Dream A World Education, Inc. is an organization dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children by utilizing the arts to develop critical thinking skills and cultural understanding.

Teaching Artist Bios

Bunny Hull

Founder – Vocalist/Musician/Songwriter/Dancer – Music (Professional Development for Administrators, Teachers & Parents)

Bunny Hull is the director of Dream A World Education, Inc. and is directly responsible for the design and implementation of all programming. Hull is a Grammy Award Winning songwriter with a background of 35 years in both music and dance. Founder of the Dream A World® educational entertainment company, Hull initiated her work with children in 1994 when she founded Kids Creative Classics, which later became Dream A World®, a company that has produced multi-media products for children that have garnered multiple awards including five Parent’s Choice Awards, two National Parenting Publications Award, a Dr. Toy Award, Children’s Web Award and a Parents Guide to Children’s Media Award.

As a songwriter she is perhaps best known for hit songs like 2008 Dove Award Winning song READY FOR A MIRACLE and Grammy Award Winning NEW ATTITUDE, which catapulted Patti LaBelle to the top of the charts in 1986 for appearing on the Beverly Hills Cop Soundtrack. Hull has earned more than 20 gold and platinum albums with songs and/or as a vocalist appearing on albums with Michael Jackson (Thriller), Quincy Jones, The Jacksons, Celine Dion, David Foster,Vanessa Williams and  on soundtracks and in films such as EVAN ALMIGHTY, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, LOSING ISAIAH, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, LEAP OF FAITH, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and K9. Her television soundtrack credits include NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, OPRAH, SESAME STREET, ANY DAY NOW, CHARMED and THE SIMPSONS, to name a few.

Hull presented her Professional Development “Building Classroom Community and Character  Through Music” to Montessori teachers at American Montessori Annual Conferences in 2013 and 2014 before packed audiences and her books and music are used in hundreds of Montessori Schools around the world. www.dreamaworld.com

Elayne J. TaylorElayn J. Taylor

Actress/Vocalist – Theatre Arts (Professional Development for Teachers)

As an actress, living and working in Los Angeles, Elayn has starred or co-starred in more than 80 stage, film, television and commercial presentations. On stage she starred as Lena Younger in A RAISIN IN THE SUN at the Ensemble Theatre, for which she won an award for Best Actress for their 2006-2007 season. For 17 weeks she played “Rose” in August Wilson’s FENCES at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and received a Best Actress “Ovations” award nomination for her work. Recent television appearances include ABC’s BROTHERS AND SISTERS, CBS’ episodic, JOURNEYMAN, and as guest star on an episode of HBO’s new series, TRUE BLOOD, created by Alan Ball. Elayn’s film appearances include SONY’s SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, YOU OWN ME, DEFILED, and HUMBOLDT COUNTY. Elayn has previously worked with Inside Out Community Arts.

Diane HsuDiane Hsu

Actress/Flutist – Music, Dance, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts (inactive)

Diane lives in Los Angeles and performed as a concerto soloist from the age of 11 with the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, The Northwest Chamber Orchestra and the University of Washington Symphony. Diane’s voice has been heard as Doris Rathbone in the family show, ADVENTURES IN ODYSSEY, THE MUMMY TRAILER, AND IN “MY ONE WOMAN SHOW PERFORMED BY CHINESE GIRL 5′ 7-1/2”. As an actress she has appeared in film and television on BOSTON LEGAL, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, SNAPDRAGON, TOTALLY BLONDE, JAMES BOND: LICENSE TO KILL, THE WEST WING, FAMILY MATTERS, SUNSET BEACH, BLOODLINES and more. Diane has Orff training certification and a BFA in modern dance performance from the University of Utah.

Anindo MarshallAnindo Marshall

Vocalist/Percussion/Dance – Music, Dance – East, South, Central & West African Dance, Dunham

Anindo began her musical and dance career in her homeland of Kenya as a vocalist, dancer and percussionist. She enjoyed a successful solo career in Europe as a vocalist, signing a recording contract with EMI Spain, and becoming known as Kenyas singing sensation. Anindo has performed with Babatunde Olatunji, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, among others. Today Anindo is a certified Dunham Technique instructor teaching all over the world, at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Dance Dimensions, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Occidental College, LMU, LACSHA and at Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC.

