Students in the College study and create with some of the finest artist-teachers in the New York metropolitan area. Our faculty includes working composers, designers, fine artists, actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, conductors, broadcasters and communication specialists, including Fulbright, Guggenheim and Howard award winners.
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Department of Art and Design
Anne Betty Weinshenker was on sabbatical leave during the
Spring 2014 semester to work on her next book. She gave a presentation
on Rembrandt for the Great Horizons program at the Morris Museum in May
2014. She also presented a series of three lectures on the history of
American Art at the Jewish Assisted Living Home in River Vale (NJ) in
February and March 2014.
Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo published two articles: "Tarragona, lieu de mémoire" and “La rueda de la tumba de Pedro I como diagrama mnemotécnico.” In addition, she presented papers at conferences on “Hearing the Image in the Cloister of Silos,” “Courtly Art and Presence at San Vicente of Frías,” and gave an in situ presentation of the church within the amphitheatre in Tarragona, Spain, for the British Archaeological Association (BAA). She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Romanesque conferences organized by the BAA, and a member of the editorial board of Studies in Iconography, published by the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University.
Mimi Weinberg has created a monument to A.D. Gordon, a pioneering Zionist (1856-1922), and it is on view at the Sculpture Garden of Yeshiva University, N.Y., until December 28, 2014 (debuted in May).
Kaled Hameide published a paper, co-authored with Dr. Tarek Abdelhamid (NPS), in the Knowledge Management: An International Journal, (Vol.12, Issue 3, Fall 2013). He serves as associate editor of the International Journal; is a paper reviewer for Journal of Brand Management and The International Journal of Knowledge and Change Management; and is a committee member of the European Conference on Social Media,(ECSM); European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ECIE); and International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE). He is also a book reviewer for Laurence King Publishing Ltd.,UK.
Abby Lillethun accompanied 12 students to a 10-day art and design study trip to Tokyo and Kanagawa, Japan, in June. She submitted two encyclopedia entries, currently in press: “Bricolage,” in The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Clothing in the United States (AltaMira Press); and, “History of Dress and Fashion,” in Berg Encyclopedia of Fashion. She presented at the following conferences: “The Photograph and the Fashionable African Male” at the Second International Non-western Fashion Conference. London College of Fashion (UK); and co-presented “A History of World Dress: Part 3” at the International Textiles and Apparel Association. She gave the following speeches: “Celebrating the 1980s: Arnold Scassi,” in the Lecture Series Celebrating 100 Years of the Morris County Museum, Morris Museum, NJ, and “The Photograph and the Fashionable African Male” for the Art Lecture Series, at Miami University. She served as a consultant to the Department of Art, Miami University, for development of new fashion BFA. She has also done work for the Costume Society of America (CSA); and served as a member on the National Board of Directors; and editor of 2014 CSA Symposium Abstracts. She also served as adjudicator, Research Abstracts for the 2014 annual meeting of the International Textile and Apparel Association, and is a on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Fashion, Style, and Popular Culture. She provided comments to New Scientist Magazine (quoted in The Washington Post) on the discovery of the oldest known trousers in Yanghui, China.
Lauren Carr published two articles with the Society of Animation Studies, started her scholarship in 3D hair and fur simulation, and serves on the Women In Animation Committee.
Scott Gordley's "Afternoon Retreat" was awarded one of the best American illustrations of 2014 by Best of American Illustration (BAI), the largest and most prestigious institution in the country recognizing American illustrators. His work is published in BAI's annual awards book, Best of American Illustration 33 and includes his fellow best art award winners—384 pieces were selected out of almost 10,000 illustrations reviewed worldwide. This is Gordley's fourth time in the past 10 years to have been given this accolade. He also participated in a group exhibition, "Fenders & Flashbulbs," at the JCO Gallery, Los Gatos, Calif.
Klaus Schnitzer published images and words in Bimmer Magazine, including “Peter Nettesheim Collection;" “Evolution of an E36/M3;” “Drivers Dream;” “Grand Coupe;” “More than an M5;” and “Coupe de Grace.” He also co-authored words and images for “Grand Touring” in Roundel Magazine.
