Potomac Arts Academy Staff
Previous to this appointment, Libby - a lyric soprano - was on faculty at Radford University and Virginia Tech where she maintained an active performing schedule and developed thriving voice studios. She also served as Assistant Director of the Radford University Opera Ensemble and helped establish a successful touring program for the Ensemble into area public schools. Her other responsibilities included serving as Music Director for Radford University’s Main Stage productions of “The Boyfriend”, “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, and “Some Enchanted Evening”.
As an active soprano soloist, her performance schedule included Festival Miami, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Blacksburg Master Chorale, New Mexico Music Festival at Taos, and Northwestern University where she premiered “Symphony from Ivy Green”. This Symphony was written for her by her husband composer/conductor Mark Camphouse. She also premiered numerous works at College Music Society Conferences and served as adjudicator for Virginia State Honors Choir, Virginia All-State Choir, and District and Regional Choir Festivals.
Recording credits include “Little Girl Blue”, a collection of Rodgers and Hart songs and “Symphony from Ivy Green” with the University of Miami Wind Symphony. Libby and Mark have twin daughters, Briton and Beth, who are currently employed in the Northern Virginia area.
A graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater and Speech Communications, Mary has been working professionally as an actor in the Metropolitan Washington area, Los Angeles, and New York since 1985. She has worked at Washington area theaters including Theater of the First Amendment, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, and Source Theatre. Television, radio and film credits include ABC’s All My Children, Barry Levinson’s Avalon, Diesel Films’ Dracula’s Mother, the MGM/Lionsgate thriller Hit and Run, and several spots for NPR’s Morning Edition.
Mary is a proud member of George Mason University’s faculty in the School of Theater, and was named a 2013 “Teacher of Distinction”. She is a member of The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Educational Theatre Association.
MGTA was honored with a 2015 Business Partnership of the Year Award by the Prince William County School System, for innovative school partnerships that provided student workshops and teacher training in Game Design and programming. In 2015, Vera was a finalist in the Small Business / Entrepreneur category for the 16th Annual Women in Technology (WIT) Leadership Awards.
Vera brings to MGTA multiple established relationships in the mid-Atlantic region’s technology, arts, philanthropic, and public and private education communities. She has over fifteen years of administrative and managerial experience developing major new organizations, building strategic and tactical partnerships, and managing multiple cutting-edge national and international projects. Her professional activities include several years designing and coordinating international training programs and policy briefings for the International Research & Exchanges Board, in conjunction with multiple U.S. government agencies including USAID, USIA, and the U.S. Department of State.
Candy has always had an interest in the arts and has volunteered with Mason’s Friends of Music. She firmly believes in the connection between the arts and stronger communities. Understanding that the arts foster personal development and enhance quality of life, she is excited to combine her business experience with her lifelong love of the arts in order help Potomac reach more people in the area. She pursues piano as a hobby and enjoys all that the Washington D.C. area has to offer in the arts.
Born on a farm in North Dakota, Matt received a full scholarship to Minnesota State University – Moorhead, where he earned a B.M. in Music Business and served as Assistant to the Performing Arts Series Director. Moving to Nashville, he completed a marketing internship with EMI Records and received dance training at Vanderbilt University. Afterwards, Matt moved to Michigan to tour with the group NitroPraise as a dancer/ choreographer. He then returned to Nashville, working as a retail manager and dance instructor, performing with local gospel musicians. After an extended trip through Southeast Asia, he moved to the Washington DC area and was hired by George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy. Matt is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management from Mason. He is an avid member of the Friends of the National Zoo, Friends of the National Arboretum, and Friends of Dance at Mason, and he believes strongly in the connection between the arts and nature.
Originally from southwestern Virginia, Jessica relocated to northern Virginia to attend George Mason University. In 2011 she received her B.A. in Theater from GMU with a Minor in Event Management and Tourism. While an undergraduate, Jessica’s work as a stage manager, production manager, costume designer, properties designer, and as an actor would be seen in over thirty theatrical productions with the Mason Players. Jessica received her M.A. in Arts Management from GMU in 2012. She has an extensive background in the arts, working professionally as an actress, stage manager, and events planner with organizations in the Washington D.C. area such as Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and The Keegan Theater. Additionally she serves as the Production Manager for TEDxGeorgeMasonU, an annual independently organized TED event at George Mason University.
Kaity has an extensive background in the arts and education. She has taught children ranging from early childhood through high school-level for over seven years. In her time as a student at GMU, she participated in many stage productions as an actor, stage manager, and technician. Kaity served on the board for GMU's producing group, the Mason Players, for three years, and co-founded GMU's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honor fraternity. She received the Chris Parsons Achievement Award for her work with the theater department in 2010. Kaity has also worked professionally as a stage manager in the DC Metro Area.
Outside of the Potomac Arts Academy, Nerissa has begun working professionally as an actor and writer in the Metropolitan Washington area, appearing in the Netflix Television series House of Cards, performing in Pocket Change Theatre Company’s production of Midsummer on a Playground, and serving as the creator and writer of the international award winning webseries pilot, Versus. With her passion for writing, performance, directing and video game design she is determined to voice act and write for games in the near future.
Previous administrative experience includes running her own private violin studio, working as an intern at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and working as a student assistant in the Arthur Friedheim Library at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She is excited to be part of the Potomac Arts Academy team and is eager to bring our students the best arts experience possible.
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