Monday, June 29, 2015

And a great big thank you to John Bay upon his retirement!

To the Wheelock Community,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform you that John Bay is retiring, effective June 30. As WFT’s first full-time Director of Education John built a model program that continues to thrive. Firmly grounded in child development and multiple intelligences theories, he hired and mentored countless teachers in a child-centered approach to teaching and learning through and about the arts. He developed longstanding partnerships with schools and organizations to make classes available to students who are most in need. With intelligence, thoughtful planning, a collaborative spirit, and openness to new approaches, John made the WFT’s education program a crucial component of the theatre.

More recently he launched a drama and autism initiative with Wheelock College faculty that not only has inspired Wheelock students, but also yielded articles and conference presentations, bringing recognition to both the College and WFT. John truly embodies the mission of both the College and the Theatre. He has improved the lives of generations of young people; parents; WFT teachers and staff; Wheelock students, faculty, and staff; and members of the wider community by helping us realize our creative potential.

We thank John for working tirelessly on our behalf and wish him well as he pursues new projects, and hopefully stays involved in the drama and autism initiative. It is an understatement to say John will be greatly missed.

Yours truly,

Wendy Lement


Wheelock Family Theatre

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