Fillmore Staff



Visual Arts

Diana Arnold teaches during our summer arts program and as a substitute teacher during the year. She holds an MAT in Elementary Education from the University of Southern California and a BS in Communication with an emphasis in Media Production from Florida State University. She has experience in a variety of digital and performing arts disciplines including stop motion animation, documentary filmmaking, photography, improvisation, tap dance, and violin. She was also an acrobatic performer for the FSU Flying High Circus. She is a recipient of two grants aimed at increasing the use of technology in the arts. Her students’ work was selected for silent auction for the benefit of the DC Education Fund.




Graduate of Temple University, MA, Manhattan School of Music – is a Brooklyn based vocalist, pianist and songwriter. “I set out to be a craftsman; someone who could mold and shape music like a sculpture.” She has performed regularly with notable local and national artists in and around Washington, DC Philadelphia and New York.” She has spent much of the last decade working with a number of progressive soul and jazz artists such as Us3 and King Britt (of Digible Planets). She sang on the underground hit “Season’s Change” for Ovum/Sony Music. This led to an invitation to serve as the lead singer for the influential UK acid-jazz group Us3, with whom she cut the 1994 hit “Get Out.” Crockett continued to write and perform on the side during her period with Us3, and cut an EP in 2001 under the name Diva Blue. In 2004 she released her first full album, On Becoming A Woman. In 2007, Crockett released her second full studio album, Bare.





M.ED, Education Leadership, George Mason University, 2000 M.A., Arts Management,American University, 1988 B.F.A., Dance, Adelphi University, 1980 Dance Certificate, Duke Ellington School of the Arts,1976 – is a native of Washington, D.C., a graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Workshops for Careers in the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Adelphi University, and a Masters in Arts Management from American University. She has the honor of having been awarded 2 Fulbright scholarships. Her performing experience includes: Everyman Street Theatre Company, Adelphi Dance Theatre, Memory of African Culture, KanKouran Dance Company, Chuck Davis Dance Company in Nigeria, and with members of the National Ballet Diolliba of Guinea, West Africa. Ms. Daniels is co-founder and program director of Cosan Arts Institute, a non-profit arts organization providing services in video production, photography, and artstraining for youth. She has been a dance instructor at Fillmore since 1989, and she taught movement in the Theatre Department at Duke Ellington School of the Arts for fifteen years.




BFA Theatre Arts Acting/Dance Arcadia University Glenside PA, Monash University Theatre/Dance studies, Melbourne, Australia – studied Theater at the Duke Ellington school of the Artand has been teaching for Fillmore Arts Center since 2009. Her last show was JUNKANOO at THE ARC in Washington DC. She is currently focusing on creating independent film work, producing scripts, documentaries, and directing. She works with her church as a dancer and choreographer for the dance ministry team. Her teaching methods ask that students be daring, let go of fear, take risks and do not allow the world to define what they “should” be. We each have our own calling and as performing artists we are creative leaders that can change the world in many ways.





Music, Band

Mrs. Gage received her BA in Music Education and Trombone Performance from Augustana College in South Dakota and Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of South Dakota. Gage has previously taught beginning band through high school band for eight years in South Dakota and Iowa where her students excelled in performances and competitions. Additionally, she has maintained a lesson studio for piano and wind instruments. Her love of music and travel led her to perform with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, solo with the Augustana Band in China, lead a trip of high school students on a European tour through seven countries, and eventually to Washington D.C.




