At MHS, we believe the arts are an intrinsic part of the human experience, and we take full advantage of opportunities in the cultural center that is the Berkshires. Students experiment with new forms of creativity, gain respect for artistic tradition, and find their artistic voice.
Sophia Lee ’96 was named Chair of the Expressive Arts Department in 2013. Sophie joined the School in 2003 and teaches Photography and Studio Art classes, including traditional and digital photography, drawing, and painting. In addition, she has taken photography for the School’s website, publications, and archives. Previously a member of the School’s Resident Faculty, Sophie has also been a faculty advisor to the sophomore class and several clubs. In addition to her MHS responsibilities, Sophie is a practicing artist and a freelance, fine art, and commercial photographer and designer. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art and in French Cultural Studies from Wellesley College.
Director of Music and Choral Director
New England Conservatory of Music - M.M. Wheaton College - B.A.
Deborah Duffwas named Director of Music in Fall 2013 and continues as Choral Director, overseeing a number of musical responsibilities. Since joining MHS in 1987, Debbie has held multiple roles, including that of faculty advisor to the MHS Vocal Ensemble, Merrie Melodies (a student and faculty vocal group), and Grace Notes, the School's a cappella singing group. Additionally, Debbie is faculty advisor to the School’s Student Council and a member of the Student Life Team. Her daughter, Emily, graduated with the MHS Class of 2006. Debbie holds a B.A. from Wheaton College and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music.
Director of Theater and Dance
Ohio University - M.F.A. Marymount Manhattan College - B.F.A.
Jennifer Jordan joined the faculty of MHS in 2006. She teaches Theater, Movement and Dance, Public Speaking, and oversees the MHS Theater Ensemble program. She has performed in theaters in New York City, toured with Lee Faulkner’s Light Theater, and was a founding member of Cosacomica, a theater company focusing on original physical comedy. She has worked for Barrington Stage Company as an actress and teacher, and at Ohio University and Berkshire Community College as an adjunct theater professor. She also created the first musical theater program at Lenox Memorial High School in Lenox, Massachusetts. Jennifer earned her BFA at Marymount Manhattan College with a Gold Medal in Acting, and her MFA in Acting from Ohio University.
University of Minnesota - M.F.A. SUNY Oswego - B.F.A.
Gary P. Grosenbeck,Ceramics Teacher, joined MHS in 2011. Gary came to MHS with experience as a potter and pottery instructor. Since 2002 he has been a production potter with Natural Elements Pottery in Cummington, Massachusetts, and he had previously owned his own studio. Gary earned an M.F.A. in Ceramics/Printmaking from the University of Minnesota and a B.F.A. in Ceramics/Painting from the State University of New York at Oswego. He also studied ceramics and art history at the Ealing College of Higher Education in London.
Rob Sanzone joined MHS in Fall 2013 as the School’s Instrumental Music Instructor, bringing a rich background in teaching and performing. Rob has been a private music instructor since 2001, offering instruction for guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, percussion, recording, and audio engineering. He has also taught at the Berkshire Music School, in Pittsfield, and the Berkshire South Community Center, in Great Barrington. Rob, who has been performing locally, nationally, and internationally since 1994, holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Ellie Spangler, Studio Art Teacher, joined MHS in 2010. She came to MHS from the Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona, Spain, where she taught elementary art for three years. Ellie has co-taught at IS183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and her own work encompasses a variety of media. She graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and earned a Master’s in Teaching Secondary Art from Colorado College.