Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Our faculty is made up of working professionals at the top of their field who are committed to educating the next generation of performing artists.

Administrative Staff

Jorge Cacheiro, MFA
Chair

 

Grant Kretchik
Associate Chair

 

Emily Asaro
Department Coordinator

 

Brent Barkhaus
Costume Shop Supervisor

Josh Bradford
Production Manager

 

Chris Jensen
Technical Director

 

Natalie Holmes
Business Manager

 

Larry Ruth
Academic Program Coordinator

Wayne Petro
Recruitment Coordinator, Program Advisor

 

Joel Waggoner
Music Director, Musical Theater Administrator

       

Full and Part-Time Faculty

Marcy Arlin
Theater for Social Change
Performing Arts

 

Chloe Arnold
Tap
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Mary Ellen Bernard
Entertainment Business
Performing Arts

 

Albert Blackstone
Theater Dance
BFA Commercial Dance,
BFA Musical Theater

Keith Buhl
Vocal Production
BFA Acting

 

Jorge Cacheiro
Acting for Film and Television
Performing Arts Chair

 

Luke Cantarella
Scenic Design
BFA Production & Design

 

Joseph Chapman
Drafting
BFA Production & Design

Michael Chin
Stage Combat
BFA Acting

 

Cosmin Chivu
Acting
Head of BA International
Performance Ensemble

 

Harriet Clark
Ballet
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Bob Cline
Audition Technique
BFA Musical Theater

Ginger Cox
Jazz and Contemporary
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Richard Crawford
Movement
BFA Acting

 

Michael Cusumano
Ballet
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Donna Drake
Acting
BFA Commercial Dance

Joshua Dean Accord
Ballet and Aerial Arts
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Diane DiCroce
Acting for the Musical Stage
Musical Theater

 

Joey Dowling
Jazz and Theater Dance
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Christopher Drobny
Vocal Music for Dancers
BFA Commercial Dance

Erica Fabri
Performing Poetry
Performing Arts

 

John-Stuart Fauquet
Musical Theater History & Repertoire
BFA Musical Theater

 

Reggie Flowers
Theater of the Oppressed
Performing Arts

 

Jaqlyn Ford
Ballet
BFA Commercial Dance,
BFA Musical Theater

Jon Froehlich
Movement
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Lauren Gaul
Assistant Professor

 

Leslie Giammanco
Individual Voice
BFA Musical Theater

 

Karida Griffith
Tap
BFA Commercial Dance

Paul Guzzone
Entertainment Business &
Rock/Jazz History
Performing Arts

 

Brian Hastert
Acting for Film and Television
Performing Arts

 

Lauren Helpern
Design Seminar
BFA Production & Design

 

Jessica Hendricks
Jazz and Contemporary
BFA Commercial Dance

Valerie Ho
Hip Hop
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Natalie Holmes
Acting
Performing Arts

 

Suli Holum
Movement
BFA Acting

 

Matthew Humphreys
Film Script Analysis
Performing Arts

Scott Jovovich
Ballet
BFA Commercial Dance & BFA Musical Theater

 

Adrienne Kapstein
Acting
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Marty Keiser
Vocal production
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Thomas Keith
Script Analysis
BA International Performance Ensemble

Graham Kindred
Lighting Design
Interim Head of BFA Production & Design

 

Susan Knight
Acting
BFA Acting

 

Grant Kretchik
Acting
Head BFA Acting and Associate Chair

 

Mary Law
Individual Voice
BFA Musical Theater

David Lawson
Fundamentals of Design
BFA Production & Design

 

Julie Fain Lawrence
Acting
BFA Acting

 

Nancy Lemenager
Theater Dance
Performing Arts

 

Annie Levy
Stage Management
Performing Arts

Marissa Levy
Stage Management
Performing Arts

 

Jennifer Littlefield
Jazz
BFA Commercial Dance, BFA Musical Theater

 

Melissa Mahon
Ballet and Theater Dance
BFA Commercial Dance, BFA Musical Theater

 

Ashley Marinaccio
Performance Emsemble
BA International Performance Ensemble

Lisa McBride
Ballet
BFA Commercial Dance, BFA Musical Theater

 

Holly Mandel
Improvisation
BFA Acting

 

Jamibeth Margolis
Business of Acting
BFA Acting

  JV Mercanti
Lecturer

Julian Mesri
Interdisciplinary Theater
Performing Arts

 

Caroline McGee
Acting for TV and Film
Performing Arts

 

Rhonda Miller
Jazz and Tap
Head of BFA Commercial Dance

 

Ryan Scott Oliver
Music Theory and Writing
BFA Musical Theater

Carlyle Owens
Theater History
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Robert Ross Parker
Directing
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Dillen Phelps
Physical Technique
Performing Arts

 

Molly Rice
Theater History and Playwriting
Performing Arts

Jonathan Riedel
Modern
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Casey Robinson
Vocal Production
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Amy Schwartzreich
Musical Theater Technique
Head of BFA Musical Theater

 

Bess Rowen
World Theater
Performing Arts

Larry Ruth
Acting
Performing Arts

 

Dianna Schoenborn
Vocal Production
Performing Arts

 

Virginia Scott
Acting
BFA Acting

 

Mark Shanahan
Acting
BFA Musical Theater

Lester Shane
Voice and Speech
BFA Acting

 

Doug Shapiro
Business of Acting
BFA Musical Theater

 

Alexandra Silber
Acting
BFA Musical Theater

 

Sebastian Smeureanu
Movement
BA International Performance Ensemble

Theresa Squire
Costume
BFA Production & Design

 

Aimee Steele
Individual Voice
BFA Musical Theater

 

Leslie Stifleman
Vocal Music for Dancers
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Georgia Stitt
Script Analysis
BFA Musical Theater

Jelena Stupljanin
Acting
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Robert Sussuma
Individual Voice
BFA Musical Theater

 

Suzi Taylor
Jazz
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Joann Y. Tongret
History
BFA Commercial Dance

Stephanie Torbik
Jazz and Body Awareness
BFA Commercial Dance

 

Stacey Weingarten
Puppetry
Performing Arts

 

Angela Wendt
Costume Design
BFA Production & Design

 

Marishka Wierzbicki
Individual Voice
BFA Musical Theater

William Williams
Acting
BFA Musical Theater

 

Ruis Woertendyke
Acting and Playwriting
BA International Performance Ensemble

 

Chris York
Individual Voice
BFA Musical Theater

 

Alexander Zalben
Sketch Comedy
Performing Arts

Faculty Biographies

   

Brent Barkhaus
Costume Shop Manager

   
Mary Ellen Bernard  

Mary Ellen Bernard
Entertainment Business
www.maryellenbernard.com
www.triplezmusic.com

With diverse production, management and performing experience in theatre, music and the arts Mary Ellen Bernard has worked onstage, backstage and in the planning stage.

