US Events

2017 – 2018 Programs:

Valerie Tutson: Stories from Black History including African American folklorist and writer Zora Neale Hurston

Monday, January 22, 2018 (C)
9:30-10:15, US Assembly
Harrington Theatre
Grades 8-12
Valerie Tutson was graduated from Brown University with a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in a self-designed major—Storytelling As A Communications Art. Valerie has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa, her experiences in West Africa, stories from African American history. 

Playathon 2018

April 12, 2018 (F)
Learn More Here

Raise Your Voice Day of Poetry

Thursday, October 19, 2017 (C)

10:45–11:30, MS Assembly
Harrington Theatre

MS Workshops in English classes

Slam poet extraordinaire and popular Bancroft Writers Conference mentor. Mass LEAP Managing Director, New England Poetry Slam Veteran from Worcester.


2016 – 2017 Programs:

Gantumur (Ganaa) Sengee:
Experiences In Mongolia

Tuesday, March 14 (C) 2017

Ganda tells her story of being a child in Mongolia at college in Europe, life in a Buddhist monastery in France, and creating a new career using Etsy for international commerce, and more.

10:45-11:30 French III, US, Flavien Collet, Classroom
12:15-12:45 Geography, Grade 8, Kendra McCuine, Boone Rm
12:45-1:30 Music, Grade 6, Marilyn Butler, Boone Rm
1:45-2:45 World Geography, Grade 8, Michael Urban, Boone Rm
1:45-2:45 English, Grade 7, Meg Swan, Boone Rm

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, April 20, 2017 (D)
7:30 p.m. Harrington Theatre
Tickets: $10
Learn More Here

Featured Groups:
Watch Your Tone
The MIT Logarhythms

James Welu: The Great Masters As Teenagers!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (D)
10:00–10:45 a.m. US Assembly
Harrington Theatre

James Welu, The Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum, presents the lives and artwork of several masters of fine arts as teenagers and what they accomplished.

Irène and Francis Jacob Concert

Friday, February 24, 2017 (E)
1:45–2:45 p.m. US Assembly
Harrington Theatre

French actress Irène Jacob and her singer-songwriter brother Francis, along with a small, intimate multicultural band, will be presenting a mix of songs.
Irène has won international recognition working with Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski. She was awarded “Best Actress” at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in “The Double Life of Veronique” (1991). She is presently involved in theatre work. Francis has been working as a professional musician based in NYC, for the past 20 years.

Fusionworks Dance Company:

Unwrapped Mini-Concert:
Modern Dance Pieces

Monday, January 30, 2017 (C)
9:30–10:15 a.m. US Assembly
Harrington Theatre

Fusionworks Dance Company has an exciting history spanning more than twenty-nine years as Rhode Island’s only modern dance repertory company. Known for their gutsy and striking interpretations of works from an impressive line-up of contemporary choreographers, including Artistic Director Deb Meunier.

Watch YouTube Video Here

The Playathon!

Thursday, January 26, 2017
3:45-6:00 p.m.
Harrington Theatre

All School Event

Alex Charalambides: Slam Poetry

Wednesday, November, 9, 2016 (C)
US Assembly, Theatre

Slam poet extraordinaire and popular Bancroft Writers Conference mentor. 
Mass LEAP Managing Director, New England Poetry Slam Veteran from Worcester.

Eric Foner: American History, US

Eric Foner
Who is an American? Race and Citizenship in US History
Friday, October 28, 2016 (C)
9:45–10:30 am, Theatre

Mackenzie Melemed, '13 – Piano Concert

Monday, Nov. 7 (A)
9:30–10:15 am, Theatre
Mackenzie is an internationally recognized classical pianist, a senior and a first-year master's student at The Juilliard School
in New York and a Bancroft alumnus.

Michael Townsend & Leah Smith:
Artists In Residence
& Tape Art Installation

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 (F)

TBA Studio Arts Classes, LS & US
10:45-11:30 MS Assembly Theatre
LS and US
Thursday, November 3 (G)
Michael Townsend & Leah Smith:
Arts and Athletics, MS
8:00- 10:30 a.m.

