side KM faculty.

     

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    Anna Altschwager 2017 Assistant Director of Guest Experiences, Old World Wisconsin. As Assistant Director at Old World Wisconsin, Anna oversees a holistic guest experience for the largest outdoor living history museum in the United States. She is passionate about curiosity, exploration, and putting stories in the hands citizens – fostering critical thinking and stronger communities. She is redefining engagement and building a training program that delivers world class guest experience and supports a work culture that is healthy and happy at all levels.
    Anne Boyajian 2018-2019 Dance Instructor/Choreographer -Dance Arts Center, Accent on Dance and Executive Assistant - Fred Astaire Dance Studios
    Having always been enthusiastic about the arts it is Ms. Boyajian's goal to be a part of an organization that allows her to teach and share her love of dance and theatre with others. Anne grew up dancing and competing, but when she continued dance education in college she realized her true desire to teach young adults. Anne hopes to utilize her skill set and share her knowledge with those who are also passionate about the arts.
    Annica Mandeltort Fall 2017 Annica Mandeltort is an anthropologist with a focus on cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology. She has studied dance in Ghana and India and has a particular interest in "intangible cultural heritage."
    Dawn Riesing Fall 2018 Dawn holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institue of Music and has sung professionally since 1996. She teaches private voice lessons and has also managed a non-profit opera company, worked in music sales, and done educational research for several different opera companies.
    Doug Jarecki May 2018 Director of Education and Outreach for Waukesha Civic Theater and a working actor based out of Milwaukee. Doug is a regular presenter for student groups around the area, and is pleased to be working with KM Perform again to teach general acting skills through improv and develop a culminating performance to be held at Waukesha Civic after the seminar.
    Greg Garcia Spring 2018 Greg is an accomplished trumpet performer who is “in demand” in the Milwaukee area and he works with students of all ages and abilities, placing a particular emphasis on appropriate warm-up techniques, good practice habits, and making music fun.
    Haley Haupt Spring 2018 Haley Haupt is a 2016 UW-Stevens Point graduate with a BFA in Musical Theatre and Religious Studies minor. Since completing her studies, she has held two internships at SPACE on Ryder Farm in upstate New York, taught with the Danceworks’ Mad Hot Ballroom program in Milwaukee, WI, and volunteered as a teaching artist in Mumbai, India for 10 weeks. This spring, she will join Skylight Music Theatre’s production of Urinetown. By fall, Haupt plans to settle in Minneapolis, MN to pursue theatre performance and arts education.
    James Barany Spring 2018 James, a MIAD alum (Drawing, 1992), earned his MFA in Drawing/Painting with an additional focus in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee in 1997. He has been a full-time member of MIAD’s Foundations department since 2000. He also performs Comprimario roles and sings as a Bass Chorister with the Grammy winning Florentine Opera Company. These unique and separate creative fields often fuse in his award-winning experimental animations. James is a recipient of the Mary Nohl Fellowship for Emerging Artists in Time-Based Media. Since 2005, his experimental animations have been screened at numerous venues and festivals including Black Maria International, Athens International, Transom Media, Humboldt International, ATHICA, Charles Allis Art Museum, Guenzel Gallery and the Wisconsin Film Festival.

    Jason Busniewski April-May 2018 Jason Busniewski is a 2003 graduate of Kettle Moraine High School. He is currently completely is dissertation for his doctorate in Ethnomusicology for the University of California Santa Barbara. He specializes in Irish Fiddle Music and Indian Music, having spent extensive time in both Ireland and India to learn the craft. He worked with our string focus students to build understanding of world music, and learn how to play various styles of Irish Fiddle music.
    Jenn Taylor January 2018 Jenn carries with her a strong desire to see young musicians be inspired music and her philosophy is to challenge her students to master the musical skills necessary while giving them a fun and worthwhile experience that they will take with them well into adulthood.
    John Hickman 2016-2019 John Hickman holds an MFA in Art from the University of California, Berkeley, and specializes in abstract welded/cast stainless steel, Cor-ten steel, and bronze sculpture, hand-crafted weaponry, and ceramics. John was an assistant professor of sculpture and ceramics at the university level for 14 years, and has as well worked in aircraft netshape welding and fabrication.
    Jordyn Stewart Fall 2017 Jordyn has a Theater and Film Studies degree from Knox College. She is emerging as an active member of the Metro- Milwaukee theater community and a private acting coach. She has a passion for developing deep acting skills in young performers and is proud to be a KMHS alumn. Jordyn also is head coach for the KMHS Forensics team.
