FRAMINGHAM _ The Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) recently announced Donna Wresinski has been elected Chair of the METG Board of Trustees, following the appointment of Dennis Canty to the role of Executive Director.
Wresinski joined the METG High School Executive Council in 2000 and has served in a number of leadership positions, including as the High School Division’s 1st and 2nd Vice President (’04-’08) and its President (’08-’10), and most recently, as a member of the METG Board of Trustees.
Wresinski is the Framingham Public Schools Director of Fine and Performing Arts.
In addition to her leadership position, Wresinski directs Framingham High School’s annual entry into the METG High School Drama Festival. In 2016, the high school’s entry of Sideways Stories from Wayside School won the state title. It was the second time Framingham High had won the title. The Drama Company won in 2006, too.
She has been a lifelong advocate for the importance of the arts; her passion for her students and her natural leadership ability will serve the METG well as we continue to expand our work, said the Framingham Public Schools.
“I am humbled by the support of my Board colleagues, and recognize the faith they have placed in me in assuming this key leadership position. As a lifelong educator, advocate, and lover of the arts, I will work tirelessly to ensure the METG has the right resources and leadership to remain uniquely positioned as the leader of theater education in Massachusetts,” said Wresinski.
Wresinski is a graduate of Framingham State College, received her Graduate degree with a concentration in Arts in Learning from Lesley College and received her certification as an Educational Director from Worcester State College.
She came to Framingham in 2001 after teaching theater at Ashland High School for 12 years.
In her time in Framingham she created the curriculum for the comprehensive theater program at Framingham High, taught classes including, Acting 1, 2, Acting and Play Study, Advanced Acting, Theater for Young Audiences, Theater for Social Change and Musical Theater. Adding to her accolades, Donna then became the Fine and Performing Arts Department Head at Framingham High, and is now the Director for all K-12 schools in the District.
Wresinski is proud of many accomplishments during her tenure in Framingham Public Schools and it’s evident that she loves using her art to make a difference in her students and within the community.
She is a past president of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Council and currently serves on the Board of Directors of that group. She is also an active member of the DESE Arts Task Force and has published a model curriculum unit entitled “Introduction to Improvisation.”
Her production of BOCON! was featured in a national magazine Teaching Theater in an article entitled Tough Choices, New Voices.
When she is not working for the arts in Framingham, she enjoys her home on Ashumet Pond in Mashpee with her husband, Michael, a professional stage actor and their dog “Chowda”. It is a dream home and all the more beautiful when it is alive with the voices of her 7 grandchildren!
Parts of report from a release from FPS.