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Areas of Specialty

Playwriting

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David Adjmi
Adjunct Lecturer

David Adjmi was called "virtuosic" by the New York Times and he was named one of the Top Ten in Culture in 2012 by The New Yorker.  He is the recipient of a Guggenheim, the Steinberg Playwright Award, the Whiting Award, and the Kesselring Prize, among others. His plays have been produced at theatres such as Lincoln Center, RSC, Steppenwolf, and Soho Rep—where he was the Mellon Foundation playwright-in-residence for three years. His writing has been featured in the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, The Guardian, LitHub, Electric Literature, Bomb, and American Theatre. His new play The Stumble is a commission from Lincoln Center Theatre and was recently excerpted in The Paris Review. Stereophonic (with music by Will Butler from Arcade Fire) is scheduled to premiere on Broadway next season. Forthcoming projects include The Blind King (Sundance Theatre Lab), White Ally, and a new untitled musical based on Brian Wilson’s creation of the Smile album. David’s aclaimed memoir LOT SIX was recently published by HarperCollins, and his two play collections, Stunning and Other Plays and 1789/1978: Marie Antoinette and 3C, are published by TCG.

 

Areas of Specialty

Wood Shop & Electritian

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David Bean

Technical Director

Office: Hunter North Room C002

Email: dbean@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-4241

Areas of Specialty

Acting, Directing, American Dramatic Literature

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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. 

Areas of Specialty

Theatre Architecture, Design and Lighting

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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.

Areas of Specialty

Acting & Auditioning

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Nemuna Ceesay
Adjunct Lecturer - Inactive for Fall 2022

 

 

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.

Areas of Specialty

Theatre History, Intercultural Performance, Chinese Theatre (Kunqu)

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Dongshin Chang
Chair of  Theater Department
Professor or Theater

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.  

Areas of Specialty

Acting & Auditioning

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Tim Cusack

Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Tim Cusack was the co-founder and artistic director of Theatre Askew. For Askew he conceived, co-adapted, co-directed and appeared as Caligula in the company’s six-part serial adaptation of I, Claudius, and directed the New York premiere of William M. Hoffman’s Cornbury: The Queen’s Governor starring David Greenspan and Everett Quinton. He appeared onstage for Askew in Bald Diva! (Notable Performance of the Year—TheaterMania & NYTheater.com), The Tempest, i google myself, and Horseplay, or the Fickle Mistress: A Protean Picaresque in the Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa. For the Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience (TAYPE) program, he helped devise and directed many of the original plays created by its LGBTQ+ and allied youth ensembles. He is a founding member of the Pride Youth Theater Alliance (PYTA). In addition to his work with Askew, he was for many years a company member with Alexandra Beller/Dances, performing in what comes after happy at Abrons Art Center and on tour in Poland and St. Petersburg, Russia. He directed “The Bed” and “Camera Obscura” sections of the OBIE-winning OFFSTAGE: East and West Village Fragments for Peculiar Works Project. He is a Next magazine “Future Legend,” a 2007 NYTheatre.com Person of the Year, was named by Next as one of the most significant figures among the new generation of out gay theatre artists, and is an inductee to the Indy Theater Hall of Fame. His site-specific solo performance piece "I Ping the Body Electric" recently premiered as part of the Art in Odd Places festival. He is currently at work on a new volume of scholarly essays Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects, co-edited with Claudia Orenstein. BFA NYU/TSOA. MA Hunter/CUNY.

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Areas of Specialty

Costume History, Costume and Fashion Design, Technology, Costume Crafts, South Asian Clothing and Costume

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Playwriting

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Lisa D'Amour
Adjunct Lecturer - Inactive for Fall 2022

 

 

Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist and one half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour. PearlDamour is known for creating interdisciplinary, often site-specific works which range from the intimate to large scale. Recent work includes How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance installation created with visual artist Shawn Hall (The Kitchen, New York, 2011, with subsequent touring), MILTON, a performance created from visits and interviews in 5 U.S. cities named Milton (2014-2017), and Ocean Filibuster, a commission from ART Theater (Cambridge) to premiere in 2022. Lisa's plays have produced by theaters across the country, including Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater on Broadway, Playwrights’ Horizons and Clubbed Thumb (all in NYC), Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago), Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), Woolly Mammoth Theater (Washington D.C.), Southern Rep Theater and ArtSpot Productions (both in New Orleans). Lisa’s play Detroit was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. She is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts in theater, the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award and a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. She is a former Jerome Fellow, a Core Alum of the Playwrights’ Center and an alumna of New Dramatists. Lisa splits her time between New York City and her hometown of New Orleans, where she is on the Board of the Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival and on the collaborative leadership team of the Black and Blue Story Project.

