Assistant Professor | Musical Theater
Maggie Anderson is an AEA performer, educator, and choreographer. She has performed in numerous productions in NYC and regional theatres, tours, concert dance, and cabaret clubs across the country. Venues include: Walnut Street Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Trump Plaza, Galveston Grand Opera House, Gateway, NC Theatre, Forestburgh Playhouse, and Maples Repertory Theatre. TV credits include: "As the World Turns" and "Sex in the City", as well as commercials and independent films. She has taught at The College of NJ, Wagner College, Cap-21 NYC, Moravian College, and McCarter Theatre. Recent choreography and directing projects include: Chicago, Grease, The Jungle Book, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, Urinetown, West Side Story, Cinderella, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and The Boys From Syracuse. MFA: CCM, BFA: Elon University. Maggie is also a certified yoga teacher. Inspiring people through this wonderful craft is her deepest passion and privilege! See more at her website.
Assistant Professor | Acting
Nancy Boykin has worked as an actress in the professional theatre for more than twenty-five years. She has performed a range of roles in Shakespeare, the classics, and contemporary plays in theatres such as The Long Wharf, New York Shakespeare Festival, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She was honored by the LA Drama Critics Circle as Best Actress for her portrayal of 'Juno' in Juno and the Paycock. In Philadelphia, Ms. Boykin has worked at the Wilma, the Arden, Interact and Act II Playhouse. She is committed to the development of new work, having created roles in more than 15 new plays and has performed in the Play Penn workshop for the last five years. In addition to Temple, Ms. Boykin has taught acting at Villanova University, Cal State Fullerton, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She holds her MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Marie Anne Chiment
Professor | Head of Design
Marie Anne Chiment has designed sets and costumes for hundreds of productions across the nation and for productions touring around the globe. Her costumes have traveled to Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain, England and the Middle East. Marie's U.S. design credits include national tours of Grease! and Carousel, the Broadway musical Metro, as well as numerous designs for the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the Seattle Opera, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Arena Stage, Chicago Lyric Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Actors Theatre of Louisville and the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. She was awarded the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Costume Design for the world premiere of the musical Ace.
Associate Professor | Scenic Design
Fred Duer's designs range from summer stock for The Monomoy Theatre, to opera for Opera Delaware. Regional credits: Illinois Shakespeare Festival; Indiana Repertory Theatre; Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Indiana Festival Theatre; Theatre Aspen; San Diego Repertory Theatre; Pasadena Playhouse; and Off-Broadway at Criterion Center. A resident designer at The Old Globe Theatre for five years and as a founding member designed 11 productions for The Shakespeare Festival/Los Angeles over 22 years. As Production Designer, Fred designed the sets for "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"; "In The House"; "Saved By The Bell: The New Class"; and "City Guys". He was nominated for an Emmy Award for "The Pat Sajak Show", CBS, 1989. Fred taught at Kansas State University and headed the Scenic Design Program at Indiana University, where his design work could be seen in The Cherry Orchard, The Scarlet Letter, Falsettos, Urinetown, Nine, Hamlet, Hay Fever, Lysistrata, and The School for Scandal.
Professor | Department Chair
Robert Hedley has long been associated with the development of new plays. A former Director of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, he co-founded The Philadelphia Theater Company, West Coast Playwrights and served as a playwrights' mentor at the Mark Taper Forum and at Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has directed professionally in Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco and was Artistic Director of the Iowa Shakespeare Festival. He was the Provost's Arts Fellow, was awarded the Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award, received the Alumni Award of Excellence from the University of Alberta and was the 2012 Director's selection for a writing residency at Civitella Ranieri in Italy. With Harriet Power he has written on new play production in London in American Theatre Magazine and presented this research at New Dramatists and LAMDA. Recently he consulted and presented at Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Among the playwrights he has mentored are David Rabe, Leslie Lee, Naomi Wallace, Rebecca Gilman, Shem Bitterman, Charles Smith, Heather McCutchen, Clay Goss and David Hancock.
Assistant Professor | Lighting Design
John Hoey is an instructor in Lighting Design and has worked as a lighting designer at the Arden, Wilma, and People's Light, along with the Opera Company of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Ballet in Philadelphia. He has also worked with Luciano Pavarotti, Spoletto Festival, Actors' Theater of Louisville, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the film Center Stage. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1989, and Temple University (MFA in Lighting Design) in 1992. He is the recipient of a Barrymore Award for his design of Sweeney Todd at the Arden.
