Production & Design Studio Faculty

Production & Design Studio Class

Production & Design Studio Class

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:

Mark Bennett

Head of Sound Design Training

Mark Bennett is Assistant Arts Professor of Sound Design and Head of Sound Design Training in the Department of Drama’s Production & Design Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He received his BA from Vassar College where he studied composition and soundscape design with Annea Lockwood. He continued his studies in composition and orchestration at the New England Conservatory of Music with William Thomas McKinley.

Bennett is a sound designer and composer whose work has been performed both on and off Broadway, regionally, and internationally for the last 30 years. His designs and/or original compositions for Broadway include The Coast of Utopia, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Driving Miss Daisy, The GoatGolda’s Balcony, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth, and A View From The Bridge. He has composed and designed more than 150 Off-Broadway and regional productions. 

He is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award (14 nominations), two Obies (one for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design) and a Bessie Award.  Additionally, he is a founding member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Bennett has been an Adjunct Professor of Sound Design at NYU since 2004 and a guest speaker in sound design and music composition for theatre at Yale, Vassar, and the Hartt School of Music. 

Erin Black

Visiting Assistant Arts Professor

Erin Slattery Black is a visiting Assistant Arts Professor and Interim Head of Costume Design Training for the Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

She has costumed such celebrities as Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake, Kermit the Frog and Big Bird. Her career has included costuming for theatre, television, film, and opera, as well as corporate and commercial styling work.  Black has also worked extensively with the Jim Henson Company, where she served as costume designer for Sesame Street and the Netfilx original series Julie’s Greenroom with Julie Andrews. Black’s work can be seen in the movie Spy Kids as well as on Broadway in The Lion King and Willy Wonka.

Black has been awarded three daytime Emmy Awards for her work as costume designer for Sesame Street and is the recipient of the Zelma Weisfeld Award for Costume Design. Prior to this appointment, Black has served as adjunct instructor, costume director, and design mentor at Tisch Drama. She has also worked with students as a lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas at Austin, Marquette University, and Ithaca College, as well as serving as designer in residence at Marquette 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).  

Brídín Clements

Brídín Clements is an NYC-based producer and manager in the performing arts and a passionate advocate for the importance of arts education.

Brí recently served as Special Assistant to the Artistic Director and Executive Director at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Other past positions include Regional Field Director for the Paul Clements for Congress campaign in Southwest Michigan, Business Manager for NYC’s premier hip-hop improv team North Coast, Operations Manager at technical production management firm Tinc Productions, four seasons with the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), most recently as Assistant General Manager, and four seasons on the producing team for the contemporary performance festival American Realness. After managing internship programs at A.R.T., NYMF, and American Realness, Brí is delighted to return to her alma mater to engage with Tisch Drama in an exciting new capacity.  

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 Daulton

Management Seminar: General Management

Penny Daulton has served as Company Manager for the Broadway productions of "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Sunset Boulevard", “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

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.

Shoko Kambara

Set Design

Shoko Kambara is a New York based set designer.  

Musicals:  Holiday Inn (Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival - SALT award nomination), Next to Normal (Syracuse Stage-SALT award nomination), Always Patsy Cline (FLMTF), Guys and Dolls (FLMTF-SALT award nomination), Chicago (Hangar Theater-SALT award nomination), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Montclair State University), Carrie the Musical (MSU), The Bomb-itty of Errors (Syracuse Stage), The Little Mermaid (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), Nice Work If You Can Get It (national tour, Worklight Productions)

Opera: The Prince of Players (Houston Grand Opera-world premiere, Florentine Opera),  The Barber of Seville (Opera Philadelphia,Opera Theatre of St. Louis-St. Louis Theater Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design, Opera Omaha, Virginia Opera), Don Pasquale (Juilliard School)

Plays: A Christmas Carol (Hangar Theater), The Turn of the Screw (Syracuse Stage), Animals Out of Paper (Hudson Stage Company), Shining City (Nevada Conservatory Theatre)

Broadway Associate Scenic Work includes: Macbeth, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Man and Boy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Million Dollar Quartet, The Miracle Worker, Ragtime, and 33 Variations.

MFA in Scenic Design from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. BA from Dartmouth College.

