Matthew Batstone (Computers/Music)
When Matt came to terms with the fact that he was an eleven year veteran of Arts for Youth at the ripe old age of 27, and and now a married man, he decided that it was time to slow down and enjoy the finer things in life. Luckily he came to his senses and realized it would be much more fun to stick to what he really loves, teaching at Arts for Youth! Matt has spent the past five years working in a special education classroom in Randolph Public Schools during the week, and with individuals with special needs at The Bridge Center on the weekends and vacations. He received his BA in English from Providence College five years ago, and minored in music with a focus on the drum kit. He recently received his Master's degree in Education from Simmons College, with a concentration in assistive technology. Matt’s been playing drums and percussion for the past 18 years in innumerable musical groups including concert bands, jazz bands, pit orchestras, marching bands, pep bands and rock bands. This year at AFY Matt will be running the newspaper, teaching music and band, and crafting a bunch of new workshops!
Andrew Child (Drama Teacher)
Andrew is thrilled to be returning for his fourth summer with Arts for Youth, after also directing and choreographing the spring session production of “The Jungle Book” and the Davis School program production of “Annie”. Andrew currently serves as artistic director for the local theatre initiative, Artists from Suburbia, where he has directed and designed puppets for “The Witches”, (earning a nomination for the Broadway World Boston Awards; Best Direction), choreographed their Christmas Puppet Sing-a-long, and, most recently, produced and curated their Evening of Original One Act Plays. Additionally, Andrew has directed and choreographed productions of “Pygmalion” (AHSTF nomination; Best Production) and “The Taming of the Shrew”, provided additional choreography for productions of “Mary Poppins” and “A Christmas Carol”, and worked with companies including Liars and Believers (in association with A.R.T.), Bay Colony Shakespeare Company, and the marketing team at BSU’s Family Performing Arts Center. Andrew is currently directing and choreographing “Troilus and Cressida”, which is set to tour locations in Dedham and Quincy, and studying for his BA in Theatre Arts at Brandeis University.
(Scrapbooking/ Visual Arts Workshops)
(Visual Arts Teacher)
Kaitlyn Webber (Dance Instructor)
Kaitlyn is more than excited to be returning to Arts for Youth this year! She is looking forward to her fourth summer teaching dance and the opportunity to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with all of the campers once again. Kaitlyn has been attending dance classes since the age of three. She began more serious training while in high school at Dance Theater of New England in Bridgewater, where she developed a love and passion for performing and teaching. Kaitlyn went on to attend Dean College to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. While at Dean she trained in various techniques of dance, including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap and hip hop, as well as enjoyed her academic courses in Dance Pedagogy, Creative Movement, Sociology, and many more. When not in class Kaitlyn spent her time as a member of the college's Dance Company, Dance Team, Community Outreach group, Student Activities club and various leadership and honors societies. After receiving her degree in May of 2014 she plans to pursue a career in dance performance as well as return to school to study Nutrition in dancers.
Nicole Carey (Dance Instructor AfY & AfT)
Since the age of three, Nicole studied locally at Denise Buote Dance Studio in Brockton. At ten years old, she began taking master classes in Boston and New York City. She has competed nationally and danced in a music video. Along with many theater productions on the South Shore, she has also performed on numerous occasions with the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Nicole has taught for dance studios in Brockton, Scituate, and Weymouth. She is a member of the prestigious Dance Teachers Club of Boston as well as the Greater Brockton Dance Teachers' Association, where she is the current Secretary for the third term. Nicole continues to take dance classes herself, as she loves to stay up to date with the current trends in dance education! Nicole loves spending her summers with her AFY/AFT family and can't wait to come back for her ninth year!
