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Meet the Faculty

Personal Enrichment Courses: Noncredit Instructors

  • Alan Dorsey

    Alan Dorsey is a woodworker in Brooklyn, NY. He started making custom furniture and cabinetry in 2002, and has been woodturning since 2008. Today he focuses on woodturning for a variety of clients in the NYC area including lighting designers, custom furniture makers, and architects/contractors needing reproduction parts for Brownstone renovations. Teaching is also a vital part of his practice, and he has been leading woodturning classes at Makeville Studio in Brooklyn since 2014. In addition, Alan is the President of Big Apple Woodturners, the AAW affiliated turning club of NYC.

  • Rafael Ferrer

    Rafael Ferrer ( has been a professional voiceover actor for almost 30 years. His voice is one of the most identifiable and requested in the entertainment industry. His voiceover credits include more than 1,000 national commercials, and he has voiced network promos for every major television broadcast and cable network and movie trailers for every Hollywood studio. He is the voice of Pencil in HBO’s Little Curious cartoon series, Stavros in FX’s Archer series, and Darth Malak for the popular video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Ferrer works on both coasts and currently resides in Connecticut.

  • Kate Hawes

    Kate Hawes has been working with wood for over 25 years. Her work ranges from traditional custom furniture pieces to inventive sculptural forms. She has a certificate in cabinet and furniture making from the North Bennet Street School. She co-founded and ran a cooperative wood shop in Brooklyn, NY for over ten years. She has taught woodworking at the Craft Students League in New York City, Makeville Studio, and the American Folk Art Museum.

  • Andrew Muson

    During a 30+ year career as an A-list studio session player, Juilliard educated Andrew Muson has played upright and electric bass on numerous gold and platinum albums, TV themes, film scores and commercials in every studio in New York and Los Angeles. He’s appeared on stages throughout the world from Carnegie Hall to Montreux, recorded and performed with an eclectic roster of artists that includes James Taylor, The Manhattan Transfer, Bette Midler, Yoko Ono, B.J. Thomas, Leo Sayer, Mary Travers (Peter, Paul & Mary), Albert King and Toots Thielemans to name just a few. In addition to his studio career, Muson has been a pioneering music technologist, composer, producer and music supervisor for numerous television, film and video projects.

  • Megan Rossman

    Megan Rossman is assistant professor of communications at Purchase College and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her courses at Purchase College focus on video production, communication and visual storytelling.

  • Vanessa Solomon

    Vanessa Solomon is an accomplished sculptor and sculptural technician and holds an MFA (Sculpture) from the University of Cape Town. Vanessa perfected her sculpture making skills (Enlarging, Model-making, Mold Making, Wax-making, Plastic Casting, Metal Finishing, Patina) in the US as the first International Intern at Tallix Sculpture Foundry. She has worked closely with artists Frank Stella and Frank Gaylord (Korean War Memorial), and Jeff Koons, managing the production of many sculptures for the Celebration series. She has exhibited at the UN, NYC, and her works are in the permanent collection of the South African Embassy in London.;

  • Charlotte Woolf

    Charlotte Woolf is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with a focus on photography raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and based in New York City. She received her MFA at Purchase College, School of Art + Design and her BA in Studio Art and Women’s & Gender Studies from Kenyon College. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Photography at Purchase College.​