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Ingrid AlbrechtIngrid E.  Albrecht

Course(s): Watercolor

Ingrid Albrecht has a Fine Arts Degree from the American Academy of Art, and a MA and BS from Southern Illinois University. She is a nationally awarded artist and has taught workshops and classes globally. Her pieces were also recently exhibited at the Illinois Watercolor Society, the International Signature American Water Media Exhibition, and the National Watercolor Society.


Chantal Chuba

Course(s): Wheel Throwing I & II

Cate CurtisCate Curtis

Courses(s): Introduction to Bachata Dance, Introduction to Swing Dance

Cate is a life-long dancer with over 30 years of experience, beginning with ballet/jazz in her hometown of Seattle. After her first swing dance lesson in college, she fell in love with social dancing and has spent nearly 20 years learning and teaching many genres including salsa, tango, swing, and bachata. Now calling Chicago home, Cate is excited to continue spreading her love of dancing in a supportive and encouraging environment.

steven-fischer.jpgSteven Fischer

Course(s): Creative Writing

Steven Fischer is a two-time Emmy nominated filmmaker and Fulbright recipient. He is sought throughout Asia, North America, and Europe to speak on creativity. His film credits include the acclaimed animated documentary "Freedom Dance" with Golden Globe Award-winning actress Mariska Hargitay and "Old School New School," a personal study on creativity with Emmy-winning actor Brian Cox and Grammy Award winner McCoy Tyner among many other internationally acclaimed artists.

Since 2021, Steven has presented courses in acting, cartooning, video editing, and creative writing at Northwestern University's Norris Center.

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Elizabeth FowlerElizabeth "Lizzie" Fowler

Course(s): Wheel Throwing I

Lizzie is a Chicago-based Ceramic Artist who equally enjoys learning, making, and teaching. She started her pottery journey in 2018 at Penguin Foot Pottery, and currently teaches both children and adults at Lillstreet Art Center and The Digs Chicago. Lizzie is enamored with the making process, and she is a firm believer that creating art is an essential part of the human experience. As an instructor, her goal is to teach the technical skills necessary to empower each student to develop and execute their own unique voice. Lizzie’s recent body of work explores soda firing and the way in which pots in the kiln and people in the studio influence one another. She has a successful small business selling her work as Feuille Ceramics—catch her at craft fairs all over the Chicagoland area! 

mark gruberMark Gruber 

Course(s): Wine Appreciation, Modern Cocktail

A graduate of Northwestern, Mark Gruber has been teaching with Mini Courses for over thirty years. Mark is a local celebrity in the wine and spirits industry, and his students have returned time and again. 





anne howardAnne Howard

Course(s): Knitting

Anne Howard is a Northwestern alumna and is currently pursuing her master’s at Boston University. She has been teaching knitting with Mini Courses since 2003. Lately, she has been knitting a lot of socks and pretends food!




Jennifer HuangJennifer Huang

 Course(s): Classical Music Appreciation

Jennifer Huang is a Taiwanese-American conductor currently serving as Principal Conductor of the Northwestern Medical Orchestra and Music Director of the Merit School of Music Chamber Orchestra. Her most recent engagements include Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Symphony and Associate Conductor for the Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra. An accomplished violinist, pianist, and vocalist, Huang has performed under the baton of world-class artists such as Riccardo Muti, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, and David Robertson. While the majority of her work focuses on standard orchestral repertoire, Huang is also an active opera conductor and a strong advocate for new music performance, working closely with composers from around the world. As an educator, she is passionate about making classical music more accessible to listeners of all backgrounds. In 2016, she graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a dual degree in Molecular Cell Biology and Music, and in 2023 completed her Master’s in Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music.

Kevin HunterKevin Hughes Hunter

Course(s): Introduction to Dark Room Film Photography

My primary field is Chemistry where I am an Assistant Professor of Instruction. Outside of this, I have been practicing film photography for over 10 years. After developing an interest in the field in college, I have focused on medium and large-format photography, largely in black and white. I also have developed courses that focus on the chemistry of the processes involved in alternative film processes such as caffenol development and cyanotype printing.  

Brittany JenkinsBrittany Jenkins

Course(s): Pole Dancing I & II, Lap Dance

Brittany is a pole dancer, yoga instructor, personal trainer, and fitness mentor. She started pole dancing in 2007 and fell in love with the movement. Soon after signing up for classes, she quit her day job to become a pole dance instructor. Realizing that she couldn't teach pole full time, she started to cross-train in yoga and other fitness disciplines. Over the past 10 years, she has been certified in yoga, spin, barre, and became a certified personal trainer. She's gained knowledge from teaching a variety of people over the years from stay-at-home parents, students, and athletes, to the occasional celebrity. Seeing the enjoyment on her students' faces after a great class is why she loves teaching pole and fitness. The pole industry is fast-moving in the fitness world and has evolved so much over the years. Like yoga, pole is for everyone. There is a certain kind of freedom in the movement. Pole dance is a fun way to work out, enhance your flexibility, increase your strength, and reconnect you to your sensual self.