Dr. Dawn NorfleetDr. Dawn Norfleet

Flutist/Vocalist – Music, Visual Arts

Dawn Norfleet grew up in the Los Angeles area, nurtured by a musical family. After graduating from Wellesley College with a major in music, she attended Columbia University, where she earned a Masters in Musical Composition and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology. While conducting her doctoral research on the thriving underground hip-hop scene of New York City, “Dr. Dawn” also began her professional career as a jazz flutist, vocalist and composer. She has worked with a variety of musicians, including Jeff Lorber, and Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, and she has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, accompanying R&B star, Monica. She is currently producing her second musical recording–an exciting mélange of creative jazz, lively funk and eclectic world beat. Dr. Dawn has served as a musical educator and advocate for quality public arts programming for youth. She is a Teaching Artist with the Los Angeles Music Center and has given educational concerts at the Grammy Museum and Skirball Center. A respected vocal coach, she enjoys mentoring high school youth through an initiative sponsored by the NAACP.

Babe EvansBabe Evans

Actress/Vocalist – Theatre Arts

Babe Evans’ extensive theatre experience in Southern California includes acting and producing, often on projects that reflect her passion for working with youth. Former president of the Burbage Theatre Company, she also was the Artistic Director of 4305 Village Theatre. At Highway Performance Space, she collaborated with curator Kevin Spicer to produce a series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the lynching of Emmett Till, and in conjunction with National Children’s Book Week, she produced “Ears are Burning, Children are Learning” for the California African American Museum. For the NAACP, she served as Assistant Director for the 2005 Theatre Awards Ceremony; and that same year, she co-produced the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival as well as the Mother’s Day Concert at the Madrid Theatre. As the Women’s Theatre Festival’s Director of Education, she played an integral role in developing a partnership between that organization and the LAUSD. Her recent television credits include a recurring role on the critically acclaimed ABC Family show, “Lincoln Heights.” Babe is a member of African American Women for Peace and Justice, is married to actor, Art Evans, and is a proud mother.

JoselynSmileWeb2Joselyn Wilkinson

Dance/Music – Dance (inactive)

Joselyn Wilkinson is a musician, percussionist, songwriter, dancer and theatre artist who has performed professionally for over fifteen years throughout the nation. Her specialty as an arts educator is in teaching performance skills and facilitating the creation of original work. She graduated with honors from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures, where she was inspired by studies with Urban Bush Women, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Garth Fagan Dance Company. After extended tours of study in West Africa where she studied with master drummers of Ghana and Senegal, Wilkinson founded ADAAWE, women of the voice and drum. With ADAAWE she toured the U.S., and performed at local venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, John Anson Ford Amphitheater and Grand Performances. As a solo artist, Joselyn has released two original albums, which garnered rave reviews and strong independent radio play. She has lent her voice to such projects as the film, “Dark Streets,” and Keziah Jones’ upcoming album “Afronewave.” Wilkinson has developed and taught arts curriculum independently in many public and private schools in Southern California. She worked with at risk youth, creating original theater and music performances with Inside Out Community Arts, the HeART Project and other leading arts organizations for over ten years. In 2010-2011, Wilkinson was awarded an Artist-In-Residence Grant by Los Angeles County’s Department of Cultural Affairs. She is currently developing curriculum incorporating arts integration and brain-based learning through her new organization, Center Space Education.

Iona MorrisIona Morris

Actress/Writer/Vocalist – Theatre Arts

Iona Morris… writer, director, actor, poet, teacher, singer and voice-over talent has recurred on 10 plus T.V. shows – Moesha, The District, As The World Turns, to name a few.  She has guest starred on LAW & ORDER: L.A., Cold Case, Lincoln Heights, The Shield, Star Trek: Voyager and a lot more.  Film credits include Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, Ride or Die and her animation credits are long and varied, Storm from the  X-Men cartoon series, Medusa in the Fantastic Four, etc., etc.

In Theatre, Iona has won 2 Hollywood NAACP Theater Awards, two DramaLogue Awards and a Best Ensemble Award from the Drama Critics Circle Award for the play IN THE RED ‘n BROWN WATER, at The Fountain Theatre.

