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 2022.

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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.
  • Amy Walrod

    Amy is an artist and a teacher living and working in the Boston area with her son Lucas, and her two dogs, Mojo and Rex. After a number of years as a freelance illustrator, Amy came to the field of teaching with the same enthusiasm that she has for making art. She is passionate about storytelling and making art accessible to all. Amy is excited to be joining Summer Arts at Fayerweather and is looking forward to working with such a talented group of students.
  • Anhkim Dang

    Anhkim is a recent graduate from MassArt receiving a BFA in Animation. She is passionate, energetic, and fun-loving. She loves telling stories whether it be through drawings, pictures, or words, which is what attracted her to animation. She believes that all people have stories to tell whether it be big or small! Anhkim believes that everyone has an artist within them, and she couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Fayerweather Summer Arts program. She is looking forward to working with students and helping cultivate their artistic ideas and cannot wait to listen to everyone's stories!
  • Asher Cohen

    Asher (he/him) loves playing around with young children in a musical setting and has just started teaching music full time in Wellesley, MA. He is looking forward to helping his students express their musical selves by creating goals and materials that his students enjoy! While his main instruments are Piano and Drums he encourages students to find their own way to enjoy music. Asher Is a recent grad from Tufts University and is now pursuing his MA in music education from Berklee School of Music. In his off time he loves playing video games, reading warhammer 40k novels, and rollerblading!
  • Carmen Suero

    Carmen is an architect, artist and designer, graduating with a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University Pedro Henriquez Ureña, Dominican Republic.  Carmen loves to have a positive impact on her students through art. She believes that art is a perfect medium of nurturing their creativity and imagination while having fun. In her free time she enjoys dancing, spending time with her two kids and puppy Oreo, exploring new places and nature.
  • Cory Jordan

    Cory is a recent graduate of Salem State University where he received his bachelor's in sport movement science and is currently a physical education teacher for k-8 students. You will most likely find Cory in the gym or on the field sharing his love and passion for sports and community. Cory is looking forward to joining the Summer Arts Program and hoping to bring his high energy and enthusiasm to all.
  • 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.
  • Destine Demosthene

    Destine is a recent graduate from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth receiving a BFA in Fashion Design. She has always had a passion for fashion because to her it’s a form of communication and expressing oneself. She believes: “When you look good, you feel good!” She is beyond excited to be joining Summer Arts this year and hopes to share and inspire how fun fashion can be! 
  • Ella Fairchild

    Ella is a student at George Washington University studying political science. She is passionate about collage, jewelry making, and her dog Peggy! She loves expressing herself through art and is super excited to join the team this summer.
  • Harrison Simon

    Harrison has over 7 years of tech and media teaching experience working with elementary, PreK, and middle school age groups, as well as over a decade of summer multi-arts experience. Harrison is passionate about integrating technology into art and teaching where and when technology can and should be used. In his free time he likes to practice photography, hike with his dog, and play video games. He currently is working as a web-developer and is excited to be joining Summer Arts.
  • Jordan Bialik

    Jordan Burnham-Bialik (they/them) is a passionate drama teacher and is excited to join the Summer Arts community. They believe in democratic theatre education that uses collaboration and teamwork to tell meaningful stories across different cultures, identities, and backgrounds. Jordan has a decade and a half of experience with summer camps, including French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, and teaches drama at Shady Hill School in Cambridge.
  • 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.
  • Kate Martenis

    This is Kate's 5th year leading singing and drama classes at Summer Arts and she is so happy to be back! Since childhood, she has loved to make music with others, and sings and plays piano whenever possible. During the non-summer months, she is a math teacher. 
  • Katherine Norris

    Katherine is an educator in the Cambridge area. She has 6 years of experience working with kids in summer camp and after-school programming. She grew up in Cambridge and went to the Fayerweather Street School for 7th and 8th grade. In her spare time she enjoys making art, knitting and singing. This will be her first summer at Summer Arts and she is so excited to be a member of the Arts Squad. 
  • 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.
  • Luke Ingram

    Luke (he/him) is an animator, filmmaker, and performing artist living in Brookline MA. He studied Animation at the Massachusetts College of Art, and has a love for experimental animation and photography.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rishi Gollerkeri

    Rishi is thrilled to be back at Summer Arts, where he has worked for four years and previously attended as a camper! He has been part of several music ensembles ranging from rock bands to jazz groups to large orchestras, primarily as a trombone player. Outside of performing music and taking classes as a student at Northwestern University, you might find Rishi playing pickup baseball and basketball games or rollerblading around for fun!
  • Sally Campbell

    Sally is looking forward to creating goofy magic at Summer Arts at Fayerweather. She loves all forms of Drama-- from clowning to Shakespeare to musical comedy. Making and tinkering are another one of her passions, and she enjoys helping kids build and craft the creatures of their imaginations. Sally has been teaching/directing for many years and is currently the Director of the Newton Freelance Troupe which performs original musicals. Can’t wait for summer!
  • Sofia Reynolds

    Sofia currently attends Tufts University and is majoring in philosophy and minoring in sound engineering.  She has previously been a photography counselor for four summers at the Charles River Creative Arts Program. Sofia is passionate about teaching and creating art and is thrilled to be joining the Summer Arts community.
  • Tom Evans

    Tom Evans has been teaching art to kids for over 30 years. He’s worked at the Cambridge School of Weston and multiple Summer Arts programs. He is a visual artist and a playwright. He never gets tired of seeing students discover their creative power.
  • Wren Reardon

    Wren is an artist and student at Vassar College. They adore collage, music, and poetry. As of late they have been experimenting with eco prints and film photography. They are excited to share their joy in art-making with others this summer! 

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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