Acting

Amy Arena - Youth Acting Instructor
amy@laityarts.org
 

The talented and dedicated, Amy Arena, taught private voice lessons beginning in 2001 and followed as a school theater teacher in 2006.  Currently, Amy holds a parent-coaching certificate and is a licensed substitute, but her professionalism in musical theater boasts of many credits.  Having done it all from writing (and selling) several indie screenplays, to stage managing in professional theater. She began on stage both singing and dancing at four-years-old and studied through college. 

Most notably, Ms. Arena performed in one of the longest running Off-Broadway productions called The Donkey Show, a disco-themed musical tale of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and the highly-acclaimed Tony and Tina’s Wedding.  She successfully produced her own album, Liquid Reality and its' supporting music videos.  She has had a long career in voiceover with recordings still heard at the Miami Zoo. Further, she has studied with UCB, Planet Ant and performed with two professional improv groups.

Acting

Robin Foy - Youth Acting Instructor
robin@laityarts.org
 

Robin Foy is an accomplished singer, performer, and director with extensive credits and training credentials in Hollywood as well as local theatre. She was born in the Antelope Valley to a family well-versed in music and drama. According to family legend, her mother beat Frances Gumm (later known as Judy Garland) in a talent contest back when they were elementary school students in Lancaster. It is no wonder that Robin followed suit by pursuing a career in the performing arts!

Ms. Foy has performed at such venues as Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and the Improv in Hollywood and locally in the Antelope Valley for past 30 years. Some of her roles include Dolly in "Hello Dolly," Mame in "Mame," and recently Thelma Van Tussle in "Hairspray" Robin received a Shining Star Award for Best Actress in a Comedy-Drama for her role as "Rose" in "Bleachers." 

Ms. Foy has studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and voice with Phil Moore who has coached such luminaries as Marilyn Monroe and Lena Horne. She has studied drama in Hollywood under Ivana Chubbock, coach to Charlize Theron. Robin lives in Palmdale with her husband and youngest son, Lucas. She is very passionate about encouraging promising young students to achieve their dreams.

Art

Anne Van Salter - Drawing, Sketching, Painting, Pastels, Watercolors
anne@laityarts.org


Anne’s passion for art started in grade school when she was growing up in New England. She moved to California to attend Marymount College in Palos Verdes, where she completed her BA degree in Art and English.  Her career as an art teacher was launched at Marymount High School and Marymount Grammar School before she moved to Palmdale. She taught 7thgrade at Sacred Heart School for several years, before raising her family, and subsequently devoted the next years using her talents in volunteer work, donating her time to designing and illustrating various art projects for local non-profit organizations’ charity events. During those years she co-founded the development of a Crime Prevention Court Tour Program  with the public schools’ 6th graders.This volunteer program impacted the lives of thousands of students from every school district in the Antelope Valley, successfully performing for thirteen years.  Her art activities continued with private lessons and commissioned free-lance portraitures.

Anne was contracted with the Palmdale School District in 1994 as an Art Consultant/Instructor teaching before-and-after school Art Intersession with grades 1-7 at several school sites. She also was invited to help create and conduct, with the assistance of First and Second Grade teachers at Mesquite School, a tutoring program in English Intervention, working with small groups of students to aide in their reading skills. She continued in these capacities until June 2009.

During the summer of 2011, Anne volunteered her art expertise at Mt. Carmel Child Care Center in Lake Los Angeles, for their summer day care program, teaching art to ages 5-11. She is currently working part time as a Field Consultant for the Palmdale/Lancaster area for Odyssey Relocation Management.

 

Anne has won awards for Watercolor and Mixed Media Paintings at the Antelope Valley Fair, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Best of Division. Her specialty lies in the areas of drawing, pen and ink, graphite portraits and watercolors.

Art

Ben Goins - Acrylics: Painting on Canvas

ben@laityarts.org

Ben has been around art for most of his life. From the beginning he’s felt that art is a part of life, a way of seeing, living and exploring one's environment. Art is like the wind and the ripples of water, the beams in the light. From a very young age he enjoyed painting and drawing, dancing and entertaining. His passion of art however, stems from his love of the unknown, and his drive to explore it. Art is his way of exploring his own mind and studying his understanding of it.

Ben is a prodigy and has been painting for 7 years.

His studies have been molded by the outstanding teachers which have influenced his work and he is a direct result of the art teachers here at Laity. He is currently enrolled at Antelope Valley College where he is continuing his studies and adding to his skill sets. It is his desire to teach in the manner that he has been taught by helping each student explore their own creativity by studying some of the masters as well encouraging students to follow their own imagination.

Ben’s styles included drawing and sketching but recently he has found a passion for oils. He’s done several kinds of oil-based works and acrylic-based paintings and is always in pursuit of increasing his skill and knowledge of his tools. Ben has always enjoyed teaching others and values the importance of art in young lives.

Animation

David Reyes - Media Arts & Animation

davidreyes@laityarts.org

 

From a young age, David has always been intrigued by art and animation. As a kid when asked to write a single journal entry in his journal he would write pages on end accompanied by illustrations depicting the stories he would write.

