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.

Luxmoore, Sophie

Learning Specialist
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Bachelor of Science in Theater
Masters of Arts in Teaching: Special Education

After finishing college, I headed to LA to work on movie sets. I worked on the production side of many movies that you have never heard of before. When I decided to return to the East Coast, I decided to become a teacher. I joined the DC Teaching Fellowship in 2003. Since then I have worked with students in self-contained classrooms, integrated classrooms and general education English classrooms.

What book has made you think the most? In high school, The Autobiography of Malcolm X change my perspective on American culture and politics in countless ways.

Other notable books
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Prayer for Owen Meany

A Town like Alice

I could go on and I am always looking for recommendations!

What teacher has had the greatest impact on you? Why were they special? In high school, Mr. Burke taught "Literature of the 60s", it was the first class where the teacher wasn't lecturing us, but helping navigate our discussions, many of which got heated. He taught us how to be respectful and encouraged open minds to understand different perspectives.

What is your favorite course you have taken in high school or college? Well, I loved school. Two of my high school favorites were "Literature of the 60s" and "Global Problems." Both of the classes were non-traditional classes. One was pure discussion. The other was researching, writing and teaching about a subject that we got to choose. Both classes challenged me and allowed me to pursue something that was interesting to me.

What is your favorite place on campus and why? I cannot wait to find out, but the Learning Center's view from the conference room was compelling.

I am most happy when... I am playing with my baby, who is less and less of a baby everyday.

If I had a free afternoon I would... read a book on a porch.

What is your favorite outdoor activity? Hiking is my current favorite, but my sister says I will love nordic skiing once I try it.