The Arts Department

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The purpose of Art Education at MacDuffie is to facilitate self-expression, build confidence, and ultimately enhance the student’s life.

We teach creation and appreciation of visual and performing arts to foster artistic literacy. The MacDuffie Arts department offers courses in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Students develop creative thinking skills, work collaboratively, express ideas in verbal and nonverbal ways, and create a finished product. Our instructors are active artists who expose students to various art forms inside and outside of the classroom.

 

Please refer to the curriculum guide to see all our course offerings.

 

 

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Becky Beth Benedict
Becky Beth Benedict Arts Department ChairTheater Teacher

BA, University of North Dakota
MA, University of North Dakota

Becky Beth Benedict grew up as a farmer’s daughter but always knew that her tribe was in the theater.  She studied theater at the Unversity of North Dakota, where she graduated magna cum laude. Known to her students and colleagues as “Ms. B3”, Becky Beth Benedict has worked as an actor, a director, a radio announcer, improvisational artist, and a voiceover artist in the entertainment and media industries. In addition to teaching theater at MacDuffie, she directs and produces Fall Play, Winter Musical, and Spring Play.  Some of her favorite musicals and plays include Rent, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Hairspray, Hamilton, The Addams Family, and Mamma Mia. When not at school, she relishes attending Broadway shows in New York City, cosplaying at Renaissance Faires, and tinkering outdoors in her garden.

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Becky Beth Benedict Arts Department ChairTheater Teacher

BA, University of North Dakota
MA, University of North Dakota

Becky Beth Benedict grew up as a farmer’s daughter but always knew that her tribe was in the theater.  She studied theater at the Unversity of North Dakota, where she graduated magna cum laude. Known to her students and colleagues as “Ms. B3”, Becky Beth Benedict has worked as an actor, a director, a radio announcer, improvisational artist, and a voiceover artist in the entertainment and media industries. In addition to teaching theater at MacDuffie, she directs and produces Fall Play, Winter Musical, and Spring Play.  Some of her favorite musicals and plays include Rent, Metamorphoses, Cabaret, Hairspray, Hamilton, The Addams Family, and Mamma Mia. When not at school, she relishes attending Broadway shows in New York City, cosplaying at Renaissance Faires, and tinkering outdoors in her garden.

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Steve Kaminski
Steve Kaminski Music Teacher

BMus, Southern Methodist University

Steve Kaminski spent 26 years in Los Angeles working in the TV entertainment industry.  He is happy to be back in New England teaching the importance the musical arts play in a students journey and growth.  He is thrilled to be teaching music at the MacDuffie school where the arts are a valued part of the curriculum.

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Steve Kaminski Music Teacher

BMus, Southern Methodist University

Steve Kaminski spent 26 years in Los Angeles working in the TV entertainment industry.  He is happy to be back in New England teaching the importance the musical arts play in a students journey and growth.  He is thrilled to be teaching music at the MacDuffie school where the arts are a valued part of the curriculum.

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Angie Muzzy
Angie Muzzy Dance Teacher

BA, Keene State College
MFA, The College at Brockport, SUNY

Angie Muzzy joined the MacDuffie Faculty in 2014. She currently directs the dance program and loves teaching MacDuffie students to be explorative, expressive and embodied, as well as, mentoring emerging choreographers and performers in preparation for annual concerts. She is a certified 200-hour Embodyoga instructor and is currently in training for her 300-hour yoga certification at Yoga Center Amherst. Most recently she was the 2018-2019 IBT choreographer in residence at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, CA and has showcased her choreography at various colleges, universities and festivals across the country. Her research interests include pedagogy, interdisciplinary studies, and social justice theory.

When not doing all things dance, she enjoys playing with her Goldendoodle, hiking, and traveling.

 

Photo of Angie Muzzy
Angie Muzzy Dance Teacher

BA, Keene State College
MFA, The College at Brockport, SUNY

Angie Muzzy joined the MacDuffie Faculty in 2014. She currently directs the dance program and loves teaching MacDuffie students to be explorative, expressive and embodied, as well as, mentoring emerging choreographers and performers in preparation for annual concerts. She is a certified 200-hour Embodyoga instructor and is currently in training for her 300-hour yoga certification at Yoga Center Amherst. Most recently she was the 2018-2019 IBT choreographer in residence at The Wooden Floor in Santa Ana, CA and has showcased her choreography at various colleges, universities and festivals across the country. Her research interests include pedagogy, interdisciplinary studies, and social justice theory.

When not doing all things dance, she enjoys playing with her Goldendoodle, hiking, and traveling.

 

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Lucy Tew
Lucy Tew Assistant Dean of BoardingTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California

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Lucy Tew Assistant Dean of BoardingTheater Teacher

BA, University of Southern California