The teachers and program directors work closely by your side to make sure you have the best possible experience in the arts.  These are professionals who have extensive backgrounds in their area of expertise and who still work in those fields outside of the Academy.

       David Oxton

FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT CHAIR;

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mr. Oxton is our Fine Arts Department Chair and a working commercial and fine art photographer.  His images have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Newsweek magazine.  For the past several years, he has been working on a project in which he has taken over 500 portraits of strangers on the street.  He also teaches at the Maine Photographic Workshops during the summer.

Boston University; Mass. College of Art; Rockport College, M.F.A.

Appointed 1992

Mr. Wann teaches Public Presentations Skills, directs 2 seasons of afternoon drama, coaches the Debate Club, and teaches two senior English classes. He performs locally and in Boston as an actor working primarily with director Steven Haley and with the local theatre company Theatre-in-the-Open. He is married to the actor/director/drama teacher Bonnie Jean Wilbur. They are the dorm parents in the Moody Dorm.

       Paul Wann

DRAMA; PUBLIC PRESENTATION

University of Minnesota, B.A.

Tufts University, M.A.

Appointed 1985

A well-known potter from Ipswich, Ms. Okula has traveled the world in pursuit of the art of ceramics for over 40 years.  Her work is displayed locally and nationally at prestigious institutions such as Philadelphia's Snyderman Gallery and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  One of her teapots is a permanent part of The Kamm Collection and she was featured as Artist of the Month in June of 2013 at the Decordova Museum.

       Irina Okula

CERAMICS

Fontbonne College, B.A.

Southern Illinois University, M.F.A.

Appointed 1987

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       Geoff Brace

FILM; ARCHITECTURE; DRAMA

University of Wisconsin, B.S.

Lesley University, M.Ed.

Appointed 1999

       Joe Repczynski

DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL THEATRE

University of New Hampshire, B.A.

Appointed 2002

Mr. Brace is a certified jack of all trades, as he teaches courses in film, architecture, and also directs one season of afternoon drama.  Did we mention he once worked as a chef?  Outside of Gov's, he has been involved in a joint effort between youth groups of Lawrence, Massachusetts and The Governor's Academy as they share in the joys of creative exploration.

Mr. Repczynski was appointed to the faculty after having worked for many years as a professional stagehand in the entertainment industry.  He has worked on national productions such as Blue Man Group and has served as Technical Director for North Shore Music Theatre's summer program.  He also runs his own photography company, shooting many weddings across the region and even as far away as Scotland.

Mr. Drelich directs our choral groups, our Winter Musical, teaches music electives, and oversees our yearbook.  He has written many choral arrangements, served in area churches as music director, and teaches Musical Theatre for Boston Children's Theatre's Summer Program.  A lover of history, he lives in a 17th century house, serves on the Newbury Historical Commission, and is currently restoring an 1848 grand piano.

       Christopher Drelich

MUSIC; CHORAL ENSEMBLES; MUSICAL THEATRE

University of Massachusetts, Lowell, B.M.E.

Appointed 2002

A member of The Governor's Academy Class of 1994, Ms. Struck is a working painter and printmaker and has exhibited works in Boston, across the North Shore, and even in Europe.  She is currently working on her Masters in Art Education at Lesley University.  In 2011, one of her etchings was accepted into the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She also coordinates Gov's Humanities program.

       Belle Struck '94

VISUAL ART

Arizona State University; Portland State University; Lesley University, B.F.A.

Appointed 2006

       Jeffrey Miller

MUSIC; INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES; MUSIC LESSON COORDINATOR

Before joining the Gov's community in 2011, Mr. Miller served as an adjunct professor at several colleges, including Stonehill, Nazareth, and Lesley, and taught at Avon Old Farms School from 2000-2006 where he served as Instrumental Director and Director of Performing Arts.  He has guest conducted the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has been a featured performer and recording artist on guitar, bass, and mandolin.

The Hartt School of Music, B.M., M.M.

Eastman School of Music, D.M.A.

Appointed 2011

       Currie Huntington

ELECTRONIC MUSIC & RECORDING

Mr. Huntington works in both the music and the technology department and runs the Electronic Music Studio in the Wilkie Center. He teaches the Electronic Music and Recording elective, directs small ensembles, and works with students on independent projects in music and recording.  A resident and dorm parent in Moody, he is also a member of the New England Classical Singers and Coro Allegro choirs.

Connecticut College, B.A.

Appointed 2012

Adjunct Arts Faculty

       Radmila Repczynski

CHORAL ACCOMPANIST;

PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTOR

New England Conservatory, M.M.

Appointed 2003

Mrs. Repczynski is our choral accompanist and also teaches private piano lessons.  She has a degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and also serves as choral accompanist and piano instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.

       Pamela Smith

DIRECTOR OF DANCE

Mount Holyoke College, B.A.

Appointed 2004

Ms. Smith has taught at several colleges, directed the dance program at three arts high schools, and has been a member of several modern dance companies, including her own.  A recipient of an Individual Artist grant from the CT Commission of the Arts, she has appeared in Off-Broadway plays and directed the children’s and pre-professional school at Stanley Holden’s in L.A.  She is currently on the faculty at The Dance Place in Newburyport and is a guest artist at Wheaton College.

       Fontaine Dollas Dubus

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DANCE

       Bonnie Jean Wilbur

COSTUME & DRAMA ASSISTANT

Private Lesson Instructors

       Radmila Repczynski

PIANO

New England Conservatory, M.M.

Appointed 2003

Mrs. Repczynski is our choral accompanist and also teaches private piano lessons.  She has a degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and also serves as choral accompanist and piano instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.

     Vianna Pilkington

VOICE

      Jack Sciuto

GUITAR & ELECTRIC BASS

      Tricia Craig

FLUTE

    Jared Holaday

SAXOPHONE

      Junko Fujiwara

CELLO