Summer Drama Intensives and Courses Faculty

Ecology of New York Theatre

Arts Professor Elizabeth Bradley is an educator, theatrical producer, festival curator, presenter, and international cultural consultant. She was recruited in 2008 to the NYU Tisch School of the Arts to serve as Chair of the Department of Drama after heading the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Her appointment at Carnegie Mellon followed a wide-ranging career of almost 30 years in the professional performing arts in her native Canada.  For a decade, Bradley was CEO of the Hummingbird Centre (now Sony Centre) for the Performing Arts in Toronto, the largest in Canada. The 14 million-dollar organization presents multidisciplinary attractions from around the world, including many of the major artists of the last two decades. 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 has worked directly for artists as manager and agent, and occupied a senior management position for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada.   She is a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada. A past Chair of the International Society for the Performing Arts, an organization that links leaders in the arts from 51 countries, Bradley was instrumental in the creation of the Inaugural International Arts Forum in Beijing, China, in 2001. She was the Founding Artistic Director of the first edition of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts held in October of 2004. The Festival brought nine U.S. premieres of cutting-edge multi disciplinary performance work to Pittsburgh to complement the visual arts showcased in the Carnegie International. For the past five years, Bradley served as Senior Artistic Associate for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Canada, under the artistic directorship of Des McAnuff. Currently she chairs the U.S. board of the National Theatre of Scotland, and advises the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Wash. Her teaching and research interests focus on artistic entrepreneurship, which she currently teaches at NYU in a learning module initiated at Carnegie Mellon for graduate MFA students. The Self Start content has engaged students from Hong Kong to Glasgow. In addition, she teaches emerging arts leaders in a course sequence that focuses on global best practices in meeting contemporary sector challenges. Also recently, she served on the jury for the Theatre Communications Group’s Global Initiative Grant program. Her great passion is contributing to cultural collaboration and empowerment in whatever part of the world she is fortunate enough to be invited.

Topics in Performance Studies: 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.

Directing Practicum; Theatre Genres: Comedy & Performance

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.

Topics in Musical Theatre: The Outsider and the Broadway Musical

Aleksei Grinenko (PhD) is an adjunct faculty member at Tisch Drama. His research has appeared in The Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Musical as well as Theatre Journal, Studies in Musical TheatreEuropean Stages and Slavic and East European Performance. He is currently working on a book that traces the history of representations of madness in Broadway musicals. After a decade of professional work as a theatre artist in Belarus, Aleksei continues to collaborate with Eastern European theatre companies. Most recently, he produced an award-winning Russian-language production of Next to Normal (in his translation). 

Realism and Naturalism: European Origins

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.

Topics in Performance Studies: Harlem Renaissance

Stefanie A. Jones, PhD ("SAJ," they/them) is an adjunct faculty member at Tisch Drama, and an adjunct assistant professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. They have expertise in African American Theatre, Musical Theatre, Cultural and American Studies, and racism and anti-racism. They are currently working on their first book, Performing the Political Economy: Liberal Antiracisms, the Broadway Class, and Racial Capitalism at the Turn of the Millennium. SAJ is also a co-editor of Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, which publishes politically-engaged cultural studies scholarship, including work in theatre and performance studies, in a fully digital, open-access platform.

Modern British Drama: From Pax Britannica to Brexit

Warren Kluber is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in the Tisch Drama Department. His research — which focuses on war and medicine in 20th- and 21st-century theatre — has been published in Theatre Journal, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art

Theatrical Genres: Classics & Social Justice

Peter Meineck holds the endowed chair of Associate Professor of Classics in the Modern World at New York University. He specializes in ancient performance, cognitive theory, Greek literature and culture and humanities public programming. Professor Meineck received his PhD in Classics from the University of Nottingham and his BA (hons) in Ancient World Studies from University College London. In addition to his academic career he has worked extensively in the professional theatre in New York and London, founding Aquila Theatre in 1991. His national public programs have earned a Chairman’s Special Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Hayden, Onassis and Mid Atlantic Arts foundations, among others. These programs include Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, The Warrior Chorus, and Shakespeare Leaders in Harlem. He has also directed, and or produced over 50 productions of classical plays at venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, The Ancient Stadium at Delphi and the Bush and Obama White House. His productions of classical drama have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe.

