Conservatory of Theatre Arts: Faculty and Administration

Note: For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/academicprograms/arts/taf/
facultyandstaff.aspx.

Gregory Taylor, Director, Conservatory of Theatre Arts
and Professor of Cinema Studies
BA, University of Toronto; MA, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison.


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 Arts
BA, Yale University.

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, Assistant 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.

Kathleen Tolan, Associate Professor of Playwriting
BA, Empire State College, State University of New York; MFA, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

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


Part-Time Faculty

Christina Anderson, Lecturer in Playwriting
BA, Brown University; MFA, Yale University.

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

Yuval Boim, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

Philip Carlson, Lecturer in Acting

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

Christen Clifford, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BFA, New York University; MFA, New School.

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

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

Imani Douglas, Lecturer in Playwriting
BFA, MFA, Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Ryan Dowler, Lecturer in Playwriting
BA, University of North Texas; MFA, Ohio University.

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

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

Karl Eigsti, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BA, American University; MA, University of Bristol (England); Certificate (directing), New York University.

Murielle Etienne-Newman, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology

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

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

Brian Garber, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Wright State University; MFA, California Institute of the Arts.

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

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

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

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

Erik Hansen, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Boston University.

Lauren Helpern, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, Brown University; MFA, New York University.

Justin Herminghouse, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

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

Peter Hoerburger, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

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

Jason Lyons, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology
BFA, Purchase College.

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.

Gene O’Donovan, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology

Sylvan Oswald, Lecturer in Playwriting
BA, Barnard College; MFA, Brown University.

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).

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

Martin Prelle-Tworek, Lecturer in Theatre Design/Technology

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

Rina Saltzman, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BA, Rutgers University; MA, New York University.

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

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.

Meghan VonVett, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance
BFA, Purchase College.

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

Thom Widmann, 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)

School of Film and Media Studies:
A. Dean Bell (Screenwriting)
Eric Mandelbaum (Screenwriting)
Edward Pomerantz (Screenwriting)
John Young (Screenwriting)
J.D. Zeik (Screenwriting)


Faculty Emeriti

Kay Ellen Capo, Associate Professor Emerita of Literature and Theatre and Performance
BA, LeMoyne College; MA, PhD, Northwestern University.

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).

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.

George Morrison, Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts (Acting)
Studied at the Yale School of Drama and The Actors Studio. A founding faculty member of the acting program at Purchase College. SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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. Founding dean of theatre arts at Purchase College.

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
Playwriting & Screenwriting, BA Theatre Design/Technology, BFA
Theatre & Performance, BA

Undergraduate Minors:
Playwriting
Theatre & Performance

Graduate Majors:
Theatre Design/Technology, MFA


Related Programs:
Screenwriting Minor