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 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 

Professor of Professional Practice, Concentration Head, Theatre Management & Producing, 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, 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, television writer, and librettist, a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, and a three-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. 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. 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

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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: Fall 2020

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

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 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 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. 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 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 writes plays, musicals and opera librettos. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced all over the world. 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Carl Cofield: Is a New York based director and actor. He directed the award winning world premiere of One Night In Miami (Huffingtion Post best of L.A. 2013, N.A.A.C.P., L.A. Drama Critics Circle and others) for Rogue Machine Theater. 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

SM: Broadway’s Sing Street, Beetlejuice, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple, Honeymoon in Vegas & Rock of Ages.  D: The Play That Goes Wrong National Tours & off-Broadway at New World Stages. full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Bertie Ferdman is a contemporary performance scholar whose publications include Off Sites: Contemporary Performance beyond Site-Specific (SIU Press, 2018) and Critical Companion to Performance Art, co-edited with Jovana Stokic (Bloomsbury Press, 2020). full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Charles Flateman is Executive Vice President at the Shubert Organization, with oversight of the company’s sales, marketing, partnership, distribution, communications, and events teams. Mr. 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

Adam Hess the Executive General Manager and Associate Producer for Daryl Roth Productions and oversees its Venue, Management, and Advertising companies. 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 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

Lisa Kron is a writer and performer whose work has been widely produced in New York, regionally, and internationally. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the country and abroad. He has just returned from Germany were a workshop of his play, Born In East Berlin, was performed at the Stasi Museum, Berlin in both English and German. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

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

Adjunct 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 

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

Ryan Murphy is a Vice President and Production Manager for Aurora Productions. His projects include over sixty national and international tours and over twenty five Broadway productions. Ryan holds an MA from the University of Rochester. 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 Professor, Theatre

Robert O'Hara has received the NAACP Best Play and Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, two Obies and the Herb Alpert Award. Broadway: Slave Play. Off Broadway: He directed the world premieres of Jeremy O. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Amanda Pekoe is the Owner/CEO of The Pekoe Group, a full service advertising agency for theatre, created in 2009. Clients have included: SIX The Musical, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, SpongeBob SquarePants On Broadway, Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, and more. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Lisa M. Poyer has managed 24 Broadway shows and served as General Manager of the first National Tour of Once. She began her professional career in the theatre as an Apprentice House Manager for the Shubert Organization. She is admitted to practice law in New York. 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, On Your Feet and Pretty Woman. 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

Leigh has directed over 55 new plays and musicals in New York including 4 new plays on Broadway. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2014 for her direction of Violet and received a 2019 Obie for Sustained Excellence. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Rachel Sussman is a Tony Award-nominated creative and event producer (What the Constitution Means to Me) committed to cultivating dynamic, inclusive theatrical work through collaboration. full profile