Meet The Artist

Thursday, November 3, 2016 (G)
8:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. MPR
All School Event

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH 2016 VIDEO

Participating Artists: 


Hugh Naggar: Spun & Blown Glass

John Glabus: Wheel Thrown Ceramics

Christopher Whitehead: Comics

Lou Leelyn: Lou's Upcycles

Ron Rosenstock: Photographer

Haruo Shiga: Origami

Kara Bigda: Painter

2015 – 2016 Programs:

Marcus Santos
Grooversity: Brazilian Music & Culture

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 (B)

8:10–8:55 am, Harrington Theatre: Brazilian Music & Culture Show
LS (PreK - Grade 5)

David and Ginger Hildebrand
The Colonial Music Institute

Friday, April 29, 2016 (D) - Boone Room
8:45–9:30 a.m. - Grades 4 & 6

Performance of live music, Colonial through 1812 era,
period instruments and attire.


Sarah Valente & Nicole Landry:
Worcester History, Art and Chemistry

Megafan Mural Project
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (C)
2:00-2:45 p.m. - US Chemistry Class, Brian Kondek
2:45-3:30 p.m. - Tea & Dessert with Scientist/Artist, MPR

Gareth Hinds:
Odyssey, The Merchant of Venice & Macbeth

Creator of critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on literary classics.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (A) 11:50-12:30 p.m.
Grades 9 & 10
Harrington Theatre

Dr. David Jordan

President/ CEO Seven Hills Foundation & Director,
Yunus Social Business Center @ Becker College

Tuesday, March 1 (C) 11:45-12:30 Theatre
Upper School

Click Here to view Dr. Jordan's presentation, "Social Innovation: Changing the World Through a Personal Commitment" – presented at Bancroft School on March 1, 2016.

Martin Gohary Jazz Ensemble
Featuring Al Nawrocki & Evan Macleod

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 (C)
11:50am – 12:30pm

Playathon 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016 (F)
3:35–6:30 pm, Harrington Theatre
All School Event

Stephen Ursprung '06
Reject Dance Theatre

Friday, January 8, 2016 (F)
All School Event
US Performance: 9:45am – 10:30am

Lena Jonsson & Brittany Haas
Fiddler Performance & Workshops

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 (F)

11:20-11:55 Middle School & Grade 5 Fiddler Performance Theatre  
12:00-12:30 Upper School Fiddler Performance Theatre
12:35-1:15  8th Grade Strings Workshop Small Music Room
1:15-2:00 Lunch
2:05-2:45 Upper School Strings Class and 7th Grade Strings Workshop Small Music Room
2:45-3:30 Lower School Strings Workshop Small Music Room

Watch You Tube Performance

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, November 19, 2015 (A)
7:00 p.m.
All School Event

Tickets: $10 at the Front Desk, Theatre Door
or email

Bancroft’s Upper School A Cappella Group:

In Achord: Boston University's A Cappella Group. Bancroft alumna, Sali Diakite '14, will be performing with the group.

The Harvard Krokodiloes: The Harvard Krokodiloes have the gift of warming one’s soul and enriching one’s day.—Leonard Bernstein

UMass S#arp Attitude: University of Massachusetts Amherst's most sexy, sassy and stylish all-female a cappella group.

UMass S#arp Attitude

Four Hands Piano Concert
Sima Kustanovich & Pavel Nersessian

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 (E)

Harrington Theatre
11:45 am – 12:30pm
Program includes music by Brahms, Respighi, Goetz

Pavel Nersessian is one of the most remarkable Russian pianists of his generation. His prizes include the Beethoven Competition Vienna, Paloma O’Shea International Competition and the Tokyo Competition. Sima Kustanovich is one of the Northeast’s most sought after pianists.

