Naoko Maeshiba Associate Professor and MFA Program Director
Originally from Kobe, Japan, Naoko Maeshiba has been creating work that bridges dance, theatre, and visual art since 1996. She is the artistic director of a performance lab, Kibism, that explores the inquiries about the depth of the body and examines various forms of perception. Her work focuses on unveiling body’s expression through its contact with the immediate and distant environment, inviting the audience to participate in the theatrical experience. Maeshiba's solo and ensemble pieces have been experienced in both traditional and non-traditional venues in the North America, Hawai’i, Europe, and Japan. including Kennedy Center (DC), Joyce Soho (NY), Tank (NY), Theatre of Yugen (SF), Dance Place (DC), Dance Hakushu (Japan), Theatre Jo (Czech Republic), and M25 (Warsaw, Poland). She is a certified Feldenkrais practitioner.
Stephen Nunns is the cofounder of the Baltimore-based company, The Acme Corporation. Before coming to Baltimore, Stephen lived in New York City for fifteen years, directing, writing, and composing music at a variety of off-off Broadway venues, and he was also an associate artist at Mabou Mines. From 1996 to 2000, he was an associate editor at American Theatre magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice and other publications. His book, Acting Up: Free speech, pragmatism, and American performance in the 20th century was published in 2011. Stephen holds a BA from Bennington College, an MFA from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Juanita Rockwell Professor
JUANITA ROCKWELL is a writer/director specializing in the development of new work, with over 100 projects produced in theatre, opera, radio, multimedia, puppetry, dance-theater, song and site-specific performance. Venues include The Ontological, Mabou Mines/Suite, Culture Project (NYC) Atlas, Clarice Smith (DC) Iron Crow, Everyman (Balto) City Theatre (P’burgh) Teatro Municipal (São Paolo, BR) Teatro Abya Yala (San José, CR) RS9 (Budapest) and on NPR. Director of Company One Theater (Hartford), Founding Director of Towson University’s Theatre MFA. Awards/Residencies include: Fulbright, NEA, MD State Individual Artist Award (Playwriting), The Studios of Key West, Wildacres Retreat, Ko Festival. Member: Dramatists Guild, SDC.
Yury Urnov Artist in Residence
Yury Urnov (Fulbright Scholar/Artist-in-Residence) graduated with an MFA in directing and teaching from the Russian Academy of Theatre Art (GITIS). number of productions in Russia and abroad, including Moscow main-stages “Orpheus” by E. Boyakov (2000),Yvonne, princes of Burgundies by V. Gombrovich (2005), Dead man cell phone by Sarah Ruhl (2008) ; as well as number of experimental projects, such as Tania-Tania by Olga Mukhina (1999, Armenia), In the Retina by Maxim Kurochkin (2002, Moscow),Dostoevsky-trip by Vladimir Sorokin (2003, Berlin/Novosibirsk),Vodka. Fucking. Television by Maxim Kurochkin (2006, Moscow), and others. He has translated the plays of Edward Albee, Martin McDonagh and Sarah Ruhl into Russian.
Members of the Towson University faculty who have taught classes in the MFA Program:
Tom Cascella Professor
Tom Cascella graduated from Yale University. He serves on various regional and national committees, organizations and boards. Mr. Cascella is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, high schools, and conferences. He teaches design and technical production courses and serves as the assistant chair of the department. He is also considered the rogue fundraiser of the department.
Tom Casciero Professor
Tom Casciero is a Professor of Theatre at Towson University, where he trains graduate and undergraduate actors in movement; voice/movement integration; and devised theatre techniques. He is also a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and a Research Associate for the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. His doctoral thesis, Laban Movement Studies and Actor Training, is a contextual essay and teaching manual for training actors in physical awareness and expressivity. His research focuses on Laban Movement, embodied character, movement impulse improvisation, and neo-surrealist approaches to devising. He has taught and presented his research at universities and conferences in the United States, Brazil, Costa Rica, Slovakia, and South Africa.
