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 2024.

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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.
  • Beckett Brueggemann

    Beckett (he/him) is an artist and educator living in the Boston area. He has recently graduated from Tufts University with his masters in art education. Beckett's studio practice is grounded in fiber arts as he takes a multi-media and interdisciplinary approach to his own making. He finds comfort and joy in experimentation and learning new art skills. Beckett is excited to be joining the Summer Arts Program and can't wait to see all the amazing projects his students pursue! 
  • Carley Herman

    This is Carley’s first summer at Fayerweather and they couldn’t be more excited. Carley is a visual artist who loves to work with multiple mediums and colors. In addition to visual art, they have been playing guitar for five years. Carley also loves to be outside and play sports, they are on the Macalester Women’s and Gender Inclusive Rugby Team, but loves all types of outside activities and games!
  • 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.
  • Courtney Bent

    Courtney is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose work has taken her from Masaii camps in East Africa to presidential campaigns in the United States. Her 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. To learn more about Courtney, visit
  • 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. 
  • Keevan Regan

    Keevan is a student at Boston University studying Film and Television and grew up in Central Massachusetts. He loves watching movies, hiking, photography, and meeting new people. He’s so excited to see all the amazing things this group of students is going to create!
  • 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.
  • Mariposa Ribon

    Mariposa Ribon (she/her) is a current college student at Mass College of Liberal Arts and is actively studying to be an Investigative Journalist. Her passions exist in writing, dancing, and finding togetherness. She started as a camper at Summer Arts at the age of 5 and has been working with us since she was 16. She absolutely adores working with children and encourages them to find ways to individually express themselves. Mariposa is always looking forward to another summer at Summer Arts!
  • Max Moline

    Max Moline is an artist/educator/cat dad who is a recent transplant to Boston from Davenport, Iowa. Max received training in theatre and art at St. Ambrose University and has worked as a youth educator and director at Davenport Junior Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre and Arlington Children's Theatre. Max is also a trained improviser and is a current member of ComedySportz. Alongside freelance professional work, Max is an actor/educator with Urban Improv. When not working in the arts, Max can be found playing table top roleplaying games, attending a wrestling show, or enjoying a cup of good coffee.
  • 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.
  • Mikayle Huntington

    Mikayle (they/them) is a student at the George Washington University and is studying Fine Arts and Greek and Roman History. They are also trained in many styles of dance including Hip-Hop, Modern, Jazz, and Musical Theatre. They are passionate about using art as a medium for storytelling and aim to create a safe space where people can express themselves freely through art. Mikayle is very excited to be joining the Summer Arts team this summer!
  • 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 METCO program. Patricia is very excited to be on the staff 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!
  • Rosemary Rauphley

    Rosemary is a student at MassArt studying Illustration and Art Education. They are passionate about collage, painting, zines, and birds. They love using art to create community and share information. They aim to help students learn about themselves as artists. In their free time, they love to walk, read novels, birdwatch, and bake.
  • Ruby Ellerin

    Ruby is an artist who currently attends School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She loves sculpture, clay, and jewelry-making and is excited to be teaching art classes this summer at camp! Ruby was a CIT at Fayerweather for two summers and is passionate about encouraging creativity throughout their community!  
  • 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!
  • Sharisse Zeroonian

    Sharisse accidentally tripped into the education field while trying – or failing, depending on who you ask – to make a living as a filmmaker and writer and bouncing around various cable access television stations. Her original film and television work has been featured on Amazon Prime. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in The Armenian Weekly, Angie’s Diary, NYU’s Minetta Review, and on NPR, and in Lesley’s Commonthought magazine (2024). Her short play, “Glass Child” will be featured in various theater festivals this year. Sharisse received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in 2018, and her MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University in 2024, and has taught enrichment classes at various schools in the Boston area.
  • Sophia Manzella

    Sophia has been a camper at Summer Arts since its first year (when she was six!). Now a student at Macalester College in Saint Paul Minnesota, she looks forward to coming back to the Boston area to work as a visual art’s and Art Squad counselor. She hopes to share her love of printmaking, drawing patterns, dance, and animals with as many campers as she can.
  • Sophia Manzi

    Sophia (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist and graduate student at Lesley University. She is passionate about all art forms and is a firm believer in the arts as a tool for empowerment especially with youth. She is excited to join the Fayerweather Summer Arts program community and help make this summer unforgettable!
  • Theo Sloan

    Theo is going into his second year at Oberlin college, where he is studying to become a music teacher. When he's not at school, he lives in the Boston area with his parents, brother, and three cats. Theo is happiest when he's playing music with friends, geeking out about movies, biking, and playing board games with his friends and family. Theo is so excited to be back for his seventh year at Summer Arts (his fourth as a staff member) and is pumped to play some games and make some music!
  • 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.
  • Yanna Katz

    Yanna is a student who just finished her freshman year studying math and psychology at UMass Amherst. After many years of being a camper and CIT at Summer Arts, she is so excited to finally be back as a counselor this summer! When she's not at camp, Yanna loves to take walks, listen to podcasts, and visit coffee shops. You can usually find Yanna in the art and writing rooms, or running games of Mafia during Festival Period. 

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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