Meet our Teaching Artists
Nicholas Kopko is a percussionist and educator.
Linsay is a storyteller, actress and author.
Patrick is a musician and private music instructor.
Jen Jones is a sculptor/painter.
Her sculpture/painting training includes a B.A in painting/drawing from Kent State University and an M.F.A in sculpture from Kent State University. She is currently working on a grant through the John S. Knight Foundation which is a mural, community based project titled “As a Community We Will Lift You”. Jennifer has been serving as a teaching artist for 5 years. This is Jennifer’s 1st year serving as an ArtsinStark teaching artist.
Sarah McMahon received her MFA in Textiles from Kent State University, and has shown both regionally and nationally.
She works as a university art instructor and currently resides in Cleveland. The inclusion of cloth can be traced throughout the history of Sarah’s work. Whether the central component or incorporated into mixed media work, it’s connection to life and the body provides endless inspiration and poetic association. After being introduced to hand-weaving by her mother, she developed a concentration in and passion for all things textile. Her current work often centers around concepts of memory, identity, and notions of “self.”
Kaylene Williams is an actress, writer, director and educator.
Rob is a touring musical entertainer and recording artist.
He 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 8 years.
Taylor Marie Scott
Taylor is a communications major at Kent State University and has been active in theater since she was 5.
Stacie L. Morgan
Stacie L. Morgan is a dancer / choreographer, educator and actress.
Her dance training includes a BFA in Dance Education from Kent State University. She has performed with local dance and theatre companies such as Living Fountain Dance Company, Rainbow Repertory, Kent State Stark Theatre, The Players Guild, Carnation City Players, and Young Christian Theatre Company. Stacie has co-directed and choreographed An Adaptation of THE WIZ, and Phat Albert for Community Arts Experience, Inc. She is the director and founder of Ordered Steps Dance Company as well as Dance Director/Instructor for EN-RICH-MENT, Inc. This is Stacie’s 3rd year serving as an ArtsinStark teaching artist.
Kris is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, visual artist, storyteller, and creative movement and multicultural dance educator.
Diane Kending is a creative writer.
Dyanne Williams is a mosaic artist.
Tim Carmany is a visual artist from Canton and runs The Hub Art Factory.
The Hub is a studio/gallery hybrid located downtown. Tim has a degree in Communication Arts, is self-taught in the reverse glass spray painting technique, and has been teaching painting, drawing, and acting classes for children for the past 13 years. He has been affiliated with or serving as a teaching artist or ArtsinStark for the past 5 years.