Meet Our Wonderful Teachers

  • Pamela Shafer Moser

    Camp Director

    HI Everyone, Ms. Pam here! I love our summer program! Nothing is more exciting to me than to spend all day four days a week sharing what I love most, The ARTS! When I was a kid growing up in a small town in Ohio I had the great fortune to be involved in an all ages theatre program. It was about community, teamwork, creativity and friendship. To this day, I am still friends with people I met in that program. I have the most amazing memories from that experience. I feel so privileged that John, our team and I can bring that similar experience to your children. We only get to be kids once. It is time where we discover our voice, define our principals, figure out relationships and explore our dreams and creativity. Village Arts is a place where I believe that can happen for your kids! It is a place for everyone and we are all building it together! Come play with us! Pam

  • Kara Duffus

    Art has been a part of my life from a young age – I was introduced to it as a child at my mom’s alternative learning school in New Jersey, that emphasized expression and creativity. My father was a film, music, and sound editor in Manhattan. I bought my first Polaroid camera when I was young, and later graduated to my father’s 35 mm film cameras when I was in high school.
    As a result, I’m an artist who’s never been content to settle in just one area – I earned bachelor’s degrees in both photography and drawing at State University of New York at Purchase and studied communication design in Roanoke, Virginia. I take pictures. I draw and paint. I design.
    Film and digital, acrylics and oils, tempera and charcoal are among the materials use — but they’re certainly not all of the materials I use.
    I like finding light within darkness and beauty within disorder, and I love capturing an image or a moment in time that I can share, for others to see and experience.

  • Jane Runnalls Poole

    Jane Runnalls Poole received a B.M. from the University of California, Riverside, and is an alumni of Ann Baltz’s acclaimed OPERAWORKS Artist Intensive program. A working singer and actress in Los Angeles for almost 15 years, her voice has been featured in numerous television shows, feature film trailers, and video games, most notably the featured vocalist in ACTIVISION’s Call of Duty: Black Ops franchise. Recent film and television credits include ABC’s Mistresses, The Newsroom, and American Sniper (directed by Clint Eastwood). In addition to maintaining regular concert work locally, she runs a thriving private voice studio in Valley Village and Tarzana, Sing Your Heart Out Studio, where she teaches singing and musicianship to kids and teens. Her love of children, teaching, and passion for music bring out the best her students, as well as equipping them with the skills and confidence needed for professional pursuits.

    She maintains regular private voice and pedagogy study with Dr. Joel Ewing. She lives in Tarzana with her husband, three sons, and two guinea pigs.

  • Jeanne Simpson

    Jeanne Simpson is an actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and fitness blogger for Health Boosters at Withings.com. Jeanne began her training in the ballet world and became a member of the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet Company at age 13, and the Tuzer Ballet Company in Texas at 15. She expanded her training to jazz, tap, and contemporary at the Buster Cooper School of Dance and traveled to New York City to study with theater dance legends like Lee Theodore, Buzz Miller and Gemze de Lappe at American Dance Machine Institute. After getting her getting her BA at Harvard University, Jeanne danced in a variety of shows, dance concerts and with the American Isadora Duncan Dance Company. Her favorite credit is dancing as part of a trio alongside one of her dance idols, Ann Reinking, in an original piece performed at Lincoln Center as a fundraiser for the New York Philharmonic. Choreography credits include shows for TheatreWorks USA, Co-Choreographer and Dance Captain for THREE directed by Hal Prince at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, the children’s TV show BLUES CLUES for Nickelodeon, and the feature films MAN OF THE CENTURY and DUMPED. Favorite acting credits include MADMEN, PARKS AND RECREATION, HOT IN CLEVELAND, and HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. Here’s a link to a blog she wrote about the science behind why dance makes you happy and smart!

  • Jodie Patterson

    Jodie Patterson has taught dance in the Valley Village and LA area for over nine years. She has created her own unique style of teaching dance based on her years of training and professional dancing where she fuses athleticism, Hip Hop and many Latin and African cultures. Jodi is a Chicago native that started dancing at the age of nine and would go on to study ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Her undergraduate work brought her to Columbia College’s Marshall Lindsay School of Dance. From there, she earned a scholarship and apprenticeship with Chicago’s Joseph Holmes Dance Company. As a professional dancer she toured with a wide range of 90’s R&B and Hip Hop artists that include such artists as Sammy, Jagged Edge , Guiwine and Alfonso Hunter. Music Videos include “The Way I Am,” Christine Aguilera’s “Dirty” and many more. She also was featured in commercials for Wendy’s, Crunch, Gatorade and was the spokes person for Miller-Brewing Company and Power Bar as well as appearing in fitness videos for Crunch, Fit-TV and Pop Sugar.

  • Shelley Klace

    This year marks Shelley’s 10th year of teaching art at Colfax Charter Elementary School. She has also been teaching art at St. Francis De Sales for over 9 years. She has a Master’s degree in art education from The Ohio State University and outside the classroom she creates her own artwork and has also worked in the entertainment industry as a set painter. This is her 2nd year with Village Arts and she is excited to continue to give kids the place to learn more about the elements and principles of art while having lots of FUN. Whether it’s building, painting, working with clay, or drawing, art experiences help children gain critical thinking skills, confidence, and expanded creativity.

  • Melissa Faye Klein

    Melissa Faye Klein is a Professional Vocalist, Music Director, Voice Teacher Session Singer, and Voice Over Artist
    Melissa earned her BA’s in Music: Vocal Performance and Musical Theatre from Cal State University, Chico.
    Melissa has been musical directing theatre programs with Village Arts for the last few years. She is passionate about instilling proper singing and musical technique with the kids and loves being a part of the creative process. She has sung Classical Music Internationally, as well as performed on the NY stage and toured around the US with different Musical Theatre productions. Favorites include: Evita, Sunday In The Park with George, Me and My Girl, and Cinderella. Here in LA, Melissa sings with many different groups including Metropolitan MasterChorale, Cal Phil Chorale, Marina Del Rey Symphony, Life Choir, and The Ikeda Kings Orchestra. She has performed with different jazz bands, ensembles and as a background vocalist for several Pop/R&B artists and is also half of the Cabaret duo known as The Happenstances.
    Her voice can be heard as one of the voices of Gettysburg at the Gettysburg Museum.