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:
Jason Ardizzone-West - Scenic Design
Jason Ardizzone-West (Scenic Design Teacher / Head of Scenic Design Training) is a set designer based in Yonkers, NY. Recent designs include The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family (The Public Theater, Co-Design with Susan Hilferty), Bullets Over Broadway (National Tour, NETworks Presentations), Single Wide (New York Musical Theater Festival), Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale, and Rabbit Hole (Juilliard), Tigers Be Still(Partly Cloudy People), and The Orion Experience (XL Nightclub).
As an associate set designer, Jason has worked with Es Devlin: BEYONCÉ (Made In America & Global Citizen Festivals), Jan Versweyveld: The Crucible (Broadway), Santo Loquasto: Bullets Over Broadway (Broadway), and Christine Jones: The Winter's Tale (McCarter Theater). Jason has also worked on Doctor Zhivago, If/Then, and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Broadway).
Jason has designed events for Cornell, Princeton, Duke (Herson Group Ltd) and The New 42ND Street. Prior to focusing on set design, Jason was an architect, working with Mitchell Kurtz Architect PC to design theater and cultural arts spaces including: Playwrights Horizons, The Chautauqua Institution's Bratton Theater, and El Teatro Heckscher.
Jason received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art & Planning, a Masters of Fine Arts from New York University, Department of Design for Stage & Film, and is a member of USA 829.
Visit ardizzonewest.com for recent work and more information.
Brett Banakis - Photoshop Workshop
BRETT J. BANAKIS is a set, lighting, projection and film designer based in Brooklyn, NY. Recent design credits include BIG LOVE (Signature Theater); WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? (NYTW, Co-Design with Christine Jones); TITUS ANDRONICUS (Public Theater); TAMAR AND THE RIVER (Prospect Theater Co.); HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOVERS, CHILDREN, and THREE MEN ON A HORSE (TACT); AND BABY MAKES SEVEN (New Ohio); Regional: O.P.C. (American Repertory Theater); AS YOU LIKE IT (Two River), OKLAHOMA!, THE LION IN WINTER, EDITH, and A CLASS ACT (Berkshire Theatre Festival); BASHIR LAZHAR (Barrington Stage). In October 2011, Brett was featured as a “Young Designer to Watch” in LIVEDESIGN Magazine. Along with director Rafael Gallegos and costume designer Sydney Maresca, Brett is a winner of the Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase of OPERA America for their production concept of Philip Glass’s HYDROGEN JUKEBOX.
As an associate designer, Brett has worked internationally and in the U.S. in opera, on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally, developing long-term relationships with designers Christine Jones, Derek McLane, Mark Wendland, David Zinn, Paul Steinberg, Andrew Lieberman, Neil Jampolis, John Iacovelli and many others. Notable credits include: RIGOLETTO (Met Opera); THE LAST SHIP, IF/THEN, HANDS ON A HARD BODY, BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (Broadway). Additional Assistant Design credits: HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, AMERICAN IDIOT, RAGTIME, and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (Broadway).
B.A. Theater Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
M.F.A. Design for Stage and Film, New York University
Toni Barton - Fundamentals of Design
Toni has designed various projects for film, television, theatre, and industrials. She recently art directed HBO's Girls, CBS' Person of Interest and The Big C for Showtime. Other productions include Sherlock Holmes, Hitch, Rubicon, and the Today Show. Toni production designed the feature 3 Américas, filmed in Boston and Argentina and several shorts including The Gilded Six Bits and The Second Bakery Attack.
Toni earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design/Art Direction from New York University. She has been teaching at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Department of Drama.
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.
Mandy Berry - Computer Applicaitons for Managers
Mandy Berry currently works as the Technical Producer for CS Global producing and stage-managing large scale corporate events and fashion shows. She was fortunate enough to spend 4 years gallivanting the globe as the calling stage manager for Cirque Du Soleil’s production of Saltimbanco and as a back stage manager on Cirque’s Quidam. Aside from running away with the circus, she has worked for such companies as… The Santa Fe Opera, Indianapolis Opera, Opera Carolina, Atlanta Opera, The Juilliard School, Yale Opera, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Ailey II, Omaha Symphony, the José Limón Dance Company, Gray Matter Productions, Tinc Productions, Obo Global and Production Glue. Theatre credits include The Cell Theatre Company, Invictius Theatre Company, Brits off Broadway at 59 E 59 Street theatres, The Mint Theatre Company and Woman Seeking. Mandy is an AEA stage manager with a degree in Theatre from East Carolina University.