Iona coaches actors in creating their own one-person show and has directed many like Blair Underwood (“IRONSIDE”), Kim Wayans (“IN LIVING COLOR”), Penny Johnson Jerald (“CASTLE”) and the list continues.  She has also done a lot of volunteer work with children, working with the HerShe Group (Foster care girls) for 4 years and 2 years in New York working with inner-city kids opening up their imaginations so they could create a play with stories and poetry she inspired them to write.

277585_255812871095930_2647563_o-1Tomoka Nomura-Jarvis

Music: Flute, Saxophone – Visual Arts

Originally from Gifu, Japan, Tomoka earned a Bachelor of Arts (Cum Laude) from Buffalo State College and a Masters in Music from the State University of New York at Buffalo in saxophone performance.  While maintaining a private teaching studio for small children to adults, Tomoka performed or was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Dortmund Symphony Orchestra (Germany), and Bemus Bay Pops.  In Jazz and Latin settings, she performed for numerous music festivals such as the Queen City Jazz Festival, Lewiston Jazz Festival, M&T Plaza Concert Series and Hispanic Heritage Festival.  For more than a decade, Tomoka worked with Armed Forces Entertainment, performing in over 40 countries for soldiers, ambassadors and other diplomats at U.S. embassies and military bases. Among the countries visited were Kuwait, Kosovo, Ecuador, Germany and Mozambique, just to name a few.  Tomoka has performed extensively for the Young Audience Program and Lecture Series for students in Western New York. She also has experience in musical theater, having been hired for pit orchestra and on-stage playing.

Tomoka Nomura-Jarvis’ previous non-musical activities include working as a translator for the Kanazawa sister city program, as well as working in Texas providing medical translation between young asthmatic patients, their families, and health care professionals.  Tomoka has worked extensively for an antique and art dealer specializing in Japanese artifacts, plus she achieved a high proficiency category in the art of Japanese calligraphy.

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Singer/Songwriter/Actress – Music – Theatre Arts

Phylliss Bailey Brooks, a native of Los Angeles realized her passion when her wise mother enrolled her in USC’s prestigious Children’s Institute For The Performing Arts at the tender age of 7. There she was introduced to classical studies of piano, voice, theatre and dance.

Phylliss  has composed songs for original stage pieces including productions of “Brand New Day”, “Men’s”, “Out Of The Mouths Of Babes”, and “Soul Ranger”. Theatre credits includes “Jelly’s Last Jam” at The Mark Taper, Little Shop Of Horrors at The Long Beach Civic  Light Opera, Ain’t Misbehavin’ at The Westchester Playhouse“ and “Proud” at The Henry Street Settlement Theatre Off- Broadway, in which she received NY’s “Audelco” Award nomination for Best Actress for her work.  She has served as Musical Director and/or Vocal Arranger/Director for productions of “Eubie” and  “Fats”, at the Ivar Theatre, “Out Of The Mouths Of Babes” at The Cast/Circle Theatre, “Jungle Bells” at The Actors Gang,  and “Mens” at The Geffen Theatre, in which she was nominated for Chicago’s “Jefferson” award for Best Original Music.  Phylliss has also received 2 Hollywood NAACP Theatre awards, as well as three 3 Los Angeles Dramalogue awards for theatre. Also, Phylliss is presently the Vocal Director and member of the popular all women, international  drumming and vocal group “ADAAWE”.

Her recent television credits includes the voice of “Birdie” on the syndicated animated series, CBS’s “Creature Comfort”.  Having majored in Television /Film Production, she is able to maintain a career working behind the television camera, and in her senior year at USC, Phylliss was hired as the first woman Boom Operator to work on groundbreaking network television series such as “All In The Family”, “Good Times”, “The Jefferson’s”, “One day At A Time”, “Who’s The Boss”, “Charles In Charge”, “Diff’rent Strokes”, Rosanne”, “In Living Color”, “Mad Tv”, and most recently, Disney’s “Ant Farm.”  She dedicates the joy in all that she does to her hero, her mother, Dorothy Lee Bailey.

