People Directory

Photo of Arrianna Chai Arrianna Chai Artist-Teacher
Photo of Tia Clark Tia Clark Creative Writing Faculty: Fiction; College Guidance

Tia Clark’s fiction has appeared in The Offing, American Short Fiction, Kenyon Review, Fourteen Hills, and elsewhere. They have received funding and fellowships from The Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. They have taught writing at The University of Wisconsin, the New Orleans Writers Workshop, and Indiana University, where they received their MFA in fiction.

Photo of Blake Coheley Blake Coheley Director of Admissions
(504) 940-2840

Blake started dancing at the age of three and has been in the studio ever since. He has toured internationally with “Tops in Blue,” and has toured nationally with “Oliver,” “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Bye-Bye Birdie,” and “Annie.” Blake has taught all over the world and his unique teaching styles, combined with his personality and strong varied techniques, keep him in constant demand on the road.…

Photo of Silas Cooper Silas Cooper President | CEO
(504) 940-2836

Silas is beginning his 16th year at NOCCA, now as NOCCA’s President | CEO and head of school,  and previously has served previously as a Drama Department Faculty Member, Chair of Drama and as Director of Arts.

Mr. Cooper has also served as the faculty representative on the NOCCA Board of Directors and as a member of NOCCA’s Equity Committee.…

Betty Coulon Procurement & Operations Manager
Photo of Yvette Cuccia Yvette Cuccia Administrative Coordinator

Yvette is very happy to be immersed on a daily basis in such a wonderful creative environment.  Born and raised in New Orleans, she has always been an avid lover, and participator, in the arts.  Her spare time is spent in nature and walking every dog in the neighborhood!


Photo of Danita Cummings Danita Cummings Payroll & Finance Specialist
(504) 940-2814
Photo of Mai Dao Mai Dao Administrative Coordinator
Photo of Lotte Delaney Lotte Delaney Chief Financial Officer
(504) 940-2826

Lotte has nearly 30 years of experience in public service and degrees in Accounting and Public Administration from the University of New Orleans.  Starting her career as an auditor with the US Army and the Orleans Parish School Board, Lotte transitioned to NOCCA in 2000 as the Comptroller.  Over her more than 20 years at NOCCA, Lotte has evolved to being the Chief Financial Officer and taken over the responsibilities for supervision of the Information Technology, Maintenance, Security, Library and Food Service departments, in addition to all the fiscal responsibilities.…

Photo of Terry DeRoche Terry DeRoche Visual Arts: Digital Media, 2-D Exploration
(504) 940-2884

Receiving his B.F.A. from Maine College of Art and M.Ed. from the University of New Orleans, Terry DeRoche works digitally, making images that typically blend photography, painting, and text.  Terry is a fellow of the Surdna Art Teachers Fellowship Grant and also a recipient of a Louisiana Division of the Arts individual project grant.  Mr. DeRoche has also presented at national education conferences, co-authored a paper published in the Teaching in Higher Education Forum, and published photographs in the Gambit, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and Greater Portland magazine. …

Photo of Sarah Devlin Sarah Devlin Film & Animation Instructor
Photo of Dr. Zorica Dimova Dr. Zorica Dimova Classical Instrumental Instructor: Violin/Viola, Strings

Zorica Dimova is originally from Bulgaria. She started playing the violin when she was 5 years old. At 9 she joined the Youth Orchestra with which she toured Europe and won various awards. Mrs. Dimova graduated from the National Music Conservatory “Pancho Vladigerov” in Sofia, Bulgaria. She was featured as a soloist of the Symphony Orchestra in Stara Zagora and the State Academy Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.5, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D major and Brahms Violin Concerto in D major.…

Photo of Anna Donnell Anna Donnell Costume Design Instructor

Anna Donnell is a Costume Designer happy to call New Orleans home.  She came to the world of costume design through her performance career, as a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, The Academy at Black Box Acting, and the BFA Acting Studio at The University of Mississippi, where she also worked for the department costume shop and gained her technical knowledge of costume construction. …

Photo of Dr. Jean-Marc Duplantier Dr. Jean-Marc Duplantier 11th Grade Humanities

Dr. Jean-Marc Duplantier (Integrated Humanities) holds a bachelors degree in Comparative Literature (Colorado College, 1996), a PhD in French Studies (LSU, 2006), and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science (LSU, 2010). He was awarded Fulbright and Social Science Research Council grants to conduct dissertation research in Haiti. He has extensive experience teaching English at the high school level in the New Orleans area, and he continues to pursue research interests in the history and culture of Louisiana and the Caribbean.

Photo of Anne Gisleson Anne Gisleson Department Chair
(504) 940-2822

Anne Gisleson is the author of The Futilitarians (Little, Brown) and her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Los Angeles Times, The Oxford AmericanThe Believer and many other publications. Her work has been selected for inclusion in anthologies such as Best American Non-Required ReadingBest Music WritingLife in the Wake, and others.…

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