Arts Department

Greetings from the Arts Department. We are committed to helping students express themselves, expand their critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities, and make bold and innovative observations and statements through art. Our students bring passion, energy, and creativity to our programs and motivate us to respond to their collective and individual strengths. We are proud of our students, the work they accomplish, and our part in helping them to realize the value of art in their lives and the world.

To send email to one of the individuals listed below, add “georgeschool.org” after the @ symbol.

arts-faculty-westMaureen West (2001)
Department Head, Advanced/IB Theater Arts: Acting and Directing, Musical Theater
215.579.6665
mwest@
BA University of Cincinnati
MTA Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts

“Theater is the source of my intellectual passions and my spiritual journey. As an actor trained in the Meisner Technique, I teach my students that ‘acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.’ To be fully present in the moment, students must embark on a journey of self-discovery, seeing from multiple perspectives, addressing issues that might make them uncomfortable, and realizing that life’s treasures are intangible—those we achieve through understanding, commitment, and self-expression.”
 

arts-adachi-3Jō Adachi (2011)
Painting & Drawing
215.579.6701
jadachi@
BFA University of Notre Dame
MFA School of Visual Arts

“Making art, like learning, is an ongoing process, one that involves constant discovery through self-reflection. In my classroom, I try to find a good balance of providing technical and conceptual guidance, bringing in historical context and contemporary art issues, and helping students find their own way to view and express themselves. It is an enriching experience for all of us.” Learn more about Jō.
 

arts-faculty-bartellaJudy Bartella (1967-1971; 1978)
Ceramics
215.579.6693
jbartella@
BA Swarthmore College
 
 
“Ceramics can be intimidating if you are not familiar with the materials, processes, and techniques, so showing students that they will be able to do whatever they attempt is one of my aims. Seeing them gain confidence as they develop skill, accomplish their goals, and produce high-quality work is thrilling. I never cease to be amazed by what my students achieve.”
 

Linda Bee (2009)
Costumer
215.579.6672
lbee@
 
 
 
 

arts-dept-scott-crandall-2Scott Crandall (2016)
Stagecraft, Walton Center Technical Coordinator
215.579.6750
scrandall@
BA DeSales University
 
 
 

arts-dept-kevin-davisKevin Davis ’77 (2000-2005; 2012)
Theater Arts: Acting
215.579.6671
kdavis@
BFA Emerson College
MSEd Hunter College
 
 

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Karen Hallowell (1979)
Instrumental Music
215.579.6620
khallowell@
BA Lycoming College
MS Ed University of Pennsylvania

“I have been astounded at how much joy I derive from being with orchestra students. I love passing on to them what I know about music and what it means to be a musician. It requires that students tap into their creativity, learn self-discipline, balance their individuality with their responsibility to the group, take risks, and listen deeply. All of these things are valued at George School.”
 

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Steven Heitzer (2008)
Instrumental Music
215.579.6675
sheitzer@
BME Temple University
MM Manhattan School of Music

“Making music is the ultimate example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. A delicate and often elusive balance must exist between individual focus and teamwork. As a conductor—and the manager of that balance—I teach students to concentrate on their own tasks while listening to and adjusting to the sounds around them. And when that balance is achieved, magic can happen!” Learn more about Steven.
 

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Barbara Kibler (1983)
Dance
215.579.6667
bkibler@
BS New York University
MEd Trenton State College

“Dance is a way to communicate, a language without words that requires knowledge and discipline of the body. I love when students stop copying others and begin to investigate their hearts and minds, creating movement that speaks to what they are thinking and feeling. There is a powerful freedom that comes from knowing that movement is infinite and fleeting and that it can communicate a state of mind to an audience. A dancer’s life is lived in sinew, muscle, blood, sweat, bone, and brain, and our bodies tell our truths. To see my students embrace that understanding is my greatest reward.”
 

David Nolan (2017)
Vocal and Instrumental Music, IB Music, Musical Theater
215.579.6666
dnolan@
BS Ursinus College
MM Butler University
 
 

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Danielle Picard-Sheehan (1999-2005; 2006)
Director of Visual Arts and Design
215.579.6694
dpicard@
BFA Massachusetts College of Art
MFA Tyler School of Art

“I am blessed to be a member of the George School community and to work among colleagues whose commitment to students is unwavering. In this nurturing environment, I have continued my own artistic endeavors while being privileged to teach a diverse group of motivated students, many of whom choose to take photography throughout their years at George School. As a result, I have developed lifelong friendships and profound connections with my students through their artwork, witnessing their creativity as they communicate what is in their hearts and on their minds.” Learn more about Danielle.
 

arts-faculty-rossSusan Ross (2006)
Graphic Design
215.579.6792
sross@
AA Darton College
BFA Georgia State University
 
 
 
arts-faculty-salamoniAmedeo Salamoni (2009)
Ceramics and Sculpture, Anderson and Walton Galleries Coordinator
215.579.6695
asalamoni@
BA, MA Kean University of New Jersey
MFA University of Delaware

“Working with students at George School parallels my passion for ceramics. Just as molding and shaping a piece of clay is very magical to me, so is having the privilege to help shape and influence a student in a positive way. I hope to teach my students that knowing the elusive ‘right answer’ is not the ultimate goal of their education. Rather, it is learning how to ask questions both of themselves and of others. I enjoy being involved in all aspects of my students’ education, something you can only do in this kind of environment.” Learn more about Amedeo.

 

Scott Seraydarian ’90 (2017)
Film Production
215.579.6811
sseraydarian@

 
 
 

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Carter Sio ’76 (1984)
Woodworking and Design
215.579.6696
csio@
BA Marlboro College
Kirby Studios

“In a world where possessions can be had with the swipe of a card and the click of a finger, teaching students the time-consuming process of cabinetry is a challenge. But helping a student take an idea quickly scribbled on paper and turning it into a useful, beautiful, three-dimensional object that shouts, ‘Touch me, look at me, sit on me, eat off me, tell the time for me, drink from me, sleep on me, etc.’ is what keeps me here year after year.”