Instructor- Theatre Audition Prep,
Brittany Smoliak joins Comm Arts Academy with passion and excitement to help grow and mold young performers. She has trained since a young age in all aspects of performing arts, and is ready to share her knowledge with Comm Arts Academy students. Following her High School graduation at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Ms. Smoliak received her BFA in acting from New World of the Arts, and soon after received her teaching degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She learned at a very young age from watching her parents who were long term educators that teaching would be in her future. This year marks Ms. Smoliak’s 12th year teaching; she started at Bak Middle School of the Arts and continued her teaching career at Dreyfoos School of the Arts, and now has found her home at Oxbridge Academy where she is a lead acting teacher in their arts program. She is very thrilled to join the Comm Arts Academy family!
Katie Salzman is a certified teacher, with a master’s degree in Elementary Education, from The College of New Jersey. She is also an alumni of Virginia Tech, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management. Katie started her career in marketing and advertising, before following her passion for education. Most recently, Katie was a fourth grade teacher at Morikami Park Elementary. Currently, Katie is a PhD student and a Graduate Research Assistant at Florida Atlantic University. She is also the 2018-2019 Presidential Fellowship recipient, for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Katie has been trained in Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop and specializes in writing and public speaking.
Instructor- Creative Writing
Lyda Barrera served as an elementary school art educator for 27 years and has been preparing students for the Bak Middle School of the Arts and Dreyfoos High School of Arts auditions for over 15 years.
Her experiences as an adjudicator have helped her understand the ins and outs of the audition process, greatly contributing to her high rate of success. She is looking forward to sharing her talent with the Communication Arts Academy families.
Instructor- Visual Arts
Instructor- Audition Prep
Kevin is a Senior at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and a graduate of Bak Middle School of the Arts. Kevin is an active member and the Vice President of Dreyfoos Speech and Debate team. During his first three years as a member of the team, Kevin has seen success on the local, state, and national level. These accolades include 2019 NSDA National Champion in Duo Interpretation, final rounds at University of Florida, Emory University, The Tournament Of Champions, Florida’s State Championship, and The Sunvitational. He has also reached elimination rounds at tournaments such as The Harvard Invitational and The NCFL National Championship.
Outside of Speech and Debate, Kevin is a decorated graphic designer and photographer. He has won a Scholastic Arts and Writing Award and has participated in the production of several student films. He is also the Student Life Editor of his school’s yearbook, The Marquee, and has his Adobe Industry Certification in InDesign. Kevin is more than excited to work with you at the Communications Arts Academy!
Instructor- Audition Prep
Kyle is a Senior at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and a graduate of Bak Middle School of the Arts. Kyle is an active member and the Speech Captain of Dreyfoos' Speech and Debate team where he has seen success at tournaments across the nation. These accolades include 2019 NSDA National Champion in Duo Interpretation, final rounds at University of Florida, Emory University, The Tournament Of Champions, Florida’s State Championship, and The Sunvitational. He has also reached elimination rounds at tournaments such as The Harvard Invitational and The NCFL National Championship.
Outside of Speech and Debate, Kyle is a decorated graphic designer and journalist. He has won a Scholastic Arts and Writing Award and has served as a Layout Staffer on Dreyfoos's award winning Marquee Yearbook and now serves as the Managing Editor. Kyle also serves as his class at Dreyfoos' elected class council Vice President. Kyle enjoys communication arts more than anything in the world and hopes to bring that passion to students everywhere.
Angela Yan is a Senior at Dreyfoos School of the Arts and a Bak MSOA alumna, majoring in Visual Arts. She has won multiple Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Keys for her works in printmaking and drawing & illustration. In her sophomore year, Angela was named Most Outstanding Student in her AP Drawing Portfolio class. She was a teaching assistant at Sunshine Chinese School, where she helped teach an art class for elementary school students.
In addition, Angela actively competes in speech and debate, in which she reached semifinals at the Yale Invitational, Crestian Tradition, Nova Titan Invitational, and FFL Novice States Tournament. When she is not drawing or competing, Angela enjoys running, doing yoga, playing piano, reading, and playing with her cats.
Angela is so eager to start working at the Communication Arts Academy!
Instructor- Audition Prep