Theatre and Dance Department

Faculty and Staff

Contact

Christy Benincasa

Christy Benincasa

Department Assistant in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
cbeninc4@naz.edu
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Department Chair

Yuanting Zhao

Yuanting Zhao

Professor of Theatre Arts / Costume Design / Chairperson in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2786
yzhao5@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.F.A., Shandong College of Arts, China (Acting); M.F.A., University of Arizona (Costume Design)

Teaching and Artistic Interests: During her 20+ years teaching here, Professor Zhao designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions. She also designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. Before coming to the US, she taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts and starred in movies, TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.

Acting Faculty

Lindsay Korth

Lindsay Korth

Professor of Theatre Arts / Acting & Directing in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2780
lkorth3@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.A., Mount Holyoke College Lessac Voice Intensive; M.F.A, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Directing)

Teaching and Artistic Interests: The energy between actors on stage and between the audience and the stage as manifested on the body and the voice. Her favorite stage work is physical theatre, a good example of which is the original devised work entitled Grimm.

Matthew Ames

Matthew Ames

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts / Acting & History in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2785
mames7@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.A., Acadia University (English Literature, Theater Concentration); M.A., University of Maine (Theater); Ph.D., Louisiana Sate University (Theater)

Teaching and Artistic Interests: Solo performance, performance art, community theater, semiotics, and dramaturgy.

Dr. Ames is a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild with ten years experience as an actor in New York, having appeared in off-off and off-Broadway work, as well as in commercials and on TV shows. He has appeared in several readings at Geva Theater Center and directs both at Nazareth and throughout the Northeast.

Patricia L. Browne

Patricia L. Browne

Lecturer / Acting & Directing in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2175
pbrowne0@naz.edu
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Musical Theatre Faculty

Corinne Aquilina

Corinne Aquilina

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Musical Theatre in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2708
caquili3@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.S., Nazareth College (Music Education); Graduate study, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Geneseo, Carnegie Hall Studios, NYC

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Hettie Barnhill

Hettie Barnhill

Assistant Professor Visiting in Theatre and Dance
585-389-4976
hbarnhi1@naz.edu
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Diane R. Abrahamian-MacNally

Diane R. Abrahamian-MacNally

Lecturer / Theatre & Dance in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2175
dabraha5@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.M. in music education, Eastman School of Music; M.M. in music education, Eastman School of Music

Teaching interests: vocal jazz, vocal technique, choral rehearsal techniques, sight singing, improvisation, musical theatre, and assessments in the music classroom.

Nominated for the GRAMMY Music Educator Award for the past four years, she was selected as a quarter-finalist each year, and a semi-finalist in 2016. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra has recognized her contributions to music education with the “Outstanding Music Educator Award.” Abrahamian was a vocal music teacher at Penfield High School from 1981-2016, which included being vocal music director of the musical productions.

Many of her former students are performing professionally in jazz, opera, and contemporary pop music. Many have performed in shows on Broadway and in Broadway touring companies.

William A. Daugherty

William A. Daugherty

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
wdaughe6@naz.edu
Bio

Education: SMSU & Webster Conservatory (B.F.A. Acting); The Actor's Space (NYC)

Teaching Experience: NYU Tisch/CAP21, SUNY Cortland; Wells College; Professional Performing Arts High School - NYC; Renaissance School - Queens; STEPS - NYC; City Center - NYC, Camp Broadway (BRAVO Channel - National)

Performing Experience: Guys and Dolls - Nicely (first European Tour), When The Lights Go On Again - Billy Allen (Triad - NYC), HMS Pinafore - Ralph (Cherry Lane - NYC); Daugherty & Field Off -Broadway (Double Image - NYC / OBIE nom)

Selected Roles: Moon Over Buffalo - George; Side by Side By Sondheim - Man; Almost Maine - Phil; The Fantasticks - Mortimer; Evita - Magaldi; Damn Yankees - Del; Man of La Mancha - Anselmo; Anything Goes - Moonface.

Bill is an Actor/Writer/Director/Producer. He was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Algonquin, Town Hall - Broadway by the Year and Lyrics & Lyricists Series. He is the recipient of 4 MAC Awards and 3 Backstage Mag Bistro Awards. His first solo album "Look To The Rainbow" won the Manhattan Nightlife Award for best album.

Website: www.billdaugherty.com

Brett A. Smock

Brett A. Smock

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
bsmock1@naz.edu

Dance Faculty

Heather Roffe Wiktorski

Heather Roffe Wiktorski

Associate Professor of Dance in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2163
hroffe4@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.S. Alfred University in business administration/marketing, with dance/communications); M.F.A., The College at Brockport

Teaching and Artistic Interests: In addition to her responsibilities as dance program director at Nazareth, Roffe actively performs, choreographs, and guest teaches. She has performed nationally and internationally with Garth Fagan Dance, Bill Evans Dance Company, Assemblage Dance, and in her own work. She was a collaborating director, performer, and choreographer with Rochester's critically acclaimed FuturPointe Dance company from 2009 to 2015. Roffe continues to be engaged in research, writing, creating, and publishing her work about dance.