Owen Oertling participated in the Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire. He was part of a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $300,000, to produce an action-figure, and presented a show at TT Underground, NY, this winter, showcasing all of the different lines of toys produced by Four Horsemen Studios, the company for which he works.
Nancy Goldring participated in the number of exhibitions, including "Night Tide, Diet Gallery,"Miami, May-July 2014. She also gave the following lectures: at the Department of Architecture (Politecnico di Milano), Oct. 2014; “Specific Objects” series, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, for a collection to be published Fall 2014. She was also a panelist at the New York Institute of Technology event “Metabolism of the City.” Her publications include various reviews for the Architect’s Newspaper and Hedgehog Review.
Catherine Bebout exhibited her work at Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales, UK. She also curated the following: an exhibit of MSU Faculty and MFA students; “Mapping Intersections & Counterpoints” exhibition, at Zayed University, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 2014 (including the exhibition catalog, a guest lecture and related programming)); and “Bridging the Gap,” an exhibition held at City College of San Francisco, Calif., February-March, 2014.
Jae Yong Kim presented two solo exhibitions: “I Love Donuts” at Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton NJ; and “Donut Fields,” at Kate Shin Gallery at Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY. His selected, recent group exhibitions include: “Feel Life,” Kate Shin Gallery at Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY, in which he also participated as co-curator; “Double Mirror,” American University Museum, Washington, DC; “SALON3.2014,” Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Binghamton, NY; “Shiseido & Clé de Peau Beauté Art Show,” Kate Shin Gallery at Waterfall Mansion, NY; “Art Palm Beach,” Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts, Palm Beach, Fla.; “Houston Fine Art Fair,” Kips Gallery, Houston, Texas; “Korean International Art Fair,” Eugene Gallery, Seoul, Korea (also contributed as co-curator); and, “Ode to summer,” Kate Shin Gallery at Waterfall Mansion, NY. In addition, he gave a number of talks, including visiting artist lectures at: Post University, Waterbury, Conn., March 2014; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ : and Kate Shin Gallery at Waterfall Mansion, New York, N.Y.
Larry Sliker assisted Jim Best-ID, a New Jersey design firm, with several packaging and consumer products as well as technical illustration projects. Other recent work includes computer modeling and piece part design for DF-ID, another New Jersey Design firm, on a bookshelf speaker for Theil Loudspeakers, as well as assisting the design team at BioLite with conceptual design and computer modeling and piece part design for a third-world stove.
John Luttropp authored the "Instructor’s Resources" – including Online Resources, Chapter Summaries, Chapter Quizzes and Tests – for the fifth edition of Graphic Design School by David Dabner, Sandra Stewart and Eric Zempol for Wiley Publishing. In addition, he served as a reviewer for the upcoming second edition of The Production Manual by Gavin Ambrose and Paul Harris for Fairchild Books AVA. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, and on the Education Council for the ADNCJ.
Martin Greenwald published a revised edition of his book, Residential Hot Water and Steam Heating: Gas, Oil and Solid Fuels."
Jun Li was a guest critic for the MFA program at the School of Art, Media and Technology, at the New School in New York City in April of 2014. She was a session contributor and member of the ITP (Interactive Telecommunication Program) summer camp at the Tisch School of Arts, New York University in June of 2014. She designed and implemented an animated short “Build Your Future” for Juniper Networks (New York, NY) released in March 2014. She designed the interface and logic flow for “Network Threat Alert”, an iPhone App; and the interface and logic flow for “Juniper Networks Timeline” (an interactive touch screen video wall); for Juniper Networks Spotlight Security at Juniper Networks ((New York, NY). These are scheduled to be released in fall of 2014.
Livia Alexander collaborated on presenting "Moroccan Mythologies: The Cinema of Moumen Smihi," at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and Tate Modern, in London, in spring 2014. She also co-curated an exhibition, "Customs Made: Quotidian Rituals and Everyday Practices," at Maraya Arts Center in Sharjah, UAE, in March 2014. Her exhibition catalog essay, co-authored, was published in Harper's Bazaar (Middle East).
