Department Chair

Annmarie Duggan
Chair/Associate Professor
Welcome our new department chair, Annmarie Duggan. Professor Duggan has designed Off Broadway and extensively in regional theatres across the United States. Follow her on twitter at @UPTAchair. View Profile >

Performance Faculty

Cynthia Croot
Assistant Professor/Head of Performance
Cynthia Croot is a director, writer and humanitarian activist. She will direct Curse of the Starving Class this Spring. View Profile >
Robert Frankenberry
Lecturer-Musical Theatre
Robert Frankenberry leads a multi‐faceted career as a vocalist, pianist, educator, actor, and conductor. View Profile >
Elizabeth Ruelas
Adjunct Professor
Dennis Schebetta
Assistant Professor/Head of MFA Performance Pedagogy
Dennis Schebetta is a writer, director, actor and teacher of film and theatre. He holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. View Profile >

Design / Tech Faculty

Gianni Downs
Director of Undergraduate Studies/Lecturer of Scenic Design
As a freelance scenic designer, Gianni has worked with The Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The City Theatre, Prime Stage Theatre, The Stoneham Theatre, PICT Theatre, Off The Wall Productions, and the Point Park Playhouse REP among others. View Profile >
Karen J. Gilmer
Lecturer - Costume Design/Head of Design and Productions
Karen Gilmer is a teacher and costume designer. In 2009 Ms. Gilmer won the African American Council of the Arts Award for Best Costume Design for Pittsburgh Playwrights production of August Wilsons SEVEN GUITARS. View Profile >

Hist/Lit/Crit Faculty

Kathleen E. George
Kathleen George is a theatre director, a teacher of playwriting and dramatic literature courses, and a fiction writer. Her most recent novel is The Jonestown Girls. A recent novel, A Measure of Blood, takes place in the theatre department. View Profile >
Michelle Granshaw
Assistant Professor
Michelle Granshaw's research interests include American theatre and popular entertainment, diaspora and global performance histories, performance and the working class, and historiography. At the University of Pittsburgh, she teaches in the BA, MA, and PhD programs. View Profile >
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta
Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Studies
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta holds a PhD in Theatre History, Criticism and Theory from the University of Washington. Her research centers on histories and theories of performance and theatre in the Americas and Spain; critical embodiment; directing and practice/research. View Profile >
Keith Byron Kirk
Assistant Professor
Dr. Kirk has written and directed numerous performance projects. His performance resume includes credits on Broadway, national and regional tours, television and film. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Kirk to the department! View Profile >

Teaching Artists

Kimberly Griffin
Chosky Teaching Artist-In-Residence
Kimberly is an actor and educator originally from Oklahoma, and new to the Pittsburgh area after spending five years in New York City. View Profile >
Ricardo Vila-Roger
Richard E. Rauh Teaching Artist-In-Residence
Ricardo is a Pittsburgh-based actor, singer, and director. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is directing Water by the Spoonful in October. View Profile >

Visiting Faculty

Elizabeth Coen
Visiting Assistant Professor

Emeritus Faculty

Stephen Coleman
Emeritus Professor
Associate Professor Emeritus W. Stephen Coleman has moved on to new interests: namely, the Civil War. Here he is resting while exploring near Snavely’s Ford at Antietam Creek. View Profile >
Attilio Favorini
Emeritus Professor
Attilio Favorini (PhD, Yale University) is author of The Gammage Project and the founding chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh and the founder and producing director of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival (1980-1992). View Profile >
Don Mangone
Emeritus Professor
Don Mangone is Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, and a member of United Scenic Artists, 829, in Costume Design. View Profile >
Bruce McConachie
Emeritus Professor
Professor McConachie is a specialist in American Theatre History and Theatre Historiography. View Profile >