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Luke Abruzzo

Assistant Teaching Professor & Program Director, Music

215.571.3528
laa24@drexel.edu

Biography

Luke Abruzzo received his M.M. in jazz studies from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in 1998, and a B.A. in music from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. He is currently a full-time auxiliary instructor of music at Drexel University teaching music theory, composition and arranging, as well as guitar. Luke Abruzzo resides in the Philadelphia area and maintains an active career as a freelance guitarist and composer.

He is nationally recognized for his jazz big-band arrangements and original compositions. His work has been performed at jazz festivals in Colorado, California, and Philadelphia as well as at national conferences for the College Music Society. Locally, Luke Abruzzo is the staff arranger for Up Front, a Philadelphia based big-band. He has also brought his music to Drexel University through a series of commissions by the Drexel University Keyboard Ensemble. In the spring of 2008 he premiered his first piece for concert band, “Reflections of Prague”, written exclusively for the Drexel University Concert Band.

In December of 2008, with his band Up Front, some of Luke Abruzzo’s arrangements will be featured in a live radio broadcast in Philadelphia. He is currently working on another commissioned piece for the Drexel University Keyboard Ensemble, planning to be premiered in 2009. Also premiering in spring of 2009 is a concert band arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango”, to be performed by the Drexel University Concert band.

Luke Abruzzo is an active member of the College Music Society, National Association of Music Education, and the Society of composers.

Stephanie Abruzzo

Private Lesson Instructor

Mark Andrews

Mandell Technical Director, Adjunct Instructor - Theater Production Practicum

215.895.6444
mha27@drexel.edu

Biography

Mark H. Andrews

Mark came to Drexel in 2006 after working with Philadelphia Theatre Company as their Props Master and Light Board Operator. He is a Co-Founder and the Director of Marketing for Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia. He has over 15 years experience in theater production, marketing and administration working on close to 100 productions with 20 world premiere productions including Adrift in Macao by Christopher Durang, A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher and Barbra’s Wedding by Daniel Stern. Mark has worked in various capacities with Arden Theatre Company, Wilma Theater, Lantern Theater Company, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Prince Music Theater and many more.

Nick Anselmo

Associate Teaching Professor, Theatre Program Director, and Director of Mandell Professionals in Residence Project

215.895.1920
nma28@drexel.edu

Biography

Nick Anselmo teaches acting and is the Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP). He came to Drexel from Mercer County Community College (MCCC) where he was the head of the theatre and dance programs for over five years. He created the successful Late Night Series (LNS) at MCCC over six years ago and opened LNS-Philly three years ago upon arriving at Drexel. LNS is a free weekly open mike that features professional artists performing alongside students. He was the Artistic Associate / Education Director of the Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, New Jersey, where he ran a successful replication of New York’s 52nd Street Project. He has directed several productions including his own adaptation of letters from soldiers fighting in Vietnam for a show called Vietnam: Letters and Remembrances, for which he also composed the music. As an actor Nick has appeared Off-Broadway at the York and Ensemble Studio Theaters and was a member of The Pulse Ensemble on 42nd Street in New York City. A few of the theaters he has appeared at regionally include The Williamstown Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theater, Asolo Theatre, Arkansas Repertory and Mill Mountain Theater. He has studied acting with Uta Hagen, Robert Cohen and Eli Simon and Shakespeare with John Basil. He studied dance with Buzz Miller, Chris Chadman, Bob Rizzo and Florence Lessing. He has an MFA in Musical Theater from University of California-Irvine and a certificate in Arts Administration from NYU.

Frank Anzalone

Adjunct Instructor – Stage Management

215.895.2451
finchy@aol.com

Biography

Frank Anzalone, an adjunct Faculty member at Drexel Since Fall ’09, serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Ira Brind School of Theatre Arts at the University of the Arts where he teaches Advanced Stage Management & Fundamentals of Stage Management – and is now in his 5th year.

For 23 years, Frank served as Production Stage Manager at the Walnut Street Theatre, where he directed “1776,” “Anything Goes” and “Hello Dolly” on the Mainstage, and “Vanities,” “Marigolds,” “I Do I Do” and “Visiting Mr. Green” in the Studio. In 1997, Frank’s production of “1776” was nominated for four Barrymore Awards including Best Musical and Best Director. His 1996 production of “Marigolds” was nominated for three Barrymore Awards, including Best Play.

In 2003, the Philadelphia chapter of the Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) honored Frank for Lifetime Achievement in Stage Management.

Frank’s career highlights include directing more than 100 productions that span theaters from Washington, DC to Maine and Rhode Island, and from Western Pennsylvania across the ocean to Exeter, England.

