Voice & Speech II
Intro to Acting
Robert Daley B.A.
Robert Daley,Stage Management, holds a B.A. in Speech and Drama from Catholic University of America and, since 1991, has served as Production Manager of TheatreworksUSA, where he trains and supervises 10-20 Stage Managers per season. He has also been Production Manager for the Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, NY, and stage-managed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, LSI Productions, Philadelphia; Women's Project and Production, NY, and The Studio Theatre, Washington, DC. She stage managed and Directed in Washington DC and Off-Broadway and Production Managed Off-Broadway. Currently Production Manager @ TheatreworksUSA where for the past 12 years I have supervised and facilitated the production process of over 60 original musical productions including; planning and scheduling, budgeting and allocating resources, contracting employees and designers, facilitating pre-production design meetings and bid sessions, and monitoring of all production elements. TheatreworksUSA produces two 12 - 14 production touring seasons anually of between 8 and 22 weeks each between Sept and June. Over the same 12 year period I have hired, trained and supervised 10 - 15 new Stage Managers per season for all the duties related to stage managing these Equity TYA national tours.
Theatre Education: Secondary
Jim DeVivo is a teaching
artist specializing in the creation of theatre by, with, and for young
people. He is the Director of Education for Playwrights Theatre of NJ
(PTNJ), a PhD candidate in the Program in Educational Theatre at New
York University, and an adjunct at Manhattanville College, Middlesex
County College, and NYU. Jim directs the annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival for
PTNJ and is the Artistic Associate for the New Plays for Young Audiences
Series at the Provincetown Playhouse. He is also an independent
dramaturg and adjudicator. Jim has presented his work nationally at the
American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the Association
for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conferences. Jim is a recipient of the
Lowell S. and Nancy Swortzell Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009) and a
nominee for the AATE Winifred Ward Scholarship (2012). He is a member of
the Liverpool (NY) Central School District Fine Arts Hall of Fame, a
member of the advisory board for the Union County Academy of Performing
Arts, and a recipient of a NJ Governor's Award in Arts Education (2009). He holds a MA in Educational Theatre from NYU and a BFA in theatre and English from Niagara University.
Intro to Acting, Voice & Speech I
Shawn Garnier B.A., M.F.A.
Jazz I, II
Shawn K. Garnier is originally from
Colorado, where he started his gymnastics and dance career. In high
school, he was a three-time state champion in gymnastics as well as an
elite All-American. Mr. Garnier was a professional dancer for 16
years, doing several world tours with Dick Fosters Productions out of
Las Vegas, and performing at MGM Grand, Stratosphere, Harrah’s, The
Sands, and The Aladdin Hotel and Casino. He also performed and
choreographed for several Sony recording artists. Mr. Garnier also
choreographed and styled the opening artist at the 2001 Latin Billboard
Awards. In New York, he performed off-broadway with choreographer John
Seylas (ABT), WNBA Liberty, and with the Rockettes at Radio City Music
Hall. Mr. Garnier completed his B.A. with honors at Queens College in
2008, where he also started the nationally ranked Queens College Dance
Team. In 2010, he received his M.F.A. in choreography from the
Conservatory of Dance, at SUNY Purchase where he also teaches hip hop.
Mr. Garnier is very excited to be apart of Manhattanville College.
Heather Harpham M.A., M.F.A.
Heather Harpham is a writer and performer who lives and works in New York City. She has written six original solo plays, and performed widely in New York City venues including Dance Theater Workshop, Judson Church, the Ontological Theater, the Joyce Soho, St. Mark’s Performance Space and Dixon Place. Her work has been selected for the Wonder Woman Festival of 2007 and the One Woman Standing Festival in 2008. In November of 2008, her solo Happiness was presented in Nepal as part of the Kathmandu International Theater Festival.
Her writing and performances have won several awards including an Independent Artist Grant from the Marin Arts Council, the Brenda Ueland Prose Prize, the Herbert Rubin Award for Creative Writing and a nomination for a New York Innovative Theater Award in 2008. She is a Senior Teacher in the improvisation form Action Theater and founding member of the Action Theater Ensemble which has performed throughout the U.S. She has taught master classes in solo performance and improvisation at NYU, the Pratt Institute, Sarah Lawrence College, Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, and as a panel presenter at the 2007 ATHE conference in New Orleans. She holds an MA in Theater from NYU’s Gallatin School and an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU’s Creative Writing Program.
