THE TEACHING ARTISTS

Meet the creative people who have come together to Keep Kids Inspired.

Mr. D (aka Stephen Duffy)

FOUNDER & SINGING

Meet the creator, founder and inspiration of Mr. D's Music Club, Stephen Duffy. Mr. D tapped into the love and inspiration of music at an early age (7 and certain stardom would hit at 9). Only as an adult and well into parenthood did he fully realize the value of music in a child's life. Not only is Mr. D an accomplished singer/songwriter, he is, more importantly, a valued educator and mentor. He inspires the students he teaches to create an eclectic playlist in life that isn't always obvious. As a mentor to young Teaching Artists he always maintains the most important mantra: Make.It.FUN!

"Mr. D literally gives everything he has to his students and classes, and is cherished by my entire family. I suggest signing up for some of his VERY affordable online summer classes before they fill up."

  - Patricia B., San Rafael, CA

Molly Brennan

ACTING

Molly has worked in all aspects of theater including directing, stage managing, lights, sound and more. Molly loves being able to share her passion with the kids she teaches and show them how exciting acting can be. Sharing the joys of theater with Mr. D’s Music Club this summer will be a wonderful break from her usual life as a student at New York University where she studies Film and Television. Molly can’t wait to laugh alongside the campers as they play fun improv games and act out hilarious scenes together!

Francesca Carroll

CAMP COUNSELOR

This is Francesca's first year as a camp counselor at Mr. D's Music Club. She attended the camp for 3 years as a child and is excited to be back to work with and support kids as they pursue their artistic interests. Francesca is a flamenco dancer and filmmaker. She is currently working on a new script and will begin filming with friends this fall. Francesca is looking forward to being back at camp this summer, even if in a new and different role.

Saharla Vetsch

DANCE

Saharla is a freelance dance teacher and choreographer doing commercial hip-hop, contemporary, and modern. She is also drag King performer known as Major Hammy. Saharla's passion for dance is sure inspire kids of all ages as they move and grove to great music. Saharla loves working with kids because she sees how their confidence builds as they work through their dance routine and really start to feel the music in their bodies. Saharla is looking forward to getting back to dancing in person and see the kids shine.

Julie Pollack

ART

Julie received a BFA (Bachelors of Fine Arts) from the University of Michigan in Photography and Graphic design. After finishing her degree she moved to Paris, France to continue her studies in photography, painting, textiles, styling and design. Later she established a home decor boutique, which doubled as an art galley, in the heart of Paris (St. Germain des Pres area). After 13 and 1/2 years she returned to the USA. 

 

Julie has been teaching art at Mr. D's Music Club for 8 years and brings with her a wealth of creative ideas and projects for the kids each summer. Julie currently teaches art at Aurora School in Oakland.

Lilia Duffy

CAMP COUNSELOR

Lilia grew up at Mr. D's Music Club as one of it's earliest campers, Junior CIT, CIT and now Camp Counselor (she is also Mr. D's daughter). Lilia's enthusiasm for the arts propels the young campers to try new things and laugh along the way. A singer herself, Lilia graduated from Oakland School for the Arts in 2020. While at OSA she participated in performances with Kehlani, Daveed Diggs, and Dave Grohl. Lilia is excited to meet the new campers this summer and see some friendly faces from past camps as well.