Our Excellent Teaching Staff

The Guild offers weekly classes in dance, music, theater, literary and visual arts. Students, young and old, novice and experienced, are invited to explore their creative voices as they are guided by teachers who are working professionals, certified art instructors and passionate artists. Classes are taught with a focus on sequential development of skills with the aim of establishing the groundwork for aesthetic development and a life long appreciation of the arts.


Marion Angelica is a teacher and has a studio at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis. Her work is represented in over twenty-five galleries nationally and she offers workshops throughout the US. Read more about Marion at marionangelica.com

Sophia Diehl graduated with a B.A. in Dance and Religion from St. Olaf College. Her training has encompassed Ballet, Modern, Composition, Improvisation and West African traditional forms. Sophia continues to perform and teach in Minneapolis and works in arts administration with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater. In her teaching, Sophia encourages anatomically healthy movement and fosters creative expression. 

Kate Douglas has enjoyed a life and career that combined an intense passion for visual art, and the satisfying success and joy of teaching. It’s added up to 50+ years of making and teaching art to all ages, at all levels and in all media. She taught art in Northfield from 1977-1998 then moved to St. Paul to teach at St. Kates. In 2014, after retiring from St. Kates, she moved back to Northfield where she has been teaching art classes with FiftyNorth and finding time to create.

Emmy Erickson is from Woodbury, Minnesota, and is a Vocal Music Education major at St. Olaf College. She believes that music is a language that everyone can speak and a way to connect with people in a way that not many other things can. Emmy has a passion for both music and education, while making sure that music programming and the passion for music continues to grow and ignite in people of all ages.

Jennie Eubank, originally from Farmington, Minnesota, spent 25 years in Northern California where she worked in landscaping, school garden teaching, and eventually as a Spanish and an elementary school teacher. Jennie is a visual artist and writer of poetry and prose, and just released her first children’s book. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending the rest of her free time with her sweet dog Ichiban, frolicking in nature! Jennie believes we all have something to say and express.

Julie Fakler creates vibrant original domestic animal paintings and pet portraits. She received individual artist grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for projects that promote animals from the Prairie’s Edge Humane Society (2011), S.A.F.E. Sanctuary (2014), and Southeastern MN Farm Animal Portraits (2017). Fakler is the director of operations at the Paradise Center for the Arts, and sits on the SEMAC Board of Directors. She holds a BFA in painting and drawing from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Mary Hahn is a choreographer, instructor and dancer. Guild choreography credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Chicago, and Cabaret, just to name a few. She’s been a longtime member of the Guild and her law firm, Hvistendahl, Moersch, Dorsey and Hahn, is an annual sponsor.

Rachel Haider is an accomplished theater arts director, instructor, and performer, directing shows with both adults and children of all ages. Her extensive resume’ includes work with professional, community and educational theaters. Some of her recent area  productions include The Prince and the Pauper, Matilda, The Great Northfield Bank Robbery: A Love Story, Mansfield Park, Les Misérables School Edition, and The Miracle Worker. She has taught in public and private schools, as well as with several arts organizations. Rachel recently served as the Performing Arts Manager at the Guild and is currently the Interim Executive Director.

Amy Hallberg, Courageous Wordsmith, is a graduate of Carleton College and the Loft Literary Center’s Foreword Apprenticeship in Creative Nonfiction. She’s a Martha Beck Master Certified Life Coach who holds certificates in editing and translation from the University of Chicago. Amy’s true-life novel, German Awakening: Tales from an American Life, features Northfield, and she’s delighted to teach here. Her podcast is “Frau Amy’s World: Conversation with Real-Life Creatives.”

Susan Hayes is a retired media specialist and art teacher living in rural Montgomery, Minnesota. She learned batik in college and has been working with it ever since. Her technique is always evolving and she enjoys the challenge of interpreting a subject using wax and dye.

Melissa Martinson began to fall in love with clay in the fall of 2013 when taking Intro to Ceramics and Intermediate Ceramics with Ron Gallas at St. Olaf. Melissa has assisted with clay camps at Northern Clay Center. She also teaches clay classes at the Paradise Center for the Arts.

