ABOUT

 

 

 

 

The Hunter College Theatre Department is a diverse community of students and award-winning faculty right in the heart of New York City and its vibrant theatre scene.

 

Our Bachelors of Arts curriculum balances history, theory, and practice by exploring time-honored theatrical traditions and contemporary performance in a liberal arts environment.

 

The Masters of Arts in Theatre offers the opportunity to study theatre history, theory, dramaturgy, playwriting, acting, and accomodates the various backgrounds and career goals of our diverse student body of theatre professionals, dramaturgs, and educators.

The Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting is an affordable, selective two-year program that fuses rigorous academic theatre classes with intensive, hands-on writing workshops.

Study theatre in the theatre capital of the world.

Faculty & Staff

Directory
 

Faculty & Staff A-Z

Sarah Bernstein

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Sarah Bernstein received her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter in 2018, studying under Annie Baker and  Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Her plays have been produced and/or developed with The New Group, the Lark Play Development Center, the Amoralists, Project Y, Forward Flux, New York Madness, The Motor Company, the Source Festival, FullStop Collective, and the New Voices Project. She received her BA from Brown University, where she studied playwriting with Paula Vogel. When she is not writing plays, Sarah runs workshops for young writers through Writopia Lab and her humor writing has been published in Reductress and The New Yorker.

 
 

David Bean

Technical Director

Office: Hunter North Room C002

Email: dbean@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-4241

 

Barbara Bosch

Professor

Office: Baker Theatre Build 5th Floor

Email: bbosch@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212)772-4231

 

 

Professor Bosch's acting and directing credits include work Off and Off-Off Broadway at the Pearl Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, HERE, Classic Stage, and Circle Rep, among others. Regionally she has worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Old Globe, the Magic Theater, Marin Theater Company, Sacramento Theater Company, Vermont Theatre Company, Western Stage, Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts, and at Shakespeare Festivals in California, Texas, Maine, Wisconsin, Alaska, and Utah. Her international directing and teaching has taken place in Poland, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Australia, and the Czech Republic.  She is a member of SDC, and AEA-SAG and has also been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Theater.  Her Ph.D. is from U.C. Berkeley and her M.F.A. is from Southern Methodist University. 

 

Ian Calderon

Professor

Office: Baker Theatre Build 5th Floor

Email: icaldero@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212)772-4321

 

 

As a Hunter alumnus he has over 100 national and international theatre and television productions to his credit. On Broadway he designed That Championship Season, Timbuktu, Paul Robeson, The Art of Dining, Trelawney of the Wells, Man in the Moon Marigold, Sticks and Bones, The Dance of Death, among others, and has been nominated for two Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Award, and the Maharam Award. His work has been seen on London's West End and he is a member of the Society of British Theatre Designers. As a guest of The People's Republic of China he designed Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie in Beijing. For over a decade, at the O'Neill Center he produced the New Drama for Television developing works that later aired on ABC network. He also produced television interviews; Katherine Hepburn with Dick Cavett, Ethel Merman with Gene Shallit, and Helen Hayes with Leonard Harris.

Nemuna Ceesay

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Nemuna Ceesay holds an MFA from American Conservatory Theater and has
performed regionally at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Calgary and
PlayMakers Rep. She has taught acting at A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory Program, New
York Film Academy and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Education Department. She
is a graduate of the Teacher Development Program and a member of the National
Alliance of Acting Teachers.

 

Timothy Cusack

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Tim Cusack was the co-founder and artistic director of Theatre Askew. His performance in the company’s first production, Bald Diva!, was named one of the best of year by both Theatre Mania and NYTheatre.com He is an inductee to the Indy Theater Hall of Fame, and his adaptation of I, Claudiusgarnered him a Next magazine “Future Legend” designation. BFA NYU/TSOA; MA Hunter College.

 
 

Dongshin Chang

Professor

Office: Baker Theatre Build 5th Floor

Email: dongshin.chang@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-4807

 

 

Dongshin Chang is a theatre scholar and practitioner. His writings have so far examined intercultural performance, traditional Chinese theatre, and writing pedagogy, which include a manuscript, Representing China on the Historical London Stage: From Orientalism to Intercultural Performance (2015), and articles published in New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts (2018), Asian Theatre Journal (2017), Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting (2015), Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage (2011), CHINOPERL Papers (2011), Asian Canadian Theatre (2011), and others. As a practitioner, Chang has been studying and performing kunqu (an elegant form of traditional Chinese theatre) and nihon buyo (classical Japanese dance). He is currently President of the Kunqu Society in New York.  

