DiAE’s Teaching Artists (TA’s) are working professional artists who have undergone extensive training in aesthetic education and possess a special ability to connect with students. They are the cornerstone of our program.
Terrance Vann is a fine artist, illustrator and muralist. He studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and then at the Art Institute in Philadelphia where he developed as a designer and graphic artist, in addition to being a painter and illustrator. Terrance’s first solo exhibition was in February 2015, and he has since been awarded his first artist fellowship and completed his first large-scale mural, amongst other notable achievements. Terrance’s work, personified by the unique style he identifies as “Terranceism,” is vividly colorful and aims to portray the surreal world of the human imagination through the lens of black consciousness.
Laurie Phillips is a recently retired Elementary Art teacher from the Red Clay Consolidated School District and now resides at the Delaware beaches. In her thirty years in public schools she taught a variety of other subjects besides Visual Arts to K-5 classes including music appreciation literature and activities, creative movement, and library . She comes to DiAE with a Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Wilmington College. During her career Laurie has been a participating teacher in a variety of DiAE summer sessions which she gives credit to opening her mind and creativity to engaging students through a variety of strategies and Art forms.
Laurie has a deep personal commitment to her own creativity and her love of teaching others to gain self confidence through exploring the Arts. This lifelong journey that started with the support and encouragement of her high school art teachers has led her to explore wood junk assemblages, drumming, playing guitar, songwriting and participating in the Rehoboth Writers Guild for over a decade.
Presently she creates unique Folktale story performances for children as well as writing and performing her own monologues of famous artists such as Van Gogh, Matisse and O’Keeffe.
Delona Seserman is a native of Romania who has lived and worked in the US for the last 26 years. She is a fine artist, interior designer and teacher. She studied art and interior decoration at the Art school in Brasov, with a MS in Education from The University of Bucharest. Delona taught Art, French and Geography in Romania and Art and French in the US.
After moving in 1991 to the US, she continued to study interior design, Feng Shui and energy work. In 1996, she started her decorative painting and interior design company, Adris Group in New Jersey. For 16 years she executed interior design projects throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York City, New York. Delona has also completed numerous murals, faux finishes and decorative painting for residential and hospitality clients.
After moving to Delaware in 2011, she dedicates her time mostly to painting and teaching. During her artistic career, Delona had a couple of solo shows in Romania, New Jersey and Delaware, recently at JCC Siegel in Wilmington in the summer of 2017. Her work was also part of numerous group shows in Europe as well as in the US. Delona’s artwork can be found in private collections in the US, Romania, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Israel, Canada, and New Zealand.
Delona loves teaching and she’s very excited to join the talented and dynamic group of teaching artists and staff of DiAE. When she is not painting or teaching, Delona enjoys organizing trips and retreats in her native country Romania.
Deitrich “Dee” Faison
Deitrich P. Faison (Dee) a native of Camden, New Jersey resides in Bear, Delaware. After receiving a B.S. degree from Hampton University, VA in Health and Physical Education she earned a M. Ed. in Dance Ed. From Temple University, PA, Additional studies: PA Ballet, and University of the Arts, PA. She taught Health, Physical Ed., Biology and the Dance Arts to middle and high school students in Philadelphia, PA. She was awarded “Best Practices in PA Arts in Education” and “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has choreographed over 300 theatrical productions in conjunction with the School District of Philadelphia, Temple University, Philadelphia Dance Alliance, Talk Back Theatre of Smyrna Delaware, and Sankofa African Drummers and Dancers in Dover, Delaware.
Since that time she has been active as an educational consultant, choreographer and dance artist, working through the PA Council on the Arts, Delaware and Philadelphia Institute of the Arts in Ed., University of Delaware, and Delaware Wolf Trap (a program for Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland and the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware after school program.
Ron Jones attended AMDA (American Music & Dramatic Academy) where he studied Musical Theater and a strong minor in Dance Theater. He is currently a dance instructor at Pieces Of A Dream Academy of Dance as well as New Castle Dance & Music Academy, where he teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater and Contemporary/Lyrical. He spends majority of his time on stage in various shows, perfecting his performance technique. Ron is a member of the illustrious Pieces of a Dream Dance Company an elite team trained in the art of Horton and Graham modern technique. Ron has recently returned from the first North American/ international tour of Dancing In The Streets a Motown Revue. He has performed other regional productions such as Cats, Ragtime, West Side Story, Bring it On, Once on This Island, The Wiz, Phantom, Hairspray and Carrie the Musical. Ron has also done choreography for an elite, nationally ranked dance team. He strives to be the best he can be in his craft and endeavors to one day be a full time performer! Ron would like to thank his family and friends for continuing to pray and push him to exceed his goals. His ultimate thanks goes to God for instilling him with the gifts to shine his light.
George Tietze is a local Teacher, Teaching Artist, Actor and Playwright in Wilmington, Delaware. He has been a Teaching Artist and Wolftrap Artist with the DiAE since 2002 and in 2013 completed his Wolftrap STEM training. George has been teaching and directing students of all ages in public, private and Head Start schools since 1994 and has been an Adjunct Professor of Theater at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware since 2007. Most of his stage performances have been with City Theater Company of Wilmington, now in its 22nd season. At CTC, George has acted, directed and been showcased as a local playwright as well as working in all aspects of production including administrative responsibilities related to non-profit, arts organizations.
Jea Street is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Jea was inspired to become a musician during his Freshman year at Morehouse College when he joined the Morehouse College Glee Club. Jea entered Morehouse to become a doctor, but was so inspired by the power of music he witnessed that he dropped all of his pre-med classes during his sophomore year and began to take music classes for the first time. After graduating from Morehouse with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Jea went back to school at University of Delaware where he studied music composition full-time. Since finishing at the University of Delaware, Jea has been involved in many different facets in music. Jea has sung professional operatic and broadway roles, produced a hip-hop album, and recorded several of his own projects. Currently, Jea helps Head Start teachers to integrate music into their teaching with the Wolf Trap program. He is lead singer in two different bands, and in is the process of completing a new recording project entitled “The Sit Down” which will be released in the late summer of this year. Jea‘s main inspiration is his family, his community, and the high standard of artistic achievement set by great artists before him such as Duke Ellington, Donny Hathaway, and Quincy Jones.
Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez
Oboist Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez has performed and taught throughout North and South America, Asia, and Europe. As the founder of a new artist service organization in Wilmington, Lumina Arts Incubator, she works to bring artists together in community to unleash joy. A ministry of Grace United Methodist Church, Lumina explores creativity, spirituality and service with artists of all faiths and creeds in the Wilmington Delaware area and beyond. She recently held positions as Assistant Professor of Oboe at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston Salem), The University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) and Fifth House Ensemble, an innovative ten-piece chamber ensemble in Chicago. Before Chicago, she resided in New York City where she appeared with the Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s as an active freelancer. She graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School and also studied at the Yale School of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, she explored how studying baroque and modern oboe together informs and benefits the player. A passionate teaching artist, Merideth recently completed training at the Lincoln Center Education (LCE) Summer Forum in NYC.
When she’s not playing oboe or teaching, Merideth enjoys traveling the world and attempting to speak foreign languages with a southern accent. She hails from Abbeville, SC, but now calls Wilmington, DE home, where she resides with her husband, Rev. Edwin Estevez.