Students involved in the Arts at The Governor's Academy use their extensive high school experience to apply to some top schools across the country to continue their artistic pursuits. We have a long list of graduates who used their time in our program as a springboard for their professional lives.
Leslie Ward '08
Leslie was a regular performer in concerts and a member of our choral groups. She plays guitar and piano, and has hit #29 on ReverbNation. Leslie is currently promoting her first single, "The Way it Goes."
Jillian Cardarelli '11
Jillian was a member of our choral groups and was often a featured performer in concerts. She is currently studying music at Belmont University in Nashville, and has a busy touring schedule to promote her 2nd EP, "Name."
Liana Conway '08
Liana was a member of our choral groups and took up the guitar while a student here. She is making waves in the country music scene and touring extensively in support of her music. She is represented by StoneHall Records in Los Angeles.
Jack Lamson '07
Jack founded The Academy News and was an active member of our Tech Theatre program. He went on to major in communications at Quinnipeac University and is now an anchor for KAUZ Channel 6, Witchita Falls, Texas.
Ari Blinder '07
Ari was featured his senior year in the Gov's production of Marat / Sade and went on to become a quite successful actor. He was recently in the movie 42, the life story of baseball player Jackie Robinson.
Alex Moran '07
Alex is producing the short film Revenge Against the Mop Bucket Mastermind. She is a Business & Creative Producing major at the American Film Institute Conservatory; she minored in film studies at Gettysburg.
Kelsey Quigley '04
JAZZ & BLUES SINGER
While a student here, Kelsey organized and performed three benefit concerts that raised over $8,000 for Hospice of the North Shore's children's bereavement programs. Her debut CD, Crystal & Ash was met with much critical acclaim.
Nat Baldwin '99
BASSIST / VOCALIST
After studying avante-garde jazz and improvisation, Nat joined The Dirty Projectors in 2005. His 2011 solo album, "People Changes" has been very successful and Nat will resume touring this year behind a new album.
Mark Lipman '00
While a student here, Mark was involved with the Select Chorus, musicals, and a frequent performer in The Guild. He performs regularly on well-known stages such as the Burren, Toad, and Passim. Mark is also an Expressive Arts Therapist.
Jon Shain '85
Jon was the founder of The Guild, our student variety show. He has released eight albums, toured extensively with bands and as a solo artist, and has returned often to Gov's as a featured performer in our recital series.
Nathaniel Bowditch '74
'Nat' graduated from the Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, and had a very successful career as a photographer, member of the Maine Arts Commission, and the state's Deputy Director of Tourism. He was also a talented artist and painter.
Jonathan Auerbach '74
GUITARIST & SINGER/SONGWRITER
Jonathan regularly tours the US and Europe, receiving extensive press and radio play. He teaches music to kids with cancer at Dana-Farber and donates 100% profits of sales of his song "Brave Woman, Brave Man" to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Henry Sargent (early 1780s)
Perhaps our earliest traceable artist alum, Sargent was a student here in the early 1780s. His work has been compared to Gilbert Stuart and his "The Landing of the Pilgrims" may be his best-known work. His paintings are housed in museums and historic sites across the US and he was the first president of the Boston Artists Association when he died in 1845.
Ted Bergmann '37
RADIO & TV PRODUCER AND WRITER
Bergmann began his career with the DuMont network in the 1940s and quickly became a successful producer and scriptwriter in Hollywood. He wrote episodes of Sanford and Son, The Munsters, and was production manager for Three's Company.