 

Deepsikha Chatterjee

Lecturer

Office: Thomas Hunter 102

Email: dchatter@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-4653

 

 

Deepsikha is a costume designer and costume historian. At Hunter College she enjoys teaching a diverse student body helping them visualize play scripts and ideas into living, breathing characters. She teaches students how to sew, make patterns, make masks, run wardrobe, and create their own work. She helps students gain an understanding of performance traditions from Asia, especially India, their visual aspects in textiles, crafts, masks, and makeup. At Hunter College, she teaches courses in Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, Costume Crafts, Costume Technology and Stage Makeup. Here she received an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Mentor Award in 2015. Deepsikha was awarded the Best Costume Design Award in 2014 and 2017 by United Solo for her design of Butoh Medea and Hide Your Fire.

Currently, she is pursuing her Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate Center with an emphasis on the material culture of performance. She has received notable grants for ethnographic research. Her scholarship has been published in Asian Theatre Journal, Dress (Taylor and Francis), Journal of Costume and Performance (Intellect), Fashion Practice (Taylor and Francis), and others. She serves as the dance director for Indo American Arts Council.

 

Ruijiao Dong

Graduate Teaching Fellow

 

Email: rdong@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Ruijiao Dong is a Graduate Teaching Fellow, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His current research project focuses on the history of amateur theatricals and amateurs in theatre, in conjunction with Marxism, capitalism, and national and cultural identities in multiple contexts. Before committing to the Ph.D. research, he worked for China’s National Center of Performing Arts as a theatre educator. He holds Master degrees from Performance Studies at New York University and from Creative Writing at the City University of Hong Kong.

 

Laura Drake

Adjunct Lecturer

Office: Baker Theatre Building 1st Floor

Email: ldrake@hunter.cuny.edu

 

 

Laura Drake, MFA in Dramatic Production and Design from the University of Texas at
Austin, has been the Artistic Director of Gabriella Rossetti Productions since 1990. She is
a multiple recipient of NEA, State and local grants for performance art and currently teaches acting and directing at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She
was Production Manager and Guest Director for the Lee Strasberg Institute of New York
for three years and is a Registered Drama Therapist. She has produced and directed more
than 70 productions in professional and academic theatre, with a range that encompasses
post-modern adaptations of European classics as well as traditional American musicals.
She has been listed in Who's Who in American Entertainment since 1991.

 

Mira Felner

Professor, Graduate Advisor

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: mfelner@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 650-3338

 

 

Mira Felner has acted and directed in the United States and France and headed a French language theatre in New York for several years. She is a specialist in mime and studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq. She taught the first movement course affiliated with the Sorbonne’s Institut d”Etudes Theatrales. Professor Felner has written extensively on movement in actor training. Her book Apostles of Silence:  The Modern French Mimes was the first scholarly study of the modern mime form. Free to Act:  An Integrated Approach to Acting explores the physical base for acting technique. Her interest in theatre traditions around the world led her to write The World of Theatre:  Tradition and Innovation with Claudia Orenstein.  Her latest book,Think Theatre, is the first American theatre textbook to be translated into Korean.

 

Asher Grodman

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

As an actor, Asher Grodman has worked extensively in theater, film and television. He’s performed at South Coast Repertory, The American Conservatory Theater, and CenterStage among many others. He’s also appeared in numerous films and television shows including Succession (HBO), Chicago Med (NBC), Law and Order (NBC) and House of Cards (Netflix).  Asher holds a BA in English and Film from Columbia University and a MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater. He’s also an award winning filmmaker and teaches acting to the inmates at Rikers Island.

www.ashergrodman.com @ashergrodman

 

Alexander Grover

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Alexander Grover is an international performance designer and visual artist. He is interested in interrogating frustrating and potentially unanswerable questions through his manipulation of installed space and visual gestures. Recent international work includes THE END, THE END, THE END . . .and Gunshot Medley for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as an Associate Designer for Buried Child at Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. www.alexgroverdesign.com

 