Sue Catalano (Piano Accompanist)
Sue Catalano has been in the music business for over 30 years as a teacher, performer, and musical director. She began her career in Stoughton where she was involved in the Music Department in the Junior High and High School where she was the accompanist for all of their musical groups. She continued her journey accompanying for many Theatre Groups in the area including productions at Bridgewater State College (where she attended College as an Early Childhood Education major), Massasoit Community College, Wheaton College, Quincy Dinner Theater, plus many other high schools, elementary schools, and community theaters. She acquired the job as Cardinal Spellman High School’s “Piano Lady” in “2002 and continues to happily play in the Spellman pit for all of their musical productions. In addition to performing, Sue is the Music Teacher at St. Bridget’s School in Abington where she teaches PreK through Grade 8, and also at St. James St. John School in New Bedford where she teaches PreK through Grade 5. She also directs both the Teen and Youth Choirs at St. Ann’s Parish in Raynham. In her “spare time” she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and is very much looking forward to adding AFY to her life!
Ethan Child (Magic/ Radio/ Video)
Ethan is excited to be returning for his third summer at AFY this summer! He is seventeen years old, and an incoming junior at Cardinal Spellman High School. His wide variety of interests include video and audio editing, film, magic, and acting. He has experience working as a children’s magician and balloon sculptor for several years. At his school, Ethan has participated in productions both on and off the stage. Off the stage, he has served as lighting designer and operator, set constructor, and assistant stage manager. On the stage, he has appeared in shows including “Mary Poppins” (Mr. Banks), “We Need a Little Christmas Carol” (Jacob Marley), “Pygmalion” (Henry Higgins), and “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Jonathan Brewster). He hopes to help make this summer a fun one!
(Visual Arts Teacher)
Matthew Freeman (AfT Costume Designer)
Matthew Freeman is a recent graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School, and will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall. During his time at Spellman Matthew preformed in and designed costumes for several productions including Seussical (Who/ Military Cadet), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Kenneth), Bye Bye Birdie (Quartet/ Teen Ensemble) and Mary Poppins (Park Keeper; Bert u/s). For the past two summers Matthew has designed costumes for AFT’s Productions of Annie Jr., Disney’s Peter Pan Jr., Crazy for You, and Seussical Jr. and is very excited to return to AFY/AFT for another summer. As a former Teen himself, Matthew has appeared in several AFT productions, some of his favorite shows include The Music Man Jr. (Tommy Djlias), Aladdin Jr. Aladdin, and The Little Mermaid Jr. (Grimsby). Matthew can’t wait to share his knowledge with the campers and help them to have an amazing summer!!!!
Allison Porter (Arts for Teens Co-Director)
Allison is ecstatic to be returning to AFY for her 6th year! Session I, she will be teaching music, one-act play, and drama for the youth. Session II, she will direct the Teen Show! During the past year, Allison served as the Drama Department Chair at South Shore Conservatory. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts: Acting from Plymouth State University and attended the prestigious National Theater Institute at The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. When Allison is not teaching, she enjoys performing with local community and regional theaters.
Lindsey Thomas (Scrapbooking & Recycled Art Teacher)
Lindsey is very excited to be working for Arts for Youth for her fourth year. She will be a senior this upcoming fall at Bridgewater State University studying elementary education and communications. Lindsey has been in the Arts for Youth/Teens program since she was seven years old. She has taken dance for twelve years where she has studied jazz, tap and ballet and lyrical. Lindsey has performed with Star Players of Bristol County in The Magic of Christmas and Fiddler on the Roof. She is looking forward to another great summer!
Matthew Wedlock (Creative Computing)
Matt Wedlock is excited for his third summer of Creative Computing at Arts for Youth. Here's to another amazing year of creating video games, multimedia arts, and electronic music creation. In his spare time he teaches Literature and Composition at Bristol Community College, prints hot lead on his 1886 Perfected Prouty for Salient Tooth Press, and works as a life coach for individuals with developmental disabilities. His first book of poetry was released this year from Gesture Press.
Will Candler (AfT Co-Director)
Laurie Matthews (Visual Arts Teacher)
Wendy Rockne (Hip Hop Teacher)