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Meet the 2015 Outpost Team!

415211_589190251956_601089243_oJohn Lane II | Co-Executive Director
John is a 2004 graduate of Artios Conservatory and attended North Greenville University to study Theater and Georgia State University to study Economics. Having grown up in Artios, gone to college, and returned to Artios, John has seen the need for a program that teaches the arts and academics with in creative and integrative approach with a strong emphasis on a biblical worldview. Having been the recipient of such an education while at Artios, he knows and understands the value that it holds. He views it as a privilege to be a part of Artios and to work towards the goal of helping parents raise educated, equipped, and elevated servant leaders of the Kingdom. On April 3rd, 2010 John married the love of his life, Windy Thompson-Lane, who also teaches and choreographs with Artios Academies. John is currently the Director of Development for Artios and in addition to teaching several classes (Worldview, Government and Economics, and Film/Video) at the Artios Academies of Gwinnett and Johns Creek, he is also the creator of the Artios Home Companion Series, director of the Artios Academies in Johns Creek Arts and History and High School Conservatory programs,  and co-directs the Artios Outpost Summer Camps and Internship Program with his wife, Windy, during the summers.

 

unnamed (10)Windy Lane | Co-Executive Director
Windy graduated from Grace College of Divinity’s School of Worship program with a certificate in Dance Leadership in 2009. Windy has been dancing for over 15 years and has been teaching dance, choreography, and drama at camps, studios, churches, and professional youth theater organizations for over 12 years. She has taught for Creagious Kids, Christian Youth Theater (CYT), and various church camp programs around the country. In addition to teaching for Artios Academies and directing camps, Windy has choreographed multiple productions including; The Sound of Music, The Wiz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Pirates of Penzance, Pilgrim, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Little Princess, Robinhood, White Christmas, and more. This will be Windy’s fifth year directing the Artios Outpost Summer Camps and Internship Program, along with her husband, John Lane.

Windy has a passion for the Outpost program because of the experience and exposure it provides students to further their art and the gifts God has given them. She ultimately desires that the Lord be glorified through all that is done at the Outpost and that is what fuels her passion for her students and the arts!

 

unnamed (8)Matthew Bazzel – Co-Director 
Matthew is a 2014 graduate of Covenant College with a degree in Biology. He was born and raised in Northern Alabama. Matthew was brought up in a Christian home and strives to make Christ preeminent in all that he does. Matthew has a passion for working with people and sharing his faith and life experiences with young men and women. Matthew has worked in several leadership roles and enjoys helping others reach their goals, and realize the spiritual gifts that God has given them. Matthew has seen first hand the positive life changing benefits that Artios graduates’ embody, and is eager to be a part of the great work that God is doing through Artios, specifically Outpost. Matthew married his best friend Kelsey Whitted Bazzel in September of 2014. Together they are excited to minister to the campers at Outpost and spend the summer glorifying God through the arts. Matthew’s life verse is Philippians 4:4 which says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I say again rejoice”.

 

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Kelsey Bazzel – Co-Director
Kelsey graduated from Covenant College in 2014, with a degree in Theater and a minor in Music with a voice concentration. Kelsey graduated from Artios Conservatory and Preparatory in 2009. She returned for a semester to teach drama and assistant direct the Johns Creek Artios production of Beauty in the Beast. Kelsey then married the love of her life and best friend, Matthew Bazzel in September of 2014. Kelsey has had the privilege of growing up in the Artios program from a young age of 5 and has been blessed by the way it has impacted her life. Kelsey was an Outpost intern the summer of 2010 and the experience greatly impacted her decision to become a Theater major. Kelsey was blessed to have a biblical education at Artios and at Covenant College. She was greatly impacted by her time at Artios and is excited to share her experiences and worldview with the campers at Outpost. She has a passion for the arts and the joy they bring to education. God is a creative Creator, what a blessing that He has given His children the blessing to create!

 

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Jessie Sterner – Staff / Musical Theatre Director
Jessie is a 2011 alum from Artios Academies of Gwinnett who just completed her senior year of college and graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. She was a Communications major, specializing in Theatre and Presentation Skills, with a Fine Art minor. Jessie has been acting, singing and dancing for the majority of her life. In addition to performing herself, she has also choreographed and directed many shows. She has enjoyed spending her last few years leading worship at her Church in Indiana, and visiting home to keep up with all the crazy kids in her life. There are few things that Jessie enjoys as much as discipling students through the arts. Every student has insecurities and challenges that are unique to them, and on countless occasions she has witnessed the art’s strengthening and refining character- as well as giving kids an outlet for their God-given energy and ingenuity. Artios Outpost is a creative opportunity for students to be stretched, educated, and celebrated. Jessie was the Musical Theatre director for Outpost last year, and could not have enjoyed it more. This summer, the thing she is most looking forward to, is being reunited with all the campers she grew to love last year!

