A program of
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
Pittsburgh Center
for the Arts

media arts lab


Susan Howard - Director, Media Arts Lab (B.A. Pennsylvania State University) has taught filmmaking at Pittsburgh Filmmakers since 1988. She works as an editor on independent films, and for its last 12 seasons she was the editor of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a nationally broadcast children’s television program on PBS. She is the co-author of the widely distributed textbook, Shot By Shot: A Practical Guide to Filmmaking.

Gordon Nelson - Senior Instructor, Media Arts Lab (B.F.A. Edinboro University of PA) is the former Program Coordinator for the Department of Film and Video at the Carnegie Museum of Art. He is an independent filmmaker, media artist and educator. His films and videos have been screened locally and internationally.

Randy Collins - InstructorRandy entered the world of photography through filmmaking.  His photography, heavily influenced by the work of cinematographers, is documentary, personal, intuitive, and intentional, with an inclination towards shooting at night.  A sample of his work can be seen at www.randyscollins.com.  Randy has been teaching both traditional and digital photography at the PCA since 2005.

Richard Goulis - Instructor Richard Goulis is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in television production.  He has experimented with performance art and theater since graduating from the Film/Video Department of the Rhode Island School of Design.  He founded The Worcester Artist Group in Massachusetts, The Harwood Art Center in New Mexico and performs around the world with BIG NAZO Puppets.  His durational performance piece "BLOCK" was presented at the last Convergence International Arts Festival in Providence and at the Emerging Artists Performance Festival at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Colorado. His video work has been seen at many festivals and is part of the permanent archive at The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. He is a founding member of The Empire Revue, a monthly comedy, improvisational group at Providence's AS220 Art Center.  He lives and works in Olneyville, Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Adam Grossi - Instructor As a producer of images, videos, performances, and writings, Adam Grossi pursues self-awareness as a lens through which to observe broader environments. His work toys with the conventions and assumptions of mainstream American culture, complicating what seems simple and exposing what seems veiled. His video and performance work has been exhibited widely in places like Brooklyn, Chicago, Seoul, and Buffalo. Adam thoroughly enjoys teaching and is generally considered to be a pretty amicable fellow. Visit www.adamgrossi.com to see examples of his work.

Michael Johnsen - Instructor is the co-founder of the 1993 Orgone Cinema and Archive, and active presenter/preserver of independent film culture in Pittsburgh. He has shown film and performed widely in the U.S and Europe. Michael's recent work emphasizes on the design/manufacture of audio electronics and performance of experimental music. Michael has been teaching, mostly to youth, since 1994.

Beth Nixon - Instructor Beth Nixon builds puppets, masks, pinatas, parades, pageants, magical lands and other spectaculah on her own and in collaboration with other humans. She comes from Rhode Island, lives in West Philly, and travels frequently to places where exciting building, performing or teaching opportunities arise. Mostly she uses cardboard, paper mache, and the imagination. She specializes in beasts, creatures, critters, and other humanimal characters. Beth has toured nationally with her own shows and workshops, and has worked with groups such as Bread and Puppet, Big Nazo, and Spiral Q. She has performed at the last 7 Black Sheep Puppet Festivals in Pittsburgh and can't wait to be back in that city, this time making puppet movies!

For more info on Beth's work please see www.ramshackleenterprises.net