Performing Arts

The Performing Arts program at Cushing offers a wide range of opportunities to explore and express your creativity—at any level—on the stage and behind the scenes. We offer academic classes as well as afternoon workshops for students working on a performance piece.
  • Drama enthusiasts pursue acting, writing, directing, and production, and may participate in main-stage and black box productions ranging from modern comedies and classical work to the annual winter musical.
  • Dancers take class three to four days a week, beginning through advanced levels, in styles of ballet, contemporary, modern, and jazz. Choreography and dance history are integral parts program, and students typically perform in two main-stage concerts a year.

  • Musicians can work together (in choral, jazz, or chamber music groups, for example) and/or may pursue an individual course of advanced study relating to their instrument. Our music theory and history courses are also popular.
In each discipline, students and faculty work side by side in the dedicated practice/rehearsal spaces in the Joseph R. Curry Academic Center. These state-of-the-art facilities include a dance studio, individual practice rooms, theater studio, and a multi-track recording studio and multimedia lab for students studying digital video, digital audio, and other production aspects of the performing arts.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about Performing Arts at Cushing, we’d be happy to hear from you.

Performing Arts Videos

Performing Arts Faculty

List of 17 members.

  • Photo of Julia Ohm

    Julia Ohm 

    Performing Arts - Dept. Head
    New York University - M.A., B.F.A.
  • Photo of Desh Hindle

    Desh Hindle 

    Director of Music
    Bates College - B.A.
    The Hartt School - M. Music
  • Photo of Rebecca Rice

    Rebecca Rice 

    Director of Dance
    University of Utah - B.F.A.
    University of Pittsburgh - M. Ed
  • Photo of Jerry Sabatini

    Jerry Sabatini 

    Jazz Ensemble Director
    S.U.N.Y. Buffalo - B.S.
    New England Conservatory - M. Music
  • Photo of Mary Carfagna

    Mary Carfagna 

    Cello Teacher
  • Deb Colageo 

    Music Teacher (Adjunct)
  • Photo of Elenye German

    Elenye German 

    Music Teacher (Adjunct)
  • Photo of Angel Hernandez

    Angel Hernandez 

    Violin & Viola Teacher
  • Michael Jacobs 

    Music Teacher (Adjunct)
  • Photo of Don Kirby

    Don Kirby 

    Drum Teacher
  • Photo of Kris Lucander

    Kris Lucander 

    Double-Bass Teacher
  • Photo of Eve-Marie Nezich

    Eve-Marie Nezich 

    Flute Teacher
  • Photo of Troy Price

    Troy Price 

    Guitar Teacher
  • Photo of Michelle Salvucci

    Michelle Salvucci 

    Science Teacher
    University of Maine - B.S.
  • Photo of Mark St. Laurent

    Mark St. Laurent 

    Voice Teacher (Adjunct)
  • Photo of Berit Strong

    Berit Strong 

    Music Teacher (Adjunct)
  • Photo of Monica Tessitore

    Monica Tessitore 

    Piano Teacher

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.