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 Adam Tinkle, Director

Adam Tinkle

Adam Tinkle creates, teaches, and writes about music, sound, media, and performance. At the center of Adam's work are strategies for artistic engagement, interactivity, and pedagogy that draw on experimental music. In 2010, he co-founded the Universal Language Orchestra, a group of elementary-aged novice musicians that composed, improvised, and built their own instruments. He subsequently created several similarly path-breaking arts education programs across San Diego county, where his collaborations with his students and his audience-participatory works were shown at the Birch Aquarium, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Old Globe Theatre, and the Institute of Perception. Before moving to Skidmore in 2014, he was a founding broadcaster on KNSJ 89.1FM, San Diego's first community radio station, where he led community workshops on radio-making and produced a weekly crowd-sourced music and documentary program. His award-winning solo performance A Mess of Things merges radio documentary with songs and video art. In May 2014, his interactive sound sculpture the Shantytown Scrapblaster was permanently installed at the Media Arts Center San Diego.  For More: www.riskyforager.com,  www.adamtinkle.com


Sarah Friedland, Storytellers' Institute Director

Sarah Friedland

Sarah Friedland received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and her MFA from the Integrated Media Art Program at Hunter College. Her documentary films and installations are concerned with personal stories that reveal larger histories and intricacies about place and society. Friedland’s works with Esy Casey have screened widely in the US and abroad and have been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, the Paul Newman Foundation, the William H. Prusoff Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Center for Asian American Media. In 2009, after the debut of her feature documentary Thing With No Name, she was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by Independent Magazine. She is a recipient of the 2014 Paul Robeson award from the Newark Museum for her feature documentary The Rink, which is slated for PBS (WNET/NJTV) fall 2016. Her recent documentary Jeepney (2015) was broadcast on PBS (World Channel). She has received residencies and fellowships from the Center of Contemporary Art in Pont- Aven, the LABA House of Study, the MacDowell Colony, and Meerkat Media. 


Jesse O'Connell, Program Coordinator

Jesse Wakeman

Jesse O'Connell is a documentary filmmaker whose work began at the award-winning Moxie Institute Film Studio + Lab in San Francisco, CA. She was the associate producer and assistant editor on many of Moxie's films, including the Emmy-nominated series The Future Starts Here, and edited on the first films in the Let it Ripple nonprofit short-film series including Free Speech and Engage. She also worked with over 2,000 schools and nonprofit organizations involved in the Let it Ripple project, helping them to customize any of the five films for their outreach purposes.

She joined the MDOCS staff in the fall of 2015 after moving back to the east coast. She looks forward to helping students of all disciplines uncover important stories in their studies that allow us to look to the future through the lens and perspective of the past. Inspired by the challenge of highlighting the truth in the complex network of the digital landscape, she continues to explore the power of nonfiction storytelling. She has a BS in video production from Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications. www.jessewakeman.org


 Nicole Buck, Academic Administrative Assistant

Nicole Buck

Prior to joining the MDOCS team at Skidmore, Nicole led systems, event planning and fundraising efforts at the Saratoga Senior Center. She also worked for the Boeing Company as a financial and business planning analyst on the development team launching the first Delta IV rocket into space from Cape Canaveral, FL.  Nicole earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Boston College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Central Florida.  Nicole lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Jason, and her three children, Maddie, Ryan and Molly.