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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Sophia Dubuisson

    Sophia is a Haitian American multi-media artist based in Boston MA. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2021 and currently is a full-time artist.
  • Cooper Evans

    Cooper joins the Fayerweather community with a background in music production, performance, arranging and composition. He has been working at and attending creative arts programs using the same model as Fayerweather for 22 years! Cooper studied music production and composition at the Cambridge School of Weston, Hampshire College, and the Berklee School of Music. Cooper also spends his time music directing, composing and recording for various commercials. He is a member of Urban Improv in Boston and performs around New England with bog berries and ADDIE.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chloe Knicely

    Chloe is a High School educator in the Boston area. She loves painting and mixing music. She is so excited to inspire and be inspired by campers at the Art Squad this summer.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Taro O'halloran

    Taro is an artist and filmmaker from the Boston area. He is currently pursuing a BFA in Film and Video from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Taro has a background in film from all varieties of production, from Hollywood scale to backyard moviemaking. He is excited to join Fayerweather for the first time this year and be inspired by the next generation of artists.
  • 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.
  • Nellie Rogers

    Nellie is so excited to be running the Art Squad at Summer Arts this year! She has spent the last 7 summers teaching musical theater, improv, cooking, and gardening at the Charles River Creative Arts program. During the year, Nellie is a first grade teacher in Western Massachusetts. Nellie is looking forward to a silly, fun, exciting summer!! 
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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