Adjunct Theatre Faculty | Fall 2015

Marybeth Abel
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Marybeth Abel—Production Stage Manager has been professionally and successfully employed for 30 years. Highlights of her Broadway career include Wicked, Cyrano De Bergerac, Sweet Charity, La Cage Aux Folles, Sly Fox, Fosse, Five Guys Named Moe. She held the role of Production Supervisor for 12 years of all North American companies, including the original Broadway Company, of Les Miserables.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Leslie Ayvazian is the author of 8 full-length plays and seven one-act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. Some have been included in annual anthologies of best plays. Nine Armenians won the John Gassner/Outer Critics Circle Award for best new American play, The Roger L. Stevens Award, and second place for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Rosemary and I received an honorable mention from the Susan Smith Blackburn jury.
Adjunct Professor - Chris Boneau received a BS in Speech Theatre and an MA in Acting from Louisiana State University. Before completing his master’s degree, Chris accepted an internship in the Public Relations and Marketing Department at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky). This resulted in a staff position, and Chris remained at Actors Theatre for three years.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Deborah Brevoort is an award-winning playwright and librettist. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is performed throughout the United States and internationally after winning the Onassis International Playwriting competition. Her opera librettos include Embedded (composer Patrick Soluri), which won the Frontiers competition at Ft.
Christopher Burney
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Christopher Burney serves as both the Associate Artistic Director of Second Stage Theatre and Curator of 2ST Uptown. He has worked with Second Stage since 1997.
Susan Cameron
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Susan Cameron is a voice and speech teacher, dialect coach, and specialist in accent reduction. She was Master Teacher and Chair of Voice and Speech at New York University (CAP21 Studio), on the faculty of New York University’s MFA Graduate Acting, and currently teaches in the MFA Drama program at Columbia University and New School for Drama.
John Dias (photo / Danny Sanchez)
Adjunct Assistant Professor - John Dias is the Artistic Director of Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, NJ. For almost twenty years he was in New York City, where, as a producer and dramaturg, he was a leading advocate for stimulating productions of the classics and bold new American plays, including the Broadway productions of Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Lisa Kron’s Well.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Robert Fried is a founding partner at Fried and Kowgios Partners CPA's LLP. The firm is one of the leading industry providers of attestation, accounting, tax and consulting services for Broadway, Off Broadway, touring theatrical, and live musical and dramatic presentations. It has provided accounting services to hundreds of theatrical productions, both in the United States and abroad. Mr. Fried currently represents some of the most prominent and successful Broadway shows.
Sue Frost
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Sue Frost is a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. Broadway/West End: The 2010 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best Musical Memphis. Broadway: First Date, Doctor Zhivago (Executive Producer). In development: Come From Away, Chasing The Song, and Fly High.
Jackson Gay (photo / Brian McManamon)
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Upcoming: New musical, Arlington- book by Victor Lodato & music by Polly Pen (San Francisco’s The Magic); New play workshop with Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep); Lucy Thurber’s Where We’re Born (Rattlestick); short film The Lamb by Rachel Shukert staring Jeanine Serralles; Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities (Alley Theatre); These Paper Bullets adapted by Rolin Jones from Much Ado About Nothing with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong (Yale Rep
Barry Grove
Adjunct Professor - On June 15, 2015, Barry Grove celebrated his 40th year at Manhattan Theatre Club, which the Manhattan Borough President declared as “Barry Grove Appreciation Day.” As Executive Producer of MTC, in partnership with Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, he has produced over 380 American and world premieres.
Adam Hess
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Mr. Hess currently oversees the operation of all the companies within the Daryl Roth organization, comprised of the Theatre (venue), Management, Advertising, and Licensing divisions. He began his career with the company as the General Manager for the Daryl Roth Theatre in 2001.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Morgan Jenness spent over a decade at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater, with both Joseph Papp and George C. Wolfe, in various capacities ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer. She was also Associate Artistic Director at the New York Theater Workshop, and an Associate Director at the Los Angeles Theater Center in charge of new projects.
Adjunct Faculty - Peter Lawrence has originated more than twenty Broadway productions and six Encores! as Production Stage Manager. Mr. Lawrence was the Executive Producer for Miss Saigon and Les Miserables, and has directed or re-staged the U.S. Tours of Spamalot, The Graduate, Social Security, Broadway Bound, Rumors, Lost In Yonkers and Sunset Boulevard, as well as Spamalot London and the Asian tour of Miss Saigon.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Linda Marvel has been a Production Stage Manager for over 22 years, managing the Broadway productions of Hands On A Hardbody, Fela!, 33 Variations and The Little Dog Laughed. Off-Broadway, Ms. Marvel has managed the premieres of Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver, directed by Mr.
Michael Naumann
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Michael Naumann is the Managing Director for Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts in the country.  Prior to joining TDF, Michael was the Finance Director for Frankel Green Theatrical Management/Richard Frankel Productions for 6 years.  RFP produces and FGTM general manages Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, musicals and touring productions.  FGTM/RFP’s productions Naumann worked on include A Little Night Music, Sweene
Bonnie Panson
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Bonnie Panson has just returned from stage managing the world premiere of Amelie at the Berkeley Rep, directed by Pam MacKinnon. She has stage managed over 25 Broadway productions, most recently last season’s Gigi.
Jack Rouse
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Jack holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and prior to becoming involved in experiential design Jack was a college professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Cincinnati where be initiated the opera, music theatre and technical theatre programs.In 2008, Jack was recognized by his industry-peers when he was awarded the themed entertainment industry’s highest award for lifetime achievement.
Adjunct Faculty - Rina L. Saltzman received a BA in Theatre Arts at Douglass College (Rutgers University) and an MA in Performing Arts Management from NYU. Ms. Saltzman is currently the Company Manager of the Broadway production of An American in Paris and has worked on Broadway and on tour with productions of Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Billy Elliot, Fosse, Ragtime and Cats. She began her company management career in 1986 with the American Ballet Theatre.
Adjunct Assistant Professor - Margi Sharp Douglas is an MFA graduate of Columbia University’s Acting program, a Master Pilates instructor, and an ATI certified Alexander teacher through Chloe Wing. She is a founding member and Producing Director for Magis Theatre Company, where she continues to teach movement to professional actors and company members, and perform in company productions.
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