About Our Instructors

About our Instructors



Our mission is to promote and provide fine arts opportunities for youth and families in the community as well as oversee the Fine Arts Center and its World of Puppetry Museum.  Our ultimate goal is to add to quality of life and sense of community by offering a variety of arts experiences that offer inspiration, teach skills, promote leadership,  and  allow artists a voice. Giving local artists a chance to teach and  share their knowledge and interests with those around them, has  been an awesome experience and community builder for us.   Whenever possible we also  look for ways for  young artists  to enlighten the lives of those around them.


Last but not least we want to always encourage respect, leadership,  and positive interaction for our participants within the community,  especially for our youth.  


Classes are chosen according to input from the community.  Instructors are chosen according to their experience, educational background, and success in teaching. 


1. Instructors are interviewed for their educational background and the knowledge of the discipline they are being asked to teach.  Teaching or college arts education and successful arts experience are a priority.

2. Communities that Care guide lines are used.  Instructors are asked to:

            a.  Assess the starting level of students, and review  goals ( yours and theirs), 

            b.  State the related arts concepts they are covering (to help students understand  the  concepts and skills being taught), 

            c. Point out important skills and concepts being learned.

            d. Help provide a fun and non threatening, learning environment.

            e. Give every student a voice, and encourage leadership attributes.   

            d. Find ways to help students utilize and celebrate their new skills with a final show or presentation.  

3.  We work on positive ways to mix entry level students with more advanced students, especially  in our youth classes.  Experienced students need a challenge, while beginners need to feel they can accomplish a new technique or idea. When appropriate, students are encouraged to share with or teach their peers to re-inforce learning.


                                             Instructors  2014- 2015

Bruce Baird:  (Theater Class Assistant)
            Experience:  Theater Performances and directing for Jr. High and High School Years.  Lead in Last year's Peach Days                                 Melodrama.  Is planning on studying Theater Education with a Goal of being a High School Theater Teacher.


Nancy Bills - Choir

        Education:  Associates in General Ed. BYU IDAHO
        Experience:  Director of Midway Elementary School Children's Choir for 5 years

            Member of Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus, Vernal, UT.  Extensive choir participation and experience  

Carol Burggraaf - (Wasatch Youth Choir Director)

          Education:  Bachelors degree in music from BYU,                                       ;

           Experiences: Has taught children's music for 10 + years.

             Other: Studied voice with JoAnn Ottley at BYU, Has a huge extensive piano background

Molly Cameron:  Studying Theater Arts at USU.  We are pleased to welcome her as an intern for our theater program.              

Joyce Dean:  "Preschool Puppet and Story Time Magic"
            Education: Associate  Degree from BYU in Secretarial Science 
            Experience:  Member of Utah /Wyoming Puppet Guild.  Lake View Elementary School Pre-school Storyteller for 5 years
                Involved in Summer Story Hour at Brigham City Fine Arts Center for 3 years.
                Involved in Cubs Scouts  of America for 22 years,  Involved in Boy scouting for15 years.  Received "the Award of Merit" BSA                     Award.  Involved in Girls Scouts for 22 years. Works at the Brigham City library.  Joyce loves reading, story telling, and kids!

Kelly Donovan: ( Local, regionally known western artist- muralist)


            Experience: Kelly is a full time professional artist.  Commissioned for numerous western pieces and running his own art studio                     in Corinne, Utah.  He recently taught a sculpting class for us with overwhelming success.  His students raved                                         about the experience and two went on to bronze their work.

            Qualifications: Kelly is a big hearted guy and knows his material inside out.  He brings years of actual successful art experience                 with him.

Emily Dutson:  ("Mommy and Me Music Time" Series)

            Education:  48 credit hours from BYU leading toward Elementary Ed

            Experience:  Taught life skill/music class at Foothill Elementary.  Mother of 7 children.  Vast experience in working with children                 in church programs and classes.  Plays the piano, Accomplished singer,  Taught private voice lessons. 

Jeffrey Lowe:   Adult and Youth Art Classes - Painting, Drawing, Watercolor
            Education:  BA Composite Art Degree at USU
                               BA Illustration Degree at USU
                               Secondary Ed Teaching Degree at USU
            Experience:  Taught Art at High School for 21 years.  Teaches many community art classes.  Is knowledgeable and                                     proficient in all forms of art.  Jeffrey is passionate about art and his love of Art is contagious as he shares his extensive                             knowledge and skill with his students. 