Julie Heffernan gave solo exhibitions and also participated in a number of group exhibitions, including at H-Space Gallery in Bangkok; and Gateway Project, Newark, NJ; as well as “Through the Looking Glass,” Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho; “What Does Love Look Like?” Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ: “Women Choose Women Again,” Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC;“ Things Wondrous and Humble, American Still Life,” Gallery 151, New York, NY. She gave numerous lectures, including a one-week summer painting course at Chautauqua Institution, NY; and served on a panel on “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” with others at the Strand Book Store in New York City; and “Painters on Painting,” at the National Academy of Art, NY.
MFA Visiting Critic Eleanor Heartney had artist monographs published on Mira Lehr with Hudson Hills; Mel Chin with Hatje Cantz; and on Santiago Sierra with the Reykjavik Art Museum. She also co-authored The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium, with Prestel, who also published a second edition of After the Revolution (also with Prestel). The Reckoning is the second volume of an ongoing series of books on women in contemporary art. After the Revolution is the first and Prestel will publish the third next year. Her paperback and second editions of Art and Today were published by Phaidon. She also wrote many articles for Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail.
Andrew Atkinson exhibited in “Destination Unknown” at MagnanMetz Gallery in Chelsea, N.Y., and in “Sideshow Nation” at Sideshow Gallery in Brooklyn.
Aissa Deebi presented a paper about art and social change in post-revolutionary Egypt at a conference, Art and Society in the Art World, at Harvard University. He is also serving as a curatorial advisor for the Vancouver Biennale 2014-'16. His video art installation, "The Trial," first featured at the 2013 Venice Biennale, was exhibited at the Beirut Arts Center in June 2014.
School of Communication and Media
Hugh Curnutt published a peer-reviewed article in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, and had a book chapter accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed, edited collection on food and media studies. He was invited to write an op-ed on selfies for The Record.
Roberta Friedman produced a new touch sensitive video installation about Detroit and installed it with five other of her works at the Baryshnikov Art Center in NYC in December. She continues work on the documentary film Are We Not Men? A Devo Documentary, which she has been producing and is directed by Tony Pemberton.
Harry Haines continues his work on a memoir project that combines his experience as a gay, anti-war soldier in Viet Nam with a critique of combat films and other interpretations of war.
Dick Hinchliffe continues to oversee the transition of WMSC Radio from a student club to a full-service college radio station. He recruited talent for the nine-member Student Management Team (SMT) and launched new initiatives in news, public affairs, live music, arts, sports and community service.
Steve Johnson developed and taught two additional courses, Modern Journalism and Media Tech Toolkit, in preparation for the launch of the new B.A. degree in Journalism. Johnson also participated in two conferences on data journalism, taught a workshop on multimedia, and represented the University on a panel to discuss online journalism.
Todd Kelshaw presented “Democratizing Campus/Community Partnerships: The Shift from Service-learning to Engagement-Learning.” He also chaired the panel “Community-based Learning in an Age of Confluence: Issues and Applications” at the annual convention of the Eastern Communication Association.
Larry Londino took advantage of a sabbatical to direct a documentary about Newark/Montclair’s Urban Residency Teachers program, shooting and directing a series of interviews with key leaders, mentors, and program participants. He also continued his work as part of a Task Force for the USGA’s Archive of African American Golf.
Yi Luo published three articles and presented five conference papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Luo’s lead-authored article on organizational change management and leadership was published in the Journal of Public Relations Research.
Steve McCarthy created and launched the student-content website “WiredJersey.com.” The site grew quickly with content produced by students from the News Production course, Sports Journalism courses, WMSC Radio and the Carpe Diem public affairs program.
had six articles accepted for publication at peer-reviewed journals,
and five presentations at national and international conferences.
Karl Nussbaum’s work, Sleep, was screened at the Greenpoint Film Festival in September 2013, and his video installation "Night Blooming Flower" premiered at the Witteveen Art Centre/Gallery in Amsterdam in October 2013, followed by screenings at the Black Maria Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Internationales Kurzfilm Festival in Hamburg.
