Meet The Director - Doris Seiden
Doris Seiden's experience as a music and drama educator spans over 30 years. Her students have included university students, senior citizens, professional actors and dancers as well as infants, pre-school and elementary school children. Ms. Seiden has been a Music Class, Inc. teacher for over a decade. She is a trained pianist and has over 25 private piano students in her home studio in Decatur, Georgia.
She personally teaches many of the Creative Drama and group Keyboard/Piano classes as well as the Creative Drama Summer Camp. Ms. Seiden has an M.F.A in Dance from NYU School of the Arts and was the Director and Choreographer of Calck Hook Dance Theatre for 15 years, a New York and Paris based company of dancers, actors and musicians. Ms. Seiden is very proud of her teaching team. All of her Keyboard Club and Creative Drama Club teachers are highly trained, professional educators, actors and musicians with years of experience teaching young children of all ages.
Chris Cole Harris
A Georgia native, Chris Cole Harris brings more than 25 years of acting experience to the classroom having studied the Meisner technique in Hollywood and NYC. Her professional credits include NYPD Blue, LA Law and numerous television programs, films and theatrical shows. Chris has taught with Atlanta's Alliance Theatre educational program, the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Imagine It! - the Children's Museum of Atlanta and with Young Audiences. She is drama instructor in residence at the Pinckneyville Community Center and directs her own summer drama camps. As well as being a costumer and milliner, Chris also teaches art classes for young children. She has taught acting at Creative Studios of Atlanta, John's Creek Art Center and currently at the Actor's Edge in Duluth in addition to private dramatic coaching.
Alan Dynin, MLS has been teaching music for over twenty years. He was a teacher in residence at Cooper Piano Music for many years, and currently teaches at Opus Music. Alan also runs the Academe of the Oaks (high school) jazz combo, and is a choir accompanist for the same school.
He also runs group classes for home-schooled kids. Alan has been a featured concert performer for such groups as the Atlanta Symphony Associates and the North Carolina Jazz and World Music Society.
Anita King is a lively and creative music teacher with 28 years of teaching experience in public and private settings. With a teaching degree from Spelman College and a Music Education certification from Georgia State, Anita is currently a Dekalb County music teacher, keyboard instructor and church musician. Her goal is to inspire a love for music in each of her students.
Joanne Stein Letlow
For the past 10 years Joanne has worked as a professional life coach inspiring and supporting both children and adults to creatively express themselves and live more fulfilling lives. She has taught and worked with children in a variety of settings including Creative Drama club, outdoor adventures, mentoring and life skills workshops.
Joanne has degrees in economics and public administration and has completed many additional programs including improv training, facilitation and leadership training. She lives in Decatur, GA, has 30 nieces and nephews and is delighted to join the Creative Drama teaching team.
Ken Hornbeck is an actor, director, drama instructor and visual artist living in Decatur. He came to Atlanta in 1997, having spent over twelve years working in New York City. Ken received his teaching credential in his home state of California, then continued his studies, in both theater (at Circle in the Square Professional Training Program) and social work (at New York University). He has taught drama and music to young children in a variety of settings, including after school workshops, camps and drama courses. He recently served as the Art Instructor for the Jane Fonda/Michael Carrera afterschool program.
Ken has also directed for Onstage Atlanta’s Abracadabra Children’s Theater, including productions of “Alana” by Jeff Graham, and “Paint” by Robin Seidman. For Theater Decatur, he directed “Tis the Season”, with a cast of both adults and children.
Sean McCants is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where he recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Theatre for Youth from the Honors College of the College of Charleston. He has spent the last two years working as a teacher for the Wings for Kids program using Creative Drama techniques to foster social and emotional skills to at-risk elementary school kids in the inner city North Charleston public school system.
Sean is currently pursuing his Masters degree in educational theater. Sean has been a performing musican for the past twelve years and plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, saxophone and piano.