Adjunct Faculty

Carlene South,


Masters in Elementary Education, Texas State University, BA, English Literature and Drama, Texas A&M University
Teaching at Griffin since 2014
"Using materials from the natural world is an intimate process by which we learn about properties, utility, and aesthetics, ultimately transforming our perceptions and our very relationship with nature."

Cory Ryan,

Photography & Yearbook

B.A. Film & Video Production, B.A. Broadcast Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Teaching at Griffin since 2016
"To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place . . . I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." ~ Elliott Erwitt

Ciara O’Rourke,


B.A., Journalism, French, Western Washington University
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
"Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.'" —Jef Mallett

Da’mon Stith,

Warrior Arts

Mestre and Director, Capoeira
Teaching at Griffin since 2009

Katy Levit,


B.A., English, Studio Art, Tufts University
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
"In the end no one can sell you what you need. You can't buy it off the shelf, you got to grow it from the seed." -Chris Smither

Meagan Ciongoli,

Comics & Sequential Art

B.F.A. Illustration, Maryland Institute College of Art
Teaching at Griffin since 2016
"Folks tell each other stories with words and pictures virtually from the age where they can first grip a crayon, and it’s my firm belief that anyone can and should continue to do it. Draw until you can no longer keep from drawing."

Megan Carney,

Industrial Arts

M.A., Architecture, University of Texas at Austin (incomplete), B.A., Photography, St. Edward’s University
Teaching at Griffin since 2017
"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." - Paul Rand

Niku Arbabi,

Fiber Arts/Sewing

Teaching at Griffin since 2016

Nicole Mann,

2D Arts

M.Ed. Curriculum & Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, MA Studio Teaching, Boston University, B.F.A. Textile Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Teaching at Griffin since 2016
"Feeling and thinking, the head and the hand, the mind and the body, the private and public, seeing and acting, nonverbal and verbal, are all interactive and interconnecting relations that are alive and vital within aesthetic experience." ~ Margaret MacIntyre Latta

Rudy Ramirez,


PhD (in process) Performance as Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin, M.A., Performance as Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania
Teaching at Griffin since 2013
"Theatre takes place in a fantasy we create with others, and like any communal experience, requires a relinquishing of control. We love, and we play, in order to learn how to survive letting go." ~ Lynda Myoun Hart

Ryan Young,


B.S., Mathematics and Secondary Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
Teaching at Griffin since 2011
"Music is my passion. It’s what I’ve built my professional career around. The opportunity to share that passion with students in a supportive environment is something for which I’m very grateful. Griffin is a wonderful place to express your creativity and grow as a musician."

Thomas Schiefer,

YouthSpin Radio

M.S, Urban Education, Mercy College, NYC, B.A. Political Science, Fort Lewis College
Teaching at Griffin since 2010
"Youth Spin gives the youth of Austin a voice in a media field that sorely lacks in teenage perspectives. It seems so simple, but having a place where teenagers can share their opinions with others sets up one of the most positive and inspirational learning environments I have ever seen. I am so proud to be a youth spinner."