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.
A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Michelle began her career as an Actress, performing in many 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. Once she moved to L.A., she continued her career in television as Viola on General Hospital and many independent films. In Recent years, Michelle expanded her skills to become a lead program facilitator for Best Corporate Events. Drawn to children’s programming, Michelle worked with the non-profit: A Faery Hunt Theater as a teaching artist and developed and an 8 week acting program for preschool aged children. Prior to her position as program coordinator Michelle has been sharing her gifts as a dedicated teaching artist since 2015. She has been with Dream A World Education as Program Coordinator since 2016.
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.
Jessica Carma Winward is an arts administrator, a classically trained actress, experienced teaching artist, and a dynamic director. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Classical Theatre from Southern Utah University and graduated summa cum laude. Upon graduating she accepted an international two-year touring contract with Missoula Children's Theatre. She toured to 37 states and 5 countries performing, teaching, and directing just under 100 casts of various musicals. Since her move to the LA area she graduated from iO West's improv program and works with Center Theater Group, Disney Theatrical Group, The Geffen Playhouse, and A Noise Within.
Jessica has worked with the Pasadena Unified School District to create core aligned Theatre Arts integrated units and lessons across English Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, and History-Social Sciences for kindergarten through fifth grade. She also led multiple professional development workshops on how to apply the lessons. She has expertise in creating digital resources, teaching virtually and making lessons accessible for distance learning and has recently developed programs for the Special Needs Network, multiple school districts and a handful of nonprofits. Her experience with website development, creating virtual content, online curriculum, and organizing Zoom events and workshops makes her a valuable team member.
She is very excited to be working with Dream A World Education!
Megha Nabe is an administrator with experience working between program sites and clients in the U.S and overseas. She is also a performer/writer and educator with a focus on art for social change. Her talents identifying, building and managing relationships with key personnel in launching new endeavors and her artistic sensibilities make her uniquely qualified as Social Enterprise Coordinator.
After graduating with her MFA from the University of Iowa, she began the Drama Arts division of the Children’s Aid Society in Harlem, NY. She is also a company member of the Obie and Drama Desk Award Winning Flea Theatre in Manhattan. Megha is an experienced teaching artist, who has taught students ranging from 4 years of age through the college level, and specialized in working with kids in the special needs network.
Recently, Megha graduated with her CA Arts Standards Teaching Artist Certification from the Actors Fund. Always wanting to shape and inspire young minds, Megha has been a head mentor at the Young Storytellers Foundation for several years, and a mentor at Unusual Suspects Theatre Company. A fervent believer in arts inclusion and diversity promotion, Megha joins the wonderful Dream A World Team with the shared goal of providing arts access to every single child.
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