Areas of Specialty

Acting & Auditioning

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Asher Grodman
Adjunct Lecturer - Inactive for Fall 2022

 

 

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

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Areas of Specialty

Acting practice and theory, directing practice and theory, theatre history, mime, masks

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.

Areas of Specialty

Acting & Auditioning

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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.

Areas of Specialty

Playwriting

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Jesse Jae Hoon
Adjunct Lecturer - Inactive for Fall 2022

 

Email: jessejaehoon@gmail.com

 

 

Jesse Jae Hoon is a playwright/organizer based in Queens. His plays include SOMEBODY IS LOOKING BACK AT ME, EMERGENCY WINE & CHEESE FUNDRAISER OF THE AMAGANSETT DEMOCRATS’ ASSOCIATION, DONG XUAN CENTER, ON THE CLOCK, THE HOUSE OF BILLY PAUL, 12 CHAIRS, CHICKEN IS CONDEMNED TO BE FREE, and I’VE GOT A SINKING FEELING IN THE PIT OF MY STOMACH. Jesse is an organizer with NYC-DSA and Equity Next. He’s a member of the Orchard Project’s 2022 Adaptation Lab, Page Break, The TANK’s LIT Council, and The COOP’s Clusterf**k Cohort (Winter 2021) and is an associate at Ma-Yi Theater Company. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from CUNY Hunter College and a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch. jessejaehoon.com

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Theater History, Dramatic Literature, Theater Criticism and Theory, Dramaturgy

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Production; Actor training, practice, and theory; Ensemble devised theatre

Brad Krumholz
Assistant Professor of Theater, Head of Production - Inactive for Fall 2022

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.

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Areas of Specialty

Intro to Theatre

Latin American &
Latinx Theatre

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Maria Litvan
Adjunct Lecturer
Theater

 

Email: marialitvan@gmail.com

 

 

Maria Litvan is a theatre-maker and scholar born in Uruguay. She grew up in Barcelona before moving to New York in 1997. Her research centers in Latin American theatre and performance, and focuses on questions of embodiment, memory, and transmission. She is particularly interested in the link between ritual, the sacred, and the political in the indigenous cultures of the Americas.

As an artist, besides developing her own work as a playwright and director, Maria has collaborated with international companies such as La Fura dels Baus, Brith Gof, Malqueridas, LorRojo, and The New Stage Theatre.

Her current research project is taking her this summer to Uruguay to learn how the Charrúa people (the indigenous people of the land now known as Uruguay) are recuperating their cultural heritage and identity through performance and ritual practices.

Areas of Specialty

Technical Direction

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Jennifer Leno
Assistant Technical Director
Production

 

 

Jen Leno is a second-year Lighting Design MFA student and Adjunct Lecturer at Brooklyn College and has been the Assistant Technical Director of Production at Hunter College since 2018. She is a lighting designer with credits at The Connelly Theater, Abrons Art Center, and West Park Presbertarian. She has been freelancing technical theater since 2016 in departments ranging from electrics, scenic, sound, props, and run crew. As a Fine Arts major with an Oil Painting concentration in undergrad, Jenlearned the bulk of her skill-set on the job freelancing in theaters all over New York City including Juilliard, Theater Row, 14th Street Y, Rattlestick, Danspace, Mark Morris, and many others. She hopes to facilitate the tradition of hands-on learning opportunities in tech theater for students so they can translate their learned skills into reliable income when they graduate. Jen is also a proponent of inclusivity and safety in the classroom and celebrates students of all demographics and identities. 

Areas of Specialty

Basic & Advanced Voice & Movement

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Benjamin Moore
Associate Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Benjamin is a New York City-based theatre artist, Designated Linklater Teacher, and voice, speech, and acting coach.  The former Dean of the School of Visual & Performing Arts at LIUPost, he serves on the faculty of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and has taught or lectured at  Columbia Grad School, the New School, Duke, Hofstra, Fordham, Terry Knickerbocker Studios, among others, as well as classes, workshops, and private students in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.  As director of EdArts—a training center for public-sector professionals—Benjamin works with students from the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, Columbia Business School, Weill-Cornel University Medical Hospital, among others.  He coaches film, television, and theatre including productions of KING LEAR, URINETOWN, OEDIPUS REX, and Hunter’s  THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT.  As an actor he has played the title roles in JULIAS CAESAR, HAMLET, MACBETH, and VANYA, as well as John Adams in 1776, Falstaff in HENRY IV, 1, with such directors as Alexandre Marin, Yuri Yeroman, Mladen Kiselov, Roger Henderson.  Directing credits include A DREAM PLAY, THE TEMPEST, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, and dozens of new works for the stage.  His voice can be heard in national commercials, video games, and recordings of poetry for fine press publishers of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayam and Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Benjamin is a member of Actors Equity, SAG/AFTRA, Voice and Speech Trainers Association.  He holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Diploma from the Moscow Art Theatre School.