Frank holds a Master’s degree in Directing from Catholic University, where Susan Sarandon was a classmate. Frank graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree from St. Lawrence University in Canton New York.

At UArts he has directed student-faculty productions of “1776” and Sondheim’s ‘Follies in Concert.” At Drexel he has mentored stage managers and taught the Directors’ Lab.

Frank is a proud member of AEA and SSDC.

Scott D. Bacon

Associate Teaching Professor & All College Choir Director

215.895.4915
sdb33@drexel.edu

Biography

Scott D. Bacon is the Ensemble Coordinator and an Assistant Teaching Professor in Music at Drexel University. Mr. Bacon teaches courses in Rock Music, American Popular Music, Percussion, Introduction to Music, and a course on the Music of The Beatles. He also conducts The All College Choir.

Prior to joining Drexel University, Mr. Bacon taught choral music for 10 years in Maryland and Pennsylvania.  His high school choirs traveled extensively and received excellent and superior ratings at festivals in the United States and Canada. He was twice nominated to Who’s Who of American High School Teachers. Mr. Bacon is also active as an adjudicator for Choral ensembles.

Mr. Bacon received his Master of Science in Higher Education from Drexel University in September of 2008 and his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Elizabethtown College in 1992. Mr. Bacon is also the faculty advisor for Pi Nu Epsilon, an honorary student performing arts fraternity at Drexel, and the Cleftomaniacs - a mixed voice acapella group. He also conducts a church choir in his home town of Lititz, Pa.

Karen Banos

Adjunct Instructor & String Chamber Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
karen.m.banos@drexel.edu

Biography

Karen is violin and viola instructor at Drexel University. She attended Carnegie-Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the New School of Music, where she studied with Jascha Brodsky. She also studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School for Strings, and had additional chamber music studies with Charles Castleman at the Quartet Program.

Karen is currently a member of the orchestras of the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Key West Symphony and the Philly Pops. She toured with the NYC Opera, National Company, and is also currently a regular substitute for Broadway musicals. She is a founding member and first violinist of the Rittenhouse String Quartet, and spends her summers playing with the Lake George Opera Company in Saratoga Springs, NY and the Endless Mountain Music Festival in Wellsboro, PA.

Committed to the education of the underprivileged, Karen has worked for the Institute for Arts in Education (trained by the Lincoln Center Teaching Artists) as well as the PA Arts in Education Partnership. These residencies in the city schools of Philadelphia provide music education to students who attend schools that no longer offer general music

In addition to classical performing, Karen has enjoyed performing with headlining stars like Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Vic Damone, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach and Bernadette Peters, to name a few. She has performed with the Trans Siberian Orchestra, and on Broadway has played in the pits for Secret Garden, Tommy, Ragtime, Boy from Oz, and West Side Story.

Mark Beecher

Adjunct Instructor & Percussion Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
mark.ea.beecher@drexel.edu

Biography

Mark Beecher has over 30 years experience, playing and teaching worldwide. Mark attended Widener University, where he performed & toured with their Jazz Ensemble, directed by Woody Herman alumnus, John Vanore. Mark studied with Latin percussion masters Frankie Malabe and Jose Luis 'Changuito' Quintana, African drumming master Oscar Sulley, Eastern Indian drumming master T.N. Bala, and Frank Zappa drummers, Chad Wackerman & Chester Thompson.

Mark has recorded over 30 albums with a variety of artists, is a voting member of the GRAMMYs (Recording Academy), has authored a number of published works, including 'The Rudimental Percussionist' and the book, 'I.A.R.P. Rudimental Solos,' as well as his own instructional DVD, 'The Art of Ancient Rudimental Drumming,' which has been endorsed by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

As a drum & percussion instructor with over 30 years experience, Mark has taught award-winning high school bands and drum corps, including the Independence Fife & Drum Corps, Valley Forge Military Academy Field Music and the Washington Memorial Pipe Band (of which he is the current Drum Sgt) and has conducted a number of Drumming & Percussion clinics and seminars with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA).

He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, The Company of Fifers & Drummers and is the President of The National Association of Rudimental Drummers (NARD) - originally founded in 1933 and sponsored by the Ludwig Drum Company.

