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 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.

  • Paula Jane Newman

    Originally raised in England, she performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Southern England theatre Tours and Theatre in Education programs in her teens. Paula moved to the USA in her late teens and graduated from the acting BFA program at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, creating the first Los Angeles showcase for graduates (which continues today). She was the youngest member of the Pittsburgh TheatreSports Improv Troupe and became a Second Company participant in the San Francisco group.

    In Los Angles, she has performed Stand Up Comedy in the Burbank Comedy Festival, Numerous fundraisers (including going on stage AFTER Margaret Cho) and the World Famous Comedy Store to name a few.

    Paula has taught in LAUSD afterschool programs for Elementary and Middle School programs under Theatre Phoenix, taught ESL at Polytechnic Highschool, Movies by Kids and Improv programs for other kids organizations.

    She has worked on numerous TV and Movies including; Pirates of the Caribbean (I and 5), Music in Another Room, Garfield 2, The Bourne Identity, How To Train Your Dragon, Shrek, Once Upon A Time, Lost, Guilt and Emerald City.

  • John Eddings

    John Eddings has worked for 40 years in the Animation Industry.   Storyboard, Character Cleanup, In-Betweening, Effects Animation, Sheet Timing, Ink and Paint, Camera.  In studios like Disney, Dreamworks, Don Bluth, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Klasky-Csupo, Rough Draft, Tit-Mouse, FilmRoman…

    You can check him out on IMDB.  John Eddings

  • Janet Fontaine

    has an extensive background working with children. She taught ice skating beginning at the age of 19 and had a range of students from beginners to seasoned competitive skaters with Olympic dreams. She has been working with children on both the stage and in the classroom sharing her knowledge of theatre games, acting and improv for many years. Janet has been the middle school dance teacher/choreographer at the Wesley School for the last six years, as well as assisting Miss Pam Moser with the 7th grade drama for the last four years.  She is also an audition coach for children working on basic strategies for relaxation, creating an authentic character and the tools to make your performance “pop”  Janet has been a performer since she was in the Ice Capades at 15 and she has a tremendous passion to share her joy, love and enthusiasm for the performing arts with children.