Matthew Travisano and Salome Milstead are Bay Area high school educators and working artists. They have taught in public high school, college and university art and literature departments over the past twenty years. As highly driven life-long learners, Salome and Matthew seek to expand their knowledge and practice in their respective fields. After years of co-teaching and writing curriculum together, they have decided to take their best practices and their love of their arts and spend two weeks making art with a collective of brilliant artists from different genres and at different points in their careers. This is their second year of offering this summer camp program.
Salome Milstead is an educator, filmmaker, and visual artist who has facilitated student-centered art making with an emphasis on short narrative & experimental filmmaking, animation & installation for over thirty years. During her undergraduate studies at Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts, Salome had her first taste of supporting a student-centered art practice in a young artists' theater company. Since that time, Salome has continued to work on student productions including teaching animation and experimental filmmaking through the Young Artist Program at the San Francisco Art Institute, editing classes at the New York Summer Film Institute in San Francisco, experimental filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, and as a department director in the Media Department and an English faculty member at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Some of her documentary credits include work on Telling Pictures' Paragraph 175, Deann Borshay Liem's First Person Plural, Veronica Selver's KPFA On The Air, and co-producer on Dawn Logsdon's Faubourg Treme. In recent summers, Salome has worked on the iMovie engineering team at Apple, run a summer movie-making and horseback riding camp at Heather Hill Riding Center, and travelled with her two sons.
Matthew Travisano Matthew Travisano is a San Francisco-based educator, theatre artist, and playwright. He is currently the Chair of the School of Theatre and is on the faculty of the English Department at Oakland School for the Arts. Previous to his arrival there he taught arts and academics at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and the Academy of Arts and Sciences in San Francisco. He holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley where he specialized in the the study of poetry generally and the literature of the Middle Ages in particular. For the OSA School of Theatre he developed a text-based approach to actor training and has also taught courses in directing, aesthetics, and theatre history. At OSA he has directed mainstage productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, A Raisin in the Sun, Three Sisters and Trojan Women (in his own world premiere version). In the spring of 2015 he curated a festival dedicated to the work of Samuel Beckett and directed Engame, Play, Not I, and Rockaby. He heads up the School of Theatre's playwriting program and serves as the artistic director of its New Works Festival. He is currently at work on a new version of The Oresteia, the entire cycle of which will be presented at OSA in the spring of 2017. His adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts and his original play Salome have received full productions in the Bay Area. In his English courses Matthew focuses on hermeneutics, literary theory, Old and Middle English, literary translation, poetics, and theories of the novel. He is currently developing a course specifically in literary theory for OSA which will debut in the fall. Recently Matthew was appointed to an advisory position at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. In this role he will be developing curriculum to assist high school students access the museums' holdings of pre-modernist European painting and sculpture at the Legion of Honor.