ARTventurers: Young Artists
Come explore theatre, visual arts, and music in one of the themed sessions of ARTventurers.
Designed specifically for children ages 9-11, participants will rotate daily through the three creative components of theatre, visual arts, and music, as they collaborate on a creative showcase that combines all of their artistic experiences. Outdoor activities complement and balance the arts’ focus to provide a well-rounded, immersive, and fun experience. Participants will gain experience while increasing their understanding and appreciation for the arts through instruction from passionate counselors. The bonus of having the opportunity to work with a choreographer, art director, and music director, brings an invaluable depth of knowledge and years of experience to this program.
In a setting where we believe that art is for everyone, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the arts in a meaningful and age-appropriate way. This year we are proud to offer two sessions of ARTventurers for this age group.
Brooks TV: Become a screenwriter, director, and movie star as you write and produce your own short film! From camera angles to cameos, from b-roll to bloopers, this program will get the ‘on set’ experience as you work as a team to take over the big screen. Participants will share a bit of their process in a showcase on Friday afternoon, and the final films will later be distributed via email. July 19-July 23, 2021.
Fractured Fairytales: No role is too small as you write, act, and produce your own short works of theatre! Experience the journey of a play from idea to performance as you draft scripts, create characters, design sets, and more in this fast-paced class. Participants will share their creations in a showcase for family and friends. August 9-August 13, 2021.
After more than two years of construction, Brooks’ state-of-the-art Center for the Arts opened its doors to students, faculty and staff for use on October 30, 2018. The $28 million facility has transformed the school, bonding the visual, musical, and performing arts together and placing them on display at the center of campus.
The Center for the Arts consists of three structures: one each for performance, music, and visual arts. Connecting all three is a shared indoor “arts street” and outdoor courtyard. The two-level interior street offers gathering and seating areas for small groups, providing space for informal exchange, collaboration, discussion, exhibitions and receptions before and after events. The walls serve as a gallery, highlighting the arts as every member of the Brooks community passes through the building.
Performances, teaching and community gatherings have a spacious, comfortable home in the theater, designed to fit the entire student body with 387 seats. Its stage connects to a scene shop and a 1,200-square-foot Black Box theater, which provides a flexible teaching space and an additional performance venue. A costume shop, changing room and green room are included as well. Sliding barn doors increase visibility and connection in the Arts Street, as well as allow overflow standing room for large events.
Players rotate through theatre, music, and visual arts each day. In these time blocks, students collaborate with one another, professional instructors, and counselors. There are outdoor breaks built into the day to allow students to expand their minds and stretch their bodies. Outdoor activities complement and balance the arts’ focus to provide a well-rounded, immersive, and fun experience.
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Producing Artistic Director
Megan grew up training horses on a farm in southern Mississippi before graduating magna cum laude with her BA in Theatre Studies and Dance from Wheaton College in Norton, MA where she was recognized for Excellence in Acting and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Hill also received a Certificate in Performance Studies and Movement from the Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. As a freelance director, actress and coach, she spent several years teaching communication and performance skills to young artists across America and then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for five summers where she created and managed the performance arts portion of the Robert College Summer Program. Prior to joining Brooks School, Hill served as the producing artistic director of Watertown Children’s Theatre and the Mosesian Center for the Arts youth programs, where she developed educational theater programming and high quality productions. When she’s not in the theater, Hill enjoys spending time with her family, giving new life to old furniture, and learning about holistic healing modalities.
Art Technical Director
Sarah Spollett grew up in the neighboring town of Andover, doing hobby carpentry with her dad and community theater with her mom. She combined her love of both when she attended Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Fine and Performing Arts, Music, and Theatre. Sarah then spent numerous years doing freelance carpentry for many regional theaters, including stints at the Weston Playhouse, Barnstormers Theatre, Tufts University, and the Watertown Children’s Theatre. She was a carpenter and then shop foreperson at the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, before turning to education. Most recently, Sarah taught technical theatre and carpentry at Emerson College. When she’s not in the theater, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children in Cambridge, Mass., where they live, and working on their service project: making meals for people experiencing homelessness.
Health Services Supervisor
Gayle has been working as the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2012. In this role, Gayle directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Her greatest satisfaction in work is seeing young adults/children begin to take responsibility for their wellness. Gayle received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Rochester and her Master’s degree from Boston College. During the school year, Gayle works as the Director of Health and Wellness at a local school. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, biking, skiing, or participating in almost any type of outdoor activity.