Tony Pemberton continues his work as director/writer/executive producer on his feature film, Buddha’s Little Finger,
which is an adaptation of Victor Pelevin’s Russian novel and is
currently in post-production. Pemberton also continues his work as
director/producer on Are We Not Men? The Devo Documentary 2013, with Roberta Friedman,
who is producing the project.
Joel Penney had two peer-reviewed journal articles published this year -- with a third article accepted for forthcoming publication -- that explore social media and empowerment. In addition, he presented peer-reviewed papers at both the ICA and NCA conferences.
Beverly Peterson was presented with a NJ Senate/Assembly Resolution and a Proclamation from the city of Newark citing the one day conference she co-chaired,“Workplace Bullying: Seeking Solutions” in April, 2014. She was also awarded an Honorary Webby for her interactive documentary about workplace bullying, What Killed Kevin and the Best Transmedia/Website award from the University Film and Video Association (UFVA).
Marc Rosenweig served as moderator and producer of two panels at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center. The fall 2013 panel examined the controversy involving the LGBT community in sports and the anti-gay ordinance in Russia prior to the Sochi Olympics. The spring 2014 panel focused on Women in Sports Media and explored the early experiences of women working in sports.
David Sanders' course was named as one of the “hottest seats on campus” in an article by TIME magazine last fall.
Susan Skoog finished a couple of feature-length screenplays, one of which was selected to be work-shopped at the Squaw Valley Community of writers. Skoog produced a number of events for Montclair State with the Montclair Film Festival, including the “Behind the Screen” all-day symposium that featured well-known film professionals and executives. Skoog received the 2014 MSU award for Outstanding Education Practices.Larry Weiner worked with students in the School’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Chapter for clients including the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the John J. Cali School of Music, Autism New Jersey, Hindsait, Tooth-Pycks, and Eye Candy.
John J. Cali School of Music
Nancy Billmann (Adjunct Faculty, French horn) played concerts with Mostly Mozart. She also taped a PBS performance with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, featuring songs from their album, Cheek to Cheek, which she recorded with them in 2013.
Elizabeth Brown (MSU Composer-in-Residence) performed traditional and contemporary music for shakuhachi in June at Gallery Sasaya in Tokyo, and at Kawaguchi Asama Shrine in Kawaguchiko, Japan. She also completed Zeppelin for a performance by the MSU Wind Symphony in spring 2015.
Robert Butts (Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Music) conducted the world premiere of Puccini Suite, composed for the 2014 Baroque Orchestra of NJ Summer Music Festival by Monsignor Marco Frisina, choral music director at the Vatican. Monsignor Frisina traveled to the United States to be part of the performance.
Ardith Collins (Adjunct Faculty, strings technique) was awarded the Beacon Scholarship from the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement (ACEMM) to attend the 16th Orff World Village in Valkeala, Finland.
Steve Colson (Adjunct Faculty, Introduction to Jazz) and his wife, Iqua Colson, performed as part of African American Artists & Abstraction, an historical exhibition of nine visual and plastic artists at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, Cuba.
Lisa DeLorenzo (Professor, Music Education) hosted a national conference in June. The conference, Giving Voice to Democracy in Music Education, was the first of its kind in the United States. Presenters represented states across the nation. The conference was part of Dr. DeLorenzo's on-going scholarly work to bring democratic practice into the music classroom. She is currently editing a book for Routledge on this topic.
Karen Goodman (Professor, Music Therapy) chaired the roundtable “International Music Therapy Education and Training in Cultural Contexts” (World Music Therapy Congress, Vienna/Krems, Austria, July 2014), which previewed content for her forthcoming book: International Perspectives in Music Therapy Education and Training: Adapting to a Changing World (Charles C Thomas). In addition, she received a career development grant for an academic project with Oxford University Publishing.
Marsha Heller (Adjunct Faculty, Oboe) performed with the Grateful Dead this summer at the PNC Bank Arts Center (NJ). She made a recording with a new group performing on double reed instruments, the Double Entendre Music Ensemble.
