Ariel Begley (instructor, counselor) is a graduate of the bachelor’s of fine arts program at NIU. She has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia and has performed professionally with Discovery Mime Theatre since the age of two. She currently lives in Chicago and has auditioned and acted with various theatre companies around the city. She is a co‑founding member of the Imaginez Ensemblez touring company. She has taught workshops with Discovery Mime Theatre for many years and was the theatre teacher for three years at Arts Jam, a multi‑arts day camp for young children at NIU. This will be her sixth year teaching and counseling for the NIU Theatre Arts camps.