Student Programs Manager
Over the course of 6 years, Maryam has had the opportunity to work in the field of performing arts as a performer, educator, instructor as well as a coordinator. Through these positions she received knowledge that has allowed her to become the Student Program Coordinator for Greenway Arts Alliance. Maryam received her Bachelors of Arts from A.M.D.A College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. In addition to her extensive performing arts experience, she has had the pleasure of working with Project Pit, View Park High School, CBG Arts, Crenshaw High, Westchester High and Dramatic Results.
Teaching Artist (2017)
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.
Lodric D. Collins,
Teaching Artist (2014-17)
Lodric D. Collins has performed in a diverse range of productions, from Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has a recurring role on the television daytime drama All My Children and can also be seen in several films, including the soon to be released Dutch Kills and recently released Last Rites of the Dead. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps. and a graduate of Southern University, Lodric also completed architectural studies at Columbia University. He is an educator, actor and producer with a genuine desire to see teens and young adults succeed.
Teaching Artist – Dance (2017)
Dance is Natasha’s passion; she believes it is self-expression in its purest form. She studies many styles of dance, including Contemporary, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Natasha trains at Millennium Dance Complex and Movement Lifestyle, as well as New York’s Broadway Dance Center and the Alvin Ailey Extension. Natasha also had the privilege of training and performing under the direction of the legendary Debbie Allen at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
In addition to local community and charity events, Natasha has performed in New York at the Joyce Theater and at Jared Grimes’ Run The Night, during the half-time show of NBA charity events and at venues in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Atlanta. Natasha was recently hand selected by Willdabeast Adams to peform his choreography at the Dance To Breathe Showcase in Austin; a charity event for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Natasha was awarded the title of PULSE Protégé by the acclaimed PULSE On Tour.
Shihan Van Clief,
Teaching Artist – Poetry (2018)
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, including seven appearances on six seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry, MTV’s Nike Battlegrounds, NBC, Oxygen Network, Current TV, ESPN, CNN and several national commercial spots. He has also worked with Reebok, Adidas, the NBA and has also been featured on Artisan Films’ Belly DVD release and Complex and Billboard Magazines. He has participated in five National Tours – including the Tony Award winning Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam International Tour – and has also represented on two Spoken Word documentaries: SP!T and the sequel to 1997’s cult documentary Slam Nation, Slam Planet. 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.