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Production & Design Studio Faculty

The Faculty of The Production and Design Studio are award winning, professional designers, managers, directors and technicians of the New York world of performing arts. Nine faculty members are full-time with five heading the department’s production departments. There are sixteen faculty members who do what they teach in New York and around the world. Here's a list of our faculty:

NARDA E. ALCORN

Stage Management, Internship Coordination

Narda E. Alcorn is an Associate Arts Professor and Head of Stage Management Training in the Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama and a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Narda is a freelance stage manager and educator who is committed to training managers within a conservatory setting. Her teaching explores the intersection of management theory with management practice and she investigates how theory influences the way in which managers apply their craft. Narda is a professional stage manager working internationally, regionally, and on Broadway. She has a strong interest in new work and originated the world premiere of George Lewis’s opera, Afterword: The AACM as Opera, in New York, Chicago, The Czech Republic and England. Narda had a long-standing collaboration with the playwright, August Wilson, and managed two Broadway revivals and four original productions of his Century Cycle through their regional development and then to Broadway and Off Broadway. Also on Broadway, Narda worked on The Lion KingThe Little Mermaid, and the last two revivals of A Raisin in the Sun. Regionally, Narda has stage managed in theatres across the country including La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theater, Center Theatre Group, Huntington Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre Company. Narda’s management experience has included stage managing the yearly holiday concert for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and serving as associate production manager for The Public Theater. She has travelled with Richard Foreman to Paris and Berlin with his original production, Hotel F--k. In Russia, she managed Lee Breuer’s musical, The Gospel at Colonus, at the Gorky Moscow Art Theatre.

Narda has been an Associate Professor and Head of Stage Management for the Design/Technology Program within the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at SUNY Purchase. Prior to joining NYU, Narda was Associate Professor and Head of Stage Management for The Theatre School at DePaul University. She received DePaul’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015.

Mark Bennett

Sound Design

Mark Bennett has composed scores and designed sound for the American premieres of new plays by Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Athol Fugard, Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill, among many others. Recent Broadway projects include Lincoln Center's THE COAST OF UTOPIA (dir. by Jack O'Brien, Drama Desk Award; Oustanding Music for a Play/Henry Hewes Award; Outstanding Sound Design), HENRY IV (directed by Jack O'Brien), GOLDA'S BALCONY, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE GOAT, TARTUFFE, Lily Tomlin's SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, THE LION IN WINTER, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE and LONDON ASSURANCE, and the upcoming A STEADY RAIN (dir. by John Crowley).  

Recent Off-Broadway scores include THE BRIDGE PROJECT ("Cherry Orchard"/"Winter's Tale" dir. by Sam Mendes) for BAM. THE SEAGULL (dir. by Mike Nichols), HAMLET, YHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, A WINTER’S TALE, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (dir. by, and starring, Vanessa Redgrave), PERICLES, TIMON OF ATHENS, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, A COMEDY OF ERRORS, DOGEATERS, and KIT MARLOWE for the Public Theater;  Music and Sound Design for: SATURN RETURNS, THE NEW CENTURY, CHAUCER IN ROME, THE TIME OF THE CUCKOO, PRIDE’S CROSSING, and THE LIGHTS for Lincoln Center Theater; WONDER OF THE WORLD and COLLECTED STORIES for the Manhattan Theater Club; SONGS FOR AN UNMADE BED (contributing composer), Paul Rudnick's VALHALLA, LYPSINKA (A DAY IN THE LIFE), MAD FOREST (also at MTC and Berkeley Rep), LOVE AND ANGER and Athol Fugard’s MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! For New York Theatre Workshop, THE SCARLETT LETTER and THE ENTERTAINER for Classic Stage Company. Mark was the resident composer and sound designer for the Ridiculous Theatrical Company for five years.

Therese Bruck

Fundamentals of Stagecraft - Costumes

Therese has taught and created costumes at both Bennington College and North Adams College.  She has an extensive professional career including several years as the Costume Shop Manager at the Williamstown Theater Festival, a long run as the Costume Shop Manager at Playwrights Horizons and most recently as the Costume Manager for Blue Man Group Productions.  She has worked at the Juilliard School and as an assistant to Sally Ann Parsons at Parsons-Meares, Ltd on Broadway shows.  As a costume designer, she has worked with a wide range of directors from Joanne Akalitis to Matthew Broderick, and performers from Marisa Tomei, F. Murray Abraham, Sally Struthers and Gwyneth Paltrow to The Nissin Cup-of-Noodles Godzilla Monster.

She has a BA in Fine Arts (Certified in Arts Education) and an MA in Speech and Theatre (Emphasis on Costume Design).  