 

As he got older he pursued his passion by attending the Art Institute In San Diego and studying media arts and animation. While in school he was able to quickly learn the programs and soon found himself tutoring students in the 3d software Maya, and 3d studio max. He was also fortunate to work in Sea World as a caricature artist where he gained more insight and learned from many talented artists and also learned how to draw under pressure in a live public setting.  

 

After school he gained more experience Freelancing as a 3d artist, and drawing caricatures at company events, b-days and other theme parks such as Universal studios and Six Flags Magic Mountain. David has also traveled all over the United states drawing caricatures at comic conventions. Although recently he is excited to be teaching at the Laity Institute of the Arts. 

Animation

Kenny Arkangel - Media Arts & Animation

kennyark@laityarts.org

Growing up Kenny Arkangel loved to draw. If he had a pencil and a paper he needed little else. Creating his own personal monsters and super heroes was a hobby that followed him all the way through high school, but it was when he created his first frame by frame animation that he found his real passion. Breathing life into his creations was an excitement that he could not get enough of.

Kenny pursued his passion going to the Art Institute of California, attaining his degree in media arts and animation. He has sense done work for several companies including Mattel, Acclaim, Levis and many others. 

He continues to work professionally through graphic design and animations, and is proud and excited to be a part of the Laity Institute of the Arts and sharing the magic of animation.   

Dance

Aspen Mitchell - Ballet/Modern/Lyrical

aspen@laityarts.org

Aspen is a 22 year old, born here in the Antelope Valley, with a love for music and dance that started at an early age. Her father was a DJ since she was a young girl so music has always been a huge part of her life. She took her first hip hop class in the 5th grade at a local recreation center and instantly fell in love. In middle school she participated in several school talent shows with friends, as well as dancing in pep rallies in high school. 

 

 After she graduated high school, she started to take a couple classes at a Lancaster dance studio. 2 years later she gathered the courage to try out for the studio’s award winning hip hop team and made it. As she was further developing her skills and the new season auditions came along she decided to try out for their award winning performing company team and made it as well. She started at 2 hours of class a week to being there 7 days a week for 6+ hours a day. Though she stopped competing after that competition season ended, she still takes class at the studio to continue her dance knowledge. And now she has the opportunity to share her knowledge and appreciation of dance with others.

Dance

Ashlee Williams - Ballet/Modern/Lyrical

ashlee@laityarts.org

Ashlee started dancing at the age of 8. She grew up in Florida and graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and grew up doing the Ballet, Point’e, Contemporary Dance, modern/ Jazz, Hip Hop, Tao, and West African. After graduation she moved to California to attend California Institute of The Arts where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography and Performance.

 

She has worked with many well-known artists such as; Robert Battle, Andre Tyson, Glenn Eddy, Julie Bour, Elisa Montae, Ben Vereen and Alonzo King, just to name a few.  After college she performed with Laurence Blake as his Ballet Dancer for his dane workshops. She also worked with Bridgette Dunn- Korpellia as one of her Company members.

 

Ashlee has been recognized for her talent and drive by receiving an award from the organization Young Arts and also The Black Caucus. Her gift has brought her so much wisdom and acceptance, that she decided to use her strengths and help others reach their highest potential. She has been teaching for 10 years and is more than capable to help each dancer reach their fullest potential. Ashlee is excited for the world to understand there is more to dance, just like life itself.

Dance

Patricha Williams - Hip Hop/Modern

patricha@laityarts.org

Patricha is originally from South Central Los Angeles, where in middle and high schools she explored the visual arts through performing in cheerleading, drill team, and gymnastics. She is a recent graduate from Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania and now resides in the Lancaster-Palmdale Area. While in school, Patricha majored in Geography and Political Science with hopes of pursing work in policy advocacy or civil liberty protection. Her inner- city background inspires her passions of bettering vulnerable communities and provided resources for people to find productive and creative ways to express art.

 

Outside of academics, Patricha was also captain of the Bisonettes' Dance Team at Bucknell University. As captain she expanded the range of styles, performances, and platforms available to the team and its dancers. She has worked on and choreographed performances for a range of dance styles. Her favorite styles are Jazz, Hip-Hop, West African, Afro-Carribean, and Bachata. 

 

While in college, Patricha was able to travel to different continents and immerse herself in different cultures. These travels included India, Brazil, South Africa, France and the Dominican Republic. Her exploration into foreign countries further enlarged her passion for music and dance. Patricha believes that dance is powerful and therapeutic; it has the ability to connect people where words may not be able to. 

Music

Mrs Huan Hu (Meng) - Piano, Voice & Theory

huan@laityarts.org

 

Huan Meng has worked as a music teacher since 2008. She actively performed as a soloist and sung in vocal ensembles since middle school. Her first music teacher, Ms. Liu, influenced Huan tremendously to be a teacher, and being a good music teacher was Huan's dream when she was in Junior High school. Huan's efforts to develop musical talent led to success in vocal competitions, which inspired her to pursue a career as a professional musician.

