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Dovi is a business owner and practitioner with over 20 years of experience in Marketing, Advertising, International Travel Program Management on 3 continents: Africa, Europe and the Americas. He has developed a deep knowledge of the institutions, personnel and technological advances (with a particular interest in Aviation Management) that shape business life and policies within and between countries across the Atlantic Ocean. Dovi studied law both in France and the US and worked for international firms based in France and the US. Dovi's international experience has prompted him to develop insightful approaches in managing linguistic, legal and cultural dynamics in cross-cultural as well as international business settings on numerous occasions.

A scholarship alumna of Longy School of Music with degrees in Music and Fine Arts, Susan Allen has sung in the U.S, Germany, and Austria. Her years of skills from being coached in languages and classical music and with the International Phonetic Alphabet have helped her in her studio with singing in all genres, acting, pronunciation, narrating, poetry reading, radio announcing and tutoring anything vocal. She now sings and teaches in New England. She has coached classical singers in many languages and helps poets present and sing their poems on television. In classes and one to one she teaches English Pronunciation and Conversation to ESL students. Among other styles, she is recently working from Paul Newham’s The Healing Voice: How to Use the Power of Your Voice to Bring Harmony into Your Life.

Susan Alt has taught ballet and tap to adults for more than thirty years.  She has studied with Tatiana Babushkina of the Lithuanian State Ballet, Ana Roje of the Yugoslav Ballet Theater, and several renowned Boston and New York tap dancers.  She lives in Cambridge with two cats.

Rosi and Brian Amador are professional musicians and English/Spanish bilingual voice actors with more than 20 years' experience. Students will experience the essentials of voiceover technique for commercials and narration, including public service announcements, industrials, tutorials, educational VO, children's audio books, audio tours and explainer videos. We will also touch on first steps in establishing a voiceover career, marketing, and home studio tips and will leave time for Q & A.

French Teacher

"I am a graduate of the Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology) located in Berlin, Germany, where I earned a Master's Degree in Linguistics with specializations in French and GSL (teaching German as a Second/ Foreign Language). For the past ten years I have taught French as a second/foreign language in many settings including language schools, public institutions and companies. I am a native French speaker and speak German as good as a native, having lived for over twelve years in Germany. Now living since more than two and a half years in the US I converse fluently in English and have adapted myself to the American way of life."

David Andrus has studied art at The Art Institute of Boston and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. He has received grants from The Pollock Krasner Foundation and The Somerville Arts Council. He has traveled extensively in Mexico, South America, Thailand, Cambodia, Egypt and Morocco.

ESL Instructor

Andrea Aptecker has been teaching English to international students and visitors in Cambridge, MA for over 10 years, and loves the vibrant mix of cultures and ideas people from all over the world bring to her classes. Andrea is also a playwright, and serves on the board of the Playwrights’ Platform. Her recent plays include The Revenge Bureau: 2018 Fem Noire Festival/Image Theater, a “Mrs. Minsees/Nemesis” monologue: New World Theatre’s 2018 Solitary Voice production and anthology publication, Unrequited: The North Shore Readers Theater, You’re Killing Me Already!:  The Playwrights’ Platform 45th Festival of New Plays and anthology 2017, KKK Cookies: Cambridge Center for Adult Education Evening of New Plays 2017, and Goodnight Spouse: CCAE Second Annual Festival of New Plays 2018. Recent acting roles include Lady Nijo/Top Girls, Dame Northumberland/Henry the 4th, Calonice/Lysistrata, and Suzanne/Countess/Admirer/Picasso at the Lapin Agile.

Laraine Armenti is a visual artist working with direct observation in painting, drawing, and collage. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD Printmaking/Etching, ’80) and an MFA from Boston University (BU Painting, ’13). Awards and residencies include the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Artists Valentine, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and Beijing Inside Out Art Museum. Concurrent with painting, in high school she developed skills in isometric drawing that led to working in the computer industry in illustration, publication design, and projection graphics for international corporate conferences. She has taught painting and drawing at Danforth Museum School, Framingham, MA, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, and Boston University. Her work is exhibited in New England and Beijing, China.

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Artist 

Clare Asch is an artist/educator who loves to experiment with process and materials. She works in a wide range of materials from batik and silk painting to oil paints. For over a decade, silk painting was Asch's primary medium. Her silk paintings can be found in many private and public collections and have been exhibited at the Pindar Gallery in New York, MPG Gallery in Boston and at the Cambridge Art Association among other venues.

Born in Hungary, Clare came to the United States when she was eight years old. She showed an early interest in art and went on to study art at LaGuardia High School of Music and Art in New York. She later studied art at the Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture and got her BFA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Asch received an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston in 2005. Clare teaches Color Theory and Fundamentals of Design at the New England Institute of Art.

Emily Atkinson received a B.A. in English and Anthropology and M.F.A . in Playwriting from Smith College and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in Electric Literature and the Huffington Post, and she has been a participant in the Colgate Writers’ Workshop and the Tin House Summer and Winter Writing Workshops. She is currently writing a novel and studying law at Boston University. Her interests include Elizabethan literature, especially Christopher Marlowe; magical realism and the supernatural in drama, the history of witch persecutions, forensic anthropology, and human rights law.

Emily Atkinson received a B.A. in English and Anthropology and M.F.A . in Playwriting from Smith College and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in Electric Literature and the Huffington Post, and she has been a participant in the Colgate Writers’ Workshop and the Tin House Summer and Winter Writing Workshops. She is currently writing a novel and studying law at Boston University. Her interests include Elizabethan literature, especially Christopher Marlowe; magical realism and the supernatural in drama, the history of witch persecutions, forensic anthropology, and human rights law.

John Bach is an award-winning magician who has been performing magic for over 25 years. He is a member of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Charles Bahne is a Boston historian and tour guide, and author of The Complete Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail. Charlie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in Urban Studies and Planning, focusing on urban history and tourism. He then worked in some of the city's historic sites and museums, and became a seasonal Park Ranger with Boston National Historical Park. He left the National Park Service in 1985 to publish his Freedom Trail book, which has now sold more than 400,000 copies. Since 1997, Charlie has also taught many Exploritas (formerly Elderhostel) programs about Boston and its role in the American Revolution.

Native Speaker, M.A. in Applied Sociology

I was born in Shiraz located in the Southwest of Iran. I earned my High School diploma in Persian literature. I left the country for the United State where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Applied Sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. I started working with the Iranian Oral History Project at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and later at Harvard School of Public Health where I completed many graduate courses in International Health policy. Since 2000, I have been teaching Persian, first at the Boston Language Institute, and later at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, where I enjoy teaching very much.

Parisa is an Iranian actor and director. She was born in Iran and grew up in Tehran. She has received her B.A in Theatre from the University of Maryland in and her Master of Fine Arts in acting and directing from the Regent University. During her career in theatre, she has worked in independent theatre productions, acting and directing by herself, mostly in her native language.

M.B.A., Yale School of Management

Jimmy Becker is the founder of FinanciallySpeaking.org. He provides customized financial literacy workshops and individualized financial coaching on topics such as: retirement planning and investing, college financial aid and student loan repayment, and developing healthy spending, budgeting, and saving habits. He earned an Economics degree from Brown University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. Mr. Becker has taught in many different contexts, including high school math, economics tutoring, and financial literacy classes and workshops to adults of all ages.

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