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 & Internships
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).
Heather Cousens - Stage Management
Broadway credits: Spring Awakening (also Artistic Supervisor, Seoul company), ‘night Mother, Proof, Wrong Mountain, Titanic (also first national tour), Bring in da Noise Bring in da Funk. Other credits include Atlantic Theater’s Spring Awakening, concerts in Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series, many workshops (ie. Harmony, Good Vibrations, and Disney's On The Record), and productions at The Public/NYSF (including See What I Wanna See), Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Classic Stage Company and Weathervane Theatre. She has been a stage management cover for Hairspray (tour) and Lion King (current). In addition to mostly-original plays and musicals, Heather has also stage managed many corporate events over the past decade. Heather is a graduate of Brown University.
Penny Daulton - Management Seminar: General Management
Penny Daulton is currently the Company Manager of BETRAYAL on Broadway at the Barrymore Theatre. She has also served as Company Manager for the Broadway productions of "Lucky Guy", "The Heiress", "How to Succeed in Business...",“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,” “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 (Presentations Department and House Management), Martha Graham Dance Company (Company Manager), 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.
Lenore Doxsee - Lighting Design
Lenore Doxsee is a lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. She is the Associate Artistic Director and resident lighting designer for Target Margin Theater. She has designed in many New York theaters including New York City Opera, La Mama, HERE Arts Center, Juilliard Opera Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen. Regionally and abroad she has designed for Lyric Opera of Chicago, Glimmerglass Opera, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Boston Early Music Festival, Pittsburgh Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Singapore Repertory Theatre, and many others. Her designs for dance include collaborations with choreographers Jennifer Monson, Miguel Gutierrez, Morgan Thorson, Deganit Shemy, and Karen Sherman. Lenore has received two Bessie Awards for her work with Miguel Gutierrez and an Obie Award for Target Margin’s production of Mamba’s Daughters. Ms. Doxsee holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from New York University.
Jon Dunkle - Fundamentals of Stagecraft - Lighting
Jon has a 10+ year career in New York City and beyond as a lighting designer, assistant designer, moving light programmer, lighting, audio and video technician, and general stage technician; With experience and professional connections on Broadway, Off Broadway, national and international tours, international productions, dance, concerts, special events, and architecture. While maintaining expertise in all aspects of technical theatre, Jon specializes in advanced lighting control for the stage. From 2003-2008 Jon served as the Lighting Supervisor at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and joined Tisch in his current capacity in 2011. B.F.A. in Theatre Production from Penn State University.
John Frasco - Management Seminar: Production Management
Frasco has been the Production Manager at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival in NYC and Arena Stage in Washington, DC. He has project managed for large scale commercial scene shops with a wide range of live entertainment projects ranging from Broadway to touring shows, corporate industrials, auto shows and permanent installations. He has worked in and around NYC for the last 16 years as a freelance production manager, carpenter, rigger and automation technician. Before moving to New York, Frasco was the house carpenter at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, IL; he spent a few of his college summers working for the Santa Fe Opera. Frasco has also previously guest lectured at Yale University and Adelphi University. He holds his Bachelor of Arts from The University of Iowa.
Rebecca Habel - Theater Organization
Rebecca Habel is a member of the General Management team at 101 Productions, Ltd., working on the new Broadway musical Big Fish. She was the Managing Director of the Vineyard Theatre until September 2012. Previously, Rebecca served as General Manager of one of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway theatres, the American Airlines Theatre. Broadway credits include The 39 Steps, A Man for All Seasons, Hedda Gabler, The Philanthropist, After Miss Julie, Present Laughter, Everyday Rapture, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, and The Importance of Being Earnest. Rebecca was the General Manager of Roundabout’s off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre, for three seasons and managed shows including Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Pig Farm, Suddenly Last Summer, Howard Katz, Beyond Glory, The Overwhelming, Crimes of the Heart, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Speech and Debate. Before her time at Roundabout, Rebecca served as General Manager of the Vineyard Theatre, managing shows including Eight Days Backwards, The Long Christmas Ride Home, Beautiful Child, The Argument, Miracle Brothers, People Are Wrong! After Ashley, and Where Do We Live? Rebecca has a master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Chris Jaehnig - Director 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.