She is an accomplished lyricist and musical performer with three highly-praised CD’s and she is the managerial partner at Triple Z Music which specializes in music for special events and corporations. She was a founding member of Stage Left, a non-profit theater company and was Executive Director of the organization for five years producing an average of three shows a year in the New York city area. She has consulted for new arts organizations helping them build organizational infrastructure and marketing efforts. She was also Costume Supervisor for IBM’s Global Golden Circle events in Dubai and Hawaii.

At Pace Mary Ellen teaches “How the Entertainment Industry Works” and for two years she was an instructor and advisor in the UNV 101 program.

Mary Ellen’s performance experience includes theatre, cabaret, stand-up comedy and the occasional film and television appearance. She worked extensively on the acoustic music circuit and her CDs received reviewer praise and airplay on radio stations around the United States and in Europe. She has sung at clubs, theaters and festivals either as a featured act or opening for such artists as John Prine, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton and John Sebastian.

Mary Ellen was also a promotional writer in the publishing business for many years working at The Literary Guild Book Club, Doubleday Publishing, Simon & Schuster and the promotion and advertising agency Practical Marketing where she was Vice President and Creative Director.

   
Albert Blackstone  

Al Blackstone
Theater Dance, BFA Commercial Dance, BFA Musical Theater

Al Blackstone is an NYC-based choreographer, performer, and educator and the recipient of the 2011 Capezio A.C.E. Award for Choreographic Excellence.  While working mostly in musical theatre, his passion for contemporary and jazz dance enriches his unique approach to storytelling.  In July of 2012 he directed, and choreographed the original dance narrative Happy We'll Be at the legendary Roseland Ballroom.   Al most recently choreographed a production of Sweet Charity at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, Long Island. Other works include; creating an original work for Dancers Responding to Aids’ Dance From the Heart. the solos performed on So You Think You Can Dance by season 8 finalist Jess LeProtto, and Defying Inequality: A Broadway Benefit (cast of the Lion King).  Favorite performing credits: Wicked (Broadway and 1st National Tour), Carousel (Barrington Stages), the feature film A Winter’s Tale, NBC’s American Dreams and TLCs Trading Spaces.  He is currently on faculty at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC.  www.alblackstone.net

   
Michael G. Chin  

Michael G. Chin
Stage Combat
www.Fights4.com

Michael G. Chin is a professional actor (AEA, AFTRA, SAG) as well as a sanctioned Master instructor and choreographer with the Society of American Fight Directors. He serves as fight director in residence for both The White Horse and Pan Asian Rep in NYC. He’s taught/choreographed/consulted in the New York area on Broadway as well as The Mint, Murder-To-Go, Theatreworks USA, La Mama ETC, National Asian American Thea Co, Ma-yi, The Public, Negro Ensemble Company, The Vineyard, NYU, Henry St Settlement, Baruch College, The Drama League, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Montclair State Univ, New York Renaissance Fest and The NY Fringe Thea Festival . Nationally he has worked at The Barter, Celebration Barn, Burt Reynolds Inst for Thea., Muhlenberg Summer Festival, Univ of Tulsa, The Crossroads, Brown Univ, Cape Cod Community College, BYU, The Hangar, Dickinson College, Louisiana Tech, NY State Theatre Inst. Tennessee Rep, Merrimack Theatre, Off The Square Thea in Wyoming, Gainesville Theatre Alliance, Univ of Northern Colorado, IUP  and Yale School of Drama.  He received his B.A. in Theatre from Pace University. Mr Chin currently teaches at United Stuntsmens Association during the summer, The Juilliard School, Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, Brooklyn College as well as Pace University and teaches privately for Fights4. He is a student of Northern Style, Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu.

   
Bob Cline  

Bob Cline
Adjunct Associate Professor

Bob Cline is the founder of Bob Cline Casting in New York City. There, he was recently named as one of New York’s 10 Best, by Broadway World. Bob has cast film, TV, commercials, over 70 national tours, and hundreds of regional theatre productions across the country. Bob's casting credits include: The National Tours of Shrek, Elf, Young Frankenstein, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, Annie, Bye, Bye Birdie, Hairspray, Rent, Drowsy Chaperone, Full Monty, Music Man, 39 Steps, Showboat, Victor/Victoria, and Oklahoma -to name a few. Regionally, Bob has had his hands in casting shows at over 30 LORT Theaters, including, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, The Pioneer Theatre Company, The Fulton Theatre, Maltz-Jupiter Theatre, The Olney, Theatre By The Sea, and many more. As a director, Bob had the pleasure of directing Betty Buckley, Tom Cavanaugh, Tuc Watkins, Christy Carlson Romano, Martha Plimpton, and Elaine Stritch in Ben Andron's White's Lies both at the Jerry Orbach Theatre and New World Stages in NYC.

All three shows he has directed for the Vital Theatre Company, in New York, Medusa; Bright, Apple, Crush; and Kiss and Tell have been nominated and/or won the Sam French Festival. Other recent favorites include: Parade, Sweet Charity, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gypsy, Ragtime, A New Brain, Violet, Songs for a New World, Titanic, Rent, The Full Monty, Crimes of the Heart, Into the Woods, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Christmas Carol. Nights when he is not directing shows, he can be found directing students in one of the three audition classes he teaches weekly in NYC through the Actor’s loft. Most Importantly, Bob is a proud faculty member in Pace University’s Theatre program in charge of the Senior BFA Musical Theatre majors.

   
Virginia M. Cox  

Ginger Cox
Jazz and Contemporary, BFA Commercial Dance

Ginger’s multifaceted career as a teacher, choreographer and dancer has taken her all over the world. She is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, the Pulse Teacher’s Workshop, and has taught for the Joffrey Ballet Contemporary Jazz Program, the Alvin Ailey Arts/Education Program, Leon Dance Arts, the University of the Arts, and Master Classes in Luxembourg, Paris, Switzerland, Germany, Mexico and Japan. Featured in Dance Train Magazine for her commitment to dance education and dynamic teaching style, Ginger is described as both innovative and inspiring. She is the Artistic Director of LiNK! the movement dance company, and choreographed for NIKE SHOX, the NJ Nets Dancers, recording artist Lijie, Dancing Wheels, and was one of 10 chosen to present work in the Élan Awards, honoring Mr. Lar Lubavich, to name a few. Ginger has performed on Saturday Night Live with Molly Shannon and Jimmy Falon, with Lou Bega at Radio City Music Hall, and in many industrials. Ginger has contributed for articles in Dance Teacher Magazine, Dance Spirit, Jazz Pulsions, France’s dance magazine, and is on the Board of Advisors for the Young Choreographers Dance Festival. Ginger earned her BFA in Dance, from Temple University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Movement Science. 