Mark Beecher is an endorser for Ludwig Drums, Evans Drumheads & Vic Firth Drumsticks

Angela Bilger

Private Lesson Instructor

215.895.2451
angela.r.cordell@drexel.edu

Biography

French hornist Angela Cordell Bilger enjoys a freelance career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator, primarily in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. She plays frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra where she spent the 2008-2009 season as Acting Fourth Horn, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Columbia Sinfonietta, Imani Winds, Zephyros Winds, at Bargemusic, and in many Broadway shows. Ms. Bilger spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. With the Central Park Brass and Ariel Winds, she was active in performing outreach concerts for children in schools and in hospitals. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, she received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She then attended The Juilliard School where she received her master’s degree studying with Jerome Ashby and studied independently with Julie Landsman and Michelle Baker of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Bobbi Block

Adjunct Faculty – Improvisation

215.895.2451
bobbi.block@drexel.edu

Biography

Bobbi Block has been performing, teaching,  producing and directing Improvisational Theatre in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years.  She is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director and performs with the critically-acclaimed unscripted theater company Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater (tongue-groove.com).  In addition to their monthly shows and Fringe Festival appearances, Tongue & Groove was invited to perform at the Kimmel Center for PIFA Festivals 2011 & ‘13.  Bobbi has taught her signature Actors’ Improv ™ approach throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where she directed her popular show, SECRETS, for the New Zealand Fringe Festival. Bobbi received a Philadelphia City Paper Choice Award,“Actress who will lead Improv to the Promised Land.”  Bobbi conceived and directed LEAP: The Actors’ Improv Experiment, for the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival.  For 15 years, Bobbi was the Co-Producer and Education Director of the Barrymore Award-winning improvisational theatre company,  ComedySportz Philadelphia (comedysportzphilly.com), and was Artistic Director of the company for two years.  In addition, Bobbi performed longform improv for 12 years with LunchLady Doris, and performs with the interdisciplinary improvisational theatre company, Playback Philadelphia.   In addition to her theatrical  career, Bobbi founded, choreographed and performed with the body percussion troupe, P3: People Percussion Project, and is a percussionist  with the Brazilian samba band Unidos da Filadelfia.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Bobbi got her Masters degree in Theatre from Villanova University,  and has since trained with master improvisers in Chicago, NYC and LA.  Bobbi has taught improv at the University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, Bucks County Community College, the Wilma Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, ComedySportz, Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) and private classes.  She currently teaches Improvisation at Temple University, Drexel University, and the University of Otago in New Zealand.  As a Communications Skills Consultant, Bobbi has traveled the world using acting, improv and theatre techniques to train corporate executives in leadership and team development skills (bobbiblock.com)


Damon Bonetti

Adjunct Instructor


damianio@juno.com

Biography

Damon Bonetti is a Philadelphia based actor, director and teacher. He has performed and directed at many theaters in the Philly area and was nominated for a Barrymore Award for his performance as David in Orange Flower Water for Luna Theater Company. Damon is the Co-Founding Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Artists' Collective. The PAC is dedicated to producing rarely performed classic plays in site-specific locations. He played Duke Ferdinand in their critically acclaimed inaugural production of The Duchess of Malfi and Gustav in the 2012 Philly Fringe hit, Creditors. He directed Pierre de Marivaux's Changes of Heart (The Double Inconstancy) in Spring 2012 and Eugene O'Neill's Sea Plays on board Philly's Tall Ship Gazela for the 2013 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival.

He has appeared in many commercials and films and is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University - Camden and Rowan University. He earned his MFA at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory. Please visit philartistcollective.org and damonbonetti.com for more info.  

Perry Brisbon

Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Wesley J. Broadnax

Assistant Professor, Concert and Pep Band Director

215.895.6214
wjb46@drexel.edu

Biography

Wesley J. Broadnax is in his first year as Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Bands at Drexel University. His duties include conducting the Concert Band, Chamber Winds, and the Pep Band. Prior to Drexel, Dr. Broadnax served as Director of Bands/Instrumental Music Education on the faculties of the University of Delaware, California State University East Bay, and Michigan State University.

 

A native of Texas, Dr. Broadnax received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Stephen F. Austin State University and taught for several years in the Texas Public Schools. He received both the master’s and doctoral degrees in Wind Conducting from Michigan State University. While at Michigan State University, he was a regular performer on bass trombone and euphonium, where he was a member of the West Shore Symphony, Greater Lansing Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Jackson Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and Midland Symphony, in addition to various chamber ensembles that included both the West Shore Symphony Brass Trio and Capitol Brass Quartet in Lansing. In California, he performed as bass trombonist with the Silicon Valley Symphony and Mission Chamber Orchestra. His conducting teachers include John L. Whitwell and Frank L. Battisti; his bass trombone/euphonium teachers have included Nathaniel Brickens, Curtis R. Olson, Philip Sinder, J. Mark Thompson, and William Young.

