Community School of the Arts Instructors
Autumn Soto | BFA in Graphic Design | Ceramics
"I have always loved art and trying new creative mediums, but I fell in love with ceramics after taking classes at Austin Peay. I enjoy the long process of ceramics where you learn to understand the medium and all the work that goes into the finished piece at the end. I hope to help students find that same purpose and meaning with their own pieces."
Joanna Grisham | MFA | Creative Writing
"From my earliest memories, I was always creating characters and building worlds, but I didn’t know much about creative writing until I took an intro class in college. The first short story I ever wrote was in that intro class. My professor submitted it for a scholarship, and I won. I was shocked. I didn’t know anyone would care about anything I’d written. I had only ever written for myself."
Alyssa Amos | BA Theatre | Theatre
“Growing up a very shy kid, I found comfort in the stories and scripts I read, and absolutely fell in love with theatre as a form of storytelling and character building. If my favorite characters could be kind, brave, smart, outgoing- then so could I! Theater helped me grow into who I am today. My goal is to help guide younger folks to do the same.”
Sarah Spillers | BA Art Education | Painting
"I’ve always loved art; however, I did not find painting until I was a sophomore at Austin Peay. I believe this medium found me when I was ready to let go of my fear of making mistakes. Acrylic paint is forgiving, freeing, and an understanding material. Teaching gives me the opportunity to share my passion for creating with my students and I truly hope I am able to inspire them to do the same."
Galaxie Ruiz | BFA Studio Art | Youth Ceramics
"When I began to make art as a child, I was met with only positivity by family, peers, and instructors. I believe it's the main reason I continued to pursue art at all. As an instructor, I hope to inspire students in the same way. Ceramics in particular interests me because I feel like there is always something new to explore. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to share this excitement with my students."
Taylor Lorance | BS in Agriculture | Dance
"Dance has always been a meaningful and important part of my life, whether utilized for self-expression, an outlet for difficult emotions, or simply entertainment. My main goal as a dance teacher is to share the meaningfulness of dance with my students so that they too can experience the beauty of the art. I hope that they can also develop a passion for movement and utilize it as I have. Aside from these things, I want my students to have fun and look forward to learning and dancing more!"