Production and Design, Stage Management Faculty

Department of Theatre and Dance

Full-Time Faculty

Michael Allen   Michael Allen, MFA
Deputy Chair of Production
Associate Professor
Stage/Production & Arts Management
973-655-4496
allenmi@mail.montclair.edu
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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.


Jorge Arroyo
Clinical Specialist
Technical Theatre
973-655-3084
arroyoj@mail.montclair.edu


 Debra Otte Debra Bergsma Otte, MFA
Program Coordinator for Production and Design
Associate Professor
Costume Design, Theatrical Make-up and Fashion Studies
973-655-7680
otted@mail.montclair.edu
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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   Randy Mugleston, MFA
Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Technical Director
Associate Professor
Theatre Technology and Stagecraft
973-655-7343
muglestonr@mail.montclair.edu
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Randy Mugleston is Chair of 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 Rom Erhard M. Rom, MFA
Scenic Designer
Assistant Professor
Scenic Design, Drafting
973-655-4378
rome@mail.montclair.edu
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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.


Part-Time Faculty, Adjuncts and Visiting Specialists

Sam Currie
Adjunct Instructor
Production, Stagecraft
973-655-7000
curries@mail.montclair.edu
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Heather Ball
Adjunct Instructor/Scenic Charge
Scene Painting
973-655-7901
ballh@mail.montclair.edu
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Peter Davis
Production Manager
Adjunct Instructor
Production Operations
973-655-4205
davispet@mail.montclair.edu
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Victoria Depew
Adjunct Instructor
Costume Crafts
973-655-7345
depewv@mail.montclair.edu
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Judy Evans
Costume Supervisor
973-655-7345
evansjud@mail.montclair.edu
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Stephen Gardner
Adjunct Instructor
Drawing and Rendering
973-655-7000
gardners@mail.montclair.edu
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Kenneth Goodwin
Adjunct Instructor
Sound Design
973-655-7000
goodwinke@mail.montclair.edu
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Karen Kinsley
Adjunct Instructor
Stage Makeup
973-655-700
kinsleyk@mail.montclair.edu
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Toby Kreimendahl
Adjunct Instructor
Production Costumes
973-655-7000
kreimendahlt@mail.montclair.edu
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Benjamin Merrick
Technical Director
973-655-6679
merricka@mail.montclair.edu
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James Ryan
Adjunct Instructor
Production Stagecraft
973-655-7000
ryanj@mail.montclair.edu
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Darby Smotherman
Adjunct Instructor
Lighting and Sound Tech
973-655-7000
smothermand@mail.montclair.edu
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Misty Stay
Adjunct Instructor
Stage Management
973-655-7000
staym@mail.montclair.edu
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