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scene of Antigone on stage Antigone’s New Iteration Defies Time

How do you put on a play during a pandemic, when there can be no audience, when players have to distance and wear masks? The theater makers at Williston took that challenge and raised it. They not only produced the Sophocles tragedy Antigone, but also reworked the play, added new character arcs, composed musical accompaniment,...

Man seated in empty theater Virtual Play Highlights Humanity

Jack Spagnola’s current play was written before 2020, before social distancing, quarantining, masks—before phased re-opening and scaling back and re-opening again. Before the tumult of emotions that have been a constant part of life for nearly five months. But, like all powerful art, the work, Lou (an unintentional search for friendship), feels prescient, almost comically...

man standing at podium in black robe at graduation Williston Senior Academic Awards Announced

During its remote 179th Commencement ceremony, broadcast on May 23, 2020, Williston Northampton School announced the names of its senior academic award winners. Please note, award winners in grades 9, 10, and 11 will be announced during the 2020-21 school year. The senior awards are as follows: History and Global Studies The A. L. HEPWORTH...

Radiant Light - Williston Northampton School Four Wildcats Recognized for Devotion to the Arts

During a recent assembly, Williston Northampton School’s Art Department Chair Natania Hume recognized four students for their devotion to and excellence at their respective arts disciplines. Britanie Acurio ’20, AP Studio Art Brittanie has taken her love of her hometown and brought a serious amount of New York attitude and energy to her work in...

Nika Futterman '88 Deal Her In

Voiceover actress Nika Futterman ’88 waves off fame while seeking a seat at the poker table You may not have heard of Nika Futterman—this despite the fact that she has 254 acting credits, most of them voice characters, going back to 1991 and is a singer and a professional poker player (more on that later)....

brie-banas-working-artist-award Williston Honors Four Working Artists

Four students were recognized for their excellence and hard work in the arts during a recent assembly. Dalina Nguyen ’21 for AP Studio Art Since day one, Dalina has shown consistency in the quality of her work and ability to manage her time. She carefully and thoughtfully creates each work of art in order for...

charles-raffetto Charles Raffetto Receives Gregory Instructorship

Editor’s note: this address was given by Dean of Faculty Peter Valine during Assembly on September 25, 2019. The George E. Gregory and Catherine B. Gregory Instructorship was established in 2007 by Dick Gregory, former faculty member, in honor of his parents. The purpose of this instructorship is to recognize the initiatives of a young...

ann-dowd-williston-commencement Ann Dowd ’74 Commencement Speech

Introduction by Head of School Robert W. Hill III Ann Dowd’s Emmy acceptance speech for A Handmaid’s Tale went viral. You may have seen it. And it went viral because it was an incredibly authentic moment, and I subsequently watched in on her interview with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show (that happens to be...

weather-balloon-williston-scholars-trevor-corsello Williston Scholars Examine Their World

A recent exposition of Williston Scholars projects revealed not only a wide range of topics, but an impressive depth of investigation. From a special type of polynomial, to the French New Wave movement in cinema, to the launch of a weather balloon that rose to 95,000 feet and swelled to four times its original girth...

working-artist-awards-glede-tucker-maddie-keyu Artists at Work

Four students earned Working Artist awards at today’s assembly. The awards honor students who commit fully to the their artistic pursuit. The awardees are Maddie Elsea’19, theater; Glede Wang ’19, curation; Tucker Motyka ’22, music; Keyu Lu ’20, painting. Maddie directed and starred in the play Eurydice for her Williston Scholars Performing Arts project and...

ann-dowd-commencement-speaker Emmy-Award-Winning Actress to Speak at Commencement

We are very excited to welcome Ann Dowd ’74 as our 178th Commencement speaker on May 25, 2019, under a tent on the main quad. Dowd won a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in 2017 for her role as the ruthless Aunt Lydia in Hulu’s dystopian drama, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Dowd, a native of Holyoke, Massachusetts,...

student-work-art-chanel-williston Three Win Working Artist Awards

Three students were recognized for their excellence and hard work in the arts during a recent assembly. They are Katie Han ’19 for visual arts, Celeb Stern ’19 for theater, and James Arcoleo ’19 for technical theater and music. Katie has exhibited hard work and dedication this trimester in AP Studio Art, according to her...

Williston Scholars Present

When students elect to take a Williston Scholars class, they know they are going to be spending a lot of time and energy focusing on a particular subject. At the end of that time, they present a final project that demonstrates their expertise. This winter, Williston Scholars in language, history and global studies, and theater...

Working Artists Go Above and Beyond

Each trimester, Williston Northampton School confersWorking Artist Awards upon its most dedicated student creators. At Assembly on November 7, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair Natania Hume announced the awardees for the first trimester. Amanda Shen ’19 combines her keen visual and conceptual intellect with advanced art making skills. She consistently produces outstanding works of...

brie-banas-laramie-project A Reminder to Listen

On the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death, Williston students explore themes of tragedy and understanding in the fall play, The Laramie Project. This fall, 20 Williston students participated in a production of The Laramie Project, a play based on the hundreds of interviews conducted by a theater company in the wake of the hate-crime...

‘Laramie Project’ Writer ‘Still Waiting for Play to Feel Outdated’

The shock, horror, media frenzy, and ensuing national conversation surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard happened 20 years ago. The head writer of the award-winning “Laramie Project,” Leigh Fondakowski, says that the play, unfortunately, does not feel dated. “Here we are 20 years later, and I’m still waiting for the time when ‘The Laramie Project’...

20 Years Later, ‘Laramie Project’ Remains Significant

Twenty years ago this October, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student named Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, brutally beaten, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming, and left to die. Shepard was the victim of a hate crime that would soon become the focus of the entire nation—he was killed because he was...

Grum Project Artists Bring Vision to Williston

Williston’s Grum Project, a five-year artist-in-residence program funded by a generous alumna, enters its third year with a slate of artists involved in a variety of disciplines. Mark Guglielmo, a visual artist who creates photomosaics paired with audio recordings, begins the series. His most recent work depicts the lives of Cuban people before and after...

Passion And Dedication Earn Six Students Working Artist Awards

What makes Williston’s arts program vibrant? The students who are passionate about their work! These students were honored at a recent assembly with a Williston Working Artist Award for their dedication to dance, theater, sculpture, and chorus. Ainsley Holman ’18, being new to the dance program this year as a senior, has made tremendous contributions...

Working Artist Awards Recognize Devotion To Craft

  To recognize the many Williston students who put exceptional effort into their artistic pursuits, we bestow Williston Working Artist Awards. The following six students (and one faculty member) were given awards in singing, visual arts, theater, and dance during an assembly on November 1. Tori Zingarelli ’18, who sings in the Widdigers, Teller Chorus,...

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