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Ward Dales

Ward Dales holds a BFA in Acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Dales has trained and worked professionally as actor, singer, director and teacher in NYC and in Europe, but has called the Capital Region his creative home for nearly 30 years.

He was Co-Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Actors’ Collaborative Inc. (ACI), a not-for-profit acting training and theatrical production company, which was based in the Capital Region for over a decade. The critically acclaimed company was the Resident Theatre of both of the Egg and the Arts Center of the Capital Region. The company’s mission was to infuse inter-personal communication techniques into the acting process. Refinement of the ACI teaching and rehearsal system galvanized his belief that teaching must be a part of every aspect of his creative life. His approach stems from a model that was once referred to as accelerated learning technique. The programs he developed for ACI ranged from middle-level to professional adult acting training.

Self- and socio-political- awareness is at the forefront of all of Mr. Dales’ endeavors and creating caring learning environments is a priority to him. He trained internationally with the National Coalition Building Institute, an organization devoted to diversity awareness and prejudice reduction, and was instrumental in fostering the local chapter’s foothold in the Albany City School District. At the core of his work with students is his belief that human behavior is motivated by our need for love, respect and understanding.

He has directed and performed with most area theatres and his singing experience spans over two decades and two continents. He created the Friday Night Cabaret series at Heritage Artists at the Cohoes Music Hall and was a member of the Association of Capital District Cabaret. His club acts have played many area venues.

Mr. Dales also has the pleasure of adjudicating theatre festivals on the state and regional levels for the American Association of Community Theatres. He was the Magnet Theme Resource Coordinator at Albany’s Philip Livingston Magnet Academy, where he developed the theatre curriculum and taught acting, playwriting and video production for eleven years. At Albany High School he taught the Career Explorations in Performing Arts and Communications, a college course offered in the high. (He was an adjunct professor at SUNYA and HVCC). He inaugurated the playwriting course at Albany High, and directs the after school Theatre Ensemble, which features a Promising Playwrights Festival, and a fully accredited after-school Performance Studies course. He is certified in Theatre Arts with New York State and is a member in good standing of the New York State United Teachers, Actors’ Equity Association, and the Screen Actors’ Guild.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016, 2017 and Information Poverty Workshop 2017.

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Robert Dalton Harris

“I live in the Garden of Eden, and there is a lot of good work to do.” The structures built (spiral staircase, shack-in-the-back, skywalk, tree house, temple-to-available-materials) reflect Rob’s imaginative blending of taxonomy and deep thinking – as do his extensive historical collections.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshops 2014 - 2018, Oppenheimer’s Table 2015, Information Poverty 2017, Sessions 2018 - 2019.

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Diane DeBlois

With a background in teaching English and Drama, Diane researches, edits and writes about the stuff of ordinary life … and gathers people to animate their stories.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshops 2015 - 2018, Oppenheimers Table 2015, Information Poverty 2017, Sessions 2018 - 2019.

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Visiting Artist

Gearoid Dolan

I am an Irish artist, living and working in New York since 1987. I continue to work on an ever-evolving project titled “screaMachine”, which I started in 1987. ScreaMachine is realized in the form of installations, performances, audio and video works, films, digital media art and more. My work is by nature experimental; it pushes the boundaries of new media, experiential and time based art. I produce works that are flexible and that can have many incarnations.
Gearoid Dolan a.k.a. screaMachine

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshops 2013 and 2015.


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Visiting Artist

Bart Drost

I was a singer, I kept my mouth
I was a dancer, I stood stock-still
I was a writer, I wrote in white
I was a painter, the canvas remained empty

 

If I were not an artist, I couldn’t breath

 

Bart Drost lives and works as an artist in Nijmegen, Netherlands. His work is not limited to a particular artistic discipline. He also runs the independent artists initiative ‘MAAS’ and gives artists the opportunity to develop new projects or to show their work. Visit: www.maasartistresidence.nl

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2016.

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Visiting Artist

Ben Duarte

"I'm driven by the connections made between relative physical materials and the geometric space they imply. The form comes about in a process of simplification towards an integrally honest structure. This form becomes a sentence that conveys a statement with joinery rather than words."

Ben Duarte is a versatile builder living in Brooklyn. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute [2009] and was awarded the Presidential Merit Scholarship. While studying, he worked at Pratt's various shops as a technician and assistant to woodworking and welding classes.

Since leaving school, he has worked as a metal fabricator, junior architect, interior designer, furniture designer, and project manager. He currently works as project manager for Situ Fabrication, while continuing to build and design his own projects.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers Summer Workshop 2015.

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Visiting Artist

Adi Dukic

Adi Dukic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1982, and is based in Norway. He received a Bachelors of Arts at the Kunstakademiet in Oslo and is currently completing an MFA at theKunstakademiet i Trondheim. He Works With conceptual art dealing With decoloniality and globalization, genocide, migration, sexism, exile and transcendental pain, confronting the politics of representation and Production and distribution of images and knowledge in mass media. His Works include photography, sculpture, video, sound and installations. He has exhibited in Oslo, Trondheim, Ramallah, and Bogota.

Visiting artist at Arts Letters & Numbers 2015.

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