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.

List of 19 items.

  • 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.
  • Jenna Barricklo

    Jenna is so excited for her second year at Summer Arts! She just graduated from Shenandoah University with her BFA in 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maria Lacreta

    Maria LaCreta is an artist whose work focuses on themes in storytelling, relationships, and the reconstruction of memory. Maria was educated at both the Maryland Institute College of Art, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she came into her own as a painter. She has taught in a wide spectrum of disciplines, ages, schools and institutions, beginning at Humboldt Park, Chicago as a community-based educator, later at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Mt. Ida College, and most recently in Boston area hospitals as a part of the Artful Healing team at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Maria now works as a Mental Health Therapist, where arts-based processes continue to inform her approach, personal evolution, and work both inside and outside of her Somerville studio.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emily Schiffer

    Emily Schiffer is an award-winning photographer interested in the intersection between art, community engagement, and social change. She is a co-founder of We, Women, the largest social impact photography project by women in the US. Emily attended Charles River Creative Arts Program as a child. The CRCAP experience, of adult artists taking children's creativity seriously, laid the foundation for her to pursue a career as an artist, and inspired Emily to create the My Viewpoint Youth Photography Initiative on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, where she taught for 12 years. Emily is excited to join the Fayerweather community this summer with her 8-year-old daughter Lola, who is finally old enough to attend! Emily lives in Brooklyn with her family. In addition to working as a photographer, she teaches at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography in NYC. 
  • Calder Sells

    Calder Sell is an artist, educator, and researcher from Minnesota. He is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned degrees in Fine Art and Environmental Science. He has exhibited work across the Midwest including Madison, WI and Chicago, IL. Calder has taught at several schools and libraries in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and is excited to be teaching at Summer Arts at Fayerweather this summer!
  • José Soto

    Artist, educator, and cultural manager José Soto is founder of the Fundación Armonía Colectiva and the FIJAZZ Costa Rica international jazz festival. With a goal of creating socially aware music that betters society, he experiments with Latin American music and jazz. His music studies took him to the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, New England Conservatory, and the Berklee College of Music, the Global Jazz Institute Master’s program. Soto helped to found the Danilo Perez Foundation’s Children’s Program in Panama, where he taught for two years. In Costa Rica, he worked as a teacher at several respected institutions. As a performer and pianist, Soto explores a variety of sounds and aims to promote new musical experiences for audiences and has performed in many national and international jazz festivals in Latin America, the USA, and Europe.
  • 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!
  • 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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