Theater

Faculty & Staff

Theater department faculty are accomplished teachers, dedicated artists, practicing professionals and experienced staff committed to the development of the next generation of theater practitioners and innovators. The faculty are continually recognized as experts in their respective artistic form. Our faculty value engaged interdisciplinary collaboration as way to provide quality artistic education for all students. Because of Rutgers’ central location between both the NYC and Philadelphia metropolitan areas, our faculty are able to regularly engage in professional activities building knowledge that informs contemporary advancements in artistic education, with the goal to train students as future colleagues in the field of professional theater.

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Department Leadership
Ellen Bredehoft
Interim Chair
Head of Costume Technology and Associate Professor
Theater
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Christopher Cartmill
Interim Associate Chair
Head of Dramaturgy
Theater
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Faculty
Valeria A. Avina
Voice Instructor
Theater
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Shane Ballard
Part Time Lecturer, Costume Design
Theater
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Jeffrey M. Bender
Professor of Theater Appreciation, Stage Combat Choreographer, Part-Time Lecturer
Theater
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Ellen Bredehoft
Interim Chair
Head of Costume Technology and Associate Professor
Theater
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Christopher Cartmill
Interim Associate Chair
Head of Dramaturgy
Theater
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Kate Douglas
Lecturer, Writer/Composer/Performer
Theater
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David Esbjornson
Professor
Theater
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David P. Gordon
Academic Director of Design and Production
Theater
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Donald Holder
Head of Lighting Design
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Deb Jackel
Assistant Professor, Acting
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Marshall Jones III
Associate Dean for Equity
Head of BA Theater
Dean's Office
Theater
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Jerilyn Jurinek
Part-Time Lecturer
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Jessica Kahkoska
Writer/Dramaturg
Theater
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John P. Keller
Lecturer
Theater
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Cameron Knight
Head of Acting
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Danielle Liccardo-Massood
Assistant Professor
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Anne McPherson
Head of Stage Management
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Michael Pavelka
Director of the Shakespeare's Globe Design Program
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Valerie Ramshur
Head of Costume Design
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Caitlin Rigney
Movement Specialist
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Sari Ruskin
Teaching Instructor
Theater
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Lee Savage
Head of Scenic Design
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Cat Tate Starmer
Lighting Designer
Theater
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Jennifer Stauffer
Director of Production
Theater
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Kathleen Tolan
Head of MFA Playwriting
Theater
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Dayle Towarnicky
Interim Lecturer of Speech
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Ellen Valencia
Part Time Lecturer, Dramaturgy
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Antu Yacob
Part-Time Lecturer
Theater
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Staff
Karin Anderson
Administrative Director
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Kit Bassett
Scenic Painter
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Allen Cutler
Properties Supervisor
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Andrew Elliott
Technical Director
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Joseph F. Geitner
Carpenter
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Karin Graybash
Sound Supervisor
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Joanna Koster
Administrative Assistant
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Lauren K. McLoughlin
Assistant Costume Director
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Keonia Phillips
Business Assistant
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Lazarus Simmons
Clerical Assistant
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Denise Wagner
Costume Director
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Emrys Mytharya Watson
Theater Electrician
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Christine Whalen
Academic Advisor and Student Success Counselor
Dance
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