Denise Cooper

Contracts and Law

Manager and Company Manager whose professional New York theatrical career has spanned the past thirty-five+ years. During that time she has managed over sixty Off Broadway and Broadway productions. Denise is currently the General Manager for Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre where she manages three Broadway productions each season.  Upcoming productions for the 2014-15 season include THE REAL THING by Tom Stoppard and the first Broadway revival of the musical, ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Betty Comden, Adolph Green & Cy Coleman.  This past year Denise managed THE WINSLOW BOY by Terence Rattigan, MACHINAL by Sophie Treadwell and VIOLET by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley. Denise has managed shows for the Manhattan Theatre Club including the Pulitzer Prize-winning RABBIT HOLE and LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! - the 1995 Tony Award winner for Best Play.  Her commercial theatre credits include: THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES; TABLETOP; THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD; COMMUNICATING DOORS; the Boston premieres of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and THE IRISH AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY; COWGIRLS; THE O'NEILL PLAYS: LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT and AH! WILDERNESS starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards; LYPSINKA! A DAY IN THE LIFE; OIL CITY SYMPHONY; and, the North American tour of COOKIN'.  Denise produced Klea Blackhurst's two solo shows: EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW and AUTUMN IN NEW YORK: VERNON DUKE'S BROADWAY, as well as their CD recordings, and she manages Klea’s national and international solo bookings. Denise is currently the 2nd Vice President of The League of Off-Broadway Theatres & Producers and is a member of The Broadway League and the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM). 

Penny Dalton

Management Seminar: General Management

Penny Daulton has served as Company Manager for the Broadway productions of “Shuffle Along”, “Fish in the Dark”, “A Delicate Balance”, “A Raisin in the Sun”, “Betrayal”, “Lucky Guy”, “The Heiress”, “How to Succeed…”, “Promises, Promises”, “Oleanna”, “The Miracle Worker”, “HAIR” (Assoc. CM), “Irena’s Vow”, “Avenue Q”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “A Catered Affair”, “Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Journey’s End”, “Martin Short:  Fame Becomes Me”, “The Woman in White”, “La Cage aux Folles”, “Wonderful Town”, “Bobbi Boland”, “Man of La Mancha”, and “The Rocky Horror Show.”  Other Company Management experience includes Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” (National Tour) and “Necessary Targets,” Company/Business Manager for the three North American companies of “STOMP,” Paul Rudnick’s “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,” the U.S. premier of Alan Ayckbourn’s “Communicating Doors,” and “TAP DOGS”.  She has also worked at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and American Ballet Theatre.  She graduated from Smith College with Honors in Theatre and holds a Masters in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from Yale University’s School of Management.  She is currently the Vice President of ATPAM and is a member of its NMAM (Manager Apprentice) and Negotiating Committees. 

Doss Freel

Photoshop Workshop

Doss Freel is a New York based Set, Production, and Static Designer.  Credit include: Off Broadway: The Erlkings at The Beckett; Voices of Swords at the Soho Rep. NYC: The Eggs by Adam Rapp; Meantime at NYU’s Shubert Theatre; Then She Dies at the End at the New Ohio Theatre.  Regional credits include Chicago starring Sally Struthers at the Union Station, KC; Kill to Eat (world premier) at the Hangar Theatre, NY; Complete Works of Wm Shkspr Abrdgd Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, MI; Romeo and Juliet at Muhlenberg College, PA.  He's also spent the last five years designing Show Windows for Tiffany & Company.  MFA Graduate of NYU dossfreel.com

Chris Jaehnig

Direcotr of Production and Design Studio; Drafting & AutoCAD

In addition to being the Director of the P&D Studio, Chris has held several other positions in the Drama Department including Associate Chair, Associate Artistic Director and Interim Artistic Director.  He is an Associate Arts Professor and holds an MFA in Technical Design and Production from the Yale School of Drama and a BA in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  With Kitty Leech and Gregg Barnes, he founded the Production and Design Studio (at the time known as the Technical Production Track) in 1988.  He teaches Drafting and AutoCAD for P&D and has taught the historical component of the department's “Introduction to Theatre Production” (ITP) course, he also teaches “History of Theater Architecture.”  For 25 years, he produced all of the department's Stageworks or Mainstage Productions.   Recently he advised on the design and equipment for the new performing arts spaces at the NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU-Shanghai Campuses.   Currently he is consulting with the Harlem School of the Arts on a renovation project for their Black Box Theater.  He has managed projects for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Fourth of July Fireworks.  He is a member of the United States Institute for Theater Technology and the Broadway Green Alliance.

