TREEHOUSE for creative kids recruits and hires talented instructors who are passionate about their work. They are experienced and enjoy working with children and creative minds of all ages.

Danielle Alvarado

Danielle is received her Masters in Teaching from Monmouth University and her Bachelor's of Fine Arts from Kutztown University with a concentration in painting. She had taught High School Art in Northern New Jersey for the past 4 years and recently moved to Virginia. In New Jersey she has taught, Yearbook, Art 1&2, Graphic Design, Photography, and Ceramics and has experience and a wide variety of mediums. Danielle is excited to join the TCK team and looks forward in working with students and helping them explore their passions in art.

 
Helen Pafumi

Helen Pafumi is the Artistic Director and co-founder of The Hub Theatre. Since the Hub's inception Helen has produced multiple World, U.S. and Area Premiers, an annual free staged reading series, new play festivals, and commissioned original work from area artists. Her original plays have been produced by The Hub, Theatre Alliance, Theatre Asylum and been seen at the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival. Her newest play, Abominable, will World Premier this summer at The Hub. In addition to her role at The Hub, Helen has worked as an actor in many DC area theatres, including Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J, Forum Theatre, Theatre Alliance, Rorschach Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Didactic Theatre, The Inkwell, the Source Festival, and the Beckett Centenary Festival. She has appeared in numerous independent films and area commercials. Helen holds a BA in Theatre from Virginia Tech. She has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in Outstanding New Play for her co-adaptation of Wonderful Life. Most recently Helen’s play Abominable was nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award. She is the recipient of the Puffin Foundation Award and the Washington Canadian Partnership Award.

 
Brittany Williams

Brittany Williams received her Bachelors of Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory with a concentration in Choral/General Music. Since graduating, she has been teaching in Loudoun County Public schools as an elementary music teacher as well as teaching private voice and beginning piano lessons. During the summer months off from school, Brittany has lead and assisted many musical theater programs at various children's theater, art and music summer camps in the area. Brittany is very excited to start her second summer with TCK!

 
Zach Fletcher

Zach Fletcher began making films while pursuing a career in theater in New York City and has been teaching in the DC area since 2013. In 2014 he started the Winter Film Project in Washington Grove, MD which gives local children the opportunity to explore the basic elements of acting and filmmaking. He is excited to be a part of the TCK team and looks forward to giving kids another opportunity to explore the craft of film.

 
Jessica Grablewski

Jessica Grablewski (aka J.D. Shanley) is a mixed media and polymer clay artist who has participated in various juried shows and group exhibitions throughout New Jersey, New York and the DC metro area. Jessica is also the owner of JDS ART, where you can find her polymer clay works, prints, paintings and more for sale at local markets (The Reston Market), pop-culture conventions (Awesome Con) and online through her Etsy shop at jdsART.etsy.com.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Art from William Paterson University of New Jersey, Jessica has immersed herself in many aspects of the art world. From interning at different museums and galleries to writing about local artists for The Daily Record and other New Jersey publications, it has been important for Jessica to experience art at every level, as well as to share her joy of art with others. It was around 2010 that Jessica began teaching art classes at The Art House in New Jersey (now known as A.R.T.) before her move to Virginia. Jessica is now more than delighted to be one of the newest Art Instructors at TCK and is looking forward to sharing her love of art with her students.

For more information about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jdshanleyart.com.