Jeffrey Kunkel (Associate Professor, Jazz Studies) attended the ISME Conference in Porto Alegre, Brasil, in July, where he presented a clinic focused on problems of rhythm sections of school jazz ensembles. He also performed music from his recent release Meu Coração Brasileiro in a concert performance, along with his usual colleagues from Rio de Janeiro, Alex Rocha (bass) and Haroldo Mauro (drums), and special guest Ana Krüger (jazz vocalist) from Porto Alegre.
Ron Levy (collaborative pianist) participated in the Manchester (VT) Music Festival's 40th Anniversary Gala Concert, performing the Thuille Sextet for Piano & Winds. He became Music Director of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood (NJ) and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra.
Mary Ann Mumm (Adjunct Professor, violin) performed and taught at Alfredo de St. Malo International Music Festival (Panama); held a teaching residency with Filarmonica Joven de Columbia- Santa Marta (Colombia); taught and worked on outreach for the Youth Orchestras of the Americas/Global Leaders (Domincan Republic, Haiti & Jamaica); worked with the ASTA/NJ Chamber Music Institute (Rutgers University); served with the Music for Life International quartet performance and music outreach program at Za’atari Syrian refugee camp; performed chamber music and taught at the American consulate and Royal Conservatory of Amman (Jordan).
Darren O’Neill (Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of Guitar Studies) and flutist, Michelle Brick (MA, Performance '07), performing as Duo Sonoroso, released Sounds of South America, their second CD. The recording was mastered at Erypsus Studios; owned by Gregg Rossetti (MA, Theory/Composition '09).
LeAnn Overton (Vocal Coach) founded Respiro Opera, NYC, a 10 day workshop focused on breath (yoga), body work (body mapping and Alexander Technique), in depth text study, staging and performance, held at the National Opera Center facilities in NYC. She also coached for Vocal Arts Festival (Colorado Springs, CO). She was principal vocal coach for the Midsummer Music Festival (Courcelles, Canada).
Amy Reich (Adjunct Professor, theory/composition) Recent composition premieres/ performances: the Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra (Ciao!) of Williamstown, MA; the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey; the Long Island University String Ensemble with the Kronos String Quartet (in a tour of Ireland); violinist Emily Kalish (in NYC and MA), and music for the play Turquoise by Deb Margolin, which was performed at Dixon Place in NYC in June.
Holli Ross (Adjunct Professor, vocal jazz) performed as a member of a vocal quartet that has been signed by Motema Records.
Chad Smith (Adjunct Professor, saxophone) presented lectures and recitals at the North American Sax Alliance Biennial Conference in March and the International Double Reed Conference in August. In June he coordinated and performed as soloist for the Al Gallodoro 100th Year tribute concert in New York City. He was honored to perform on Al's saxophone, bass clarinet and clarinet. He recently became a Selmer artist.
Wendy Stern (Adjunct Professor, flute) was a presenter at Suzuki Association of the Americas National Conference (Minneapolis, MN); clinician at Suzuki Institutes at East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN); performed new works for bass flute at the National Flute Convention (Chicago, IL); and enjoyed the CD release of a performance with the Cicada Chamber Ensemble, the premier performance of Listening for Blossoms by composer Lei Liang.
Sondra Tammam (Adjunct Professor, piano) performed and taught at the third Taubman Festival (MSU Cali School, June '14) and visited Santa Cecilia Conservatory (Rome, Italy).Paula Unsal (Adjunct Faculty, Music Therapy) was chair of the New Jersey State Task Force on Occupational Regulation (NJSTF). NJSTF collaborates with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), seeking state licensure for music therapy and the Music Therapist – Board Certified (MT-BC) credential for which Montclair students train.
