St. Louis Canvass Project Teaching Artists

Glynis Brooks is a Performing Artist specializing in creating One-Woman Shows in which she may portray as many as 22 different characters. She also loves acting in Theatre productions with other artists and singing with bands whenever the opportunities arise. She is THRILLED to begin her second year as a Teaching Artist with St. Louis Canvass Project where she gets to learn and play with a team of brilliant Teaching Artists, and magnificent middle school students!


Hassie Davis is a 30+ year veteran in the Arts community having worked extensively locally and nationally as an actress and teaching artist. She also works as an arts administrator for CHIPS Health & Wellness Center where she is Program Coordinator for the teen leadership touring group CLUB CHIPS.  She holds an Associates of Arts in music, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Music, a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and is proud to say she is a CAT fellow class of 2016.  In regard to her life’s work in the arts, she lives by the credo “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day of your life”.


As a songwriter and teaching artist, Mark Pagano has found a myriad of opportunities to make and share music with diverse populations. Whether touring with his rock n’ roll band FIRE DOG or facilitating his Music Maker program throughout area schools, Pagano works to inspire joy and curiosity through songs of truth and intrigue. Pagano believes that through the process of creating we can learn, heal, and transcend.



Fannie Belle’ Lebby: Actress/Director/Storyteller/Community Arts Educator has a Master’s Degree in Theatre/Cinema from Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas. She is a 2005 graduate of the Community Arts Training Program and a 2014 recipient of the Regional Arts Commission Artist Fellowship.  Currently, she serves as Artistic Director of A Call to Conscience Interactive Theater for Social Change where she uses the arts as a means of protest to address social justice issues.


DeAnna Massie, MFA, ED.D., is a teaching artist, actor, certified Applied Improviser, and researcher specializing in improvisation and performance.  Trained at Second City and PaperSlip Theater, Dr. Massie is a 20 year veteran of improv who has toured the United States as a performer and been featured at international conferences as a presenter and researcher focusing on improvisation as a tool for learning and communication. She performs regularly in St. Louis with PaperSlip Theatre and has been a featured player in St. Louis Shakespeare’s Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre.


Aaron McMullin received her Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2009 and has since worked as a community arts organizer and educator, teaching high school, serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, farming, teaching art to elementary school-aged kids, and co-facilitating an anti-racist book club. Aaron uses art as a tool to tell stories about social justice issues. She received a Fulbright-Nehru Research Grant and a Critical Language Enhancement Award in 2011 to study cotton farming in India. Through her photography and textile work, she aims to illuminate the story of cotton farmers in India and shrink the gap between farmers in India and consumers in the US. In addition to her work with The Canvass Project, Aaron is the Program Coordinator for Colorbridge and teaches after school art classes to kids ages K-8th grade.


Carmen R. Guynn is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a second-year Canvass Project teaching artist. She is the Owner/ Artistic Director of Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company. The dance company is the first Latin Dance Company in St. Louis, and has made appearances on the OWN’s Network popular TV show “Welcome to Sweetie Pies” and Viacom’s Network TV show “MTV MADE”.  The dance company is dedicated in teaching the art of Afro – Latin Music and Dance to the St. Louis Metropolitan area.  Carmen uses life coaching skills and her work in civil engineering to create a space for dance students to explore new cultural concepts.   The dance company is also used as a platform to bring awareness about Human Trafficking.


Marshida Harris is a forever student. As a woman of faith, she has used her firm foundations in loving God and people. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with her BGS in Black Studies & Sports Management. Since graduating in 2015 she has dedicated her life to helping youth development into healthy leaders through advising & coaching with different local non-profit agencies. She has impacted the lives of over 500 scholars and engage many communities in Courageous Conversations. She endeavors to impact more through the avenue of art, authentic relationship, unconditional love and social change through her business ArtHealLove by Unashamed Artistry.