 

   
   

Michael Cusumano

Michael grew up in Long Island New York. He began dancing at the age of 6. At the age of 14 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna,Bulgaria, the youngest male dancer to medal in the competition’s history till then . That same year he went on to win the special Jury Prize at the Prix de Paris 1994. Michael then joined American Ballet Theater at age 15, the youngest male dancer in the company’s history. With ABT  Michael danced in all the full length classics as well as works by Twyla Tharp, John Neumeier, Agnes DeMille, and Lar Lubovich to name a few. After ABT Michael danced as a principal with Alabama Ballet, then as a soloist with the Boston Ballet. He went on to perform in the original cast of “All Shook Up” on Broadway and is currently starring as “the jury” in the smash hit “Chicago” the musical on Broadway. Other credits include “The Most Happy Fella” at New York State Theater, “On the Town” at Encores, “Live with Regis and Kelly”, “The Today’s Show”, “ABT Now for PBS”, “Le Corsaire for PBS”, feature film “Center Stage”.

   
Joshua Dean  

Joshua Dean
Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Joshua Dean is a dancer, choreographer, aerialist, and Ohio University graduate. He has danced for the legendary Twyla Tharp and several NYC dance companies. His work as a choreographer and a performer has been seen in several regional theaters including Goodspeed Opera House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, & The Old Globe. He is also a teacher of aerial arts for the Trapeze School New York and has performed aerial circus around the globe.  Joshua is a member and co-founder of Suspended Cirque, NYC’s first aerial theater company.

   
Erica Miriam Fabri  

Erica Miriam Fabri
Theater Arts
www.ericafabri.com

Erica Miriam Fabri is a writer and performer and a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and received her MFA in Poetry from The New School.

She is the author of Dialect of a Skirt, a collection of poetry published by Hanging Loose Press (November 2009) and The Creatively College Bound Reader, a text book for the hip-hop, performance poetry and essay-writing curriculum she created (Urban Word NYC books, 2008). Her work has been published in numerous literary journals and magazines including the New York Quarterly, Texas Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Hanging Loose Magazine, Good Foot Magazine, Paper Street and more. She has also been included in numerous anthologies, most recently, CHORUS, by MTV books.

She has facilitated workshops and seminars at: Cooper Union School of the Arts, New York University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Penn State University, The Brooklyn Public Library, Poet’s House, Urban Word NYC, The Fortune Society, The Robin Hood Foundation, and the PEN Prison Writing Program. She has worked on projects as a writer, editor and performance director for The New York Knicks, HBO and Nickelodeon Television. She has been awarded a writer’s residency at the Omega Institute and has been a featured poet and performer for numerous art festivals and numerous outreach programs including drug rehabilitation centers, prisons and hospitals. Her first book, Dialect of a Skirt, was a finalist for the 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize and it was included on the list for: The Best Books of 2009 at About.com and made the Small Press Distribution’s bestseller list for June 2010 as well as the Poetry Foundation’s bestseller list for October 2010.

She currently teaches Performance Poetry at Pace University and Creative Writing at Rutgers University and Hunter College of The City University of New York (CUNY). She performs solo, as well as with the hybrid music and poetry duo “The Robin and the Lady Poet.”

   
Jon Froehlich  

Jon Froehlich

Jon is a professional actor, and a visual artist.  Born in Michigan, and schooled in Denver, Philadelphia, and New York City, he now resides in Manhattan, where he is hard at play, making the arts he loves.

A graduate of Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts in Acting program, Jon is a co-founding member of the experimental physical theatre company, Cloud of Fools Theater Company (originally called “Theatre Kuden”), under the artistic direction of Niky and Ursula Wolcz.  With Cloud of Fools, Jon has performed in New York City, Berlin, Arezzo, Essen, and San Juan Puerto Rico, in such plays as Moliere’s Scapin, Calderon’s The Constant Prince, Gertrude Stein’s Dr. Faustus Lights the Lights, Shakespeare’s Comedy Of Errors, and multiple mountings of the homage to Jerzy Grotowski’s Teatr Opole, Replikas (of Apocalypsis Cum Figuris). Jon’s first full-length play, The Whistling Mortician, will have its world premiere produced by Cloud of Fools this July 2012, as part of Teatro IATI’s 5th annual Performing Arts Marathon (PAM).

Other theatrical credits (selected) include: A Raisin in the Sun (The Arkansas Rep, dir. Rajendra Rahmoon Maharaj), Cho H Cho (Mabou Mines, dir. Daniel Irizarry), Toys In The Attic (Pearl Theatre Company, dir. Austin Pendleton), Waiting for Godot (Chimera Theatre Company, dir. Deanna Downes), and Tartuffe (Classic Stage Company, dir. Brian Kulick).  Ongoing collaborator with Subjective Theater Company’s ‘Co Lab’.

And last but not least, Jon is also establishing himself as a theater educator, primarily in the fields of movement and physical theater.  He has served as adjunct Acting faculty in Columbia University’s MFA acting program.  And, besides leading the ongoing physical training for (and with) Cloud of Fools, he has led workshops in movement, Commedia dell’Arte, Biomechanics, and the Dramatic Instinct at The New School, The Bushwick Starr, and Eastern University, as well as collaborated regularly with Subjective Theater’s Co-Lab company as their movement specialist. 

   
Lauren Gaul  

Lauren Gaul
Assistant Professor

Lauren Gaul performed as a Radio City Rockette for 10 years appearing in the Christmas Spectacular, NBC Behind The Scenes Special, Monday Night Football, Columbus Day Parade, and numerous other shows and events.  She performed in shows such as Nothing Like a Dame, Dance Break, The Astaire Awards, The Élan Awards and numerous industrials.   She performed in industrials for Audi, Astra Zeneca, Warburg Pinkus and with companies such as Tap Team II & Co, Journey Dance Co., and as a guest artist with Riedel Dance Theater.  Lauren choreographed industrials for Lady Footlocker, IZOD, Capezio, Sesame Street, and Sesame Workshop featuring recording artist Brandy.   Most recently she choreographed Tennesse William’s The Mutilated starring Mink Stole and Penny Arcade (Off Broadway).  Her work has been presented at Jacobs Pillow, Jazz Dance World Congress, Broadway Dance Center, the Bridge for Dance and numerous other venues. She was assistant choreographer for Broadway Bares, the Élan Awards, Chicago (Regional), Torched (Off Broadway), and for cruise lines such as Princess and Celebrity.   She received her MFA from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory or Dance and is an ABT® Certified Teacher.  Lauren is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Pace University in the Commercial Dance Program. 

   
Leslie Giammanco  

Leslie Giammanco
Voice Instructor
www.broadwayvoiceteacher.com

Leslie Giammanco is a voice teacher who specializes in musical theatre and classical techniques. Her Broadway, concert, operatic and cabaret credits include: Broadway/National Tours The Phantom of the Opera, Manhattan Philharmonic (Carnegie Hall) Minnesota Orchestra, Rochester Symphony, Duluth Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bach Society, New Jersey State Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera St. Paul, Steinway Hall, The Duplex, Judy’s Chelsea, Danny’s Skylight and nationally. Leslie’s been teaching voice at Pace’s Musical Theater program since 2007 and maintains private studios in NYC and Maine. Former teaching credits include NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP21; The Hartt School, The University of Hartford; Adelphi University. Leslie received her BM from The University of Southern California and MM from Northwestern University. Opera awards include: The Metropolitan Opera, American Opera, Illinois Opera Guild, and San Francisco Opera Auditions. She is an active adjudicator and presenter of master-classes and clinics on musical theater and educational vocal programs throughout the United States. Member of NYSTA, NATS, AEA, and AGMA. Solo CD “Let My Song Fill Your Heart”. Owner of DivaGrams Entertainment in New York City.