Linda Lowe:      (Calligraphy,  Tatting, Art Camp Science, Youth Drawing and Master Artist Class) 
            Education:  Associate Degree from Weber State in Interior Design
            Experience:  Extensive experience teaching children and adults in Family, Church and Scouting programs.  Linda has been                         around the arts all of her life.  She has a love of music and sings and plays the piano and harp.  She has learned many textile                  arts including sewing, quilt making and tatting.   She is proficient in Calligraphy and Medieval- Style Illumination.                                      She loves teaching and is excited to share her love of art with her students. 

Susan Neidert: ( Puppetry workshops Instructor)

            Education: BSN from Kent State University and advanced FNP certification in

                   Nursing from  Ohio State University

                   15 years of week long festivals/workshops with Puppeteers of America

                    Numerous workshops on small group education and  children’s learning abilities.

                    Numerous classes in the visual arts.

            Experiences: Over 15 years as a clinic director,  12 years as director of the Fine Arts Center

                        Over 18 years of experience teaching various puppetry workshops.
           Other Qualifications:  Susan is an expert in almost every type of puppet.
               Knowledgeable about puppe
t history and design.
oves to experiment with all types of puppets and loves to see students motivated to be creative and successful.


Bonnie Richardson: ( Theater teacher and Puppets in the Park instructor)

            Education:  Associates Degree in Business at LDS Business college

            Experience:  Over 30 years of  on stage theatre experience- participating in plays, and helping back stage.

                  Over 7 years directing youth theater, A successful theater teacher for the Fine Arts Center for over 4 years.

            Other qualifications: As a fun loving mother of 6, Bonnie  knows how to keep students motivated and help even shy students                     enjoy getting on stage.

Sebastian Smith
            Qualifications:  10 years experience in Ad-lib and Improv.  Studied under Barbara Dawson for 2 years.  Sebastian is an                             excellent actor and is very creative on stage.  He is a great leader and helps the theater and Improv students explore and                         increase their own creativity.  He knows how to make the class fun and educational.

Gary Warren: (Basic Photography) 

             Education:  Art major  at Weber State with an emphasis in photography.  Then earned his veteran's degree. 

             Experience:  Owned and operated Heirloom Photography in Brigham City for several years, Also worked as a commercial                         photographer for Thiokol for 10 years.

             Qulaifications:  Gary is a people person and so is not only well thought out in his presentations ans well versed in this subject,                   but knows  to make sure his students understand the material.  His students have loved taking this class from him.  



                                Past and back-up Instructors: 

Tina Lerohl:  (Master artist series for elementary students)

         Education: School of hard knocks as mother of 4 teenagers,  extensive background as scout leader.  Will be working under the direction of Karen Nelson and Susan Neidert and our master artist curriculum

        Experience: Tina comes to us highly recommended as a fun workshop presenter. She also works periodically as a substitute teacher for the local school district.  She loves crafts and art and learning from books and friends. 

         Qualifications: Likes to be planned ahead and loves crafts.  Is articulate and likes to work with youth.


Karen Nelson: (Children’s book making and Arts and Crafts)

            Education: Associate Degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland with an emphasis in Art, History and                                 Literature.

                 Many private lessons in pen and ink, oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, and pencil.

            Experiences:  Taught Jr High art in Schevrly Maryland

                 Elementary art teacher for Box Elder Schools for over 4 years.

                 Scenery designer and painter for Heritage Theater

                 Past member of Society of Children’s Picture Book Writers and Illustrators

                 Numerous awards for essays and poetry, published in the Golden Spike Anthology.

            Other Qualifications: Karen is a quick and astute learner who knows how to share art  ideas and inspire youth.

Andy Peterson: 

            Education:   Post Highschool studies  and  certification as a surveyor.

           Experience: Worked for county in Surveyor's office.  Several years experience as a boy scout leader. Handy man  services in the                 community

           Other qualifications: Loves researching a topic, and knows how to share a presentation. Is an avid wood carvier, and works well                 with youth. 

Christine Roybal: ( Drawing and Art Camp Science teacher)

            Education: Masters degree in  Aesthetics from the University of Utah  in Dance, Theater and Visual Arts.  

            Experience: Has taught in public schools for over 40 years- 25 years for the Box Elder School district.

                  Has served as a school district art teacher  for grades K-6 for four years in the past.

            Other Qualifications:  Loves to challenge students to do their best and discover art as they go. Recent “Teacher of the Year”                      recognition from her school.