SFI Faculty and Staff

Monique Anair

BS in Mass Communications: Film (Emerson College, Boston), MA in Education (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)

Monique has taught film production, cinematography, environmental media, and education leadership for the College of Santa Fe and Santa Fe Community College. Monique serves as the Associate Director for SFI and has worked in education, curriculum development and workforce training since 1999. Monique has worked as an underwater cinematographer, produced low-budget horror films, shot music videos and commercials, and worked on documentary films. She has been recognized for her cinematography at numerous film festivals and was recognized by New Mexico Women in Film for her outstanding dedication and contributions for mentoring women and minorities.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
BA in Arts & Literature (Antioch University), MA in Producing for Film (Seattle Film Institute)

Amanda is an actress, director, and comedian, who originally studied acting at New York City’s Neighborhood Playhouse under instructor Sanford Meisner. She is best known for playing neighbor Marcy Rhoades D’Arcy on Married…With Children, and for her performance in the horror film Fright Night. In the 1990s, Bearse began directing television and directed over 30 episodes of Married… With Children, and went on to direct many other shows including Malcolm and Eddie and Dharma & Greg. Bearse also teamed with Rosie O’Donnell to direct The Big Gay Sketch Show, which debuted on Logo TV.

Concentrations: 
Acting for Film
BA in Acting (Boston University)

Susanna Burney is a professional voice over artist, actress, director and teacher.  For over 20 years, her voice has been heard on radio, TV, promotional and training films, and the web. Her talent has also been featured on video games, including Hoyle Casino and Kids Games, and she is the character Jin in F.E.A.R. (Monolith, Sierra, and Warner Bros.) She has narrated dozens of audiobooks in a range of genres for BBC America, Harper Collins, Listen and Live, High Bridge, Writers Coffee Shop, Brilliance, and more. Her stage work has taken her to New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New England, Florida, Nevada, and Scotland. Film credits include The Beans of Egypt, Maine and John Carpenter’s The Ward.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Certificate in Film
Concentrations: 
Acting for Film
MA in Film and Television (Savannah College of Art & Design)

Carlos is an international commercial and music video director based in Seattle. He has worked in the U.S and Mexico market with brands like Reebok, Tetrapak, Microsoft, Unicef, Michelin, Warner Music Spain and Warner Music Mexico. Carlos is represented by Cortez Brothers in Los Angeles and he is currently working on several music videos and documentaries.

Programs: 
BA in Film
MFA in Filmmaking & Producing
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking

Jason Devore

BA in Music (California State University, Chico)

Jason has been working in the field of music and audio post-production since 1985. He has worked on sound design projects for long-format documentaries and feature films, as well as for companies including Microsoft, AT&T and Nike.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing
MA (UC Berkley)

Sue is a nationally recognized songwriter, best known for her work co-writing over 70 songs with the platinum-selling Seattle rock band Heart. She has also written award-winning jingles, children’s songs for a puppet theatre, and songs to accompany everything from fireworks to fund raisers for ladies’ groups. She has earned 10 gold, 4 platinum, 1 triple platinum and 1 quintuple platinum albums. Her songs have also been included in the feature films “The Golden Child” starring Eddie Murphy and that blockbuster film for the four year old set, “Thomas and The Magic Railroad.”

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing
BFA in Art (Pacific Lutheran University)

Janice Findley has had a long and successful career in which she produces and directs experimental animation, experimental narrative film and live stage work. She has been honored with retrospective showings of her films including the Museum of Modern Art, NYC (where her work is part of the permanent collection). Findley’s film credits include Beyond Kabuki, I Am the Night, Triple-Time, A Nermish Gothic, and Faux Paw.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
JD (Washington and Lee, Lexington, VA), BA in Sociology (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA)

Cynthia Grace is an accomplished educator, attorney, leader, and manager of people, systems, and events with a wide range of experience in the higher education, publishing, and nonprofit sectors. She blends a life-long commitment to Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Fine Arts with expertise in Law and technology. Cynthia has taught Copyright Law, Contracts, Business Law as well as Live Audio, Concert Promotion, and Production. Her goal is to empower all to self represent and to properly negotiate their way through and around their legal environments.

Programs: 
MA in Producing
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
BFA (Cornish College of the Arts)

Alyssa is an actor, dialect coach, puppeteer, and educator. Her years of experience include teaching artists how to effectively communicate through vocal expression and text analysis.  Her professional career has covered a wide variety of acting roles, and also includes dialect and vocal coaching, leading voice workshops, and assorted voice narration projects.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Acting for Film
BFA (University of Oregon); MFA (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)

Ben Kerns, considers himself an explorer of light and human emotion. He is a filmmaker and cinematographer with a range of award winning independent films and numerous corporate clients. With over two decades of production experience, Ben also has a deep desire to share his knowledge and began teaching in 2007 in-between his film projects and commercial jobs.

