Theatre Faculty

Professor, Theatre

Arnold Aronson is a theatre historian and has taught at Columbia since 1991. full profile 

Professor, Directing Concentration Head, Theatre

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Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Head of Acting Concentration, Theatre

James Calleri is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice in 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, 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’s stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. 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 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. 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 

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 

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: Fall 2017

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

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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

Tina Benko most recently played Calpurnia  for The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar. Recent Broadway credits include Ivo Van Hove’s production of The Crucible and Simon Godwin’s production of The Cherry Orchard. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

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 

Adjunct Professor, Theatre

With his business partner Adrian Bryan-Brown, Chris has represented over 400 shows which have won 214 Tony awards and 10 Pulitzer Prizes. Chris serves on the Steering Committee for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the board of the Atlantic Theater Company. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Deborah Brevoort (Adjunct Assistant Professor) is the author of numerous musicals, operas, and plays, including The Women of Lockerbie, which is currently being produced all over the US and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International Playwriting competition. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Christopher Burney is the Artistic Producer of Second Stage. He has worked with Second Stage since 1996. 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

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

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

John Dias is Artistic Director of Two River in Red Bank, NJ. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Kyle has appeared on Broadway in Aaron Sorkin’s The Farnsworth Invention and in John Guare’s A Free Man of Color.  He has directed for Portland Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  He teaches and directs at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program (where he is also an 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

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 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Dan Hoffman graduated in 1968 from Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in Theatre Technology. Since, he has steadily built a career that inter-weaves teaching, stage, film production, and technological innovation.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Eugene Ma is a New York-based theater-maker who directs, acts, composes and teaches internationally.   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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Dessie Moynihan began her theatrical career in New York in the PR/Marketing Department of Circle Repertory Company. She then worked at Off-Off-Broadway’s Ensemble Studio Theatre for six years, first as Marketing Associate, later as Literary Manager. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michael Naumann, Managing Director, was hired by TDF in May 2011.  Before joining TDF, Michael was the Finance Director for Frankel Green Theatrical Management/Richard Frankel Productions.  RFP produces and FGTM general manages plays, musicals and touring productions.  Some of the pro 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

Amanda Pekoe is the owner and President/CEO of The Pekoe Group, a full-service advertising and marketing agency specializing in theatre. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Lisa M. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jack holds a Ph.D. 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

Rafi Silver is a professional actor, writer, and educator from upstate New York. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Leigh Silverman Broadway: Violet (Roundabout; Tony nomination); Chinglish; Well. Encores Off Center: Really Rosie; The Wild Party; Violet. full profile