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 

Assistant Professor of Theatre, 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 

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, Television Writing concentration co-head, 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 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 

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, 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 

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Television Writing Concentration co-head, 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 2019

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Marybeth Abel - Production Stage Manager has been professionally and successfully employed for 30 years. Highlights of her Broadway career include Wicked, Cyrano De Bergerac, Sweet Charity, La Cage Aux Folles, Sly Fox, Fosse, Five Guys Named Moe. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jessica Adler currently serves as the Director of Finance for Manhattan Theatre Club. Prior to joining MTC, she spent 9 years in the Finance offices of the New York City Ballet and the David H. Koch Theater. Jessica has also worked at the Drama League and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professir, 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

For over a decade, Arbus served as the associate artistic director of Theatre for a New Audience, where she directed The Winter’s Tale, The Skin of Our Teeth (Obie), repertory productions of Strindberg’s The Father and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, as well as King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming 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’s film work includes How to Deal (New Line) and Bad Dates, dir. Des McAnuff, adapted from her monologue Food. Recent television credits: Strangers (Facebook, EP); Ballers (HBO, consulting producer); Imposters (Bravo, supervising producer). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Tina Benko recently appeared on Broadway in The Cherry Orchard directed by Simon Godwin and The Crucible directed by Ivo Van Hove. She also appeared in Van Hove’s productions of Scenes From a Marriage and The Little Foxes at New York Theatre Workshop. 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 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

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 Professor, Theatre

Chris Boneau received a BS in Speech and Theatre from Louisiana State University. In 1982, Chris accepted an internship in the Public Relations and Marketing Department at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky). full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Deborah Brevoort 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

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

Sara Buffamanti is the Associate Director of Education and member of the Voice and Movement Faculty at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Sara received her BFA in Acting from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her MFA in Acting from Columbia University in 2005. 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 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

Lear deBessonet is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at the Public Theater. For Public Works, she has directed pageant-style musical adaptations of The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, and The Odyssey at the Delacorte, each featuring two-hundred New Yorkers from all five boroughs. 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

David J. Diamond 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 the CEC ArtLink Residency in St. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Matt is currently the Production Stage Manager for Beetlejuice on Broadway. 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

Joby Earle has been teaching actors since 2006. He teaches regularly at NYU, Yale and CUNY. He is an Earle Gister Fellow with the National Alliance of acting teachers. As an actor he has worked on Broadway, off broadway, regionally, as well as on television. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Nick Falzon has been with Disney Theatrical Group since 2007 and was most recently promoted to Vice President, Sales and Analytics in 2017, reporting to Andrew Flatt, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Marketing and Revenue.   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.  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 Professor, Theatre

Barry Grove, Lecturer in Theater Management, has been Executive Producer of the Manhattan Theatre Club since 1975. In partnership with Artistic Director Lynne Meadow, he has produced nearly 450 American and world premieres. 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

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, Off-Broadway, immersive and international productions. Mr. Hess holds a B.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 Associate Professor, Theatre

Morgan Jenness is currently a freelance dramaturg based in New York City. Jenness worked at the Public Theater for over a decade, with both George C.Wolfe and Joseph Papp, in roles ranging from literary manager to Director of Play Development to Associate Producer of the NY Shakespeare Festival. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michael Korie writes lyrics to musicals and librettos to operas; for his work in both he received the Marc Blitzstein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. full profile 

Adjunct Professor, Theatre

Ellen Lauren (Actor) is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors for SITI Company, which she helped found with directors Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki. 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 

Part-Time Lecturer, Theatre

Eugene Ma is a New York-based theater-maker who directs, acts, composes and teaches internationally.   full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rogelio Martinez has been commissioned and produced by major theaters in the United States including the Public Theater and the Denver Center. His work has been seen off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. Rogelio is the winner of a 2017 Guggenheim Award. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Michael is an established NYC actor, director and teacher with over thirty years of professional experience. His Broadway credits include roles in Twelve Angry Men, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Side Man (also West End), Judgement at Nuremberg, Love! Valour! 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

Ira Mont started life as an actor but has been stage managing professionally since 1987. 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Tiffany Nixon has been the archivist for Roundabout Theatre Company since 2008. In that capacity she manages the extensive institutional and stage documentation chronicling the company's history as an Off-Broadway and Broadway producer. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Gene was the founder of Hudson Scenic Studio in 1980 and its President until 1994 when he left to pursue Production Management on a full-time basis as Aurora Productions. He retired in January of 2015 but continues his commitment to Aurora as a consultant. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Michael Paller was resident dramaturg and Director of Humanities at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 2005-2018. He was the dramaturg for over 80 productions and workshops and also served as one of the Heads of Faculty in its esteemed MFA Program in Acting. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Bonnie Panson is currently the Production Stage Manager of Anastasia on Broadway, directed by Darko Tresnjak. 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

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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 Director, Labor Relations and Special Projects 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. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Stephen Wadsworth is a director, writer and educator.  He has directed on Broadway, in London’s West End, and extensively in regional theater, concentrating on classic plays and particularly known for his detailed, visually breathtaking productions of Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Molière, Marivaux, 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