Theatre and Dance

Faculty and Staff

Yuanting Zhao

Yuanting Zhao

Professor of Theatre Arts / Costume Design / Chairperson
585-389-2786
yzhao5@naz.edu
Arts Center 20
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.

Matthew Ames

Matthew Ames

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts / Acting & History
585-389-2785
mames7@naz.edu
Arts Center 21
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.

Lindsay Korth

Lindsay Korth

Professor of Theatre Arts / Acting & Directing
585-389-2780
lkorth3@naz.edu
Arts Center 18
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.

Heather Roffe Wiktorski

Heather Roffe Wiktorski

Assistant Professor / Dance
585-389-2163
hroffe4@naz.edu
Arts Center 22
Bio

Education: 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. In the future, she would like to research, write, and publish her work about dance. 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. 

Allen W. Shannon

Allen W. Shannon

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts / Scene Design
585-389-2788
ashanno8@naz.edu
Arts Center 19
Bio

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

Mary A. Farmer

Mary A. Farmer

Theatre Arts Support / Costume Shop Supervisor
585-389-2783
mfarmer4@naz.edu
Arts Center Costume Shop
Corinne Jerris Aquilina

Corinne Jerris Aquilina

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Musical Theatre
585-389-2708
caquili3@naz.edu
Arts Center 6
Bio

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

Experience: New York and Tour credits include Broadway: Boy From Oz, National Tour: Annie, Five Guys Named Moe, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Spamolot. Off Broadway: original arranger/musical director for Menopause, The Musical and Rodgers and Hammerstein Library's Sophisticated Ladies for Inside Broadway. Corinne is resident Musical Director at Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival and a member of The Dramatists’ Guild, ASCAP, and the America Federation of Musicians Local 802. Composer/lyricist for Treasure Island, a musical premiered at Arkansas Repertory Theatre and The Littlest Witch, published and licensed by Stage Rights LLC. Past credits: adjunct at SUNY Cortland, musical director at Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and Florida Studio Theatre.

Patricia L. Browne

Patricia L. Browne

Lecturer / Acting & Directing
585-389-2175
pbrowne0@naz.edu
Arts Center 12
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
Sarah M. Coolidge

Sarah M. Coolidge

Lecturer
585-389-2603
scoolid6@naz.edu
Margaret M. Kelley

Margaret M. Kelley

Lecturer / Dance
585-389-6920
mkelley3@naz.edu
George Dance Studio
Kathleen F. Diehl

Kathleen F. Diehl

Lecturer
585-389-2603
kdiehl3@naz.edu
Cheryl A. Johnson

Cheryl A. Johnson

Lecturer
585-389-2603
cjohnso1@naz.edu
Mariko Yamada

Mariko Yamada

Lecturer
585-389-2603
myamada1@naz.edu
Kevin R. Nitsch

Kevin R. Nitsch

Lecturer
585-613-1572
knitsch1@naz.edu
Arts Center 85
Bio

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. 

Read full bio.

Guest Teachers

Bill Daugherty
Kathy Diehl
Chery Johnson
Kelli Karen
Meggins Kelley
Julie Tomaino - Musical Theatre Dance Masterclass