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Ashley Maher

Vocalist/Songwriter/Musician – Music

ASHLEY MAHER** is an original — a singer-composer-bandleader who lives in the industrial West yet is truly at home with African and other world music traditions. Her highly individual and infectious brand of world/mbalax/folk/jazz has gained her an international following, five acclaimed albums, and performances with many major African icons. She has performed internationally for over two decades. (**”Maher” rhymes with “star.”)

Since 2008, when Youssou N’Dour flew Ashley to Senegal to rehearse and perform as a sabar dancer for his shows in Dakar and Paris, Ashley has single-mindedly focused on building a musical bridge with Senegalese mbalax. Her fifth 2010 release, AMINA, produced by Cameroon’s Andre Manga, features five key members of N’Dour’s “Les Super Etoiles,” alongside LA’s finest world musicians. Since 2008, Ashley has traveled to Senegal over ten times, developing a world-class live show with Dakar’s top mbalax musicians and dancers, releasing two singles from AMINA, recording two new singles, filming four videos, and cementing her standing as a unique “Ambassadrice” for Senegalese mbalax in the global marketplace.

Danya-thisoneDanya Schwartz
Drummer/Vocalist/Dance – Music/Dance

Dañya is a multi-talented, multi-lingual, international percussionist, singer, and dancer whose life-long passion for music, dance, language and cross-cultural education has propelled her to travel the world. She has performed and studied in Cuba, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, South America, West Africa, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.

Dañya’s vibrant and passionate performance style, combined with her professional background as a California Certified Interpreter (Spanish and Portuguese) and scholar of African and Latin based folkloric traditions, result in rich, textured, performances, each one a memorable experience.

Skilled in a wide variety of musical and performing styles, Dañya has performed with several son and rumba groups in Cuba and has recorded with members of The Septeto Nacional De Cuba. She has also performed with Frankie Avalon, The Go Big Daddy band, Wayne Foster Entertainment, Rhythm Slam, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Goldie, A Rick James Tribute Band, Moacir Santos, Adaawe, Makina Loca, Harriet Shock, Coughlin and Reed, Swing Brazil and many others. She also appeared as a percussionist in the parade, “Eureka, A California Adventure” at the Disney California Adventure theme park. As a freelance artist, Dañya performs with several local orchestras, plays for Afro Cuban dance classes in the Los Angeles area, and has appeared in films, commercials, and television shows, including “Living Out Loud”, “Exit to Eden” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”, “Hundai Sonata”, and “The Bill Cosby Show.”

Danya has worked as a teachers’ assistant for a bilingual classroom of 1st grade students, a substitute teacher for The Culver City School District, worked  worked with youth at Camp Kilpatrick and at the Raven Drum Foundation and taught private drumming to children. She has taught all subjects including dance and music.to elementary thru high school students. With her adept faculty for crafting cultural immersion experiences utilizing music, dance and the arts, Dañya creates a bridge to cultural understanding and love.

Lauren croppedLauren Watanabe                                                               

Music/Violin – Visual Arts (inactive)

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lauren has been active in the arts since childhood, with experience playing classical music and dancing Modern, Ballet, and Dunham Technique.  She attended the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a Music Major, and graduated Occidental College with a Bachelor’s in History.  She has played with the LACSHA Symphony Orchestra and the Occidental-CalTech Symphony, and has performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Disney Hall.  She has experience with the arts of Japanese Calligraphy and Chinese Watercolor.  Currently, she is studying to receive her Master’s in East Asian Medicine at Alhambra Medical University.  Lauren’s past involvement in Arts education include teaching private violin lessons to local public school students in the Alhambra School District,  as well as being Project Manager for after-school visual arts programs AAA (Arts, Achievement and Appreciation) and HEARTS (Happily Engaging in the ARTS), which were supported by Occidental College and LA’s Best.

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Actress/Vocalist – Theatre Arts

A NYC native, Michelle performed the lead in off-Broadway productions including Spiritwoman at the Harold Clurman Theatre, Down Home Sausage Meat with the Negro Ensemble Company, and Space Trek: A Musical Parody at the Chelsea Playhouse. On the Los Angeles stage, she has had the privilege of playing Queen Faery Fand in The Faery Hunt, the longest running children’s show in LA as well as Lady M in MacBeezy at Kinghtbridge Theater, Miss Nanalu Branch in the Award winning Bluebonnet Court at the Hudson Theater, Aphrodite in the premier LA theatrical production of Carpe Dream at the Theatre District, the lead role of Murray in LAME: the Musical at The Stages Theater and the musical Once Upon a Primetime at the Powerhouse Theater in Santa Monica.

