Head of School Paul Stellato announced that, beginning in September, the arts faculty will be arrayed in a single department called the Fine and Performing Arts and Design Department, and that it will be led by Stan Cahill, who will carry the title of Director of Fine and Performing Arts and Design. Mr. Cahill currently serves as Upper School Theater Artist-in-Residence, and has directed numerous award-winning productions at Princeton Day School--both regionally and nationally--as well as earning the title of "Outstanding High School Theater Program" from Stage Directions Magazine. In his new role, Mr. Cahill will work closely with coordinators who will oversee three areas: fine arts and design, music, and theater and dance. In addition, Mr. Stellato announced that Mr. Cahill will serve as a member of the School's Leadership Team.
In his announcement, Mr. Stellato stated, "The union of fine arts and design with performing arts can only strengthen and enhance the quality of programming for our students. Flanked by iconic programs in the humanities, and partnered with an expansive STEAM initiative, a single arts program--speaking with a single voice--will achieve one of our school's curricular goals: cross-divisional, interdisciplinary programming."
Mr. Stellato spoke of Mr. Cahill's deep understanding of the transformational power of the arts. "Renowned regionally, nationally, and internationally for his craftsmanship and conscience, Stan is but one of a handful of faculty to fulfill the vision of former head of school Duncan Alling, who created the position of artist-in-residence: the professional, practicing artist as teacher. In bringing Stan to the leadership team, our entire school will benefit from the wisdom and care that have enriched our theater program."