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 leading Intuitive Art and Sculpture Without Sight experiences at Unarthodox. Learn more 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 Land. Learn more about Team Building and Group Outing activities here.


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 Mystery Collage at Unarthodox. Learn more about this experience 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 leading Virtual Reality Storytelling at Unarthodox, learn more about this experience 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 leading 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 leading Paint & Sip  experience at Unarthodox. Learn more about it here.