Associate Professor | Head of Theater Studies
David Ingram teaches acting and World of the Play. At Temple, he produces Philadelphia Young Playwrights' New Voices Festival, the department's annual presentation of prize-winning plays by area high school students. He has also produced and directed Shakespeare Live!, the department's touring show. Recent credits include: Noises Off! at People's Light, Some Other Kind of Person and The Rant at Interact; Clybourne Park at the Arden, The Tempest at Act II Playhouse, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Our Show of Shows at 1812 Productions, and Three Sisters, Measure for Measure and Tartuffe at Temple Rep. He has been nominated for several Barrymore Awards, both as an actor and as a director, and is a member of People's Light and Theatre Company. In 2013-14, he will serve as a fellow of Temple's Teaching and Learning Center.
Associate Professor | Head of Graduate Acting
Lynne Innerst joined the faculty at Temple in 2006, bringing with her experiences as a professional actor, acting coach, and teacher. She is a Master Teacher and founding member of The Fitzmaurice Voice Group. She has trained teachers on the faculties of ART, Harvard, Yale, New York University, and Juilliard, among others, and is especially proud of the fact that many of the young actors she has trained on both the graduate and undergraduate levels are now working professionals. Lynne has worked as an actress in film, television, regional repertory theatre and voiceovers. Her professional film and television credits include work with directors Sally Field in The Christmas Tree, Lloyd Richards in The Piano Lesson, and David Frankel in The Pennsylvania Miners Story. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity, American Federation of Television and Radio actors, and The Voice and Speech Teacher Association. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BFA from the University of New Mexico.
Assistant Professor | Voice & Acting
Melanie Julian received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Kentucky where she graduated Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. has a Master of Arts degree, with honors, in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism at the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. As a professional actress Ms. Julian has performed in New York, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh with such groups as Pangea World Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, LIVE Theatre Company, Nada Theatre, National Theatre for Children, Penumbra Theatre, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the New York City Fringe Festival, among many others. She remains a company member with Pittsburgh's REP Theatre. Previous teaching experiences at University of Pittsburgh, the University of Georgia, the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, and the University of California at Davis. She is an Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.
Professor | Acting
Dan Kern has been honored with the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award for his direction of Juno and the Paycock. He also received an LA Drama Critic's Circle award for his portrayal of Leontes in The Winte's Tale. He's appeared in leading roles at the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep, The American Conservatory Theatre, Missouri Rep and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. In the Philadelphia region he directed Skylight at the Lantern Theater receiving a Barrymore award for Outstanding Direction. As an actor he has been seen in numerous productions including the Wilma in Magic Fire, the InterAct Theater in God's Man in Texas, Act II Playhouse as 'Prospero' in The Tempest and most recently in Heroes at the Lantern Theater. Film and TV appearances include The Lovely Bones, Frasier, Profiler, The President's Man, Star Trek: Next Generation and Voyagers, and the award winning short film, Me and the Big Guy.
Assistant Professor of Technical Theater | Technical Director
Andrew Laine is originally from Central New York. He began his professional theatre career in Austin, Texas, where he worked as a stagehand, rigger and technical director. During this time, he worked with IATSE Local 205, Austin Musical Theatre, Ariel Dance Theatre, Fabulous and Ridiculous Theatre Company, Sharir + Bustamante Dance Works, among others. He joined the Technical Direction program at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 1999 and completed his MFA in 2002. While at school, Andrew studied structural design, set and lighting design, robotic lighting technologies, taught basic stagecraft and production laboratory classes and worked with various companies and organizations outside of the university. Most recently he has been teaching at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA. Andrew joined the faculty at Temple University's Department of Theater in 2006 as the technical director. Andrew currently teaches Technical Theater Production, Propcraft and Advanced Technical Practices.
