Join us Saturday, October 21 for an Evening Celebrating the Arts

The arts have always held a special place in our hearts and minds here at North Country School and Camp Treetops. On Saturday, October 21 from 7-9 pm, we’re looking forward to sharing that passion during “Arts in the Adirondacks: Amplifying Diverse Voices” in our state-of-the-art Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (affectionately known as the WallyPAC).

Arts in the Adirondacks: Amplifying Diverse Voices is an event that combines the arts with diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a signature program, North Country School places value on what the arts bring to our community. We pride ourselves on creating space for diverse voices and recognize the need to amplify them here in the Adirondacks. The arts have long been a safe space for members of marginalized communities and their contributions are infinite. Our local communities need these diverse voices and here at North Country School and Camp Treetops, we value or people. We ask: How you are amplifying diverse voices?

This special event will highlight a diverse array of artists, performers, makers, and creative minds from here in the Adirondack region and as far as Broadway in New York City. Among the slate of artists participating are:

  • Singer Oyoyo Joi whose musical credits include performing on Broadway in Book of Mormon, MJ the Musical, Memphis, and most recently Moulin Rouge.
  • Comedic Actress Megan Masako Haley, who made her Broadway National Tour debut playing Nessarose in Wicked.
  • Akwesasne Mohawk Artist David Kanietakeron Fadden whose paintings have been featured in over 100 publications relating to First Nations.

The evening will feature an artist showcase followed by a panel facilitated by North Country School Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Yunga Webb. For additional details, please contact us. The event is free of charge. You can RSVP at the link below:


Throughout the day, North Country School and area students will be treated to workshops and panel discussions with these acclaimed actors, singers, painters, and more, followed by programming for local community members.

Programming For Area Students: 1:00-5:30 pm

Elementary, middle, high school, and college students from area schools will join North Country School students for an afternoon-long program including artist presentations, student workshops in visual arts, a showcase of performances by Broadway singers, actors, and other professional guest artists, and a panel discussion in which students will have a chance to engage with the artists.

Programming For The Community: 7:00-9:00 pm

Members of the community are invited to attend an evening program including an Artists’ Showcase where special guests will speak about their experiences and share their art form with the audience. This will be followed by a panel discussion where community members will have a chance to engage in a dialogue with the artists about the role the arts play in DEI work. This program is free and open to the public. Free parking, including accessible parking, will be clearly marked on campus.

  • 1:00-2:00 pm – Artist presentation to students
  • 2:00-3:10 pm – Student workshops
  • 3:10- 4:30 pm – Showcase for students
  • 4:30- 4:50 pm – Snack
  • 4:50- 5:30 pm – Panel with students
  • 7:00- 8:30 pm – Artist showcase for a community audience
  • 8:30-9:00 pm – Artist panel for community members

Artist Profiles

Tia Altinay

Dian Bah

David Kanietakeron Fadden

Megan Masako Haley

Oyoyo Joi

Tiffany Rea-Fisher

Larry Robjent

Tia Altinay is originally from Sacramento, California where she studied dance from age three. As a music, dance, and theater (MDT) major in college, she has mastered a variety of styles. Tia values education and inspiring young people to be successful in the arts and has been a teaching artist for Broadway Workshop. She has performed at the Tony’s and in world-renowned musicals. From Princess Jasmine in Aladdin to Peggy in Hamilton, Tia Altinay has starred in a number of enviable roles during her career. Tia has worked hard to earn her place in the industry, having also appeared in Mary Poppins and A Christmas Story on Broadway. She enjoys connecting with fans to chat about training, discipline, and auditioning.

Dian Bah is originally from Conakry, Guinea, West Africa where most of his family still resides. In this region and much of Africa, drums are considered to symbolize and protect royalty. They have also historically been used as primitive telephones to communicate between tribes. He learned to play the drums as a young boy around the village and his fondest memories are of playing drums for local dance companies. Since coming to the US, he has established a community of drummers and currently plays with a Badenyah Drum & Dance. Badenyah performs at festivals and venues all around Essex County, NY. He also teaches a drumming class at Camp Treetops during the summer where he is able to work with students who learn just by listening and doing.

David Kanietakeron Fadden is recognized as a painter, storyteller, illustrator, writer, and sculptor whose works have been featured in 100+ publications and shown in dozens of exhibitions in locations across the world, from the Mohawk territory of Awkwesasne to Rotterdam, Holland. With strong ties to Akwesasne and Onchiota—where he runs the Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center founded by his family—he finds inspiration in the old masters’ eloquent and seemingly effortless use of light.

Megan Masako Haley is originally from San Jose, California, and currently resides in New York City. In college, she studied music, dance, and theater (MDT) and was able to hone her skill set as an actress, singer, and dancer. She made her Broadway National Tour debut playing Nessarose in Wicked. As a comedic actress, she has played in many successful shows including Emily in The Devil Wears Prada at the Nederlander Theater in Chicago and Gretchen in the national tour of Mean Girls. As one of the most in-demand artists on Broadway, Megan has also worked on film and television projects which include Not Okay on Hulu, WeCrashed on Apple TV, Madam Secretary and Evil on CBS, Broad City on Comedy Central, and Younger on Paramount.

Oyoyo Joi has been performing since childhood. As a major in music, dance, and theater (MDT), she has been trained by top-level educators in the field and moved straight from college to the Broadway stage. Coming from an extremely musical family, Oyoyo continues to perform with her family and has created several albums with them. In addition to singing with her family, she has produced an award-winning independent film, Green Flake, while supporting a project to erect monuments dedicated to forgotten slaves in the trek to settle the Salt Lake City Valley. Most recently, she has performed in Book of Mormon, MJ the Musical, Memphis, and most recently Moulin Rouge. As a triple threat, Oyoyo has also put on the role of producer on the film Green Flake and created her own original musical HUMAN.

Tiffany Rea-Fisher has earned recognition for her role as a performing artist, community organizer, and direct action activist. She was awarded a citation from the City of New York for her cultural contributions to the field. Tiffany is the first woman of color to serve as director of the Lake Placid School of Dance, where she has helped increase class participation and faculty diversity since 2017. During this period, she also improved funding support, audience engagement, and community impact for EMERGE125, a dance company focused on performance, education, and social justice. Approaching her Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) work through an art and culture lens, Tiffany uses positive disruption through inclusion as a way to influence her work as Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative. As a proud member of the Women of Color in the Arts, Tiffany exemplifies arts in the Adirondacks.

Larry Robjent is an Industrial Arts Teacher/Stage Design and Technical Director who graduated from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science in Geology with a focus in Theater. He enjoys creating large sculptures out of reclaimed metals and has produced pieces on display on our campus, in Keene, Saranac Lake, Buffalo, NY, and Washington DC. Over the last 23 years, Larry has fostered students to gain leadership skills, creative installations, and ingenuity, and inspired ownership over one’s projects and environmental surroundings. A focus for his students is to enhance the North Country School facility and surrounding property through creative artwork and practical needs such as classroom shelves, cabins, and many other functional objects through his community project class. In his 23 years at North Country School, Larry has produced 30 to 40 large productions and numerous smaller shows using primarily reclaimed, repurposed, and recycled materials.