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Performing Arts | Leadership & Staff

Department Chair

  1. Daniel Abraham, Department Chair, Performing Arts

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    Choral/orchestral conductor and musicologist; specialist in 17th- and 18th-century music. Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bach Sinfonia and Bach Sinfonia Voci. Period-instrument performances include various modern premieres of Baroque and Clas… More

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    (202) 885-3427


Program Directors

  1. Ana Cetina, Director, Audio Technology Program

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    Ana Cetina is a sound designer, sound mixer, and an educator. She holds a BS in Audio Technology from American University and an MFA in Sound Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ms. Cetina has been involved in the audio industry for o… More

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    (202) 885-3477

  2. Karl Kippola, Associate Professor

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    Karl Kippola holds a BA in Drama (University of Montana), an MFA in Acting (Wayne State University), and a PhD in Theatre (University of Maryland). As an actor, director, choreographer, adapter, and dialect coach, Kippola has been involved in well ov… More

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    (202) 885-3464

  3. Britta Peterson, Professorial Lecturer

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    Britta Joy Peterson is a Minnesota native, where she grew up in the thriving Minneapolis arts community. As a dance maker, teaching artist, and scholar Peterson works primarily in contemporary and jazz forms with research interests in creative practi… More

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    (202) 885-1432

  4. Nancy Snider, Director, Music Program

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    Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is the Director of the Music Program at American University where she received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in an Adjunct Appointment Award in 2005. Currently, she serves on the full-time music faculty of American where… More

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    (202) 885-3872

  5. Ximena Varela, Director, Arts Management Program

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    Ximena Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and culturally sustainable development. She has worked … More

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    (202) 885-3883