Assistant Professor | Production Manager
Matthew Miller teaches Stage Management as well as Intro to Design and Dramatic Imagination. As Production Manager, he's guided the production process of the Department since 2008. Matthew's freelance lighting and scenic designs have been seen locally: Mauckingbird Theater Company; EgoPo Classic Theatre; and Cape May Stage. In New York: The Alonquin Theatre; New York Fringe Festival; The CORE Theatre Company; American Theater of Actors. Across the Northeast: Merrimac Repertory Theatre; Shakespeare & Company; Everyman Theatre Company; Adirondack Theatre Festival. And in San Francisco: New Conservatory Theatre Center; Marin Shakespeare Company; The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre; The Asian-American Theatre Company, California Theatre Center. Matthew frequently designs for Loyola University in Baltimore and designed lighting for a Temple Theaters world premier last season. He is a product of the MFA program of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Samples of his work may be seen at his website.
Associate Professor | Head of Musical Theater
Peter Reynolds is the founding Artistic Director of Mauckingbird Theatre Company, Philadelphia. His Philadelphia area credits include Act II Playhouse, Media Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Walnut Street Theatre, Cape May Stage and the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. He spent six years as the Artistic Director of Chicago's HealthWorks Theatre, winner of the Award of Excellence in Prevention Education presented by Mayor Daley and the Department of Public Health Other regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, HotCity Theatre-St. Louis, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Building Chicago, Maples Repertory; Villanova Theatre, University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, Drexel University, Arcadia University, and Southern Illinois University.
Lee Kenneth Richardson
Associate Professor | Acting & Directing
Actor, director and producer, Lee is the Founding Artistic Director of the Tony award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company where he directed the original production of A Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe. Mr. Richardson directed Mr. Wolfe's play in New York, in London, and in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum where he received the NAACP Image Award for Best Director. During his eight-year tenure at the Taper, Lee helmed world premieres by Oyamo, Michael Henry Brown, Jose Rivera, Silas Jones, Lynn Manning and James Still. Regional credits include Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre Company, Long Wharf, San Diego Rep, Arena Stage, Delaware Theatre Company and the Philadelphia Theatre Company where his production of I Am A Man by Oyamo received five Barrymore nominations. Lee has taught theatre at Rutgers, University of South Florida, and Oberlin, and holds a BA in English from Rutgers and an MFA in theatre from Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Associate Professor | Head of Undergraduate Acting | Senior Director of Undergraduate Advancement
Donna Snow is the recipient of the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has taught at ACT, Circle-in-the-Square and The Public Theater and performed major roles Off-Broadway and regionally at such theaters as The Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory, The Walnut Street Theater and Syracuse Stage. For Temple, she directed Top Girls, The Time of Your Life, The Homecoming, The Elephant Man, The Illusion, Bloody Poetry, Translations, and Uncle Vanya. Over sixty of the students she coached were accepted into graduate acting programs and enrolled at Yale, NYU, UCSD, ACT, Brown, ART/Harvard, UCLA, Columbia, USC, CalArts and the University of Washington. Students she's trained star in "Grey's Anatomy", "The Mistresses", "The Big Bang Theory", "Downton Abbey" and "Rectify" and appear on Broadway in Motown: The Musical, The Book of Mormon, Peter and the Starcatcher and, recently, in Ghost, Godspell, and War Horse. She serves as co-chair of Presentation Outreach for The Voice Foundation and is Master of Fitzmaurice Voicework. She has an MFA from American Conservatory Theater and a BA from University of Washington.
Assistant Professor | Head of Playwriting
Edward Sobel is a director and dramaturg. Prior to joining Temple, he was Director of New Play Development at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, where he oversaw the development of over forty new plays, including: Pulitzer and Tony Award winner August: Osage County, Pulitzer finalists Red Light Winter and Man from Nebraska, and Joseph Jefferson Award winner The Pain and the Itch. Broadway credits as dramaturg include August: Osage County and Superior Donuts. His Philadelphia-area work includes directing Superior Donuts, Clybourne Park and Endgame (all at the Arden Theatre). Other recent directing credits include the world premiere of Cadillac (five Joseph Jefferson nominations, including best director). Ed created and was the director of the First Look Repertory Of New Work, for which he received the Elliot Hayes Award from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas for outstanding contribution to the field of dramaturgy. He holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern.