Meet The Artist

Thursday, October 15, 2015 (A)
All School Event

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH 2015 VIDEO

Participating Artists: 

Sarah Williams: Ceramic Artist

Ronald (Ron) Pouliot: Wood Turner

JoAnn Mills: Quilt Maker

Elisabeth Hyder:
Handmade Books

Edward (Ed) M. Condon:

Beth Mellor: Lampwork Glass Beads

Dick Taylor:

Dick Taylor

Day of Poetry, September 30, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (C)
Harrington Theatre

8:45–9:30 a.m. – MS Assembly "Demonstration" Poetry Slam
11:45-12:30 p.m. – US Assembly "Demonstration" Poetry Slam
2:45-3:30 p.m. – US Open Mic, Room S206

Student Day of Poetry: "Demonstration" poetry slams and the poets will visit all MS & US English classes throughout the day to provide introductory poetry creative writing workshops. They will host an US student Open Mic to end the day.

Poetry Performers & Teaching Artists:

  • Lissa Piercy: 2014 Lizard Lounge Boston Poetry Slam Team Member, Co-Founder of Flatline Poetry Troupe.
  • Alex Charalambides: Mass LEAP Managing Director, New England Poetry Slam Veteran from Worcester.
  • Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, Essayist, Music Critic from Columbus Ohio.
  • Anthony Febo: Founder of FreeVerse! Lowell Youth Poetry Slam. Currently Artist in Residence at ICA Boston.
  • Muggs Fogarty: Providence Poetry Slam Director. Veteran of Multiple Providence Youth Poetry Slam Teams, now mentoring youth in the community.

2014 – 2015 Programs:

Jim Welu – The Monuments Men:
Heroes at Home and Abroad

Jim Welu & The Monuments Men

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (B)
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Harrington Theatre

Jim Welu, The Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum, recounts the heroic efforts of four Monuments Men connected with the Worcester Museum: three directors, including George Stout, played by George Clooney in the recent Hollywood film, and one curator who organized Italy’s first art exhibition after the war. 

Watch a newscast here about The Monuments Men and Worcester.

Acehnese Dance & Music

Monday, February 23, 2015 (B)
9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Wood Gym

A rare U.S. appearance by a group of Acehnese women, aged 14 to 34, from Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The genre is one of the best illustrations of the transcultural blending of Islam and Indonesian culture. In the dance traditionally performed by men, the singer-dancers sing both Islamic liturgical and local secular texts.

Watch the Bancroft School performance–CLICK HERE.

Christina Pato

(canceled due to snow)

Galician bagpiper, pianist and composer
Christina Pato

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (D)
pm MS
Harrington Theatre

Zach Combs, West African Drumming

West African Musical Performance: Trinidad 2 Timbuktu
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 (B)

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. US
Harrington Theatre

(snow date Jan. 28, 2015 (D)

School residency program Gallery Of African Art will include: African Art Installation (1 month), West African drumming-dance workshops (1 day of 6-8 workshops) and performances. 

School Residency & West African
Drumming–Dance Workshops

Thursday January 8, 2015 (C)

Master drummer Issa Coulibaly and Zach Combs will provide hands-on West African drumming instruction.  Authentic instruments supplied.
Location: Large Music Room

Drumming Workshop Schedule:
8:50-9:30 US, Butler & Melley
9:50-10:30 Grade 8, Young
11:45-12:30 Grade 3, Jackel
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:00 Grade 7, Young
2:00-2:45 Grade 8, Young
2:45- 3:30 Grade 3, LeBlanc

A Cappella Night!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 (F)
7:00 p.m. – All School Event

Tickets are $10 at Front Desk or email Rhonda

Bancroft’s Upper School A Cappella Groups:


The New Blue: Yale University’s best and most experienced female musicians of the senior class.

The Brown Derbies:  Brown University’s most legendary all male a cappella group.

Odds Bodkin

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 (C)
Harrington Theatre

Odds Bodkin
11:45 – 1:00 p.m. — The Iliad

Meet the Artist

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (F)
All Day MPR & Outdoors

Local artists display and demonstrate their craft. Classes and student groups welcome to schedule a visit or drop in. WATCH VIDEO.

