Department of Theatre and Dance - Fall 2014


Chair's Corner...

Greetings from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

There is a lot to be excited about this fall. We have taken on an ambitious performance season with no less than 12 productions, workshops and readings. We opened our season with an inspired dance concert called Hearts of Men.  This program was the culmination of a two-week intergenerational dance intensive for men ages 14 to 80. Directed by Earl Mosley, it was an amazing event to see that many men dancing on stage. We also just wrapped up our main stage production of Clybourne Park, the satirical comedy inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun

The New Works Initiative, generously underwritten by Robert S. and Holly J. Gregory, is a special project of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University committed to the development and production of new original work. This year, we have partnered with Bisno Productions to help with the underlying philosophy and shared goal to ensure that, in the process of attracting emerging and high-profile artists—and exploring exciting new work/world premieres with “legs” beyond Montclair State University—we create a meaningful experience and unique opportunity for undergraduates to learn and grow from this “real-world” collaboration. As a result, Mikheal Garver has been selected as the first artist the NWI will commission to create a collaborative piece for our students. She is a Brooklyn-based, immersive theatre director who develops new work.

Our dance students will once again participate in the American College Dance Festival (ACDF) at West Chester University, Pa., in March, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival at Cleveland State University in January. We will be presenting some of our best student work and productions at these festivals. We will announce our accomplishments as soon as we return. (Read about our students' honors at the last ACDF festival in the "News Highlights" section below.)

The BA Theatre Studies program will be going through a change in the coming year. Under the direction of Michael Allen, new Program Coordinator, this degree will focus on a more liberal arts education with emphasis in critical analysis, performance studies and arts management. This is quite a departure from our current program and Professor Allen is excited for the challenge of making it one of our premier programs here at MSU.

There is so much more that we are excited about. Scroll down to read more about these and other newsworthy items from the Department. We hope to see you in the theatre.

Prof. Randy Mugleston,

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News Highlights . . .


Music and Musical Theatre Students Present The Klemperers' New Clothes 

Students in Montclair State University's Musical Theatre program, accompanied by students from the John J. Cali School of Music, presented the musical The Klemperers’ New Clothes September 26 and 27 in Memorial Auditorium. Read more...








Montclair State’s Dance Students Receive Recognition at ACDF's 2014 National Festival

A piece by our dance majors were selected to represent the Northeast region during the American College Dance Festival's (ACDF) National Festival at The Kennedy Center, in Washington, D.C., from June 5-7, 2014. Read more...








Imagine This

New course, The Entrepreneurial Imagination,  offered for fall 2014. Read more...


University Authors Recognized for New Books and Media

At the sixth annual reception for Montclair State University authors, staff and administrators gathered to recognize those who had recently authored books, or produced CDs or DVDs, and to browse through the displayed works. Read more...

Congratulations 2014 Department of Theatre and Dance Award Recipients and Graduating Students


Baristanet Reviews "The Big Meal" by the Department of Theatre and Dance








College of the Arts' Students Receive
Cento Amici Scholarship at Annual Spring Dinner

Student scholarship recipients from five academic institutions, including Montclair State University's College of the Arts, received Cento Amici awards. Read more...


Department of Theatre and Dance Joins Partnership with Peak Performances in "Dance for Film" Project


People Spotlights . . .Faculty, Students, Alumni


Read about our faculty's recent achievements here.


Derek Robertson was in charge of the hair and makeup on a new production of Tarzan at the Muni Theatre, St. Louis, Mo.


Brian Cichocki (Theatre Studies, 2000) directed an off-Broadway play, Money Grubbin' Whores, at The Lion Theatre, that opened September 30 and ran until October 19.

Brittany Sambogna (BFA Acting, 2014) has been in the George Street Playhouse in their Educational Tour, and workshop of the new musical, Gabby Goes Green.

Aryana Sedarati (BFA Acting, 2014) was a performing apprentice at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Lorenzo Villanueva (BFA Acting, 2013) has worked On Borrowed Time, directed by Joel Grey at Two Rivers Theatre Company, Red Bank, NJ, and is a performing apprentice at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, Ky.

Dustin Fontaine (BFA Acting, 2011) has appeared in Blue Man Group, New York, NY.

Tony Knotts (BFA Acting, 2012) landed the role of Hally in Master Harold and the Boys at Luna Stage.

My Side of the Sink, a short new play written byHillery Brotschol (BFA Acting, 2013), and starring Shannon Sullivan (BFA Acting, 2013) and Alejandro Hernandez (BFA Acting), and directed by Eddie Carroll (BFA Acting, 2013) held its world premiere at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, NYC, and also MCTC New Works Festival.

Bret Lada's (BFA Acting, 2011) appearances on television include as guest star "Troy Mallick" on CBS's The Good Wife; co-star on CBS's Person of Interest; guest star "Congressman Paul Kincaid" on CBS's Hostages; in a recurring role as "Sgt. Mel Axelrod" (opposite John Goodman) on Amazon Studios' Alpha House for a two-episode arc; and guest star as Craig Rabinowitz on Investigation Discovery Channel's Deadly Sins. Theatrical work includes appearances in William Inge's A Loss of Roses, directed by Austin Pendleton at the Arkansas Rep Theater; reading of a new play, Gloria, featuring Zach Grenier and Dick LaTeesa at Playwrights Horizon. He's also appeared in a commercial for the New York Stock Exchange.

Jon Barker (BFA Acting, 2008) worked on Pericles, Tovarich, Trelawny of the Wells, Henry IV, Part One, Othello, and The Misanthrope at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Tom Dugan (BFA Speech and Theatre, 1982) acted in and wrote Wiesenthal, which opened November 2014, off Broadway, in New York, NY; and wrote The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln, starring Michele Tauber (BFA Acting/Directing) in the one-woman show.

Leon Dombrowski served in Costume Design on a new production of Tarzan at the Muni Theatre, St. Louis, Mo.