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, 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 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, 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 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 

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 

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, 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 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

Rick Andrews is a teacher and performer at The Magnet Theater, and has been studying, performing, and teaching improvisation since 1999. 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 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 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

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 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. Deborah is a three-time winner of the Frontiers Opera competition at Ft. 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

Carl Cofield is a New York based director and actor. He directed the award-winning world premiere of One Night In Miami (Huffington 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

John Dias assumed his position as Artistic Director of Two River Theater in 2010 after working as a producer and dramaturg in New York for 20 years. 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

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

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 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jacqueline Holloway (she/her/hers pronouns) is an internationally recognized Fight Instructor, certified with the Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Shana Komitee teaches and writes about theater history and theory, with a focus on the modern era. Since 2012, she has been a faculty member in the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, where she also serves as the dramaturg. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Peter Lawrence (Production Stage Manager) is currently the PSM for Sea Wall / A Life, which recently opened at the Hudson Theatre on Broadway.  He has stage managed more than twenty Broadway productions in addition to off-Broadway and National tours. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Eugene Ma is a New York-based theater-maker who directs, acts, composes and teaches internationally. Eugene is currently a resident director at the Flea Theater, where he commissioned a new musical for young audience set in Colonial Hong Kong, the Lorikeet, to premiere this fall. 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. His newest play, Blind Date, was produced at the Goodman Theatre under the direction of Robert Falls. 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 Assistant Professor, Theatre

Jean McClelland is a senior teacher of the Alexander Technique, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT). Jean received her B.A. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Raymond Menard attended the New England Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University and Pratt. Early in his career he worked as a Music Supervisor for NBC, on the staff of the Sarasota Opera and the Washington Opera. Since 1987 he has been employed as Stage Manager with the Metropolitan Opera. 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 Production Manager currently working for Aurora Productions. His projects include the upcoming Broadway productions of West Side Story and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sea Wall/A Life, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Book of Mormon, amongst others.  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 Assistant 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. He teaches in the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.   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 22 Broadway shows, including Fences, A Streetcar Named Desire, Angels in America:  Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, Freak, Death of a Salesman, A Moon for the Misbegotten, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Steady Rain, That Championship Season and more. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Cherie Corinne Rice is an actor/voice teacher/private coach based in New York City. Rice has served as the Head of Voice and Speech at the Professional Performing Arts School for 6 years. full profile 

Adjunct Associate 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

Rafi Silver is a professional actor, writer, and educator from upstate New York. He is one of the co-creators of the class “Proof of Concept” which was developed to encourage acting students to begin the process of creating their own original performance based content. full profile 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Theatre

Tony Speciale conceived, coauthored and directed the world premiere of Unnatural Acts: Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920 (Classic Stage Company—Drama Desk Award nomination, GLAAD Media Award nomination). full profile 

Adjunct Associate Professor, Theatre

Michele Volansky is the Associate Artistic Director for PlayPenn. She has worked on nearly two hundred new and established plays and has served on the artistic staffs at Actors Theatre of Louisville (1992-95), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1995-00) and Philadelphia Theatre Company (2000-04). 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 beautiful productions of Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Molière, Marivaux, Gold full profile