Participating Artists: 

Gary A. Lippincott: Artist-Illustrator

Bayda Asbridge: Saori Weaver

Devan Cole: Glass Artist

Mari Seder: Photography & Photo-Collage

 Steve Belz: Ceramic Sculptor

Jo Ellen Reinhardt: Portraits, Landscapes, & Still Lifes

Nan Rumpf: Water Media Artist


Catherine Colinvaux

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (B)
11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Harrington Theatre

For the Upper School 2014 summer Common Read, students had a choice to read either Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury or The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Our guest speaker, Catherine Colinvaux, will be discussing the timeless core themes in these two books: censorship and authoritarianism.

In 2010, Catherine Colinvaux was honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of the Top Women of Law, recognized for her contributions to the legal profession and to a host of pro bono causes. In October 2013, Catherine Colinvaux retired from the active practice of law to devote her time to not-for- profit work. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Art Museum and as a Trustee and the Treasurer of Bancroft School.

Dance China & The New York
Chinese Cultural Center

China Patterns
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Performed in full, traditional Chinese costumes, Dance China transported the audience to a world of colorful myths, historical drama and timeless beauty. 

Peter Dellert: Sculptor

October 15, 2013 to May 13, 2014

These sculptures were on loan with thanks to the artist, and Art in the Park 2013,Elm Park, Worcester, MA


January 23, 2014 

Playathon featured the many talented members of the Bancroft Community. Students, Parents, Faculty, Alumni, and Bancroft Friends participated and attended this wonderful annual event!

Flamenco: Spanish Folk Music & Dance

January 8, 2014

Performance by Flamenco Boston.

Jamie Ford

October 30, 2013

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Songs of Willow Frost

New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was the Upper School Common Read, and the hot new release Songs of Willow Frost!  Jamie Ford

A Cappella Night!

October 24, 2013

Bancroft School's A Cappella Singing Groups


Pitch Slapped, Berklee College of Music
Pitch Slapped
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
Premier Coed A Cappella Group

The Duke's Men of Yale

The Duke's Men of Yale
Yale University, New Haven, CT
"Da Doox," All-Male A Cappella Group

Meet the Artist

October 4, 2013

Local artists displayed and demonstrated
their arts and crafts.

Isaac Camp, Bancroft Graduate Class Of 2008: Painting

Bruce deGraaf, Avian Awakening
Discovering the Birds of New England: Photography

Ingrid Hathaway: Functional Ceramics

Brenda Sullivan: The Gravestone Girls

Andy Volpe: Medieval Art & Printmaker

Heather March: Bead Making    

 Emery Wenger: Glass Torch Artist

Regie O'Hare Gibson

September 27, 2013

Award-winning slam poet, writer, performer, musician, lecturer and educator.

Karen Montanaro:

Imagination in Action!
May 7, 8 & 9, 2013

Karen Montanaro

Dance, mime and the language of movement, performances and workshops.

U.S. Congressman
James Mcgovern

December 10, 2012

James McGovern


October 25, 2012
Kennedy to Kent State


Panel of Guest Speakers:

Jerry Lembcke: Associate Professor of Sociology at Holy Cross College & Author
Suzanne St. Pierre: Former Producer For The News Program "60 Minutes"
Jim Welu: Director Emeritus, Worcester Art Museum
Shirley Wright: Former Executive Director of the City of Worcester: Human Rights Commission

Worcester Art Museum

Baroque & Jazz

May 9, 2012

Guest Artists: Julian Milkis , Clarinet, with Sima Kustanovich, Piano

Julian Milkis

Sima Kustanovich






Shakespeare Now! Theatre Company presents: Macbeth!

April 10, 2012

Community Supported Film: Afghan-made films

Ali Pinschmidt & Michael Sheridan

February 9, 2012

Film Trainee Aqeela RezaiCommunity Supported Film

Gareth Hinds: Illustrator of
Graphic Novels

January 12, 2012

The Odyssey and
The Merchant of Venice

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

April 27, 2012  
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre

Lecture-Demo.  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre