If we haven’t yet had a chance to meet, I’m Sue, the new Program Director here at Rain City Rock Camp. After four years of volunteering as a bass instructor, band coach, roadie manager, and photographer (and two years as the RCRC Graphic Designer), I am honored and thrilled to be stepping into this role!
I am most excited about moving back into working with a small, vibrant, arts non-profit; before working full-time as a graphic designer, I spent years as the Programs and Publications Manager at 826 Seattle (now The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas) creating and teaching creative writing programs for students ages 6-17 all over the Puget Sound region. That organization, like RCRC, uses creativity as a means to empower young people and encourage potential; I designed workshops on everything from shadow puppetry to break-up songs to explore and expand the boundaries of how our students viewed writing and themselves. As a performing and teaching bassist, building on that curriculum and program development experience musically, especially at RCRC, is a dream opportunity. And I even get to keep doing our graphic design!
A little more about me: I’m originally from Rochester, NY, although I’ve lived in the PNW for about a decade now; I studied bass and jazz/improvisational music at Lawrence University in Wisconsin (although I was an Ancient Greek major); I’ve played bass in a ton of different bands, and now, I mostly play jazz doublebass; My wife Sarah (a Montessori teacher) and I live in West Seattle, where we are lucky to have a killer view of sunrises; my previous job was the graphic designer for the awesome Central Co-op on Capitol Hill; I love pizza, dogs, baseball, and swimming in the ocean.
I can’t wait to work with everyone in this incredible community!