|In both curricular and co-curricular offerings, the Arts Department encourages students to find their own creative voices and to explore the cultural landscape they inhabit. During the class day in our arts studios, black box theater classroom and choral and orchestra rooms, an average of more than 300 Peddie students take part in arts courses. All incoming freshmen participate in a year-long Foundations class which includes a term each of music, theater and visual art, and upperclassmen may choose from among a wide variety of sequential electives in all three areas. Arts education 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.
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Art Department Chair
Yale University - B.A.
Syracuse University - M.A.
During her tenure at Peddie, Catherine Watkins has served as head of the Arts Department from 1991-93 and assumed that position again in 2007. She was a founder and faculty member of The Principio Project (1994-95), director of the Mariboe Art Gallery (1990-98) and an instructor of AP Art History and all levels of visual arts classes at Peddie. Watkins divides her time between the classroom, art studio and her family. She exhibits her mixed-media assemblages, collages and installations in the tri-state area.
Watkins is a graduate of Yale University, holds a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and has done graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
Coordinator of Cultural Events
Virginia intermont College - B.A.
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University - M.F.A.
Marilyn Anker has been a member of the Peddie Arts Department since 1998, and currently serves as the Coordinator of Cultural Events. Marilyn holds a B.A. from Virginia Intermont College and an M.F.A. in Theatrical Lighting Design from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.
Teacher; Development Researcher; Director, Mariboe Gallery
Skidmore College - B.A.
University of Pennsylvania - M.F.A.
Brandeis University - Post-Bacc. Certificate in Art
Eric Drotch has been a member of the Peddie faculty since 2005. He teaches in the Visual Arts Department, oversees the Mariboe Art Gallery and assists in the Alumni & Development office. Before pursuing his interests in art and teaching, Drotch worked for several prominent non-profit organizations and provided consulting services to many others.
Drotch earned a B.A. from Skidmore College, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art from Brandeis University and an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Harvard University - B.A.
Yale University - M.M.
Marisa Green has been a member of the arts department since 2008, and currently oversees the choral program, which comprises a primary 60-voice ensemble and three smaller auditioned singing groups. She also teaches AP Music Theory and other music elective classes, and serves as music director for the annual all-school and freshman musicals. Her other roles at Peddie include coaching JV field hockey, working in Masters dorm, and participating in the annual sophomore bike trip.
Green is also currently active as a conductor and accompanist and has performed as a singer and violist in opera, church music, musical theatre, early music, and contemporary music. She holds a bachelor's degree in music and Latin from Harvard University and a master's degree in choral conducting and certificate in sacred music from the Yale School of Music.
Cornell University - B.S.
Johns Hopkins University - M.A.T.
Maine College of Art - M.F.A.
Andrew has been a member of the arts department since 2008, and teaches at all levels within the visual arts program, including the rigorous Honors Art class. Additionally, Andrew co-developed the new curriculum for the recently added architecture class. A practicing multi-disciplinary artist, Andrew maintains an active studio and has exhibited his sculpture, short-films, digital prints, and installations in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago (www.andrewjamesharrison.com).
After receiving an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, Andrew attended Johns Hopkins School of Education in 1998 and earned a Masters of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art in 2008. Andrew coaches tennis and basketball and lives on campus with his wife, Suzy, and their three children
Pasadena College - B.T.A.
Jeff ‘Harry’ Holcombe has been a director of Peddie theater productions and an educator in the Theater Department for the past 35 years. Holcombe has directed more than 40 musicals and 100 dramatic plays during his tenure. He has also taught public-speaking courses and managed the speech contests throughout his career at Peddie. Holcombe founded and ran a summer theater troupe for 15 years, and he has taught countless summer theater classes that have attracted many students to Peddie over the years. Holcombe is a graduate of the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts.
Teacher, Director of Music
Mannes College of Music - B.M.
Mannes College of Music - M.M.
Alan Michaels has been director of Instrumental Music and a music teacher at Peddie since 1998. He also has a distinguished professional career as a musician, performing with Broadway and symphonic orchestras, as well as popular cover bands in the New York City area. He has performed at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully halls. Michaels belongs to two traveling performing-arts groups that educate students throughout central New Jersey about music. He earned his master and bachelor of music degrees from Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Catholic University, Valparaiso, Chile - B.A.
Catholic University, Valparaiso, Chile - M.A.
Ohio University - B.F.A.
The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco - M.F.A.
Elizabeth has been Director of Theater at Peddie since 2006. In her tenure, she has taught all levels and a variety of styles of performance. She has directed numerous student productions including Metamorphoses, The Children’s Hour, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods.
Prior to Peddie, Elizabeth worked as a professional actor and adjunct theater professor in New York City for more than ten years. During that time, she founded a successful Off-Broadway theater group, The Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, and supported her art starring in a host of regional and national television commercials.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Ohio University and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.