OUR TEAM

Meet the awesomest instructors in the history of awesome instructors!


Alvaro Montagna

As the founder of Unarthodox, Alvaro brings a plethora of creative talent and vision. Born in Montevideo Uruguay, Alvaro has had a passion for art and photography since youth. With his education in art and advertising (BFA, Kean University), Montagna has held creative and design positions at top advertising and design agencies where he worked on prestigious accounts such as BMW, Land Rover, Nickelodeon and EA Sports.

Alvaro is an adjunct professor at Kean University teaching design, marketing and  photography. He is also an exhibiting and published mixed media artist with works being displayed across the globe. His exhibition "From The Trees" received worldwide recognition by placing in the top 10 select finalist in "Art Takes Times Square," a prestigious competition where over 35,000 artists worldwide participated. Alvaro was also recognized as an up and coming latin artist by the New York Times, where he exhibited at the Voces art exhibition.

Alvaro is teaching Intuitive Art and Sculpture Without Sight classes at Unarthodox.

Learn more about these classes here.


J.W. Crump

 

J. W. Crump is a Comedian, Writer, Director, Producer, and Soda Pop Enthusiast.

He currently appears every Monday evening as part of Super Free Mondays at the Peoples Improv Theater with his house team Night Shift. In addition, he produces and hosts Gas Station Horror, a high-energy improv assault on the worst of the worst horror movies. He also co-produces and writes for Sktch Shw, a monthly sketch show that is written and performed in just one day. You can also find him doing standup all over New York and some other cities, mostly the ones that ask him to come.

J. W. has written and directed several short films, spec TV pilots, and live sketch shows, including ones that were part of the Frozen Film Festival, the CMJ Film Festival, and Reel Fest DC.

And seriously, ask him about soda anytime. He’ll talk your ear off about Japanese Pepsi flavors.

J.W. is leading our Improv Team Building and Group Outing activities.


Maria Pacca

An energetic experienced artist, Maria Pacca speaks with a visual voice that is universal. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Pacca graduated from California University at Long Beach with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and further pursued her studies at the Chouinard Art Institute in California. Her landscapes in watercolor are bold and free.  Her charcoal figure drawings are passionate. Pacca has held five one-woman exhibits and several group shows in Guatemala, Brazil, California, Hawaii and Colorado. Her paintings hang in private collections worldwide.

Maria has recently returned from a 5 year stay in São Paulo, Brazil, where she was teaching watercolor and drawing at MuBE - Brazilian Museum of Sculpture, as well as the SESC Foundation.  As an Unarthodox instructor, Maria is showing the way to letting go of fears, finding one’s creative voice and having fun with the process. Besides applying these ideals to her own work, she encourages her students to do the same.

Maria is teaching Brushless Watercolor  and Expressive Drawing classes at Unarthodox.

Learn more about the class here.


Jon Clinkenbeard

An alumnus of Second City Chicago, Jon Clinkenbeard (yes, that’s his real name) is a storyteller who has created work for film, television, the web, virtual reality, the written page, and the living stage.

He has collaborated with some of the world’s biggest brands to blend immersive content with cutting-edge technology and craft powerful, genuinely new experiences. He is currently working as Showrunner for the world’s first scripted Virtual Reality horror series, Dark Stories, and is excited to help others create amazing new worlds in VR.

Above all, he believes in “the intensity of truth”—telling meaningful stories that people don’t just like, but love fiercely and want to share with others. Jon is most at home when sailing deep into unknown territory and facing new challenges head-on. His teaching style focuses on exploring ideas and encouraging each student’s own excitement to see where it will lead.

Jon is currently teaching Virtual Reality for Beginners at UnArthodox, learn more about this class here..


Tavia Sanza

Tavia brings a true passion for art and creativity. She received a merit scholarship and BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Sculpture and Fibers. She is currently based in NYC where she has been focusing on her couture jewelry brand. Early on, Tavia worked on events that created installations and other large scale environmental and atmospheric art. In more recent years she has be working on sculptural avant-garde fashion for magazines and runway events.

Tavia has been teaching art classes for over 10 years and believes that “art is a therapeutic act that allows us to search out parts of ourselves that haven't been realized yet”. Tavia's teaching style emphasizes each person's unique and individual needs. "My main goal is to offer support, most people come into art classes a bit unsure of themselves and the first thing is to always make them feel comfortable. All too often art is seen as being an innate skill we are born with, I believe this is just not true, creativity is something we all have inside us, it’s the technical skills that need development."  It is not Tavia's desire to project her particular style or approach onto others, rather she wants to help her students realize the ideas and creativity that lies within themselves, while giving them the foundation and skills to express their ideas.

Tavia is teaching Bottled Art class at Unarthodox. Learn more about the class here.


Melissa Diaz, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT

Melissa strongly believes in the arts as a means to self-care and source of empowerment. Melissa is an artist and a licensed, registered & board certified art therapist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from The University of Central Florida and an MPS in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute.

Melissa has experience utilizing art therapy, play therapy and mindfulness practices with adults, children and families. She has also worked as a teaching artist in museums, yoga studios and school settings. Additionally, she is the founder and director of community arts initiative, Open House BK. Brooklyn based pop-up series, featuring creative arts workshops and exhibitions in alternative spaces.

