Meet the Directors
Tim Early is BACK this summer to teach dance at Summer at Sem Creative Arts! Tim is an amazing teacher who always pushes students to their best and brightest!
Tim Early currently shares duties as co-director of the Philadelphia based modern company Opus I Contemporary as well as a principal dancer with the Brandywine Ballet. This has given Tim the opportunity to work with many choreographers including Nancy Page, Roni Koresh, Matthew Neenan, Scott Jovovich, Christopher Flemming, He has been on faculty at Mount Holyoke College, Lafayette College, Moravian College, West Chester University, and currently Temple University.
1999-2017, Tim Early has headed the dance department at the Performing Arts Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Tim is trained in ballet, modern and jazz and enjoys a full time teaching schedule. In his spare time he is an avid photographer and loves riding his bike.
We are proud to welcome Pennsylvania native, Jeremiah Downes as our new director of the summer Creative Arts Theater Program!
Jeremiah is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Head of Voice for Musical Theatre at Western Michigan University. Prior to his transition into teaching full time, he spent almost two decades as a successful singing actor in Philadelphia and New York City, appearing in leading roles and in world premieres with some of Broadway's finest. A sought-after teacher, master class clinician and coach, he continues to maintain a studio in New York City and Philadelphia.
His clients have found success on Broadway, in film and on television, in opera houses and in recording studios.
Jeremiah is beyond excited to arrive on campus in July to begin working with our students!
Colleen Ayers- Summer at Sem Creative Arts is super excited to welcome esteemed artist and Wyoming Seminary full time faculty member, Colleen Larkin-Ayers! This summer, Colleen is going to be offering her amazing Ceramics course complete with a horse hair raku firing!
When art thrives in a community, the community thrives. In Ayers’ current environment the arts are thriving, and her kiln is running.
Ayers is a high school art teacher that has not only taught art history for the past eleven years but is classically trained in drawing and painting. Her teaching model is dynamic. She can reach any audience, and teaching is essential to the progression of the arts. Ayers’ educational layers include a Masters degree, and an under graduate degree in Biology and Art which was transcribed as an interdisciplinary Major in Medical Illustration. She has taught at the Art Students League of New York with Gustav Rehberger, American Painter, craftsman, Illustrator, designer, muralist and art educator. She has adopted this multiple layer of creativity in her own teaching and guarantees student success. When students benefit we all prosper.
As art faculty at Sem, many of her students have gone on to study the sciences as well as the arts at universities worldwide. Higher education held together at a creative level has a cohesive force that binds a community. With her educational background and more than two decades of experience, Ayers is at ease with any medium. Pedagogy is her chosen profession because of her relationship with students, whether they are artists or scientists, doctors or poets, Ayers believes in enhancing and intriguing all learners on the creative level. I am in awe of the use of molten metals, neon, the firing of clay, painting, and drawing, which all involve an intimacy with science, mathematics, and chemistry.
Ayers has completed course work at Peter’s Valley Craft School, Burti Ceramics, PAFA, Artworks Trenton, The Clay Studio, The Ceramics Shop, and regularly participates in programs associated with the University of the Arts. She will always be a ‘Students of the Arts’, with a creative soul and an energetic approach. The work shop world is a collective consciousness of makers.
Megan Ayers- Summer at Sem Creative Arts is pleased to welcome Megan Ayers, Class of 2011 back to campus this summer! Megan will lead a one week workshop in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. This workshop will be an exploration of manipulating metal and learning to create three dimensional objects from flat metal sheet and wire.
Meghan Ayers received a bachelor of fine arts in Craft and Material Studies from University of the Arts in 2015.
Although her focus was in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, she continually explores new craft processes, finding ways to combine metal with silk, leather, wood, and clay. She has exhibited her work throughout Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, and California. Ayers currently teaches Ceramics at Wyoming Seminary and apprentices with Sharon Church, a renowned Philadelphia Jeweler.
Ayers most recent work focuses on reactive movements, amplified through material exploration, process, and form development. Working in the studio becomes a conversation between ideas and the limitations of the materials themselves. She understands this act of making as a long walk, a journey that her hands facilitate. Sharing these ideas and technical knowledge with students is what makes Meghan Ayers thrive in her studio practice.
Corinne Chace- Joining Summer at Sem Creative Arts this summer, Corrine Chace will share her professional photography skills with our students in her Exploring Photography course. We are thrilled to welcome Corinne to campus this summer!
Corinne Chace is a professionally certified photographer from Hallmark Institute of Photography. She has fourteen years of experience in photography, image retouching, and graphic design.
Notable clients have included DKNY, eBay, Lacoste, Louboutin, QVC, Yves Saint Laurent, and Wyoming Seminary. Corinne is the founder and owner of Steadfast Design Studio, based in Kingston, Pa. She is also a volunteer at Social Fabric Collective, a non-profit organization which teaches young people the value of using art and photography to connect with their community and develop empathy for others.
Sharon Lloyd Hourigan - This summer learn from the best! Summer at Sem Creative Arts is honored to welcome Sharon Lloyd Hourigan to our summer faculty this year! Sharon will lead our course and will share with our students her expertise and love for this art style.
Born in Northeastern Pennsylvania Sharon Lloyd Hourigan recalls that, as a child, she loved to draw, paint and color. Although Sharon did not receive fine art instruction or training during her formal education, creating art was always something she wished to pursue.
Sharon’s drawings have received numerous awards and recognition including Finalist in the Southwest Artist Magazine’s 20 Over 30 International Competition in 2010, and Finalist in the Film Acting will also be offered! This course will serve as an induction to the fundamentals of film acting.
Art Renewal Center International Salon Competitions every year since 2010 . She was also a Finalist in the American Women Artists Online Exhibit 2013, and Finalist in the Art Kudos Online International Competition 2013 and 2016. Sharon has participated in several gallery exhibits which include the Capturing Realism Biannual Exhibits 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 at the Pauley Friedman Art Gallery, Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, Mainstreet Galleries “New Season-New Works”, Kingston, Pennsylvania and The Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York, New York exhibiting in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
This summer, filmmaker, director, and Wyoming Seminary’s drama department head Jason Sherry will be teaching a Digital Film Workshop as an introduction to moviemaking. Learn all about shot sizes and types, angles, editing techniques, and style. This is an intro level course to beginners and novices, and a good refresher course for students who already have some film experience.
Dr. Jonathan Harvey has been named the Summer Music Director for the Creative Arts Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Performance programs. Jonathan is an assistant professor of music and Director of Choirs at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Mass.
He also serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the South Hadley Chorale, and as Chorus Director with the Pioneer Valley Symphony.
In the role of Summer Director of Music, Jonathan will oversee all aspects of the program design and management. Working closely with guest conductors and faculty, he will coordinate the summer repertoire and daily schedules to ensure the best possible programing for the young artists of today. Jonathan will also work collaboratively with the director of Creative Arts Enrollment to market our summer programs and recruit students.
http://www.fitchburgstate.edu/faculty-profiles/jonathan- harvey-dma- music-humanities/