The STAR Collaboration (Students, Teachers, Artists-in-Residence) at Eagle Hill advances artistic approaches to education by connecting diverse learners to accomplished artists who live, learn, and create new work on campus.
The STAR Collaboration invites artists of all disciplines to come away for a semester of focused art work, and to come together with our students and teachers to facilitate learning.
STAR residents can be at any stage of their careers — emerging and well-established artists, art teachers, and those returning to former careers in the arts. STAR artists are educators-at-heart, who want to work with young people while expanding the definition of what being an educator means; who are interested in novel, interdisciplinary educational approaches; and who thrive on collaboration with others.
We provide STAR artists with studio facilities, room and board, a monthly stipend and a materials budget, dedicated, distraction-free time to make art, and opportunities to develop teaching skills through professional relationships with mentor teachers. We work with each artist to find a healthy balance of creative sanctuary and community engagement.
Sam Hunter is a singing, dancing theater maker originally from California but currently based in Berlin, Germany. As a director and writer, he aims to create space where the audience and performers transcend traditional boundaries together. Sam graduated with a BA from UC San Diego, after which he was a founding member of the Hungry River Theater Company, an experimental collective in the Mojave Desert. From 2014-2017 he was the Artistic Director of The West, hailed as one of "LA's best theater companies" for their devised work. He was a German Chancellor Fellow with the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung and the Hochshule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch. The results of that research were published as "How U.S. States Could Fund Repertory Resident Theatres" in American Theatre Magazine. His most recent play, Wandersterne (an adaptation of Sholem Aleichem's Wandering Stars), premiered at the Vagantenbühne in Berlin in August 2021. During his residency at Eagle Hill School, Sam will be exploring American Civic Religion and the rise and fall of empires through the legend of Elvis Presley.
EHS alumna Taylor Judge ’07 gives a personal look into the STAR Collaboration and the Eagle Hill arts experience, as she reflects on her return to Eagle Hill as a STAR artist.