The class will include writing exercises to stimulate students to generate poems and short stories, then experience in editing and revising their work. Some short stories and poems will be read during the week to offer some models for student work. At the end of the week-long class, students will print and bind their poems and short stories into two copies of their own chapbooks.
Mr. Juvan has taught English at Westover since 2008. Previously, he had taught eight years at the Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, Vermont, and worked in publishing. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in English from Brown University.
Marla Truini, Drama
Campers will have use of the school’s state-of-the-art theatre. Students will learn basic acting and vocal technique, stage fighting, theatrical make-up, costuming and improvisation to strengthen concentration and stage presence. Each week will conclude in a performance for family and friends. Marla Truini, who holds a Masters Degree in Theatre, is now in her thirteenth year as the Director of Drama. She moved to Roxbury and began teaching and directing theatre after working as an actor and singer in New York. A member of AFTRA, SAG, and Actor’s Equity, her New York credits include The Miracle Worker and Relative Values at ELT; featured performer for the U.S.O. aregional tours; and appearances on As the World Turns and in the feature the film Music and Lyrics, New York Stories, Working Girl, and Big. Her training includes voice with Patsy Rodenburg, and Master Classes with Lee Strasberg, Uta Hagen, and Michael Howard. With Lenka Peterson, she co-founded the Young Angels Theatre, at the Seven Angels Theatre in Waterbury, CT. She has directed plays and taught workshops at many local schools, both independently, and through the After School Arts Program.
Patti Buchanan, Dance
The dance class, which will be taught by Patti Buchanan, director of Westover’s Dance Program, will be offered during the first week of the program.
The main curriculum will be dance composition explored through improvisation. After warm-ups that include basic ballet, modern, and jazz, we’ll be teaching the girls how to use the tools of chorography, such as space, time, levels, and qualities. By the end of the program, Ms. Buchanan will combine each girl’s original phrase of dance into a culminating performance.
For the first time, the Summer Programs Dance Class will also include a world dance component. Ruth Curzan, Director of Summer Programs, will be teaching a traditional dance from her native Ghana, and Priti Ghalia, mother of Aditi Ghalia, a member of the Class of 2014, will be teaching Bollywood dance.
Ms. Buchanan has been Director of Westover’s Dance Program since 2002. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she has been a long-time teacher of modern dance and is a founding member of the Kiva Dance Collective.
Lee Juvan, Needle Arts
Lee Juvan holds a B.A. in English from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in American history from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her designs and articles have appeared in Knitty, Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, and Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain. Lee lives in Middlebury, where she spins, knits, writes, designs, and teaches needle arts at Westover School.