MFA Graduate Alumni

MFA Performance Pedagogy

  Name Thesis Title Specialties Current Position
2002   Sheila McKenna   Acting, Dialects, Voice, Directing, Improvisation, Experimental Theatre Professor and
Associate Artistic Director, Conservatory Theatre,
Point Park University
2002   Doug Mertz   Acting, Directing, Voice Director of Education and Outreach at Citadel Theatre
2002   Tavia LaFollette      Assistant Professor,
Towson University 
2003   Holly Thuma   Acting, Directing, Voice Associate Professor,
Syracuse University 
2004   Jennifer Juul   Acting and Voice Practitioner
Lessac Research & Training Institute
2005   Rick Kemp   Acting, Directing, Cognitive Science, Theatre, and Performance Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2006   Jeffrey Awada "Push/Pull and Plasticity: The Development of Physical Curiosity and Imagination" Acting, Directing, Movement Associate Professor, Webster University
2008   Thomas Aulino "Approaching American Comedy: Documentation of the Course Design of a University Theatre Department Class in the Acting Style of Mid-20th Century American Comic Plays" Acting, Performance Styles, Acting Shakespeare  
2008   Chaya Gordon-Bland   Acting Shakespeare, Mask, Movement, Stage Combat Associate Professor,
University of South Dakota
2010   Tom Pacio "Musical Theatre Performance: Documentation of the Course Design of a University Theatre Department Class in the Acting Style as Heightened Text" Acting, Directing, Voice, Movement Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator, Vassar College
2012   Elizabeth Mozer "Embodied Acting-A Synthesis of the Actor Training Approaches of Sanford Meisner and Stephen Wangh" Acting, Directing, Devising, Movement Associate Professor,
Binghamton University, SUNY
2012   Michael Mueller "Theatrical Violence: When Words Fail Building Stage Violence into Actor Training" Acting, Fight Choreography Full-Time Faculty,
Fullerton College
2014   Ric Walker "Improvisation for Actors" Acting, Comedy, Improvisation, Acting for Camera, Storytelling Assistant Professor,
Columbia College
2014   Katherine Sweeney   Acting Masters of Science
Nursing Program,
Duke University
2016   Julian Stetkevych  "Creating a Character: A Psychophysical Approach" Acting, Voice, Movement, Physical Theatre, Directing Assistant Professor,
Christopher Newport University 
2015   Rachel DeSoto Jackson "Teaching Boal, Inspiring Change: Applying Theatre of the Oppressed in the Classroom" Applied Theatre, Social Justice Theatre, Latinx Theatre and Performance Assistant Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
2017   José Pérez IV "The Athletic Actor: Contact Improv, Capoeira, and Grotowski-Based Actor Training in Conversation" Acting, Fight Choreography Simulation Educator, VA Pittsburgh Hospital
2018   Brittany Bara "Voice and Movement I: Explorations on Connection" Acting, Voice, Movement, Musical Theatre Assistant Professor of Theatre and Music Theatre
2018   Teisha Duncan "Actor as Storyteller: From Neutral Mask to Spoken Word Poetry" Acting, Musical Theatre, Mask, Puppetry, Storytelling Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College
2020   Meg Pryor "Connection in Chaos: Creating and Embodying Your Story through Movement" Acting, Musical Theatre, Devising, Trauma and Theatre  
2020   Sean Cook "Stage to Screen: Pivoting from Traditional Theatrical Education Using Selected Techniques of Michael Chekhov" Acting, Acting for the Camera, Directing
Sylvia Center for the Arts