 

Dr. Broadnax maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He has conducted several All-State and honor bands both nationally and internationally, having most recently conducted throughout Central Italy in August 2012 (Bandas di Norcia e Bevagna), and has presented resident conducting seminars at Michigan State University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Indiana State University, Bemidji State University, and St. Ambrose University. He has served as guest conductor for both the 56th Annual Stanislaus County Junior High School Music Festival in Modesto, Calif., and the Fresno-Madera Counties Music Educators Association in Reedley, Calif. He adjudicated the Western Band Association Concert Band Festival in Atherton, Calif., and conducted the Rocky Mountain Honour Band in Calgary, Alberta (Canada). He is a strong advocate of new music and has won the praises of several composers, including Joseph Schwantner, David Maslanka, Michael Weinstein, Dana Wilson, Jere Hutcheson, Paul Barsom, Davide Zannoni, Lawrence Singer, Joel Puckett, Nicholas Vasallo, and Stephen Rush. He participated in the Pierre Boulez Symposium on 20th Century Contemporary Music at Carnegie Hall in New York City, the focal work being the composer’s Le Marteau Sans Matre, with members of Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the summer of 2002, Dr. Broadnax completed a four-week residency as a conducting fellow at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he co-conducted the Young Artists Wind Ensemble and Chamber Music Program with master teacher Frank L. Battisti. In addition, Dr. Broadnax served as guest conductor for the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra Children’s concert series in Spring 2005 titled The Circle of Life, as part of its Black History Celebration. He also served for three years as music director/conductor for the Lansing Concert Band, and two seasons for the Oakland Municipal Band (California). Scholarship & Research activities include presentations at the Conductors Guild National Conference (Chicago), Delaware Music Educators Association (Smyrna, DE), Schwantner Music Festival (Newark, DE), and published articles on a variety of topics related to music education—including a recent article titled Ensemble Intonation: Five Strategies for Long—Term Improvement for the School Band & Orchestra Magazine (SBO).

 

Dr. Broadnax holds professional membership with the Conductors Guild, College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), California Music Educators Association (CMEA), Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA), and the International Trombone Association (ITA), and he is an honorary member of Kappa Kapp Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha and Pi Kappa Lambda organizations.

Lindsay Browning

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
Lindsay.Jo.Browning@drexel.edu

Biography

Lindsay Browning is a Performing Dance Theater Artist based in Philadelphia, Pa. She studied the Performance, Practice and History of Contemporary Dance at Radford University in Virginia. Lindsay received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RU in 2005. Since moving to Philadelphia she's received opportunities to collaborate with many of Philadelphia's established companies as well as Independent artists including Group Motion Multimedia Dance Theater, Scrap Performance Group, Penn Dixie Productions, Susan Rethorst, Olive Prince Dance, Tania Issac Dance, Chisena Danza, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, <Fidget>, Wally Cardona Dance, Ausdrucktanz Dance Theater, Idiosyncrazy Productions, Silvana Cardell and White Box Dance Theater.

Lindsay is currently creating a series of Dance Theater Productions with Philadelphia Based Actress Kathryn Raines. Their first collaboration  “Human Realm | Earth” premiered in October 2015 at legendary Mosaic Artist Isaiah Zagar’s South Philadelphia Art Space.  Lindsay and Kathryn will premiere their second collaboration  “Human Realm | Space” in August 2016 in Philadelphia.

In addition to her work as a Performing Artist, Lindsay has developed a presence in the Philadelphia community as a Movement and Performance Photographer. Her work as a Visual Artist can be seen in several venues around the city including a Permanent Instillation in Rittenhouse Square’s Saxby's Cafe. For more information about her Photography visit www.lbrowningphotography.com.

Jon Bulack

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jim Bunting

Adjunct Associate Professor

215.895.2451
jimbunting@gmail.com

Biography

Jim Bunting graduated from the University of the Arts in 1995, receiving his BFA in Dance. During this time, he danced professionally as a founding member of Koresh Dance Company for 9 years. Jim then went on to develop his talents as a choreographer and teacher and has over 20 years of experience teaching and choreographing dance in the greater Philadelphia area. As a choreographer, Jim has had the pleasure of creating works for Koresh Dance Company, Pennsylvania Ballet's Shut Up and Dance at the Forrest Theater and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. In 1999, Jim received a Fellowship Grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for his outstanding choreography. Jim's 20 years of experience teaching modern jazz and ballroom technique has allowed him to serve as a mentor and instructor for both children and adults. Jim was a proprietor of the former Rittenhouse Dance Academy and currently choreographs on youths performing for the pre-professional dance companies in residence at Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center and Radomile Academy of Dance. As a ballroom instructor, Jim teaches both Latin and Standard styles, specializing in the Latin dances salsa and Argentine tango. He is a former instructor for several Philadelphia area studios including the Academy of Social Dance, Dancesport Academy and Society Hill Dance Academy. Jim has taught several master classes for the dance and musical theater departments at the University of the Arts, St. Bonaventure University in New York, the University of Colorado and The Roswell Dance Theater in Atlanta. Additionally, Jim has been on faculty as an adjunct professor of jazz dance at Drexel University since 2007. Most recently, started Jim Bunting Dance Company with the 1st full length production of “The Shaman’s Dream” which premiered at the Mandell Theater in Philadelphia. The company has performed at the Capitale in NYC for the School of Visual Arts Annual Holiday Party and the Philadelphia Art Museum's "Friday After 5 Series."

