Meet the awesomest instructors in the history of awesome instructors!
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 experiences at Unarthodox. Learn more here.
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 Team Building and Group Outing activities.
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 Collage Ventures at Unarthodox. Learn more about the class here.
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 Storytelling at Unarthodox, learn more about this class here.
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 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.