Douglas C. Wager
Professor | Artistic Director & Head of Directing
Douglas C. Wager currently serves as the Associate Dean of the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts. He is best known for his work as a director, having spent over three decades in the profession prior to joining the Temple Theater faculty in 2004. Mr. Wager is the former Artistic Director of the Arena Stage in Washington, DC, where he served for twenty-five seasons as resident director and producer. He is the recipient of three Helen Hayes awards and thirteen nominations for Outstanding Director. His work has been seen in New York, both on and off Broadway, and at major regional theaters across the country including The Mark Taper Forum, The Guthrie Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Washington Opera and The Shakespeare Theater in Washington, DC, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theater. Internationally, he has directed for the Chichester Festival Theater in England. Mr. Wager also directed the series premiere and several episodes of "The Lot" for the AMC television network, which received several Emmy nominations in its inaugural season.
PhD (Cultural Anthropology), M.A. (Anthropology), MFA (Theater), Graduate Certificate) Women's Studies, B.A. (Journalism); is an Associate Professor of Urban Theater and Community Engagement. Recipient of the 2013 Associate Provosts for the Arts Grant; a 2008 Research and Creative Seed Grant Co-recipient, a 2003 Provost's Arts Commission Grant; a 2001 Independence Foundation Theater Communications Group Grant, the 2000 winner of the PEW Charitable Trust fellowship in scriptwriting, and the 1999, winner of the DaimlerChrysler "Spirit of the Word" National Poetry Competition. Author of Through Smiles and Tears: The History of African American Theater (From Kemet to the Americas) (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011); The Secret Messages in African American Theater: Hidden Meaning Embedded in Public Discourse (Edwin Mellen Publishing, 2006) she has had over twenty-three of her plays produced. Her stage credits include thirteen productions and she is a contributing poet to twenty-six poetry anthologies. For more, please visit her website.
Karen Austin has been an employee of Temple University for over thirty years. She started at the Medical School, and since then has work in various offices and schools throughout the University. Karen is a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia, and holds a B.A. in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University.
Caehlin Bell is a graduate of The Catholic University of America (B.A. Drama) and The Ohio State University (M.A. Theatre), where she has participated in many productions as a stage manager, director, designer, or dramaturg. She previously worked as an arts administrator at the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College and as an adjunct instructor at Penn State Berks.
Laura Seeley has recently returned to her native Philadelphia after several years in Boston where she made costumes for various local theaters, including Huntington Theatre Company at Boston University. Most recently she worked as a First Hand for the 2008 summer season at Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Costume Shop Supervisor
Jennielynn Streed received her MFA in Costume Design from Temple. Ms. Streed has worked as a freelance artist, primarily in the Philadelphia area. During that time she served as the Assistant Costume Director at the Opera Company of Philadelphia for 15 years. She also worked as the cutter/draper, wardrobe and costume shop supervisor for numerous productions with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Wilma Theater, Arden Theater, Curtis Institute of Music, Villanova University and Glimmerglass Opera Theater. As a member of Local 52, she worked on the films Beloved, Age of Innocence, Two Bits, and Cast Away. Ms. Streed teaches Costume Production, Draping and Flat Pattern Drafting, Costume Crafts and Advance Technical Practice. She has studied mask making in Italy with Antonio Fava and Augostino Desi, and embroidery, millinery and tailoring techniques in France, Belgium and England. She is a member of USITT, Costume Society of America and Surface Design Association.
Scene Shop Technician
Marka Suber is a native Philadelphian and has worked for the past several years as a designer and theater artist in the tri-state area. She has designed sets for theaters such as InterAct Theatre Company, University of the Arts, Burlington County College, Delaware Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Temple University. She had served as properties master for Maine State Music Theater for several years and in recent years Scenic artist for Port Opera in Portland Maine. Marka holds a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and Art Education from Moore College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from Temple University where she currently works as scene shop foreman, properties manager and adjunct Scene Painting instructor.
Julie Watson holds a B.F.A. in Fibers from Tyler School of Art and an M.F.A. in Costume Design from Temple University. For the past several years she has worked as a costume technician for the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, and various theaters in the Philadelphia area. She has also served as Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor for Pennsylvania Ballet.