    Jorydn Stewart 2017 Jordyn has a Theater and Film Studies degree from Knox College. She is emerging as an active member of the Metro- Milwaukee theater community and a private acting coach. She has a passion for developing deep acting skills in young performers and is proud to be a KMHS alumn.
    Kathtyn E Martin Spring 2018 Kathryn E. Martin is a local installation artist and a professor at UWM. Her portfolio includes Public Art, private commissions, site-specific installations and Art for hire. With a focus on observing everyday, often overlooked objects martin concentrates on formal characteristics. Making instinctive, calculated decisions to dissect, interpret, repeat and re-assemble parts into a new whole she works to change inherent functions and makes visible the invisible.
    Katrina Sturtzen February 2018 Katrina's passion for theatre has been going strong for over twenty years. Katrina is a BFA graduate of the Theater/Dance department at UW-Whitewater. She is currently the Technical Director at the Schauer Arts Center, a theater she's worked at for the past eleven years.
    Katrina Sturtzen February 2019 Katrina's passion for theatre has been going strong for over twenty years. Katrina is a BFA graduate of the Theater/Dance department at UW-Whitewater. She is currently the Technical Director at the Schauer Arts Center, a theater she's worked at for the past eleven years.
    Kelli Moore 2016-2017, workshop and 5th seminar series Kelli Moore is a 20+ year teaching veteran. Her accolades include teaching English at all levels, from elementary school to the university level, with a specialty of developing online curriculum. Mrs. Moore taught ion KM Perform throughout the fall and winter months of the 2016-2017 school year.
    Kim Suhr 2016-2017 Kim Suhr, owner of Red Oak Writing, is a published author and speaker living in the KM district. She regularly runs classes and workshops in southern Wisconsin. She has won multiple awards for her teaching and her writing. Kim has helped Writing Focus students with their editing skills and is currently teaching the seminar for KM Perform's literary journal.
    Leda Hoffman   Leda Hoffman is a working theater director based in Milwaukee and innagural Communiity Engagement Director for Milwaukee Repertory Theater. A former directing intern and Literary Specialist for Milwaukee Rep, Leda presented as a guest artist twice in the 2015-16 school year with rave review from students for personal, practical and inspirational style. This winter Leda consulted with the KM Perform Musical Publicity and Lobby Display seminars to help students understand priorities, needs, and career options related to community engagement.
    Lee Lessack 2018 Lee Lessack's graceful Lyric baritone vocals and sophisticated, yet endearing persona have made him a shining star on the international concert scene. Billboard Magazine calls his singing “cabaret romanticism of a high order”. Touring extensively in the United States and Europe to sold-out performances and releasing eight albums, Lessack has proven himself both as a performer and recording artist. Chanteur, Lessack’s concert and recording of the Great French Songbook celebrates music by Michel Legrand, Jacques Becaud and Charles Aznavour to name just a few. Another ambitious recording, In Good Company was released to great acclaim. Intimate and impeccably produced, the album beams with outstanding performances. Lessack sings duets with music notables such as Michael Feinstein, Maureen McGovern, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz. His newest album, in collaboration with Johnny Rodgers is a recreation of the Simon & Garfunkel Live in Central Park concert in September, 1981. A Philadelphia native, Lessack sharpened his acting skills at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and then chose to pursue the concert route over Broadway. He now resides in Los Angeles where, in 1996 he founded LML
    Linda Holiday April 17-21, 2018 Linda Holiday is a sixth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido. She is the executive director and chief instructor of Aikido of Santa Cruz. She is also the author of the recently published Journey to the Heart of Aikido, which details her time as one of the first foreign Aikido students in the world famous Aikido Kumano Juku Dojo, in Shingu, Japan.
    Lisa Werner January 2018 Lisa Werner graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and holds a masters degree in conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon She also has graduate credits from Indiana University, Vandercook School of Music in Chicago, and University of Miami. She has performed with the Jazz Express, a jazz band from Waukesha, in London, and has performed on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Mrs. Werner is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and also was named one of the School Band and Orchestra magazine’s “Top 50 Directors in America Who Make A Difference.”