 

Ms. Huan received her Bachelor of Music Education from China Conservatory of Music. She was a finalist for the Vocal Competition in National Campus Arts Festival in China in her sophomore year of college. With the desire of becoming a professional musician, she came to the United States to pursue a higher education in music. She earned her Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University in vocal performance.

 

Huan is an active opera singer, voice teacher and piano teacher in Los Angeles. Her recent operatic roles include Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with Angels Vocal Art. Her artistic mission is to be the best of herself and spread her thoughts of music. Her teaching involves effective music making and fun music listening that elevate student’s skills and aesthetic experience.

Music

Mandy Hong - Piano & Theory

mandy@laityarts.org

 

Mandy Hong is a Contemporary Pop/Jazz singer and keyboard player. She spent her childhood in Beijing China and started to play classical piano at the age of 4. At the age of 18, she started to play Jazz piano at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with some of the best known Jazz educators in New York City. She collaborated alongside designers and artists, and has composed music for fashion runways, theme songs for animations, and background music for independent films.

Mandy started her professional music training in one of China’s most prestigious choirs at the age of 6, touring all around the world and recording vocals for commercials, theme songs for movies, included the choir part in the theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Game. This year, she's pursuing her study for Jazz Master Degree in California Institute Of Art."

Javo Barrera - Drums/Percussion/Theory

javo@laityarts.org

 

Javo Barrera is a household name in the Latin American music scene. He is highly regarded as one of Mexico’s top session musicians. Javo studied Symphonic Percussion at the Escuela Ollin Yollistli under the tutelage of Maestro Armando Zerquera (1989-1997), joining the Mexican Philharmonic as a guest musician on a variety of occasions.
 
His inquisitiveness led Javo to study harmony and composition with Maestro Ignacio Gutierrez Campoy, while taking drum lessons with Rudy Sanchez (1989-1992) with whom he recorded his first record alongside his family.  Javo then met his sensei, Fernando Caballero (Cabezon), with whom he took drum lessons (1992-1996). During this time Javo also attended Jazz Workshops directed by Ignacio Gutierrez Campoy, alongside his brothers (Los Hermanos Barrera). After years of experimenting with a number of styles including Classical, Prog-Rock and Jazz, Javo’s career took off in the Pop scene.
 
Javo has been fortunate enough to play drums and MD with Mexico and Spain’s biggest Pop artists such as La Quinta Estacion, Cristian Castro, Emmanuel and Alejandra Guzman. Javo has also performed at international Drum Festivals for the past ten years and has shared a stage with the drumming elite of the world. He comes form a musical family and is one fourth of B4, a critically acclaimed Mexican Jazz quartet, which continues to amaze audiences.

Acting - Pro Workshop Instructor

Andrew Caldwell - Teen|Adult Acting Instructor
andrew@laityarts.org

 

Andrew is one the hardest working actors of his age in the Film and Television industry. He moved here from Los Angeles to buy a home, find some piece and have the ability to decompress from the hustle and bustle of the LA life. Although he now has the ability to relax a little he is busier than ever. He recently booked a role as a series regular in the Hulu/Amblin half-hour single cam pilot Kansas City. He will next be seen starring in Eli Roth's next thriller Haunt and Universal’s Unbroken: Path to Redemption.

Previously, he was seen in a fan favorite recurring role for Season 3 of The CW’s iZombie as ‘Harley Johns’ head of the zombie militia. Prior to that he starred in the digital series Dan is Dead for Maker Studios. If you were a child of the early 2000’s or were raising them it would have been difficult not to have seen Andrew in Disney kids shows such as Hannah Montana.  Disney show producers seem to like him because you can catch him voicing Howard Weinerman in Disney XD’s Randy Cunningham: 9th Grad Ninja.

His other television credits include American Vandal (Netflix), Ryan Hansan Solves Crimes On TV (YouTube Red), The Librarians (TNT), Mary + Jane (MTV) and How I Met Your Mother (CBS). In the studio feature film world, he’s had roles in Transformers, College, Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, All About Steve & My Best Friends Girl.  Andrew studied Sketch Improv & Writing at Second City in Los Angeles.

Dance - Pro Workshop Instructor

Jayna E. Goins Hip Hop/Jazz/Modern

jayna@laityarts.org 

 

Jayna Goins is a Dance Major currently studying at College of the Canyons. She is studying her Minor in Kinesiology and Sports Psychology. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and has trained professionally with dancers such as Venus Hall of Alvin Alley, Lando Wilkins of MOS Wanted Crew, Matt Cady of Fanny Pack and many more. Appearing in multiple music videos for Rap/Singer group ViceV3rsa and Too Short produced group Extindo Gang, she's also part of her own Girl Group: Dark Western. 

Jayna started choreographing major pieces at Antelope Valley College in 2013, completing 9 complex and diverse choreographic pieces in genres of HipHop, Modern, Contemporary and Lyrical. She continues to study her craft at several dance studio in Los Angeles.

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