   
Paul Guzzone  

Paul Guzzone
Theatre Arts

Paul has been an adjunct at Pace for twenty-four years teaching courses on the history of rock music and the business of entertainment.

An award-winning musician, composer and producer, his work ranges from pop songs to corporate communications and commercials. His custom music for Toyota, Xerox and other corporations garnered two Telly Awards and a New York Festivals Award and has been featured in ads for Jaguar, Trident and other brands. Notable corporate projects include the launch of the new Chevrolet Sonic at the Detroit Auto Show and prestigious events for IBM in Japan, the Bahamas, Dubai and Hawaii.

As bass player-vocalist in The Bacon Brothers band Paul has performed with them around the world and on national broadcasts including “The Tonight Show” and “The View.”

Production work includes: recording Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and other luminaries for the New York Times bestseller Philadelphia Chickens by Sandra Boynton; producing two albums by the acclaimed acoustic duo Aztec Two-Step; and co-producing three Bacon Brothers albums.

For Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist School Series” Paul worked with cellist Stephanie Winters to create the interactive program “Bach to the Future” exploring musical innovation through the ages. He also developed a workshop to teach the art and science of modern recording to high schoolers.

In the 80’s Paul produced and released his own album Dancin’ Room to critical raves and airplay. Also during that time he was a featured performer in National Lampoon’s Class Of ’86 at The Village Gate in New York.

He is currently musical director for the new dance theater production Ballroom Rocks which will tour performing arts centers.

   
Jess Hendricks  

Jess Hendricks

Jess Hendricks graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance.  Her training consists of time at Perry Mansfield School of the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, Harvard Dance Festival, EDGE Scholarship, Gus Giordano and Hubbard Dance Street. 

Her credits include commercials and industrials for Godiva, Loreal, Reebok, Toys R Us, Universal Studios, Volkswagon and Warner Brothers.  Jess worked on the tour of HAIR as Dance Captain, performed for the opening premiers of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby and can be seen in such movies as Living Out Loud and Between The Sheets.  She has danced in or been the assistant choreographer to the Elan Awards, Bob Fosse Awards, Ms. America Pageant, Carnival, Dance Break and Broadway Bares. Jess has choreographed the New York musicals “The Shaggs”, “The Book Of The Dun Cow” and “Dead City” as well as the movie musical “Free Fall” and the music video “Just A Dress” for the Berlin Film Festival. She recently choreographed European artist Sofia Strati’s music video “Mia Agapi Fotia” in New York for Eurovision and was recently one of the choreographer finalists for the ACE Awards in New York City in 2011. Jess has taught at Universities and Festivals throughout Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and the United States. She is currently on Faculty with the new 24/Seven Dance Convention. Jess has danced with “The Wes Veldink Movement”, co-created her own company “Two Peas & A Pod” and is currently living back in the city teaching at PACE as an Adjunct Professor.

   
   

Chris Jensen
Technical Director/Props Design/Set Design

Chris has been with Pace University since 2008 now serving as the Performing Arts Department Technical Director and Props Designer for all main stage productions. He is also one of the Performing Arts resident Set Designers. He recently was the set designer for Pace’s production of The Syringa Tree, Cloud Nine, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. He is also the art department carpenter for The Martha Stewart Show where he received an Emmy for his work in set design, set dressing, prop design. His recent set/props credits for Television, Movies, and Theater include: Mad Hungry with Lucinda Wallace, Pet Keeping with Marc Marone, The Smurfs Movie, Men in Black 3, Emeril’s Table with Emeril Lagasse, Grilling It with Bobby Flay. Sally Hanson Summer and Fall line, Weddings Magazine, and numerous commercials.

   
Scott Jovovich  

Scott Jovovich
Ballet, BFA Commercial Dance & BFA Musical Theater

Mr. Jovovich was a Principal dancer with such companies as The Joffrey Ballet, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, The Northern Ballet Theatre (England), The Universal Ballet (Korea), Ballet Arizona, and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. His repertoire includes leading roles in ballets by many of the world’s foremost choreographers. Mr. Jovovich was featured in the Broadway Musicals, Jerome Robbins Broadway and Fosse, Caroursel at Lincoln Center, and Once Upon A Mattress with Sarah Jessica Parker. He has appeared in numerous TV commercials and soaps, performed on the 1989, 1997, and 1999 Tony Awards Broadcasts, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and was a guest on Monday Night Sports. He is the owner and Director of JovoDance Productions, an umbrella organization which includes JovoDance - a performing arts school in Bucks County, JovoDesigns – a costume company, and JovoSport – a dance and sportswear company. Jovovich has directed and choreographed for nightclubs, musical theater, ballet, commercials and industrials. As a teacher, Mr. Jovovich has been on the faculty of The Joffrey Ballet School, The Shirley Rock School, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, The Brandywine Ballet Theatre School, The New York City Dance Alliance, and The University of the Arts in Phila.

   
Thomas Keith  

Thomas Keith
Theater Arts

Thomas has been a professional actor for twenty-five years with credits at theaters including The Public Theater, La Mama E.T.C, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Great Lakes Theater Festival, INTAR, Champlain Shakespeare Festival, P.S. 122, and Naked Angels, with directors and playwrights including Tom O’Horgan, Edward Cornell, Terry Gilliam, John Vacarro, Peter Hedges, Maria Irene Fornes, Jeff Weiss, Andrew Bergman, Jay Tarsis, Sharon Ott, Clifford Williams, Kathryn Long, and Ellen Stewart, and he has played principal roles in over forty television commercials. He has directed at Synchronicity Space, Dixon Place, The Knitting Factory, and the 92nd Street Y. Previous teaching credits include Ohio University, Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, The Bowery Poetry Club, Southeastern Louisiana University, and La Mama E.T.C.  Keith received his B.F.A. in Theater and M.F.A. in Acting from Ohio University and is a consulting editor for New Directions Publishing where he has edited over twenty volumes by Tennessee Williams including The Magic Tower & Other One-Act Plays and A House Not Meant to Stand for which he wrote the Introduction. He has also written articles and chapters for American Theater Magazine, Tenn at One Hundred, The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, Studies in Scottish Literature, and The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia.

