Design credits include lighting Quilters for the Berks Festival Theatre, and lighting and scenery for The Nina Variations at The Theatre Outlet. As a dancer, she has worked with several companies, including David Parker & The Bang Group in New York City, and EgoArt, Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. Jeffrey's choreography has been commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam's In The Company of Men and Movement Research at Judson Church, and has appeared in the DanceNOW/NYC festival at Joe's Pub and Joyce SOHO, as well as Patrick's Cabaret, Intermedia Arts, Rhythmically Speaking, Kinetic Kitchen, Minnesota Fringe Festival and The Bryant Lake Bowl. Gayanne lectures nationally and internationally on dance medicine and science. She has co-founded many organizations and events in support of improvisation in Philadelphia including: the Mascher Space Cooperative 2005, the Thursday Contact Improvisation Jam 2011, the monthly Philadelphia Underscore and The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia 2013, the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia 2015, monthly Philly Compositional Improvisation Lab 2018 and the Dissolving Doors Festival 2019. Major Requirements. she/her/hers  |  hcruz-austin@muhlenberg.edu, Part-Time Lecturer: JazzB.F.A., University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She quickly became an acclaimed director and musical theatre performer specializing in comedy and musicals. His professional experience includes freelance designer and sound engineer at Fitchburg State College, Bay Street Theatre, and AmeriCulture Arts Festival. www.Physical.Actor, he/him/his  |  drewrichardson@muhlenberg.edu, Assistant Professor: Performance Studies, Theatre History & TheoryPh.D., New York University; M.A., New York University; M.A. His current research focuses on the history and practice of directing. The Dance Major is designed to flexibly meet the student's needs while providing a solid background in dance history and theory, along with intensive study in a variety of dance techniques.The dance major serves as excellent preparation for graduate study and careers in dance. Charley Tucker is a professional actor, living in New York City where he has worked in theatre, film, and television for the over 25 years. During the 1990s he served Muhlenberg as Dean of the College for Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He is best known as the first person in the 21st century to have new silent movies shown in major motion pictures theaters. University of California, Irvine; B.F.A. Jess holds a certificate in Arts Administration from the University of Massachusetts and is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher. In 2020, he received the Oscar Brockett Award for the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education from The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Scott has also served as production stage manager and designed sound, props, and projections for numerous theatre productions. In the spring of 2018, as artist-in-residence at the University of Music and Art of the City of Vienna in Austria, he directed two choral operas by Jean Berger. GabrielJasonDean.com. She has performed with Tsunami Dance Company, MotionVivid Dance Company, and was a featured dancer in the Alwin Nikolais Centennial Celebration in 2011. she/her/hers  |  nataliegotter@muhlenberg.edu  |  x4017, Part-Time Lecturer: Movement Workshop for Dancers and ActorsM.F.A. Randall Anthony Smith is a former dancer of Armitage Gone! She is grateful to be teaching at Muhlenberg, her alma mater. She has also served as Props Supervisor and Scenic Charge Artist for two seasons at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and is presently full time dance faculty at The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts. This space is used for both Dance Program classes and Muhlenberg Community Dance … This page contains professional profiles and contact information for Theatre Program faculty and staff. Film and T.V. The department offers students daily opportunities to foster the most important goal of the liberal arts experience: education of the whole person. Most recently, Chelsea appeared in the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre circus productions of Wild, Tal: Beyond Imagination, and Bohemia. Ellen Troy Mulcahy has been a member of The Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Twyla Tharp Dance. Gianna began working professionally onstage and in TV/film early in her career, with credits including Annie (’99 Nat’l Tour), ER/Third Watch (NBC), and The Secret Lives of Dentists (Holedigger Productions), before graduating with a B.A. Jessie began working in the theatre professionally in Atlanta, Georgia after graduating from Oglethorpe University with a BA in theatre. His most recent credits include: performing for acclaimed ballerina and choreographer Jodie Gates in “Mein Zimmer” (2012), work by Taiwanese choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava, Shen Wei (NYC), zoe|juniper (Seattle), as well as WOW, an experimental opera created in 2014 by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey, and Adam Levin. Previously, she worked as a math paraeducator at Whitehall-Coplay School District. In addition to his more than 100 designs for Muhlenberg College Theatre and Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre