Stephen Haff is the Chief of Still Waters in a Storm. He has taught English, Latin and Theater for twenty years, at high schools, middle schools and colleges in New York City, Vermont and Canada. At Bushwick High School in Brooklyn, he co-founded Real People Theater (RPT) with his students. The company received great acclaim in the worlds of education and theater, and toured North America and Europe. The VILLAGE VOICE called RPT, “Nothing less than a revolution.” Stephen has spoken at a number of pedagogical conferences and designed curriculum for the CUNY GearUp program, Youth Communication and The Center for Social and Emotional Education. He used to make his living writing for the VILLAGE VOICE, AMERICAN THEATRE, BOMB, and other publications, and earned his Masters at Yale University.
Maria Venegas (Writing Coach) received her MFA from Hunter College. Venegas’s stories have appeared in Granta, The Guardian, Ploughshares and Huizache. She has also written for The New York Times Book Review. Her first book, Bulletproof Vest, was published in June, 2014 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, to great acclaim. She lives in Brooklyn where she mentors children at Still Waters in a Storm.
Kim Sherman is a composer whose music covers the spectrum of musical genres from opera to chamber and orchestral to musical theater. She has been awarded many commissions and grants, including an NEA Individual Artist grant for her chamber music, a Frederick Loewe Award for her musical theater and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for her choral music. Her groundbreaking musical Lenny and the Heartbreakers was commissioned by Joseph Papp for The Public Theater. O Pioneers!, her collaboration with Darrah Cloud, adapted from Willa Cather’s novel about the first European settlers of Nebraska, has received many productions across the country, including a national tour by The Acting Company and a television broadcast on American Playhouse (PBS). Her widely performed choral and orchestral work, “Invocation,” is sung in 13 languages. Kim has always been inspired by deep research, such as the cultures and musical traditions of Lakota tribes in South Dakota and the atrocities of war in the former Yugoslavia. She has adapted myths from around the world, including the Old Testament. Her teaching experience includes 10 years at the Yale School of Drama and 15 years of writing music with children at the 52nd Street Project in Manhattan.
The Paideia Institute is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the study and appreciation of the classical humanities, with a focus on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literature. Through Paideia’s Aequora program, which was founded in collaboration with Still Waters in a Storm in 2013, graduate students and Latin teachers, assisted by undergraduate and high school volunteers, teach weekly Latin classes in schools and community centers, with a focus on reaching students who are socioeconomically disadvantaged. We teach Latin as a vibrant, active language through spoken activities, games, and creative projects. Our goals for the programs are twofold: first, we hope that, through learning Latin, students literacy levels will improve; second, we hope that the programs provide a positive space in which students become excited about the humanities and take ownership of the Latin language as a means of self-expression.