Theatre Faculty

Professor, Theatre

Arnold Aronson is a theatre historian and has taught at Columbia since 1991. He is the editor of The Routledge Companion to Scenography (2017). full profile 

Professor, Directing Concentration Head, 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, Head of Acting Concentration, 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 

Lecturer in Discipline, Theatre

Susan Cameron is a voice and speech teacher and professional dialect coach in theatre, television, and film. As an educator, she currently is on the full-time faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, as well as an adjunct Associate Professor at The New School for Drama. full profile 

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

Associate Professor Concentration Head, Playwriting, 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 currently the Consulting Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company, a theatre he has lead for the past fourteen years, directing Lessing's Nathan the Wise with F. Murray Abraham, Shakespeare's The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, Ostrovsky's The Forest with Dianne Weist. 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 

Chair, Head of Dramaturgy Concentration, Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

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 

Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Head of Stage Management Concentration, Theatre

Michael J. Passaro has nearly thirty years experience as a Production Stage Manager for theatrical productions – on Broadway, regionally, and worldwide. He is currently the PSM for the upcoming Broadway production of The Cher Show, directed by Jason Moore. full profile 

Professor, Director, Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies (since 1992), Theatre

Andrei Serban studied at the Theatre Institute in Romania. At La MaMa Experimental Theatre Center, he directed Fragments of a Greek Trilogy, which won several Obie and international Awards and has been performed at more than twenty international festivals. full profile 

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 2018

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

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. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Theatre

Victoria Bailey is executive director of Theatre Development Fund (TDF), the not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the entire spectrum of the performing arts with programs that touch the lives of millions of New Yorkers and visitors annually. 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. She is the author of opera libretto Ulysses, Home for composer Anthony Brandt and is full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jeremy Blocker has worked with not-for-profit theaters ranging from small start-ups to major cultural institutions. He is currently the Managing Director of New York Theatre Workshop. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Gigi Bolt is a theatre and musical theatre program and philanthropy consultant. Current and recent projects include work with NAMT’s National Fund for New Musicals, the National New Play Network, the Network of Ensemble Theatres, Theatre Development Fund, Musical Theatre Matters (UK), the Mello 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

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Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Ted Chapin was chosen by the Rodgers and Hammerstein families to run their office.  He expanded it into the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, which is responsible for management of the copyrights created by Richard Rodgers and/or Oscar Hammerstein II. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Nick is a New York-based actor and teaching artist in voice and speech. He is a graduate of New York University with a BFA in   Drama as well as the Kristin Linklater Voice Center where he became designated as a Linklater Voice Teacher.    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

Manoel Felciano appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd (Tony Award nomination), Amelie, Disaster!, Brooklyn, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Cabaret, and he appeared Off Broadway in The Changeling (Red Bull Theater), Trumpery (Atlantic Theater Company), Shockheaded Peter, and Much Ado About Nothing (New Y 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.  Broadway: Come From Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 2010 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best Musical Memphis, First Date, Doctor Zhivago (ex full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

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

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

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. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michael Korie is the latest recipient of The Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for his work in both opera and musical theater. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Karen Kowgios is currently a partner at WithumSmith+Brown, PC. With over 30 years of experience, Karen’s career has specialized in providing accounting services to not-for profit organizations and she has been involved in all financial aspects of charitable organizations and foundations. 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. PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays from the U.S. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Sita Mani is a founding faculty member of ​The Studio New York​ and is currently on faculty at ​Columbia University School Of The Arts and HB Studio​. 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

Raymond Menard attended the New England Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University and received a BFA from the Pratt Institute. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Geoffrey Owens has taught at Yale, HB Studio, Pace, FSU-Asolo Conservatory and Primary Stages. Recent acting credits: Romeo and Juliet (on Broadway, with Orlando Bloom); 'Henry' in Race (Goodman Theater); 'Jaques' in As You Like It (Two River&nb full profile 

Adjunct Associate 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.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Thomas Recktenwald is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Stage Management. He has worked on numerous Broadway productions, both as an original company member and as a replacement. His recent shows include Kinky Boots and On Your Feet. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Darren Robertson is Associate Director, Labor Relations for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, managing all aspects of labor relations including negotiation and administration of 15+ collective bargaining agreements.   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

Since 1988, Thomas Schumacher has worked with The Walt Disney Company setting new standards of excellence in film, television and theatre.  Currently, he serves as President & Producer of Disney Theatrical Group, where he oversees the development, creation and execution of Disney’s legitima 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Michele Shay is an award-winning actress, director, and producer, 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. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Joseph Travers has worked as a professional fight director, stunt coordinator and stage combat teacher for over twenty – five years.  Recent work includes the Off- Broadway musical The View Upstairs and the Broadway production of Bronx Bombers. His work has also been seen Off-Broadway in t 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