over the past 36 years, Curtis Dretsch’s designs have been seen in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Dallas, Edinburgh, and London. she/her/hers  |  mflynn@muhlenberg.edu  |  x4066, Visiting Assistant Professor: Modern and Dance Education;   Director, Muhlenberg Community Dance CenterM.F.A. His professional experience includes freelance designer and sound engineer at Fitchburg State College, Bay Street Theatre, and AmeriCulture Arts Festival. She holds a Master of Science degree from Howard University, with a specialization in speech and accents. Other productions include Bad Girls, Anything Goes, and A Night Divided, as well as various one-act plays and dance concerts. studies at Temple University; B.A. she/her/hers  |  alexis.gurst@muhlenberg.edu  |  x3589, Props Master, Scenic ArtistM.F.A., Purdue University; B.F.A., Northern Illinois University. He is currently finishing his Pilates certification and will be embarking on his Yoga certification in 2018. She has presented her choreography across the northeast in various festivals, co-produced two Philadelphia Fringe shows, and “2 by 2” at The Iron Factory. Smith earned his MFA in dance from the University of California, Irvine. Lisa Busfield is an educator, dancer, and choreographer. New York and regional credits include, Jim VanValen is a professional actor who teaches courses in scene and monologue study, voice and speech, Meisner Technique, and auditioning. Upon receiving a bachelor's degree in Children and Family Studies and a master's in Elementary Education from New York University, Leah has taught in the New York City public schools, Denver (Colorado) public schools, a Pennsylvania charter school and a Pennsylvania college. Lynn has taught dance technique courses at CCM at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, the school for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Cedar Crest College, Lehigh University, DeSales University and has been at Muhlenberg since 2008. from Boston University in 1977 and made his Broadway debut in the comedy Gemini in 1980. Meg taught Spanish in a K-8 elementary school before rejoining the Muhlenberg costume shop in 2012. she/her/hers  |  mgartley@muhlenberg.edu  |  x3589, Technical DirectorB.F.A., Pennsylvania State University. She is the founder and director of TAP: Teach All People, which she operated from 1995 to 2006 and relaunched with her husband, Mark, in 2013. Her work on Jesus Christ Superstar Live on NBC was nominated for an Emmy Award, and her Broadway credits as a makeup artist, makeup supervisor, and designer include Kinky Boots, The Rose Tattoo, SpongeBob, and Hairspray. She also co-wrote and directed the musical Lures and Snares with Troy Dwyer. 2019-2020 Academic Catalog Dance, A.B. Eric Covell's responsibilities include assisting with all scenic builds for department productions, and supervising and teaching work study, stagecraft and volunteer students in shop safety and construction. Meredith has taught at the Philadelphia Dance Academy, Koresh School of Dance and Koresh Kids Dance, PlayArts, Concord Academy, The University of Iowa, Temple University, and Swarthmore College. Previously, she worked as a math paraeducator at Whitehall-Coplay School District. Eric Covell's responsibilities include assisting with all scenic builds for department productions, and supervising and teaching work study, stagecraft and volunteer students in shop safety and construction. she/her/hers  |  dearborn@muhlenberg.edu  |  x3335. She began her circus training at Muhlenberg where she was an original cast member of the Muhlenberg Circus Workshop. Gayanne Grossman is a physical therapist for dancers at Muhlenberg College as well as an associate instructor of anatomy and kinesiology for Temple University and Muhlenberg College dance programs. larrysingerstudios.com, Part-Time Lecturer: Acting the SongM.F.A., The Boston Conservatory; B.A., DeSales University. Damon Gelb's professional experience includes five seasons with Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, most recently as Technical Director in 1997. Before coming to Muhlenberg, Beth taught at Princeton University, Brooklyn College, City College, and UCSD. Library Committee. Bridgett Jackson is a dialect coach, accent coach, speech/diction coach and a speech-language pathologist. As a choreographer, her solo and group pieces have been performed internationally and most recently in Philadelphia, New York City and Irvine. At Muhlenberg, he served as the faculty director of the Sedehi Diversity Project from 2008 to 2019, and was the recipient of the 2018 Paul C. Empie Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching. Rebecca Moyer holds her M.F.A. With sold out shows and huge turnouts, Moving Stories truly had something for everyone to enjoy! Print Degree Planner | Print-Friendly Page. While at UArts, Samuel Antonio Reyes received the Cushman Acting Award and the ensemble theater award for his outstanding achievements in dramatic arts. @radiomoves. Drew also appeared in the play Fusions by Nic Ularu at La MaMa. has taught at the Yale School of Drama, the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and the Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Previous teaching engagements include Gustavus Adolphus College, Hamline University, St. Olaf College, as well as The Minneapolis Children's Theatre Company, and Perpich Center for Arts