Wendy Luedtke - Careers In The Arts
Ms. Luedtke designs lighting for live entertainment, corporate events, and architectural projects. Theatrical Design and Associate credits include Covent Garden, Rome Opera, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Village Voice Obie Awards, and numerous Off- and Off-Off Broadway productions. Ms. Luedtke has worked for Disney on Ice, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. She served as Resident Assistant Lighting Designer for the Lyric Opera of Chicago. With design one corporation, her projects ranged from designing for Tumi and Oscar de la Renta, to coordinating equipment and labor for an interactive video installation in Union Square Park. She previously served as the Associate Production Manager for the Department of Drama and has production managed events such as Aurelia's Oratorio at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. She has held varied positions from Assistant Technical Director, Stage Manager and Lighting Installation Supervisor to Site Liaison. Ms. Luedtke has lectured at DePaul University and the University of Iowa and formerly taught a Technical Theatre/ Design workshop for DreamYard Drama Project. Ms. Luedtke holds a BFA with Honors in Technical Production from New York University.
Davis Murin - Independent Costume Study
David Murin was recently represented with his designs for the 137th edition of the Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey 2007/08 Circus. He has designed close to 250 productions for Broadway, off-Broadway, regional theater, television, opera, and ballet. Broadway credits include revivals of Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart (directed by Kathleen Turner), The Foreigner, Blues in the Night, Mixed Emotions, Ned and Jack, Devour the Snow, and Gorey Stories. Off-Broadway includes: The Middle Ages,Ladyhouse Blues,The Common Pursuit,Translations, Jane Avril, Down the Garden Paths, The Baby Dance, Birds of Paradise, The 4th Wall, and The Custom of the Country. Regional theaters include: Seattle Rep, The AlleyTheatre, the Long Wharf Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Ford's Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Missouri Repertory Theater, ActorsTheatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Westport Playhouse, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Virginia Opera. Television credits include many television commercials,Ryan’s Hope (Emmy Award) and the television movies Maid in America, Dream House, and HBO's Sherlock Holmes.
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.
Todd Potter - Fundamentals of Drawing & Advanced Drafting
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 CANand 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 (Hilton Head PAC), and ENCHANTED APRIL, LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, SYLVIA, RUMORS, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, MOON OVER BUFFALO, GOD OF CARNAGE (Naples Players). In addition, Todd was one of the designers on Warner LeRoy's legendary Russian Tea Room restaurant on 57th Street. From 2011-13 he worked on Target's Fall and Spring National Business meetings at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN. 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
Richard Rauscher - Management Seminar: Advanced Stage Management
Richard C. Rauscher has been a stage manager for over 25 years, working predominantly in New York on Broadway shows such as Spring Awakening, The Boy From Oz, Everyday Rapture, Festen, The Full Monty, The Goat, Titanic, and the revival of Bells Are Ringing. He was a Resident Stage Manager at Lincoln Center for the New York City Opera, stage managed for the Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival's productions of Mother Courage and Twelfth Night in Central Park, and worked on the Off-Broadway productions of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Everyday Rapture. Richard is currently a staff stage manager for Radio City Music Hall, and in the past eleven years with them has worked on their annual Christmas Spectacular, a multitude of popular concerts and awards ceremonies, Zarkana, their joint venture with Cirque du Soleil, and three seasons of America's Got Talent. In addition, he was a Resident Stage Manager for the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, and the Orlando Shakespeare Festival in Florida. His regional opera work includes The Washington Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the National Grand Opera. National Tours include Miss Saigon and The Wizard of Oz. Television broadcasts include Live from Lincoln Center, The Tony Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and CBS Sports. He has taught Stage Management in the MFA Program at the University of California, San Diego and at the Yale School of Drama.