Sydney Maresca

Costume Design

Sydney Maresca, Assistant Arts Professor, Production and Design Studio at Tisch School of the Arts, is a professional costume designer with a strong background in costume construction and fashion history. She has an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Film and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.    Sydney Maresca recently designed the costumes for the award winning play Hand to God (Broadway - Tony Nomination: Best Play; Vaudeville Theater in London - Olivier Nomination: Best Comedy),  Real Enemies (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Boy (Keen Co.), A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm), Body (Blessed Unrest), John and Jen (Keen Co.), The Bachelors (Lesser America), Winners (Ensemble Studio Theater), Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (TheatreWorksUSA), When January Feels Like Summer (EST), Year of the Rooster (EST, Henry Hewes Nomination: Best Costume Design), Il Turco in Italia (Juilliard), Blood Play (The Debate Society), 16 Words or Less (Clubbed Thumb),  and Finks (EST).  Prior to her appointment at NYU, Professor Maresca was Assistant Professor of Theater Arts and Costume Design Coordinator at Marymount Manhattan College.  She has worked with students both as an educator and as a designer at a number of colleges and universities including MMC, Pace, Princeton, NYU, The New School, Sarah Lawrence, Western Connecticut State University, Juilliard, and the Curtis Institute.   

Peter Muste

Management Seminar; Producing

Peter Muste holds an MFA in directing from Ohio University, as well as an MA in teaching from Bard College.  He began his professional career in regional theatres, including Missouri Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival.  He also served as producing director for Chicago’s Public Access Theatre, and Playmarket, a New York organization devoted to developing playwrights and new plays.  Over the course of 19 years with Radio City Music Hall, Peter was first a stage manager for “the Great Stage” and then producer for various productions of their Christmas Spectacular.  In addition, he has worked for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Chicago International Theatre Festival, The Second City, and Ubu Repertory Theatre, among others.  He currently provides a range of production services to large-scale events, conferences and community celebrations as well as developing independent theatrical and arts-based education projects.

Tiffany Nixon

Research and Resources

Tiffany Nixon is the Archivist for Roundabout Theatre Company, where - since 2008 - she has worked to ensure that the wonderful material output of the institution and its stage productions is made available for research and scholarly reference. Tiffany is a committee member of SIBMAS (International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Documentation Centers of the Performing Arts) and serves as its English editor of conference proceedings. She recently edited a volume for the Theatre Library Association’s series, Performing Arts Resources, Body, Mind, Artifact: Reimagining Collections, Volume 32, 2016; and was one of the authors of the guidebook generated through the American Theatre Archive Project: http://www.americantheatrearchiveproject.org/resources/preserving-theatrical-legacy- an-archiving- manual-for- theatre-companies/. Tiffany has worked as a consultant to many theatre and dance artists and companies in New York and is honored to play a small part in preserving performing arts history to inspire future generations of practitioners and scholars.

Todd Potter

Fundamentals of Drawing

Associate Set Designer on these Broadway productions-AVENUE Q-Tony Award Best Musical(London and Vegas), GOLDA'S BALCONY, HIGH FIDELITY-Tony Nomination Set, and IN THE HEIGHTS-Tony Award Best Musical,  BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, LITTLE WOMEN, the Musical; ENCHANTED APRIL, THE GREEN BIRD, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and also the seasonal production WHITE CHRISTMAS.  Off-Broadway & Regional Design Credits include JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK(Irish Repertory Theater), HOME (Melting Pot Theater), THE COMEDY OF ERRORS (Missouri Repertory Theater), A CHRISTMAS CAROL(Dallas Theater Center), MY FAIR LADY & DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Arts Center of Coastal Carolina), and ENCHANTED APRIL, LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, SYLVIA, RUMORS, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, MOON OVER BUFFALO, GOD OF CARNAGE, OTHER DESERT CITIES (Naples Players).   In addition, Todd was one of the designers on Warner LeRoy's legendary Russian Tea Room restaurant on 57th Street. Designed Target's Fall and Spring National Business meetings at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. Wrote the Story and Illustrated the book, Jimmy Jack Gets a New Job.  He studied with John Ezell at the University of Missouri Kansas City and was a Hallmark Scholar in Set Design.  To see his work go to: http://www.toddpotter.me

Hilary Rosenfeld

Figure Drawing

Hilary Rosenfeld is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch Department of Theatre and Film Design. She has an extensive resume as a costume designer with a long list of independent films, studio productions, and television projects to her credit. As a costume designer, she is probably best known for the runaway hit “Dirty Dancing.” Some of her other costume design credits include “Dessert Bloom”, “Dominick and Eugene”, “No Mercy”, “At Close Range”, “Eyewitness”, “Heartland”,“Triumph of the Spirit”, “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez” and the soon to be released indy film "No Letting Go." Her costume designs for theatre and opera have been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, in regional theaters, at Juilliard and at the Public Theatre where she enjoyed a rewarding collaboration with Elizabeth Swados. Ms Rosenfeld’s career has also taken her into  production design where her credits include the PBS program “Rickover: The Father of Nuclear Power”, “Downtown Express”, the award winning short “Unburden” for the Jacob Burns Film Center.  Her production design has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival with such note worthy films  as “Human Error” and “Caught”. Ms. Rosenfeld is currently designing the scenery and costumes for a production of "The Wiz" in the Bedford Hills Women's Correctional Facility that is sponsored by the Westchester based group Rehabilitation Through the Arts. 