    Lisa Werner   Lisa Werner graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and holds a masters degree in conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon She also has graduate credits from Indiana University, Vandercook School of Music in Chicago, and University of Miami. Lisa is an active member of many national/international band and orchestra organizations, including having held the office of secretary for the state chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and serving as the Jazz Chair for the Wisconsin Music Educators Association council. She has taught band, orchestra, and general music for 10 years in both inner city and rural settings. Lisa is on staff with the Mukwonago High School marching band, which has gone to the State Marching Band Championships every year. Lisa loves performing in several brass and jazz groups around the area. She has performed with the Jazz Express, a jazz band from Waukesha, in London, and has performed on cruise ships in the Caribbean. Mrs. Werner is a Nationally Board Certified teacher and also was named one of the School Band and Orchestra magazine’s “Top 50 Directors in America Who Make A Difference.”
    Lynne Miner 2017
    Retired Family & Cosumer Education teacher and life-long seamstress, Lynne Miner has served as Costume Director for multiple recent KM Summer Musicals and Drama Club productions. Lynne has bee intimately involved in efforts to create a culture and costume stock that is practical and useful for KM's stage productions as well as rentals to our community.
    Lynne Miner   Retired Family & Cosumer Education teacher and life-long seamstress, Lynne Miner has served as Costume Director for multiple recent KM Summer Musicals and Drama Club productions. Lynne has bee intimately involved in efforts to create a culture and costume stock that is practical and useful for KM's stage productions as well as rentals to our community.
    Matt Pea February 2019 Matt has been involved with musical theater since 2003. Matt tours with Kids from Wisconsin as their Technical Director and owns/operates Pinnacle Audio.
    Michael Vollman Spring 2019 Michael has worked in film & television for the past 8 years in Los Angeles and Milwaukee. His credits include "The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers" (Sundance '15/Director) "MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous" (ESPN '13/Editor), "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" (SXSW '12/IFC/Director of Photography), as well as numerous shows for CBS, 20th Television, MTV & HBO. Michael was the 2013 Milwaukee Filmmaker-in-Residence which he earned with his short film "Before You" (Milwaukee Film Festival 2013).
    Michael Vollmann Spring 2019 Michael Vollmann has worked in film & television in Los Angeles and Milwaukee. His credits include "The 414s: The Original Teenage Hackers" (Sundance '15/Director) "MECCA: The Floor That Made Milwaukee Famous" (ESPN '13/Editor), "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" (SXSW '12/IFC/Director of Photography), as well as numerous shows for CBS, 20th Television, MTV & HBO. Michael was the 2013 Milwaukee Filmmaker-in-Residence which he earned with his short film "Before You" (Milwaukee Film Festival 2013).
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    Nathan Chow Jan 2018 Nathan Chow is a graduate of UW Whitewhiter with a degree in graphic design. He is the owner of Foundry, a graphic design business. Nathan is a creative director and graphic designer who specializes in branding and visual communication. Nathan works primarily with school districts in the state.
    Orion Couling 2017 Orion Couling is a professional actor, director, and stage combat specialist with Dueling Arts International. He has directed over 100 youth productions an actor has played Arthur in Spamalot, The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Tony in Westside Story, and Booth in Assassins. His previous fight direction credits include a great variety from Shakespeare's Titus Andronicas to theatre classics like True West and A View from the Bridge and a sci-fi twist on Macbeth titled Macsith. As a fight director and stage combat instructor Orion's career has led him from the stunt scene of China to the high seas as the Director of Programming and sailor on Tall Ships. www.edgeoforion.com
    Paul Wendelberger 2017 Nathan Chow is a graduate of UW Whitewater with a degree in graphic design. He is the owner of Foundry, a graphic design business. Nathan is a creative director and garphic designer who specializes in branding and visual communication. Nathan works primarily with school districts in the state.
    Randy Hake 2017 Randy holds a Bachelors of Music Education (BME degree) from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. While there, he studied Classical and Jazz music and played in various ensembles including Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble 1. He also rehearsed and directed other UW-EC Jazz Ensembles. Randy has been a featured soloist and has held lead positions with the UW-EC Jazz Ensemble 1, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra 1, Milwaukee-Based In the Mood Big Band, Musica Elegante, Big Swing Face, Swing Nouveau, BtW Band, Oconomowoc American Legion Band, and the Water St. Big Band.
    Ron Carter 2017 Ronald Carter, the former director of the world-renowned Northern Illinois University (NIU) Jazz Ensemble and former Director of Jazz Studies is continuing to educate students in jazz education and performance on university, high school and performing arts schools and campuses across the country, South America and Canada.
