Lori Holmes Clark received her BFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Drama before starting her first rehearsals at the New Amsterdam theater on Broadway two days after graduation. Mrs. Clark has originated Broadway musicals as a performer, understudy, and dance captain, but her heart lies in experimental and immersive theater. She is a proud member of both Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA. Performance highlights include Wicked, Taboo, Footloose, Fosse, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Guiding Light,and documentary films, SHOWBUSINESS: The Road to Broadway and The Joy is in the Work. As choreographer, Lori was trusted to work with many greats including Paul Newman, Bernadette Peters, Kevin Kline, and Meryl Streep. Lori continues to educate and create new work in Europe, across the U.S. and locally. She joined Deerfield Academy in 2010 and has contributed choreography to a decade of dance concerts and the musicals Cabaret,Spring Musical Revue, How I Became a Pirate, and A Sonnet in Your Pocket (Limerence and Rhyme). Lori lives with her husband, Ben, at Clarkdale Fruit Farms with their sons, Emerson and Elliot.
Eve La Puma (She/her) graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a B. in Theater and Performance Studies (Acting Track) and a minor in Music (Bassoon/Vocal Performance). During her time at Stanford, Eve interned at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, studied Shakespeare abroad for a quarter at Oxford University, served as Artistic Director for Stanford’s [wit]: a gender-conscious theater company-a student group that seeks to elevate the voices of those with marginalized gender identities, worked on many campus productions, and was involved in the creation of several new theatrical works, including the musical She Persisted which later moved to a sold-out Off-Broadway run. Outside of theater, Eve was a Resident Assistant in the All-Freshman dorm Donner, a Tour Guide, and an intern in the Graduate School of Business’s Alumni Relations. After graduating, Eve worked at Mary House, a non-profit that provides housing and resources for immigrant and refugee families in the DC area. At Mary House, some of Eve’s work included creating a music program with her sister Cece and serving as a Reading Buddy/Tutor in the After-School Program. Eve enjoys making music-especially with her sisters, reading YA fantasy novels, petting cats, and cooking food to share with others. She is thrilled to join the Deerfield community as a Penn Fellow in the Visual and Performing Arts Department
Karen St.Pierre is the Costume Designer and Craft Artisan responsible for designing all the costumes for Deerfield’s Dance and Theatre productions. She brings to the Academy years of experience in the theatre, film, and television industry. St.Pierre received her honors undergraduate degree in Fiber Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Karen is the recipient of numerous art awards, including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Scholarship, The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Presidents Award, and most recently an Ovation Award nomination for Best Musical in 2016. Karen has worked on large-scale productions for premier regional theatres, Advertising campaigns, Cannes Film Festival, and with Earth, Wind and Fire to name a few. Karen believes that costume design is a vital art form that is a means of communication. Karen doesn’t confine herself to any particular area of art or fashion as she sees it all as inspiration. She loves the opportunity and challenge of designing for Dance and Theatre in the realm of visual art and where these ideas can transport our imaginations.
After graduating from Glasgow University with a joint Masters degree in English Literature, and Theater Studies (minoring in Philosophy and Archaeology), Ms. Hynds trained to be a professional theater director at the Byre Theater in St. Andrews, Scotland where she collaborated with Arthur Miller on her professional debut. She was the Artistic Director of Theater Works and a professor of acting and directing for various educational institutions such as The Royal Conservatoire, Glasgow, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and Manchester Metropolitan University. She came to Deerfield Academy eleven years ago, having been the Managing Director, Development Officer and Education Outreach Officer for the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at Ohio Northern University. Ms. Hynds has been invited to direct all over the world, and has enjoyed working in Mexico, Chile, and Israel. She is most proud of having been invited to direct for the National Theater of Iceland in Reykjavik. As Director of the Theater Program at Deerfield Academy, Ms. Hynds has directed approximately twenty five productions including Medea, All My Sons, 12 Angry Jurors, Cabaret, The Children’s Hour, Little Shop of Horrors, Antigone, and most recently Rumors. A great believer in the impact that live performances have on younger audiences, Ms. Hynds enjoys touring children’s musicals to local schools, and then travelling to her homeland to perform these same productions at the largest theater festival in the world, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ms. Hynds is currently the Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts Department.
Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.
Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.
In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society.
Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.
All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.
The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Academic Affairs Office determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.