Wanda Canfield

Adjunct Instructor & Keyboard Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
wanda.l.canfield@drexel.edu

Biography

Wanda Canfield is a graduate of Temple University with a Master of Music in Composition and a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano. She is a performer, songwriter and arranger. She is also a church pianist, and accompanies vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs.

Wanda Canfield is founder and director of the Drexel University Keyboard Ensemble, and she teaches class piano, private lessons, and piano improvisation. She has taught at Drexel since 1995 and is also piano faculty at Cabrini College.

Dom Chacon

Adjunct Instructor - Theater Production, Lighting/Production Design

215.868.3675
domchacon@gmail.com

Biography

J. Dominic Chacon

Dominic was born and raised in the Midwest. He is a native of Dixon Illinois and attended the University of Iowa where he received is Bachelors of Fine Arts in Lighting and Sound design. He began his career in Philadelphia as an Arden Theatre Company Professional Apprentice. He fell in love with Philadelphia and has not left. He attended Graduate School at Temple University where he received is Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Design. Along with teaching at Drexel University he is also the resident Lighting Designer for Drexel Dance Ensemble and the new Fresh Dance. He has designed for Theatre, Dance and Opera for the past 10 years.

KC Chun-Manning

Adjunct Assistant Professor

303.807.7973
klc357@drexel.edu

Biography

KC Chun-Manning received her MFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004, in conjunction with her AmSAT  certification as an Alexander Technique teacher.  Her professional performing credits include the choreography of such artists as kim olson/sweet edge, Maedée Duprès, Sara Hook, Cynthia Oliver and Susan Rethorst. She serves on the dance faculty at Drexel and Temple Universities, as well as at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training teaching the Alexander Technique. Guest artist and speaking positions include Bryn Mawr College, West Chester University, nEW Festival, Trinity College, Denver University, Bucknell University, the Cancer Support Center of Philadelphia and for breast-feeding moms at the North Suburban Hospital in Colorado.

Since 2005, Fresh Blood has been the repository for KC Chun-Manning’s artistic collaboration with Jennifer Schmermund, who shared a mutual penchant for mischievous whimsy, interplay and mining the simultaneously untamed and heroic stories we carry within.  Preserving this collaborative sensibility, Fresh Blood continued with Ms. Chun-Manning from Brooklyn to Colorado to now Philadelphia, where the work more specifically explores the body as an ever shifting continuum of entanglement, flight, rebound and interconnectivity with others.  

These inquiries into how the stories we carry manifest themselves in the choices we make led to her most recent collaboration with the Pasión y Arte Flamenco Co. for the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) in 2013 at the Fleisher Art Memorial, as well as her solo research project, Residue, that invited four choreographers to find a methodology of transmitting the “grit” of who they are onto her body, and ultimately create a new work.  These solos were presented at Bucknell University, Trinity College, and at Spoke the Hub Dancing.  Additionally, Fresh Blood has been produced at such venues as the Cool New York Dance Festival, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Aspen Dance Connection, the Packing House Center for the Arts, the Dairy Center for the Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Merce Cunningham Studio and the DUMBO Dance Festival.

Antoinette M. Coward-Gilmore

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
danse4nia@aol.com

Biography

Antoinette M. Coward-Gilmore is the Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of Danse4Nia Repertory Ensemble. She holds a BFA from University of the Arts & an MA from New York University both in Dance Education and Performance. Coward-Gilmore is a founding company member of Eleone Dance Theatre (Phila. PA.), former member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company (NY.) and Rod Rodgers Dance Company (NY.). As an established choreographer, Coward-Gilmore's works have been seen on such stages as Aaron Davis Hall, New Victory Black Box, Kimmel Center, Strayhorn Theatre and the Prince Music Theatre just to name a few. Currently,Coward-Gilmore is a newly appointed adjunct instructor at Drexel University and the Director of Dance at The MLK Talent Center, a Philadelphia School Board initiative.

Susan Deutsch

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
susand948@aol.com

Biography

Susan Deutsch has danced professionally for over 30 years, including work with Wimmer, Wimmer and Dancers and South Street Dance Company. She was the movement coach/rehearsal director for several Philadelphia companies and has taught modern dance in the city since 1980.