Intro to Dance Therapy I
B.A., Hofstra University (Dance
& Psychology); M.S., Hunter College - City University of New York
(Dance/Movement Therapy); Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist, National
Certified Counselor, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Licensed Creative Arts
Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
Visiting Instructor, Graduate
Creative Arts Therapy Department – Pratt Institute; Internship Coordinator,
Graduate Dance/Movement Therapy Program – Pratt Institute; Founder/Former Director,
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Therapy – North General Hospital; Past Member,
Approval Committee – American Dance Therapy Association.
consulting, supervisory and teaching experience in multiple psychiatric facilities.
Acting for the Camera I
Andrei Kisselev B.A.
Ballet I, II, III
Andrei was born in Moscow, Russia and began his career at an early age receiving intensive training in ballet by Andrei Ledyakhov (Bolshoi Theater). In 1992 he re-ceived a diploma from the Russian Conservatory of Culture and Arts after four years of study as balletmaster and choreographer. That year Andrei also joined the world renowned Moyseev Dance Company. After one year he became a principal dancer with the company and was invited to teach the ballet classes for the company. In 1995 Andrei was discovered by the producers of Riverdance and for the next four years he performed with this international hit show in North America and Europe culminating in a two-year highly successful Broadway production. As per-former and dance captain for the Russian segment of the production, Andrei was also ballet instructor for the Irish dancers and played a piv-otal role as a Riverdance choreographer. Settling in New York in 2001, Andrei continues to dance and perform as principal dancer with Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Kentucky Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Ambassadors, Brynsky Ballet. His Ballet roles have included Nutcracker (Cavalier), Swan Lake (Prince), Copppelia (Franz), Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Carmen (Toreador). Andrei teaches in many schools in the tri-state area and also participates in the Ballet Ambassa-dor Public School Educational Program, which brings education in dance to public schools in the New York area.
Claire Porter has performed CP /PORTABLES
internationally, with appearances in India, Germany, Holland, England, Latvia,
and Korea. Porter’s US work is extensive. In the New York City area, her work
has been produced at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace St. Mark’s Church, PS
122, Joe’s Pub, The Kitchen, The Joyce Theater, Joyce SOHO, 92nd St. Y, Town
Hall, The Bottom Line, The NY Horticulture Society, Liberty Science Center, and
New Jersey Performing Arts Center. PORTABLES has also showcased at the American
Dance Festival, The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Bates Dance Festival,
Jacob’s Pillow, Florida Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theater
DC, Tampa Bay Off Center Theater, Duncan Theater Palm Beach FL, Center Stage
Raleigh NC, The Southern Theater Minneapolis MN, The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard,
and others. Porter performed at the opening of the Peter Eisenman Building at
the University of Cincinnati, was the hostess-comedienne-scene changer for the
Minnesota Composers Forum's New Music Concert, performed for Mikhail
Baryshnikov’s 2009 GALA, set a solo on Kansas City Ballet, has appeared on
staircases, boats, backyards, gyms, classrooms, airports, humor festivals,
museums, and soapboxes and is currently performing Namely, Muscles,
recipient of the NYC Fringe Festival 2010’s Overall Excellence Award, at
festivals, conferences, theaters, medical schools and universities around the
Porter has received several National Endowment for the
Arts Choreography Fellowships, New Jersey State Council for the Arts
Choreography Fellowships, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Awards, Live Music for
Dance Award and Commissions from Dance Theater Workshop’s First Light Project,
The 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Festival, Art Matters, Meet The Composer, VOGUE
Magazine, University Dance Companies, and Domino’s Pizza Company. Porter is
supported by a grant from the Arnhold Foundation NYC. Porter taught courses in
Laban Movement Analysis and/or Choreography at Columbia Teachers College, Case
Western Reserve University, Grand Valley State College, NYU’s Dance Education
