Theatre 2012

Ito Aghayere is a Nigerian, Canadian, American actress and former White House intern who was never the kind of kid who wanted to grow up to become a ballerina or the President of the United States. All she wanted was to be able to use her big mouth without getting in trouble for it. full profile 

Theatre 1986

Directed the original production of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change which ran for 12 years and 5,003 performances, (the second longest running musical in off-Broadway history) as well as productions in North America, London’s West End, Tokyo, and the Mandarin language production in Shanghai a full profile 

Theatre 2010

Renee is the Managing Director of Ars Nova, where she's produced award-winning new plays including Underground Railroad Game & Small Mouth Sounds, while growing the company by over 25% in just three years. Prior to Ars Nova, Renee was the Producing Director of the Playwrights Realm. full profile 

Theatre 1994

Christopher Burney is the Artistic Producer of Second Stage. He has worked with Second Stage since 1996. Among the many notable productions at Second Stage, selected productions he has shepherded include Dear Evan Hansen (book by Steven Levenson, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul) full profile 

Theatre 1993

Steven Chaikelson began teaching at Columbia in 1998 and, since 2002, has been serving as the Director of the Theatre Management and Producing Concentration. full profile 

Theatre 2014

Hammaad Chaudry is a New York City based playwright from Edinburgh, Scotland. His work has been staged in both the U.K. and U.S. including the The Royal Court Theatre in London, The New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, The Pershing Square Signature Center and The Flea Theater. full profile 

Theatre 2008

Rachel Chavkin is two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. She has directed/co-authored all the company’s work, and loves this family.   full profile 

Theatre 2010

Clarence Coo has served as Program Administrator of the Graduate Writing Program since 2010. He received his MFA in Playwriting from the Columbia University School of the Arts and is the recipient of the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. He is a member of New Dramatists and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. full profile 

Theatre 1992

Kia Corthron's A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick premiered at Playwrights Horizons in spring 2010. full profile 

Theatre 2012

Kate Croasdale is a freelance stage manager based in New York City. Her Broadway credits include: Sunday in the Park with George, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Ghost The Musical, Relatively Speaking and Dead Accounts. full profile 

Theatre 1984

Migdalia Cruz is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, & librettist of more than 55 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, Lucy Loves Me, Fur, Miriam’s Flowers, Frida, & Lolita de Lares; produced in the U.S. full profile 

Theatre 2016

Benita is a Columbia University MFA Directing candidate originally from Sydney, Australia. full profile 

Theatre 2003

Bathsheba Doran’s play Parents’ Evening received its world premiere at The Flea Theater in April 2010, directed by Jim Simpson. Her play Ben and The Magic Paintbrush premiered at South Coast Repertory Theater in June 2010. full profile 

Theatre 1997

Julie Dubiner is the associate director of American Revolutions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. American Revolutions is a commissioning project with the goal of creating 37 new plays concerning moments of great change in US history. full profile 

Theatre 1996

Liz Engelman is a member of the Playwriting and Directing faculty at UT Austin. full profile 

Theatre 1988

Stephen Fife's plays Savage World, Break of Day and This Is Not What I Ordered have been published by Samuel French. Other plays include Sizzle Sizzle, Blue Kiss, Mickey’s Home, Scattered Blossoms, FutureSex, The Shadow Man and The American Wife (with Ralph Pezzullo). full profile 

Theatre 1997

Shirley Fishman is the director of play development for the La Jolla Playhouse, where she has also served as dramaturg on Carmen, The Deception, Most Wanted, The Wiz, Culture Clash's Zorro in Hell, The Scottish Play, Palm Beach, Eden Lane, When Grace Comes In, Adoration of the Old Woman, The Collect full profile 

Theatre 1990

Jeff Fligelman is a playwright and screenwriter and the co-founder of Gotham Writers' Workshop. full profile 

Theatre 2006

Ashlin Halfnight’s plays include Second Life (2012 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference Finalist), A Hard Wall at High Speed (Directed by May Adrales, APAC, Nominated for Outstanding Premiere Production of 2011, NYITA), Balaton (Nominated for Best Play of 2009, NYITA), Good Pictures (Outstanding New Play full profile 

Theatre 2014

Michel Hausmann '14 is a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer and writer. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Miami New Drama, the resident company and operators of the historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. full profile 

Theatre 2002

Adam Hess is an Associate Producer for Daryl Roth Productions and oversees its Venue, Management, and Advertising companies. From Toronto, Adam has a background that includes Broadway and international productions. Mr. Hess holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre (University of Michigan) and a M.F.A. full profile 

Theatre 2010

Her plays have been workshopped, produced, developed, and commissioned by The Hangar Theatre, NYTW, Woodshed Collective, Source Festival D.C.,Samuel French OOB Festival, Columbia University and The Great Plains Theatre Conference. full profile 

Theatre 2005

Rebecca Lingafelter is an actor, director and educator based in Portland, Oregon. full profile 

Theatre 2006

Pavol Liska, a native of Slovakia, began directing plays after he graduated from Dartmouth in 1995. During this time he cofounded the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, a theater company taking its name from Kafka’s Amerika. full profile 