   
Mary Law  

Mary Kate Law
Voice Instructor

Broadway credits include the latest revival of Inherit the Wind (onstage Gospel Quartet and Hillsboro-ian) with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy; Sister Berthe in the revival of The Sound of Music with Rebecca Luker and Richard Chamberlain; Schotzi in Starmites (including a performance on the Tony Awards); and ENCORES productions of the first Broadway Bash following 9/11 and Bloomer Girl. Regional: NMTC at the O’Neill; Harrisburg Opera; Florida Studio Theatre: Vineyard Playhouse; Virginia Opera: Santa Fe Opera & Tanglewood. Film & TV: Down to Earth; Silent Fall & Law and Order. Ms. Law graduated with a performance degree from Wichita State University and received her MM from Yale University School of Music where she studied with Phyllis Curtin. In NYC Ms. Law studied with noted NYC voice teacher Joan Caplan. Formerly on faculty at Yale School of Drama, she currently teaches at CAP 21 and in the Musical Theater Program at here at Pace University. She enjoys living in the Village with her husband and young daughter.

   
David Margolin Lawson  

David Margolin Lawson
Sound Design

Sound Designer, Recording Engineer, and Electronic Musician, David’s works for theater include: the recent Off B’way productions of Bronte: A Portrait Of Charlotte (Ars Nova), The Sphinx Winx (Beckett), La Barberia (New World Stages), and The First Breeze Of Summer (Signature Theatre Co, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson). Also, several works with Abingdon Theatre Co. including War In Paramus, directed by Austin Pendleton, and several works with Michael Imperioli’s Studio Dante including Safe and Sisters, Such Devoted Sisters. As a Recording Engineer, David has recorded and produced several spots for Movado featuring the voices of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Judith Jameson, and Wynton Marsalis. David has also recorded for Macy’s, GM, Radio Shack, HBO Films, United Nations, and the BBC, among others.

   
Annie Levy  

Annie Levy
Directing
www.annieglevy.com

Annie G. Levy is a New York based director and collaborative artist, whose work has been seen around town and around the world. She is a co-founder of warner | shaw, where she created and directed The Latvia Project (Dixon Place and Indiana University's Paul Artist Residency), SIX SEEDS: The Persephone Project (Theatre at the Tank, Space on White) and TREE ARMY: The CCC Project (Irondale Theatre, Figment @ Governors Island). Other recent and ongoing credits include Elana Bell’s Eyes, Stones (director and co-adapter) and Lauren Feldman’s AMANUENSiS. Annie is the recipient of a Spielberg Fellowship in Theatre Arts Education, 2008 FAIR assitantship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, was a 2010 LMCC Uptown/Downtown Artist and a resident artists at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and at the Irondale Center with the international directors collective, WorldWideLab, of which she is also a founding member. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab and an associate member of SDC. Annie is a founding member of the Northwoods Theatre Company and is the co-founder of Sweet: Actors Reading Writers, a monthly literary series Annie is a lecturer of theatre at Pace University.

   
Jen Littlefield  

Jen Littlefield
Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Jen Littlefield began dancing in Colorado and continued her training in Los Angeles and Chicago, where she received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. During her time at the University of Chicago, she performed in, co-created, and directed multiple dance shows, and choreographed musicals for the University Theater Department. She was also a member of the Student Fine Arts fund, a grant committee that promoted student works on campus. Recent choreography projects in and around New York include: the new musical Eat, Drink, and be Merry (NY Fringe Festival), South Pacific (Maine), Carousel and Our Urban Jungle: A Benefit for ASTEP (Pace University), and the spring Jazz Choreography Enterprises benefit show. Associate and assistant choreography to Rhonda Miller: All Shook Up (Pace), Austentatious, Gemini: the Musical, and Common Grounds (NYMF), Nothing Like a Dame (also a performer) and Broadway Bares ’07 & ’08 (BC/EFA). Other credits include a commercial for Berkshire Bank, the music video for Sofia Strati’s single, This Can’t Be Love, and KTU’s Disco Ball in Atlantic City, where she performed with Bonnie Pointer, Carol Douglas, Tavares, Machine, and the Sugar Hill Gang.

   
Melissa Rae Mahon  

Melissa Rae Mahon
Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Melissa Rae Mahon is a multi-talented performer with a diverse career as an actress, dancer, singer, director, choreographer, costume designer, lighting designer, stage manager, and most importantly educator.  She performs nightly in the hit Broadway revival of Chicago: The Musical having performed every female role including Roxie and Velma. Other Broadway: The Producers, 42nd Street, Cats, The Sound of Music. Additionally she has appeared in a dozen national commercials. Her choreography has been seen on the NBC’s The Today Show Halloween Special, The Astaire and Rogers film compilation, Broadway Bares, Dance Austria! premier at Lincoln Center 2010, and many special events on Broadway including Gypsy of the Year and the Easter Bonnet Competition. Melissa has received critical acclaim for her own performances as well as her creative endeavors as a director/choreographer. Melissa is also a member of IDEALab, a ground-breaking NYC based think tank, with a team of cross-discipline gurus each representing a different marketing or design discipline. Ms. Mahon has vast experience in production, and financial management of complex artistic projects and she is a skilled fundraiser, communicator, and innovator.

   
Holly Mandel  

Holly Mandel

Holly Mandel has been performing and teaching improvisation for over 15 years. She studied improvisation and sketch comedy at the world-renowned Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles before becoming a company member herself, and then an instructor and director. She also studied extensively with Second City alumni in LA. Before moving to New York in 2001, she created the long-form improv show which is still running at the Groundlings, The Crazy Uncle Joe Show. In New York she founded her own school, Improvolution, which is a synthesis of all of her training and experience with an emphasis on character-based improv. She has performed improv on FX’s series Instant Comedy with the Groundlings and has appeared in numerous commercials, all of which she attributes to her ability to improvise in them. She is currently writing and workshoping a new show Ladies Room, and gives talks around the country called “Good Girls Aren't Funny”.

Holly received her Bachelors Degree from UCLA.

   
Jamibeth Margolis  

Jamibeth Margolis
Business of Acting

Jamibeth Margolis is now entering her 15th year as a professional casting director in New York.  She was with Johnson-Liff Casting, Cameron Mackintosh, and Margolis-Seay Casting and is now out on her own as a freelance casting director. Previous credits include the Broadway and National Touring Companies of such hits as Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Miss Saigon, Cats, and Jane Eyre as well as two dozen other shows on Broadway. She also currently casts for Off Broadway, National Touring Companies and shows for prominent regional theaters and all of the major theater festivals in NYC. Her casting office is dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals. Additional casting credits include multiple television pilots and on camera industrials for major US companies.

Jamibeth is also an accomplished stage director. Recent theatrical directing credits include Family Dinner at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row and Do I Hear a Waltz? and Jekyll and Hyde at the Arvada Center Theater in Denver. Jamibeth served as assistant director to Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks on the recent Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and also on Jules Feiffer’s A Bad Friend at Lincoln Center Theatre. She has also helmed developmental productions and readings of the following new works: Naked In Encino, Owl Creek, Far From the Madding Crowd, Plane Crazy, Great Googley Moo, 1812, and Warsaw (which is currently on track for a Broadway production in the next two years).

