Training & Development Assistant
DJ works in the learning and development team at Charcoalblue. He supports the Group Training and Development Manager with the smooth running of the global training and development work across North America.
DJ earned his degree in Music Education from the University of Oklahoma with a specialty in stringed instruments. He worked in Oklahoma teaching orchestra to middle school students for 3 years before moving to Texas to teach high school orchestra for another year. His passions for learning and the performing arts brought him to Charcoalblue in NY.
Outside of work, DJ can be found running, exploring new recipes and cooking techniques, or relaxing with tv and his newest crochet project.
If you were to establish your own venue, what would you call it?
I would call my venue "The Alto Clef" because viola players don't get enough love!
…and what would that venue specialize in? Dance, live music, theatre…?
The specialty would be live music and small theatre productions. Great attention would be paid to the bistro in the lobby, though.
What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?
Aside from the obvious elements of sound quality and visual aesthetics, a great performance space should foster intimacy between artist and patron, amongst artists and their work, amongst patrons, and with the community writ large.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
I recall being 14 in band class. We were playing a piece by John Barnes Chance. There was a moment where the music swelled in a great crescendo and I felt the vibration in my body, just blanketed by sound. I knew I didn't want to give that up.