Margaret LoMargaret Lo

Courses(s): Shotokan Karate I & II

Shotokan Karate Mini-Course Margaret Lo, 3rd Dan Chicago Karate Club (“CKC”) has as its instructor Margaret Lo, 3rd dan of the Japan Karate Association. Lo sensei was born in Shanghai, China and came to the US as a child. She began Shotokan Karate training in Boston in 1988, and has been teaching karate since 1995. Lo sensei is dedicated to helping students improve intellect, strength and courage through karate. The CKC is a member of Shotokan Karate-do International, which is a US affiliate of the Japan Karate Association, the home of Shotokan Karate



Sam LoweSam Lowe

Course(s): Coffee Appreciation

Sam started his coffee journey in 2008 as a barista in his hometown of Greencastle, Indiana. His work continued through his time at Indiana University Bloomington, helping the coffee program at the Runcible Spoon Restaurant and Cafe. After moving to Chicago in 2014, he partnered with Allegro Coffee, opening 12 cafes before joining Allegro’s small-batch coffee roasting program as a roaster. In his time with Allegro, he led coffee evaluation courses, guest lectured at local coffee conventions, and traveled to coffee farms in Central America. Sam now works as a roaster and green coffee buyer for Evanston’s Backlot Coffee. 

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pattymarfise-patt.jpegPatty Marfise-Patt

Course(s): Wheel Throwing I, Handbuilding

Patty Marfise-Patt, a native Chicagoan and practicing ceramic artist, received a B.A. in History from Northern Illinois University in 1986 and an M.Ed. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994. She began working with clay at age nine at the Chicago Park District’s Ridge Ceramics Studio on Chicago’s south side and has enjoyed playing in the mud ever since! Currently, Patty serves on the board of the Glenview Art League board and teaches ceramics at Lillstreet Art Center. She is currently exploring ways to incorporate technology into her work.

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Lexi McKean

Courses(s): Asian Spirits Guided Tasting, Food and Wine Pairing

TJ NakanoTomoyasu Nakano

Course(s): Wheel Throwing I & II

Tomoyasu Nakano completed his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2021. His works focus on expanding his craftsmanship skills with ceramics, screenprint, and mixed media. Nakano enjoys expanding his artistic skills to incorporate other mediums into his art practice and considers the process of art-making as a path connecting with larger communities in the vast world of art. 

Tomoyasu Nakano was awarded the Bank of America Scholarship and the SAIC Presidential Scholarship to complete his BFA

Grace Philion

Courses(s): Introduction to Contemporary Dance

Tom RosenakTom Rosenak

Course(s): Public Speaking: How to Speak with Confidence and Impact 

Tom Rosenak is a senior consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience in leadership communication with a focus on the persuasive arts of sales, presentation, executive presence, and influence without authority. He works with clients to expand business performance through relationships, influence, and communication strategies. Tom is the author of Your Momentum Playbook – How to get unstuck and release greater flow personally and professionally. Tom’s coaching style is engaging, constructive and encouraging while ever challenging the participant to improve. He has broad client experience, from small not-for-profit, to Fortune 500 firms.

cross stichingRebekah Sigman 

Course(s): Cross Stitching

Rebekah has been cross-stitching for twenty years, completing projects ranging from one-nighters to a cross-stitched landscape that took six years to complete. She loves teaching others about what she considers the most accessible, customizable, and easy-to-learn craft! When not cross-stitching, Rebekah continues to be a lifelong learner – having recently completed the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises program at NU and regularly takes both piano and sewing lessons. Rebekah works in the Department of Communication Studies as the Undergraduate Program Administrator, where she has worked for six years. Additionally, Rebekah is the 2022-2023 Association of Northwestern University Women President.

Sylvia Tan
Sylvia Tan

Course(s): Wheel Throwing (Workshops)

A native Singaporean, Sylvia was a ceramic apprentice at Jono Pandolfio studio in New Jersey, and a ceramic instructor in Singapore. Her artwork includes sculptural and functional wheel-thrown pieces, all largely inspired by nature and animals. She is also the graduate assistant for arts and programming at Norris University Center. She holds a BS and MS in mechanical engineering with a minor in Art and is currently a PhD student at Northwestern's mechanical engineering department.

peter wujcik.jpgPeter Wujcik

Course(s): American Sign Language I & II

Peter Wujcik is a Licensed Deaf Interpreter, American Sign Language Instructor, and Theatrical ASL Director, born to Deaf parents. His ASL teaching credits include: Currently ASL Instructor, Teacher Assistance and Tutor at Columbia College Chicago since 2014, (8) years at Bell Elementary School, (5) years at the Art Institute of Chicago, and (14) years at City Colleges of Chicago (Wright College, Harold Washington and Olive-Harvey). He acted as Emcee for the 100 years celebration of the Chicago Chapter of the Illinois Association for the Deaf in 2008. His past theater experience includes ASL Consultant (for both actors and interpreters) for Bell School`s production of GUYS AND DOLLS JR and for Steppenwolf Theater`s THE WHEEL, TRIBES, THE WAY WEST, THE QUALMS, NIGHT ALIVE, THE HERD, GRAND CONCOURSE, and  CONSTELLATIONS. Also Sign Language interpreting for DePaul Reskin Theater`s PROSPERO`S STORM, THE KID WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT, CINDERELLA: THE REMIX and  JUNIE B JONES IS NOT A CROOK, and Eclipse Theater Company`s THE LITTLE FLOWER OF EAST ORANGE.