Who we are

Fearless Leaders

The UW Community Arts Collaboratory team includes faculty and program staff in various UW departments and is housed in the School of Education Office of Professional Learning and Community Engagement.
Yorel Lashley

Yorel Lashley

Director & Drum Power Founder

Yorel is a developmental psychologist interested in self-efficacy and social-emotional learning in arts, academic and integrated environments as well as a professional musician.

Stephanie Richards

Stephanie Richards

Operations Manager

With passion for the intersection of arts, health, and equity, Stephanie brings a public health and evaluation background to our team.

Caitriona Quirk

Caitriona Quirk

Arts Assistant

Caitriona is a UW Madison Undergrad studying Dance and Physical Therapy and also pursuing a Pilates Certificate. Her work with the Studio Collective brings new ideas and efficiency to the Arts Collab team.

Founders and Faculty Directors

The UW Community Arts Collaboratory was founded by faculty in UW Curriculum & Instruction, Dance, and Artd Departments.
Faisal Abdu'Allah

Faisal Abdu'Allah

FauHaus Director

Faisal is an internationally exhibited visual artist whose work repositions black cultural identity.

Erica Halverson

Erica Halverson

Mayor of Whoopensocker

Erica is interested in how people learn in and through the arts across a range of art forms with a focus on the performing arts.

Kate Corby

Kate Corby

Performing Ourselves Co-Director

Kate, featured in Dance Magazine as one of six choreographers “on the cusp of making waves in the larger dance world,” is currently an associate professor of dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.