Faculty and the Administrative Team (2016)


Jane McMahan, artistic director, voice, theatre (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Kimmy Szeto, accompaniment, musicianship coaching (Columbia University)

Rok & Leonida Zelenko, Artists in Residence
Tina Hofman & Marcus Fernando, Actors in Residence

Autumn Brown, Teaching Artist
Selena McMahan, Teaching Artist
Omar El Okdah, Teaching Artist


Mojca Makovac, Director, International Cultural Centre of Jeunesses Musicales Croatia in Grožnjan
Kimmy Szeto, U.S. Administrator and Symposium Coordinator

Jane McMahan


Jane McMahan (USA)
Barnard College, Columbia University

Jane McMahan has performed widely throughout New York and New England, focusing on early music, Baroque music, lieder and extensive French repertoire. Jane completed her B.Mus. in voice at Manhattan School of Music. She also hold an M.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.Phil. in Theater from the City University of New York.

Jane was director of Mandragora, a group that performed British Isles and Sephardic music. Her folk music and her "Seriously Satie" program were recorded and aired on WBAI, where she later worked as a producer. She was president of artSynergy, a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization.

Jane has been teaching voice at Barnard College, Columbia University, for 30 years, where she has directed major performances including a Liederabend, a "Luteiade," cabarets, and the Worldmuse Festival. Her recent CD, Mediterranean Crosscurrents, focuses on vocal and piano music of Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel and on Sephardic songs.

Jane is excited to return to Grožnjan to lead the International Vocal Arts Workshop for its ninth season. She first went to Grožnjan many years ago to study at Jeunesses Musicales with Andrea von Ramm. Jane designed the International Vocal Arts Workshop to emulate the spirit of Andrea's vibrant and unconventional approach — one that made creative ideas flow and encouraged artistic interchange.



Kimmy Szeto (USA/Hong Kong)
piano accompaniment / musicianship coaching

Kimmy Szeto grew up singing and playing the piano and violin. Working as an accompanist and coach, he strives to synergize his experience, knowledge and passion in an inquiry- and discovery-based approach to teaching and creating art. Kimmy received his BA from Columbia University and MA in musicology from the University of Chicago, and studied the piano with Norwegian pedagogue Niels Østbye. He teaches and performs in New York City and is also a professor of library and information science at the City University of New York. 2016 will be Kimmy's sixth season with IVAW.




Rok & Leonida Zelenko (Croatia-Slovenia)
Artists in Residence

Rok Zelenko, painter, was born in 1951 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Upon finishing grammar school, he entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, where he studied painting with Janez Bernik. He has lived in Grožnjan, Croatia since 1977. He works as a painter as well as a ceramicist and illustrator. He has had over ninety solo shows as well as numerous group shows in Croatia and abroad. He curated the 1986 exhibit “A Historical Heritage of Grožnjan” at the Fonticus gallery. In 1999 he published his book Chronicles of Grožnjan – Slovenians in the Town of Artists. Recently, he also has been working on a variety of projects with architect Boris Zuliajan’s studio.

Leonida Bernetic was born in 1955 in Koper, and spent her youth in Izola. She attended the School of Applied Arts in Ljubliana, and then graduated from the Teachers College in Ljubliana with the thesis Ornaments in Ceramics. She first encountered ceramics in high school, and perfected the skills in the studio of Sonja and Karel Zelenko. She has been living in Grožnjan since 1980, where she is the manager of Studio Porton. She is also an art teacher, first at a primary school in Piran, and currently at an Italian school in Buje. Leonida has made about 700 ceramic works (including sculptures, plates, boards and cones), over 1,000 pieces of decorative ceramics, as well as architectural ceramics (building facades and interior decorations). The common themes in her artworks revolve around country life, sights (veduta), nature, nature, stylization of animals, and meditations in color.