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Areas of Specialty

Directing, Play Analysis, Production, Wed@One, Hunter Theater Project

Gregory Mosher
Senior Associate Dean for the Arts
Patty and Jay Baker Professor of Theater

Office: Baker Theatre Building 1st Floor

Email: gm1125@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-5149

 

 

Gregory is the director and/or producer of over 200 plays and musicals, 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 theater and film colleagues have included such leading actors as Alan Alda, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Brian Cox, Mia Farrow, Sally Field, Dustin Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Lange, John Leguizamo, Steve Martin, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Robin Williams, and many more. Colleagues on new plays and productions include writers Edward Albee, Samuel Beckett, Spalding Gray, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Elaine May, Arthur Miller, Richard Nelson, Mbongeni Ngema, Wole Soyinka, John Weidman, Tennessee Williams, and Derek Walcott; composers Leonard Bernstein, Rosanne Cash, and John Leventhal; and directors Peter Brook, Mike Nichols, and Jerome Robbins. 

 

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. 

 

He currently serves as Hunter’s  Senior Associate Dean for the Arts. 

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Areas of Specialty

Puppetry/Object performance, Asian Theatre, Interculturalism, Political Theatre

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.

Areas of Specialty

Tickets, Wed @ One & Rehearsal Rooms

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Monika Orzelowski
Communications Coordinator

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Office Assistant

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: amajchrz@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 650-3091

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Areas of Specialty

Acting, Screen Acting & Auditioning

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

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Class Schedules, Appointments, Payroll & Class Permissions

TBA
Administrative Coordinator

Office: Baker Theatre Building 5th Floor

Email: huntertheatreassistant@gmail.com

Phone:  (212) 772-5149

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Playwriting

Jamie Rubenstein
Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Jamie Rubenstein teaches playwriting for Hunter’s theater department, where she also proudly received her MFA in playwriting. Her plays include RUTH AND LYDIA, METZEVICH/METZ, THE POSTPONEMENT, SOPHOMORE, and SAM, INC. She is a Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest Finalist, Trustus Playwrights’ Festival Finalist, and ROO Residency Semi-finalist. She was a New South Young Playwrights Festival Mentor. She came to Hunter after a ten-year career as an English teacher, and also holds an MA in English from Middlebury’s Bread Loaf School of English and a BA in English from Barnard College.

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MFA in Playwriting Program, Dramaturgy, & Production

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.

Areas of Specialty

Producing

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Maria Striar
Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Maria Striar is a founder of and the Producing Artistic Director of Clubbed Thumb. She has a BA in theater arts (and history) from Brown University and MFA in acting from UCSD and is a veteran performer and director. She has been a guest artist, speaker, adjudicator or adjunct lecturer at Brown University, Fordham University, New York University, Yale University, University of California, San Diego, The O'Neill Theatre Institute, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Carnegie Mellon University, UT Austin and Hunter College, among others. Interviews  with her can be found in The New York Times, HowlRound, New York Magazine, Women in  Theatre, The Stage, The Interval and American Theatre Magazine.In 2010, She was honored with an inaugural Lilly Award for Artistic Direction citing her work as a "fierce champion of new works and new writers... who has helped launch and/or develop the careers" of scores of playwrights, especially women.

Areas of Specialty

Playwriting

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Playwriting

Lloyd Suh
Adjunct Lecturer

 

 

Lloyd Suh is the author of plays including The Chinese Lady, Charles Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, and others, which have been produced at theaters across the country including Ma-Yi, Magic, EST, NAATCO, Milwaukee Rep, Children's Theatre Company, PlayCo, ArtsEmerson, Denver Center, and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He is a resident playwright of New Dramatists, a Lifetime Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Actors Studio, an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a graduate of Indiana University and The New School. He was a recipient of a 2016 Helen Merrill Award from the New York Community Trust, the 2019 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship. He served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab from 2005-10, and as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark from 2011-20. He has served since 2015 as a member of the Dramatists Guild Council.

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Areas of Specialty

Set and Costume Design

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).

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Areas of Specialty

Acting & Directing

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.