Natalie Robin - Vectorworks for Lighting
Natalie Robin is a NYC-based lighting designer of theater, opera, dance, music and performance art and the associate producer of American Realness, a festival of contemporary performance curated by Ben Pryor. She is a founding company member of Polybe + Seats, an Associate Artist of Target Margin Theater, and an adjunct faculty member at NYU Tisch. Natalie is the winner of the Apollo Lighting 2011 Standing O Award, a Live Design Magazine 2008 Young Designer to Watch, and a Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative 2014 nominee. BA: Columbia. MFA: NYU/Tisch
Recent notable designs include: The Bad and the Better, directed by Daniel Aukin; Next Fall and God of Carnage at Dallas Theater Center; Trade Practices with David Evans Morris and Kristin Marting; myendlesslove choreographed by Miguel Gutierrez; and 13 Love Songs: dot dot dot, created and performed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Emily Wexler.
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.
Leon Rothenberg - Sound Design
Leon is a Tony award-winning Sound Designer based in New York City who has designed for a number of environments including theater, film, dance, installation and the circus. Recent credits include musicals and plays across the country at venues such as the Old Globe, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theater, New York Stage and Film, La Jolla Playhouse, New York City Center, The Theater at Madison Square Garden and on Broadway. He designed sound for Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza, currently touring the world, and Wintuk, Cirque’s winter holiday show in New York City.
Recent designs on Broadway include Violet, The Realistic Joneses and The Nance, for which he won the Tony for Best Sound Design of a play. Other recent work includes The Last Five Years at Long Wharf, The Happiest Song Plays Last at Second Stage, the critically acclaimed February House at The Public Theater, August Wilson’s Jitney at Two Rivers and Some Lovers written by Stephen Sater and Burt Bacharach at The Old Globe.
In addition to theater, other work includes sound score for the innovative multimedia dance duo Bridgeman|Packer, feature film and documentary sound, and several short films both live action and animation.
Leon served on the Theater faculty at CalArts, and has taught at Bennington College in Vermont. He holds a B.M. in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, a B.A. from Oberlin College in Computer Science and an M.F.A. from California Institute of 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.
Sara Jean Tosetti - Independent Costume Design
Sara Jean Tosetti is originally from Paris, France. Opera: Cato in Utica (Glimmerglass Festival), As One (BAM Premiére), Radamisto (Julliard), Golden Days (Hyundai Theatre, South Korea), Barber of Seville (Central City Opera), Orpheus in the Underworld (CCO). Off-Broadway: 'Tis Pity She's A Whore (Red Bull Theatre @ the Duke), Loot (Lucille Lortel), The Maids (St Clemens), Manuscript (Daryl Roth), The Exonerated (Culture Project & Film). Regional: His Girl Friday, Romance In Hard Times, See How They Run (Barrington Stage Company), Dancing Lessons (Hartford), Winter's Tale (Idaho Shakespeare), The RIvals, Richard III & The Tempest (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival). Film/TV: Budweiser "Olympics commercial, LEVI's "America" campaign, The Peter Cooper Story (PBS). Also: The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Roundabout Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Cesar's Palace. MFA NYU TSOA Design for Stage & Film, Outstanding Achievemnt Award & Princess Grace Award. www.sarajeantosetti.com
Sara is a Brooklyn based artist, designer and teacher. She has designed over 50 productions in New York City, and 25 worldwide. Notable designs include: ...Great Lakes with New Georges and Women's Project (City Center II); Get Mad at Sin! with Andrew Dinwiddie and Jeff Larson (The San Diego Museum of Art), Confidence Man with the Woodshed Collective (aboard a ship in the Hudson River), Faye Driscoll's 837 Venice Blvd. (Bessie Award Winner) and You're Me (Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Theatre de Vanves Festival, France). She was Head of Design for Queen of the Night. Her design for The Great God Brown was in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. Sara is a 2015 member of St. Ann's Puppetlab. She will also be designing for Geoff Sobelle at Bard College, the choreographer Milka Djordevich at the Kitchen, and playwright Julia Jonas at The Brick.
Nicole Watson - Directing & Director Prepares
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Jonathan Zencheck - Fundamentals of Stagecraft - Scenery; Technical Direction; Advanced Scenic Techniques
Jonathan is the Technical Director for the Undergraduate Department of Drama. He also teaches the Scenic section in Fundamentals of Stage Craft, the ITP Seminar in Scenery, and Advanced Theater Techniques. Previously, Jonathan was the Technical Director for the Chautauqua Theater Company and George Street Playhouse. He also works as a freelance Production Manager and Technical Director around New York City.