Production and Design, Stage Management Faculty
Department of Theatre and Dance
|Michael Allen, MFA
Deputy Chair of Production
Stage/Production & Arts Management
Michael Allen has earned professional credits in a variety of areas in theatre including Arts Education, Performance, Administration, Production/Stage & Arts Management, Production Design and Directing. Organization and committee affiliation include the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Regional II (Chair for Design Technology and Management). Additional University service affiliations include, Student Conduct Council, Minority Student Retention Committee, Student Grade Grievance Committee, and Graduation Senior Speaker Selection Committee. Allen is the faculty advisor for SGA University Players, The Student Campus Ministries and Buddhist for Peace International. Michael also serves on a variety of committees within the Department of Theatre and Dance. Mr. Allen has directed two joint project, one with the Justice Studies Department,The Exonerated and African American Studies Department, Requiem for Brother X. Also as a director, Michael has worked on productions for Players including Twilight of the Gold’s, In the Blood, The World Goes Round, and Lysistrata (adapted by Karen Anslem). In the department, he has designed lights for the dance productionWorks A Foot; worked as the scenic designer for the production of Working and stage-managed Steel Magnolias and Trojan Women. He has also written and directed three children’s theatre plays for the Gifted and Talented Program, An African Tale, Cindy and the Battle of Aspru and Robin the Hood.
|Debra Bergsma Otte
Program Coordinator for Production and Design
Costume Design, Theatrical Make-up and Fashion Studies
Debra Bergsma Otte (Program Coordinator for Production and Design) is a professor of design at Montclair State University. She teaches in both the Fashion Studies Program and the Theatre and Dance Department. Her design credits include costume designs for many regional, Off-Broadway and University productions, television, dance, puppet design for Henson Associates and industrial design work for Parker Davis, Chrysler and Burger King. In 1999 and again in 2005, she was honored to receive the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for her work with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She holds an MFA in Design from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
|Randy Mugleston, MFA
Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Theatre Technology and Stagecraft
Randy Mugleston is currently the Technical Director for the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University. Mugleston has an undergraduate degree from Utah State University and a graduate degree in Theatre Technology from Indiana State University. Over the years, he has designed many productions at Montclair State, as well as served as the Technical Director for most of the theatre department’s productions. He has also designed lights “ Off-Broadway” in New York City and sets and lights for several dance spaces.
|Erhard M. Rom, MFA
Scenic Design, Drafting
Erhard Rom (set designer) is currently the head of the Scenic Design area in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University. He has designed settings for more than 150 productions throughout North America, including the recent Canadian premiere of John Adams' opera NIXON IN CHINA. His designs have been featured in the Prague Quadrennial International Design Exhibition.
His work includes numerous engagements with Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Virginia Opera, Wolf Trap Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. His work has also been seen frequently at Syracuse Stage and Geva Theatre Center in New York State. Other Theatre Companies he has worked for include: Indiana Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Interact Theatre, and the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington DC. He has also designed for Opera Cleveland, Kentucky Opera, Ordway Music Theatre, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Curtis Institute of Music, San Francisco Opera Center, Oklahoma Mozart Festival and for ABC Television.
Mr. Rom received his BA in Music from the University of Washington, and his M.F.A. in Design from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Mr. Rom is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.