Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists

The Lied Center for Performing Arts understands your desire, as an educator, to provide tangible, relevant and memorable learning experiences. We have created programs and partnerships to enhance exposure to the arts for both you and your students. Explore to learn how the Lied Center can be your next partner in education.

Teaching Artists

  • Liz Shea-McCoy
    Teaching Artist
    Liz Shea-McCoy
    Teaching Artist
    Phone: 402.435.3140

    Liz Shea-McCoy is a nationally recognized artist, with recent emphasis on collage, printmaking and assemblage techniques. She has been involved in many local public art projects ranging from Tour de Lincoln in 2003 to Artistic Rain Barrels in 2009. With over 18 years with the Nebraska Arts Council, Shea-McCoy has taught and facilitated a variety of creative learning experiences for students of all ages and settings. She has a Master’s degree in Textile Design and holds a Nebraska Teaching Certificate.

    Shea-McCoy uses her extensive teaching artist’s background to encourage students to use their imaginations and to think more abstractly, such as creating their own one-of-a-kind symbol that reflects their individuality. By looking at primitive and contemporary symbols, she hopes to engage all students to reflect on themselves or their environment, and create their own piece of nonverbal communication. Liz is also an enthusiastic advocate of schools carrying out their own public art projects. As a result, she can assist teachers and students in coordinating their own mini public art project, either as a fundraiser for the school or community needs, and/or artistic/aesthetic learning. Shea-McCoy has partnered with Oscar Rios to create an interdisciplinary arts experience for students and teachers entitle Symbols and Sounds.

    For more information about Liz Shea-McCoy, please contact:
    2700 Sheridan Blvd
    Lincoln, NE 68502-4238

    FAX: 402.488.3879

  • Oscar Rios Pohirieth
    Teaching Artist
    Oscar Rios Pohirieth
    Teaching Artist
    Phone: 402.304.5060

    Oscar Rios Pohirieth is a professional musician and has performed throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe. With over 30 years of experience, he specializes in the music of the Andes. Pohirieth is also a traveling and teaching artist through the Nebraska Arts and Humanities Council.

    Pohirieth helps students learn unique instruments that they have often never seen or heard before. He analyzes the history, development and playing techniques of various Native Andean instruments such as the Zampoñas (Andean Pan Pipes), the Quena (a recorder-like flute) and the Bombo (drum from African influence) to name a few. Through this process, Pohirieth hopes to create curiosity, cooperation and collaboration for exploring new music and culture.

    For more information about Oscar Rios Pohirieth, please contact:
    6031 Sunrise Road
    Lincoln, NE 68510


  • Renee Sans Souci
    Teaching Artist
    Renee Sans Souci
    Teaching Artist
    Phone: 402.922.3059

    Renee Sans Souci, of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa, is a poet and educator. She has given spoken word performances in Nebraska, Minnesota and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Annual Meeting. She is also designing a language survival school based on Native philosophy and worldviews.

    With a degree in education, and being a Native woman, she combines her experiences and creates a process that helps students engage in their own cultural identities. By introducing interrelatedness and interculturalism, she creates an atmosphere for students to honor their own, and other cultural viewpoints through creative writing and spoken word.

    For more information about Renee Sans Souci, please contact:
    P.O. Box 126
    Macy, NE 68039

  • Sarah Brown
    Teaching Artist
    Sarah Brown
    Teaching Artist
    Phone: 402.525.7238

    Sarah Brown is a professional ballet dancer, adjunct professor and owner of a local private dance studio in Lincoln, NE. She performed as a company member with the Omaha Theater Ballet in 1999. Before acquiring the Conservatory of Contemporary Dance, she taught ballet technique and dance history at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Brown uses her dance performances to bring new experiences to young students. She explores dance as a form of communication of emotion and ideas, as art and entertainment, as a form of storytelling and as an integral and unique element of culture. Through the universal tool of dance, Brown connects students from all geographical, educational and socio-economical situations.

    For more information about Sarah Brown, please contact:
    5810 Kipling Ct.
    Lincoln, NE 68516

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