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Potomac Arts Academy Staff

Hello, it's a pleasure to meet you! We'd love to have the opportunity to talk with you in person. Contact us at any time. Take a peek at the short bios below to get to know us a little better.

Libby Curtis

Director, Potomac Arts Academy (click here)
Hello, I am the Director of the Potomac Arts Academy. I feel a great sense of honor and duty in bringing University calibre arts education at an affordable price to community members of all ages and levels. My background as a Soprano includes 20 years on faculty at Radford University and Virginia Tech, where I taught studio voice and was Assistant Director of Opera Workshop, along with having an active performance schedule including: Festival Miami, Northwestern University, and Interlochen. As part of the George Mason University family, I welcome you to join our thriving arts community through our many classes, programs and special events.


Mary Lechter Mary Lechter

Associate Director, Potomac Arts Academy (click here)
Hello, I am the Associate Director of the Potomac Arts Academy. As the Founder, President and Director of A Class Act – Acting for Young People & Adults, Inc. (AFYP) and Artistic Director for AFYP Stages, I am very excited to bring our excellent theater programs under Potomac's umbrella. I am also a proud member of George Mason University’s faculty, in the Department of Theater and School of Music. I belong to The Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actor’s Equity Association, The American Association for Theater Educators, Americans for the Arts, and the Educational Theatre Association. On behalf of Potomac, AFYP and Mason, I invite you to sign up for one of our outstanding performing and visual arts classes and programs.


Candy Neukam Candy Neukam

Marketing & Program Coordinator, Potomac Arts Academy (click here)
Hello, I am the Marketing & Program Coordinator for Potomac. Aside from running the daily operations of the office, I am also the contact person for the Instruments in the Attic program and Private Music Instruction. I am a member of the Friends of Music at Mason, a volunteer organization dedicated to scholarship funding and community awareness in support of George Mason University's School of Music. I am also currently pursuing my Masters in Arts Management at GMU. I encourage you to explore your inner performer/artist by registering for one of our many inspiring opportunities.


Matt Geske Matt Geske

Promotions & Website Coordinator, Potomac Arts Academy (click here)
Hello, I am the Promotions & Website Coordinator for Potomac.I was born on a farm in North Dakota. I received a full scholarship to Minnesota State University, where I earned a B.M. in Music Business and served as Assistant to the Performing Arts Series Director. I moved to Nashville for a marketing internship with EMI Records and received dance training at Vanderbilt University. I later moved to Michigan and joined the touring group NitroPraise as a dancer/ choreographer. I returned to Nashville, working as a retail manager and dance instructor, performing with local gospel musicians. After an extended trip through Southeast Asia, I moved to Washington DC and was hired by George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy. I am currently pursuing an M.A. in Arts Management from GMU. As a Friend of the National Zoo and National Arboretum, I believe in the connection between art enthusiasts and nature lovers. As a member of the Friends of Dance at Mason, I admonish you to unleash your inner artist by partaking of all that Potomac has to offer.


Alaina Talley Alaina Talley

Private Lesson Coordinator, Potomac Arts Academy (click here)
Alaina is a Northern Virginia resident and recent graduate of George Mason University. Graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts in Theater, Alaina has interests in acting, directing, and theater education. Her recent performance credits include Medea in Medea (GMU), Dora Strang in Equus (GMU), and Lychorida in Pericles (GMU). When Alaina is not on the stage, she is a Private Lesson Coordinator with Potomac Arts Academy as well as a Teaching Artist and Administrative Assistant with Acting for Young People. She looks forward to helping to coordinate an exciting semester of programs!



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