Michael L. Naylor, Ph.D.

Title:Full-Time Faculty, Music Director
Quote: “Creating music is a great pathway to developing our full capacity or potential, and this is true across our Planet.”
Short Bio: After graduating from Interlochen Arts Academy, Michael pursued a dual career in classical music and jazz/world music at the University of Miami. While in Miami he performed with Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Celia Cruz, numerous Motown groups, and Jon Secada, as well as Miami Symphony Orchestras, and later, spent six years in the German Stadt Theater Hanau, as resident composer for the Hessischer Rundfunk (Frankfurt German radio orchestra, chorus and jazz orchestra) and touring Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America as a musical artist. He then returned to the US to receive a Masters degree in film composition (University of Miami, FL) and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology (University of Michigan). He has since served as a professor at Oakland University (MI), Wayne State University (MI), and over the last few decades has developed multiple initiatives at Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan designed to help adults develop their own creative pathways to music and appreciation for our world’s diverse cultures.
Office: ML 162A, Tel: 734-677-5039, Email: mnaylor@wccnet.edu

Tracy Jaffe

Faculty Advisor, Instructor
Tracy Jaffe served as the Chair of the Performing Arts Department for 18 years, and is the founding faculty advisor of the Drama/Theatre Area. Shaping the welcoming and creative atmosphere of The College Theatre and the Drama/Theatre Area of study, Tracy has created and developed a wide variety of WCC Drama/Theatre courses and activities offerings. She specializes in teaching all levels of Acting classes, Improvisational Acting and Theatre Appreciation. Steeped in acting, voice, musical theatre, and the adaptation of scripts for the stage, her professional background and training informs her expertise teaching acting and theory to the adult learner, theatrical directing and the development of higher education performance curriculum.
Office:  ML 162  Tel: 734-677-5101, Email: tracylee@wccnet.edu

Noonie Anderson

Noonie Laurice Anderson has been a dancer her whole life. Her first dance training was in ballet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester New York. She continued her early dance education through high school performing in a professional company her senior year of high school. Noonie continued her education at Butler University where she received a degree in English. During this time, she continued to dance, train and teach. She returned to school to receive an MFA from the University of Michigan in Dance Performance. Noonie was a founding member of the J Parker Copeley dance company and the Dance Gallery School. She performed and toured extensively with the company for 10 years. She began teaching at Washtenaw Community College in the mid-1980s and WCC has been her home for the last 30 years. Noonie is a dedicated dance educator and counts herself lucky to have been able to work at her life’s passion and to share her Love of dance with so many students.
Office:  ML 162  Tel: 734-973-3378, Email: nooniea@wccnet.edu