The Summer Arts staff brings years of dedication and experience to students as working artists and/or teachers. The staff have a proven track record working with children as well as being accomplished in their art form. Here's a look at some of the staff for 2019.
Toby Dewey comes to Summer Arts at Fayerweather from The Cambridge School of Weston (8 years) and the Charles River Creative Arts Program in Dover MA where he was director for 30 years. Toby was the the founding Artistic Director of Urban Improv/Rehearsal for Life in Boston. He holds a BA in English from Beloit College and a MEd from Antioch College. The Freelance Press has published six of his musicals written for young people.
Jacob graduated from Oberlin College this spring with a major in English and a minor in Computer Science. These two disciplines have shaped a lot of his life. At Oberlin he was the captain of the Flying Horsecows, an Ultimate Frisbee team but also enjoyed playing other sports, making art, reading and music.This will be Jacob's 4th year at Summer Arts and he can't wait to be working in the sports department and doing the Extended Day program.
A Boston born artist raised on Cape Cod, Mackenzie Baker has spent her last four years studying interdisciplinary studio art at the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. As an artist, Mackenzie believes that when words fail, art can successfully provide the opportunity to share ones feelings and expressions with others. She will be teaching art and computer animation this summer.
Patricia Biagini is trained in many styles of dance, including jazz, tap, musical theatre and modern. She has danced professionally in New York City, Boston and the Caribbean. She has taught in such schools as Boston Arts Academy, Concord Academy and Plymouth State University and has also taught in dance programs including Aileycamp Boston, New Friends Through Dance and the Metca program. Patricia is very excited to be on the staff this summer at Summer Arts and can't wait to meet and get to know the students.
Courtney Bent is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose work has taken her from Masaii camps in East Africa to Civil War reenactments in the United States. Her most recent film, Shooting Beauty, a documentary about a photography program she started for a group of individuals with disabilities at United Cerebral Palsy, was the winner of over 20 best documentary and audience awards at film festivals throughout the country.
Avi is currently a student at Ohio Wesleyan University, a small Liberal Arts college outside Columbus, Ohio where she studies Business Administration and Spanish. For the past 3 academic years, Avi has tutored 3rd-5th grade ESL students in Math, Science, and English. She enjoys learning about cultures and languages, playing ultimate frisbee, cooking, and being with kids. She grew up going to the Charles River Creative Arts Program (CRCAP) and later the Summer Arts program at CSW where she was a CIT. This summer Avi will be teaching Make-Up, and assisting with Culinary Arts, textile classes, and the Extended-Day program. She is excited to be a part of the Summer Arts family once again and have a fun summer with students and staff!
Linda is an English teacher at Dana Hall school, where she has taught English and Journalism classes for 12 years. Her favorite things to teach are short story, memoir, and poetry writing. In addition to her love of literature, Linda is an avid singer, knitter, dog-lover and mom. She will teach journalism and creative writing this summer and is so excited to help young writers work toward their writing dreams.
Alicia is attending UMass Amherst and is majoring in Veterinary Technology. This is her 8th year at Summer Arts and she is excited to be at the Fayerweather Street School. Alicia spends most of her time with Art Squad and also teaches makeup and art squad dance. She enjoys working with younger kids and teaching dance.
After working for over 20 years at the Charles River Creative Arts Program, Tom was honored to help create the Summer Arts program at CSW. He now loves introducing Summer Arts to even more kids at Fayerweather Street School. Tom has worked as Dean of Faculty for seven years at the Cambridge School of Weston while continuing to teach ceramics, drawing, sculpture, and conceptual art classes as well as occasionally producing his own visual art work. Tom also loves to collaborate with musicians to create musicals for creative kids ages 8-15. He has written eight of these and is currently working on number nine!
Alyssa is a costume technician from Providence, RI, where she creates costumes for Trinity Repertory Company. She holds degrees in theatre and music and enjoys the opportunity to combine the two. She is excited to return to Summer Arts and share her love of textiles and fiber arts with budding creators!
Josh Keehn is a Special Education teacher at Needham High School. He is teaching video classes at Summer Arts at Fayerweather, where he also worked last summer. He has taught music, video, and drama at summer camps for more than 10 years. Besides camp, Josh has held different jobs in schools previously including an English teacher, daycare teacher, classroom aide, and after-school coordinator in Needham, Lexington, Amherst, and New York City.
Kelvyn Koning specializes in composing for choir and theatre and in performing as a countertenor and pianist. He recently completed his Master of Music in Composition from the Boston Conservatory and has been commissioned to write pieces for his alma mater as well as for Zeeland High School, Batesville High School, and the Da Camera Singers. He was a staff accompanist at Calvin College and Aquinas College and has sung as a countertenor soloist with the Choral Scholars at the Beaver Island Baroque Festival. He is currently the Director of Music at First Baptist Church of Melrose and is a member of the Oriana Consort as a male soprano and of the Boston Quorum, where he serves as interim director, male soprano and accompanist. He also accompanies voice lessons and directs music for theatre at the Boston Conservatory. It is Kelvyn’s goal to foster empathy, healing, and social justice for individuals and communities through music.
