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Summer Drama Intensives and Courses Faculty

ELIZABETH BRADLEY
Theatre in New York: The Producing Impulse

Arts Professor Elizabeth Bradley is an educator, theatrical producer, festival curator, presenter, and international cultural consultant. She was recruited in 2008 to the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as Chair of Drama after heading the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. For a decade, Bradley was CEO of the Hummingbird Centre (now Sony Centre) for the Performing Arts in Toronto, the largest in Canada. Her theatrical producing credits include Tony-nominated Broadway productions, Edinburgh Festival premieres and extensive tours to major houses such as the Kennedy Center, and New York's City Center. She is a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada.  

ROBERT DAVIS
Medieval Theatre; Museums, Fairs, Sideshows

Robert Davis is an Instructor in the Tisch Drama Department. His dissertation, “Performance and Spectatorship in United States International Expositions, 1876-1893” looks at audience behavior at world’s fairs, sections of which have been published in The World’s Fair Reader (2014) and Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn? (2013). He has also published in The Oxford Handbook of Greek Drama in the Americas (2015), Comparative Drama (2011), and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre (2011, with Amanda Wrigley). Currently, he is under contract to write a game for Choice of Games about managing a theatre in nineteenth-century New York.

FRITZ ERTL
Comedy and Performance; Directing Practicum

Fritz Ertl is a director and educator.  He has produced or directed world premieres of plays by Steven Drukman, Erik Ehn, and Paula Vogel, and has worked at theatres such as Berkshire Theatre Festival, BACA Downtown, Here, and Incubator Arts Project.  At NYU Fritz has directed Pentecost, by David Edgar, The Pains of Youth, by Ferdinand Brukner, and Mad Forest, by Caryl Churchill, among others.  In recent years, he has been working on a series of new plays exploring the catastrophic consequences of globalization: Youth in Asia: A Techno Fantasia (aka the resistance project), written by Steven Drukman; Foxhollow (aka the animal project), by Steven Drukman;  There Was and There Wasn't: An Old Iraqi Folktale (aka the queeraq project), written by Daniel Glen; and Carla and Lewis (aka the ecocide project), by Shonni Enelow. Fritz has been teaching at NYU since 1990 and is the former Managing Director of the Drama Department at Tisch. He spent the 2005-06 academic year in Dublin, where he was the program director of the Tisch Dublin Acting Conservatory.  At PHTS he is the head of curriculum, and teaches directing.

JOE JEFFREYS 
Realism and Naturalism

Joe E. Jeffreys has taught Theatre Studies in the Tisch Drama Department for fifteen years and is published widely in encyclopedias, book anthologies, academic journals and the popular press. A specialist in LGBTQ performance, he maintains an extensive video archive of drag performance that is screened internationally.

MARY ANN LAMB
Dancing with Broadway Masters

Mary Ann Lamb teaches and choreographs all over the world. She recently (Summer 2016) taught with Elizabeth Parkinson setting the Jerome Robbins Suites in Amsterdam and more recently completed teaching a series of Master Classes (Fall 2016) at NYU. Mary Ann choreographed (with Lisa Gadja) Gypsy with Harbor Lights Productions and A Nightingale Sang at Westport Playhouse.  She was Associate Choreographer for Susan Misner and Jonathon Bernstein’s, The Shape She Makes at ART Theater in Cambridge, and for JoAnn Hunter on Barry Manilow’s Harmony and Oliver at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. As a performer Mary Ann has played Young Claire in John Kander and Fred Ebb’s, The Visit, starring Chita Rivera and John Cullum.  She danced in the film Rock of Ages, with Tom Cruise. On Broadway she played Mona Page in Curtains starring David Hyde Pierce and in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Curtains, choreographed by JoAnn Hunter. Other Broadway credits include: Contact; Seussical; Fosse; Chicago; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Jerome Robbins’ Broadway; Song and Dance; Goodbye Girl; Starlight Express; and Carrie.  In addition to Broadway, Mary Ann has danced in eight productions at New York’s City Center in the prestigious ‘Encore series. Mary Ann’s extensive dance career is on display in a PBS documentary titled, Working Dancers II. Her vision of dance is shaped from working with the following choreographers and directors: Jerome Robbins, Graciella Daniel, Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Kathleen Marshall, Susan Stroman, and Rob Marshall.