    Ryan McIntyre May 2018 Ryan McIntyre is an award winning singer/songwriter hailing from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Ryan performs over 200 shows a year making him a staple of the Wisconsin music scene. He makes his music with a combination of tasteful, memorable, storytelling melodies and lyrics that will please fans of pop, rock, and country. His interactive shows entertain crowds of all ages. Live, you’ll experience Ryan mixing his original music with requests of popular (and obscure) cover songs.
    Ryan McIntyre   Ryan McIntyre is an award winning singer/songwriter hailing from Waukesha, Wisconsin. Ryan performs over 200 shows a year making him a staple of the Wisconsin music scene. He makes his music with a combination of tasteful, memorable, storytelling melodies and lyrics that will please fans of pop, rock, and country. His interactive shows entertain crowds of all ages. Live, you’ll experience Ryan mixing his original music with requests of popular (and obscure) cover songs.
    Sara Meyer S2 2017 Sara Meyer is a body painting artist that competes nationwide with her extravagant designs. Sara was previously an art teacher and has built multiple business' in the art world including high end face painting and a high end balloon and decorating business.
    Sarah Fritchen 2017 Sara Fritchen holds a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in multiple woodwinds and jazz studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has worked with various groups including the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, Superband, We Banjo 3, and the East Side Jazz Orchestra
    Scott Curty 2017 Scott Curty is the owner of Curty Productions, a commercial film company based in southeastern Wisconsin. His expertise includes video journalism, industrial commercials, and short film work.
    Simon Provan 2018 Simon is a Milwaukee based actor who has performed on-stage, on-camera, and on-the-mic. A member of Actor's Equity Association, Meisner Technique certified and SAG-eligible, Simon has been performing professionally since 1999. Along with performing, Simon is also the head of performance studies at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI, where he also directs one to two shows each year. Additionally, Simon is a district resident with children attending KMSD schools.
    Simon Provan   Simon is a Milwaukee based actor who has performed on-stage, on-camera, and on-the-mic. A member of Actor's Equity Association and SAG-eligible, Simon has been performing professionally since 1999. Along with performing, Simon is also the head of performance studies at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, WI, where he also directs one to two shows each year. Recently Simon earned completed his certificate in Meiner technique and will be working with KM Perform students in this method of acting. Additionally, Simon is a district resident with children attending KMSD schools.
    Tim Rush 2017-18 Tim holds a Master’s in Percussion Performance and performs and teaches on all percussion instruments, specializing in drum set, Latin percussion, and Caribbean steel drums.
    Todd Richards 2018 Todd Richards is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing and educating in the Midwest for over 20 years. In addition to teaching private and ensemble lessons for both kids and adults, Todd has taught music and core subjects in the Milwaukee Public Schools and local Montessori schools, and was the general manager of the School of Rock Shorewood. Todd has performed in groups including Brazzaville, The Tropics, Recycled Future, Dr. Science, the Afro Drum Ensemble, and his eponymous band. He has recorded and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe, and has shared the stage with acts such as The Record Company, The Roots, and The Greyhounds.
    Tom Weis Fall 2018 Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera Production - Vocal Coordinator and Instructor at Carroll University
    Tori Tasch Spring 2017 Tori Tasch is a local artist that works in paper, fabric, and other fibrous materials. She appropriate traditional practices of printmaking and bookmaking, using them toward her own ends. The results are collections of objects that combine the intimate details of books, the dynamic form of sculpture, and the community engagement of social practice. Each book is a process containing layers of information that the viewer is invited to sort and sift through in the hopes of discovering hidden meaning. Art is a vehicle to reconnect with emotions and with our relationship to nature and culture. Tori is heavily involved in the local art community and larger community. Tori is actively involved at Redline in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Teachers Association, and other local arts organizations. Tori travels to teach workshops and does residencies at schools local and in other states.
    Val Wisniewski January 2018 Val Wisniewski has been performing and teaching in the greater Milwaukee area for the past 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Ms. Wisniewski has had playing experience around the world, from performing in Chamber Music Festivals in the French Alps to playing in orchestra pits for outdoor operas in the Ozark Mountains. Her students reach their maximum potential through Val’s philosophy of teaching to their ability and not their age. Due to this, Val’s students regularly are invited to be a part of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, win concerto competitions and have even received full ride music scholarships from the University of Wisconsin.