Karen Hartman

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Karen Hartman is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. Her play, Good Faith: Four Chats about Race and the New Haven Fire Department premiered at Yale Repertory Theater this season. In spring 2018, Hartman’s The Book of Joseph became the highest grossing play in the Everyman Theatre’s history. Joseph and two other acclaimed recent plays Roz and Ray (Edgerton New Play Prize), and Project Dawn (NEA Grant, NNPN Rolling World Premiere) had ten productions in the 2016-18 seasons and are forthcoming from Samuel French. Other works include Goldie, Max, and Milk(Steinberg and Carbonell Nominations), SuperTrue (Kilroy’s List), Goliath (Dorothy Silver New Play Prize), Gum, Leah’s Train (Weissberger Finalist), Going Gone (NEA Grant), Girl Under Grain (Best Drama, NY Fringe), ALICE: Tales of a Curious Girl (Music by Gina Leishman, AT&T Onstage Award), and Troy Women. Publications: TCG, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, and more. Honors include: McKnight Residency, New Dramatists alumna, Hodder Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship. Prose: New York Times and The Washington Post. She is currently working on two musicals, ALICE BLISS with Jenny Giering and Adam Gwon (based on Laura Harrington's novel, commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, winner of the 2019 Weston-Ghostlight New Musical Award) and RATTLESNAKE KATE with Neyla Pekarek, based on Pekarek's concept album, commissioned by Denver Center. Ms. Hartman is Senior Artist in Residence at University of Washington, and lives in Brooklyn with her family.

 

Lateefah Holder

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Lateefah Holder is an actor and educator. She’s performed in TV, film and stage across the country including American Conservatory Theater and The Public. She’s appeared in (ABC)Modern Family, (Amazon)Transparent, (CBS)Two Broke girls, (Netflix) Disjointed, (HBO)Getting On, and many more. She’s also taught at the Young Conservatory at ACT and the Amazing Grace Conservatory in Los Angeles CA. Lateefah received her Bachelors in Communications and Theater from Temple University and a Masters in acting from American Conservatory theater.

 

Jonathan Kalb

Professor

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: jkalb@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 650-3082

 

 

Jonathan Kalb is the author of five books on theater and has worked for more than three decades as a theater scholar, critic, journalist, and dramaturg. He is the Resident Dramaturg at Theatre for a New Audience and the curator and host of the theater-review-panel series TheaterMatters at HERE Arts Center. Kalb has twice won the country’s most prestigious prize for a drama critic, The George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and has also won the George Freedley Award for an outstanding theater book from the Theatre Library Association. He was the founding editor of HotReview.org (The Hunter On-Line Theater Review), which published hundreds of reviews, essays and interviews by new and well-known theater writers from 2003-2016. He currently writes about theater on his TheaterMatters blog (at www.jonathankalb.com). His books include Beckett in Performance, The Theater of Heiner Müller and Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater. He has been a theater critic for The Village Voice, New York Press, and The New York Times, and his writing has appeared in many other publications including The New Yorker, The Nation, Salon.com, Salmagundi, The Threepenny Review, Modern Drama and Theater Heute.

 

Polina Klimovitskaya

Adjunct Lecturer

 

Email: pklimovi@hunter.cuny.edu

 

Brad Krumholz

Distinguished Lecturer, Head of Production

Office: Baker Theatre Building 6th Floor

Email: bkrumhol@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 396-6068

 

 

Brad is Distinguished Lecturer and Head of Production for the Hunter Theatre Department. He is also Artistic Director and Co-Founder of North American Cultural Laboratory (www.NACL.org). Since founding the company in 1997, Krumholz has created and directed many of its performances, co-directed the NACL Catskill Festival of New Theatre for ten seasons, and established the company’s theatre center in the Catskills as a retreat home for alternative theatre creators. As director and teacher, he has toured across the US and to Canada, England, Italy, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. He has worked in the field of ensemble experimental theatre since 1991. 

Recent publications include “The Problem of Movement Theatre” in the Allworth Press book, Movement for Actors, and “Locating the Ensemble: NACL Theatre and the Ethics of Collaboration” in the Methuen Press book, Encountering Ensemble. He received his Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center of CUNY.