Julie Bishop excels as a performer, educator, and academic. Favorite roles include Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Frasquita in Carmen, Musetta in La Boheme, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Angelina in Trial By Jury, and Constance in The Sorcerer. She is a founding member of Opera Libera, a small professional company based in the Philadelphia suburbs. An active interpreter of contemporary music, Dr. Bishop has performed with Cygnus and the Momenta String Quartet. Dr. Bishop currently serves on the faculty of the Boyer College of Music and Dance in the Department of Voice and Opera, and has taught both private and class voice. She also operates a private studio in her home. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance (summa cum laude) from Susquehanna University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in voice performance from Temple University.
Bobbi Block has been teaching, performing, directing and producing improvised theater in Philadelphia for 20 years. She is the Founder/Producing Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed spontaneous theatre company, Tongue & Groove Bobbi was invited to create LEAP: The Actors' Improv Experiment, for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, for which she taught and directed award-winning veteran scripted actors in their first improvised show. Bobbi improvises with Barrymore Award recipient ComedySportz Philadelphia, where she was the Co-Producer and Education Director for 15 years and Artistic Director for 2 years. In addition, she performed longform improv for twelve years with the popular collaborative five-member ensemble, LunchLady Doris, and performed with the interdisciplinary improvisational theatre company, Playback Philadelphia. Bobbi has two Bachelor degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and Masters degree in Theatre from Villanova University, and has trained with master improvisors at renowned improv theaters around the country. She currently teaches Improvisation at both Temple University and Drexel University. View more at her website.
Deborah Block received her MFA in Theater Direction at Temple University. She has been a consistent figure in the Philadelphia arts community for over 20 years as a dramaturge, producer, curator, educator and a director of over 50 professional productions. In addition to Philadelphia, her work has been seen in New York, LA and Alaska. She has received much recognition for her professional and educational work including receiving the Independence Fellowship in the Arts and the Albert Benzie Award for playwriting. She is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe and was the program director for ten years. She is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Exile where she has directed many plays including Philadelphia premieres of Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, Iron by Rona Munro, Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, and dark play or stories for boys by Carlos Murillo, and a world premiere production of The English Bride by Lucile Lichtblau.
Marla Burkholder holds a BA in English and Theater from Eastern Mennonite University and an MFA in Acting from Temple University. She teaches Voice and Speech for theater majors at Temple University and Muhlenberg College, along with dialect coaching productions at various Philadelphia area theaters. Marla is a members of Actor's Equity Association and the Co-Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Clark Park.
Sarah Doherty is a local, Barrymore award winning, actor. Originally from Ireland, she has been performing and teaching in the Philadelphia area for twelve years. She holds an MFA in Acting from Temple University and teaches Acting, Voice and Speech at Temple, University of Penn and Rowan. She is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a member of Actor's Equity Association. Local theater companies with whom she has performed include Pig Iron, Walnut St., Arden, Theater Catalyst, People's Light & Theater and Act II Playhouse.
Dirk has been teaching and designing in the Philadelphia area for the last ten years. He has designed scenery for Temple Theaters, Temple Opera Theater, University of the Arts, Villanova University, Drexel University, West Chester University, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Painted Bird Productions, New City Stage Company, Theater Horizon, Freedom theater, MumPuppettheatre, Gas and Electric Arts, Amaryllis Theater Company, Lantern Theater, and InterAct Theater.
Jennie Eisenhower is a Philadelphia-based actor, director and teacher. She has appeared Off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, and in both independent and feature films including Arthur starring Russell Brand and Mona Lisa Smile. Career highlights include originating roles in the renowned playwright Christopher Durang's musical Adrift in Macao, Suburb at Off-Broadway's The York Theatre, The Wilma Theatre's Embarrassments, The Arden's Baby Case, and Ensemble Studio Theatre's Bus to Buenos Aires. Jennie is a two-time Barrymore Award winner, first in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Barrymore for her work as Kate in The Wild Party and in 2009 for 'Best Actress in a Musical' for Forbidden Broadway at the Walnut Street Theatre. As a director, Jennie's credit highlights include Flat Stanley and A Christmas Carol (Walnut Street Theatre) and Chicago at the Media Theatre. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern University.
Michael Friel has taught at Temple since earning his MFA in Playwriting there in 1999. As an actor, he originated the role of The Stagehand in Terrence McNally's Master Class, appearing on Broadway with Zoe Caldwell and Patti LuPone. At Temple, he has performed in Translations, Damn Yankees, and Buried Child. As a playwright, his Lamoure, ND 58458 won two national playwriting competitions. Other of his works including The Children of Fatima, Wind and Love/Hate/ Friendship/Marriage have been produced locally and around the country.