For the past 23 years Susan has been a somatic movement educator. She was Certified at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in 1987 and is currently working on her level 3 Franklin Method Certification. She loves to help people deepen their own embodiment skills and gain insights into movement that will help them move with ease and clarity.

She has a private practice working with a diverse group of clientele ranging from dancers to individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities, and also people recovering from physical injuries. Along with her Laban and Franklin training, Susan brings Feldendkrais and Zero Balancing to each session.

Brian Dilts

Adjunct Instructor

215-895-2451
brian.m.dilts@drexel.edu

Biography

Brian Dilts is an instructor of piano and music theory, and chief accompanist for the Vocal Department at Drexel University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University.

He has taught throughout the region, including at Settlement Music School and Haddonfield School Of Music. He has taught at Drexel University since 2006.

His performance career includes recitals as a soloist and vocal accompanist, in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, as well as appearances in New York and Oxford, England.

Mr. Dilts is also an active singer/songwriter. He has performed in that capacity all over the region, including Drexel's Mandell Theatre, Milkboy Coffee, and Steel City Coffeehouse. He has produced two albums of his own material, the latest an EP called 'After The Dawn'

Rosalind Erwin

Adjunct Instructor, University Orchestra Director

215.895.2451
rosalind.m.erwin@drexel.edu

Biography

A flexible, creative and highly accomplished conductor, Rosalind Erwin is welcome on podiums both in the USA and abroad. Her credentials include performances with the Sofia Philharmonoc in Bulgaria; in concert under the auspices of NATO in Zagreb, Croatia; performances in Western Europe; and at home where, in six years, she built a fledgling regional orchestra in the suburbs of Philadelphia to one attarcting international attention, record executives and European solo artists.

Rosalind Erwin received her Bachelor's Degree in Clarinet Performance from the New School of Music in Philadelphia where she received an NEA Fellowship, and her Masters in Performance from Esther Boyer College of Music at Temple University where she studied with Anthony Gigliotti, Principal Clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and was appointed Resident Conductor of the Composition Department. Rosalind Erwin is an accomplished instrumental performer, having appeared as clarinet soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony and having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has studied with and been mentored by some of the great names in the conducting world, including Loren Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman. She has been honored by the Leopold Stokowsky Memorial Conducting Competition sponsored by the Rittenhouse Square Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Rosalind Erwin was the founder and creative force behind Musica 2000 – The Symphony Orchestra (2000 - 2005). Erwin commissioned works by emerging American composers, presenting world premieres both in the USA and abroad. Unique to Musica 2000, Erwin developed effective educational outreach programs, introducing not only instruments and music styles, but also involving students in the art of composition .

During her tenure as Music Director of the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Rosalind Erwin elevated this regional orchestra to exceptional artistic heights, expanded educational outreach,  and brought contemporary music into the mainstream of concert programming. Among other works, Erwin commissioned and premiered the overture simple by Guggenheim Fellow and internationally respected composer, Robert Maggio; Alabanza by Philadelphia composer Kile Smith; and conducted the regional premiere of Joan Tower’s ASOL/Ford Foundation commissioned work, Made in America. Beginning in 2005, Erwin and the Orchestra’s concerts were regularly rebroadcast on Philadelphia NPR station WHYY’s Symphony Space. During Erwin’s tenure the PSO was offered a rare recording opportunity with American independent label Newport Classics. Her guest conducting engagements have included orchestras in Portugal, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, as well as throughout the USA. She was featured conductor in 2003 during American Music Week with the Sophia Philharmonic in Bulgaria. In 2009 Erwin guest conducted Sinfonijski orkestar Hvratska vojske, performing the Croatian premier of David Gillinghams’ Marimba Concerto No. 2 with renowned soloist Ivana Bilic.

Rosalind Erwin has been highly acclaimed as a conductor and educator by the legendary composer and author Samuel Adler of the Eastman School of Music. Erwin has been invited by Pennsylvania and New Jersey Music Educator Associations to guest conduct All-State, Regional and District Festival Orchestras to great acclaim. Erwin is the former Music Director and Conductor of the Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Luzerne Music Center Orchestras and Settlement Music School Advanced Studies Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble, with which she performed at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Independent Study Proffesor of Conducting at The College of New Jersey. Erwin has served as guest lecturer for Arcadia University's Community Scholars program, and Guest Lecturer and Celebrity Guest for the Philadelphia Orchestra Lecture/Luncheon Series.