 

unnamed (3)Mia Connell – Intern
Mia is a rising senior from Artios Academies of Johns Creek. She has been in love with the stage since she can remember and has been singing since she could talk. Mia started dance at Perimeter Academy of the Arts when she was 6 years old and continued until she was 15. In the beginning of her freshman year, Mia joined Artios where her love and fascination with theater grew, and by the end of the semester she put away her pointe shoes and took to the theatre stage.  Mia has now been in four Artios productions including Just So, Beauty and the Beast, Our Childish Dreams and Through the Looking Glass/Into the Woods. She has also continued to train in voice and even film acting. When Mia isn’t doing school or rehearsing, she enjoys deliberately singing atrocious harmonies at the top of her lungs, running through the woods getting muddy, eating way to much goldfish, and going on road trips. She is very excited about working with Outpost and can’t wait to see what God has planned for this summer.

 

unnamed (2)Meghan Whatmore – Intern
Meghan is a rising junior at Artios Academies of Littleton. She is a theatre arts major who also dabbles in visual art and singing. This past year, she played Lucy in Artios’s You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Mrs. Webb in Our Town. Meghan also had the opportunity to co-direct the elementary/middle school production of Anne of Green Gables. Her past theatre credits include: Annie Jr.; Willy Wonka Jr.; Little Mermaid Jr.; Seussical Jr.; Beauty and the Beast Jr.; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; and Pirates of Penzance Jr. When Meghan is not playing the part of theatre addict, she is an avid photographer, life explorer, book reader, and music listener. She loves spending time with her four brothers, having multiple cups of coffee with her mom, and quoting movies with her dad. Her most precious time is spent in her Bible growing closer to God. Meghan feels so blessed to be apart of Outpost this summer, witnessing God through the creative arts.

 

unnamed (5)Maryellen Bachtel – Intern
Maryellen is a rising senior from Artios Academies of Gwinnett. Her love and passion for musical theatre has formed during her time at Artios. She has been in multiple productions at Artios, including  Music Man, You Can’t Take It With You, Seussical the Musical, and The Mikado. Theatre has given her the experience to live life from different perspectives. Along with her love for acting, she plays violin and sings.  Maryellen and her four siblings will often play music together. She is so thankful for the experiences that God has given her through her life, and she is excited to see what God is going to continue to do.

 

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Jared Lane – Intern
Jared, seventeen, and in the eleventh grade, has grown up in and around Artios and is currently enrolled in the Vocal Ensemble, MS/HS Choir, Drama Club and the Artios Academies of Littleton Conservatory program studying both music and theatre. He is also in the Preparatory program which is centered on core academic courses. Jared’s previous theatre credits include: Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance Jr., Schroeder in Your a Good Man Charlie Brown, George in Our Town and many others. Jared was just promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and playing the cello. He is also an avid horseman and hunter. This past November, Jared competed at Bob Jones University’s High School Fine Arts Festival and last month he took part in the Christian’s in Theatre Arts (CITA) Secondary Theatre Festival here in Denver. At CITA not only did he compete in Contrasting Monologues and Solo Musical Theatre. He had the honor of receiving first place finishes in three separate categories: Duo Musical Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and Ensemble Musical Theatre!

There is no where else Jared would rather be than teaching kids in the arts, so it is no surprise that he has had such a wonderful experience as a Student Director during Artios of Littleton’s Anne of Green Gables. As an intern for the Artios Outpost camps last summer. Jared gained invaluable practice teaching campers in the areas of acting, music and choreography, and he has been able to apply those skills to student directing. From coming up with creative ways to get the Anne of Green Gables cast members to memorize their lines to teaching Boy Scouts how to tie knots and use teamwork. Jared is right at home training kids to use their talents for the Glory of God.

 

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Elizabeth Streater – Intern 
Elizabeth is a raising senior who has been a part of Artios since she was in 4th grade. She first experienced her love for acting when she participated in the show of Annie at the age of 5. When she was 8 years old she started taking lessons for the violin and has been involved with many different orchestras including, Buckhead Youth Orchestra (BYO) Grace Notes, Bravo, and Vega Chamber Music. Over the years she has been in numerous skits, showcases, end of the year programs, theater competitions, and shows both with and separate from Artios. These include Annie, Wizard of Oz, A Night of One Acts, A Complete History of the Old Testament, Mulan Jr., Music Man, You Can’t Take it With You, Seussical the Musical, The Tempest, and The Mikado. She greatly enjoys working with kids both through leading a small group at her church and has been volunteering for the past 5 year for a VBS camp at Tucker First United Methodist Church. She has also thoroughly enjoyed singing for the last 5 years with the Artios choir. Some of the things she likes to do in her free time are, rock climbing, eating, hanging out with friends, watching movies, any type of road trip, playing the violin, and soccer. She is so grateful for all the amazing opportunities that the Lord has laid out in front of her and she can’t wait to see what He has in store for the future.