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 21st year at Arts Camp.
Laura Wraight, Assistant Director
Laura is the school social worker at Teachers Memorial in Norwich. She has worked at Norwich Public Schools for 15 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 6th 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 throughout her life. This is Kate’s 8th year at Arts Camp.
Jeannie Williams, Dance
Jeannie recently retired as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT where she taught dance and creative movement for the past 38 years. Movement education is a strong component to the education of the whole child at Pine Point, and she has enjoyed 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 17th year at Arts Camp.
Maria Iacoi, Art
Maria Iacoi received her Masters from Wesleyan University and has been teaching Art at Pine Point School for 29 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 communicate through visual expression. Maria also creates whimsical masks, costumes, sets and unique props for all the musicals at Pine Point. This is Maria’s 14th year at Arts Camp.
Bethany Clarke Bromley: Musical Theater
Bethany is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. She studied Music Education and Music History with a concentration in voice. She currently teaches Middle School music at the Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, conducts professionally, and has a large private studio. She has been the musical director for several middle school and high school programs in Connecticut and Rhode Island. 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 3rd 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 led 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 9th year at Arts Camp.
Monique Nee, Musical Theater
Monique earned a Masters in Education 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. In 2016, she played Velma in East Lyme Regional Theater’s “Hairspray”. In addition, she performed in the anti-bullying musical, “Her Song” at the Ivoryton Playhouse This is Monique’s 12th year at Arts Camp.