During the summers Rosalind Erwin serves as Symphony Program Ensemble Director  and Lecturer for the Philadelphia International Music Festival, Philadelphia Principal Second Violinist Kimberly Fischer, Founder and Artistic Director, and staffed by members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In conjunction with C&K Artists management, Erwin has created and implemented Music ad hoc, a complete performance package successfully used by non-profit organizations as a major fund raising tool.

Clyde Evans, Jr.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
clyde@chosendance.com

Biography

Clyde Evans, Jr. began dancing Hip-Hop at 11 years old. Originally from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Evans immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s where he began to learn how to Break dance. It was the Hip-Hop phenomenon of “Breakin” that inspired him to dance and allowed him to fit in to the American culture. His circle of friends encouraged him to dance on a popular kid’s television program, Dance Party USA where he met Rennie Harris, who is one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Dance Theater. In 1991, Evans became a founding member and lead dancer in Harris’ company. Then in 2001 began Chosen Dance Company. His purpose in forming Chosen dance is a direct result to his faith in God and the belief of presenting Hip-Hop in a way that loves, is responsible, constructive and uplifting to its audience. This attitude has allowed him to teach and perform Hip-Hop all over the world, appear in movies and videos with renowned celebrities Robert Redford, Jill Scott, Bruce Willis, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and most recently M. Night Shyamalan. It has also afforded him the opportunity to perform in events like the ESPN X-Games, appear in NFL Super Bowl commercials, 106 & Park for BET, tours for Sunny D, etc. From the summer intensive dance program at Bates College, recreational centers in the inner city to America’s Best Dance Crew, Evans continues to teach Hip-Hop at all levels throughout Philadelphia and now at Wesleyan and Drexel Universities on the East Coast. As his opportunities increase, Evans desires to utilize technology with dance across genres of performance art.

Chris Farrell

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
christopher.b.farrell@​d​r​e​x​e​l​.​e​d​u​

Biography

Christopher B Farrell is an award winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founder of the critically acclaimed instrumental ensemble, the Rit Mo Collective. Christopher has scored music for film, television, modern dance, and spoken word poetry while touring domestically and abroad with the Rit Mo Collective, Trombo Piccolo, Ryan Tennis & the Clubhouse Band, and Suspicious Brown. In addition to teaching Rhythmic Studies for Dance, Guitar I & II, and private guitar lessons at Drexel, Christopher also accompanies Modern and Ballet technique classes. Samples of his work can be found at www.redearthcalling.comwww.soundcloud.com/christopher-farrell-3 and www.trombopiccolo.com

John Faye

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
john.k.faye@drexel.edu

Bill Fennelly

Associate Professor

215.895.2529
bill.fennelly@drexel.edu

Biography

Mr. Fennelly's work has been seen on Broadway, Off Broadway and regionally. Bill was the original Assistant Director on the creation of the TONY Award winning Jersey Boys, was the Resident Director for the Broadway First National Tour of Disney’s award-winning The Lion King, was the Associate Director for the world premiere musical The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, which began its life at Hartford Stage Company and then moved to Broadway which featured: Sara Ramirez, Patrick Wilson, Adrienne Lennox, Liz Calloway, Beth Leavel, Mary Bond Davis, Michael Berresse, and Orfeh; he was also the Assistant Director to Sir Alan Ayckbourn on the U.S. premiere of Mr. Ayckbourn’s and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical By Jeeves. Bill spent four seasons as a staff director with New York City Opera at Lincoln Center where he worked on over thirteen new productions including the Glimmerglass World Premiere, the NYC Premiere and the EMMY nominated PBS Great Performances Telecast of Central Park by Terrence McNally, Robert Beaser, Wendy Wasserstein, Deborah Drattell, Michael Torke and A.R. Gurney. Additionally, Bill directed the world premiere and Off Broadway production of Frankenstein the musical, which featured Hunter Foster, Steve Blanchard and Chrisitiane Noll.

Bill was awarded the prestigious Phil Killian Directing Fellowship at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His work has been seen in NYC at The Roundabout and Playwrights Horizons as well as Lincoln Center and regionally at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Hartford Stage Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Actors Express, Fords Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, The 2006 Cultural Olympic Festival at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Arizona Theatre Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre and TheatreWorks in Palo Alto. He served as Producing Artistic Director at Actor's Express in Atlanta Georgia, Associate Producing Artistic Director of the TONY honored The Acting Company in NYC, and as an Assistant Artistic Director at Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, Chicago and New York City.

