Meet the Arts Alive Faculty!


The faculty of artists teaching at arts alive are of the best in their field, recognized locally, nationally and internationally.  Working as full time professional artists and University instructors, this group eat, sleep and breathe the arts!


Visual Arts Faculty

Musical Theatre Faculty


Visual Arts

Earl Lehman is a full time professional working artist.  In the past he has been named “Artist of the Year” by NEIU, was awarded the prestigious F. Lammont Belin Scholarship, received the Best Art Exhibition of the Year Award for his show of 75 paintings at the Everhart Museum, has received scores of other awards and is prized for his work.  On top of this, he continues to teach widely in schools, museums, and community settings all across the Commonwealth.


Elizabeth Parry-Faist is a photographer and mixed media artist from Factoryville, PA. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut in 1997 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1995. In 2005 she was awarded Arts in Education “Artist of the Year” by NEIU.  Her pieces have been exhibited in places such as: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Everhart Museum, Afa Gallery, WVIA, ARTWORKS! gallery, The John Slade Ely House, Quinebaug  College, South Shore Art Center, University of Bridgeport, Erector Square Gallery, The William Benton Museum of Art and Hunter College.

Gina Rice is a Pottsville native.  Studying at Penn State, Gina earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in painting and drawing in 1992.  She taught high school for 11 years, while also teaching ceramics and jewelry making at a summer program for Schuylkill County Council for the Arts. In 2011 Gina earned her Masters degree in sculpture from Marywood University.  Since then Gina has taught college level courses at Marywood University, Misericordia University, and Penn State University Wilkes-Barre Campus. Additionally Gina sells jewelry at boutiques in Pennsylvania and online at

Skip Sensbach received his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication from Kean University and worked as an award winning graphic designer in New Jersey. He began working in clay in 1994 and opened Green Dog Pottery in Dallas, PA in 1998. His studio work focuses on functional and sculptural pieces. In 2010 he graduated from Marywood University with an MFA in Ceramics and was awarded the Ruanne Graduate Award for Artistic Excellence. He teaches ceramics for Marywood University and Misericordia University and is currently serving as Artist in Residence at Misericordia University.

Musical Theatre

Joanne Arduino has been teaching, directing and producing dance and productions in NEPA for over 30 years. She is the Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre of Scranton and has studied and worked extensively locally, as well as nationally and internationally. Joanne is very involved in arts in education and community partnerships, serving on many panels and boards of directors. She has been on the faculty of Arts Alive for over a dozen years.

Colin Holmes is very excited to be joining Arts Alive again! He is originally from Scranton, but has since relocated to Baltimore, Maryland. Colin has been performing since he was 6 years old and has performed in various theaters and theater companies throughout that time. Recently, he has been working more on film and television projects. Film credits include: The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio, The English Teacher starring Julianne Moore, Higher Ground starring Vera Farmiga, and Perks of Being a Wallflower. Television credits include “Alpha House”, “Veep”, “House of Cards”, and “Law and Order SVU”. Colin recently sang back-up for many well known singers, such as Jessie J, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Eminem, and Carrie Underwood, as part of HBO’s “Concert for Valor”. He is thrilled to be returning to Scranton to support the NEIU with their Arts Alive program!

Billye Kubiak’s performing credits include Broadway (principle and ensemble roles), television, and industrials.  She directs and choreographs musicals and show choirs for elementary, junior high and high school students. Billye also conducts musical theatre lectures and motivational workshops for children and educational professionals.  Striving to provide a curriculum that is educational, inspirational and fun, one of her strengths is her ability to design a program that is appropriate to the skill level and needs of the children she is working with.


Theo Lencicki, a proud graduate of the Arts Alive program, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Dance from Penn State University. He has performed in regional theatres across the country as well as four national Broadway tours which include Hairspray, A Chorus Line, Young Frankenstein and most recently West Side Story playing the role of Riff. In addition to performing Theo has also directed and choreographed at both collegiate and high school levels and has taught in NEPA school districts as a resident artist.

Erin Malloy has been singing and dancing since the age of four. Growing up in Scranton, she studied dance at Ballet Theatre of Scranton and performed with many local theatres. At eighteen, she moved to New York City to pursue her professional career. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and began touring the US in “A Chorus Line” as Maggie. Since then she has performed at many well known regional theatres such as Arena Stage (Washington, DC), Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) and many more. She last toured America with the legendary Ann-Margret in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”. She has sung back-up for many well known singers such as Beyonce and Josh Groban. She is thrilled to be teaching for Arts Alive here in her hometown.


Maura Malloy is a director/choreographer, actor and educator based in New York City. She was awarded an American scholarship to study classical acting at the Royal National Theatre in London and also dance at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Martha Graham School in New York City. Maura has performed Off-Broadway and regionally in numerous roles. Lately she has been performing a one woman show, The Syringa Tree, by Pamela Gien. She has co-developed many performing arts programs over the last 15 years.  Maura also works as a private coach and instructor and is looking forward to another Arts Alive summer!


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