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|Michael Allen, MFA
Stage Management, Production 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. Prof. Allen is the faculty advisor for SGA University Players, The Student Campus Ministries and Buddhist for Peace International. He also serves on a variety of committees within the Department of Theatre and Dance. Prof. Allen has directed two joint projects, one with the Justice Studies Department, The Exonerated and African American Studies Department, Requiem for Brother X. Also as a director, he 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 production Works 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.
|||Neil Baldwin, Ph.D.
Director, The Creative Research Center
Theatre Criticism, How to Run A Nonprofit Arts Organization
Neil Baldwin, PhD, critically-acclaimed author, editor, and cultural historian, has published many works of nonfiction and biography over the course of his long career in the arts. As Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, he has created two new courses representing his teaching passions: Introduction to Dramaturgy: The Questioning Spirit (for undergraduates); and How to Run a Nonprofit Arts Organization (for the graduate MA Program in Arts and Museum Management). He also focuses upon introductory classes in The Theatrical Medium and Play Script Interpretation. Dr. Baldwin invented a new writing and critical discipline, "Danceaturgy," in which he works in close collaboration with the Dance Division faculty and students exploring the arc of the repertory every year; and shares his broad historical expertise as "Talk Back" moderator for many performing arts productions. As a further teaching innovation, Dr. Baldwin engages in ongoing email correspondence with faculty and students in drama and dance over the course of the semesters' productions. He is founding Director of The Creative Research Center, and serves with great pleasure as Faculty Advisor to the Theatre and Dance Honor Society, Theta Alpha Phi.
Jessica Brater, PhD
Coordinator, Theatre Studies BA & MA Programs
Dr. Jessica Brater comes to Montclair State from the University of New Haven, where she served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Theater Program Coordinator, and Assistant Dean. Her book, Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines: Woman’s Work, was published by Methuen Drama in 2016. Chapters on Mabou Mines appear in two forthcoming anthologies on collective creation from Palgrave Macmillan. Other writing has appeared in publications including Aujord’hui/Samuel Beckett Today and Theatre Journal. Brater’s research aims to bring attention to art and artists who have been underrepresented historically in theatre criticism and onstage. Brater is the founding Artistic Director of Polybe + Seats. Over the company’s fifteen-year history, they have partnered with other Brooklyn cultural organizations including the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92, the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge, and the Old Stone House to create socially engaged work. With Polybe + Seats, Brater is directing Sarah Badiyah Sakaan’s The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black, and the Right Way to Pray, a new play that explores Muslim feminist identity. Following a 2014-16 residency at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Polybe has a Creative Space grant from ART/NY to develop the project and has partnered with the Arab American Association of New York to present a full production. Brater’s teaching encourages students to map connections between theater literature, history, and theory and their own stage practice, challenging them to excel both intellectually and creatively and to examine connections between the performative and the political.
|Susan Kerner, MFA
Susan Kerner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, her directing credits include productions in New York, London, Shanghai, and at major regional theatres throughout the United States including the Tony Award-winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Meadow Brook Theatre (MI). As Resident Director at George Street Playhouse for 10 seasons, her critically acclaimed productions include the American premiere of Tom Kempinski’s Separation, and the world premiere of James Still’s award-winning And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank. Prof. Kerner has taught and directed at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York University in London, Rutgers University, and Drew University. She served on a National Endowment for the Arts' Theatre panel for Education and Access and the National Advisory Committee for the Theatre Praxis. A 1996 recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Arts Education, she holds graduate degrees in Dramatic Literature from Columbia University and Directing from Boston University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in India and has taught and directed theatre programs in Greece, Italy, England, China, and Korea.
|Randy Mugleston, MFA
Randy Mugleston is the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University. He 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
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.
Prof. 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. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
|Deborah Saivetz, Ph.D.
Acting, Directing, Ensemble Performance
Deborah Saivetz has directed and developed new work with New York and regional theaters such as The Foundry, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, New Dramatists, Voice & Vision, Red Bull Theater, INTAR, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Long Wharf and Seattle Rep. Her directing credits include Javier Malpica’s Our Dad Is in Atlantis (Working Theater), Sarah Ruhl’s Late:A Cowboy Song (Clubbed Thumb), Catherine Filloux’s Passion.com (HB Playwrights’ Theater), Carmen Rivera’s The Next Cycle (Women’s Project & Productions), Caridad Svich’s Twelve Ophelias (Baruch Performing Arts Center), and Elizabeth Egloff’s The Nose (Drama League of New York). Regional theater directing credits include Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’s Bird in the Hand (Hartford Stage), Svich’s Perdita Gracia and Egloff’s Phaedra (New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse Theater), her own adaptation of Donald Barthelme’s Novel The King (ShakespeareTheatre of New Jersey), and Wallace Shawn’s Marie and Bruce (Parallax Theater, Chicago). For the Lark Play Development Center’s U.S./Mexico Playwright Exchange, she directed Irela de Viller’s Quetzalcoatl Puddle, Cutberto López’s Yamaha 300, Verónica Musalem’s Adela and Juana, and Jorge Celaya’s Van Gogh in New York. She directed the Spanish-language translation of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House for Mexico City’s DramaFest ‘08, and is collaborating with the Oaxaca-based Teatro Cuauhpanco on a Spanish-language production of Ruhl's Eurydice. Prof. Saivetz is a New Georges Affiliate Artist, an alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and was a 2004–2005 Resident Director at New Dramatists. She is the author of An Event in Space: JoAnne Akalaitis in Rehearsal.
Mysti Stay, MFA
Production / Stage Management