The MacDuffie Arts Department offers courses in dance, music, theater, and visual arts, each with the aim of facilitating self-expression, building confidence, and enhancing the student’s life. We offer courses in dance, music, theater, and visual arts.

The Middle School Arts Program reinforces the integrated Middle School Curriculum. Students not only use the skills developed in the other classes, but they also learn to appreciate the relationships between visual and performing arts.

Students in the Upper School are required to take a minimum of two years (2 credits) of art for graduation. The art credit (s) may be in visual or performing arts or a combination of the two.

Please visit the Arts section of the website for an in-depth description of our philosophy and course offerings as well as links to our performing arts photo galleries.

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Becky Beth Benedict

Arts Department Chair; Theater Teacher

B.A., University of North Dakota
M.A., 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.…

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Steve Kaminski

Music Teacher

B.Mus., 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 student’s 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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Everett Perry-Johnson

Dance Teacher; Residential Assistant

B.A., Winthrop University
M.F.A., New York University

Everett Perry-Johnson joins our Arts Department faculty serving as the Dance Teacher, Choreographer for the Winter Musical, Advisor for the NDEO/NHSDA Student Organization, and as a Residential Assistant. Everett’s previous teaching posts were at Winthrop University, Bryn Mawr College, and most recently, Penn State Altoona where he served as the Assistant Teaching Professor of Dance and Director of the Ivyside Dance Ensemble.…

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Amanda Putnam

Visual Arts Teacher

B.A., Westfield State University

M.F.A., Academy of Arts University

Amanda Putnam has been with MacDuffie since 2020. On top of teaching, she is a professional freelance fantasy and children’s book illustrator. You can find her work at She is a native of Springfield, MA, and grew up around the corner from Dr.…