Cum Laude Graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory of Armenia, and the Tchaikovsky Advanced School of Music in Yerevan – is a concert violinist who studied violin under the tutorship of Prof. Edward Dayan, a pupil of David Oystrakh. Kharazian’s early performance experience includes 5 years with the Armenian National Opera’s Symphony as a member of the first violins, and with the Sharakan Ensemble of Ancient and Medieval Music of Armenian TV and Radio, as a soloist. She is an experienced educator, alumna of the Inspired Teaching Institute, a violin instructor at Sidwell Friends School, at Fillmore Arts Center in Washington, DC and Washington Performing Arts Society teaching artist for the Capitol Strings program. Kharazian has an active performing and teaching practice. As a soloist, she has appeared in concerts at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, Dumbarton House, the Gallery at The Ellipse, and various Embassies in Washington, among other venues. Kharazian is also the author and presenter of a series of interactive programs in music education. As a performing and teaching artist, she collaborates with CHIME (Community Help in Music Education), offering programs to hundreds of DCPS students through Arts for Every Student – a project of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, benefiting many of the District’s public and charter schools. Currently she serves as a Chair of Student Activities at Friday Morning Music Club.




Margaret Meenehan is a Performing Arts Specialist K-12 and holds a Master’s in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from American University and a BS in Movement Education from George Washington University. She has lectured, taught and performed internationally with Modern Dance companies and additionally in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City. Locally, she has presented work at the Washington Project for the Arts, DC Space, Dance Place, Joy of Motion, Dance Arts, Red Wiggler Farm and at several Universities. Meenehan is a recipient of two Fulbright Scholarships to study the arts and cultures of Japan and of Canada and Mexico and has been awarded two DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities Grants in Education. Maggie was an invited speaker at the Dance and the Child International Conference in New Zealand. She was awarded a merit scholarship to Duke University to work with the American Dance Festival. Maggie is passionate about providing children with opportunities to experience high quality arts education and to helping them develop their creativity and knowledge through the arts.



Digital Arts

BFA Photography, Corcoran College of Art + Design – also studied digital arts and web design at the Corcoran. Pollet’s photographic art is frequently exhibited in Washington DC, Philadelphia and NY. She has been teaching digital art at the Fillmore since 1999, specializing in digital drawing, video, stop-motion and timeline animation and is the Fillmore webmaster, graphic designer and technology coordinator. Pollet is also a singer/songwriter and award winning musician who has received two grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has a long and colorful career as a performing musician from Washington to California, and has released 2 albums with her rock bands. Pollet is a member of the Girls Rock!DC(GR!DC) Leadership Team as well as GR!DC After School Program (GR!ASP). During the GR!DC summer camp she teaches as a band coach. She also frequently donates her time and services to local charitable organizations.



Visual Arts

BA Education, University of DC and certification in Social Work – is a visual artist and sculptor. As part of her degree program, Ponkka-Carpenter interned at Fillmore with Harriet Lesser, and then joined the Fillmore staff in Fall 1992. As a sculptor and mixed media artist, she exhibits frequently in the Baltimore/Washington area. Her work has been seen at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Gallery 10, and at U.D.C. Ms. Ponkka-Carpenter loves to work with children, watching freedom of expression come through their work. She encourages them to develop and keep the freshness, and to find a rich and colorful world inside and aroun3d them. She wants all children to feel good about themselves and their art works.



Visual Arts

BFA Painting, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, MFA Painting, American University, Washington, DC. and MA Education, Catholic University, Washington, DC. – is an artist and teacher who started her teaching career in Fairfax County Public Schools and has been teaching Visual Arts at Fillmore since 2006. Most recently, Ms. Strunk has shown 3-D work in various Washington DC galleries such as the Warehouse Gallery, Artomatic, and the Katzen Galleries of American University, Washington, DC. Her work was included in a themed show called “Tension” in the galleries of Moore College of Art in Philadelphia in 2008. Strunk currently is studying Japanese painting and calligraphy at the Smithsonian.




Visual Arts

BA, Studio Art, American University, Masters in Art Education, George Washington University – is a visual artist who has shown in art exhibitions and art fairs nationally and internationally and has won many awards. She has been teaching visual art for more than 10 years in high school, middle school and at Fillmore Arts Center as well as providing art and short story writing classes at her own Washington DC studio. Tsou is also a performing musician.