Instructor Bios


Ned Castle
Ned Castle is a native Vermont photographer who focuses on documentary and ethnographic subject matter. His work includes In Their Own Words, a collection of stories from refugees resettled in Vermont, Indigenous Expressions, comprising portraits of Native Peoples from the Lake Champlain Basin, and most recently the HIGHLOW Project, which is now touring the state. Ned attended photography school in Florence, Italy and New York City, and is a graduate of Williams College, where he majored in Biology and Psychology.

Erica Heilman
Instructor Erica Heilman is an award-winning radio producer. Her work has aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston, VPR, and other public radio affiliates nationwide. Erica also offers deep experience incorporating audio editing and production within an educational setting, having worked with high school students as a part of Vermont Folklife Center’s Youth Radio Vermont program.

Andy Kolovos
Andy Kolovos is the Vermont Folklife Centerís Archivist and a staff Folklorist. He holds a Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology and an MLS, both from Indiana University. His professional work focuses on ethnographic archives, audio preservation, audio field recording, and the use of audio in ethnographic documentary. His research examines the history of folklore archives, and contemporary practice in folklore/folklife/ethnographic archival collections. He consults across the US and Canada on audio field recording for ethnography, archival preservation of ethnographic materials, and audio preservation digitization. He created and maintains the VFC's online Field Guides and their widely-cited Digital Audio Field Recording Equipment Guide.

Scott Miller
Scott Miller is a documentary photographer and filmmaker originally from Vermont and Kenya. He has extensive international field experience, having completed photographic and ethnographic projects in Kerala (India), southern Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Queens, NY. Scott also worked on the Global Video Letters project in the South Bronx, NYC, teaching young people to make and share visual stories about their lives. He also completed a participatory documentary film entitled Our Global Campus working with adults with developmental disabilities in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Scott holds an MA from The New School (NYC) in International Affairs and Ethnographic Studies, and a BA from Boston University in Philosophy.

Greg Sharrow
Greg Sharrow serves as the VFC's Director of Education and Folklorist. Sharrow brings to the Center a history of academic excellence and years of teaching experience. He holds a BA from Oberlin College, a MEd from UVM and has his PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Sharrow taught at the Braintree School in the Orange Southwest Supervisory Union (Vermont) for several years and was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for that district in 1983. He was also appointed as the Mellon Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania for the 1987-88 Academic Year. His current research interests include the interplay of folklife and personal identity and the role that culture plays in our construction of self.
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