Juliet Garrett is involved with theater at the Ross School...

Juliet Garrett is involved with theater at the Ross School and has also done work with local theatre groups. She also enjoys yoga and teaches a class of middle schoolers at Ross. (June 6, 2011) Credit: Doug Kuntz

The world should expect to hear more from The Ross School's Juliet Garrett than the balcony scene in "Romeo and Juliet," which as a child got her started on her love for theater.

She was bored one day, so her mom suggested she learn that scene, Garrett said. She has since performed in several plays. Last year she commuted from her home on Shelter Island to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Manhattan each Saturday for lessons and also took part in a New York Stage and Film summer program at Vassar College. For her senior project at the private Ross School in East Hampton, she wrote, directed and choreographed an hourlong mixed-media performance piece, "(not) a normal girl."

Garrett, 17, is also a talented math student who took a sophomore-level college calculus course online this year through Stanford University because she had already finished the other high-level math courses at Ross. She practices and teaches yoga and also tutors in math for the SAT and ACT exams.

She also brought about a change in the school's English curriculum after she realized only one female writer was included.

"I imagine myself as the main character when I read," Garrett said, "and something about the male coming-of-age story in 'Huck Finn' seemed too familiar, and I realized we had no stories about women. I thought that should be changed."

She talked with several teachers and advisers and lobbied the founders to add more female writers. That's a major undertaking at a school like Ross, which has an integrated program, since a change in one area has to be woven into the integrated themes, explained Andi O'Hearn, the school's director of college counseling.

The result? "Jane Eyre" has been added, along with books by Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.

Her plans:Garrett will attend Princeton University.

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