 

Maria Litvan

Graduate Teaching Fellow

 

Email: marialitvan@gmail.com

 

Joseph Maybloom

Teaching Assistant

 

 

Joseph Maybloom is a TA for the Introduction to Theatre course and is currently an MA candidate in Theatre at Hunter College. His primary areas of interest include the portrayal of Jewishness in performance (particularly in the Middle Ages), witchcraft’s influence on early modern performance themes, and contemporary queer performance. This past summer he presented his paper entitled "Staging an Unholy Conversion in The Croxton Play of the Sacrament" at the 2019 ATHE Conference. Joe graduated as the class valedictorian from Marymount Manhattan College, where he received his BA in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Theatre History and Performance Texts and Theatre Performance. In addition to his work at Hunter, Joe serves as the Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Operations at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

 

Benjamin Moore

Adjunct Lecturer

 

Email: bm1584@hunter.cuny.edu

 

Gregory Mosher

Professor, Patty and Jay Baker Chair of Theatre

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: gm1125@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-5149

 

 

Gregory Mosher, Hunter’s new department chair, comes from a long career in the theater. He is the director and/or producer of over 200 plays, many of them world or American premieres at the Lincoln Center and Goodman theaters (both of which he led), on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, and in London’s West End. His colleagues have included leading actors such as Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, John Leguizamo, Jessica Lange, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman, Kiefer Sutherland and many more, on new plays and productions with writers including Samuel Beckett, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Richard Nelson, Spalding Gray, Mbongeni Ngema, Leonard Bernstein, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, and Edward Albee.

He produced the film version of David Mamet’s American Buffalo (starring Dustin Hoffman) and directed the film The Prime Gig (starring Vince Vaughn, Ed Harris, and Julia Ormond), which was invited to the Venice, London, and Los Angeles film festivals. 

His adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone was published in 2017, following a tour of the play to schools, community centers, and prisons in Kenya, and in the townships of Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2005,  he was hired by Columbia University president Lee C. Bollinger to establish the Columbia Arts Initiative, a program to engage all students, faculty, and alumni in the arts, which has been widely adapted for American colleges and universities. From 2010-2017, he served as Professor of Professional Practice in the Columbia School of the Arts, where he taught actors, playwrights,  directors, and producers. 

 

Claudia Orenstein

Professor

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: corenste@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-4228

 

 

Claudia Orenstein is a scholar, dramaturg, director and actor, who has worked and studied in the US, France, India, and Japan. Her current research focuses on the use of mixed media in contemporary performing object theatre and puppetry forms in India and Japan. She has also written on political theatre and on interculturalism. Her articles and reviews appear in Asian Theatre Journal, Theatre, TDR, Theatre Symposium, Animated Encounters, Puppetry International, Puck, and Mime Journal. She worked as dramaturg for Shank’s Mare (LaMaMa) and Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Edinburgh International Festival). She has trained in various physical performance traditions including kathakali, kabuki, kyogen, bharata natyam, Balinese dance, commedia, and puppetry. . She serves as Associate Editor of Asian Theatre Journal and has been a Board Member of both the Association for Asian Performance and UNIMA- USA. S She runs a month-long Winter Education Abroad program for Hunter College in India, and she also holds an appointment at the CUNY Graduate Center.

 

Madison Ritter

College Assistant

 

 

Madison Ritter is a recent graduate of the Hunter Theatre Department. She is a playwright originally from Denver, Colorado.

 

Brian Rocha

Teaching Assistant

 

 

Brian is a MA theatre candidate at Hunter College. He received a BA in speech communication and has trained extensively as an actor and singer. He has experience with both popular and non-western styles of actor training. His current research interests include Peninsular Drama and Luso-Brazilian performance, the relationship between law and theatre, Actor development/theatre pedagogy and intercultural performance, specifically looking at how prominent western works are adapted for non-western audiences. Brian is a member of the American Society for Theatre Research as well as the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

 

Sana Rodriguez-Majchrzyk

Communications & Recruitment Coordinator

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: amajchrz@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-5148

 

 

Sana Rodriguez-Majchrzyk is a Mexican-American graphic designer, screenwriter and native New Yorker. After graduating from Hunter with a degree in Media Studies and Sociology, she worked as the production coordinator for The Brooklyn Film Festival. She is the Creative Director at Fail Better NYC, a developmental community of multi-disciplinary artists who safely experiment together with their unfinished, messes-in-progress.  She also works as a freelance script consultant at Asa Nisi Masa Films and a freelance web/graphic designer for TheaterMatters and The Hunter Theater Project.