Pauline Jennings has been involved with theater for almost 40 years – as educator, director, stage manager, sound engineer and (primarily) an actress.  She also spent fifteen plus years as co-lead singer in a number of pop/country/rock bands that performed throughout the region. Pauline has been the featured vocalist on a handful of recordings.  Most recently, she played Lampito in Lysistrata and directed CASTastrophe, both with Northfield Arts Guild.

Hannah Mahr recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College, having earned a B.A. in Honors Theatre with minors in Dance, English and Comparative Literature. Recent performance credits include You’re Invited! with The Moving Company in residence at Gustavus, a virtual production of Mother Courage and Her Children with the Gustavus Department of Theatre and Dance, and various physical theatre showcases at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. During quarantine, Hannah has been experimenting with dance film and site-specific dance.

Riki Kölbl Nelson holds a B.A. degree in art (St. Olaf College) and an MFA degree (UMN, Minneapolis). Nelson has worked as an artist, giving private lessons, workshops and classes for decades. She has exhibited her art work in personal and group shows, here and abroad. “Making art and teaching art are vitally important to me. I think of myself as facilitator, helping new and experienced students to achieve their creative goals.

Bridget Novak, an Iowa native, graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in Studio Art and Sociology/Anthropology. As a Fifth Year Emerging Artist at St. Olaf, Bridget  explored community-based interactive art, including a roaming couch discussion series that took place around Northfield. She loves to create opportunities for people of all ages to connect with their inner artist. Bridget is also the Resident Teaching Artist and Education Coordinator at the Guild.

Kathleen Pender grew up in Northfield, MN and received her B.A. in Dance from St. Olaf College. Kathleen teaches creative dance, ballet, tap, and modern classes at the Northfield Arts Guild and assists classes with Young Dance in Minneapolis. She is also Company Manager with performance company Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and performs for Minneapolis-based choreographer Taja Will.  With deep passion for dance education and performance, Kathleen is grateful to be teaching for the Northfield Arts Guild’s dance program, which served as her dance foundation and fostered her development as an artist.

Megan Proft has been involved at the Guild as an actress, dancer, choreographer and teacher since 2002, working with all ages and skill levels along the way. Just a few of her favorite musical theater choreography credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Producers. She went to school for arts management, English and psychology, and is passionate about using art as a way to learn and grow.

Cheryl Ramette is a visual artist, writer and movement teacher. She’s a Certified Somatics Educator and Pilates instructor, and the author of Somatic Exercise for Comfort, Ease & Freedom. Cheryl has published several works of short stories and poems illustrated with her art. She’s currently finishing her book, Bone Sense. Her recent artwork has appeared at the FiftyNorth gallery and at the Guild, where her art cards are for sale. 

Renee Reinhardy is a crafty gal that enjoys creating crafts and sharing her craft skills with adults and children. She has been instructing classes and camps for over 6 years. She also brings fun and crafty events to parties and festivals under her company name Rather Bee Crafting. The basic idea behind Renee’s classes and workshops is to remind people that anyone can be creative. Renee wants her fellow crafters to feel inspired by what they learn, and have the confidence to continue creating after they leave class.

Kathleen Richert is an artist and educator whose practice spans many techniques. She runs a small business specializing in historic clothing. She is passionate about teaching and preserving traditional handwork skills.

Judy Saye-Willis is a multimedia artists whose work includes hand-crafted one-of-a-kind artisan jewelry, fiber art and book art. She uses high quality materials that are rich in color and texture. The culmination of her life’s varied experiences is reflected in the diversity of her work.

Shari Setchell  is both a registered yoga teacher and certified Global Somatics Practitioner; she applies somatic and yogic principles training in her ballet instruction. A seven-time choreographer for Northfield High School’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival she also choreographs the fall musicals there. Furthermore, Shari teaches dance at Arcadia Charter School, and choreographs musicals with the Arts Guild and at the Paradise Center for the Arts. In all her work, Shari focuses on empowering her dancers by giving them tools to create their own style of performance. More than anything, she wants her students to know they are artists who can use dance and theater to express themselves in the world.

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