College of the Arts


Associate Professor, Cali School of Music
ext. 7212
Office Location: Chapin Hall

With over one hundred performances per year, and praised by The New York Times as “spellbinding”, the Chicago Tribune as "minutely crafted," and The Washington Post as "deeply poetic," the music of composer DR. BALTER can be heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Köln Philharmonie, Villa Medici, Teatro de Madrid, and Tokyo Bunka Kaykan. He has received commissions from Chamber Music America, The Fromm Foundation at Harvard, The MacArthur Foundation, and the Geneva Camerata, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Tanglewood/Leonard Bernstein, and Civitella Ranieri foundations, first prizes in several international competitions, and guest artistic residencies worldwide.  He has worked with many of today’s most prominent classical music artists as well as with Swedish singer/songwriter José González, the indie-rock band Deerhoof, and several notable choreographers and multimedia artists. He received his doctoral degree from Northwestern University where he studied with Augusta Read Thomas, Amy Williams, and Jay Alan Yim. Former guest instructors include Louis Andriessen, Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, Oliver Knussen, Tristan Murail, Enno Poppe, Wolfgang Rihm, and Kaija Saariaho. His works are published by Schott NY, and recordings of his music are available through New Amsterdam, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Navona Records. For more information, visit the composer's official website at


Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance
ext. 3085
Office Location: Life Hall 

MS. BENTON received her M.F.A. in Acting from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University in 2003. She joins MSU from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts conservatory in New York where she was a member of the faculty for five years, and the head of the movement department. Ms. Benton’s expertise is in a multiple technique approach to actor training that includes Stanislavsky, Practical Aesthetics and Viewpoints. As a professional Equity actress, she has participated in several national tours and worked in regional theatres across the country including American Repertory Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Annex Theatre, Book It Repertory Theatre, Village Theatre and the Children’s Theatre Company. Benton is a company member of the international theatre company, East River Commedia and has created and performed several original pieces (Living With Betty, Half Awake and Falling Through the Sky and Chasing Immortality, a Performance-Lecture) for variousfestivals in New York City.


Associate Professor, School of Communication and Media
ext. 3283
Office Location: Moorehead Hall 111

MS. GEORGE joins the School of Communication & Media as an Associate Professor of Journalism – Local Media. Before coming to Montclair State University, she was an Associate Professor of Journalism at Purchase College, State University of New York. Prof. George has also worked as a journalist in London and New York, spending a number of years as a staff writer for the New York Daily News covering local, metro and national stories. Her freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, and New Jersey Monthly. She is a contributing author of the book, Brooklyn: A State of Mind (Workman, 2001).


Associate Professor, School of Communication and Media
ext. 3285
Office Location: Morehead Hall M144

MS. RAVEN is an award winning filmmaker (writer/director/producer) who has been involved in film for over twenty years. After training as an actor and modern dancer, she chose to move to the other side of the camera and concentrate on film. Over the years she has worked in almost every position on a film crew. Ms. Raven helped to found the SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL amd continues to be on the advisory board. Her first feature film, LOW, screened in over 30 international film festivals, after which she wrote and directed three films for the SHOWTIME Cable network. In 2000 Lise moved to Berlin,Germany after being awarded the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm Artist Residency in Film. Her feature film project, SNIPE, was funded by the Irish Film Board. Raven's most recent feature film, KINDERWALD premiered at the Munich International Film Festival and continues to screen in competition  in the US and abroad. In addition Lise has created a number of short documentaries and films which have been screened in museums, galleries and film festivals. Ms. Raven believes that every student has a story to tell and a unique voice and style. 


Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance
ext. 7893
Office Location: Life Hall 224

MS. STEINMAN has had an extensive career as a performer, teacher, and choreographer, spanning over 24 years. Her company, Maxine Steinman & Dancers, has been presented in numerous festivals and venues in the US and abroad such as Joyce Soho, The 92ndStreet Y Harkness Dance Festival, the Westfest Dance Festival, the American Dance Guild Festival, DUMBO, the Joan Weil Center for Dance at Alvin Ailey, and in Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Italy, and Cyprus where she also taught classes. The O'Donnell-Green Foundation for Music and Dance awarded Ms. Steinman two grants for her choreographic work in collaboration with composers Dred Scott and Matthew Ferry.  Over the past 16 years, Ms. Steinman has been creating choreographic works for colleges and conservatories in the US and abroad, consistently setting new work on students from Montclair State University, Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College and the Ailey School where she also served as faculty. Ms. Steinman was a soloist with the Eleo Pomare Dance Company for 12 years and has performed with Denishawn Repertory Dancers, Mafata Dance Company, Robin Becker, Regina Larkin, Sue Bernhard, Spiritdance, Danceimprints, and in special projects with the José Limón Dance Company, among others. For two years, Ms. Steinman directed the LINKS Program (the Limón Initiative Nurturing Kids Program), for the Limón Foundation, and currently stages excerpts of A Choreographic Offering by Jose Limón for universities. Ms. Steinman´s education includes a BFA in dance from Adelphi University, an MA degree in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and an MFA in Dance/Performance from the University of Wisconsin Peck School of the Arts. Ms. Steinman holds the position of Assistant Professor of Dance at Montclair State University, where she serves as BFA Dance Program Coordinator.


Associate Professor, Theatre and Dance
ext. 3260
Office Location: Life Hall 225B

MR. VON HOWARD joins the Department of Theatre & Dance as an Associate Professor of Dance. He holds advanced degrees in Performance and Choreography from the School of Classical and Contemporary - Texas Christian University and Tisch School of the Arts - New York University. Mr. von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a New York based contemporary dance company. As an international dance artist, he has worked with many renowned choreographic and producing artists such as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, Germaul Barnes, Daniel Gwirtzman and various others. Mr. von Howard is a NJ State Council of the Arts Choreographic Fellow (2006). His choreographic work has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, Ailey Citigroup Theater and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. to name a few. His teaching artist highlights include the Interlochen Arts Camp, Dance New Amsterdam, the American Dance Festival, Korean Dance Festival and the Dance It! Festival (Bulgaria). Mr. von Howard is a 2013/2014 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts where he was on faculty from 2008-2014. Outside of his academic and creative work at Montclair State University he concurrently teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City, where he has been on faculty since 1998.


Assistant Professor, School of Communication and Media
ext. 3265
Office Location: Morehead Hall 128

MS. WHITESIDE joins the faculty of the School of Communication and Media as an Assistant Professor in Sports Media and Journalism. Ms. Whiteside spent 14 years at USA Today as the lead Olympics writer, World Cup soccer writer and national college football writer. She has covered seven Olympics, eight World Cups as well as the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and major college sports. Prior to joining USA Today, she was a reporter at Newsday and a staff writer at Sports Illustrated. From 1998-2004, she was an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and from 2012-2013 a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University teaching sports journalism.