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 

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 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 

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 

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 

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: Fall 2018

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

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 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 (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. 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

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

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

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.  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

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 

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

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 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 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

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

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 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