LAURENCE MASLON
21st Century Musicals

Laurence Maslon is an arts professor at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. He is the coauthor of the PBS documentary Broadway: The American Musical and its companion volume.

STEPHANIE OMENS
Theatre & Therapy

Stephanie Omens, LCAT, MA-RDT, CCLS is a licensed creative arts therapist in New York State, registered drama therapist and certified child life specialist, currently working at the Hackensack University Medical Center, with chronically ill hospitalized, bereaved and prematurely born infants and children.

HELEN SHAW
Chekhov & Radical Realism

Helen Shaw is a critic, dramaturg and professor whose work has appeared in Time Out New York, the Village Voice, American Theatre, 4columns and TheaterForum. She is currently working on a book about Mac Wellman.

DAN VENNING
Studies in Shakespeare

Dan Venning holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the City University of New York Graduate Center, an M.Litt. in Shakespeare Studies from the University of St Andrews, and a B.A. in English and Theater Studies from Yale University. He recently defended his dissertation, "Shakespeare for the Volk: Shakespeare and the Development of the Idea of German Nationhood, 1817 - 1867." He has published book and theatre reviews in a wide variety of academic journals. He has also published articles in Performing Arts Resources, Forum for Modern Language Studies, and Asian Theatre Journal. Dan is also an adjunct lecturer in the Communication Studies department at Baruch College.

JEN WALDMAN
Script & Text Analysis

Jen Waldman is the director and founder of Jen Waldman Studio, one of NYC’s most highly regarded actor training studios. In 2016 alone, students of Jen Waldman Studio appeared in 25 Broadway shows. Jen’s directing and choreography credits include George Street Playhouse, Alley Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival, Cape Playhouse, B-Side Productions, Depot Theatre, Wanderlust Theatre Company, and more. She has served as the Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre and Breaking Bread Productions and recently completed a 5-year term as the Theatre chair for the National YoungArts Foundation. As an actor, Jen made her Broadway debut in Maury Yeston’s Titanic. She went on to appear on Broadway in the smash-hit musical Wicked, also touring the US as Nessa Rose, the Wicked Witch of the East. Other acting credits include the original Off Broadway casts (and cast recordings) of Heat Lightning, Dreams This Way, and John and Paul. She has appeared onstage at the Westport Country Playhouse, Bay Street Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Weston Playhouse, and more.

KALLE WESTERLING
American Burlesque

Kalle Westerling is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and a Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Co-Director of HASTAC Scholars, a vibrant student network within The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). Currently, he is completing his dissertation on the history and aesthetics of male-identified bodies in 20th-century burlesque and 21st-century boylesque, “The Roots and Routes of Boylesque: Queering Male Striptease and Burlesque in New York City from 1930s Golden Age Burlesque to the New York Boylesque Festival in the 2010s.”

His monograph, La Dolce Vita (Normal 2006) treats the history of the Swedish drag company After Dark. He regularly delivers scholarly papers at the annual conferences for the American Society for Theatre Researchers (ASTR) and the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Recently, his performance-related theatre work has included an English translation and dramaturgy of August Strindberg’s The Pelican for the Voyage Theatre Company’s 2016 production in New York City. In 2017, he will also dramaturge Parts Unknown—their reading series of newly written drama.

Kalle has taught courses at New York University, Baruch College, Hunter College, and Stockholm University, and has guest lectured at Yale University, Carleton University, and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.

TED ZITER
Arab-American Theatre

Edward Ziter is Professor of Theatre History in the Department of Drama at New York University. His book, Political Performance in Syria: From the Six-Day War to the Syrian Uprising, was the co-winner of 2014-2015 Joe A. Callaway prize for the best book on Drama. Earlier works include The Orient on the Victorian Stage and articles in TDRTheatre Research InternationalTheatre SurveyTheatre Journal, the Wordsworth Circle, and several anthologies.