Michelle Mackey

Michelle Mackey is a fine artist and scenic painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Mackey has an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute and is represented by Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas, Tx and Binder Fine Arts in Marfa, Tx. Her artwork has been exhibited in Berlin, Seoul, New York City, Dallas, and various other locations. In 2018, she had a solo exhibition entitled, “From the Edge” at Lorimoto Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Mackey’s work has been reviewed in publications like The New York Sun, Huffington Post, and New American Paintings. In addition to painting, Mackey writes about the art world for online journals artcritical.com and culturecatch.com. Since 2004, Mackey has been a member of Local USA 829: the representative voice of Designers and Scenic Artists. Mackey has worked in leadership roles and as a member of core crews of scenic artists for Broadway theater productions by Manhattan Theatre Club and Roundabout Theatre and television shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, and Orange is the New Black. She is currently a scenic artist on the 6th season of Power. For Mackey, connecting with students keeps her art and scenic practice vital. She has taught painting and drawing at a number of Universities both in the Fine Arts and in Design Departments. Mackey is thrilled to bring both her worlds of fine art and scenic art together in her “Fundamentals of Drawing and Painting” class at NYU. 

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.

Hilary Rosenfeld

Figure Drawing/Costume Techniques

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 film costume design credits include “Dessert Bloom”, “Dominick and Eugene”, “No Mercy”, “At Close Range”, “Eyewitness”, “Heartland”, “Triumph of the Spirit” and “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez”. “The Ballad” has been acclaimed the most accurate period western by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Her costume designs for theatre and opera have been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway, in regional theaters, at Juilliard and at the Public Theatre. At Juilliard she recently designed the costumes for “The Burning Fiery Furnace“. At the Public she enjoyed a rewarding collaboration with Elizabeth Swados that created the Broadway hit “Runaways”. Ms Rosenfeld’s career has also taken her into film and TV production design with such noteworthy Sundance Film Festival features as “Caught” and “Human Error”. Her other production design credits include “Downtown Express”, the PBS program “Rickover: The Father of Nuclear Power” and the award winning short “Unburden” for the Jacob Burns Film Center. Ms. Rosenfeld works with the Westchester based group Rehabilitation Through the Arts designing productions in the Bedford Hills Women's Correctional Facility. She was the Visual Consultant and Associate Producer on the soon to be released indy film "CRUSHD". Last year she team taught “Visualization for Production Designers” with Patrizia von Brandenstein at the School of Visual Arts.

Mia Rovegno

Mia Rovegno is an Adjunct Professor in the Production and Design Studio and Playwrights Horizons Theater School at Tisch School of the Arts. She holds an MFA in Directing from Brown University and a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University with a minor in Integrated Arts.

A Brooklyn-based director, playwright and puppeteer, Mia has directed/developed new work for Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, WP Theater, New York Theater Workshop, St. Anne’s Warehouse, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Civilians, INTAR, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, Joe’s Pub, The Lark, Playwrights Realm, Labyrinth, The Bushwick Starr, JACK, TerraNOVA, Woodshed Collective, Rising Phoenix, EST, Partial Comfort, The Amoralists, Dixon Place, Prelude Festival, Berkeley Rep, The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, A.R.T., New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse and others. Her own plays have been developed by P73, New Georges, Culture Project, The Civilians, Perishable and foolsFURY. Mia is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, Partial Comfort Company Member and Associate Artist with The Civilians. She is an alumna of The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Civilians R & D Group, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, New Georges Jam, and Women’s Project Directors Lab.

Mia is a recipient of the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2009 Drama League Fellowship, New Georges Audrey Residency, P73 Yale Summer Residency, SDC Observership, Jonathan Alper Fellowship (MTC), 3 Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residencies, and the 2018 Drama League Directing Fellowship in Film/Television where she was appointed as shadow director on CBS’s critically acclaimed series Madam Secretary.

Mia specializes in investigative, site-specific, and immersive performance. Her site-specific production of The Way They Live (The Civiliansat The Metropolitan Museum of Art was featured in The New Yorker’s Favorite Cultural Moments of 2015. She was Associate Director for the acclaimed immersive productions of Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theater/Tooting Arts Club) and The Tenant (West Park Presbyterian Church/Woodshed Collective). Her recent production of Miami Motel Stories (Juggerknot), a site-specific, immersive production reflecting on the undercurrent of histories in an iconic motel slotted for imminent construction and development, was named in Vogue Magazine’s Cultural Guide to Avoiding Art Basel and Inphantry’s Best Brand Experiences and Activations at Art Basel and Miami Art Week 2018.