Department of Theatre and Design
Kathleen Kelley received a grant from Montclair State's Global Education Center to travel to Stockholm, Sweden, for a residency this fall (2014). She presented works-in-progress versions of Digitized Figures at Miami University’s Digital Expo and at Montclair State University and was invited to perform it at the Dance Complex in Boston, Mass., this this fall (2014); was invited to present at Congress on Research in Dance’s Conference this fall (2014); was invited to include her digital video Portlet in Rutgers University’s MTV: Momentum Technology Videos Online Film Festival. This juried event will be held until April 1st, 2015. Hosted by Rutgers University's Institute for Women and Art, this festival features 23 women and transgender artists that work that “utilize and embrace technology in their production.”
Randy Mugleston served as lighting designer at the Old Lyric Repertory Theatre, Logan, Utah, on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Musical of Musicals, The Musical. He also participated in a weeklong workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the use of projections for visualization in theatre.
Debbie Saivetz directed the following: El Dragón Dorado (The Golden Dragon) (May-June, 2014), and Incendios (Scorched) (January, 2014), both at the Teatro La Llave, Santiago, Chile; and Severed Moon, at Lark Play Development Center, NY, (December, 2013). She also acted in Exodus: LONEtheater (teatroSOLO) at the Underground Zero Festival, NY, (July, 2014).
Susan Kerner directed The Big Meal at Montclair State; the 2014 BFA Actors Showcase at Actors Connection in NY; Coutances Altarpiece in Luna Stage's New Moon Short Play Festival on May 13, 2014; and directed a reading of Adam's Gift on August 3, 2014, and a reading of Abducted at
The Workshop Theatre in NY, on Sept. 14, 2014. She also worked on
development of new plays by professional playwrights Elan Garonzik,
Peter Filichia and Michele Aldin Kushner. In addition, she won a Best
Director award for production of Elan Garonzik's Adulation in
the 2014 Think Fast One-Act Play Competition Feb. 14-16, 2014; was chosen as consultant to Educational Testing Service for the National Theatre Praxis (2013); and taught a Teaching in English program in Graz, Austria, at Graz
Technology University for Montclair State's Global Education Center (July, 2013).
Jim Ligon co-created and directed Breaking the Cycle, the anti-bullying touring show for Theatre On The Move; directed two plays in the New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival at Kean University/Playwrights Theatre; appeared in Greater Tuna at the Shadowland Theatre, Ellenville NY; voiced the character of "Dr. Khang," in the animated series "Zero Woman;" was heard in several radio voice-over commercials; and served as a private monologue coach with Playwrights Theatre for their auditions class, preparing high school students to audition for college theatre programs.
Carole Healey directed the workshop of Henry V and served as vocal coach for The Big Meal, both at Montclair State; and acted in Philip Goes Forth at The Mint Theatre, God of Carnage at The Riverside Theatre, Me and My Girl at The Reagle Theatre, and Steel Magnolias at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival; and is to act in The Millionairess at The REP in December (2014).
John Plumpis served as vocal coach for Middletown at Montclair State; and directed staged reading of Toys in the Attic at The Actors Company Theatre (January 2014), and Lend Me a Tenor at Delaware Theatre Co. (October-November, 2013). He also acted as "Inspector Colquhoun" in The Hollow at a staged reading at The Actors Company Theatre (May 2014), and as "Sidney Bruhl" in Deathtrap at Mason Street Warehouse (July-August, 2014).
Christopher Edwards served as interim artistic director at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival; became the artistic director of Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev.; and was administrative consultant for Half Moon Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY. He directed How to Break for Collective Consciousness in New Haven, Conn., Much Ado About Nothing, and Othello (both at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Love/Sick at Half Moon Theater, Poughkeepsie, NY. He also choreographed combat scenes for Great Expectations at Bennington College, Bennington, Vt.
Heather Benton directed a staged reading of a theatrical adaptation of The Idiot with BFA acting freshmen (December 2013); and served as a movement coach for The Big Meal, and for Middletown (both at Montclair State). She also acted in a workshop/ staged reading as "Brigit" in Tar Beach, at Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ (August 2013); as Natasha in Adulation, at Think Fast One-Act Play Competition (February 2014); as Edina/Monica in a reading of No Matter How Hard We Tried or We Exist on the Best of Terms We Can.., PEN World Voices Festival, New York, NY, (April 2014); as "Isadora Duncan" in a reading of Midwives, Playwright’s Theatre of New Jersey (May 2014); and was an actor in and playwright of Chasing Immortality: A Performance-Lecture, at the Undergroundzero Festival, Abrazzo Theatre, Clemente Soto Velez (July 2014).
