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Summer 2024 SMARTS Staff

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ADMINISTRATION

 

Sherye Weisz (she/her) - Executive/Artistic Director:  Sherye has been involved in the arts and education for over thirty-five years. Growing up in Providence, RI, Sherye took classes at Rhode Island School of Design, was a company member of the nationally known Looking Glass Theatre Company, played flute in state-wide groups and continued her creative pursuits at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York; Emerson College, Boston; and University of Calgary, Alberta. Sherye has been executive/artistic director of SMARTS since 1988. She was on the faculty of Lesley University, Cambridge, MA in the Creative Arts in Learning graduate program for 15 years and was president & artistic director of The UnCommon Theatre Company, a local regional children’s theatre, for 18 years. Sherye is also an educational consultant, providing regional school districts with long and short-term in-service programs that address strategies to enhance student learning through STEAM, integrated arts curriculum and assessment design. She served on the Fine Arts Advisory Council to the MA Commissioner of Education for 6 years and was a member of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education for many years and is currently on the board of Arts|Learning. Sherye’s greatest joys come from her husband Jim of 42 years, her 3 children and her 6 grandchildren.

 

 

Tori Augusta (she/her) - Program Director/Office Manager: Tori is a practicing artist and has worked with children for over 10 years. She has been with SMARTS since early 2016. She graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 2012 with a BFA in Design/Photography. Tori was born and raised in Mansfield, MA and is passionate about arts in our community. When Tori is not at SMARTS she spends her time with her husband and 7 year old son, and enjoys making art and going thrifting.



 

Alan Clavette (he/him) - Administrative Assistant:  Alan teaches music at Studley Elementary School in Attleboro. He earned his Bachelors in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire and his Masters of Arts in Teaching at Bridgewater State University. He is a native of North Attleboro, Massachusetts and attended the SMARTS Cabaret Program for several years.  Alan is a returning SMARTS veteran teacher after taking a break for some years and is super excited for this summer.



 

 

 

TEACHING ARTISTS


 

Seth Antonitis (he/him)- Percussion Teacher: Seth has been assisting and teaching percussion at the SMARTS Summer Institute for 22 years. He began drumming 25 years ago, mastering several percussion instruments in the process. He is a longstanding member of the Rhythm Room under bandleader Rick Morin and is a freelance musician and private lesson teacher. Seth’s method of teaching centers on passing down knowledge in a fun, interesting, and energetic fashion. Seth earned his BA in Philosophy from The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

 

 

 

Claire Munley (she/her) - Visual Arts Teacher: Claire is a practicing artist and has been working with children and teens in the arts for over 9 years. Being her second year with SMARTS, she's excited to bring her passion for painting, drawing, printmaking, textile design, and other media to the program. Earning a BFA in Art Education from UMass Dartmouth in 2014, followed by an MAE in 2020, she's always trying to learn new things to bring to the table. She enjoys spending sunny afternoons in her at-home studio, painting or sewing, accompanied by her cats Mona Lisa and Moose. 

 

 

Natalie Young (She/her) - Expressions Teacher:  Natalie has been a special education teacher for 10 years and has a lifelong passion for visual arts processes like ceramics and fluid art. She mainly works with ceramics and has been practicing since high school, took classes as part of her Bachelors of Art program at Wheelock College and has since continued her own growth through practice and exploration of varying hand building and glazing techniques. Recently, through her own use of art as self expression, she has begun to explore how to help children communicate their feelings and regulate emotions through the use of art. She also holds a Masters Degree in Special Education and has been a preschool special education teacher ever since. She loves to integrate different art modalities into her classroom curriculum. When she’s not in the classroom she enjoys yoga, hiking, live music and creating art. 

GROUP LEADERS/ GROUP LEADER ASSISTANTS

 

 

 

Matthew Wright: Matthew Wright is a group leader for his third summer! Matthew participated in the summer program for many years as a young child and continues having fun and making every day at SMARTS a good day for everybody. He’s so excited to start again this year!!

 

Greeshma Sasidharan: Greeshma Sasidharan is a Civil Engineer and a trained Classical Dancer. Greeshma is from India (Kerala) and has lived in MA for 1.5 years. She enjoys arts, crafts, music, dance and working with young children. Greeshma worked at the 2023 SMARTS Winter Institute where her young daughter also participated. She is super excited to meet everyone this summer !!

 

 

Caroline Wright: Caroline Wright is in 11th grade at Attleboro high school. In her free time she loves to bake, horseback ride, fish and draw! She is so excited for her first year as a SMARTS group leader!

Sherryssah Lafume (She,Her): Sherryssah Lafume is 16 years old.She is currently a student at Attleboro High School and art is her passion.  Art has been something she has been interested in and plans to major in art in college. Being a part of this program will allow her to spread her love for art with others. 

Raphaiah Joseph (He,Him)  Raphaiah Joseph is going to be a senior at Foxborough Regional Charter School this fall. Recently he has found a love for traveling when he went to Thailand with his school. He loves to make bracelets and tumble. He can't wait to meet all the staff and campers this summer!

 


Ruby Bates: (she/they) Ruby is an incoming sophomore at Attleboro High School! They been dancing for their whole life, and has done a total of 7 performing arts shows. Ruby has even won an acting excellence award!! Ruby takes cosmetology at AHS and hopes to become an actor, or a stage makeup-artist! Also, Ruby is working on writing a book. Ruby is so excited to join the SMARTS team and meet everyone!
 

 

Anne Luc: Anne is a sophomore at Attleboro High School. She loves working with children and has been a babysitter for her choir director’s children. Anne loves to sing and dance and is in her  school's chorus, her church choir and is a majorette dancer at  her school. Anne says, “I also love drawing even though I’m not so great.” She worked at the SMARTS Winter Institute this year in February and is so excited to be part of the group leader team this summer. 

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