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.

Marr, Patrick

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Music Director

B.A. Concordia University (Montréal)

After finishing my studies at Concordia, I returned back to the beautiful Monadnock Region, where I grew up. That's right, I'm local. I spent a year working as a music director and substitute teacher at my alma mater, Keene High School. I was first introduced to Dublin School in Fall 2013/Winter 2014 as the accompanist for their production of "Little Shop of Horrors." One thing led to another, and here I am: Dublin's new Music Program Director. I am extremely excited to start my teaching career in such a great place like Dublin School – so close to home too! 

This year I am teaching Piano Studies and Literature, Vocal Studies and Literature, Introduction to Music, Advanced Music Theory, Jazz Ensemble, and Glee Club. In addition to my duties at the school, I am the music director at the First Congregational Church and Society of Rindge and a member of the Keene Lions Club.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? Three teachers have had a huge impact on me and my desire to teach. My seventh grade English Teacher, John McMahon, taught me how fun learning can be. By his style of teaching, his passion, and his relationship with his students, my high school choir teacher, Tom Martin, taught me why music matters and affirmed my dreams of being a teacher. My linguistics professor and supervisor for my senior thesis in French linguistics at university, Davy Bigot, taught me to dig deep to seek out true answers to one's questions and to realize that one's learning never ends.

How would your friends describe you in three words? Passionate, kind, and loyal.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? My senior thesis in French linguistics at university was one of the most fulfilling academic experiences I ever had. It was not your typical course with your professor and rows upon rows of students. I worked one-on-one with my professor to write a thesis paper on one particular trait of the Franco-American dialect of the French language spoken in New England. I travelled to Waterville, Maine; Woonsocket, Rhode Island; Manchester, New Hampshire; Hartford, Connecticut; and the Monadnock Region in New Hampshire and interviewed 15 Franco-Americans and analyzed their dialect. It was a fascinating study that brought me to areas of the region I would not have been and listening to these people speak was truly remarkable.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? The boathouse on Dublin Lake. There is nothing like sitting on the porch, reading in the sun, listening to music, and feeling the breeze come off of the lake – pure relaxation!

I am most happy when... I am with friends on a cold winter night, watching my Montréal Canadiens win. Go Habs Go!

If I had a free afternoon I would...Get in my car and try to explore somewhere new.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?  I love sailing out on the ocean. There is something thrilling and relaxing about the sun, wind, and waves. You feel as if you are in control in what seems like an untamable environment.

Pierpont, Dylan

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Shop and 3D Art

B.S. Natural Resources Management and Policy - Paul Smith's College

I was born in Vermont and raised in New Hampshire by a teacher and a public defender. Most of my boyhood was spent fishing along the banks of the Connecticut River and in fifth grade I became a woodworking student under the tutelage of a professional cabinet maker who happened to be my neighbor. 

I first experienced boarding school life as a high school student at Vermont Academy and then went on to study at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks. I left with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Policy and a minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. I made my way back to New England to be close to my family. 

I have been a part of the Dublin community for some time now and am excited for the opportunity to share my passion of workmanship with students of my own. I am happy to help cultivate a sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with making something with one's own hands from start to finish. There's nothing better than being a part of the close knit community of the Dublin School and I'm so glad to be rooted here with my fiance and our son. 

What book has made you think the most?  Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels is a must read for anyone interested in a deeper investigation of the woods.

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special?  Jim Merritt is a master cabinet maker and was my neighbor growing up. He took me under his wing when I was ten years old and taught me how to work with wood. He's a stern man with a quiet wit. He pushed me to think for myself and troubleshoot when I had technical questions. I've continued to take classes with him through adulthood. There's something special about having a mentor that has witnessed you through many life stages.

 What is your favorite place on campus and why?   My favorite place on campus is the Whitney Boathouse. It is situated on Dublin Lake looking directly at Mt. Monadnock. It is a special place to watch a sunset and always relaxes the mind.

If I had a free afternoon I would...  Go for a hike in the woods with my son, throw a line in Dublin Lake, and turn a midnight burl in the woodshop.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?  Pond hockey and anything that gets me outside.

Schofield, Earl

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Visual Arts Instructor

BFA, Massachusetts College of Art,
MFA, Art Institute of Boston 

Earl came to Dublin in 2001 and has taught visual art and art history while pursuing his career as a painter. He has also taught courses at the Sharon Art Center and at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He lives in Dublin with his family. In his free time he likes to build boats, and in addition to his obvious talents he has many hidden ones, such as canning his own tomato sauce, sewing, and running a backhoe.

Click here to visit Earl's Website and Art

What book has made you think the most? The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Caprof
The Myth of Progress. 
Albert Camus's Myth of Sysiphus

How would your friends describe you in three words? I can't publish the three words my "friends" would use to describe me.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? My office is quite nice. Art, books, coffee, bicycles, a pull out couch, rice cakes, its pretty sweet. Also eagle rock is awesome.

If I had a free afternoon I would... Spend it with my children.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? I want to ride my bicycle!