Posted on June 25, 2020 · Posted in Academic News, General, News, Press Release

(BURBANK, IL) St. Laurence is excited to name Brian Herman the school’s first Director of Fine Arts.

Riley Stone and Aidan Edwards perform during the STL Players’ rendition of Little Shop of Horrors

Mr. Herman was responsible for the resurrection of the school’s drama program, launching the “STL Players” in 2017. Since its inception, the group has attracted more students and grown year over year. As a result, Mr. Herman now directs two performances per school year, one in the winter and one in the spring. Additionally, the group annually participates in the Illinois High School Association’s Drama & Group Interpretation competition. On top of the extracurricular activities, Mr. Herman also leads St. Laurence’s Drama and Acting elective courses.

“I believe the fine arts are an integral part of educating the whole child,” said Herman. “I am excited to continue to develop and grow programs that inspire our students to display their creativity and sharpen their skills. It is an honor and a privilege to lead the Fine Arts Department at St. Laurence High School.”

The band performs at St. Albert the Great in September 2019

The Director of Fine Arts role was created on the heels of increased interest from students in the arts over recent years. Along with the growth of performing arts such as theatre and band, visual arts elective opportunities have also expanded in recent years to meet the demand from students.

“I cannot speak enough about how much Mr. Herman has earned the title of Director of Fine Arts,” said St. Laurence Principal Jim Muting. “Brian’s passion for the arts and student-first mentality have allowed him to be incredibly successful in taking the drama program to new heights. I cannot wait to see him do the same with the rest of our arts programs.”

A resident of Burbank, Mr. Herman earned his Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision from Loyola University Chicago in 2019.

The Public Arts class commissioned their first mural in the halls of St. Laurence in 2019

He also holds a Master’s of Education – Reading Specialist from Olivet Nazarene University and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Saint Xavier University.

Grade school students interested in theatre can meet Mr. Herman at his drama summer camp from July 13-16 at St. Laurence. Drama camp allows students to explore dramatic and theatrical arts in a fun environment. The camp incorporates fundamentals of acting, improv, and teamwork through fun games and activities. The camp will be held in person, with appropriate social distancing and safety measures taken to ensure the health of each camper. You can sign up for the camp at https://stlaurence.8to18.com/.