Nicholas Kopko is a percussionist and<br /> educator. His music training began at<br /> Ohio University in Athens, OH where he graduated Magna Cum Laude
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. During this time, he performed with the Ohio Valley Symphony, taught private lessons through the Athens Community Music School, and was selected to participate in the Sö Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. He is currently the Percussion Instructor and Steel Band Director at Carrollton High School and maintains a private lessons schedule of nearly forty students per week. This is Nicholas’ 2nd year as an ArtsinStark teaching artist.
Janet MacGregor Jones. Janet is an actress and acting teacher. Her theatre training includes a BFA in
Theatre from Kent State University. She was a member of the Porthouse Theatre Repertory Company for two years before going to New York. She was in several Off-Off Broadway productions then moved to Colorado where she met her husband Don, who was from Canton. They moved back, raised a family, and became involved in the Canton Players Guild. She has been in many productions both on stage and behind the scenes and has taught acting for teens and adults there for 17 years. She has also written and directed several Dinner Theatre Murder Mysteries. She recently completed filming an independent movie called Run. This is Janet’s 2nd year serving as a teaching artist for ArtsinStark.
Kris Kiko-Cozy. Kris is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, visual artist, storyteller, and creative movement and multicultural
dance educator. She has a Masters in Music Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and extensive training in therapeutic movement and multicultural dance. She has performed on clarinet with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Canton and Akron Symphonies, and the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble. Kris has 35 years of experience facilitating music, movement and art in a wide variety of settings: in her private lesson studio, in the Bosnian war zone, Head Start, Rutland Vermont Mental Health, Family Disability Services in Malvern, and at various schools, churches, camps, nursing homes and retreats. She has extensive experience teaching arts integrated curriculum from pre-K through Grade 12. Kris frequently co-facilitates and performs with her guitarist husband Jeff. Together they especially enjoy leading family dances and providing musical accompaniment for theater productions, currently collaborating with the Courthouse Players in performances throughout NE Ohio and Washington DC of The Andersonville Trial. She also performs with the Venner Clarinet Ensemble. This is Kris’s 2nd year serving as an ArtsinStark teaching artist.
Lindsay Bonilla. Linsay is a storyteller, actress and author. Her theatrical training includes a BS in Theatre from
Northwestern University where she studied acting, creative drama and storytelling. She also earned her teaching licensure in Spanish from the University of Akron. Lindsay has worked for Magical Theatre Company, Malone University and Interacting, an audience-participatory theatre company based in Madrid, Spain. With Interacting, Lindsay toured Spain and Portugal developing and performing interactive theatre programs to teach English to students from pre-school to adult. Lindsay just completed her eighth Summer Reading library tour — performing at libraries across the state of Ohio and beyond. This is Lindsay’s second year serving as a teaching artist, however, she has been involved with Arts in Stark for many more years as both a grant recipient and performer at First Friday.
Rob Thompson. Rob is a touring musical entertainer and recording artist who provides live saxophone entertainment
for various events across the United States. His musical training includes 5 years of full-time professional saxophone work and other live events collaborating with various artists. He has performed alongside or in some capacity with Joe Vitale Sr., former drummer of rock band The Eagles, as well as funky Leroy Harper Jr., former saxophonist from The James Brown Band, and Larry “Mud” Morganfield, also known as Muddy Waters Jr.. He has mentored and provided music lessons to youngsters ranging from elementary to college-age students for many years. He just recently organized and created a new band collaboration for a grand wedding celebration that took place at the famed Glenmoor Country Club Chapel. Rob Thompson has been serving as a teaching artist or has been affiliated with ArtsinStark as a musical entertainer for more than 4 years.
Lisa Belopotosky Knight. Lisa is a musical theatre director and vocal coach. She studied Vocal Performance at
Kent State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from Miami University. She has been directing theatre and vocal coaching since 2003. She just recently directed Seussical Jr. at St. Paul Catholic School and co-directed The Lion King Jr. with Carrie Spina for New Direction Performing Arts Academy at Umstattd Hall. Along with Taylor Scott, Lisa teaches after school drama in nine Holy Cross Academy schools. Lisa teaches nearly 40 students per week in her voice studio and serves as Marketing & Events Assistant for ArtsinStark. This is Lisa’s 2nd year serving as an ArtsinStark teaching artist.
Patrick Masalko. Patrick is a musician and private music instructor. His musical training includes several areas of study
brass, woodwind, double reed, and stringed instruments. In addition to serving as a private teacher in the Stark County area for 12 years, he has also performed as a solo artist or with ensembles for 16 years in various parts of the eastern United States. He just recently completed his first six song EP (extended play) under the band name Chemical Wonders. Patrick has been affiliated with ArtsinStark for six years.
Taylor Marie Scott. Taylor is a communications major at Kent State University and has been active in theater since
she was 5. Not only appearing onstage, Taylor has found her passion behind the scenes teaching and impacting students’ lives though the arts. Taylor has also been seen on many local stages as well, recently as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Belle in A Christmas Carol. Miss Taylor has been teaching for the last four years and various classes include Tiny Tot Theater, Kinderdrama, and various after school drama club programs. During the summer, Taylor has spent the last 3 years as a staff member for youth summer camp productions directed by Lisa Knight. Taylor also has been involved with the musical productions at St Paul’s. This fall, Taylor is thrilled to be teaching in the Holy Cross Academy Drama Club program at the Catholic schools in Stark County. When she’s not teaching, Taylor runs a “Princess Party” business and visits children’s parties and charitable events such as the “Snow Sisters”. Taylor enjoys sharing her love for the arts and meeting such incredibly talented and wonderful kids!
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