Our Staff

Johanna Middleton,

Student Program Coordinator

Johanna Middleton is an arts educator and performing artist.  She has worked with students of all ages in Chicago and LA, teaching with companies such as Albany Park Theater Project, Urban Gateways, and Streetlamp Studios.  She was a founding member of the participatory theatre collective, For Youth Inquiry, where she built skills as a teaching artist and facilitator, while touring Chicago middle schools and high schools.  Johanna holds a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University. She is passionate about cultivating spaces for young people to share their stories through the arts.

Charlie Cohen,

Teaching Artist – Film

Now that his youngest has left for college,Charlie Cohen lives a relatively quiet life with wife and dog in Los Angeles where he writes movies, television, online content, and books, and teaches writing and film production. He loves both writing and teaching and hopes, one day, to be able to take to his own lessons about “fearlessness” and “creative courage” to heart and quit procrastinating. Charlie is the only teacher at Greenway who has worked with Mickey Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, and Hulk Hogan and, as such, carries himself with well-earned gravitas.

Ruben Anzures

Ruben Anzures,

Administrative Associate

Ruben was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago. After earning a BA in Digital Media from DePaul University, he moved to Los Angeles in 2013. Ruben has taught reading & writing to elementary school students in Chicago and Los Angeles, most recently at 826LA Mar Vista. He’s a native Spanish speaker and an avid camper.

Diana Carreno

Diana Carreno,

Teaching Artist – Dance

Diana Carreno is a world renowned dancer, choreographer, actress and motivational speaker.  For the past 10 years, Diana has effectively led the Varsity Brentwood Drill Team in Los Angeles as their Head Coach. She has also been a teacher and guest choreographer at various schools and studios including Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, Millennium Dance Complex and Plaza de La Raza School of Performing and Visual Arts. Utilizing her platform, Diana’s mission is to bridge diverse cultures and communities through the message of identity empowerment with dance. Through activation exercises which help in building confidence and worth, her students are affirmed and equipped to master their truth from the inside out. Diana is the Founder and President of One Woman International, a sisterhood of faith uniting women as one faith, one spirit and one movement. Her motivation to inspire people has been a consistent passion throughout her life. Her motto remains “It is better to serve than to be served. Without love, what I do and what I AM means nothing”.

Jonny Perl,

Teaching Artist – Drama

Jonny Perl is thrilled to join the Greenway Team. As Managing Director of Shinbone Theatre Company, Jonny has produced and directed new musicals (ShelLorelei: I’m Coming Out), Cabarets (MacabaretCrazy Ex-Girlfriend), and immersive content (What Went WrongWelcome Back Woodchucks). As an arts educator, Jonny works regularly with the Young Storytellers Foundation, Five Star Theatricals, and LAUSD. As an actor, he was most recently seen in Los Angeles productions of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Cheswick), Tick, Tick…BOOM! (Jon), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy). As a production coordinator for Cinemation/Little Bean Productions, he assists with the development of new Broadway musicals and animated films. He is a graduate of UCLA.

Shihan Van Clief,

Teaching Artist – Spoken Word Poetry

The first and only poet to have a poem chosen as an iTunes’ ‘Download of the Week’, this National Poetry Slam Champion and 4-time National Poetry Slam Finalist has been featured on a variety of media outlets and several national commercial spots. Shihan signed an exclusive sponsorship deal with sports giant Adidas and is the current voice for The Sprite Street Mix, a radio program broadcasted in over 13 countries in Africa.