Bertoia Night of Creativity
Jessica Moore

The event is being hosted this year by former Purnell Theatre and Humanities teacher, the inimitable Leslie Patient.

The Bertoia Night of Creativity, in memory of alumna Kyndi Bertoia, class of 1998, has been an integral feature of our Artists in Residence weekend here at Purnell School for over a decade. It is an annual celebration not only of the life of one talented young woman who loved the arts, but also of the power of creativity in each of us, and its importance and pride of place in shaping the Purnell community, now and forever.

This year's Night of Creativity will feature a selection of original poetry by current students, as well as musical performances, and a curated selection of paintings. In the spirit of nourishing our inner artists, there will be a number of poetry activities throughout the evening, with opportunities to share, and even win prizes!

Leslie Patient

The event is being hosted this year by former Purnell Theatre and Humanities teacher, the inimitable Leslie Patient. As a graduate of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Leslie taught a popular clowning course every year and directed over forty Purnell theatrical productions, the first of which, The Utter Glory of Morrissey Hall, included Kyndi Bertoia in the cast. The evening is generously supported by the Bertoia family, in honor of their beloved daughter, and speaks to the lasting and powerful influence of arts in the Purnell community and the larger world.