Professor Meineck has published widely in the field of ancient performance, his most recent works include Theatrocracy: Greek Drama, Cognition and the Imperative for Theatre (Routledge 2017), Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks (edited with David Konstan, Palgrave 2014) and a new translation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes (Hackett 2014). He has published numerous translations of Greek plays and had several of his translations and adaptations produced on the professional stage. His translation of Aeschylus' Oresteia was awarded the 2001/2 Louis Galantiere Award by the American Translators Association. He is also Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham and has held fellowships at Princeton University, the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, the University of California San Diego and the Onassis Foundation.

Among the awards he has received are the 2009 NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award, a 2009 Humanities Initiative Team Teaching Award, the American Philological Association Outreach Prize, and the Outstanding Teacher Award at USC.  He also serves as a firefighter and emergency medical technician in New York and is currently the Rescue Captain with the Bedford Fire Department.

Professor Meineck teaches ancient drama, ancient theatre production, classical literature and mythology, ancient war and society, global literature, theatre history, Shakespeare, cognitive theory as applied to ancient studies and drama, dramaturgy, directing, acting, arts administration, and applied theatre.

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.

Studies in Shakespeare: On Film 

John is Associate Director of CONNECT, a theatre-based communication training program at the Cooper Union. He has taught at Vassar College and New School University, served on the literary and outreach staff of the Denver Center Theatre Company, and worked as an arts editor, critic, and director.

Topics in Peformance Studies: American Burlesque

Dr. Sally received her PhD from the Performance Studies Department at New York University and her MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory from The New School. Her primary areas of research interest include American popular culture, gender, and performance. Her work has been published by Routledge Press and in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of American Drama and TheatreJournal of Popular CultureSenses & SocietyNew York History, and others. Currently on sabbatical, she is completing a book-length academic monograph for Lexington Press tentatively titled Neo-Burlesque as a New Sexual Revolution: Performances of Gender, Excess, and Desire.

Studies in Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Women

Christina M. Squitieri is a PhD Candidate in English Literature at New York University focusing on early modern drama. Her dissertation, “Theatrical Transformation and the Limitation of Identity on the Early Modern English Stage,” challenges the assumption that theatre presents identity creation by arguing that early modern plays present the way theatricality—analyzed through costume, speech, and gesture—is able to impose a recognizable identity onto a character that is difficult to remove at the end of the play, limiting their identity in the process. Her research also proposes a deeper early modern interest in identity’s malleability than has been previously considered, as well as who—and what—was able to shape identity beyond the playhouse. Her other research interests include global Shakespeares, particularly within the Arab world, classical literature and its early modern influences, the senses, law and literature, and female power and agency in the early modern period, particularly within the history play. She is the recipient of the 2015 Sixteenth Century Society and Conference's Carl S. Meyer Prize for the best paper presentation by a graduate student or a scholar who has received their PhD in the last five years; an article version of the paper for which she received the award is forthcoming in the journal Shakespeare. She has also presented her research at MLA, SAA, RSA, and NeMLA, and has organized sessions at MLA 2017, NeMLA 2017, RSA 2018, and co-organized a session at RSA 2019. Other than teaching at Gallatin, she has taught in the English and Core Curriculum departments at the College of Arts and Science at NYU, in the Drama department of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and in the Humanities and Social Science department at The Cooper Union.

The Villain: Scoundrels, Scapegoats & The Other in Performance

Corey Sullivan (Assistant Arts Professor) teaches courses in theater, film, and the humanities at NYU Shanghai and NYU Tisch in the departments of Drama and Graduate Film. He was also a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University and a Research Associate at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is an original Associate Artist of Theater Mitu, a permanent ensemble of interdisciplinary collaborators with whom he’s worked since 2001. He has been a resident artist at The Sundance Institute, New York Theatre Workshop, The Watermill Center, and the NYUAD Performing Arts Center. Sullivan has performed, directed, and produced work at theaters all over the United States, including The Public Theater, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Vineyard Theater, Ars Nova, New Victory Theater, Beckett Theatre, Living Theater, American Repertory Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, CaraMia/Ignite Arts of Dallas, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Screenings of his work in film and new media include Dallas International Film Festival, Rooftop Films of Brooklyn, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, and the Tribeca Film Festival. His work has also been seen at The Cairo Opera House (Cairo,Egypt), Manarat al Saadiyat (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Moscow Art Theatre (Moscow, Russia), Anton Chekhov Estate (Melikhovo, Russia), Opera Prima (Andalusia, Spain), Kontakt Theater Festival (Torun, Poland), and Teatro Duoc (Santiago, Chile). BA Bard College; MFA Harvard University, Moscow Art Theater.