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.
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.
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.
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 at Nazareth, Roffe actively performs, choreographs, and guest teaches. She also has performed nationally and internationally with Garth Fagan Dance Company, Bill Evans Dance Company, and Assemblage Dance. She has been a collaborating director, performer, and choreographer with Rochester’s critically acclaimed FuturPointe Dance Company since 2009. In the future, she would like to research, write, and publish her work about dance.
Education: B.S., Minnesota State University, Mankato and Simpson College; M.F.A, Minnesota State University
Education: B.S., Nazareth College (Music Education); Graduate study, Eastman School of Music, SUNY Geneseo, Carnegie Hall Studios, NYC
B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz; M.F.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
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.
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.
Education: D.M.A., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Eastman School of Music; B.M., University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Teaching and Artistic Interests: Applied piano, music theory, aural skills, collaborative pianist.