Theatre 1989

Jessica Litwak, Ph.D, is a seasoned theatre arts professional focused specifically on theatre for social change and community engagement. She is a recognized leader in the Field with over 30 years experience. full profile 

Theatre 1984

Three-time Tony Award-winning producer Hal Luftig has worked in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatres for the past 20 years. His plays and musicals have garnered 23 Tony Awards, 6 Drama Desk Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. full profile 

Theatre 2003

Winter Miller is a founding member of the Obie-winning collective 13P. Her plays have been performed in New York City and nationwide. She leads writing workshops. Her new play is about the history of abortion. full profile 

Theatre 2007

A native of Malaysia and New Zealand, K.K. Moggie has worked in both Malaysia, New Zealand and now New York. She moved to New York to attend Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre Program. Since graduating in 2007 with her MFA in acting, she has performed in numerous theatre projects. full profile 

Theatre 1998

Anson Mount received his BA from the University of the South (1995) and his MFA from Columbia University (1998). full profile 

Theatre 2010

Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's plays Waafrika, Waafrika 123 and several others are available in paperback. These are queer African plays set in Africa. full profile 

Theatre 2006

Tommy Nohilly made his playwriting debut Off-Broadway with Blood from a Stone for The New Group. The play, starring Ethan Hawke, was Nohilly’s first and his thesis play for Columbia. It opened to rave reviews from The New York Times, Slant, and others. full profile 

Theatre 1994

Michael Paller was resident dramaturg and Director of Humanities at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2005-2018. He was the dramaturg for over 80 productions and workshops and also served as one of the Heads of Faculty in its esteemed MFA Program in Acting. full profile 

Theatre 1998

Christian Parker is a director, dramaturg, and Chair of the graduate Theatre program at Columbia University, where he also heads the Dramaturgy concentration. full profile 

Theatre 1997

Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T. at Harvard University and was selected for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Paulus is the 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical (Pippin).   full profile 

Theatre 2000

Ken Rus Schmoll is a theater director who has achieved a string of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway successes. Recently, he garnered positive reviews with Will Eno’s Middletown (Vineyard Theatre). full profile 

Theatre 2002

A 2011/12 Guggenheim Fellow, and 2012 OBIE Winner for best Direction, Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. full profile 

Theatre 1999

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. full profile 

Theatre 1987

Michael Stotts is in his sixth season as Managing Director of Hartford Stage. Recent accomplishments include an $11 Million Capital and Endowment Campaign, and the renovation and expansion of the Stage’s theatre facility. full profile 

Theatre 2013

Danielle has recently worked as an Entertainment Production Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Norwegian Star and as a freelance Equity Stage Manager in New York, working with such fabulous companies as LaMama, Waterwell, Off Stage Right Productions, Accidental Rep, PPAS and Musica Nuova full profile 

Theatre 1998

Darko Tresnjak was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Shakespeare Festival in San Diego from 2004 to 2009.  His directing credits at the Old Globe include Cyrano de Bergerac, Coriolanus, The Women, The Pleasure of His Company, All’s Well That Ends Well, Bell, Book and Candle, Hamlet, T full profile 

Theatre 1971

After receiving an MFA in Theatre, Myra performed as an actress on Broadway, Off Broadway and in Regional theatres across the country. As a director, she has staged over 100 theatrical productions; as an acting coach she has worked with award winning actors both in the US and Hong Kong. full profile 

Theatre 1972

Barry Vigon is a television writer, producer and actor who teaches Television Writing at UCLA Extension. He has appeared on Broadway, television and film. His writing credits include Soap, Fame, Roseanne, Who's the Boss?, Martin, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and many more. full profile 

Theatre 2007

Alumni Spotlight Interview   Was there a specific faculty member or peer that especially inspired you while at the School of the Arts? If so, who and how? full profile 

Theatre 1990

Marce Walsh is an educator, writer and voice-over actress living in Houston, Texas. After completing her undergraduate work at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, she went directly to Columbia University's School of the Arts to study dramaturgy. full profile 

Theatre 2007

Kim Weild is a New York-based director, choreographer, performer, writer and teacher. For ten years she was a student at The School of American Ballet and performed with The New York City Ballet. full profile 

Theatre 2001

Beth Whitaker is Associate Artistic Director of Signature Theatre in New York. She has been with Signature since 1999, first as literary manager and production dramaturg, then as associate artistic director since 2006. full profile 

Theatre 2005

Barbara Whitman is a theatrical producer whose current Broadway productions include The Glass Menagerie starring Sally Fields and War Paint starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole. Barbara made her Broadway debut producing A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs. full profile 

Theatre 2003

Beau Willimon is a screenwriter, playwright, producer.  He is the creator of Netflix’s original series House of Cards for which he serves as showrunner and executive producer.  House of Cards recently made television history, earning nine Emmy nominations, including Best Drama, the first o full profile 

Theatre 1998

David Wilson Barnes made his Broadway debut with The Lieutenant of Inishmore and starred in Fifth of July at the Bay Street Theatre. full profile