Proud of our Dublin artists? You bet we are.
Dublin School will present the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical A Chorus Line Thursday – Saturday, February 21-23 at 7pm and Sunday, February 24 at 2pm.
The production is led by Dublin faculty, director Jenny Foreman, musical director Patrick Marr, and stage manager Sophie Luxmoore. The cast of twenty-five includes several local students: Alexandra Catlin ’22, Nora Rogers ’21, Otto Vogel ’20, Rohyn Contreras Schofield ’20, Erin Meiklejohn ’21, and Thomas Meiklejohn ’20 of Dublin; Gwyneth Thomson ’19 of Walpole, Lyle Hutchins ’21 of Chesterfield, Cliff O’Rourke ’22 of Peterborough, Willow Morrison ’22 of Keene and Emma Williams ’19 of Concord. The cast will be joined onstage with live music by accomplished local musicians, including pianist Tom Martin.
Friday night December 7th, saw the return of Tooth & Porridge to the Dublin School stage. A rocking good time for all of the participants and audience members. A special thanks to Henry Walters for his imagination, conception, writing, directing and overall mastery of Tooth & Porridge.
Audio only includes first 60 minutes of performance. Missing the last six minutes of the show.
To start winter trimester, Lucy Selby, ’20, Gabi Quintero, ’20, and Emma Williams, ’19, ventured to Nashville, Tennessee with Ms. Rachael Jennings, Director of Equity and Inclusion, for the National Association of Independent Schools’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) and concurrent People of Color Conference (PoCC).
This year marked SDLC’s twenty-fifth anniversary. SDLC—themed “Listening for the Grace Note: Finding Harmony Amid Cacophony” this year—is a multiracial, multicultural gathering of upper school student leaders from across the U.S. and abroad; the conference focuses on self-reflecting, forming allies, and building community. Led by a diverse team of trained adult and peer facilitators, participating students develop cross-cultural communication skills, design effective strategies for social justice practice through dialogue and the arts, and learn the foundations of allyship and networking principles. Sessions ran from for at least twelve hours a day, and over the course of three conference days, everyone learned a tremendous amount.
Over the course of four enriching, transformative days in Nashville, Jennings, Selby, Quintero, and Williams learned from sagacious speakers, engaged in critical affinity spaces, listened from workshop leaders, and reflected in ways that gave them insight, strength, and the clarity to bring courageous action home to Dublin.
“SDLC meant a lot of things to me, but an important one was seeing so many people coming together to hear and listen to and see People of Color and to listen to their experiences,” says Lucy Selby, ’20. “That was really powerful to witness and to be a part of. And then I learned a lot about how to be the right kind of ally who supports and listens to People of Color but also knows how to step down and to listen to People of Color speak.”
Gabi Quintero, ’20, notes that “SDLC taught [her] so much more than [she] ever thought [she] would get out of a conference.” She elaborates, “The energy from the strangers all going through similar things in one place was the most powerful thing I have ever experienced. It made me think about parts of myself I hadn’t considered before and listen to other people’s views. I got inspired by everyone there because everyone was playing the role as leader, unafraid to use their voice and to make a change. The Latinx affinity space was the most moving experience I received from SDLC because it made me feel at home and supported. I made bonds with people I not only deeply connected with on so many levels, but also with people I didn’t have anything in common with. It was a beautiful experience I know I’ll never forget and for which I’ll always be grateful.”
“Love is what I took away from SDLC most,” adds Selby. “I’ve never felt so much love at once, and I don’t think I ever will again, but I’ll try to always carry it with me and share it with my own communities. I’ve learned how to be more comfortable and vulnerable with people around me because I know that there are people, even if they are now far away in different states, who are always supporting me from afar.”
“SDLC was a life-changing experience that gave me a new view on almost everything, including myself,” says Emma Williams, ’19. “It challenged me to look deeper at who I am and what I believe, and I found things I have never known. One thing they told us was to take pride in our identities. Since I’ve returned from Nashville, I’ve found myself standing straighter and feeling more in tune with myself. I’ve been able to find the courage to share more of myself with others and a deeper drive to help the people around me find the same part of themselves as I discovered at SDLC. I am forever thankful.”
Dean of Students, Brooks Johnson and Susan Schorr of McLane Middleton, presented at The Association of Boarding Schools Annual Conference on November 30th on 'Gender Identity and Evolving Dynamics on Campus'. As an increasing number of high school students have struggled with issues of identity - according to surveys some 20% of millennials identify as something other than strictly straight or cisgender (someone whose gender is in line with the sex they were assigned at birth) compared with less than 7% of baby boomers. The presentation explored the legal ramifications and practical steps that schools have taken in supporting these students.
Johnson's part of the presentation was to talk about Dublin's approach in supporting students wrestling with these questions. His focus was on our efforts in building an inclusive and supportive culture - not just for students confronting these questions - but for all students of differing backgrounds and understanding. In particular, he focused on a couple of key themes that guide our efforts in supporting students at Dublin. These are:
Celebrating the individual;
Establishing a growth mindset;
Maintaining a safe place to fail;
Supporting student empowerment; and,
Emphasizing our common experience.
He then discussed specific examples of changes made to support the differing experiences of students today such as changes to our dress code; living arrangements and new dormitory design; athletic participation; and, designing and building single-use unisex bathrooms wherever possible.
When thinking about the changes in the college admissions process over the last decade, Holly Macy laments, "The biggest thing is asking students to be college students in high school..." This has led many students to feel, incorrectly, that their resume has to be perfect, that they have to take every AP class, and that they can't make a mistake.