Food. Family. Friends. Travel. Fashion. Discovery. Language. Culture. People. 24/7. Carmencita is the Lead Teacher and Program Coordinator for Fayerweather’s own Younger After School program and joins SummerArts this year as THE Art Squad Director. She’s passionate about connecting, creating and enjoying teachable moments, sparking the imagination and inspiring curiosity. She’s volunteer taught throughout Greater Boston and the Metro-West area for 20 years, taught Spanish for the past 5 years, and is eagerly counting down the days until she gets to engage the hearts and minds of Art Squad. She’ll be teaching Story Theater and Culinary Arts l this summer.
Lautaro is a guitarist, composer, and improviser from Bogota, Colombia. He recently graduated from New England Conservatory (NEC) receiving a Doctorate in Composition, where he studied with Eliot Fisk, Joe Morris, Carla Kilhstedt, Anthony Coleman, and John Mallia. Based in Boston, Mantilla is an active musician from the NY and Boston music scenes as well Faculty member of the Contemporary Improvisation department and the Chair of Contemporary Improvisation Preparatory School and Continuing Education, both at NEC. After a two-year break, he is beyond excited to come back and be a part of the Summer Arts family again.
Jenna has taught drama at elementary schools in Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge and Watertown. She’s taught through programs at the Stoneham Theatre, the Watertown Children's Theatre, and the Winchester Community Music School. She has also taught theatre locally to college students at the North Shore Community College and Regis College. In New York, Jenna taught theatre at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, New York University, and the Young Women’s Leadership School in East Harlem. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theatre from New York University.
Merle Perkins received training at Boston University and Walnut Hill School of Performing Arts. She is an actor/educator and director with Urban Improv, an interactive, violence prevention, moral development program for young people. She has taught singing and acting at Charles River Creative Arts Program, Wheelock Family Theatre, Zumix and Walnut Hill School. She has played a variety of roles at regional theaters in New England. Merle has been requested to sing at city and state events by Mayor Menino of Boston and the Boston Red Sox organization.This summer Merle will be teaching acting and singing.
Liz’s passion with art lies in creating opportunities for individual growth and using that fuel to strengthen community. She graduated from Massart in 2013 with a degree in both the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) and Art Education. Since then, She has taught art in both Boston and in Como, Italy. Liz is looking forward to sharing new ideas and creating at Fayerweather this Summer!
Nancy is a printmaker living in Cambridge, MA. She earned an undergraduate degree from Bard College, and a graduate degree from Mass College of Art, as well as a certificate in printmaking from the Institute d'Arte in Venice, Italy. Her prints have appeared as illustrations in several publications, including the New Yorker Magazine and the Boston Globe Magazine. She has exhibited locally as well as in New York and Japan. She has taught studio art in both public and private schools, including the Park School, The Advent School, Nashoba Brooks School of Concord, the Graham and Parks Alternative School in Cambridge, the deCordova Museum School and the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center.
Jim Rest is the Chair of the Mathematics Department, Student Council Moderator and Admissions representative at St. Sebastian’s School, where he has been teaching Math and coaching basketball and cross country for the past 22 years. His work with young people has continued during summers at CRCAP since 1991. Jim’s signature class, Batter Up, was always his personal favorite and reflects his longtime devotion to the Red Sox. In addition to heading the Sports department at CRCAP, Jim also helped direct the CIT program.
Sam is a student at Oberlin College, where he studies History. He is thrilled to be back at Summer Arts, where he attended as a camper and has worked for several years. Sam enjoys watching baseball and basketball, music, and reading in his free time." Sam enjoys watching baseball and basketball, music, and reading in his free time.
Sophie graduated from the sculpture department of Massachusetts College of Art in 2015 with a BFA. Since graduating she has monitored in woodshops and metal shops at MassArt and Harvard. She has taught visual arts, woodworking, and tinkering for the Eliot School in Boston Public Schools. She has also taught and directed the art department for Summer Arts. Her passion for teaching stems from her compassionate nature, her love of all things art, and her mother-- a lifelong teacher herself. She enjoys swimming, cross country skiing, and adventuring in nature with her dog.
Katie Sussman has been teaching 2D Art and Ceramics at Bedford High School for six years, in addition to teaching classes at various libraries and community centers across the state. She has exhibited her paintings at galleries in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania, and continues to work on her own practice. She holds a B.S. in Painting from SUNY New Paltz as well as an M.A.T. from Tufts University and The School of Museum of Fine Arts.
Grace is an artist currently residing in Waltham, Ma. Her interests include textiles, flow arts, photography, modeling, jewelry, sculpture, yoga, and digital media. She's been with Summer Arts for 8 years and is thrilled to be teaching at a new campus this year.
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