Meet the 2012 On Your Way Judges
Brian King, USC Thornton School of Music, Director, Scoring for Motion Pictures & Television Associate Professor of Practice of Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Brian King, associate professor and director of the scoring for motion pictures and television program, is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and USC. King has worked in the industry as a composer, orchestrator, player, engineer and producer. Some of his feature film projects include Rushmore, The Rugrats Movie and Get Bruce working with the likes of Mark Mothersbaugh and Michael Feinstein. He has composed and produced music for episodic television including The Proud Family, King of Queens and The Love Chronicles, as well as composing additional music for a recent VH1 feature film Play'd. He also scored and produced the music for the off-Broadway theatrical production of the comedy The Godfadda Workout.
Dirk Matthews, Film Faculty and Associate Director Columbia College Portfolio Center. While attending Columbia College Chicago as a student, I was a Film & Video Major with a Cinematography concentration. After freelancing for several years, I began training as a Counselor, specializing in trauma recovery using art and Gestalt therapies. I received my Certified Addictions Counselor certification from the state of Arizona in 1994, and returned to Chicago in 1997 to begin teaching in the Film Department as an adjunct faculty member. My favorite classes to teach draw on my skills as a photographer and cinematographer incorporated with my fascination of the interpretation of images in relation to narrative structure.
David Templeton, College of Charleston, School of the Arts, Assistant Professor Voice and Opera. David Templeton has garnered critical and popular praise as much for the stunning quality of his vocal portrayals, as for his striking dramatic and physical presence. Internationally, he has been admired as Silvio in I Pagliacci and Valentin in Faust with Opera de Puerto Rico, as Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, and Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette for Edmonton Opera, Marcello in La Bohème and Valentin in Faust for both Winnipeg Opera and Manitoba Opera. In the United States, Mr. Templeton has appeared to great effect with Nevada Opera, Opera Columbus, Toledo Opera, Hawaii Opera, Sarasota Opera, Connecticut Grand Opera, Fresno Opera, Piedmont Opera, Mobile Opera, and Illinois Opera, among others.
Sunny Joy Langton, Northwestern University, Voice, Soprano. Soprano, Sunny Joy Langton made her debut with the Houston Grand Opera and has since appeared with major opera companies all over the world. Her North American engagements have included major roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Washington Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Vancouver Opera and the opera companies of Miami, Cleveland, Tulsa, and San Diego. German opera audiences have heard her in Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dresden and Wiesbaden. She has also appeared with the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Glyndebourne and Wexford Festival, the Netherlands Opera, Ludwigsburg Festspiel, and the Royal Opera of Monte Carlo. As a teacher she has proven just as successful. She has been a member of the Northwestern University voice faculty since 1990 and continues to produce singers, who can be found singing in major opera companies and apprentice programs. In the past three years alone, she has produced 3 Metropolitan Opera Auditions national semi-finalists.
Kent Gash, NYU Tisch, Director of New Studio on Broadway: Music Theatre and Acting. Mr. Gash is former Associate Artistic Director of The Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff, recipient of the 2007 Tony Award for sustained excellence in the American Regional Theatre, where he directed and choreographed 26 Miles (World Premiere), August Wilson’s Radio Golf, Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies, (Winner of the Suzi Bass Award for Best Choreography) Sleuth, Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, Jelly's Last Jam (Winner of seven Suzi Bass Awards for Best Musical, Best Director and Best Choreography) Tick, Tick… Boom, Five Guys Named Moe, Topdog/Underdog (co-production with Trinity Repertory Co. and New Rep., winner of the Boston Theatre Critics Circle Elliot Norton Award-Best Director, 2004-05) August Wilson’s King Hedley II, Shakespeare's R&J, and Pacific Overtures (co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse and North Shore Music Theatre, Winner of the Atlanta Journal Constitution citation for Best Show of the Year, The Elliot Norton Award for Best Musical of 2003 and nine Independent Reviewers of New England Awards including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical).
Lara Teeter, Webster Leigh Gerdine School of the Arts, Associate Professor Musical Theatre. Lara Teeter is a professional singer, actor, dancer and currently teaches at Webster University with the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.
Audrey Tanner, California Institute of the Arts, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management. Dr. Audrey Tanner has served more than 25 years in higher education, and has held senior leadership positions in both arts and liberal arts institutions with specific expertise in admissions, career services, enrollment management, financial aid, student affairs, and retention. Prior to CalArts, Audrey held positions at San Francisco Art Institute, Lesley University, and Boston University (among others). Audrey holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Smith College, a bachelor’s in psychology from Boston University, and advanced degrees in organizational management and higher education leadership.
Michael Wyshock, Faculty Visual Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design University of Delaware (Painting; Minor - History); Florida State University (Painting and Digital Video). Mr. Wyshock, who has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design/Pont Aven School of Art in Brittany, France, is a painter, filmmaker, and video artist who combines multiple mediums of art to produce rich, provoking, and experimental images. His paintings are responses to environmental contamination but also examine space and dimension through color and shape. His video projects include fabric sculptures that hold choreographed animated projections on multiple surfaces and materials like water, plastics and crumbled glass. Recent international exhibitions include the COP15 in Denmark, Art Basel in Switzerland, and the Museum of Modern Art and Illustration, Valencia, Spain.