Theatre Faculty

Professor, Theatre

Co-Artistic Director of SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates from Skidmore College, Bard College and Cornish College. She was a recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, the Richard B. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

James Calleri is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice and Head of the Acting concentration. He is a well-known casting director and is the owner and president of Calleri Casting, where he and partners Paul Davis and Erica Jensen cast theater, film and television. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Concentration Head, Theatre Management & Producing, Theatre

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 

Assistant Professor, Theatre

Peter Jay Fernandez taught in the graduate theatre program in the College of Performing Arts at The New School from 2011–2019, where he served as co-head of Acting from 2017-2019. full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Liz Hayes is an actor, teaching artist and voice, dialect and text coach for theatre, film and television. full profile 

Associate Professor, Theatre

David Henry Hwang is a Tony Award winning playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and librettist, whose stage works include M. Butterfly, Golden Child, FOB, and many others as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Disney’s Tarzan, and others.  full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Film

David Klass has written feature screenplays for all the major studios, including: Kiss the Girls starring Morgan Freeman, Desperate Measures starring Michael Keaton, Walking Tall starring The Rock, and most recently Emperor starring Tommy Lee Jones. David full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice , Theatre

Brian Kulick is a director, writer, educator, producer, and current Chair of the Graduate Theatre Program at Columbia University. From 2003-2017 he was the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company where he directed Galileo with F. full profile 

Lecturer, Theatre

Sita Mani is a physical theater artist who performs and creates original work. She is a founding faculty member of ​The Studio New York​ and is currently on faculty at ​Columbia University School Of The Arts. full profile 

Professor, Theatre

Charles L. Mee (Playwright) has written Big Love, True Love, First Love, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Orestes 2.0, Trojan Women A Love Story, Summertime and Wintertime among other plays--all available on the internet at www.charlesmee.org. full profile 

Associate Professor, Theatre

Lynn Nottage is a two time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and a screenwriter. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Christian Parker is a director, dramaturg, and former Chair of the graduate Theatre Program (2012-19) at Columbia  University, where he also heads the Dramaturgy concentration. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

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Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Blair Singer is a New York-based playwright and television writer who is currently the Showrunner on Youth & Consequences, a Mark Gordon Company produced dramedy premiering on YouTube RED in February 2018. Prior to that, Blair was as the on-set Producing Writer for NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura. full profile 

Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Ron Van Lieu was the Master Teacher of Acting and eventually Chair of the NYU Graduate Acting Program where he taught from 1975 to 2004. In 2004 he was appointed the Lloyd Richards Professor of Acting and Chair of the Acting Program at the Yale School of Drama where he taught until 2017. full profile 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Film

Lance Weiler is a storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader. An alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he is recognized as a pioneer in mixing storytelling and technology. full profile 

Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre, Barnard, Theatre

W. B. Worthen, Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre, is the author of several books, including The Idea of the Actor (Princeton University Press, 1984), Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (Univ. full profile 

Adjunct Faculty: Spring 2020

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Leslie Ayvazian is the author of 8 full-length plays and 7 one-act plays, published variously by Samuel French and Dramatist Play Service. Some have been included in annual anthologies of best plays. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Theatre

Victoria Bailey is executive director of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit organization that sustains live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Neena Beber’s plays include A Foreign Body, Jump/Cut, The Dew Point, Hard Feelings, Tomorrowland, A Common Vision, and Misreadings, published by Samuel French. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jeremy Blocker is the Managing Director at New York Theatre Workshop where he has overseen more than 20 productions. Since his arrival, Jeremy has stewarded the growth of NYTW’s annual operating budget from $4.5 million to $7 million. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Following a focus on government funding and policy-making for the arts at the NEA and NYSCA, Gigi Bolt is a theatre and musical theatre program consultant with an emphasis on new work, and adjunct faculty at Columbia. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Deborah Brevoort writes plays, musicals and opera librettos. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbrie, which is produced all over the world. Deborah is a three-time winner of the Frontiers Opera competition at Ft. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Laura Brown-MacKinnon has worked on Broadway for more than ten years. She worked her way up to associate technical supervisor on over 68 Broadway productions and first national tours while working for Gene O’Donovan at Aurora Productions. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

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 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

As Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, Carolyn J. Casselman represents individuals and companies in all aspects of the entertainment industry. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Received a BFA of Dance from Purchase College. The first 10 years of Lisa Dawn’s professional career was as a dancer/singer. She made her transition into stage management in 1994 on the Broadway Revival of Showboat. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Ellen Dennis has produced, managed and toured works internationally for artists including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Diamanda Galas, Philip Glass, Andre Gregory, Barrie Kosky, Dmitry Krymov, Steve Reich, Wallace Shawn, Twyla Tharp and Robert Wilson; and for American Ballet Theater, BAM and th full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

