Afternoon Program Important Contacts

 

Please reach out with any questions about the afternoon program.

Ben Snyder

Director of EXCEL and the Afternoon Program; History and Social Science Faculty

Alex Gallagher ‘90

Director of Athletics

Dan Halperin

Performing Arts Department Chair At nobles since 1999

Dan Halperin received his M.F.A. in Directing and Theatre Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He previously worked at the Berkshire Theatre Festival as director of education. He has acted and directed at several professional theatres and colleges. At Nobles, Halperin has directed more than 20 plays and 20 musicals, from originals that he wrote, co-wrote, or adapted such as a modernized take on The Pirates of Penzance staged in the round at a nightclub, to a more traditional production of Romeo and Juliet featuring several faculty members as the adult characters. In 2019, he directed the Massachusetts premiere of Bright Star. Both of Halperin’s sons are Nobles graduates who were deeply involved with the Nobles Theatre Collective during their time at the school, one as an actor and the other as an electrician and lighting designer.

Dan Halperin received his M.F.A. in Directing and Theatre Education from the University of Texas at Austin. He previously worked at the Berkshire Theatre Festival as director of education. He has acted and directed at several professional theatres and colleges. At Nobles, Halperin has directed more than 20 plays and 20 musicals, from originals that he wrote, co-wrote, or adapted such as a modernized take on The Pirates of Penzance staged in the round at a nightclub, to a more traditional production of Romeo and Juliet featuring several faculty members as the adult characters. In 2019, he directed the Massachusetts premiere of Bright Star. Both of Halperin’s sons are Nobles graduates who were deeply involved with the Nobles Theatre Collective during their time at the school, one as an actor and the other as an electrician and lighting designer.

Jillian Kinard

Dance Program Director and Instructor At nobles since 2009

At the age of five, Jillian Kinard began choreographing dances to the beats of her yellow boombox outside of Chicago. She received her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College and studied dance at Bowdoin College, where she received the Bowdoin Dance Group Award for her choreographic contributions to the program. Outside of Nobles she founded the contemporary dance group, SPUNKandCOmpany Dance, based in Cambridge, Mass. She has taught at Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program, Mount Holyoke and Smith College, and as a guest artist at Bowdoin College. She enjoys dancing the most in her kitchen with her toddlers.

At the age of five, Jillian Kinard began choreographing dances to the beats of her yellow boombox outside of Chicago. She received her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College and studied dance at Bowdoin College, where she received the Bowdoin Dance Group Award for her choreographic contributions to the program. Outside of Nobles she founded the contemporary dance group, SPUNKandCOmpany Dance, based in Cambridge, Mass. She has taught at Bates Dance Festival Youth Arts Program, Mount Holyoke and Smith College, and as a guest artist at Bowdoin College. She enjoys dancing the most in her kitchen with her toddlers.

John Hirsch

Visual Arts Department Chair

Linda Hurley

EXCEL faculty / Community Service

Holly Bonomo

EXCEL faculty / Community Service