Jessica Nicoll and Barry Oreck have worked in arts education for over 30 years, designing and leading arts programs nationally and internationally in schools, arts institutions, community centers, and universities. In all areas of their teaching – from professional development to classes in K-12, to work in private studios and higher education – they have pursued an ongoing exploration of the artistic process, be it the art of teaching or art-making. They encourage participants to examine assumptions, artistic habits, and standard methodology. Through this process individuals can deepen their work and develop independent voices and approaches.
Jessica Nicoll has taught dance technique, improvisation, composition and choreography, and pedagogy in many settings including Hunter College, the 92nd Street Y, and Marymount Manhattan College, and consults for a number of New York City arts in education organizations. Her writing has been published in Education and Arts journals and books.
Barry Oreck teaches graduate education courses at Long Island University, Brooklyn, the University of Connecticut and for SUNY Buffalo in the International Masters Program. He directs professional development in Schoolwide Enrichment Model of Drs. Joseph Renzull and Sally Reis. His articles and papers have been published in many Education and Arts journals and books.