Conservatory of Theatre Arts: Faculty and Administration

Note: For additional information and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/academicprograms/arts/taf/
facultyandstaff.aspx.

To be announced, Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts


Full-Time Faculty | Part-Time Faculty | Contributing Faculty | Faculty Emeriti

Full-Time Faculty

David Bassuk, Professor of Acting
BA, Purchase College; MFA, Southern Methodist University.

Lenora Champagne, Professor of Theatre and Performance
BA, Louisiana State University; MA, PhD, New York University. SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

Rachel Dickstein, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance
BA, Yale University.

Cobina Gillitt, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance
BA, Wesleyan University; MA, PhD, New York University.

David Grill, Associate Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Dan Hanessian, Associate Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland; MFA, Purchase College.

Riccardo Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, University of Miami; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

A. Dean Irby, Associate Professor of Acting
BA, Dillard University; MFA, New York University.

Pamela Prather, Assistant Professor of Acting
BA, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; MFA, University of California, Los Angeles.

Jordan Schildcrout, Associate Professor of Theatre and Performance
BA, Yale University; PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Ronni Stewart, Associate Professor of Acting
BA, New York University.

Anita Yavich, Associate Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BA, University of California, Santa Barbara; MFA, Yale School of Drama.


Part-Time Faculty

Evan Adamson, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Andrea Anthony, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BS, Marymount College.

Denise Bessette, Lecturer in Acting
BA, Marymount Manhattan College.

Joel Brandwine, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Boston University.

Kristen Cerelli, Lecturer in Acting
BA, Binghamton University, State University of New York; MFA, The New School.

Tracy Christensen, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BS, Northwestern University; MFA, Rutgers University.

Jessica D’Aloisio, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BFA, Purchase College.

Akil Davis, Lecturer in Acting
BA, New York University.

Imani Douglas, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, MFA, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Jill Echo, Lecturer in Acting
BFA, MFA, Purchase College.

Ginger Eckert, Lecturer in Acting
BA, American University; MFA, Brown University.

Lynda Erbs, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, Skidmore College.

Murielle Etienne, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Maruti Evans, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, University of Miami.

Joseph Forbes, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; studied with Lester Polokov in New York.

David Gideon, Lecturer in Acting
BA, Franklin & Marshall College; studied with Lee Strasberg for 11 years.

Judi Guralnick, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, MA, University of Maryland.

Andy Hall, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BA, University of Minnesota; MFA, New York University.

Heather Harpham, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, World College West; MA, MFA, New York University.

Barbara Hauptman, Lecturer in Acting
BFA, University of Texas, Austin; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Alison Hublard Hershman, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Dan Hoffman, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

Lora LaVon, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BFA, New York University; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Trey Lyford, Lecturer in Acting
BA, Vassar College; MFA, University of California, San Diego.

Tony Magner, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Ina Mayhew, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Christopher McCann, Lecturer in Acting
BFA, New York University.

Scott McCrea, Lecturer in Acting
BA, Duke University; MFA, Columbia University.

Brendan McMahon, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BTA, University of Michigan; MFA, École Lassaad (Belgium).

Nick Nocera, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Gene O’Donovan, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology

Atkin Pace, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, University of Utah; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Dennis Parichy, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BS, Northwestern University.

Lenka Pichlíková, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
MA, University of Texas, Dallas; MFA, Academy of Dramatic Arts, Charles University (Prague); Advanced Master Artist, Czech Republic.

Kyle Pickles, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BS, Santa Clara University; MA, New York University.

Jesse Edward Poleshuck, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Sarah (Bess) Rowen, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, Lehigh University; MA, New York University; MPhil, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Gina Ruggeri, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art; MFA, Yale University.

Susan Sampliner, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, Brown University; Arts Management Certificate, Purchase College.

Jennifer Lazar Santilli, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Rutgers University.

Jennifer Schriever, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Sophia Skiles, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, Northwestern University; MFA, Columbia University.

John Sochocky, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Peter Sprague, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, Pomona College; MFA, Southern Methodist University.

Matthew Stern, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, University of California, San Diego.

J. Allen Suddeth, Lecturer in Acting
BFA, Ohio University.

Tom Sullivan, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, SUNY Albany; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Maggie Surovell, Lecturer in Acting
BA, Temple University; MFA, University of Georgia.

Charles Tuthill, Lecturer in Acting
BFA, New York University.

Mark Viola, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Lori R. Wekselblatt, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology
BA, Indiana University; MS, Baruch College, City University of New York.

Thom Widmann, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Grant Wilcoxen, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Lecturer in Acting
BFA, Howard University; MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Jay Woods, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BFA, Purchase College.

Joshua Zangen, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.


Contributing Faculty

School of Humanities:
Gary Waller (Theatre and Performance)


Faculty Emeriti

Michael Cesario, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, University of Wisconsin; MFA, Ohio University. Former chair of the theatre design/technology program.

Leigh Dillon, Associate Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts (Acting)
BFA, Purchase College.

Elaine Galen, Associate Professor Emerita of Theatre Design/Technology
BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, New York University; graduate studies, Philadelphia College of Art; advanced studies, Art Students’ League of New York, Grande Chaumiere (Paris).

Lana Fritz, Assistant Professor Emerita of Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, MFA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Lawrence Kornfeld, Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts (Acting)
BA, Adelphi University; graduate study, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. Professor of theatre arts, 1983–2004, and dean, Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, 1983–86.

Eulalie Noble, Associate Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts (Acting)
Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre and American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York; studied with Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Elia Kazan, Robert Lewis, and Martha Graham.

Joseph Stockdale, Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts (Acting)
BA, Western Michigan University; MA, University of North Carolina; PhD, University of Denver. Dean, Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film, [starting year unavailable]–1979.

Hal Tiné, Associate Professor Emeritus of Theatre Design/Technology
BFA and graduate study, Carnegie Mellon University.

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Conservatory of
Theatre Arts

Undergraduate Majors:
Acting, BFA
Theatre Design/Technology, BFA
Theatre & Performance, BA

Undergraduate Minors:
Theatre & Performance


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