Program, Connecticut College, Manhattanville College, and HOPE College
MI. She teaches her Fun Dancing Workout in Bergen County NJ and
serves on the Board of DanceNJ. Porter has an MA in Dance from Ohio State,
a BA in Mathematics from The College of New Rochelle, is a Laban Movement
Analyst, and is represented by PENTACLE/DanceWorks NYC. Fall 2011 Porter
will be spending some time in Residence at The Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Liz was recognized for her work in Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for the Performing arts Exhibit Curtain Call: Celebrating a Century of Women Designers. She has worked extensively with Bill T. Jones designing for his works on his company, Boston Ballet, Berlin Opera Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance. Other work includes designing for works by: Doug Varone (Doug Varone and Dancers, Jose Limon Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance), Mark Dendy (Dendy Dance, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Dortmund Theater Ballet), Trey McIntyre (Washington Ballet, PHILADANCO, Pennsylvania Ballet, Houston Ballet), Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, PILOBOLUS Dance Theatre, Bill Irwin, Neil Greenberg, Ralph Lemon, Jane Comfort, Lenora Champagne, Bebe Miller, Sarah East Johnson, Gerard Alessandrini (MOBIL Masterpiece Theater Celebrates 20 Years on PBS), David Dorfman, Patricia Hoffbauer, Jennifer Monson, Lawrence Goldhuber and Keely Garfield. Photographs of Prince's costumes and sketches for Ralph Lemon's GEOGRAPHY were recently published by Theater Communication Group as part of THE PRODUCTION NOTEBOOKS volume II, edited by Mark Bly. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. She received a 1990 New York Dance and Performance Award for costumes design. She has designed and taught at Manhattanville College since 2000.
Valerie Pullman B.A., M.A.
Modern Dance Technique I
Valerie Pullman has been director of the Darien Dance Center a 650 student dance school and performing arts center in Darien, CT for the past 15 years. She received a BA in dance performance and choreography from Bennington College and her MA from Columbia University in dance education. Val's professional experience includes performing and choreographing with the companies of Jeff Duncan, resident company at Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), The Yard, a performing arts colony on Martha's Vineyard, as well as her own company in New York City and Connecticut. She has taught on the faculties of Florida State University, Iona College, University of Bridgeport and Empire State College (SUNY). Val is currently an adjunct at Manhattanville College and a guest master teacher at Yale University, working with the "Yaledancers", Yale's resident dance company. She has been teaching modern dance at Brant Lake Dance Centre in the Adirondacks for the past 7 summers. Val has studied with and her teaching has been influenced by the foll owing exceptional dancers: Carla Maxwell (Jose Limon), Michael LaSalata (Merce Cunningham), Adam Battelstein (Pilobolus), Martha Whitman (Anna Sokolow), Ted Thomas (Paul Taylor), Fritha Pengelly (Doug Elkins), Andrea Woods (Bill T. Jones), Kelly Holcombe (Momix), and Toni Pierce (Alvin Ailey). Val is the artistic director of two performing groups through the Darien Dance Center... the DDC Junior and Senior Dance Companies.They have been invited to perform at The Kitchen and Dancewave's Kid's Cafe in New York City, Artspace in New Haven, National Dance Association's Dance Gala in Newport, RI and most recently Dancefest 2003 at the Rich Forum Stamford Center for the Arts in Stamford, CT. Val has been the recipient of several individual artist's grants in choreography from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
Ken Rothchild B.A., M.F.A
Concepts in Scene Design, Creative Process
Ken Rothchild has been teaching and designing at Manhattanville
since 1999, and is currently the resident scene designer for the Department of
Dance and Theatre. He teaches Concepts of
Scenery Design, as well as sections of Creative
Process, and Survey II – Ibsen to Now.
He has designed 25+ productions for Manhattanville including A Little
Night Music, Candide,Peer Gynt, The Taming of the Shrew,
Mystery of Edwin Drood, and The Crucible. Elsewhere he is an Artistic
Associate and Resident Scene Designer, and Vice President of the Board of
Trustees, for the Irondale Ensemble Project, an ensemble company based in Brooklyn.
He has been a member of the Ensemble for virtually all of its 29-year existence.
