Extension Division

Neal Bennett is a Telly Award-winning multimedia producer, director, editor, and filmmaker with two decades of experience. He has also been a filmmaking instructor for over nine years. He is also an AVID Certified Instructor and continues to train with AVID on their latest advancements in post-production.

  • Associated Programs

    Adjunct Professor, Digital Field Production - January 2013 - Present
    Center for Digital Filmmaking 
    Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts - New Brunswick, NJ
    Director of Education
    Industry Film School - AVID Learning Partner - 2005-Present
    Pre-College Media Arts Programs for Teens
  • Courses Taught

    Professional Editing & Certification with Avid Media Composer

  • Education

    Rowan University — 1996 (BA Radio, Television, & Film)
    Ocean County College — 1994 (AS  Business)
  • Subjects Taught

    AVID MC 101 Media Composer Editing Essentials
    AVID MC 110 Media Composer Effects Essentials
  • Awards

    2003 Telly Award - Editing
    2005 Telly Award - Directing
    2008 Telly Award - Directing/Editing

About the Mason Gross Extension Division

Our mission is to provide life-changing, educational opportunities in the arts to participants of all ages, and to build community through the arts.


Tara Buzash is a pianist, composer, educator, and businesswoman who thrives on hard work, who loves what she does, and who has a long list of accomplishments to demonstrate a standard of excellence in all areas of her work. Buzash is driven by her desire to serve as well as to lead, and to connect in a meaningful way with those around her.
  • Courses Taught

    Jazz Piano

  • Education

    Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts), New Brunswick, NJ — M.M., 2013
    Lawrence University,Appleton,WI — B.A., 1999, Cum Laude
  • Awards

    May 2012 — Grand Prize Winner, New Jersey Arts Collective Student Composition Contest
    May 2011 — Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Emerging Artist award winner,The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Chosen as one of eight young female jazz pianists from around the world to perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
    2010-present — Watchfire Music Composer, New York, NY. Contracted to sell original piano/vocal arrangements of inspirational songs. 
    2010-2011 — Pee Wee Russell Jazz Scholarship recipient, Rutgers University

Public invited to observe free Young Artist Program Forums

The Extension Division welcomes the public to observe a lineup of workshops and master classes this year, which includes international teaching artists and Mason Gross faculty. The Young Artist Program Forums are free and open to the public—no tickets are required.


  • Education

    Manhattan School of Music, NYC - Bachelors of Music, specializing in performance

    Columbia University, NYC - MA  and EdM

  • Subjects Taught


Mason Gross Extension Division winter/spring open house, December 6

The Mason Gross Extension Division will hold a winter/spring open house on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Douglass Campus in New Brunswick.