The faculty at Artworks are both professional educators and practicing artists in the Oklahoma City area representing many schools of the visual and performing arts. Combined, they represent over a century of experience in working in their field, creating art, and forming unforgettable opportunities for kids to explore their own talents. We are proud to serve our students with these fine professionals.
|Rhonda Clark, Theatre
Rhonda Clark is the Artistic Director for Carpenter Square Theatre at Stage Center, and has worked as an Artist-in-Residence with the Oklahoma Arts Council for over 25 years. She has conducted drama residencies and workshops all over the state, but lives in Oklahoma City. In addition to Carpenter Square, she has directed for Oklahoma Children's Theatre, OK Shakespeare in the Park and Jewel Box Theatre, among others. Rhonda and fellow faculty member, Doobie Potter, are members of the commedia-style touring theatre ZAP! - The Zany Arts Players, which is affiliated with the Oklahoma Arts Council's Touring Program. She has worked with Artworks since its inception in 1988.
|Doobie Potter, Theatre
Doobie Potter has been acting, directing and teaching in Oklahoma for several different theatres, schools and camps since moving to the Oklahoma City area in 1979. She moved here from Wisconsin with her husband, Joe Long, where they were both members of the Wisconsin Mime Company. Doobie has been an Artist-in-Residence for the Oklahoma Arts Council since 1980. She is a member of two performing groups associated with the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Program. Along with Rhonda Clark, Doobie has taught at Artworks since its inception in 1988. Together they have written and produced 40 plays with Artworks campers. Doobie is also a national award-winning director.
|Allison High, Dance
Allison High received her BFA from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2010, where she is now an adjunct teacher. After graduating, Allison performed with RACE (Radical Application of Creative Energy) Dance Company for seven seasons. During this time, she worked with several renowned guest artists and had the opportunity to perform with the company in LA. She worked as a dancer on the film Yellow, which premiered at the deadCENTER Film Festival in 2012. In the summer of 2013, she traveled with Children of the Nation's to Uganda, Africa to teach dance at a children's orphanage. Allison is currently co-director of Kaleidoscope 2, a pre-professional training company at UCO. She joined Artworks in 2017.
|Rebecca Collins, Visual Art
Oklahoma painter, national board certified educator, and award winning teaching artist Rebecca Lowber-Collins has been with Artworks since 1992. After studying art at the University of Oklahoma, she has shown her art throughout North America on the national art festival circuit, as well as teaching art to thousands of Oklahoma youth for more than four decades. Numerous schools around the state of Oklahoma have walls adorned with the murals of Becki Collins that are collaborations of her and her students. To this day, she still teaches in the classroom and uses a large portion of the sales form her art shows to buy more supplies for her students and classroom at Santa Fe South Middle School.
|Danny Porter, LEGO™ Robotics and LEGO™ Creations
Danny Porter was raised in Empire, a small township in southwest Oklahoma. He grew up in an Italian Catholic household with his parents and four brothers. After graduation, Mr. Porter left home to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. There, he majored in pre-med sciences and secondary science education.
In December of 2003 he completed his degree in secondary science education with a concentration in pre-med biological sciences. Danny teaches Lego Robotics and Physical Science at ASTEC Charter Schools. Mr. Porter spends most of his free time taking part in outdoors activities including fishing, camping and hiking, but also enjoys cooking, karaoke (though somewhat lacking in ability) and spending time with family and friends. He joined Artworks in 2014.
|Jack Mitchell, Music
Jack Mitchell is a retired music educator who taught vocal music, general music, and band classes for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through High School for a combined thirty-one years. He attended college at Freed-Hardeman University, located in Henderson, Tennessee; Lubbock Christian College in Lubbock, Texas; and Central State University (now UCO ), in Edmond, OK with a triple music degree.
He has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Superdome in New Orleans; Kemper Arena in Kansas City; The Hartford Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut; The Saddle Dome in Calgary, Canada; plus numerous venues throughout the Southwestern states. Jack is active in one of the local Men's Barbershop Acapella Choruses, and both sings and competes regularly.
Before he retired, he taught music at Linwood Elementary School in Oklahoma City where during the course of one school year, his music students, beginning band class, and Honor Choir performed and participated in sixty-four Fine Arts activities, averaging two per week! During his last few years of teaching, Linwood Elementary was awarded one of the national grants for music funded by the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, as well as a national grant from the McCarthey-Dressman Foundation.
Music should be enjoyable for the students as well as the audience. A variety of styles in pieces of music and songs will be studied and performed to stimulate, challenge, and encourage the students as well and incorporate knowledge of simple theory, rhythm, and chord patterns. All students will be encouraged to participate at the level or levels that they feel comfortable with, while having the opportunity to express themselves musically.
|Yajayra Perez, Director’s Assistant
Yajayra is an elementary education major at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and assists the Director to make the camp run as smoothly as possible. In addition to the behind–the–scenes operations, Yajayra leads the camp in its recreation activities. She joined Artworks in 2015.
|Scott Filleman, Director
Scott serves Artworks as its on-site director and is the Executive Director of the Children’s Arts Network. Scott holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a Masters of Education in Education Administration degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a Masters of Music Education also from UCO. He has taught 1st-8th grade general music, 4th-8th grade choir, 6th-12th grade fine arts appreciation, and is currently the Fine Arts Director for Oklahoma Christian Academy in Edmond, where he supervises the fine and performing art instructors as well as teaches the 5th-12th grade band program. Scott has been nominated for several educator awards in Arizona and Oklahoma. In 2012, Oklahoma Christian University College of Fine Arts recognized Scott as a Distinguished Alumni for his efforts in music education. In the fall of 2015, Scott received the Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Award, a national honor recognizing only two educators in the United States each year for their influence in the classroom. In November 2016, Scott was named Distinguished Young Alumnus by Oklahoma Christian University. Scott and his wife have four beautiful children.