Currently Jamibeth serves as Artistic Director For Musicals at the Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF) where she fosters new writing talent and looks to bring a dozen new musicals to life each summer. Jamibeth also teaches musical theater, acting, and audition technique in studios all around NYC. She is also the Executive Director of the New Paradigm Theatre in Stamford, CT slated to open during the 2012 season.

Jamibeth is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Casting Society of America, and the Stage Directors And Choreographers Society. She served as a Tony Awards Voter for three Broadway seasons. She holds a B.A. from Ithaca College in Drama/Directing.

   
Ashley Marinaccio  

Ashley Marinaccio
Performance Emsemble
BA International Performance Ensemble

Ashley creates theatre that challenges the status quo. In 2013 she received the League of Professional Theatre Women Lucile Lortel Women's Visionary Award for her artistic direction and vision for Girl Be Heard, a theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage by empowering young women to tell their stories. She's been a featured TED speaker. Additionally, her directing work has been seen off-Broadway, at various TEDx conferences, The White House, United Nations and on tour across the United States. Ashley has been called "Reminiscent of Tony Kushner in that she wants to use theater to make a political point, but without sacrificing an ounce of entertainment value... a writer to keep an eye on" by Show Business Weekly. She has received critical acclaim for her theatre work from the NY Times, New Yorker, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Ebony, NY Press, Time Out NY, Backstage, Show Business Weekly, NYTheater.com and has been featured in segments on NBC, MTV, VH1 and NY1.

Ashley was raised in New Jersey and has traveled extensively throughout the world, most notably in the Middle East, where she lived in Beirut, Lebanon while studying Arabic and Middle Eastern theatre performance. Her interests include utilizing theatre for peace building, healing and empowerment in conflict zones and in marginalized communities both home and abroad.

Select New York City directing credits include: Riding in Cars with Hebollah (writer/director; Culture Project), Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival, Girl's Liberation Front (2012), GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest(2010) and GirlPower: Voices of a Generation (2009) in the NY International Fringe Festival, 9mm America (2013 Outstanding Production), Trafficked (2012 Winner of Outstanding Direction) and Decadent Acts(playwright/director) at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity all of which she received individual Planet Activist Award's for her work surrounding the issues in each of the plays, My Name is Rachel Corrie (Kraine Theatre), Documentary: A Suicide Narrative (playwright/director -- Gene Frankel Theatre and Brecht Forum). Regional: New Jersey State Theatre. She's a long time organizer and advocate of the V-Day Campaign to end violence against women for which she received the national LUNA Bar Award for Production Excellence for The Vagina Monologues in 2006.

Performed roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Double Down Productions) Charlotte in Beyond Therapy (Porch Light Productions), Hecuba in The Trojan Women (Shimmel Center for the Arts), Lulu in Cabaret (Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre) and appearances in new play readings at Primary Stages. Select TV credits: Onion New Network, A Closer Look (Paranomal Hunting Pilot), The Debrief with David Ushery, MTV's Global Summer - Lebanon.

As a writer, Ashley's work has been seen on stage at Culture Project, NY International Fringe Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source's Estrogenius and Testogenius, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Kraine Theatre, Chain Theatre, Producer's Club, American Theatre of Actors, Looking Glass Theatre and Gene Frankel Theatre. Her short play "Live from Pod 305" is published in the 2011 Book of Estro. Ashley is a regular contributer to The Green Room Blog, The Indypendent and has been published in Dancer Magazine, Humanus Journal of Human Rights. She penned the chapter entitled "The Paranormal Northeast" published in Frommer's MTV Roadtrip Guide (2006).

Ashley is the Founder/Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard a Co-Founder/Director of Co-Op Theatre East. She is alumna of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics - EMERGENCY and American Theatre Wing's - Springboard NYC programs and member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and Old Vic/New Voices.

Ashley holds her M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and BA in theatre directing and sociology/anthropology with minors in women/gender and Middle Eastern from Pace University. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women and American Anthropological Association.

   
Jamibeth Margolis  

Lisa McBride

Lisa Iannacito McBride earned her BFA from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College after training at the School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Juilliard School.  Still actively performing, Ms. McBride is a member of and Ballet Mistress for Lydia Johnson Dance and is a member of and Associate Artistic Director for Riedel Dance Theater.  She frequently teaches workshops for both companies and has been on faculty at Peridance Capezio Center, New York State Summer School for the Arts, Ballet Academy East, The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center, Logrea Dance Academy, The Yard and The School of the Albany Berkshire Ballet teaching ballet, modern, jazz and Pilates.  She received her Pilates certification from the The Kane School of Core Integration and her yoga certification from mang’Oh Yoga where she also serves as Studio Manager.

   
Caroline McGee  

Caroline McGee

Caroline McGee is a performing arts educator with deep roots to the professional New York and international theatre & film community. She trained with Bobby Lewis (Yale Drama), Elaine Aiken, William Esper, Wynn Handman, Michael Howard, and Jean-Pierre Vincent in France.  Theatre work includes the Sarajevo & Dubrovnik Festivals, NY Shakespeare, Yale Rep, Williamstown & Berkshire Festivals, Opera Theater of St. Louis, PS 122, The Ohio, Soho Rep, and film work with Norman Jewison, Woody Allen, Gena Rowlands, Gregory Peck & Jacob Berger.

During the past two decades, McGee has collaborated in new work with Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Alice Farley, Liz Diamond, Dmitry Troyanovsky, Dodi di Santo, Marius von Mayenberg, Lasha Bughadze. Recently, “Woman Bomb/Sade,” with Ivana Sajko, won Best Acting in Omar Sangare’s United International Festival. As Director/Producer at The Lee Strasberg Institute, she founded the New Music Theatre Festival with the NYU Tisch Graduate Music Writing Program and new plays by Robert Auletta, Saviana Stanescu and the Presnyakov Brothers. McGee directed the MFA Acting Program at Catholic University, Gitta Honegger, Chair, and is currently Program Director of NewGeneRussian, whose teachers received their master’s at the legendary Moscow Art Theatre School.

Caroline serves on the New York State Council of the Arts and her articles and reviews appear in Western European Stages and Slavic & Eastern European Performance.

   
Robert Palmer  

Robert Ross Parker

Robert is the co-artistic director of the Obie winning Vampire Cowboys with Qui Nguyen. For Vampire Cowboys he has directed Vampire Cowboy Trilogy, A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide, Living Dead in Denmark, Men of Steel, Fight Girl/Battle World, Soul Samurai, Alice in Slasherland, and The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G.  For the VC Saturday Night Saloon series he wrote Jimmy Starshooter Must Get Laid, and Radio Monster Theatre: The Further Adventures of Henry and Victor.  Other recent directing credits include Goodbye Cruel World (also adapter, Roundtable Ensemble) Hamlet{solo} (Edinburgh Fringe and Solo Nova at PS 122), and numerous projects for Ensemble Studio Theatre where he is a member.  As an actor, Robert played the title role in The Flying Machine’s Frankenstein at Soho Rep, and on tour, and played the March Hare in their production of Alice in Wonderland.  He is the former editor of The Dramatist, the Journal of the Dramatists Guild of America. MFA Ohio University.

