Cody Knotts

Cody Knotts teaches film acting at Market Street Academy.   A modern day renaissance man, Cody has a history of accomplishments in a variety of fields.  He has written, produced, and directed four feature films, three of which have received distribution.  His best-known work, Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies, stars Roddy Piper, Kurt Angle, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Matt Hardy, Shane Douglas, Reby Sky, and Taya Parker, received limited theatrical release in the United States in the spring of 2014, and was screened at Cannes, Weekend of Horrors (Germany), and the Bram Stoker International Film Festival (UK).

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Cody ran and nearly won for State Legislature twice, having been outspent nearly 8 to 1.  He owned a newspaper for ten years which helped bring over 20 corrupt public officials to either justice or defeated from public office and helped free two individuals who had been wrongly accused of murder.

Cody grew up in Taylorstown, Pennsylvania– a small town of less than 600 people.  He has a lifelong commitment to public service and a passion for aiding small-town Pennsylvania residents reach their full potential.  As a young man, he was chosen by the Boy Scouts of America to be the first person to be awarded the Handicapped Awareness Merit badge because of his devotion to disabled students and his Eagle Scout project helped inspire Scouting for Food, a national program.  He also founded scholarship program for individuals who could not afford to join his fraternity, oversaw a homeless shelter, and founded an Adult baseball league.

In addition to teaching acting at Market Street Academy, Cody is partnering with the Academy staff and select students for his next film project, Gore Orphanage.  Based on an urban legend and set in the 1930s, this upcoming feature film will be shot in southwestern Pennsylvania and feature a cast of accomplished professional actors from Los Angeles and Florida working beside local youth.




Dustin Cramer

Dustin CramerDustin Cramer is a flutist in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, native of Uniontown. Twelve short years ago, Dustin began flute and piano studies. He has performed recitals throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia. Dustin is currently in the process of completing the Flute Performance program at Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA. He continues to study under the intelligent flute/life-changing tutelage of Rhian Kenny, Principal Piccolo of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. This past year concluded his final season as one of the Principal Flutists with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Lawrence Loh. During the summer of 2011, Dustin went overseas, touring with the orchestra throughout Italy: Milan, Zavattarello, Montecatini, San Gimignano, Florence and Rome. Dustin also teaches flute throughout Pittsburgh and Southwestern, PA. Pittsburgh is opening many opportunities, allowing him to perform new works by composers from Pittsburgh, Texas, and Italy, as well as collaborating with many talented and inspiring musicians. Dustin is welcoming passionate and curious flutists to come learn all about the flute together. Learning flute can be both exciting and daunting, but a guaranteed promise coming straight from the curriculum of Dustin’s studio is that no matter how overwhelming the task is, FUN is always the solution.

Nathan K. Lively

KyleNathan K. Lively is Director of Music Ministries at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania and teaches private piano lessons at the prestigious Fanny Falk Laboratory School in Pittsburgh.  A native of southern West Virginia, he began piano lessons at a very early age at Appalachian Bible College in Beckley, West Virginia, where he studied throughout high school.  At the age of ten, he began organ study and subsequently placed first in the state of West Virginia and second nationally in organ performance for three consecutive years of the American Association of Christian Schools competition.  He holds the American Guild of Organists’ Associate Certificate and is a regular recitalist throughout the eastern United States.  Recent venues have included:  the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Historic Bruton Parish (Williamsburg, Virginia), and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (Kingsport, Tennessee).  As a piano teacher, he tailors each student’s lessons to their goals, interests, personality, and abilities, fostering individual development artistically, technically, and personally.

Christina Brown Dickson

Christina Brown Dickson is a native of Brownsville, PA.  She has been interested in art since early childhood.  After graduating from college in El Paso, TX, Christina began teaching at the Fort Bliss Rec Center.  She went on to teach painting at McConnell Airforce Base in Wichita, KS.  Upon returning to southwestern Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty of Market Street Academy in 2014.

The bulk of Christina’s work has been commissioned portraits.  As a member of the National Herbal Society, she also enjoys painting florals and still life.  Her art shows include:  The National Road Festival, Fort Bliss NCO Club, the Cultural Arts Center and East Heights Methodist Church Bazaar in Wichita, and Emerald City Arts on McConnell Airforce Base.

Christina’s monthly group workshops in acrylic painting began in January 2014 at the Academy.  She also teaches sketching.  New students are always welcome in her classes and may join the group at any time.

