Bios of the 2012 Visiting Artists


Lon Church, Dance and Creative Movement

Lon Church, Artistic Director of Winterblue Theatre, choreographer, and teacher, most recently directed Macbeth with the Freeport Shakespeare Festival this last fall.  He is also founder and director of Summerblue Arts, a northern Minnesota visual and performing arts program for youth, now in its 16th year.  His website is


Molly Haley, Video Documentary

Molly Haley is a writer, photographer and freelance radio producer from Portland, Maine. She has a BA in Spanish from The University of Maine at Orono and completed the graduate program in radio storytelling at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She happily works at The Telling Room, Portland's non-profit writing center for kids.


Jo Israelson, Video Documentary

Jo Israelson is a Portland native who is a sculptor and videographer with degrees in Deaf Education, Sculpture, Imaging and Visual Arts and just got her real estate license.. She facilitates the Movie Maker Camp. She attends the Pipe Creek Meeting in Uinion Bridg eMD where she resides and works in her Firehouse Studio. She is currently sculpting a stone piece for a local library. Read more about Jo's projects here:,,


David LaGraffe, Improv

David LaGraffe is the artistic director of Portland Playback Theatre, a company using structured improvisation to portray stories from the audience. He has trained with Keith Johnstone and Improv Boston and taught acting and improvisation to adults and children for over twenty years.


Anne Sibley-O'Brien, Portraiture

Anne Sibley O’Brien is a children’s book creator who has illustrated thirty picture books. With her grown son, Perry O'Brien, she co-wrote After Gandhi: One Hundred Years of Nonviolent Resistance (Charlesbridge), a non-fiction book for 10 years and up, which won the 2010 Maine Literary Book Award and was named one of the "Notable Books for A Global Society" by the International Reading Association. Learn about Anne's other projects on her website ( and blog, Coloring Between the Lines (


Martin Steingesser, Poetry

Martin Steingesser, Portland's first Poet Laureate (2007-09), is author of a book of poems, Brothers of Morning. He's been teaching poetry workshops in Maine schools for 30 years and was awarded Maine Alliance for Art Education's Bill Bonyun Award 2006 "for exemplified talent as an artist and being an inspiration to students, teachers and the community." He likes best that one of his elementary school students thinks his work is beauty. "It moves you," she said. "He brings you over the bridge to poetry. (Website: