Abeto Zerrudo, MA, 2012
Abeto Zerrudo bridges multi-characters as cultural worker, performance and
visual multi-media artist. She combines her BA in Psychology and her MA in a
community-engaged culture-based process-centered art practice she calls
soulwork. Currently she serves as Assistant Professor at University of San
Agustin, Iloilo, Philippines.
Amano, BS, 1996
(Shizue) Amano has been telling Japanese folktales professionally at number of
settings including, Young Authors Conference, Read Across America, Asian
American Storytelling Summit, as well as various cultural festivals, schools,
libraries, and Walt Disney World. She is a board member of National
Storytelling Network’s YES! (Youth, Educators, Storytellers Alliance).
Benner-Prentice, MA, 2012
graduation from NYU, Kristin began teaching theatre for Montclair Public
Schools as a K-2 teacher. She now teaches theatre for Tenafly Public Middle
School in New Jersey. In 2016 she married her husband and they now have a son,
Landon, who turned two in July.
Bessudo Drucker, BS, 1994
expert/personality/host/actress, Samantha has translated her twenty year career
as an acclaimed image consultant into her new endeavors as AskSam and the
production of Love and Design Project,
a renovation series focusing on the stylist transformation of urban apartments
with husband, architect Jeffrey Drucker.
Boddie, MA, 2003
the New Victory Director of Education/School Engagement, TYA Community Impact
Award recipient and Host of Teaching Artistry, a podcast. She oversees the
Theater’s Education Partnerships; Victory Dance, free dance education for NYC
summer schools; Create, teacher professional development for NYC Pre-K for All
teachers; SPARK, serves arts-deprived school communities; and GIVE, equitable
student engagement in inclusion classrooms.
Borowka, MA, 2001
Steve is the
Performing Arts Chair at Friends Seminary in New York City. He teaches drama to
middle and upper school students as well as directs the school plays and
musicals. Steve is also the owner and camp director of Acting Manitou – a
theater camp located in Maine – now in its 17th summer.
to Buenos Aires in March for a nine-month physical theatre intensive at the
Cabuia Escuela Internacional de Creación Teatral y Movimiento. He’s studying
clown, mask work, Feldenkrais method, and more!
Bucolli, MA, 2016
been working as an assistant acting teacher at the University of Prishtina, and
also a theater practitioner in Kosovo, mixing up process drama and forum
theater for different communities in the Balkans. After two years he has
established a drama program at the juvenile center in Kosovo.
Burgess, PhD, 2002
recently written a textbook entitled Collaborative
Stage Directing: Creating and Managing a Positive Theatre Environment,
published by Routledge/Francis & Taylor.
Burnstine, PhD, 2001
Andrew is an
Associate Professor of Fashion Marketing and Management at Lynn University
where he has been teaching for the past nine years. Burnstine, A.K.A “Dr.
Fashion”, has also presented major red carpet fashion segments on South
Florida local network affiliates.
Coopman, MA, 2015
currently pursuing an MFA in Directing at the University of Washington. He is
also a teaching artist at Village Theater, Seattle Opera, and other local
DiBlasi, MA, 2014
completing his 5th year as a theater teacher at P.S. 217 in Brooklyn.
Evans, MA, 1991
an Inc. 500/5000 business owner for five years and New York Times bestselling
author. She provides support, consult, and business development skills to the
over 30,000 entrepreneurs enrolled in her wealth and business building
programs. She currently lives with her family in Chapel Hill, NC.
Fan, MA, 2008
has been working at National Taiwan Normal University where he mainly teaches
Theatre in Education as well as Arts and Business Cooperation. Dr. Fan recently
published his book Performing Arts
Application: Teaching, Healing, and Facilitation in Mandarin Chinese.
currently teaching kindergarten at Schechter Westchester in White Plains, NY.
This past October, he married fellow Ed Theatre alum Dana Shapiro. They are so
grateful they met in Amy Cordileone’s Acting: Pedagogy, Technique, and
Gaines, PhD, 2018
Andrew is on
tenure-track as the Head of Theatre Arts and Communication at Grays Harbor
College in Aberdeen, Washington where he lives with his wife Michelle and baby
daughter Shayna. Visit andrewmgaines.com to learn more about what Andrew has
been up to.
Graybill, MA, 2012
graduating the Ed Theatre MA program, David went on to get a PhD in Shakespeare
Studies from the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Shakespeare Institute in
Stratford-upon-Avon. He is currently the Technical Theatre Director for the
Wildwood School in Los Angeles.
Gruhn, MA, 1991
Head of Lower School/Asst. Head of School at the The Browning School an all
boys’ school in NYC, where she teaches drama in the classroom whenever she can!
Hamilton, MA, 2013; PhD, 2017
completed her second year as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the
University of Denver where she also founded and is Co-Director of the DU Prison
Arts Initiative (DU PAI).
Hammoor, MA, 2013; EdD, 2018
Clare is the
Director of Inquiry and Instruction at Compositive Primary in Denver, Colorado.
He is also devising and directing professionally with students at the
University of Denver and with incarcerated folks in the Colorado prison system.
Liz found a
theatre teacher position right after graduation in a NYS public school nestled
into the Hudson-Valley. She currently teaches K-8 theatre class and is excited
to have completed her second year at Garrison Union Free School.