Rok and Leonida have welcomed the Workshop participants since its first year in Grožnjan. They have shown us local landmarks, introduced us to other wonderful artists, and guided our work in mask making and scenery. They will once again welcome us and integrate us into the life of Grožnjan.


Tina Hofman

Marcus Fernando


Tina Hofman & Marcus Fernando (Croatia / UK)
Actors in Residence
acting / directing

Tina Hofman, director and performer, was born in Croatia and now divides her time between Croatia and the UK. She trained at The Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre in London, the Scuola Internazionale Attore Comico in Italy, and Rose Bruford College in London. Her directing experience ranges from Shakespeare, adapted classics and new writing, to devised multimedia pieces, and she just finished directing Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw at the new Blue Orange Theatre in Birmingham. As a performer, she has appeared in both classical and contemporary works, in both English and Croatian. As an actor, director, and movement coach, Tina has taught at Birbeck College, School of the Science of Acting, and the Acting and Voice Centre in London, and at the Tirena Drama Studio in Pazin, Croatia. She is also an Ashtanga yoga teacher and practitioner.

Marcus Fernando, director and performer, was born in Dorchester, UK. He lived in the US and Guernsey as a young boy, before returning to the UK to study Drama and Archeology at the University of Birmingham. As an actor he worked with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Royal and Hammersmith Lyric, and was a regular with Illyria Theatre, performing some of the best known Shakespearean roles throughout Britain. His directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Stoppard's Dogg’s Hamlet and Cahoots Macbeth, and numerous new writing projects. He is also an accomplished puppeteer who studied with John Blundall at The Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre and performed with London’s Little Angel as well as other UK puppet companies. He is an avid trumpeter, semi-professional photographer, and his Stage Fighting workshop is a regular feature at the Tirena Drama Studio in Pazin, Croatia.

Together, Tina and Marcus founded the Dreamscape Theatre, with which they have toured Canada, New Zealand, and Croatia. They often work together as an artistic team, combining their skills in movement, mask, text, music and puppetry.



Autumn Brown (USA)
performance art

Autumn Brown is a mother, community organizer, writer, and artist who leads organizational and strategic workshops with community-based and social movement organizations. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a former student at Oxford and New York’s General Theological Seminary, Autumn lives in the Avon Hills of Minnesota with her partner, three brilliant children, and a large, ridiculous dog. She looks forward to coming to Grožnjan: “I would like to develop a performance in which artist students perform the ‘Other’ in themselves or in a fellow student after intensive interviewing and reflection.”


Selena McMahan


Selena McMahan (France/USA)
physical theatre and mask

Selena McMahan is an actress, clown, teacher, and director based in Paris. A graduate of the École Jacques Lecoq, she works as a hospital clown with Le Rire Médecin, teaches with Peek-A-Boo, performs with Bleu-Blanc-Rouge, and conducts humanitarian projects with Clowns Without Borders. She is the current President of Clowns Without Borders USA. At Groznjan she will be leading workshops in physical theatre and mask.



Omar El Okdah (USA/Egypt)
creative writing

Omar El Okdah is an Egyptian bass-baritone who has given recitals in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. Born in New York but raised in Cairo, Omar read history at Oxford University followed by a master’s in International Relations at Columbia University. In between, he experienced the Egyptian revolution. He is currently a senior policy analyst at the International Peace Institute, a United Nations based think tank that focuses on conflict-resolution and mediation. In the fall of 2016, he will be pursuing a full-time master’s of music in voice. Omar will be leading creative writing workshops to explore themes of exile, being and freedom of thinking.




Administrative Team
Mojca Makovac Kate Smith Kimmy Szeto Selena McMahan Ian McMahan
Director of ICCJMC Grožnjan

Mojca Makovac
U.S. Administrator

Kimmy Szeto
Symposium Coordinator

Kimmy Szeto
Tanja Plešivcnik, regional representative
Web Design

Kimmy Szeto
Art Design

Selena McMahan
Media Archives

Ian McMahan
Kate Smith


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