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Monmouth Arts has closely monitored the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the last several weeks, following communication from local, county, and state public health officials. Bearing that in mind, we have ultimately decided it is in the best interests of the health and safety of those participating that we move our 2020 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival entirely online. We will not be holding a physical festival at Brookdale Community College this year, but instead will host an entirely-virtual event. Like the physical festival, there will be both adjudications and workshops. Students will get critiqued on their work, much like they would have at the event. We have spent a great deal of time working on exciting and creative ways to bring this festival to life in a way that has yet to be done before - and we are so excited to share our Virtual Teen Arts Festival with you!



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Students and teachers can upload their work (videos or images, depending on the arts discipline) to our Google Drive, where they will then be passed on to the adjudicators. Select a discipline to upload an entry to your school's folder.













Students are invited to participate virtually in workshops from many of the instructors and teaching artists who were scheduled to present workshops at the festival! These workshops will be presented on Zoom, and any student from a registered school will be allowed to participate. The students who are present during the session will participate in activities and Q&A with the teaching artists, and learn new skills in different arts disciplines.

Click here to join the workshops on Zoom!

2:00-2:45: Contemporary Dance Masterclass - Joey Schollenberger

2:55-3:25: Exquisitely Connected  - Monmouth Arts, Molly Johnson

3:30-4:15: Theatre from Home: Creativity at Arms Reach - ReThink Theatrical (Thomas Young and Stephanie Bond)

4:20-4:50: TV Talent 3 presents: The On-Camera Slate - TVTalent3 (Angela Lomangino)

4:55-5:25: Life Drawing - Brittany James

5:30-6:00: From Trash to Art: Pin-Making Workshop - Lisa Bagwell


Lisa Bagwell has been working with found objects for over 15 years and loves sharing her junk at the Teen Arts Festival every year! She manages the Kula Farm in Asbury Park, growing vegetables for the community and restaurants.

John Balme is the principal piano instructor at Brookdale Community College. He holds a degree in piano from the Royal College of Music in London, with further studying at the Eastman School of Music and Indiana University.

Garrett Bess has been an executive producer for the broadcast, commercial and corporate industries for over 20 years, and launched Two River Pictures in 2009. Garrett has produced over half a dozen cable series, over 20 commercials, and hundreds of corporate videos while leading the company down multiple streams: one as a James Beard nominated and twice-Emmy nominated production company specializing in the food and travel industry; another as corporate production partner to some of the world’s leading edge technology companies; and third specializing in the production of on-air promos and web content for Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and the Pac-12 Network among others.

Stephanie Bond is the Executive Director of ReThink Theatrical and currently works as a freelance actress and Teaching Artist throughout New Jersey and New York City – performing, directing, creating arts curricula, and developing artists of all ages and levels of experience.

Leah Cahill is currently the Director of Education at One River School of Art + Design. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in Fashion. She was the Design Director of Blue Fish Clothing for 15 years and Director of the New York School of Design. She produced shows for New York Fashion Week and directed photoshoots and various art projects.

Paul Caliendo is a composer and retired music educator, directing bands for 32 years in Point Pleasant Borough. His original music is published by Alfred Music.

Hannah Carr, originally from Ireland, is a DMA candidate at Mason Gross at Rutgers University, where she directs the University Choir. She holds an MM from Yale, an Advanced Diploma from the Liszt Academy in Hungary and a BA from Trinity College Dublin. Hannah is Director of Cantigas Choir in Hoboken and has worked extensively as a middle school and high school choral director.

Jennifer Chauhan is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Project Write Now, a nonprofit organization in Red Bank transforming individuals, organizations, and communities through writing.

Jeffrey Cook is Lecturer in Music/Pep Band Director at Monmouth University. He holds degrees in Music Performance from the University of Miami and is also a DMA candidate at the University of Kentucky.

Kate Cordaro is a curly-headed earth mother, theater teaching artist for over 25 years, and Director of Education for Two River Theater in Red Bank since 2004.

Brittany James is an artist and art teacher who lives and works in Asbury Park. She teaches Life Drawing classes at Art629 Gallery, curates gallery exhibitions, and hosts an open studio class there. She also teaches kids art classes at Inspired Minds Fine Arts School in Lincroft.

David Levy is an Exhibiting Artist, Docent, and Co-President of the Guild of Creative Art. He has won awards for his painting, optical art, and photography. In addition, David is the winner of three State and one National Education awards, two of which are for Arts Education.

Angela Lomangino, Director of TV Talent 3, is a professional actor who has been training performers of all ages for over 30 years. Many of her students have obtained agents and been cast in projects for television, film, and theater.

Joe Monteleone, the “Andy Warhol of Modern Dance” (Editor of "Broadway World"), is a highly acclaimed multimedia dancer-choreographer who has toured his works throughout the USA and internationally. (

Stacey Pritchard lives in Atlantic Highlands, NJ with her husband and her two dogs. She graduated from college receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ringling School of Art and Design in 1995. She currently works across several mediums including painting, sculpture, and jewelry making.

Kasey “Baiano” Sanders is a multi-disciplined martial artist, who is the founder of the Rising Sun Capoeira Academy in the heart of Long Branch. He is the first American Master instructor of the art under the Capoeira Sol Nascente of Bahia Brazil founded by Mestre Romeu.

Joey Schollenberger has just returned from the West Coast with experience in the commercial dance industry. He currently is the Assistant & Artistic Director for Broadway on Main in Toms River, working for a dance competition, teaching workshops in New Jersey and New York City, and has received many awards for his choreography.

Allison Tevald is a Co-Founder and Writing Instructor at Project Write Now, a nonprofit organization transforming lives through writing.

Fredi Walker-Browne created the role of Joanne Jefferson in RENT. Next up, she is appearing in Season 3 of HBO’s "Search Party." Her album "#1People-1Planet" drops Fall 2020.

Bill Whitefield is the Artistic Director of Asbury Park Theater Company. Voice instructor, proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and Dramatist Guild. Actor at New York City Center, Paper Mill, Goodspeed, and on PBS.

Thomas Young is the Artistic Director of ReThink Theatrical and works as a freelance event program curator and graphic designer. He has directed a number of plays and musicals, where he enjoys creating accessible, fun, and entertaining stories for audience members.





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Monmouth Arts is excited to be offering this virtual alternative to the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival. While the new format of the festival is not as originally planned, we are confident that students will experience an educational and artistic event that will leave them inspired to continue creating art! Every major facet of what makes our TAF so special will be included in the virtual edition of the festival. If you are paid in full, and you feel that it would be impossible for your school to participate in the virtual program, you should reach out to Arts Education & Events Manager, Vinny Martini, to discuss options for credit towards future Monmouth Arts educational programs. Requests will be taken on a case-by-case basis. 

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