Shelly Sabel

Success After School

Shelly Sabel teaches Success After School, a course that offers students the tools to depart from NYU and succeed in beginning their career. The primary focus will be to further develop the visual and verbal tools students have been perfecting at Tisch. They study and meet various people in the industry working in disciplines students might have not been exposed to: retail display to experiential marketers to rock-n-roll designers.  Design and management skills can reach beyond the theatre and students exploer at those possibilities. Every year, Success After Schook is different and crafted around the desires of the participating students. The class is a place to see and learn from what classmates have experienced in their internships as well as a forum to problem solve any issues that arise in the fourth year. 

Daniel Soule

Scenic Design

Daniel C. Soule is Visiting Assistant Arts Professor and Head of Scenic Design Training in the Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio. 

Daniel's work spans a variety of fields, including theater, film, television, fine art fabrication, and residential interiors.  He has a particular interest in site-specific and interactive theater; recent projects of note include the long-running Off-Broadway hit Drunk ShakespeareTake Care (Flea), and interactive staging for the Compass 2017 city-wide puzzle race.  Daniel works internationally as Design Associate for Jan Versweyveld (David Bowie's Lazarus) and Es Devlin (Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry), among others, and has been involved with numerous Broadway productions, including The Crucible and Harry Potter & The Cursed Child.

 

Prior to his appointment, Prof. Soule was an adjunct Instructor for the Drama Department, as well as teaching several graduate workshops and practicums for the Department of Design.  In addition to teaching in the Production & Design Studio, he has worked with students as an educator and designer at Villanova University, Ursinus College, St. Peter's College, and Drexel University.

Daniel holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch Department of Design and a BA from Dartmouth College.

Christina Watanabe

Lighting Design

Christina Watanabe is a professional lighting designer based in NYC who travels for work and for fun and and enjoys sharing her experiences with others. She earned her MFA from NYU's Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Film and her BFA in Lighting Design as well as a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Florida. Christina is a proud member of USA 829. 

 

Christina's designs have been seen at Primary Stages/Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Festival/Alice Tully Hall, The Public Theatre, Penguin Rep, Urban Stages, The Bushwick Starr, ART/NY's Gural Theatre, The New Ohio, HERE Arts Center, Teatro LaTea, Intar Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Jack, The Brick Theatre, Three-Legged Dog, The Connelly Theatre, Vital Theatre Company and others. 

 

Christina is the resident lighting designer for Gelsey Kirkland Ballet. She has designed for and toured with Shen Wei Dance Arts in Tel-Aviv, Lima, Milan, Luxembourg, Bregenz, Dallas, Detroit, and many other European and US cities. Christina has also toured with Jonah Boaker, So Percussion, and The Magnetic Fields. Christina is the lighting design lead for Ralph Lauren's Madison Avenue windows and has also consulted with the company for their Home Goods showroom. 

 

She has designed for and mentored students at NYU Tisch (undergrad, grad, and Florence), Yale, LIU Post, Chapin School, Xavier High School, Bronx Theatre High, Brooklyn School for Music and Theatre, Gramercy High School. Christina was a panelist for "A Discussion: Designers and Directors" hosted by the League of Professional Theatre Women and a design collaborator for New York City Ballet's Choreographic Institute. 

Pirronne Yousefzadeh

Script Analysis & Directing for Designers

Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a Brooklyn-based theatre director, writer, and educator. She has directed and developed new work at The Public/Joe's Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Rising Phoenix Rep, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Lark Play Development Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, InterAct Theatre Company, and Hangar Theatre, among others. Her productions of In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) and The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman together received fifteen Barrymore nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production for both. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Affiliated Artist and member of The Jam, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, a recipient of SDC's Denham Fellowship and Williamstown Theatre Festival's Sagal Fellowship, and an alumna of the Emerging Artist Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Ensemble Studio Theatre's Resident Director Program. Pirronne has been on faculty at UT Austin, Rutgers University/NJIT, and Bard High School Early College, and is a frequent guest director at Juilliard, Fordham University, Yale School of Drama, NYU, and Ramapo College. MFA, Columbia University. Current and upcoming projects include The Electric Baby by Stefanie Zadravec (Fordham), Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker (University of Rochester), and The Lake Effect by Rajiv Joseph (Geva Theatre Center). Associate Member, SDC. www.pirronne.com