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 Summer Arts staff for Summer 2018!
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 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. To see her work, visit http://www.ShootingBeauty.org and http://www.BentPhoto.com
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 is attending Mount Ida College and is majoring in Veterinary Technology. This is her 7th year at Summer Arts at CSW. Alicia spends most of her time with Art Squad and also teaches make up and art squad dance. She enjoys working with younger kids and teaching dance.
Toby Dewey will be teaching Theatre of the Absurd this summer. After being an arts administrator for over forty years and director of Urban Improv for 25, he has experienced the absurdity of life at many levels.Toby especially looks forward to collaborating with the students in the class who will bring their own vision, insight and creativity to a new wacky piece of absurdist theatre. Toby is the Founding Director of Summer Arts at CSW.
Tom Evans is an accomplished artist and art teacher. He has been nationally recognized for his sculptural work and his teaching .He has served as head of the art departments at the Brimmer & May School and at the Cambridge School of Weston. Tom has collaborated on the creation of 6 children’s musicals. This summer Tom will be teaching ceramics and performance art. He will also be working with the teenage apprentices, interns and student teachers. “Making art is the best way to make friends. See you this summer !”
Tina Johnson is a stage director with decades of experience directing youth musical theatre. She has founded children's theatre companies in Florida, Maine and Massachusetts and currently directs for The Freelance Players. She has served as drama department head and stage director for Creative Arts at Park in Brookline, MA and Breakwater Creative Arts in Portland, Maine.Tina is a seasoned arts administrator and is a Founding Associate Director of Summer Arts at CSW.
Ellie LaCourt is an animator and visual artist from Arlington, MA. She is currently pursuing her BFA in Studio Art at Northeastern University & The School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Her animation work has been screened at film festivals in the US and abroad. She's excited to begin her first summer teaching art, animation, and filmmaking with Summer Arts at CSW.
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 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 Nashoba Brooks School of Concord and the Graham and Parks Alternative School in Cambridge. She currently teaches classes in printmaking, drawing and painting at the deCordova Museum School and the Maud Morgan Visual Arts Center.
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. He brings his infectious enthusiasm and energy to the Arts at CSW.
Carol likes to garden, and has an edible flower garden,tea garden and kitchen herb garden. She always visit local farms in the summer to gather the best of the harvest. She also loves to swim at Walden Pond!
Sophie Steck recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design receiving a BFA from the 3D sculpture department. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Weston in 2011. Sophie currently lives in Boston and works as a nanny as well as a studio assistant and teaching assistant for several of her professors from MassArt. She enjoys building with wood, metal, wire, and paper. Her favorite way to make art is by problem solving with any material she can get her hands on, often using found and recycled objects. Sophie loves to teach and hopes to get an MFA in the future. She also loves to read, draw, swim, and walk in the woods with her dog.
Po-wei Weng is an ethnomusicologist, a conductor, performing artist, and an instructor in the field of ethnomusicology, Chinese music and theater, popular culture and technology, and teaching Chinese as a second language. As a musician, Po-wei had a ten-year professional training in Peking opera as both musician and actor and was a winner of several Chinese flute competitions in Taiwan. He also served as a conductor of Chinese Music Ensemble at Wesleyan university for four years. Po-wei is currently the Director of the International Creative Arts Program for Summer Arts and also a Mandarin teacher at CSW.
Grace is an artist currently residing in Waltham, MA. Her areas of expertise include textiles, jewelry, fire dancing, photography, and modeling. In the future she hopes to have her own organic farm.
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