Diane Gaary teaches speaking voice and movement and has a particular interest in how body use affects the speaking and singing voice. With a BA in Theatre and English from Smith College and an MFA in Acting from The University of Virginia, Diane has teacher certification from The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), Alexander Technique International, and the Lessac Institute for Voice and Body Training, as well as Feldenkrais Practitioner certification from the Feldenkrais Guild. Diane's training also includes classical singing, numerous theatrical voice and speech techniques, and speech pathology which she studied on the graduate level at the University of Virginia. Diane gives lectures, classes and workshops both nationally and internationally, and she maintains private studios in both Philadelphia and New York City where she teaches professional actors, singers, and dancers who work on Broadway, off Broadway, in regional theatre, and at the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and cabaret.
Neill Hartley has appeared in many regional productions including Working, Sweeney Todd and Company at the Arden Theatre, God's Country and Aunt Dan and Lemon with InterAct Theatre, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, and Midsummer Night's Dream for the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival and Batboy, The Musical for 1812 Productions, which won a Philadelphia Barrymore award for best ensemble. He also tours with six self-produced one-man shows. Neill has been a national spokesperson on QVC for several years, and has appeared in regional and national commercials. He works regularly in industrials, voiceovers, and feature films. He is the artistic director of Acting Without Boundaries, a theater company for young adults with physical disabilities. In addition to AWB, he has directed for many companies in the region. Most recently he has directed Some Enchanted Evening for AWB and Landscape of the Body for Isis Productions. Neill holds an MFA in Acting from Temple University.
Rosemary Hay is the Co-Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Scranton Shakespeare Festival and the Artistic Director, REV Theatre Company. She was assistant director of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale. Her New York credits include Brimstone and Treacle, Jungle of the Cities, Hitting Town, Astonish Me, The Ruffian on the Stair, La Musica. Her regional credits include Hedda Gabler with Christine Baranski; Tom Jones, Wild Oats, No Orchids for Miss Blandish at the Williamstown Theater Festival, 'Night Mother, Terrorism (New City Stage Company), and Realm of the Unreal (Philly Fringe). She has worked at University of the Arts, Juilliard School, Graduate Acting Program, NYU, University of Scranton, Arcadia University, and Stella Adler Conservatory. She received a post graduate degree from the London Academy of Dramatic Arts and BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Sussex.
Brandon McShaffrey is a Philadelphia freelance Director/Choreographer. He serves as the Producing Director at Mauckingbird Theatre Company. Locally, he has also worked at Drexel University, Villanova University and The Boyer College of Music as well as Hedgerow Theater, Act II Playhouse, and BCKSEET Productions. He holds a BFA in Musical Theater Performance from Roosevelt University's Chicago Conservatory of Performing Arts, and an MFA in Directing from Temple University. Visit his website for more.
David O'Connor completed his MFA in Directing at Temple in 2007, and has a BFA in Theatrical Production Arts from Ithaca College. Since arriving in Philadelphia, David has directed numerous productions around town including the Master Harold... and the Boys at Lantern Theater Company, for which he was nominated for a Barrymore Award, and Peter Pan at Arden Theatre Company. David is currently the Resident Director at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and a Master Teaching Artist at Philadelphia Theatre Company.
Amina Robinson holds a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University. She has performed on Broadway (Mamma Mia, Godspell), as well as toured the country in Broadway National Tours (Mamma Mia, Little Shop of Horrors). She has performed at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Philadelphia Theater Company, Baltimore CenterStage, and was nominated for an AUDELCO award for work as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Classical Theater of Harlem. She has guest starred in many television series, including "Law and Order", "Smash", and "Mercy", also, a recurring role on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie". The highlight of her work in film, has been her role as Jermaine in the Oscar Award winning film Precious. She has also taught for The Walnut Street Theater, Freedom Repertory Theater, and Harlem School of the Arts, among others. Amina is the founder of the 426 Project, an organization aimed at helping women and children.