As an artist, Melissa has exhibited nationally in gallery and alternative spaces. In all her work, she considers space, relationships and holding environment. 

Melissa is leading Mindfulness & Mandala Making Class as a part of Expressive Wellness Series. Learn more about it here.

 


Eno Edet

Eno is passionate about exposing children to their creativity. Nurtured as a performing artist in New York City’s underground scene, Eno spent five years performing and studying under the tutelage of Judith Malina. Guided by Judith Malina and The Living Theatre, Eno became immersed in experimental art and the exploration of abstract artistic concepts and ideas. In 2013, he decided to take the principles he learned in the underground scene and started to create his own children’s books. During this time, Eno started to teach the creative arts at MS 57 to inner-city youths in East Harlem. In 2015, Eno released his first children’s book “Hey Kid, Can You Spare A Dream” to independent bookstores in New York and Chicago.

Eno is currently a senior at The City College of New York majoring in Studio Art, and is a member in the school’s Publishing Certificate Program.

Eno’s approach to teaching, is not teaching children to become the most technically skilled artists. But to show them how to communicate their emotions using various artistic mediums. Art has a different meaning to everyone, and every human being has a story to tell.

At Unarthodox, Eno teaches Underground Book Publishing  which is a 6-day session designed to equip every child with the tools to communicate their stories and feelings using different artistic mediums.

Learn more about the class here.


Caroline Gombé

Caroline Gombé 's international career includes credits in film, TV and theatre in both the US and

Europe  working with prestigious artists on both sides of the ocean. Some of her recent credits include a recurring role in the Nickelodeon TV series Alien Dawn and one of the leading roles in the feature film Club Dead which is now on Roku and Hulu. 

Caroline holds an MA in Acting Performing Techniques at UCONN and a BFA at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Bucharest, Romania. 
As a graduate student she was part of Connecticut Repertory Theatre's productions of Comedy of Errors (dir.Paul Mullins), Hair(dir.Gabriel Barre), Galileo (dir.Gary English), Pericles (dir.Dale Rose).
Upon graduation she became part of  The Blind Trip project - NYC 2010 and the world premiere of Train to 2010 at the Tony-Award-winning Crossroads Theatre (dir.Ricardo Khan). In 2011 she played Sophie in the Unicorn Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize awarded play Ruined (dir.Ricardo Khan) and she proudly became one of the few International members of Actors' Equity Association.

During grad school Caroline worked as a TA for a 300 students class of Introduction to Drama and she taught a lecture on Becoming a Character once a semester. In 2014 she started teaching acting, improvisation, monologues, acting technique, scene study and dance in NYFA summer program, then taught acting technique in the regular NYFA acting program. She is currently teaching acting, theatre, improvisation and dance in the Scarsdale Strings program.

Caroline is leading Improv Your Day as a part of Expressive Wellness Series. Learn more about it here.


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Monica  Hunken

A performer, storyteller, adventurer, activist , writer, teacher, bicyclist and creative action trainer.

"Monica Hunken is not only fearless on stage; she is fearless in life."- NYTheatre.com

Monica earned a B.F.A. in Drama from ETW and an M.A. in Educational Theatre at NYU and has since taught  in Thailand, Greece, India, Australia, trained in Amsterdam, Poland and Ireland.  Monica is also an activist who has worked with  Time’s-Up!, Occupy The Pipeline,  Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping, as a trainer with Beautiful Trouble and bicycle dance troupe- NYBike Dance.   

Monica has performed with Les Freres Corbusier, International WOW, Scott Lyons and Co., Not Man Apart Physical Theater Company and is a member of The Living Theatre Company. Monica is an award winning solo performer who has created 4 autobiographical shows she tours globally and locally. 

Monica is teaching Sweet Spot: Movement for Wellness that incorporates dance and music that will allow you to reconnect with your intuition through being present in the moment.  

Read more about the program here.


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Jody Doo

Jody is fun fun fun! and radiates a ton of energy!  She brings a great deal of talent to Unarthodox. Jody has worked as a full-time performer at Universal Studios Singapore before relocating to New York City. Her favorite roles include Lady Nijo (Top Girls) and Izzy (Seminar). She is excited to be a teaching artist with Unarthodox. She believes that every individual has unlimited creativity and talent, and is very much looking forward to artistic collaborations! She graduated from Circle in the Square's Musical Theatre program in June 2015 and holds a BA from University at Buffalo.  

Jody is teaching Clowning for the Young  at Unarthodox.

Learn more about the class here.


Lauren Gentry

Lauren Gentry is thrilled to be a part of the Unarthodox family!  She is a teaching artist and actress here in New York City.  Lauren has taught theater and movement to refugee youth with Artists Striving to End Poverty as well as the International Rescue Committee and the Burmese Community Center for Education. She has also taught at Citibabes Preschool.  Lauren earned a B.A in Theater from Butler University. Her greatest passion is bringing the arts into the lives of kids to create a safe, healing outlet for expression which builds self-confidence and explores the vitality of the human spirit.  

Lauren is teaching Imaginary Storytelling and Superhero Spectacular classes for kids which combine sound, movement, puppetry, paintings, and humor.  The classes bring together the elements of visual and performance art in innovative and fun ways.

Learn more about these classes here.