   
Molly Rice  

Molly Rice

Molly Rice is a playwright/composer whose work has been developed and produced in NYC (Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, Women’s Project, NYTW, HERE, NYU/ Tisch) and nationally (American Repertory Theater, Trinity Rep, McCarter Theater, Salvage Vanguard, Strand Theater, Kitchen Dog, Vortex, Montana Rep). Heinemann Press, Clarkson Potter, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Press, Salvage Vanguard Press, Perishable Press, Austin Script Works Press, Head’s Tart, Kenyon Review, Austin Chronicle and DEVICE.com have published her work.

Molly has enjoyed residencies at Voice and Vision, Hangar Theater, Missoula Colony, Yale/ P73 Residency, America-In-Play, and Bartlett Island Retreat. Commissions include SAFEWORD (NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting Program), SISTERS LEAR (Visible Theater) and GHOST OF DON JUAN (Montclair State University). Awards include the International Women’s Playwriting Festival, New York Innovative Theater Awards (nominee, Outstanding Original Short Script), Brown’s Weston Prize For Graduate Playwriting, Theater Masters National MFA Playwriting Festival, and the Montclair University and Pace University New Works Initiatives.

Recent productions include Futurity the Musical at American Repertory Theater (book co-writer) and The Saints Tour, a traveling site-specific play presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Other Saints Tours have appeared in Louisville, KY, in collaboration with Motherlodge Live Arts Exchange and the Salvation Army, and NYC’s West Village, with support from Judson Church, Cherry Lane Theater and Jefferson Market Garden and with Taylor Mac as Tour Guide.

Molly received an MFA from Brown University under the instruction of Paula Vogel and has taught at Brown University, Kenyon College, University of Rhode Island, Marymount Manhattan College, and Montclair State.

Molly is a longtime musician/songwriter. When she was 18 one of her songs made the Top 100 Charts in Alaska. She still doesn’t know what number it was.

   
Jonathan Riedel  

Jonathan Riedel
Modern, BFA Commercial Dance

Jonathan Riedel is the Choreographer and Artistic Director of Riedel Dance Theater, founded in 2003. He has created works for The Limón Dance Company, Purchase College, the Yard, and FringeNYC. He began his career as a performer with the Limón Dance Company from 1996-2006, featured in works by José Limón, Doris Humphry, Antony Tudor, Donald McKayle, Lar Lubovich, Billy Siegenfeld, and Doug Varone. He holds a BFA and an MFA in Dance from Purchase College. He has been on the faculty of the Limón Institute, HB Studio, LABAN (UK,) Brown University, the Boston Conservatory, and currently at Westchester Community College as well as Pace. For more information on Jonathan’s work and RDT visit: www.riedeldancetheater.org.

   
Mark Shanahan  

Mark Shanahan
Adjunct Professor

As an actor, Mark Shanahan was a member of the Broadway company of The 39 Steps (American Airlines and Cort Theatre), performed in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway revival of Tryst at The Irish Repertory Theatre, and was a member of the Off Broadway company of the long running hit, As Bees In Honey Drown (Lucille Lortel Theatre). Further New York Stage credits include Philadelphia, Here I Come! (Roundabout); The Shaughraun (Irish Rep), The Internationalist (13 Plawrights/45 Bleecker and Fairfield Theatre Company); The Appearance Of Impropriety (Judith Anderson); Madame Killer and Demon Baby (Ohio Theatre); and The Downwinders (Soho Rep) and many more. Regionally, he has appeared extensively at The Alley Theatre in such productions as Journey's End and Hitchcock Blonde (directed by Gregory Boyd) and The Westport Country Playhouse, notably in David Copperfield (directed by Joanne Woodward and Anne Keefe), Sedition  and in Around The World In Eighty Days and Tryst, both of which garnered him Connecticut Critic’s Circle nominations for Outstanding Performance By a Lead Actor. Additionally he has appeared at Hartford Theatreworks, The Bay Street Theatre (directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge), Pioneer Theatre, The Fulton Opera House, Merrimack Rep, The Denver Center, The Kennedy Center and others. Mark has been seen on television on David Letterman and All My Children, and in the films Safe Men, Bug, Kinsey Three, Endsville, Mad About Harry, The Face and Yellow. Mark is an Associate Artist of the Obie Award-winning Clubbed Thumb Theatre Company. As a director his work has been seen on such stages as The Alley Theatre, Fulton Opera House, The Cape Playhouse, The Depot Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse and Penguin Rep. He is an Edger nominated Playwright and award winning voice over artist. Mark is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MA from Fordham University.

   
Lester Thomas Shane  

Lester Thomas Shane
Speech

Lester Thomas Shane studied under Edith Skinner at Carnegie-Mellon University. While playing leading roles at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Lester also served as company Voice and Movement Master.  In addition to Pace, Lester is on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The New York Film Academy, BTS School of Drama and the TADA! Ensemble. As a speech and dialect coach he has worked with T Schreiber Studios, Peccadillo Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Company, Mint Theatre, Sink or Swim Repertory Theatre, and Signature Theatre (Virginia). He delivered the keynote address at the 2001 National Teaching Training Institute sponsored by PBS. 

His directing credits include over fifty productions ranging from the classics to premiere productions. National s include: Artistic Director, Shakespeare at the Met, Jacksonville, FL; Cleveland Public Theatre;  Halle Theatre, Cleveland, OH; Charlottesville New Play Festival.  In New York: T.Schreiber Studio; Manhattan Theatre Club; The Production Company; Vineyard ; 45th St Theatre; andThe Basic Theatre where he served as Director in Residence. In addition he directed numerous readings and workshops and worked with the literary departments of Manhattan Theatre Club, Westbeth and Hartford Stage.

For A&E Biography series, Lester wrote James Brown, Tyrone Power, and Carmen Miranda. For AMC. 20th Century Fox: The First Fifty Years; and for Discovery, Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy.  With Penelope Brackett he wrote Seven Keys to Success Without Struggle now in its second edition. 

His award-winning one-man show, Mortal Coil was translated into Norwegian as Livets Lenker and Lester directed the European premiere.  He continues to tour the English production nationwide.

Lester is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC  and VASTA.

   
Theresa Squire  

Doug Shapiro
Adjunct Professor, The Business of Acting
www.dougshapiro.com

Doug Shapiro, a career consultant with The Savvy Actor, takes great pride in helping his clients run their careers like a business. Doug's eight years with Right Management, a company that provides career transition services, provided the foundation for his expertise in self-marketing, interviewing and networking techniques. Doug is a guest lecturer on the business of acting at colleges extending from the University of Southern Maine, to Villanova University to Virginia's Shenandoah Conservatory and James Madison University.

