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Peter Gould Honored

NEYT DIRECTOR HONORED BY STATE

Peter Gould, a longtime Vermont theater worker, and popular Green Writers Press author, has won the 2016 Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Award in Arts Education from the Vermont Arts Council.

This prize is presented each year to an individual who has made "a sustained contribution to learning in and through the arts, and has had a positive impact on the quality of education in Vermont." The award is named in honor of the former executive director of the Vermont Arts Council and retired president of Marlboro College.

In selecting Peter Gould for this award, the Arts Council recognizes his creativity, passion for the arts, and his more than forty years of dedication to young people through various forms of arts in education.

Peter is the founder & director of "Get Thee to the Funnery" Shakespeare Camps, a youth enrichment program with unique branches throughout the state. Each summer, more than 150 young Funnery actors gain clarity of voice, positive self-esteem, leadership skills, and empathy in a rarified atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and physical training.

Peter has also performed more than 3000 shows across the U.S. and in other countries, as a soloist, and as part of Gould & Stearns. He continues to support Stearns's work in founding and running Brattleboro's now-legendary New England Youth Theatre, where Peter has been a director for fifteen years. Peter has inspired thousands of children in sponsored school residencies in every corner of Vermont.

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