Laurie Barber has been working in clay for the past 30 years and holds a California Clear Credential in Visual Arts Education. Her preferred medium is clay, and she has been making, selling, and gifting her original art through local retail shops, galleries, and custom orders for the past 25 years. She loves sharing her passion and the creative process with students of all ages and is excited to be playing with clay with us this summer.
Milo Graamans has been a part of Shakespeare Camp since 2012, first as a participant and now as an assistant. Milo has also been involved with Shakespeare productions by Red Octopus Theatre Company, directing “The Two Noble Kinsmen” (2018), and acting in “The Taming of the Shrew” (2015) and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2018). His original musical, “She Loves Me Not”, was presented by Porthole Players in 2014 and 2019; and his singer-songwriter album, “A Reason to Change”, is set to be released in spring 2022.
Jennifer Hamilton started volunteering for the local community theatre in high school and never stopped. As the Education Director at Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, she established and grew Educational Programming, directed over 50 Youth and Theatre for Young Audiences productions, grew summer camp and took programming into schools. Jennifer continues to bring theatre to youth on the Oregon Coast through a partnership with the Newport Performing Arts Center, providing after school theatre classes, workshops and summer camps. Jennifer became involved with AACT in 2008 when she facilitated the Education Director’s conference. She was provided the opportunity to do that again in 2018 and continues to work with the Youth Activities committee to grow the next generation of AACT members and volunteers. She is a board member of The Porthole Players in Newport, OR.
Director Rod Molzahn has been bringing Will Shakespeare to life for audiences throughout the United States and Canada since 1986. He performs regularly in theatres, schools, universities, faires, and festivals. His CD recording of “A Visit with Will” has received Awards of Excellence for Writing and Creative Concept and for Characterization in the performance of Will Shakespeare from The Communicator Awards. Mr. Molzahn has been bringing his Shakespeare camp to Newport Performing Arts Center for over 20 years.
In addition to being OCCA’s Arts Education Manger, Sara Siggelkow is a fiber, paper and teaching artist. Her work has been in multiple galleries in Colorado, Wisconsin, in addition to the Lincoln County Cultural Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center.
Danika Simon is currently a freshman at Long Island University Post campus studying Theatre Arts with a concentration in Acting. She’s excited to be furthering her education in theatre. She has been involved with theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center her entire life and was most recently seen in the OCCA Shakespeare Camp in 2021. She’s excited to be working with campers this summer to bring a show to life on stage through their hard work, imaginations and collaboration!