Jones, MA, 2004; PhD, 2014
Jonathan recently directed Quiet No More: A Celebration of Stonewall at Carnegie Hall for World Pride NYC/Stonewall50, featuring 564 singers from across the United States (a modern record at Carnegie) with new compositions from Julian Hornick, Michael McElroy, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Our Lady J, for which he was featured in a BBC News feature, Stonewall Riot: ‘It was the day everything changed.’ His recent edited publications include Paradigms and Possibilities: A Festschrift in Honor of Philip Taylor (Amazon.com) and ArtsPraxis.
Josepher, MA 1990
ContemporaryMusicalTheatre.com with business partner David Sisco. Together they
teach masterclasses and workshops about auditioning and how to work on new
musicals all over the world. Their book Mastering
College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and
Parent will have its second printing this summer.
Kavanakudiyil, MA, 2003
Faculty in The Graduate Program in Educational Theatre at The City College of
New York has also been Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the New York City
Arts in Education Roundtable and is thrilled to begin the EdD in Educational
Theatre at NYU in Summer 2019!
Kennedy, MA, 1995; PhD, 2006
Jeff is an
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance at Arizona State
University, his book Staging America: The
Artistic Legacy of the Provincetown Players is to be published by
University of Alabama Press, and he recently received a Fulbright Scholar Award
to research for six months at the British Library.
Heni is a
producer of Broadway theatre, and is dedicated to making theatre accessible and
relevant for all audiences. A lifelong passion that was ignited at Steinhardt,
Heni has received numerous Tony Awards and is currently represented on Broadway
by Hadestown, To Kill a Mockingbird, Tootsie
Lowe, MA, 1996
has been teaching 4th Grade with Detroit Public Schools for 23 years. Teaching
a predominantly Latino population, Mary Ellen incorporates arts infused
education into lessons. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a
Fulbright Scholar. In her free time, she loves to explore the streets of
Detroit by bike!
Lubrecht, PhD, 2003
retired from active teaching and is currently an author and presenter. His next
book Carl Schurz American Statesman
for Fonthill Media is due to be launched in the Summer of 2019.
Mack, MA, 2012
teaches Drama & Humanities at The Institute for Collaborative Education in
The East Village. She is a theatre and music maker, and proud member of Trusty
Sidekick Theater Company and St. Fortune Theater Collective. Check her out
Maraia, MA, 2005
recently completed his PhD in Educational Leadership at the University of
Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. He serves as the Academic Dean at Léman
Manhattan Preparatory School across Pre K-12 with a focus on four major areas: curriculum,
instruction, and assessment; teacher recruitment, retention and development; student
support services; and accreditation.
been the Director of Theatre at Great Neck South High School for the past 10
years, where he teaches a full theatre curriculum and directs/produces a full
season of shows and events including a musical, play, one act festival, TYA
play, improv troupe, and coffee house.
Neubrand, MA, 2007
an adjunct professor at LIM College and BMCC where she teaches courses like
Public Speaking, Communication Across Cultures and Theatre. She is co-founder
of The AJ Project, a nonprofit that uses the arts to promote organ donor
awareness and also supports several start-ups under the Cantu Holdings umbrella
as Executive Manager. Christina is working on a performance project
incorporating her cello playing and singing with storytelling.
Cody is a
doctoral student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His research
focuses on historiographical adaptations of LGBT+ history within contemporary
Poppiti, PhD, 2003
written a new book, A History of
Equestrian Drama in the United States. The book is published by Routledge
and was released in June 2018. She has also accepted a new teaching position,
joining the full-time faculty in the Communication Studies Department at St.
Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York.
Sicre, MA, 2004; PhD, 2017
be joining the faculty at Loyola Marymount University in the fall as Assistant
Professor of Theatre with specialization in Directing & Social Justice.
There she will be directing, teaching, helping shape their Social Justice
program and their new MFA in Pedagogy of Theatre.
Thaxton-Stevenson, BS, 2013; MA, 2014
Robert is a
Brooklyn-based theatre maker and educator. For the past five years he has been
a teaching artist for the New Victory Theater, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and
New York Theatre Workshop. This fall he will start as the Upper School Drama
Teacher and Technical Director at the Chapin School.
Wallace, MA, 2005
recently completed his doctoral work at The University of Alabama with Movie: The Musical! A three-article dissertation
examining the phenomenon of Broadway musicals based on films, which was the
focus of an article in Forbes:
shorturl.at/jq457. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Optidefno, a
consulting service that uses statistical analysis and dramaturgical expertise
to predict the monetary success of Broadway musicals.
White, MA, 2013
a Theatre Director at a performing arts school, Britney has been promoted to
Clayton County Public Schools Performing Arts Center Specialist. Her duties
include lead theatre & dance teacher, artist outreach, artistic
partnerships, county-wide Arts Advocacy Day leader, director of all county musicals
& musical theatre intensive camps.
Marie Wright, MA, 2008
based in Phoenix, Carolyn serves as Director of Education & Outreach of
Valley Youth Theatre and Artistic Director of Humanity Play Project, and
volunteers with Cancer Support Community of Arizona. She is a proud member of
AEA, SAG-AFTRA and AATE (also Senior Content Editor of Incite / Insight Digital Magazine).
Weinstein, MA, 1997
Carol is a
mentor/tutor with the Each One Reach One playwriting program in San Francisco
and SF Bay Area working with institutionalized youth, promoting empowerment
through artistic expression and critical thinking 13 years and counting!