Lori Katterhenry oversaw the selection, rehearsal, and performance of Oh My Love at the Regional American College Dance Festival at SUNY Brockport; represented Montclair State University at The Kennedy Center with eight dance majors for the performance of Oh My Love; and directed Works-A-Foot 2013 and Danceworks 2014.
Elizabeth McPherson taught in Montclair State University’s Gifted and Talented Summer Program of 2014; staged "Central Park in the Dark" from Scenes from the Music of Charles Ives from the Labanotation score in the fall of 2013; and last summer, staged Negro Spirituals solos from the Labanotation score and Never Sign a Letter Mrs. for Ella Rosewood for her concert of modern dance solos premiering September 5, 2014 at New York Live Arts. She also presented papers at the National Dance Education Organization and the combined Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance conferences. In the past year, he's had five articles published in Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine and two in the Journal of Dance Education, including one peer-reviewed article about the collaborations in dance between Montclair State and Bradford Elementary School. In addition, she worked as an historical consultant on the film, Miss Hill: Making Dance Matter, that premiered to critical acclaim in January of 2014. In the summer of 2014, she accepted the position of executive editor for the new journal, Dance Education in Practice, being developed by the National Dance Education Organization.
Maxine Steinman published an article called "Butoh, A Mirror of Consciousness" in Attitude: The Dancers’ Magazine, Volume 26, No. 1 (August 2014). She also taught Limón classes at Peridance for the Limón Institute (August 2014), and taught Limón classes and performed a solo, A Lily For Monet in the IV Modern Dance Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (July 2014). In addition, she taught for the Tuscan Summer Dance Intensive in Livorno, Italy (July 2014); performed A Lily For Monet in the American Dance Guild Bare Bones Festival, at University Settlement, NYC (June 2014); choreographed Genetic Drift for Hofstra University Students, NY (Spring 2014) and choreographed and performed a solo called Tapestry as an invited quest artist in Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater's Spring Series show called Camino, at the Manhattan Movement Center, NYC (March 2014). Prof. Steinman also set her Bach & Forward for the Limón Institute’s Professional Studies Program's students, NYC (January 2014); performed her piece Tulipa Bulbettes in the American Dance Guild Festival at the 92nd Street Y, NYC (November 2013); set an excerpt from Inside the Green Wall (originally co-choreographed with Raymundo Costa) for Montclair State University BFA students (Fall 2013); and served as Interim Program Coordinator of the BFA Dance Program at Montclair State University, NJ, during the 2013-2014 school year.
Laurie Abramson reviewed high school standards for dance for National Coalition For Core Arts Standard (2013); presented a workshop, "Using Pilates To support Ballet Technique," at the "Healthy Approaches To The Training Of Performing Artists" conference at Chapman University. She also served as rehearsal director for workshops for he junior company of the American Repertory Ballet; choreographed a piece for "The Repertory Dancers" of the Dance Center of New Jersey; and set parts of Sleeping Beauty for the Princeton Ballet School.
Jennifer Chin went to St. Petersburg, Russia (Nov '14) to set her choreography on dancers from the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Ballet companies to be performed at the Mikhailovsky Theatre; performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (August '14), and the American Dance Guild Bare Bones showcase (June '14); and performed a solo at the Bronx Academy of Arts's Dance BAAD! Ass Women Festival (February '14). In addition, she taught, choreographed and performed with Toscana Dance Hub at the Florence Dance Festival (July '14).
Jessie DiMauro performed at The Amalgamate Artist Series, at Bridge for Dance, NYC, with alumna Alexandra Williamson (Fall 2013); The Choreographers’ Showcase at Purchase College, with alumna Krystina Miller Walsh (November 2013); and at The Hatch Presenting Series with alumna Francesca Perini (Spring 2014). In addition, she received a choreographic commission for spring 2014 at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY; created a dance film, Her Confinement (again with Perini); and is currently pursuing an MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University.
