One River School Staff + Instructors
Michael J. Stabile is a filmmaker, screenwriter, video editor, and actor. His projects have been awarded and screened as Official Selections at numerous film festivals around the world. Michael has been writing, shooting, editing, and performing in movies since childhood. Most recently, Michael co-stars in the war film Addle Strife, which premiered at the Garden State Film Festival 2017 and is currently running the festival circuit.
In 2016, Michael launched a writer’s group for screenwriters, playwrights, and actors to meet, share their talent, and collaborate. The group continues to meet monthly, now at One River School. Michael graduated from Montclair State University with a B.F.A. in filmmaking and a minor in philosophy. He is also a United States Navy veteran.
Zoe Milah DeJesus is a graduate from Rutgers University. She received her Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts and Communication. During her time in college she was very involved in performing arts, theatre production and student films. In addition, she took on several marketing and public relations internships for organizations like Refinery29 and the NewFest LGBT Film Festival in NYC.
Favorite Artists: Eva Hesse, Bruce Conner, Sheila Hicks, Salvador Dali, Man Ray
As a filmmaker and a digital artist my international background has been instrumental in developing a vigorous and entertaining filmmaking style that exhibits my keen appreciation for political, cultural and social diversity.
Favorite Artists: Federico Fellini, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Dupieux
Working on Now: My feature film about two friends that hike the length of Manhattan on a summer night – shot on location in the streets of New York, guerrilla-style.
I enjoy painting but always love to explore new mediums and push my work in new directions. Teaching has been my way of giving back my knowledge and experience. What I enjoy most about One River School is that it allows students to explore their creativity while being amongst others who share the same passion and interests.
Favorite Artist: John Singer Sargent & Édouard Manet
Sight to See: Florence Italy & Museo del Prado, Spain
Working on Now: Series of paintings & pastels
Gregory Gentert is a photographer and artist from New Jersey whose work explores themes of time, performance, and body. He mostly photographs dogs, his family, and assorted bric a brac. Much of his work is inspired by music, novels, and his experiences growing up in New Jersey. Teaching has been an ongoing source of inspiration for Gregory and he often draws from his own work to create exciting new activities for students.
Favorite Artist: Torbjorn Rodland
Sight to See: Big Sur
Digital Art Instructor
As a photographer and an art educator I hope to encourage students to view everyday life as an ongoing artistic process and to question and discover the endless possibilities of art. A major theme in my teaching strategy is life experiences. Being a part of The One River School is incredibly inspirational. I think each individual can bring something new and profound to the art world.
Favorite Artist: Sally Mann
Sight to See: The Great Pyramids of Giza
Listening to Now: Phoenix, Amy Winehouse, Disclosure
Growing up with a father who is a graphic designer and a mother who loved to make crafts, I have always had a special place for Art in my life. Although I work as an Art teacher in a middle school, teaching at One River School gives me the opportunity to further share my passion in an environment that is truly dedicated to promoting art making as a valuable life experience. My main goal in teaching is to help my students tap into their creativity and find a meaningful place for art in their lives.
Favorite Artists: Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse
Listening to Now: Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men
Digital Art Instructor
Liam Eisenberg is a multi media artist from Fort Lee, New Jersey. He recently graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and Animation and is currently pursuing an MFA in Illustration at School of Visual Arts in NYC.
While growing up, art, design, and music were always around him. He would go on to soak up inspiration from Rap album covers, cartoons, manga, New York Times illustrations, current events, sports logos, and even his parents’ taste in music and movies. What drew him to One River was the wide array of digital and traditional art classes offered to people of all ages, where teachers are able to give individualized attention to each student and watch them flourish in a short time.
“I always emphasize to my students the importance of finding inspiration in their day-to-day lives. Look around you, pay attention to colors, details, and conversations. You never know what will spark your next work of art.”