Visiting Artists

The curriculum is complimented by Artists-in-Residence, who  are brought in throughout the year for intensive residencies. 
On going residencies have included renowned vocalist/percussionist Tiye Giraud, poet and college professor Gale Jackson, and composer Bruce Wolosoff.

Every year, drama teachers from Shakespeare & Company spend a month working with students of every age, culminating in a performance of a Shakespeare play by students at Bay Street Theatre.

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company from Lenox, MA sends us three actors/directors each year, who involve the students in exploring and producing parts of a Shakespeare play.
The entire school community immerses itself in Elizabethan life for these exciting four weeks.
Launching its 32nd season in the culturally-rich Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts in Lenox, Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did — in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors, and designers of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. The company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Shakespeare & Company's educational programs inspire a new generation of students and scholars to discover the resonance of Shakespeare's truths in the everyday world, demonstrating the influence that classical theatre can have within a community.

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Bruce Wolosoff

In addition to his radically innovative work as a music educator, Bruce Wolosoff is a professional composer whose music integrates modern classical, romantic, jazz, and blues forms. He began his musical studies on piano at a young age, playing in rock, jazz, and fusion bands throughout his teen years while simultaneously pursuing his "serious" studies as a classical pianist. Bruce was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Classical Artist category in the mid-80's for his critically acclaimed performances of the piano music of Busoni. A turning point in his creative life was his apprenticeship with jazz composer-pianist Jaki Byard, most known perhaps for his performances with Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy.

At the age of 30, Bruce stopped performing in public to devote his energies to his own work as a composer. His steady stream of commissions include works for the Columbus Symphony, the Lark String Quartet, and the Minnesota Ballet who commissioned "The Passions" which was nominated for the Pulitzer prize in music. He has received 5 commissions to create new works for the Smithsonian. His chamber opera "Madimi" was performed in 2008 by the Center for Contemporary Opera at Symphony Space in NY.

Most recently, Bruce has composed a large scale work for string quartet called "Songs without Words" for the Carpe Diem String Quartet, a set of pieces inspired by rock, folk, blues, and jazz rhythms. The recording is being released on Naxos records, and the "Songs without Words" are now being choreographed by dancer-choreographer Ann Reinking.

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Gale Jackson

Gale Jackson is a poet, writer and perennial student of history, mythology and story. , who visits each month to work with students developing their own interest and skills in reading and writing poetry..
She is author of the books MeDea, Suite for Mozambique, Bridge Suite: Narrative Poems, A Khoisan Tale of Beginnings and Ends, and, We Stand Our Ground, a collaborative work, with Kimiko Hahn and Susan Sherman.  She also co-edited The Art Against Apartheid Anthology.  Her work appears in numerous anthologies and publications including Callalou, African American Review, Artist and Influence and Essence. In addition to her long and joyous tenure as storyteller in residence at Hayground School, Gale is a professor on the faculty of the graduate program in interdisciplinary arts at Goddard College and poet in residence at The Secondary School for Journalism. She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for her work in griot traditions, worked for many years in University, public and community education, as a lecturer, performer, researcher and as a librarian, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. 


Tiye Giraud

Tiye Giraud is a vocalist, percussionist and composer.  She has written music for The Kitchen House Blend Band in New York and Relache Ensemble in Philadelphia.  She was commissioned by Diamond/Royals Productions to compose and record the score for the film Conjure Women aired on PBS. She has performed at the Nantes Jazz Festival and the 2nd International Festival de Jazz in Paraguay.  Her music/theater piece Sugar Tit!, a satiric exploration of women & traditional roles of servitude, was premiered in 1998 at  Dance Theater Workshop (NY) and toured throughout the US.  She has worked extensively with Urban Bush Woman as guest artist as well as musical director for their theater piece, Song of Lawino and vocal coach/arranger for their Bessie Award winning, Praise House.  An original member of Woman of the Calabash, female percussion ensemble, she has recorded and toured with John Cale (Velvet Underground), Kurt Vonnegut (Ice 9 Ballads), Bob Telson (Baghdad Café), Odetta, Pete Seeger, David Soldier String Quartet, Sounds of Taraab and her own trio, Hoss Hed Juju.  She is a regular performer in various well known clubs in and around the New York City area.  Known for her lively performance style and audience engagement, she features a unique blend of musical styles from Africa to Ireland with eclectic vocals and instrumentation.  Her recordings include Hokumbe! and Dirty Dishy Divine.  She has been a panel member for the NEA, a music curator for Dance Theater Workshop and has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet the Composer and New York State Counsel on the Arts to name a few. She is co-founder of KickAss Artists, an organization that allows for a censor-free space for artists to create as well as speak out for social justice.  Tiye is currently furthering her studies in Cultural Anthropology at Columbia University

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