Education. Rebecca was the Assistant Costume Designer on the North American productions of Billy Elliot the Musical (Broadway and National Tours) and Assistant/Associate Designer on the Hal Prince directed productions LoveMusik on Broadway, Paradise Found in London, and Candide at the New York City Opera. His scholarly writings on queerness, voice and acting have appeared in leading academic journals such as Theatre Journal and The Voice & Speech Review. For the past six years, Gianna has served as theatre director and choreographer for Northampton Area High School and has directed and taught theatre and dance at various organizations in the area, including Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Saucon Valley Middle School, and the Allentown YMCA. She was a recipient of the 2004-2005 New Edge Residency at the Community Education Center of Philadelphia and a 2008 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is a Stanislavski-based acting technique teacher with an emphasis on the role of the body in the actor's process, both on stage and on camera. Part-Time Lecturer: Pilates and Ballet B.S., Empire State College. Jess has also held production and administrative positions for events at Kutztown University, Civic Theatre, and Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. Meet our faculty, explore our facilities and learn about the opportunities present in a Muhlenberg arts education. NEWS: Matthew Moore recognized at 2019 Honors Convocation, Part-Time Lecturer: Staging Creativity & Introduction to Early Childhood EducationM.A., New York University: B.S., University of Pittsburgh. Jessica Bien has served as the department's general manager since 2006. She currently serves on the board of directors and the education committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. A focused, rigorous curriculum in the visual arts built on an interdisciplinary, interactive and international broad-based liberal arts experience. Lynn’s extensive experience with Pilates and Yoga enhances her instruction of dance to create informed balance, stability and freedom in movement. Jeffrey's creative and pedagogical research casts a wide net, exploring modern, jazz, color guard, and theatre through a personal application of Laban Movement Analysis. Meet Our Faculty. he/him/his  |  dgelb@muhlenberg.edu  |  x3332, Resident Costume Designer & StitcherB.F.A., Moore College of Art & Design. she/her/hers  |  bien@muhlenberg.edu  |  x3087, Associate Professor: ActingM.F.A., Brandeis University; A.B., Harvard UniversityMember, SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity Association. She currently serves on the board of directors and the education committee for the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science. Distinguished teaching awards include the Limback and the Spira. He recently established LSS ONstage, that produces ensemble work with high artistic standards. From off campus, dial 484-664- plus the four-digit extension. Gayanne Grossman is a physical therapist for dancers at Muhlenberg College as well as an associate instructor of anatomy and kinesiology for Temple University and Muhlenberg College dance programs. he/him/his  |  RichardDieter@muhlenberg.edu, Assistant Professor: Ballet, Modern, Pilates, Dance History, Dance EducationM.F.A. & B.S., University of Utah. She also held positions as theatre manager and access coordinator at the Wang. Faculty/Staff Lending Policy Summary (This patron type includes: Faculty/Staff, Board of Trustees, Family/Spouse, Allentown Art Museum) The Library exists to meet the needs of the students, faculty and staff of Muhlenberg College. Leah’s involvement in the schools range from early childhood education through sixth grade and on to college-level courses based on teaching and inspiring children, In 2020, he received the Oscar Brockett Award for the Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education from The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Oberlin CollegeCMA, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and was the recipient of the ASHA Ace Award in 2018. & B.F.A., University of California, IrvineCertified Pilates Instructor. Most recently he was the project manager for Great Eastern Seating, restoring and installing theatre seats in the tri-state area, including work at the Apollo Theatre. He currently performs work with Megan Flynn Dance Company (Philadelphia) and has been seen in works by Jeffrey Peterson throughout upstate New York and Minneapolis. Jess has also held production and administrative positions for events at Kutztown University, Civic Theatre, and Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. Her directing credits include Schoolhouse Rock, Live!, The Velveteen Rabbit, A Voice of Our Own, and Emotional Creatures at Cedar Crest College. Previously, she has worked at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colo. has also served on faculty at various institutions, charter schools, and studios over the last 15 years including: Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne; Huntington University; and the University of Saint Francis. In her spare time, Lex is known as Minerva Steel and volunteers with the Lehigh Valley’s premier roller derby league, The Lehigh Valley Roller Girls. Throughout a decade, Ricky served as a lead vocalist, dancer, actor, event host, and dance teacher aboard multiple cruise ships