Christina's first painting class at Market Street Academy

Christina’s first painting class at Market Street Academy

Dave Zuchowski

Dave Zuchowski (Wine Appreciation):  has been enjoying wine for many years. His interest in wine has taken him on tasting tours to wineries in Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, the New York Finger Lakes District, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula region and, of course, Pennsylvania.
He has served as a wine judge at the Pennsylvania State Fair and the San Antonio, Texas, Wine Competition. For several years, he had been a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Les Amis Du Vins, an organization whose goal is to provide a forum for the appreciation of wine and food.
As a writer he has contributed wine articles to the Harrisburg Patriot News, the Erie Times and the website of the Pennsylvania Wine Association. He continues to learn about wine by reading books and magazines on the subject and watching DVDs that address the topic of wine.

Fred Adams

Fred Adams (guitar, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting):  is a lifetime resident of Fayette County, Pennsylvania and a lifetime guitarist.  “I started playing guitar when I was eight years old, and haven’t put it down for 50 years.”  Fred has played just about every type of music in every setting, including rock, jazz, country, bluegrass, big-band standards, show tunes, and classical music in bar bands, theater bands, orchestras, jazz ensembles, and as a solo performer.   Trained as a guitarist by the late Ralph Dougal of Clarksville, and Dr. James Lucas, formerly of Washington & Jefferson College, Fred has a strong background in traditional music theory and performance.  He is also a songwriter and composer, having written theater music and songs for band and solo performance.  His original songs appear on his two CDs, The Doctor is In, and Searchin’ for a Vein.  Fred is a retired English professor from Penn State’s Fayette campus, and his Ph.D. in American Literature gives him a solid background in literature, especially writing poetry, which makes him a capable lyricist.

Frederick Lapisardi

Frederick S. Lapisardi (writing, theatre): blends a love for dramatic literature with practical experience in the theatre to teach, to stage plays, to publish numerous articles in national and international journals, chair workshops and present papers at conferences throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and publish books on W. B. Yeats and Eva Gore-Booth’s plays with the Edwin Mellen Press where he currently serves as a field editor and manuscript reader. Dr. Lapisardi’s PhD dissertation at NYU dealt with Yeats’s stagecraft, and his major emphasis was on modern drama with added focus on Irish theatre and British Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre. Although he taught in English departments at Niagara University, CUNY (Bronx), SUNY (Fredonia), and California University of PA, he has remained active in community, regional, academic, and professional theatre as dramaturg, playwright, actor, and director in America and Europe. He developed and, for 10 years, directed the professional writing programs at California University of PA. A Scholar in Residence at University College, Dublin, Dr. Lapisardi also served as literary advisor/dramaturg to the International Yeats Festival at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, as on site consultant for the Professional Summer Session Workshop productions at Pafos and Droushia on Cyprus, as actor, playwright, and director for IMISE productions in Venice and Naples, as director/actor/producer for the Yeats Festival Players at California University of Pennsylvania, and as workshop director and playwright for productions 64 Crayons Cultural Center.

Emily Lapisardi

Emily Lapisardi (voice, piano, Kindermusik):  Emily is a full-time pedagogue/performer with eight years’ experience teaching private lessons to a range of ages and levels of students of both genders.  She tailors her approach specifically to the goals and interests of each student. Emily holds a Bachelor’s of Music in vocal performance from West Virginia University (summa cum laude, WVU Outstanding Senior, Honors College J. and C. Nath Outstanding Senior, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships candidate). She regularly performs as a soloist in opera, oratorio, concerts, and recitals and has completed training through the Ezio Pinza Concil for American Singers of Opera in Italy, the American Singers’ Opera Project of North Carolina, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.  As a teacher, she completed a year-long vocal pedagogy course at WVU with Cynthia Bess which provided her with a thorough understanding of the anatomy and psychology of singing, as well as a systematic approach to the correction of vocal faults.  She was also a teaching artist at Propel East Charter School for Greensburg American Opera and directed the Old Economy Singers for six years.  Her students have successfully auditioned for the Eastman Summer Vocal Program for High School Students, the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill University, Point Park University, and for leading and supporting roles in school and community productions.  In addition to serving as faculty supervisor at Market Street Academy, Emily will begin her Master’s of Music in Sacred Music (organ) at Duquesne University in the fall of 2014.