Programs: 
BA in Film
MM in Film Composing
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking

Paul Kikuchi

MFA in Music (California Institute of the Arts)

Paul, is a percussionist, composer, and instrument builder. Kikuchi is involved in a wide variety of musical projects, including percussion ensembles, Balkan brass and drum bands, toy instrument ensembles and jazz quartets and he co-founded the Prefecture Music Group and Empty Cage Quartet.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing
MM in Film Composition (Seattle Film Institute)

Todd Kovell has been teaching music theory and composition for twenty years. He conducts three community orchestras and has an online sheet publishing company and is an active free-lance composer.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing

Steven Kramer

Ph.D (Walden, Art Education), MFA (UCLA, Film and TV-Animation)

Steven, is a 3D artist specializing in modeling, visual effects, and motion graphics. With a background in film and video games, he is a long-time instructor, most recently having taught at Art Institute of Seattle.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Motion Graphics & Visual FX
BA (College of Santa Fe); MFA (Goddard College)

Jessie, has recently returned to her native Northwest after working in New Mexico and New York City as a filmmaking educator and documentary/independent/educational film editor. Her career has included editing broadcast media for PBS, Discovery Channel, Hallmark Channel, and also commercial editing for such clients as American Spirit, L’Oreal, United Way, National Dance Institute, and Los Alamos National Labs.  She also has a background in music, theater, and gallery curation.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
BA (Berklee College of Music); Doctor of Musical Arts, (University of Salford)

Dr. Hummie Mann  is a two-time Emmy-award winning composer/arranger who has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors in both theatrical and television films. His motion pictures projects have ranged from Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” to Peter Yates’ “Year of the Comet”. He is a sought-after educator and has given master classes across the globe—from China to Scotland.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing
BA (University of Montana)

Dan McComb is a Seattle DSLR filmmaker who tells documentary-driven stories for clients that include Fast Company, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Nordstrom, and the University of Washington. Since completing his first feature-length documentary, Beyond Naked (2013), he has won local and national awards for both his short narrative and documentary work. A former photojournalist, he has DP’d for two-time Oscar nominated director Kirby Dick, studied with Werner Herzog, and enjoys sharing how to tap the explosive cinematic potential hidden inside today’s DSLRs.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
MFA (Yale University School of Drama)

Michael, is a actor, director, producer, and teacher originally from Seattle. He presently divides his career time between New York City and Seattle where he has appeared in a variety of acting roles over the past decade. He is associate artistic director for P3/East and has trained in Suzuki Method and Ohta’s Slow Tempo.  Michael is the founding creative producer of One Coast Collaboration, an annual new play lab connecting national playwrights with Seattle based theater companies.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations:
Acting for Film
MA in Digital Media (University of Washington)

Vaun, specializes in documentary and non-fiction filmmaking.  He produces educational, promotional and fund-raising films for government, corporate and non-profit organizations including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, King County, Port of Seattle and City of Hope cancer research hospital.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
BA in English (Western Washington State College)

An actor, auctioneer, writer, improv teacher, and communication coach, Matt Smith’s screen credits include My Last Year with the Nuns, Outsourced, Sleepless in Seattle, Spiderman, White Face, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, and KING TV’s Almost Live. Original solo plays include My Last Year with the Nuns, My Boat to Bainbridge, Helium, Beyond Kindness: A Childcare Guide, and All My Children. Matt was a founding member of both Stark/Raving Theatre, and Seattle Improv.
Matt has taught improvisation at hundreds of companies and schools, to actors and non-actors. He is a partner with Cookus Interruptus, a web based cooking show,

Programs: 
BA in Film
Certificate in Film
Concentrations: 
Acting for Film
BM in Music (Berklee College of Music)

Akash, has created soundscapes and designs for a variety of gaming studios such as Zachtronic Industries, Heart Machine, and Galaxy Trails Studios. He has also directed voiceover work on multiple projects. He sound designed on the popular game Hyper Light Drifter (2014), and composed original music for the game City Quest (2013). He studied music and composing at the Berklee College of Music.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing
B.S. Film Production (Montana State University) MFA in Filmmaking (Seattle Film Institute)

David also studied both screenwriting and fiction writing at the University of Washington. His many adventures with the pen include scripting film documentaries, writing for television, and a newspaper writing career as reporter, editor, and columnist. David was awarded the national Writer’s Digest grand prize for his screenplay Under High Wood.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Filmmaking
BFA in Communications (Pacific Lutheran University)

Heidi, is half of one of Seattle’s major casting houses, along with partner Jodi Rothfield. Their company, Big Pants Casting, handles a majority of casting for film and television in the Puget Sound area. Heidi’s extensive casting credits include work on The Hand That Rocks The CradleAssassinsLife or Something Like ItStephen King’s Rose Red miniseries, and television series including Northern ExposureTwin Peaks, and The Fugitive. Her career also includes casting searches for a long list of features including Jerry Maguire, Forrest Gump, Honey I Blew Up the Kids, This Boy’s Life, Ferris Bueller, and many others.

Programs: 
BA in Film
Concentrations: 
Acting for Film
MM in Instrumental Conducting (University of Washington)

Jacob, is the Artistic Director for the Seattle Girls’ Choir and the conductor of the Prime Voci.  He has also written and produced soundtracks to several video games on the Nintendo DS and Apple iOS platforms including The Simpsons Game and Iron Man 2.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing
MM in Film Composition (Seattle Film Institute)

Doug, is a musician, composer, arranger and producer.  His composer credits include work for films such as Anatomy of a Fly and The Clearing and for clients such as Alaska Airlines.  He has also done sound design and audio post work for Discovery and National Geographic channels.

Programs: 
MM in Film Composing

Sammy Applegate

Master Degree from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program

Sammy Applegate is an award-winning filmmaker and accomplished composer.  In 2012 she became the first woman to earn a Master of Music in Film Composition degree from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute. In 2014 she joined the program as Assistant Director and continues to help train and guide new generations of aspiring composers into the film, television, and video game industries.