His latest production design there was Color
Between the Lines, an oratorio/musical reverie on abolitionism and slavery
in Brooklyn in the early 19 C. Upcoming is Julius Caesar, a continuation of the Company’s “1599 Project”,
producing the four works Shakespeare produced and/or worked on during that
seminal year in Elizabethan times. Other venues and genre’s he’s designed for
include Pioneer Theater, Peterborough Players, Berkshire Opera, and Kei Takei’s
Moving Light Dance. Internationally he has designed and toured in Russia,
Israel, Sri Lanka, and India. His TV
credits have ranged from a PBS American Masters documentary on the “American
Dream” in American novels; to the former CBS daytime drama Guiding Light.
He has an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts/Design Program and is a
member IATSE United Scenic Artists Local 829.
Romantic & Classical Traditions in Dance
Beth Soll received her early training from
Romanian modern dancers Iris Barbura and Vergiu Cornea. Later she
continued her studies in the European style of dance at the Kurt Jooss School
in Essen, the Kreutzbergsschule in Bern, Switzerland, and the University of
Wisconsin, where she earned a degree in modern dance. She has held
teaching positions at the University of Wisconsin, the Boston Conservatory,
Boston University, the Harvard Summer Dance Center, the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, UC Santa Barbara, Hofstra, and many private organizations.
She has performed with dance companies in the Midwest and in Boston, including
the Ina Hahn Company, Dance Collective, and the Harvard Summer Dance
Company. In 1977, she formed Dance Projects, Inc./Beth Soll and
Company. With her company she has performed at the Harvard Summer Dance
Center, Jacob's Pillow, and in major cities around the world. The company
has won awards for outstanding achievement including a "Ten Best of
1992" award from the Boston Globe for The Beautiful Season. In 1993,
Soll was given an Eliot Norton Award for her work as a dancer, choreographer
and teacher. In 1999, Soll earned a Ph.D. in history and Theory if Modern
Dance from the University Professors Program at Boston University.
Deborah Tacon B.F.A.,M.A.L.S.
Creative Process, Modern Dance Technique III, Junior Seminar
Deborah Tacon was a member of Pauline Koner Dance Company, the Guthrie Rotante Dance Company, Harry Streep's Human Arms Project, Marta Renzi and the Project Company, and also appeared in the work of Annabelle Gamson, Ara Fitzgerald, Irene Feigenheimer and Rachel Lampert. In addition to teaching several years at Manhatttanville, she taught at North Carolina School of the Arts, Brooklyn College, Vassar College and is currently also teaching at Barnard College and at Coupe Theatre School. Deborah is a teacher of The Alexander Technique and holds a BFA in Dance from NCSA and a Master's Degree from Wesleyan University.
Dance for Musical Theatre
Bonnie Walker is delighted to be returning to Manhattanville,
where she choreographed Into the Woods, Cole and A Grand Night for
Singing. She recreated Jerome Robbins’
choreography for the Tyne Daly revival of Gypsy on Broadway, and more recently
for the Emmy-nominated CBS Television movie starring Bette Midler. She has served as performer, assistant
choreographer, dance captain, and/or stage manager on twenty-four Broadway
shows, working with choreographers Michael Bennett, Joe Layton, Michael Shawn,
Grover Dale, Gillian Lynne, Crandall Diehl, and Tommy Tune. Miss Walker assisted the late Ron Field for
more than twenty-five years on numerous Broadway productions, including Peter
Pan and the original production of Cabaret, as well as the Joel Grey revival of
Cabaret. She staged fifteen companies of Cabaret worldwide including South Africa, Amsterdam, and the London Company, starring
Judi Dench. On Broadway she worked with
Angela Lansbury in Gypsy, Katherine Hepburn in Coco, Lauren Bacall in Applause,
Alexis Smith in Platinum, and Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan, to name but a few. Miss Walker was the original dance captain of
Cats, and has served as assistant choreographer for the Academy Awards. She has directed and choreographed for stock
and regional theatres and has worked extensively in television. In the academic world, Miss Walker has been
Guest Artist at Stephens College and SUNY Brockport, and has directed and
choreographed for Carnegie Mellon University.