John Dias assumed his position as Artistic Director of Two River Theater in 2010 after working as a producer and dramaturg in New York for 20 years. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Matt is currently the Production Stage Manager for Beetlejuice at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway, and will soon be the PSM for Sing Street, opening at the Lyceum Theatre in April. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Diane DiVita (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Eclipsed directed by Liesl Tommy, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Airline Highway directed by Joe Mantello, The Elephant Man with Bradley Cooper, The Trip to Bountiful, Lombardi directed by Thomas Kail, Hamlet with Jude Law, Impressionism, full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Steven is a professional actor, teacher, director and non-profit co-founder in New York City. His work has been seen throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Nick Falzon is Vice President, Sales and Analytics for Disney Theatrical Group, where he has worked for over a dozen years on productions like The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen on Broadway. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Manoel Felciano is a Tony nominated actor, director and teacher. He has worked on and off Broadway, regionally and on screen. Before Columbia, he taught and directed in the ACT & NYU MFA programs. In 2017 he was elected to the National Council of Actors’ Equity Association. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Robert Fried currently a partner at Withum Smith & Brown, and was a founding partner at Fried and Kowgios Partners CPA's LLP. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Sue Frost is a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions, which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. Prior to Junkyard, Sue was Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals for 20 years. Before that she was a Broadway company manager.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Alaric has been working in theater, opera and dance for more than 20 years since completing his training at North Carolina School of the Arts. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Fred Hanson has an extensive background in production planning, project management, and creative services for large scale, live events. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Roy Harris has stage-managed 26 shows on Broadway, and 38 off-Broadway, 20 of which were directed by Daniel Sullivan, including The Little Foxes, Good People, Morning’s at Seven, and The Heidi Chronicles;  15 shows for Lincoln Center Theater, including Ah, Wilderness!, and Dying City; Major Bar full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Morgan Jenness has worked as a dramaturg, educator, activist all over the country and as Associate Producer at the Public Theater, and also was an Associate Artistic Director at NYTW and LATC.  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michael Korie: lyrics for Broadway musicals War Paint, Grey Gardens, Flying Over Sunset. Opera librettos: The Grapes of Wrath, Harvey Milk. Honors: Marc Blitzstein, Kleban, Larson, Rodgers. Serves on Dramatists Guild Council. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Kate Loewald is the Founding Producer of The Play Company, the Obie Award-winning Off Broadway theatre she created with her late partners, Mike Ockrent and Jack Temchin, in 1998. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Eugene Ma is a New York-based theater-maker who directs, acts, composes and teaches internationally. Eugene is currently a resident director at the Flea Theater, where he commissioned a new musical for young audience set in Colonial Hong Kong, the Lorikeet, to premiere this fall. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the country and abroad. He has just returned from Germany were a workshop of his play, Born In East Berlin, was performed at the Stasi Museum, Berlin in both English and German. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Linda Marvel has been stage managing theatre and corporate events for 30 years, on and Off-Broadway. Regional Theatres include: La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, The Alliance, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Center Stage.  full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Kelly Maurer is a founding member of the SITI Company (artistic directors, Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren and Leon Ingulsrud) based in New York City. SITI acting credits include Orestes, American Document (with the Martha Graham Dance Company), Radio Macbeth, La Dispute, Hayfever, bobrauschenbergame full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jean McClelland is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT). Jean received her B.A. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Shanga Parker received a BA from Brown University, an MFA in Acting from UC San Diego, and teaches Acting, primarily Movement for Actors. He teaches in the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

T. Oliver Reid has spent the last 20 years working on Broadway in 13 musicals. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Darren Robertson is the Managing Director of Concert Halls for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, providing strategic direction and guidance for all critical functional areas of the Lincoln Center-owned and operated Concert Halls and campus public areas. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

After many years as a Broadway stage manager, Jim Semmelman found himself entering the field of television where his skills developed as a theater stage manager served him well. Jim started working on soap operas and eventually landed at NBC's TODAY show for almost 13 years. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michele Shay is an award-winning actress and director(National Black Theater Festival Lloyd Richards Award) , perhaps best known for her Tony Award-nominated performance as Louise in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars.  full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rafi Silver is a professional actor, writer, and educator from upstate New York. He is one of the co-creators of the class “Proof of Concept” which was developed to encourage acting students to begin the process of creating their own original performance based content. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michele Volansky is the Associate Artistic Director for PlayPenn. She has worked on nearly two hundred new and established plays and has served on the artistic staffs at Actors Theatre of Louisville (1992-95), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1995-00) and Philadelphia Theatre Company (2000-04). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Donna Walker-Kuhne is President of Walker International Communications Group, a boutique consulting agency. She provides services to numerous organizations throughout the world and has generated over $20m in income. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Scott Whitehurst is currently Co-Head of the MFA Acting Department at The New School, College of Performing Arts, School of Drama. Other teaching includes: Essex County College, Ramapo College, and NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Theatre

Linda Winer received her BA, magna cum laude, at Northeastern Illinois University in 1968, and was Distinguished Alumna of 2013. She did additional study in musicology at University of Southern California. full profile