M.F.A. program director, Associate Professor, www.naokibi.com
Naoko Maeshiba is a performer/choreographer/director originally from Kobe, Japan. 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. Naoko’s work focuses on unveiling the body’s expression through its contact with the environment, inviting the audience to participate in the theatrical experience. Naoko’s solo and ensemble pieces have been experienced in both traditional and non-traditional venues in North America, Hawaii, 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.
M.F.A. committee member, Associate Professor
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-Broadway venues. Stephen was also an associate artist at Mabou Mines. From 1996 to 2000, he was an associate editor at American Theatre magazine. 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 B.A. from Bennington College, an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College, and a Ph.D. from New York University.
M.F.A. committee member, 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 (Baltimore) City Theatre (Pittsburgh) Teatro Municipal (São Paolo, BR) Teatro Abya Yala (San José, CR) RS9 (Budapest) and on NPR. Juanita was also the director of Company One Theater (Hartford) and the founding director of Towson University’s Theatre M.F.A. Awards/residencies include the following: Fulbright, NEA, MD State Individual Artist Award (Playwriting), The Studios of Key West, Wildacres Retreat, Ko Festival. Member: Dramatists Guild, SDC.
Temple Crocker is a multidisciplinary theatre artist and educator. She creates original handcrafted performance works that unite elements of the performing, auditory and visual arts. Her work has been presented at La Mama, Ontological - Hysteric Theatre (NYC), Baltimore Theatre Project, Spare Room, LOFT (Baltimore), ODC Performance Gallery, Theatre of Yugen (San Francisco) and the Ko Festival of Performance (Amherst). She is the co-artistic director of Woof Nova and co-founder of 5700/The Performing House, an alternative art space in Baltimore. 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 teaches acting and movement classes at UMBC and undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Theatre at Towson University.
Guest artist, adjunct faculty
Yury Urnov (Fulbright scholar/artist-in-residence) graduated with an M.F.A. in directing and teaching from the Russian Academy of Theatre Art (GITIS). Yury has been involved with a 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); Yury was also involved with a 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.
M.F.A. international development director, professional liaison
Founder and director of the Center for International Theatre Development
Philip Arnoult is widely recognized, nationally and internationally, for his efforts to nurture and present new theater and dance throughout the world. He is committed to long-term, international projects that put artists together for the purpose of taking steps toward collaborative projects. He founded The Baltimore Theatre Project in 1971 and served as its director for over two decades. In that capacity he presented artists from the U.S. and abroad, working on the cutting edge of both theater and dance forms. In 1990 he founded the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD), now with offices and projects in the U.S. (Baltimore), East Africa (Nairobi) and Russia (Moscow). He has given lectures and conducted workshops and seminars on international exchange and new theater in Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda and the United Kingdom. read about Philip and CITD in AMERICAN THEATRE magazine, in a feature by Robert Avila, entitled “Philip Arnoult: A Nose and Three Moves.”
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 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.
Daniel Ettinger is a freelance designer and a professor of design at Towson University. He is the resident scenic designer for Everyman Theatre Company in Baltimore and serves on the board of directors for Annex Theatre. Regional and New York area companies he has designed for include Woolly Mammoth Theatre Co., Theatre J, Rep Stage, Olney Theatre, The Roundabout Theatre Company, The Juilliard School, George Street Playhouse, American Stage Company, The Barter Theatre and The York Theatre Company.
Jay holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. 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.
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 M.F.A. 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.
Professor and chair of the department
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 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 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 B.F.A. in Acting from NYU and both an M.F.A. in acting and a University Diploma in voice teaching from York University in Toronto.
David M. White 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. 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.
Peter is an associate professor of theatre, professional actor and director. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, he attended the University of Delaware where he studied communications. He received his B.F.A. in acting/directing from the University of New Mexico. He received his M.F.A. in directing from Penn State, after having worked professionally as a director, actor, stage manager and teacher. Peter was resident director with Gretna Theatre, artistic associate and director with Foundation Theatre, assistant to the producing director at The People's Light and Theatre Company, and literary reader for Actors Theatre of Louisville. He co-founded Mum Puppettheatre, The MUM Company, and was artistic coordinator of Harrington Theatre Arts Company. A member of Actors' Equity Association, Peter worked onstage with Wilma Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, The People's Light and Theatre Company, Gretna Theatre and Foundation Theatre. As a teacher, Peter was an instructor with Penn State's School of Theatre, the Performing Arts School of Philadelphia, Walnut Street Theatre School and Open Stage of Harrisburg. He helped establish and co-directed the education program at Gretna Theatre in Pennsylvania and was an adjunct professor of theatre with Burlington College in New Jersey. Since moving to the Baltimore area, Peter has worked with Everyman Theatre, Rep Stage, The Bay Theatre Company, Generous Company, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, Maryland Institute College of Art and The Maryland Ensemble Theatre where he is an associate artist and director.
Costume shop manager
Alizon Santamaria is the TU theatre department’s costume shop manager. She holds an M.F.A. in theatre costume production from Boston University and a B.A. in theatre from SUNY Geneseo. Alizon has worked in the costume shops of Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company, the Chautauqua Opera in New York, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Bucknell University, the University of Alabama and the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre. In addition to draping, patterning and costume construction for theatre, Alizon has been trained in millinery, tailoring and fabric dyeing. Alizon is especially interested in the history of how we dress and using that knowledge to inform theatrical choices. She sees every production as an opportunity for individual and community growth. Originally from the small town of Palmyra, in western New York, and most recently from Boston, Alizon is delighted to be calling the Baltimore-area home with her husband Joe and her dog River.
Technical director, adjunct faculty
Anthony Rosas is the full time technical director and an adjunct faculty member for Towson University’s Department of Theatre Arts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a minor in theatre arts from McDaniel College and completed his M.F.A. in Technical Theatre at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He completed his M.B.A. at The University of Baltimore/Towson University. Some of his other credits include PlayMaker’s Repertory Company, American Dance Festival at Duke University, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Mobtown Theatre, PointWright Rigging and Theatre on the Hill.
Brandon Ingle is the full-time assistant technical director, master electrician and undergraduate directed production coordinator for the Department of Theatre Arts at Towson University. He earned his bachelor of science in theatre with a production focus from Towson University and master of education degree in career and technology education from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In addition to his work at Towson University, Brandon has worked for a number of Baltimore-/DC-based production companies including Afterglow Lighting Inc., Atmosphere Inc. and Fisher Theatrical LLC. In that capacity he performed a range of tasks: permanent and temporary rigging, lighting production, sound production in corporate, theatrical, concert and event settings. Brandon has been on the Towson theatre department design and production team since fall 2006.
MFA Program in Theatre Arts
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