Karen Gayle produced and choreographed Trigger for her dance company, xodus dance collective, at Here Arts Center, NY, for a one-week run; and featured xodus dance collective at the Making Moves Dance Festival at JPAC, Queens, NY. In addition, she choreographed The Boston Tea Party Opera, for Fringe NYC. Sheen Theatre, NY, for a two-week run; her choreography was featured at School at Steps Showcase. Riverside Theatre, NYC; and she completed a guest residency for Claude Watson Dance Program, Toronto. She also served on the faculty for summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet School and Steps on Broadway.
Lynne Grossman created a ballet work for Works-A-Foot 2013, and taught classes and choreographed a large cross grade piece for the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School for the school year 2013-'14.
Lonne Moretton choreographed the New Federal Theater's production of Dr Dubois and Miss Ovington; served as rehearsal director for Kate Thomas' Ballet Neo for Manhattan performances; and taught six-week summer sessions on history, composition, and floor technique (floor barre) at School at Steps.
Diann Sichel choreographed for Long Distance Dancing, and conducted a choreography workshop, On Seeing and Process, both in Denver, Colo.; served as a performance coach and artistic advisor for 10 Hairy Legs Dance Company; taught summer Dance Intensive for 10 Hairy Legs, Morning Connections, and Baryshnikov Arts Center, NY; was a guest artist in the Creative Thinking Course at Montclair State; and a presenting artist in the Creative Thinking Summer Workshop: Space and Movement (for teachers). She was also a presenter at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, NY.
Kim Whittam served on the faculty at: Capezio/Peridance center in NY, where she taught ballet and created four new short ballets; and Danceworks Studios in Montclair, where she taught ballet and created four new pieces, both ballet and modern. She gave guest performances for Freespace Dance-produced concerts, and created a new solo piece; and served as rehearsal director for the New Works Initiative piece staged by Guggenheim fellow Claire Porter for students in Montclair State's dance program.
Michael Allen served as production stage manager for New Jersey Youth Theatre Production of Oklahoma.
Jorge Arroyo served as lighting designer for: Moments Defined, at the Still Motion Dance Company, NY, and Long Beach, Calif.; Unspeakable, Apollo Theater, New York, NY; The Wayans Brothers, Gabriel Iglesias, NJN Hispanic Youth, Bill Cosby,
The Chieftains, and WBGO Jazz, all at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ; Sawbones and The Diamond Eater, both at HERE Arts Center New York, NY; and Master Harold and The Boys, Marisol and The High Water Mark, all at the
Luna Stage, West Orange, NJ.
Erhard Rom served as set designer on Susannah Music, by San Francisco Opera, Still Will Be Heard, at the Alexander Kasser Theater, and The Scarlet Letter.
Debra Otte was costume designer on Still Will Be Heard at the Alexander Kasser Theater, at Montclair State; and the New York premier of Law of Return.
Ben Merrick served as production manager for New Jersey Youth Theatre's production of Oklahoma; and installed LED lighting for The Tonight Show, Orlando Set, and for The Late Show with Seth Meyers, NBC Studios.
Judy Evans served as costume shop supervisor of Super Fly, The Musical workshop production last summer (2013); and as draper in The Tempest, and The Learned Ladies at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, this past summer (2014).
Peter Davis served as production manager of a new musical Super Fly (summer 2013); directed production of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well.... at Rabbit Run Theatre in Madison, Ohio; and prepared feasibility studies for a Pulitzer Prize photo exhibit at Columbia University, and Arts and Cultural Programming's productions on Montclair State's Amphitheater.
Lisa Krizner-George worked on the new Disney musical, Aladdin, in NY; designed and built a line of doll clothes for a new doll on the market that was featured at the Toy Fair in Feb. of 2014; built the costumes for the Dirty Dancing tour that opened in Washington, D.C., on August 26, 2014. She was also costume director for The Opera Theater of Montclair, in Montclair.
Mary Peterson served as associate costume designer on international tours of The Lion King.