Bunny Hull has been inspired to share what she learned through a successful life in the music industry as a Grammy-award winning songwriter and vocalist, working with Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and writing for film and television. Although Bunny worked her entire professional life as a creative artist, she drew upon her business skills to administer a publishing company, BrassHeart Music which housed her music catalog and Dream A World, a children’s music and book company. The music and entertainment industries were her life until she was inspired by working with a group of children in 1994. At that time, her life took a turn she didn’t expect. It took years to become proficient in this new world – learning curriculum, school standards, incorporation and administrative regulations, and non-profit agility. She accomplished it impassioned by the children and the work itself.
Having studied dance from the tender age of three. Bunny is a poster child for the arts and why children need to be exposed to creativity at an early age. She is directly responsible for the design and implementation of all programming. She has a rich background in both music and dance. She 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. On May 3rd, 2015 Bunny was presented with a commendation from Mayor Eric Garcetti and the City of Los Angeles for the work she does through Dream A World Education.
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.
As the Director of Philanthropy, Leslie brings to Dream A World Education diverse experience from her work in the education and nonprofit sectors. She has been honored for excellence in community service program management and is dedicated to using her nonprofit development experience to benefit Dream A World and the children of Los Angeles. Leslie’s accomplishments include designing and teaching a kindergarten enrichment curriculum, coordinating resettlement services for immigrants from the Former Soviet Union, directing multiple senior services programs at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles including the SOVA Community Food and Resource Program, serving as Vice President of the national anti-hunger advocacy organization MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and serving as the Southern California Program Director of JBI International (The Jewish Braille Institute.) Leslie is a supporter of the arts, member of the Grammy Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center and is an avid concert-goer and fan of blues, cajun, zydeco, rock and roll, gospel and doo wop music. She was Vice Chair of the Los Angeles-based Doo Wop Music Hall of Fame where she coordinated outreach to students at LACES High School, the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. She is also a board member of the Menorah Housing Foundation, an agency providing affordable housing to seniors with very low incomes. Her late husband Mark was always by her side in all these activities and we all miss him.
Leslie is an Ohio native and a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned her degree in elementary education.
Michael McCartney has worked in the arts and in arts education for nearly 30 years.
In addition to being an award-winning screenwriter, Michael’s wide range of arts positions includes: acting coach, Theater Operations Specialist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District, teaching acting, screenwriting, filmmaking and production design at the New York Film Academy, and serving as faculty in the Film & New Media Department at the Idyllwlld Arts Academy.
Along with numerous film, theater and acting credits, Michael wrote, produced and directed the feature film “Roommate Wanted.” The film won Best Produced Screenplay at the Crimson Horror Film Festival and Best of Show and Outstanding Excellence in Directing at the LGBTQ UnBordered Festival. He also wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy web series “The Millionaires,” currently on Amazon Prime.
Michael helped launch the Sleepy Hollow International Film Festival where he serves as Artistic Director. He has volunteered for the Virginia Avenue Project, Young Storytellers, and is currently a proud Big Brother of America. He is thrilled to bring all of his experience to the Program Director position at Dream A World Education and is dedicated to improving children’s lives with the power of art.
An Ovation Award winning actress, Allison Andreas has been working professionally in the arts for more than 15 years. Select credits include: Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (Center Theatre Group), Romeo & Juliet (The Vagrancy), As You Like It (The Vagrancy), Melissa & Joey, Ghost Whisper, 8 Simple Rules, Malcolm in the Middle and Drake & Josh. Allison graduated from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre with a focus in Classical Acting. She has also studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Allison is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Northeastern University. Additionally, Allison holds a CA Single Subject Teaching Credential in English Language Arts.
Since 2017 Allison has worked as an Arts Administrator with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts creating curriculum and managing the day to day operations of their Theatre and Musical Theatre Departments. Allison is also a team member with the Theatrical Education Group working to provide theatrical services and resources to middle school and high school students in the Los Angeles area. She is very excited to be working with Dream A World Education!
LeAnn has been dedicated to helping students find the joy of learning for over 20 years, while working in Education and in EdTech. She graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and a minor in marketing. LeAnn comes from a family of educators, with her daughter being the newest educator in the family, as a newly credentialed elementary school teacher in Southern California. The arts have always been a passion of LeAnn’s. She has guided students down the road of learning, showing them that with knowledge, dreams can come true.
A native Los Angeleno, Brian is dedicated to helping students succeed in reaching their educational goals. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz where he minored in education and then earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Foundations from Cal State University Los Angeles. The arts have always been present in Brian’s life. As a community volunteer, Brian has worked on projects ranging from LA River Clean Up to assisting with food pantry distributions. He has been a role model in guiding students to set their pathways toward higher education--skills that will be valuable in supporting Dream A World’s mission and our young learners as they begin their journeys to future success. Brian is extremely excited to be part of the Dream A World team!
A 20 year veteran Special Education Teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Barbara has supported DAWE to develop and deepen program delivery to non English speaking children with special needs living in poverty. By using visual aids, conforming language and adaptivetools, Barbara has successfully supported full inclusive delivery to 4 years of her student population. Barbara is a valued and sought after educator for her gifts and expertise in special education. She has conducted individual and professional development sessions with DAWE administration and teaching artists and is readily available to support us with delivery throughout all of our campuses. (2015)
California State University Dominguez Hills/Complutense University, Madrid Spain-BA Spanish/French Literature. CSU Dominguez Hills-Special Education Mild to Moderate Credential
Arts techniques and adaptations for Students with Special Needs
Arts techniques and adaptations for Students with Special Needs
Holding a Masters in Clinical Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Michelle finds Art to be an astoundingly powerful magnet that encourages self-expression in ways that verbal communication may limit and believes art is a universal language with no boundaries in its ability to communicate the unspoken word. With her experience as a pre-school/early learning teacher, arts instructor, program development and clinician, she has had the ability to work with various populations diagnosed on the DSM-5. (2018)
Long IslandUniversity, BS Art Therapy
Long Island University, MA Clinical Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling,
New York State Board Certification