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“The arts are alive and vibrant at Taft. That so many of our arts venues are located on the school’s main hall—Potter Gallery, Bingham Auditorium, the black box theater, and even Lincoln Lobby, where our choral groups often perform—speaks to the value that is placed on the arts in our community.”

- Bruce Fifer, head of the Arts Department

Art is the most elemental form of expression. It challenges the mind, nurtures the soul, and spurs innovation. Mr. Taft understood the vital role art plays in shaping the spirit and intellect of his students. Our graduates are collaborators. They are disciplined thinkers. They are intuitive, imaginative creators, and observers in all areas of their lives.

Academic courses in the arts support the school's mission of educating the whole person, and are included in our required curriculum. Opportunities outside of the classroom—from concerts and theater to gallery exhibits and travel—not only broaden and enhance learning, but also bring energy, culture, creativity, and balance.

Faculty Artists

Bruce Fifer

Arts Department Head, Collegium Musicum Director

Talented and visionary, Bruce has performed on stage, in film, and across the globe.

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Claudia Black

Studio Art

Claudia has taught studio art at Taft for more than 15 years, including courses in art history, sculpture, ceramics, and glass.

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Loueta Chickadaunce

Fine Arts


Loueta wants everyone to fall so deeply in love with ideas that they study them in depth, in order that their hearts, mind, and spirit grow together. 


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Helena Fifer


Helena teaches beginning and advanced acting, comedy and improvisation, and public speaking.

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David Kievit

Performing Arts Technical Director

A member of the art department faculty, David teaches two theater classes and is the technical director for performances.

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Scott Serafine

Video Arts

Scott has had a long and distinguished career in education, earning Teacher of the Year honors in the Waterbury Public Schools.

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Sarah Surber


Colleges and schools throughout the northeast have presented Sarah's choreography.

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T.J. Thompson

Instrumental Music


T.J. has been an educator, jazz pianist, composer, and conductor for the last 20 years throughout the Midwest, New York, and New England. 


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Yee-Fun Yin


An active professional artist with a focus on documentary portraiture, Yee-Fun’s work has been featured in many prestigious regional art shows. 

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