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Performing Arts | Theatre/Musical Theatre Faculty

  1. Brandon Adams, Instructor

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    Brandon Adams has a Masters in Music (Choral Conducting) from Indiana University and a B. A. from Dartmouth College (Music). Brandon is an arranger, theatre music director, music volunteer, vocal coach, and cabaret accompanist. A frequent Music Dir… More

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  2. Jason Arnold, Designer in Residence

    Jason Arnold has been working as a professional lighting designer for more than a decade. He earned a BA from Vassar College in 1995, and an MFA in Theatre Design from Brandeis University in 1998.After graduation, he taught lighting and sound design … More

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  3. Cara Gabriel, Assistant Professor

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    Cara Gabriel has worked as a theatre practitioner throughout Vermont, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and the Washington, DC, area. Directing credits at American University include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Machinal, The Hundred Dresses, Skin, The Cher… More

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    (202) 885-3410

  4. Caleen Jennings, Professor

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    Caleen Sinnette Jennings is Professor of Theatre; since joining the faculty in 1989, she has directed for the main stage season and taught thirteen different courses in the theatre and general education programs. In 2003 she received American Univers… More

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    (202) 885-3430

  5. 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

  6. Gail Mardirosian, Associate Professor Emerita

    Gail Humphries Mardirosian focuses on the arts in the international arena and has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Prague, CZ and a Likhachev Fellow to St. Petersburg, Russia. She has also guest lectured in Sweden, Greece, and Slovakia. She was rec… More

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    (202) 885-3880

  7. Carl Menninger, Assistant Professor

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    Carl Menninger holds a master's degree from Emerson College and a bachelor's from Northwestern University. He is a writer, director and playwright and co-author of Minding the Edge: Strategies for a Successful, Fulfilling Career as an Actor. The Gany… More

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    (202) 885-3414

  8. Meghan Raham, Associate Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Meghan Raham is a Set and Costume Designer with a strong interest in the development of new work. Recent design work includes: The Chosen (Barrington Stage Company), Death of a Salesman (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), The Aliens (Studio Theatre), Th… More

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    (202) 885-3468

  9. Sybil Williams, Professorial Lecturer

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    Sybil R. Williams has spent the past twelve years cultivating her craft as a playwright and dramaturg. Her work has been professionally produced by Chicago’s ETA Creative Arts Theatre; New York’s National Black Theater; Pittsburgh’s Kuntu Theatre; Un… More

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  10. Robert Williams, Fight Choreographer in Residence

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    Robb Hunter (Williams) holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from The Virginia Commonwealth University, a BA in Theatre from Radford University and is a Certified Teacher for the Society of American Fight Directors. He is a professional fight director and… More

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    (202) 885-3441

  11. Isaiah Wooden, Assistant Professor

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    Isaiah Matthew Wooden is a director-dramaturg and interdisciplinary scholar of theater and performance studies. His critical writing on contemporary art, theater, and performance has appeared in academic journals (CALLALOO, PAJ, THEATRE JOURNAL, and … More

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