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 Co-Head of the Acting concentration. He is a well-known casting director and co-owner in Calleri Jensen Davis, where he and partners Paul Davis and Erica Jensen cast theater, television and film. full profile 

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

Steven runs the MFA Theatre Management & Producing Program. Through his company, Snug Harbor Productions, he produces and manages shows on and off Broadway, around the USA and internationally. 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 playwright, screenwriter, TV writer, and librettist, a Tony Award winner and 3-time nominee, a 3-time OBIE winner, a Grammy winner, and a 3-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. 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.  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. He has been the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company and an Associate Producer for The Public Theatre. 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 

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

Michael Passaro is a stage manager with over thirty years’ experience in the professional theater – on Broadway, regionally, and worldwide. full profile 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Blair Singer is an Emmy-nominated New York-based television writer and playwright. Most recently, he served as the Co-Executive Producer on the upcoming Fox show, Filthy Rich, starring Kim Cattrall. 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 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Scott Whitehurst is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts, where he teaches Shakespeare. Formerly, Mr Whitehurst was Co-head of the MFA Acting Department, School of Drama at The New School. 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 2022

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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Margaret is a Brooklyn-based theatre maker and scholar whose work focuses on the intersection of performance and the history of neurological impairments.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

David Auburn is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning playwright, screenwriter, and director. full profile 

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 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 Lockerbie, which is produced all over the world. 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 Director of New York Stage and Film. Previously, he was the Tony Nominated Artistic Producer of New York’s Second Stage Theatre where he worked since 1996. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Carrie Casselman is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where her law practice focuses on media and entertainment transactions, including live stage, audio-visual content, music, sports, video games and publishing. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Holly Coombs' Broadway Credits include: Catch Me if You Can, Tuck Everlasting, Aladdin, The Nance, Mean Girls. Others include: Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour, Consumer Electronics Show, Arthur Ashe Kids Day US Open. Proud alumna of the University of Puget Sound. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

David curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia, which bring renowned artists from around the world to Spoleto, Italy each Summer for workshops, residencies and performances in the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds. He recently received his second CEC ArtLink Residency in St. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Resident Director: Moulin Rouge. Restaging Director: Beetlejuice Korea, The Play That Goes Wrong Off-Broadway & tour. Assoc. Dir.: The Color Purple tour. PSM: Beetlejuice, The Play That Goes Wrong, Rock of Ages, etc. 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

Whitney Estrin is the Director of Development at TDF, the country’s oldest performing arts service organization dedicated to making theatre and dance accessible to all. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Nick is Vice President, Sales and Analytics for Disney Theatrical Group, where he has worked for nearly fifteen years and leads a team of seventeen Broadway Sales & Analytics professionals. 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 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

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

Precious Gorgeous, aka Ralf Jean-Pierre, is a first generation Haitian-American rapper-songwriter, actor, and comedian from Brooklyn, NY. 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 PlayCo, an award winning Off Broadway theatre that commissions, develops and produces new plays from the U.S. and around the world. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright. He is a recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is also the winner of a Princess Grace Award. He is writing plays for Miami New Drama, Syracuse Stage, and En Garde Arts. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

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

Special Lecturer, 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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Shanga Parker — Arts Professor, Associate Chair, Department of Undergraduate Drama, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU — teaches Acting, primarily Movement for Actors.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Lisa M. Poyer teaches the course in Company Management at Columbia School of the Arts. She has managed 24 Broadway shows. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and admitted to practice law in New York. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Cody Renard Richard is an advocate, educator and professional Stage Manager with a career that spans many genres including Broadway, Television, Cirque Du Soleil and Opera. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Darren Robertson is the Vice President of Performance and Campus Operations for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, overseeing operation of the Lincoln Center campus, including all performances in the Lincoln Center owned venues and public campus areas. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jack holds a PhD 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

Justin is a stage manager, producer, playwright, poet, and author. 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 Professor, 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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Alex Volckhausen: Show caller and deck manager with a client list that includes Oath/Verizon, MIT, Cisco Systems, Google, Goldman Sachs, Carlyle Group, CVC Capital, Riverstone, Skybridge Capital, the New York Times, NCAA, LG, Samsung, Univision, Essence Magazine, Samsung, Amway, MasterCard, the Aust 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

Amber White is currently the Associate Production Supervisor of all five Hamilton companies in the US. Amber has been an AEA Stage Manager for the past 23 years in which she has stage managed productions on Broadway, Off Broadway, Nationally, Regionally, and Internationally. 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