for Holland America Line, having learned and performed over 30 different production revue shows created by Stiletto Entertainment. Ethan holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University, where his dissertation received the Monroe Lippman Memorial Award for Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation. She has directed world premieres of plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, Doug Wright, Theresa Rebeck, and Mac Wellman. He has recently performed original work in New York at Abrons Arts Center, BRIC, Dixon Place, Grey Art Gallery, SculptureCenter, and NYU Skirball, and his writing has been published in The Drama Review, Movement Research Performance Journal, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, and Women and Performance: a journal of feminist theory. The Muhlenberg Network; Visit; Apply; Contact; Give; Info For: Current Students; Alumni; Faculty & Staff; Parents; News; Events; Athletics; Arts  Muhlenberg College 2019-2020 Academic Catalog Dec 20, 2020 HELP. Her work has been presented at the Dance in the Desert Festival, Utah Dance Film Festival (recipient of 2019 Audience Choice award), Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, and commissioned and presented by companies in New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Minneapolis. She conducts jazztap workshops and master classes for dance professionals, artists in the schools, teachers, and school children. He has coached and consulted for theatre companies including Arena Stage, 500 Clown, Strawdog Theatre, and Next Theatre Lab. Sammy is Artistic Director of Sanbrooka productions in Philadelphia. She is the recipient of the 2018 Arts Ovation Award for Service to the Arts. Natalie Gotter is a dance performer, choreographer, instructor, filmmaker and researcher interested in social perceptions of the physical form and how relationships through movement provide insight into the individual. She has presented papers at numerous conferences including National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO), Congress on Research in Dance, and the National Dance Association. In her spare time, Lex is known as Minerva Steel and volunteers with the Lehigh Valley’s premier roller derby league, The Lehigh Valley Roller Girls. Karen Dearborn is the founder and Director of Dance for Muhlenberg College. He served as editor of Theatre Topics and book review editor of Theatre Journal. She also held positions as theatre manager and access coordinator at the Wang. This page contains professional bios and contact information for Dance Program faculty and staff. He served for two years as resident scenic and lighting designer, facility manager, and technical director at Civic Theatre of Allentown. she/her/hers  |  bethschachter@muhlenberg.edu  |  x3558, Part-Time Lecturer: Sound Design & Composition M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; M.A., Columbia College Chicago; B.A., Texas A&M. His original full-length works for the stage range from dance theatre epics such as World Headquarters and Caw (both with Charles O. Anderson), to new musicals such as Lures & Snares (with Beth Schachter and Mike Krisukas), as well as community-engaged devised performances closer to home, such as Then Athena (with Allentown Public Theatre). His productions of The Good Woman of Setzuan, The School for Scandal, and Spring Awakening were selected for presentation at American College Theatre Festival regional festivals. In the true liberal arts tradition, the Muhlenberg Dance Program is dedicated to teaching how to think about the art of dance and its connection to the larger world. She was an assistant professor of dance at Syracuse University and an instructor at Broadway Dance Center, The New York City Ballet's education program, Feld Ballets, The New Ballet School, and the American Dance Festival in Seoul, South Korea. Muhlenberg’s faculty personify intellectual excellence and are devoted to teaching and opening doors for each individual student. She also performed on Broadway and in National Tours and was an original cast member of the 1989 Tony Award-winning Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Prior to his arrival at Muhlenberg in 2018, Jim spent nine years at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he was an associate professor of theatre and head of the acting program. He has participated in over 75 arts-in-education residencies in pre-K to 12th-grade classrooms throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She became a performing member of A&G Dance in 1991, under the artistic direction of Germaine Salsberg, and Manhattan Tap in 1992, under the artistic direction of Heather Cornell. He is published by Samuel French, Playscripts and Dramatic Publishing. Every year, shortly before lectures start, there is a… Heidi has also danced with the Philadelphia-based company Ballet X and has performed as a guest artist through the United States and Europe. Philadelphia-based actor and director James Stabp maintains a body of work that spans traditional musical theatre, premieres of contemporary new works, and uniquely curated projects of multidisciplinary theatre. she/her/hers  |  katrinamiller@muhlenberg.edu, Administrative AssistantB.A., Muhlenberg College. Classes for Dance Medicine and Science Festival Theatre, and Technical director Civic... 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