Arts Camp Staff
Thames Valley Music School Arts Camp provides a creative environment in Southeastern Connecticut that introduces and welcomes a diverse population of children ages 6 -13 to experience the arts through specially designed hands-on exploration and creative arts experiences. Below are our highly qualified and exceptionally dedicated staff:
Libby Friedman, Camp Director
Libby, a certified camp director by the State of Connecticut, is assistant director of the Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology at Connecticut College and has worked at Mystic Seaport & New London Landmarks. She received a B.A. in Art and Art History from Connecticut College. This is her 20th year as director of Arts Camp and she loves working with children.
Laura Wraight, Assistant Director
Laura is the school social worker at Teachers Memorial in Norwich. She has worked at Norwich Public Schools for 14 years with all ages. Laura received her Masters of Social Work at Springfield College. Laura loves working with children of all ages. This is Laura’s 5th year at Arts Camp.
Kate McDonald, Community Outreach & Scholarship Coordinator
Kate is an adjunct professor at Mitchell College and Southern CT State University. Kate received her BA from Connecticut College and her MA from SCSU. She has always loved working with kids and young adults and has been involved with the arts througout her life. This is Kate’s 7th year at Arts Camp.
Jeannie Williams, Dance
Jeannie is the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT where she has taught dance and creative movement for the last 37 years. Movement education is a strong component to the education of the whole child at Pine Point, and she enjoys fostering the creativity, self-expression and the understanding of the elements of dance with her students. Even though she has enjoyed studying and teaching many dance forms, she considers herself a modern dancer and enjoys choreographing for herself and others. This is her 16th year at Arts Camp.
Maria Iacoi, Art
Maria Iacoi, received her MA from Wesleyan University. She has been teaching Art at Pine Point School for 28 years. Her art education goals are to make connections with other subjects and causes and community outreach. She strives to teach her students to better appreciate art and its vital role in society, while learning to better comunicate through visual expression. Maria also creates whimsical masks, costumes, sets and unique props for all the musicals at Pine Point. Being a lover of nature, getting outside of the classroom to teach drawing skills and observe nature’s forms, design and textures is a favorite part of her curriculum. She has been lucky enough to travelled with her students to Martha’s Vineyard, Costa Rica, and Hawaii to draw and paint landscapes, seascapes and plant life. This is Maria’s 13th year at Arts Camp.
Bethany Clarke Bromley: Musical Theater
Bethany is a graduate of URI where she studied Music Education and Music History with a concentration in voice. She currently teaches Middle School music at the Pine Point School, conducts professionally, and has a large private studio. She has been the musical director for several middle school and high school programs in CT and RI. Her favorite show to direct thus far has been “Wonderful Town.” She has no greater joy than when she is singing or working in the theater. This is Bethany’s 2nd year at Arts Camp.
Carol Glynn, Circus Arts
Carol is a writer, performer, and CT Master Teaching Artist who works in dozens of classrooms. She has been awarded the Distinguished Residency Artist Award by the CT Alliance for Arts Education. Her extensive work with the Penny Ante Theater, Creative Arts Parenting Programs, STAR (Support Those At Risk Teens), Prevention Players, and other social organizations has lead her to performing and teaching in places as diverse as Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and the CT State Prison System. Author of “Learning On Their Feet”, and the featured presenter in the kinesthetic DVD series, Carol Out of the Box, she presents keynote speeches and seminars internationally. This is Carol’s 8th year at Arts Camp.
Monique Nee, Musical Theater
Monique earned a MA and a BA in Music. She has had a variety of jobs ranging from radio, cruise ship entertainment, acting, and television host to news reporter. She enjoys teaching music to young children. Monique is an Emmy award winning reporter and won best supporting actress at the NY Int’l film festival. Monique works for Middletown Public Schools teaching Language Arts and is the co-advisor for the school’s award-winning anti-bullying program. She is proud of her students who create social change through the performing arts. Last year, she played Velma in East Lyme Regional Theater’s “Hairspray”. She performed in the anti-bullying musical, “Her Song” at the Ivoryton Playhouse this past spring. This is Monique’s 11th year at Arts Camp.