As a performer, Doug is an expert at creating multiple characters for musical and voiceover projects and his other work ranges from performing with a fifteen piece 1940’s big band to voicing several characters for Disney’s Finding Nemo: The Musical. He has been a company member of The Barnstormers in Tamworth, NH for over thirteen summers, enjoying the challenges of one-week stock. A proud veteran of bringing the work of great composer/lyricist teams to light, Doug lends his voice to many projects per year at BMI, the NYU Graduate Program in Music Theatre Writing, New Dramatists, and Prospect Theater Company.

Doug’s students finish their semester with concrete tools and systems to run their business as an actor.    

   
Theresa Squire  

Theresa Squire
Costume Design

Theresa Squire designs costumes for theatre, dance and film. Theresa has designed for Playwrights Horizons; PRIMARY STAGES, 2ND STAGE, Keen Company; The Hourglass Group including Beebo Brinker Chronicles; Atlantic Theater Company; Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Barrow Street Theatre; The Flying Machine; Cherry Lane; Epic Theatre Company; DR2 Kids Theatre; iTheatrics (national tours); Chautauqua Theatre Company; Dorset Theatre Festival; Tami Stronach Dance; Parsons Dance; The New Group including Rafta, Rafta…; and Soho Rep including Blasted. Her costumes were seen on Broadway in High Fidelity and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.

   
Aimee Steele  

Aimee Steele
Voice Instructor
www.aimeesteele.com

Aimée Steele has been teaching in NYC since 2000. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a graduate of the Maggie Flannigan Acting Studio where she studied the Meisner technique and has intensively studied the Joan Lader technique with Andrea Green. In addition to her position as Voice Instructor at Pace University, she is an Adjunct Voice Professor at NYU/Tisch, The New Studio on Broadway. Previously, she was an associate voice teacher with Liz Caplan Vocal Studios for three years. Aimée also teaches privately at "The Voice Studio" on the upper west side of Manhattan and is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), The New York Singing Teachers' Association (NYSTA), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Aimée’s students are featured on Broadway (The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, The Addams Family, Bonnie and Clyde, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler on the Roof), Off-Broadway (Bare, Lady from Dubuque), National Tours (American Idiot, West Side Story) and regionally as well as in the recording industry, film, and TV. Aimée is especially known for producing her Master Classes at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater where students give interactive performances and are seen by industry professionals on the iconic stage.

   
Theresa Squire  

Jelena Stupljanin

Jelena Stupljanin is the winner of the Best Actress award for her lead role in ‘Cirkus Columbia’ (2010), dir. by the Oscar Winner Danis Tanovic (‘No Man’s Land’ 2002) at the Alexandria Film Festival 2011. She just finished shooting ‘Love Hunters’ directed by Nemanja Bala in NYC, that is set to open in the US in 2013. Jelena was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia where she graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts with BFA in Acting and she is a permanent member of one of the leading Serbian theater companies “Atelje 212”. With ‘Atelje 212’ as well as many other Serbian theater companies (Yugoslav Drama theater, National Theater of Serbia etc) she performed in more than 30 mainstream productions and toured on stages of many European theaters as well. In 2005 with the support of HRH Princess Elizabeth Karageorgevic of Serbia and Ms Eileen Murray, Jelena got scholarship to attend the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in New York City. Since 2010 she’s a permanent member of New York Innovative Theater Award winning theater company ‘Rising Phoenix Repertory’.

   
Robert Sussuma  

Robert Sussuma
Voice Instructor

Robert Sussuma, MMus., Voice Teacher, draws on his expertise in Voice Performance, Estill Voicecraft and The Feldenkrais Method to tailor voice lessons to the needs of each student. His lessons focus on physical alignment and ease, self-awareness and vocal versatility, health and stamina-- aiming to build flexible minds as well as flexible voices! The greatest obstacle between us and great(er) singing is a lack of awareness--we just do not know (in any accurate sense) what we are doing! When you know what you are doing you can do what you want!

Robert is a Certified Master Teacher and Course Instructor of Estill Voice Training and a Certified Teacher of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lessons. He has performed as a Counter-tenor throughout the United States and Europe singing Early as well as Modern Classical Music.

   
JoAnn Yeoman Tongret  

JoAnn Yeoman Tongret
Adjunct Instructor

JoAnn has performed and choreographed in theaters throughout the country including New York’s Lincoln Center, Playwrights’ Horizon, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory’s Hot Summer Nights and for the Royal Viking Cruise Ship Lines. She has worked with such personalities as Michael Bennett, Jamie Hammerstein, Shirley Jones, and Buddy Ebson. Her musical theater production, No Legs, tours to school districts and presents a “living history” of the American Musical Theatre.

StarCloud Press recently published her book, Dream Dealer. Her musical A Little Mischief was produced in October, 2008 by TheaterWorks and her one-act And Lead Us Not Into Penn Station was accepted by the Albee Last Frontier Theater Conference Festival in Valdez, Alaska. Most recently she is directing in the cabaret sphere and her newest, History/Herstory, will be previewing at Urban Stages with a run at the Laurie Beechman in Spring of 2012. She is also currently attending the BMI workshop as a lyricist and is a member of Actors Equity, Society of Directors/Choreographers, and The Dramatists Guild.

   
Joel Waggoner  

Joel Waggoner
Music Director/Vocal Coach
www.joelwaggoner.com

Joel Waggoner holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and currently works as a composer, performer, vocal coach, musical director and violinist. He was most recently seen in Southern Comfort (CAP21, NAMT). Recent Musical Direction credits include: Children of Eden (CAP21), Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I'm Willing To Settle (American Repertory Theatre), Spring Awakening, Into the Woods. His bluegrass-folk/rock musical, Carolina Breeze received several concerts and a workshop in 2012. His works have been performed at Joe's Pub, Merkin Recital Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Barington Stages, Goodspeed Operahouse, NYTB, New Voices in Seattle, and Playwright’s Horizons. Joel is a private vocal coach for MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions, LLC). 2012 Dramatist Guild Fellow. 2009 ASCAP Max Dreyfus Award Winner.

   
    Angela Wendt
Costume Design
   
Marishka Wierzbicki  

Marishka Wierzbicki
Voice Instructor

Marishka Wierzbicki received her BFA in Vocal Performance from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The New England Conservatory of Music. Related certifications include Linklater, Alexander, and Lessac-Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy. She also has extensive dance training with The Robert Joffrey Ballet. She has been on the faculty of C.A.P. 21, The Conservatory of Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Center, Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival, Intermezzo Young Artist Program in Portland, and Elardo Young Artists Program in Brugge, Belgium. Last summer she was appointed artistic director of The Siena Music Festival, an annual opera/musical theatre intensive in Siena, Italy. A composition student of Virgil Thomson, she wrote the musical score for the play, “John Brown’s Body”. Presently, she is also on the faculty of The Hartt School, as well as being an associate teacher at Liz Caplan Studios in New York. She has performed 18 principle roles in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Marishka is proud to be a coal miner’s daughter from the green rolling hills of West Virginia.