Director and Staff

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 2021.

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  • Toby Dewey - Director

    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.
  • Mackenzie Baker

    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.
  • Jenna Barricklo

    Jenna is so excited to be joining Summer Arts! She is a student at Shenandoah University studying Musical Theatre. Jenna has been teaching dance and theater for over a decade for all ages from three years old through college! When she isn’t in the classroom, Jenna is performing around the country both during the school year and doing summer stock theater. In addition to performing Jenna loves baking, reading, and going to see shows and concerts!
  • Patricia Biagini

    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

    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.
  • Ella Brandon

    This will be Ella's first summer at Summer Arts, and she can't wait to join the community and make art together! During the school year, Ella is a school counselor at St. John's Preparatory School. She has worked in education for over ten years in various settings including an international summer camp in Maine and schools and nonprofits in New York City and Boston. Ella will be teaching multi-media art classes this summer including Jewelry Making and Tinkering.
  • Linda Derezinski

    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 Dewey

    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.
  • Rishi Gollerkeri

    Rishi just finished his first year at Northwestern University studying economics. He has played the trombone for the past eight years and taught private lessons for two. Outside of music and camp, he loves running, watching baseball, and hiking. He has attended Summer Arts as either a counselor or camper for nine years and is so excited to continue to be part of this amazing Summer Arts family.
  • Emily Grove

    Emily is a theatre educator, director, and actor living in Boston. Emily has taught youth theatre at the American Repertory Theatre, Greater Boston Stage Company, Company One, Arlington Children’s Theatre, and more. She is also the resident theatre teaching artist at the Fayerweather Street School. Trained by artists at the Disney Theatrical Group, Emily served as the lead teaching artist for the Boston division of the Disney Musicals in Schools program which taught public elementary school teachers how to create a sustainable musical theatre program. Emily holds her BFA in Theatre: Performance from Salem State University.
  • Katie Gui

    Katie is an artist and educator living in Providence Rhode Island. She has worked for and been involved with arts non-profits across the state including, New Urban Arts, Riverzedge Arts, AS220, The RISD Museum and CityArts! She is one of the founders of Binch Press, a collectively run print / ceramic studio which aims to center queer and trans artists. Katie has been a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts and a scholarship recipient at the Oxbow School and Arrowmont School of Crafts. She received her BFA in Printmaking in 2013 from RISD.
  • Alyssa Karnes

    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

    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.
  • Lautaro Mantilla

    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 Moskowitz

    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

    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.
  • Nancy Popper

    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

    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 Schectman

    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.
  • Sophie Steck

    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.
  • Daisy Walker

    Daisy is a Boston-based theatermaker and graduate of Vassar College, having majored in Drama and specializing in Gender Studies, Costume Design, and Acting. Some favorite projects include playing Janet Weiss in Entropy Theatre’s touring co-production of The Rocky Horror Show with Prescott Park Arts Festival, costume designing their recent production The Moors, playing the title mouse in Stuart Little at the Adirondack Theatre Festival, and working at Trinity Repertory Company as a wig stylist, stitcher, wardrobe person, and also as their Education Department’s “child coordinator” for their 2018 production of A Christmas Carol, where she worked closely with the show’s cast of child actors from their auditions to final bows. Daisy is so excited join the Summer Arts community this year!
  • Grace Wilson

    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.

Thank you again for a great camp experience! My kids all loved the camp and were sad to be leaving at the end. We were so impressed with the work that they did & the fun that they had with you and your colleagues! 

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