Foreman, Jenny

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Arts Department Chair
Learning Specialist, Dance, Theater

BA Barnard College, Columbia University
MA The Gallatin School, New York University

 

Jenny relocated to her home state of NH after 17 years of living in New York City, where she was a professional dancer, ensemble theater performer and private tutor. She began tutoring in high school and has enjoyed helping kids of all ages cultivate skills to achieve their goals and engage with the learning process ever since. Her performance career has included being a principal dancer for Buglisi/Foreman Dance, performing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, touring the US with the Graham Ensemble, and creating dance educational and performance collaborations as co-founder, with her husband, of On Common Ground (www.danceocg.org). Prior to coming to Dublin, Ms. Foreman served on faculty at Barnard College and the Graham School from 1999-2010 and as guest faculty at SUNY Purchase, The Ailey School, the Usdan Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Neighborhood Playhouse; and developed and taught numerous outreach and arts-in-education masterclasses and workshops focusing on dance as communication. Her Master’s work applied educational theory and best practices to suggest new pedagogical approaches to the classical modern dance technique of Martha Graham. In addition to being at Dublin, Jenny has spent her summers at Andy’s Summer Playhouse in Wilton, NHas curator, mentor, and director of the John C. Russell Young Playwriting Lab and as a director for mainstage plays. Ms. Foreman has always gained much insight and inspiration from working with young people, in both the academic and artistic realms, and strives to help students to both find their own voice and explore new perspectives. She lives in Harrisville, NH with her husband and two sons, Ashton and Miles.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? MANY teachers... but one in particular: Steven Carver, my high school history teacher. He always urged us to look beyond the book, into the lives of people in all times and all places, and apply it to the here and now. A favorite quote he passed on sums up his approach to living, and a personal philosophy I have tried to impart as well:  

"The most visible creators I know are those artists whose medium is life itself - the ones who express the inexpressible – without brush, hammer, clay or guitar. They neither paint nor sculpt – their medium is being. Whatever their presence touches has increased life. They see and don’t have to draw. They are the Artists of being alive…"

How would your friends describe you in three words? disciplined, patient, playful

What is your favorite place on campus and why? Well, it would be blasphemy if I did not answer this question by naming the upper FAB as my favorite place on campus. It is certainly my most frequented place! But, seriously, I believe that the space embodies the values of versatility, imagination and possibility. I find inspiration in the great blank slate that the empty theater and dance studio offer, and I welcome the energy of those who come into the space to give it life.

I am most happy when... I am busy and the many aspects of the work I am involved in feel integrated and meaningful. I often find the most joy when I am collaborating with others toward a common goal.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Exploring the woods and pond life in search of frogs and turtles is a favorite family activity. My son Ashton is a remarkable animal-lover.