Lisa Hooks Murray will serve as the new chairwoman of The Dunham School’s Fine Arts Department, school leaders said.
School officials also announced the addition of Christine Miller Dubuc to the fine arts faculty as a theater teacher.
A professional dancer and choreographer, Murray has been teaching dance for 35 years. She began dancing as a student of Phoebe Brantley, for whom the Dunham dance school is named. In 1988, Murray founded Baton Rouge’s first professional modern dance company, In the Company of Dancers. In 2013, she received the Prism Award, presented by Of Moving Colors dance company, for her years of outstanding service to the Baton Rouge dance community.
“My greatest reward is watching dancers grow as artists, helping them to feel more confident about themselves and to realize what they contribute as members of a larger community,” Murray said. “As fine arts department chair, I am blessed with an extraordinary faculty of artists, and we have a sound program on which to build and promote.”
For the past four years, Murray has shared her creative talents with Dunham students teaching classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance technique and dance history to middle school students; teaching intermediate and honors-level classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance technique and dance history to upper school students; and teaching ballet and tap to prekindergarten through fourth-grade students in the school’s after-school dance program.
Dubuc brings a wealth of knowledge and professional experience to her theater classroom at Dunham, a news release from the school said. She is a vocalist, actress, recording artist and jazz singer and serves as a vocal and performance coach with Baton Rouge Music Studios.
“I am thrilled to join the fine arts department at Dunham. As one who is passionate about the arts, I could not have found a better environment in which to share that passion — the faculty, students, facilities and the overall spirit of this school are truly one of a kind,” she said.
After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2004 and earning a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The New School in 2007, Dubuc furthered her training “across the pond” during the summer months, studying Shakespeare, phonetics and dialect and 16th-century history. Back home in Louisiana, Dubuc was the featured jazz singer at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s inaugural ball in 2008 and volunteered as a performer for the Faces of Hope Gala at The Manship Theatre. She also has performed as a blues and jazz singer at various venues across the country.
“The Dunham School is blessed to have two such gifted teachers serving in these pivotal roles in our fine arts program,” Headmaster Steve Eagleton said. “These talented teachers, together with the rest of our fine arts faculty—Carrie Stephens, John Gray, Nicole Cotten, Sallie Anselmo and Sarah Boger — bring their professional expertise, varied performance experiences and deep passion for their disciplines to the classroom and our students.”