Program Administrator and Adjunct Faculty
Temple Crocker creates original handcrafted performance works that unite elements of the performing, auditory and visual arts. She has presented work at La Mama, Ontological - Hysteric Theatre (NYC), Baltimore Theatre Project, Spare Room, LOFT (Baltimore), ODC Performance Gallery and Theatre of Yugen (San Francisco). She is a founding member of the performance collective woofnova (woofnova.org) and co-founder of 5700/The Performing House: an ongoing experiment in the domestic and performing arts. Primarily interested in the development of new work, she has originated roles in the plays of Richard Foreman, Mark Jackson and Tom Shade. Temple is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and part time lecturer at UMBC.
Daniel Ettinger has worked as a freelance designer for 20 years and has taught at Towson for the past eight. He has designed over 260 productions for New York and regional theatre companies. New York area companies he has designed for include The Roundabout Theatre Company, The Juilliard School, George Street Playhouse, American Stage Company, and York Theatre. Regional companies include The Barter Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and Maine State Music Company. He has designed world premieres of new plays, including Craig Wright's Recent Tragic Events, Other People's Money, Horton Foote's The Night Seasons and the off-Broadway hit Pageant. He has designed in large theatre venues and small black box theatres, with budgets ranging from $500,000 to $2,000, in union and non-union shops, in television and film. His art direction includes the award-winning film, Dangerous Music. Since moving to Baltimore to join the design faculty at Towson University, Daniel has worked for The Everyman Theatre Company, Axis, Maryland Arts Festival, Rep Stage, and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in DC.
Julie is the costume designer and the professor of costume design at Towson University. She has worked as a freelance costume designer for the last 20 years. She began her career in fashion, as a design assistant for Eddie Bauer. She received her MFA in Costume Design from Boston University. Since finishing graduate school, Julie has designed in Boston, Rhode Island, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania. Since moving to Baltimore to join the design faculty at Towson University, she continues to freelance design for Baltimore theatres such as Iron Crow Theatre Company and Everyman Theatre.
Jay Herzog Professor
Jay holds a BA from Brooklyn College and an MFA from UMASS/Amherst. Previous academic positions held at East Carolina University, Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community College. His primary area is Lighting Design with a second emphasis on Sound. Jay is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and is the resident lighting designer for Baltimore’s Everyman Theatre. Other local designs were at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, RepStage, Theatre J, Baltimore Theatre Project and The Roundhouse Theatre. Jay received a Helen Hayes Award for lighting design in the Washington region, and has had numerous "best of" awards for outstanding work from Baltimore/DC papers and blogs. Jay has designed for Regional Theatre, Off-Broadway, Dance and film.
Robyn Quick Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts
Robyn Quick holds a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Michigan and teaches theatre history and dramaturgy. Her articles have appeared in American Theatre, The New England Journal of Theatre, and Slavic and East European Performance, among others. Her chapter on dramaturgy and intercultural education appears in the Routledge Anthology of Dramaturgy. She served as a production dramaturg for the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and the New Russian Drama Project at Towson University, and received the 2010 the Elliot Hayes Award for Excellence in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar.
Steven J. Satta
Steven J. Satta is the Artistic Director of Iron Crow Theatre - Baltimore’s only queer theatre company. Before Towson, he spent 15 years in New York as an actor and teaching artist for such companies as National Actor’s Theatre, Irondale Ensemble Project, National Shakespeare Company, and Theatre for a New Audience. He acts, coaches, and directs at various theatres locally. He created and co-directs Towson Theatre Infusion, which places Towson students into local high schools as teaching artists. He holds a BFA in Acting from NYU and both an MFA in Acting and a University Diploma in Voice Teaching, from York University in Toronto.
David White Assistant Professor
David M. White is an Associate Professor at Towson University. He is a founding member of Generous Company and was Artistic Director of WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory from 2007-2012. He works with new Russian drama as a translator and director, and his research has taken him on several fellowships to Russia, including a Likhachev Fellowship. David has attended and presented his scholarship at national and international conferences and festivals. David’s work has been presented in theatres in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Moscow, Russia. Education: B.A., New College in Sarasota, Florida; M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia.