Teaching Artists

A primary objective of our Arts in Education program is to cultivate the field of professional teaching artists. Two essential ways we do this are through sponsoring the Roster of Teaching Artists and the Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab).

Roster of Teaching Artists

The ArtsWA Roster of Teaching Artists is a resource directory of high-quality teaching artists who are especially well suited for working with K-12 public schools. Rostered teaching artists are strong artists, as well as experienced educators, and are able to support classroom teachers by making connections between their art form and the Washington State standards in the arts.

Many of the rostered teaching artists are also skilled in integrating arts concepts with concepts in other subject areas, such as dancing and math, or drawing and literacy. Others have particular skills and interests related to professional development for classroom teachers, or specialize in working with specific student populations.

Please contact the artists directly for availability and more information. Their telephone numbers and website addresses are listed in each artist's profiles, accessed through the links below. For email addresses, view this PDF.



Patricia Auch

Charlene Curtiss

Debbie Gilbert

Timothy Lynch

Joanne Petroff

Gary Reed

Isaac Shultz Reyes

Abdoulaye Sylla


Jeff Bender

Melinda (Mindy) Hardwick


Laura Dean

Eduardo Mendonça

Annie Penta


Rachel Atkins

Pamela Gerke

Martin Zeller


Nicole Appell

Cordi Bradburn

Sherry Buckner

Karin C.V. Chickadel

Nina Crampton

Meredith Essex

Janet Essley

Janet Foley

Gloria Gonzáles García

Thaddeus Jurczynski

Barbra Kates

Diane Kurzyna

Kelda Martensen

Kim Newall

Dana Squires

Kristin Tollefson

Application to the

Roster of Teaching Artists
Teaching artists wishing to be included on the ArtsWA Roster of Teaching Artists must apply through a competitive process. A panel of arts education experts evaluates the applications and makes recommendations for approval to the ArtsWA Board of Commissioners.



The 2013 application period has closed. If you are interested in applying next year, you may prepare by reviewing the application materials below.

If you are currently listed on the Roster of Teaching Artists, you must complete an Update Form to remain on the roster. The Update Form is due by July 15, 2013.

Teaching Artist Training Lab

The Washington State Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT Lab) is a professional development program for teaching artists working in all artistic disciplines and in all parts of the state.

The TAT Lab supports teaching artists’ capacity to partner effectively with K-12 schools and teachers. A key focus of the program is on developing strong learning plans, with clearly articulated arts learning goals, assessment criteria, and formative assessment techniques. The Lab also focuses on creating a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students and on developing authentic approaches to incorporating 21st Century Skills and Habits of Mind. The 8-month program includes 8 days of in-person training, five teleconferences, and ongoing support and mentorship from faculty and peers.  

This training is appropriate for experienced professional teaching artists looking to enhance or refresh their work, particularly in the areas of assessment strategies and well-articulated learning plans, as well as newer teaching artists seeking foundational knowledge. (Applicants must have a minimum of 1 year of paid teaching artist experience). Certified K-12 teachers, particularly arts specialists, may also apply to participate in the TAT Lab. All participants will benefit from the peer learning in a community of committed arts educators.

The TAT Lab is a tuition-based program, with scholarships available, as well as travel support for teaching artists from outside of Seattle.

The TAT Lab is a program of the Washington State Arts Commission and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and hosted by Seattle Children’s Theatre. Additional collaborating partners: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Arts Corps, 4Culture, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Applications for the 2014-2015 TAT Lab are due July 24, 2014.

To learn more about TAT Lab, including program dates and application requirements, please download the complete TAT Lab Program Description, or visit https://www.sct.org/For-Educators/TAT-Lab.

If you have questions, please contact Lisa Jaret (360-586-2418) or Karen Sharp (206-443-0807).

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