Ian Rose has been staging fights in the New York and Philadelphia areas for over twenty-five years. A Fight Master with Fight Directors Canada, he is also recognized as a Certified Instructor and Fight Director with both The Society of American Fight Directors and Fight Directors Canada. Ian has worked for Riverside Shakespeare and Interborough Repertory Theatre in New York, The Whole Theatre in New Jersey, MTM Studios in Rome, to name a few. Closer to home his credits include The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, the Philadelphia Theatre Company and Novel Stages. Ian has taught at six Canadian Nationals, and is one of the creators of the esteemed workshop at Ryerson University in Toronto. Ian is an adjunct professor at Temple University and Arcadia University. For more information, visit Ian's website.
A recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as six Solo Performer Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Robert Smythe has won six Barrymore Awards and received three additional nominations. A performer and teacher as well as a director and playwright, in 2011 he appeared on Broadway in The Little Prince, while Philadelphia Magazine named him "Best Professor" in their 2010 annual Best of Philly issue. He is the founder of Mum Puppettheatre, Philadelphia's largest small theater and the only regional theater in the United States dedicated to puppetry. He served as Mum's Artistic Director for 23 years, and during that time he wrote and directed over 20 original productions using puppets, masks and human actors. He has directed and designed puppet work for theaters throughout the region and across the country, including for the Arden Theater, the Wilma Theater, Interact Theater Company, and the Minneapolis Children's Theater.
Davey Strattan White
Davey Strattan White is a Philadelphia-based playwright, whose works include Liverpudlian Sleeve (Temple University), The Foundling Wheel (Philly Fringe Festival), The Amazing Irene Craigmile (PTC@Play Future Philly Festival, Manhattan Repertory Theatre Spring One-Act Festival), Still Life of a Moving Picture (workshop, New Leaf Theatre, Chicago), Cliff-Diving (PTC@Play Future Philly Festival), Reindeer, Magnetosphere (Philadelphia Theatre Workshop), Simulations (Plays and Players Theatre), Nativity (Maples Rep, Macon, MO), and An Imperfect Sonnet (Cardboard Box Collaborative). As an actor, he has performed at the Wilma Theatre (Cloud 9), Indiana Repertory Theatre (Macbeth), InterAct (In the Heart of America, Last of the Boys), the Metropolitan Playhouse NYC and Wandering Rom (Masque of the Red Death), Commonwealth Classic Theatre Co (The Game of Love and Chance), The Phoenix Theatre (Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde), Montgomery Theatre (Psychopathia Sexualis, Butterflies are Free), and others. He has MFAs in Playwriting and Acting from Temple University.
Cheryl Williams is honored to be starting her 8th year as an acting instructor with the Temple Theater Department! Cheryl has performed locally with 1812 Productions, InterAct Theatre, playpenn, Mauckingbird Theatre Co., Quintessence Theatre, New City Stage, Lantern Theatre, Act II Playhouse and Society Hill Playhouse. Her regional theatre work includes leading roles with Jeff Daniel's Purple Rose Theatre Company, and numerous Shakespeare festivals, nationwide. Locally, Cheryl received a Barrymore Award in 2010 for her portrayal of Francis in The Breath of Life at the Lantern Theatre and is a past recipient of the Princess Grace Award, as well as two best actress awards and multiple other nominations for her work with Detroit area theatres. It was there that she earned her MFA in Acting from Wayne State University, while performing with the Hilberry Classical Repertory Company. Students may have seen her as Tiffany's Mother, in the Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook.
Christopher Windom is a freelance director and choreographer living in New York City. He has directed and choreographed at Trinity Rep, TheatreWorks, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Maples Rep, NYMF, Fringe NYC and Festival 56. Christopher has performed on Broadway and National Tours in Fosse and Damn Yankees starring Jerry Lewis as well as regionally at The Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Stages St Louis, St Louis Rep, St Louis Muny, Marriott Lincolnshire, City Center Encores, Maine State Music Theatre and California Music Circus. He taught Musical Theatre Dance master classes at Michigan State University, Webster University, Ema Pulido's Dance studio in Mexico City, Mexico, and the Center of Contemporary Arts in St Louis, MO. He taught movement and physical theatre for the Brown University TheatreBridge program. Christopher is a Drama League Fellow and he received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Webster University and his MFA in directing from Brown University/Trinity Rep.