Mia was the 2016 Playwright in Residence for the Rutgers MFA Playwriting Program, and has taught and directed at Brown, The New School, Fordham, LIU, Tisch’s Atlantic Acting School and others. Prior to joining NYU, she was an Assistant Professor at Hunter College, where she received special funding to introduce her new Experiments in Interdisciplinary Performance curriculum.

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 an Assistant Arts Professor the and Head of Scenic Design Training in the Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio. He holds an MFA from NYU's Tisch Department of Design and a BA cum laude from Dartmouth College.

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 ShakespeareOthello at Trinity Rep, and interactive staging for Compass, the 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, and taught 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 resident designer at Villanova University, Ursinus College, St. Peter's College, and Drexel University.

Evangeline Whitlock

Visiting Assistant Arts Professor

Evangeline Rose Whitlock is a Visiting Assistant Arts Professor in the Department of Drama’s Production & Design Studio at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. 

Whitlock is a professional stage manager based in New York City and has experience on and off Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, on international and national tours, with ballet and contemporary dance companies, and large-scale corporate and industrial events. She recently worked as the line producer/production manager on an original production commissioned for the 50th anniversary of L'Arche Daybreak (Richmond Hill,

Ontario, Canada)—a holistic and intentional living community for people with and without intellectual disabilities. Her particular interest as a stage manager centers around blending an ethics of care with professional theatre practice to facilitate the creation of original community-engaged work and theatre for social justice.

Select professional credits include: Broadway: Farinelli and the King. Off-Broadway: the way she spoke (Audible Theater @ Minetta Lane); Pass Over (LCT3/Lincoln Center); Fucking A, Venus (Signature Theatre); Grounded and Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1, 2 & 3Antony and Cleopatra (The Public Theater); Nice Fish (Co-Production A.R.T/St. Ann’s Warehouse); Lost Girls (MCC); Twelfth Night; The Odyssey; The Winter’s Tale; The Tempest (Public Works at The Public Theater). Tours: Flashdance. Regional: The Tempest (Dallas Theater Center), Miss You Like Hell (La Jolla Playhouse), Father Comes Home… (A.R.T. & Center Theatre Group); The Scottsboro Boys (CTG/Old Globe/A.C.T.); Allegiance; A Room With a View; Odyssey (Old Globe).

Prior to her appointment at NYU, Evangeline taught stage management and mentored student stage managers at Adelphi University, Brooklyn College, and Baylor University.

Jeanette Yew

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is an Assistant Arts Professor and Head of Lighting Design Training in the Department of Drama’s Production and Design Studio. She holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and a BA from the University of Washington Phi Beta Kappa.

Jeanette is an award-winning lighting designer for theatre, opera, dance, musical, music performances and installation. Moreover, she is a projection designer with extensive experience designing for new works and original adaptations. As a designer, Jeanette aims to create a visual environment that is organically integrated into the landscape and language of the production. Her designs are described as “clever” and “inventive” (NY Times) and that “contains the vibrant richness of a Caravaggio painted in neon”. Her designs have been seen at the Park Avenue Armory, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Rose Theater Jazz at Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), A.R.T./New York, Lucille Lortel Theater, HERE Arts Center, St. Ann's Warehouse, La Mama ETC, The Kitchen, ArtsEmerson, Manhattan School of Music, MOMA PS1, Joyce SOHO, Bard Music Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and internationally at Havana (Cuba), Prague (Czech Republic), Lima (Peru), Edinburgh (Scotland), Tokyo (Japan), Graz (Austria), Shanghai (China), and Bloemfontein (South Africa). Jeanette’s lighting design for KPOP! won the 2017 LIT Design award in Theater Performance, and also received the 2018 nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design for the Lortel and Drama Desk. Her projection design for Relevance was also nominated for the 2018 Lortel. Additionally, she received the Bel Geddes Design Enhancement award for her lighting and projection design for Ludic Proxy and Higher Glimmer. Lastly, Jeanette is also a generative artist in devising interdisciplinary productions combining contemporary puppetry aesthetics with technology. The New York Times described her recent project, Act 4 of The Iceman Cometh, with Target Margin Lab as “consistently inventive”.

Prior to her appointment at NYU, Professor Yew was appointed as Lecturer in Lighting Design at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. She has also worked with students both as an educator and as a designer at Stony Brook University, Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and the School of Drama at The New School, Seoul Institute of the Arts, Parson School of Design, Kean University, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA), and University of Rochester International Theatre Program.