Arts Department

The Arts Department at Peddie embodies our belief that the arts are essential to a well-rounded education and play a critical role in stimulating creativity and developing community. During the class day more than 300 Peddie students take part in arts courses. On the stage and in our studio classrooms and rehearsal halls, promising young artists learn to tap into their imaginations, to problem-solve, and to communicate in new ways. To facilitate this growth, we offer a year-long freshman arts Foundations program, and a diverse menu of electives in music, theater, and visual arts. This allows students to experiment broadly while maintaining a strong academic core. Those who develop a passion for the arts have the chance to explore extracurricular programs and to challenge themselves in year-long Advanced Placement and Honors coursework. The Peddie Arts Signature Program is an additional exciting opportunity for especially accomplished upperclassman artists. Learning at all levels continues after hours as students create, practice and rehearse, preparing for the public exhibitions and performances that are a cornerstone of our dynamic experiential program. Through their arts education every Peddie graduate will be exposed to the creative process; while they may not choose to pursue an artistic path in the future, at Peddie they will acquire essential skills and vocabulary that will shape them into more appreciative and better informed citizens, sensitive to the cultural landscape they inhabit.
Arts Faculty and Enrichment Opportunities

Peddie students have wonderful creative mentors to guide them. Our eight full-time faculty are dedicated working artists and passionate classroom teachers. In addition, students have many opportunities to interact with professional artists in private music lessons, as well as master classes and workshops through the Cultural Arts and Mariboe Gallery series. For inspiration, all students may attend a wide range of arts events on campus, including exhibitions, concerts, recitals, plays, speaking contests, and screenings of National Theater Live productions. In addition, we offer a field trip to New York city art museums and galleries each trimester, and the Peddie Culture Bus trips takes interested students to such professional performances as Broadway musicals, the New York Philharmonic, and the McCarter Theater, as well as public readings and lectures at nearby Princeton University.

Arts Facilities

Since its opening in 1989, the Richard L. Swig Arts Center has served as the creative center of the Peddie campus. It is open and accessible to students throughout the class day and most evenings until 10 p.m. Swig houses an art gallery, four art studios, a digital photography and video lab, a black box performance space, a drama classroom, chorus and orchestra classrooms, and sound-proof rehearsal rooms. Next door in Geiger-Reeves Hall, the William Mount-Burke Theater houses a 535-seat auditorium, as well as a scene shop and costume, prop, and dressing rooms.
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Meet the Arts Department

List of 11 members.

  • Alan Michaels 

    Art Department Chair, Director of Music
    Mannes College of Music - B.M.
    Mannes College of Music - M.M.
  • Marilyn Anker 

    Coordinator of Cultural Events
    Virginia intermont College - B.A.
    Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University - M.F.A.
  • Marisa Green 

    Teacher, Director of Vocal Music
    Harvard University - B.A.
    Yale University - M.M.
  • Andrew Harrison 

    Teacher, Director of Mariboe Gallery
    Cornell University - B.S.
    Johns Hopkins University - M.A.T.
    Maine College of Art - M.F.A.
  • Jay Jaski 

    Florida State University - B.M.
    Columbia University - M.F.A.
  • Zachary Krieger 

    Teacher, Assistant Director of Vocal Music
    Central Michigan University - B.Mus.
    Westminster Choir College - M.Mus.
  • John Lucs '90 

    Technical Coordinator
    (609) 944-7549
    Boston University
  • Claudio Middleton 

    Catholic University, Valparaiso, Chile - B.A.
    Catholic University, Valparaiso, Chile - M.A.
  • Madelaine Shellaby 

    Scripps College - B.A.
    University of California Berkeley - M.A.
  • Elizabeth Sherman 

    Teacher, Director of Theater
    Ohio University - B.F.A.
    The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco - M.F.A.
  • Catherine Watkins 

    Teacher, Director of Visual Arts
    Yale University - B.A.
    Syracuse University - M.A.


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