Adobe Youth Voices | 01SJ: Visions of the Future Workshops

Workshop Leaders

Emile Bokaer is a San Francisco-based director and producer of documentary films. His work has played at festivals across the United States and abroad, including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Media That Matters Film Festival, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has led filmmaking classes and workshops at Deerfield Academy Summer Arts Camp, the MAD Factory in Oberlin, the Palo Alto Art Center and Stanford University.


John Bruneau is a San Jose artist working in new media and gaming. He holds a BA in Inter-disciplinary Computing in the Arts from UC San Diego and an MFA in from the Cadre Laboratory at San Jose State University. Bruneau is currently a program associate at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as well as a lecturer for the Art Institute of California – San Francisco.

Taeyoon Choi is an artist and culture organizer based in New York City and Seoul, South Korea. Choi makes projects with mobile media for participatory performance and urban intervention. When he is not walking around and looking for a place to work, he can be found writing fiction, making photographs and drawing, and collaborating with communities and imaginative public.

David Godshall holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and currently works for Peter Walker and Partners, an internationally known landscape design firm based in Berkeley, California. David believes that the future of landscape architecture lies in creating outdoor environments that engage with and celebrate existing natural systems.

Julie Henson is a visual artist and arts writer based in San Francisco, CA. She is currently a MFA candidate at California College of the Arts and graduated from the College of Charleston in 2005 with a double major in Art History and Sculpture. Her recent work has used projected video and set-like structures to recreate TV segments from early televangelists and television icons. Henson also serves as the Managing Editor of DailyServing.com, helping to curate the content on the site and fueling the lion’s share of DailyServing’s social media.

Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, musician, instrument builder and sound designer. She has been awarded numerous grants and artist residencies for her compositions, frequently collaborates with filmmakers, video artists and choreographers, and has developed sounds for exhibits at the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and the Burke Museum of Natural History.

Gregg Witkin is a Lead Educator for the Adobe Youth Voices program and has experienced 13 years in the classroom for the Campbell Union High School District at its alternative high school. Three time teacher of the year he has focused his most recent efforts on developing youth voices through media including films, music video, animation and print.  Under his direction students have had their media pieces featured at San Jose’s Cinequest, Adobe Live, Photo Guild of Los Gatos contests, and CUHSD art shows. Gregg encourages the youth to problem solve and find a purposeful voice in their work. An avid adventure seeker Gregg enjoys underwater photography/videography, backpacking in Alaska, and is currently training for his first triathlon. He also has a wife of 6 years and a 2 1/2 year old daughter, whom he adores.

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