She was also seen on many film and TV productions including: Viola on General HospitalHannah MontanaConversations with God directed by Stephen Simon, Medical InvestigationStrong Medicine,Bold and the Beautiful, The Girls Next Door, the suspense short Water Falls and Florida At Night .

Michelle is committed to children’s programing and has created theater classes for preschoolers with The Faery Hunt. She has also written and produced family friendly shorts: Yogurt GirlSoul Mates and the upcoming Three with her production company Kissing In A Tree Productions.

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Tiffany Abril

Actress/Vocalist – Theatre Arts

Tiffany Abril hails from Ohio where she graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Social and Behavioral Science. Ultimately pursuing a career as an singer and actress she has a background in television, film and theatre including roles in CHICAGO, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. LITTLE RED, MEMORIES OF RAGTIME and GOSPEL MEETS SYMPHONY and has performed for Disney and Royal Caribbean cruise lines in productions including THE GOLDEN MICKEY'S, HERCULES THE MUSE-ICAL AND DISNEY DREAMS. She has just released an EP entitled "Touched."  Tiffany has a passion for working with children, having worked in New York Public school systems and and Atlanta based organization, Seeds for Life.

claricecast3.1Clarice Cast

“One World” Drum and Percussion

Clarice Cast, native of São Paulo, Brazil, earned a Bachelor of Music from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in World Percussion from the California Institute of the Arts. She has been nominated for the 58th Grammy Awards in the category of “Best Arrangement Instruments & Vocals” with the sophisticated Lado B Brazilian Project’s debut album. Clarice has always been fascinated and influenced by a diversity of musical styles, and it has been her driving force to learn, perform, write, and teach these styles. Besides being an active performer, and maintaining a private teaching studio for students of all ages, Clarice teaches at a variety of educational programs in the Los Angeles area and is a regular clinician at colleges, universities, and percussion festivals around the United States.

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Music/Vocalist – Visual Arts

Jennifer Wabich is from Victoria, B.C. Canada!  She started playing piano by age 4, saxophone by age 10, and picked up flute, oboe, clarinet, and tuba in the passing years.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Victoria. She taught at the Victoria Conservatory of Music Jazz Workshop and St. Michael’s University School’s Jr. Jazz Workshop as well as teaching elementary and middle school students and accompanying church choirs.

Now residing in Los Angeles she has performed with children’s music groups such as Birdie’s Playhouse, Jenny & Jason, produces an annual children’s concert sing-a-long of Charlie Brown Christmas and is on faculty at the Rhodes School of Music, teaching their “Mini Music” program for children under 5.

Jennifer co-leads jazz quintet, Thelonious Monkey as keyboardist, soprano, alto saxophonist, lead vocalist, arranger and composer performing in famed local spots like the Baked Potato.  Jennifer can be heard in background vocals and keyboard tracks with Margo Rey and John Oates, and backing Pink Power Ranger, Elle tu Four.  She has also performed with American icons such as Brian Johnson (ACDC) and Jason Paige (Pokemon Theme Song).

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Dance

Nateli M. Ruiz, is a hispanic, St. Croix native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, graduated from Jacksonville University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program for Dance in Jacksonville, FL. She has been dancing since the age of four, starting at Music in Motion then at the age of five, continued her training at Pointe Dance Academy.

Professionally she has had the opportunity to work with American Ballet Theatre II, David Parsons, Jennifer Muller and Rosero Mccoy, Debbie Allen and Disney Parks, where she danced with Mariah Carey.  A pivotal moment in Nateli’s career was when she made her debut in her first film “Bessie” featuring the talented actress/icon Queen Latifah.

Nateli continues to share the skills she’s learned in dance, teaching a variety of styles at studios around the country spreading her profound love and passion for dance. Natalie will be teaching Dance In America for Dream A World Education.

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