 

Peter Romano

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Peter Romano: Syrian-American Actor, Director and Teaching-Artist. He has worked internationally in the African tour of Antigone in the World, and regionally in the American Premiere of Terror (Miami New Drama) both directed by Tony award winner Gregory Mosher. Off-Broadway: Fucking A (Signature Theatre), Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream (CSC) A Blanket of Dust (The Flea) Yasmina's Necklace (Premiere Stages). Film/TV: "New Amsterdam" (NBC) “The Blacklist” (NBC) “The Week Of” (Netflix). Peter is the creator of the web series “The New Neighborhood." He holds a BFA from NYU: Tisch, and MFA Columbia University. Peter-Romano.com  NewNeighborhoodSeries.com

 

Jenny Rroji

Administrative Coordinator

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: jr5271@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-5149

 

 

Jenny Rroji is a classical pianist, producer and educator, born in Tirana, Albania. She studied music in her native country and later in France and New York. She holds degrees from the Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris, and Manhattan School of Music in New York. A seasoned performer, Jenny has concertized in Europe, the U.S. and Latin America. 

 

She is the co-founder of the Ossia Symphony Orchestra and the Roadmaps Festival. Jenny has always maintained a vivid interest in producing events of an artistic, educational and humanitarian nature. She strongly believes in the transformative power of artistic expressions, providing a means for human understanding.  

Jenny is also the Vice President of the OA Music Productions & Management based in Manhattan. She is passionate about finding and supporting artistic talent that is groundbreaking and authentic. 

 

Christine Scarfuto

Professor, Acting Director of Rita & Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: cs3858@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 650-3003

 

 

Christine Scarfuto is dramaturg and producer with over a decade of experience in new play development. Most recently, she served as the Literary Manager of Long Wharf Theatre, where she oversaw a robust new play development program. Plays developed under her tenure include: Meteor Shower by Steve Martin, Lewiston by Sam Hunter, Dance Nation by Clare Barron, Passage by Christopher Chen, and Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy. She was also the Curator and Producer of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s developmental theater lab HVSF2, designed to examine new adaptations and translations of classic work. She has served as the Literary Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Literary Fellow at Signature Theatre, and has worked as a dramaturg with the Playwrights Center, the Lark Play Development Center, Primary Stages, Kennedy Center, Clubbed Thumb, Goodman Theatre, and the Playwrights Realm. She has taught at Fordham University, Rutgers University, and the University of Iowa, where she received her MFA in Dramaturgy.

 

Christine Snyder

Graduate Teaching Fellow

 

Email: csnyder@gradcenter.cuny.edu

 

Louisa Thompson

Professor, Undergraduate Advisor

Office: Baker Theatre Building 6th Floor

Email: lthomp@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 650-3517

 

 

Louisa Thompson is a designer and a creator of theatrical work for young audiences. She received the 2019 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design.  In addition to the 16+ years she has taught at Hunter College she has designed for a variety of New York City theatres: Second Stage Theatre; Signature Theatre; Playwrights Horizons; Soho Repertory Theatre; The Play Company; Target Margin Theater; Clubbed Thumb; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Elevator Repair Service; The Foundry Theater Company.  Her regional credits include: The Alliance Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Kirk Douglas Theater, Arden Theatre; Bard Summerscape, The McCarter Theatre, The Papermill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse; The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. As Lead Artist she created "Washeteria" a site-specific all-age event that featured the work of Cesar Alvarez and Charise Castro-Smith.  She has degrees from Yale School of Drama (MFA) and Rhode Island School of Design (BFA).

 

Adrienne Williams

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Adrienne D Williams, Adjunct Lecturer, has been on faculty of Hunter College since 2001 and City College since 2016. She is also a Guest Director at NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program (ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN, LUCK OF THE IRISH, JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE), and a Project Director at Juilliard School of Drama (BUS STOP, NORA ,UNCLE, VANYA PIPELINE, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, BLUE WINDOW).Off Broadway she has originated the roles of Countess Gewshwitz in Eric Bentley’s translation of THE FIRST LULU, Aglaya in Dave Fischelson’s adaptation of THE IDIOT, and Angeline in Barbara Lebow’s THE KEEPERS. Other New York and Regional credits include Rose in FENCES, Clytemnestra in IPHIGENEIA AT AULIS, Alma in YELLOWMAN (Best Actress nominee IRNE awards Boston), Andrea in the operetta AL FRESCO with Craig Lucas, and Daisy in
EATONVILLE with music by Wynton Marsalis. Her other directing credits include ANGELA'S MIXTAPE, WHAT NOW?, CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY, ANTIGONE, THE COLORED MUSEUM, BEFORE IT HITS HOME, JUST PASSIN’ THROUGH, and the opera THE TALES OF HOFFMAN.