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 

Professor of Professional Practice, Theatre

Gregory Musher has directed and produced nearly 200 stage productions at the Lincoln Center and Goodman Theatres (both of which he led), on and off Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End. 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, 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 20 international festivals. 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 2017

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

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 over 9 years. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Christopher Burney serves as both the Associate Artistic Director of Second Stage Theatre and Curator of 2ST Uptown. He has worked with Second Stage since 1997. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Carolyn J. Casselman is an attorney in the Entertainment Department of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, where she represents a variety of clients in the media and entertainment industries. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Diane DiVita (Adjunct Assistant Professor). B’way:  Lombardi, Hamlet with Jude Law, Impressionism, Coast of Utopia, Absurd Person Singular, Drowning Crow, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, King Hedley II, Sound of Music, How to Succeed In Business full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Robert Fried is a founding partner at Fried and Kowgios Partners CPA's LLP. The firm is one of the leading industry providers of attestation, accounting, tax and consulting services for Broadway, Off Broadway, touring theatrical, and live musical and dramatic presentations. 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/West End: The 2010 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best Musical Memphis. Broadway: First Date, Doctor Zhivago (Executive Producer). 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

John Lanasa is the VP of Marketing & Communications at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). His career in Arts Marketing started more than 20 years ago at Center Stage Theater in Baltimore where he served as the Press Representative before joining the New York ad agency SpotCo. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

John Lanasa is the VP of Marketing & Communications at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). His career in Arts Marketing started more than 20 years ago at Center Stage Theater in Baltimore where he served as the Press Representative before joining the New York ad agency SpotCo. 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

Jack holds a Ph.D. 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. 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 Associate Professor, Theatre

Jeanine Tesori won the Tony Award for Best Original Score with Lisa Kron for the musical Fun Home. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Livia Drapkin Vanaver is artistic director of The Vanaver Caravan Dancers and Musicians. Over the past 35 years, she has toured with her company throughout the U.S. and abroad, collecting and performing dance and music. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant 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. She is chief theater critic and arts columnist of Newsday, which she joined in 1987. full profile