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Guest Artists

Appel Farm campers experience the art forms they are studying at camp, performed by professional artists who inspire them to keep studying! Each session, we book a guest artist to teach a master class, and to perform for the camp community.

Our campers wrote stories with the Story Pirates, and asked for “encouragement” from Ivy Baldwin Dance. They experienced Shakespeare LIVE! by The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and had a dance party with West Philadelphia Orchestra.

They have taken master classes with these talented artists, gained inspiration from their performances, and continued their studies at camp with a renewed energy and appreciation for their art forms!

This summer, the inspiration continues! We are thrilled to announce our Guest Artists for Camp 2013:

Bill Forchion

First Session Guest Artist

Bill Forchion was born and raised in Hammonton New Jersey. Mr. Forchion is a graduate of Hammonton High School, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and The American Institute of Holistic Theology.

His performing career has taken him around the world performing with many acclaimed companies such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Pickle Family Circus and Cirque du Soleil. As an actor and stuntman Bill has been highlighted in numerous television and film productions with appearances in US. Marshals, Cradle to the Grave, the Polar Express  as Elston Howard in the  ESPN mini-series “The Bronx is burning” and as a Security Guard in the upcoming ABC Television show “Terminales”.

As a collaborative filmmaker Bill has combined forces with musician Bethany Yeakle for his first short film “Angst” and acclaimed blues guitarist Scott Ainslie and fellow filmmakers Morgan Faust and Christopher Llewellyn Reed for his award winning short film “Trial by fire”. Bill’s current projects include “The Ride to Remember” a documentary about an annual charity motorcycle rally, through South Jersey, honoring public servants who have died in the line of duty  and “Being Nimble” a documentary that follows 18 students at the New England Center for Circus Arts as they pursue their dream of being circus performers. Bill is currently in the post production phase of “Darwin’s Dream” a short film collaboration with internationally acclaimed mime Mario Diamond.

Bill is also currently developing two television projects. When he is not writing or editing or otherwise producing film works in his Brattleboro, Vermont home/studio Bill teaches Acrobatics and Contortion at the New England Center for Circus Arts and is dad to 3 beautiful children. One of those beautiful children, Zebulon, is coming to camp for the first time this summer!

Check out some of Bill’s work here!


Nora Gibson

Second Session Guest Artist

Nora Gibson is a Philadelphia based dancer and choreographer, whose training spans classical ballet to post-modern improvisation. Early training included attending Baltimore School for the Arts, acceptance to ballet residencies with Jean-Pierre Bonnefous of NYCB, Chautauqua, and NCSA. She later graduated with a BFA from Tisch, at NYU, where she had the opportunity to perform in the works of Elisa Monte and Mark Morris. Nora studied improvisational forms with Daniel Lepkoff, Nancy Stark-Smith, and KJ Holmes. Nora has had the privilege of dancing for the Ellicott City Ballet, PATH Dance Company, Andrew Marcus in New York, NY, ClancyWorks Dance Company, and Jeffrey Gunshol, formerly of Mark Dendy Dance.
Through award of professional development grants, Nora was selected to dance in the reconstruction of 1970s works by Lucinda Childs, under the direction of Childs and Ty Boomershine, and has performed this work periodically over the last two years and continuing.  This past summer 2012, Nora was awarded an artistic residency in Poland.

Nora has performed her own work throughout Philadelphia and in NYC at various downtown venues such as P.S. 122, St. Marks Church, and DIA Center for the Arts.
In 2009, she established Nora Gibson Performance Project, with Philadelphia as its home base. Since that time, her work has consistently received recognition. NGPP was awarded a 2009-10 Artist in Residence with the nEW Festival in Philadelphia, and the CEC New Edge Residency for 2009-10.  Gibson’s choreography has been presented by New Dance Alliance at Joyce SOHO in April 2010. Nora was the 2011 winner of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Her work has been commissioned by Drexel University in 2011, and Bryn Mar College for 2013. Gibson’s work was heralded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “spellbinding” and “the most authoritative work in Philadelphia this year.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 4.12.10.

Check out some of Nora’s work here!

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