Her website: heather-roffe.squarespace.com

Hettie Barnhill

Hettie Barnhill

Assistant Professor Visiting in Theatre and Dance
585-389-4976
hbarnhi1@naz.edu
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Allison Bohman

Allison Bohman

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
abohman6@naz.edu
Bio

Education: M.F.A. Dance, The College at Brockport; NYS Teaching Certifications in Dance K-12, Grades 1-6, & Special Education

Experience/Research: Choreographer, educator, and dance artist whose teaching experience includes The Aquinas Institute, The College at Brockport, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Colgate University, and The American School in Switzerland (TASIS). In addition to pursuing choreographic opportunities with her dance company, Allison Bohman Dance, she is also an administrative assistant for New York State Dance Education Association. Her choreographic interests involve the collaboration of live music with movement. Much of her written research centers on themes in dance education and community outreach with the arts.

Alexandra Brydsten

Alexandra Brydsten

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
abrydst6@naz.edu
Sarah M. Coolidge

Sarah M. Coolidge

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
scoolid6@naz.edu
Paige Cummings

Paige Cummings

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
pcummin0@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.S. Business Administration, SUNY at Buffalo; M.A. Dance Therapy/Counseling Psychology, Antioch University

Teaching and Artistic Interests: Paige has over 20 years of experience teaching and performing in modern, jazz, and ballet companies nationally and internationally. Her choreography has been seen at The Bardavon Opera House, The Ulster County Performing Arts Center, The Brooklyn Lyceum, LaTea Theater, The New Rose Theatre, and Merce Cunningham Studios. She has earned two Orange County Arts grants for her work and has been a guest artist at many schools and universities. Paige is a licensed creative arts therapist. She teaches modern dance, jazz dance, and introduction to dance therapy. Her primary goal as an educator is to be a support system for all theatre and dance students as they grow and develop in their craft.

Cheryl A. Johnson

Cheryl A. Johnson

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
cjohnso1@naz.edu
Margaret M. Kelley

Margaret M. Kelley

Lecturer / Dance in Theatre and Dance
585-389-6920
mkelley3@naz.edu
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Michelle L. Pritchard

Michelle L. Pritchard

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
mpritch7@naz.edu
Mariko Yamada

Mariko Yamada

Lecturer in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2603
myamada1@naz.edu

Design and Technical Production Faculty

Yuanting Zhao

Yuanting Zhao

Professor of Theatre Arts / Costume Design / Chairperson in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2786
yzhao5@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.F.A., Shandong College of Arts, China (Acting); M.F.A., University of Arizona (Costume Design)

Teaching and Artistic Interests: During her 20+ years teaching here, Professor Zhao designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions. She also designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. Before coming to the US, she taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts and starred in movies, TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.

Alexandra K. Anthony

Alexandra K. Anthony

Technical Director in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2789
aanthon618172@naz.edu
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Mary A. Farmer

Mary A. Farmer

Theatre Arts Support / Costume Shop Supervisor in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2783
mfarmer4@naz.edu
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Allen Wright Shannon

Allen Wright Shannon

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts / Scene Design in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2788
ashanno8@naz.edu
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Bio

Education: B.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato and Simpson College; M.F.A, Minnesota State University

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Emily Stork

Emily Stork

Assistant Professor in Professional Practice - Lighting / Sound / Design in Theatre and Dance
585-389-2177
estork0@naz.edu
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Bio

Education:
B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz; M.F.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Experience:
Emily Stork’s designs have been featured worldwide, including festivals in Italy, France, Scotland, and Israel and in the U.S. at places as diverse as PS 122, Dance Theatre Workshop, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Public Theater, La Mama, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Walker Arts Center, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, On the Boards, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, Lincoln Center and on the side of a building in Rochester. In 2003, she was the resident lighting designer for the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy where she worked with Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti on Wagner’s Lohengrin. Some favorite collaborations have been with Split Britches on Peggy Shaw’s To My Chagrin, Pig Iron Theatre Company’s James Joyce is Dead and So is Paris, Nora Jones’ Album Release Party for Little Broken Hearts at the Box in NYC. Emily was the Lighting Director at The Juilliard School for 12 years, where she designed countless shows and special events including the Leading Ladies Gala starring Audra McDonald and Barbara Cook and the Tempest Benefit reading with Sir Derek Jacoby.
Locally, Emily is the festival lighting designer for the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival where her designs have included the aerialist dance group, Bandaloop, the Cirque du Fringe in the Magic Crystal Spiegeltent and the outdoor informal installation at the Spiegel Garden. Her designs at Geva Theatre Center have included the world premieres of Mat Smart’s Tinker to Evers to Chance, Greg Kotis’ All Your Questions Answered, as well as several other productions.
Emily has been honored to teach and design at highly respected institutions, including New York University, The Juilliard School, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Syracuse University, Ohio Northern and CalArts, among others.
 
Examples of her work can be found at:  www.emilystorkdesign.com.