Bill was recently the director for the creation of the new musical Fly By Night, which played to rave reviews in its world premiere at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, where he earned a Bay Area Critics Award nomination for Best Director of a musical, as well as its subsequent production at Dallas Theatre Center where Bill was awarded the Dallas Column Award, for Best Director of a musical. Bill was also awarded the New York S.A.L.T. Award for Director of the Year and Production of the Year for his production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Syracuse Stage. Bill’s recent production of Herringbone starring Ben Dibble was a Barrymore recommended production at Flashpoint Theatre. Bill’s work as a director has also earned the California K.P.B.S. Patte Award, The San Diego Playbill Award and the Moss Hart Award by the New England Theatre Conference.

Bill began his teaching career, immediately upon the completion of his undergraduate studies at the Hartt School of Music at University of Hartford. He taught Acting, Text Analysis and Movement in the Graduate Opera Department at the Hartt School. This opportunity ignited his passion for teaching and artist development. His work as a teacher lead him to The Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where he taught Acting, Musical Theatre Performance and Text Analysis; University of California San Diego where he taught Acting and Directing; Indiana State University where he taught master-classes in Acting and integrated Viewpoints/Laban; Dartmouth College where he taught master-classes in Acting and integrated Viewpoints/Laban technique; Actors Express where he taught Acting, Joint Stock and Directing, N.Y.U. where he has worked as a mentor, dramaturg and director on many thesis musicals in the Graduate Music Theatre Writing Department, and most recently to Juilliard where he was a master teacher for the Juilliard summer Shakespeare institute. Bill is thrilled to be a part of the Drexel University team where his passion for language and artist development continues to develop into the nationally recognized technique called Exacting.

Bill earned a contracted B.M. in Music Theatre Performance, Directing and Dramatic Writing from the Hartt School at The University of Hartford and his M.F.A. in directing from University of California San Diego. 

Dennis Fortune

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
dennis.h.fortune@drexel.edu

Biography

Dennis Fortune, adjunct professor of music at Drexel University has been teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area of over 35 years. He holds a B.A. degree from Dickinson College and is currently the musical director for the group FVC. He has traveled extensively throughout the US and the world performing with such artists as Jean Carne, Esther Satterfield, Charles Fambrough, Billy Paul and numerous others. He is the recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for jazz composition. He currently has released four CD's and produced projects for many other artists. He composed the music for the WHYY television special 'Four Presidents the Great American Clean Up' and the Delaware production of 'The Four Poster' starring Jasmine Guy and Keith David.

Eve Friedman

Adjunct Instructor & Wind Chamber Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
eve.a.friedman@drexel.edu

Biography

Eve Friedman has recently performed on historical flutes with Tempesta di Mare, American Bach Soloists, and Tafelmusik; and on modern flute with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony, and the world music ensemble EZUZ.  Her solo playing has been called “particularly fine” by the Washington Post.  About her first book, Tone Development on the Baroque Flute, the journal Early Music America wrote,  “This carefully researched, imaginative book should be on every baroque flutist’s bookshelf.”

Friedman serves on the National Flute Association's Historical Flutes Committee, and has also been a judge/guest artist for the American Musicological Society, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Flute Society of Greater Philadelphia.

She received her Master of Music from Boston University and holds a Doctor of Music from Indiana University.  She performs and teaches at the Summerkeys festival in Maine with her husband (and fellow Drexel faculty member), composer/pianist Roberto Pace, as the Halcyon Duo.

Robert Gale

Adjunct Instructor


robert.e.gale@drexel.edu

Biography

Robert Gale, a graduate of the University of Illinois, is principal trombone with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orchestra 2001, the pit orchestra of the Walnut Street Theater and is a member of the Philadelphia Brass. He has performed with the St. Louis and Richmond Symphonies and has recorded for vocal artists, television and major motion pictures. Throughout his career he has toured internationally with the swing bands of Glenn Miller, and Jimmy Dorsey, and the back-up bands for Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole and many others.

Mr. Gale is on the Faculty of The College of New Jersey and has taught at St. Louis University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Swarthmore College and Valley Forge Military Academy.

Gerre Garrett

Adjunct Instructor


thewaitstaff@gmail.com

Biography

Gerre Garrett holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a BA in English from Saint Joseph University. She teaches Acting and Sketch Comedy and has directed Drexel Players' main stage and studio productions. She writes and performs for the Philadelphia-based sketch comedy troupe, The Waitstaff (www.thewaitstaff.com). Additionally, Gerre is a creative dramatics specialist, a Teaching Artist for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and an adjunct instructor of theater at Cabrini College. Her voice is heard locally in industrial films and commercials, and nationally on two television series for the Discovery Network. She has appeared on numerous stages in and around Philadelphia. Performance credits include Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, Misery, Dancing at Lughnasa, and One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

Miriam Giguere

Department Head, Performing Arts

215.895.4914
danceprogram@drexel.edu

Biography

Dr. Giguere directed the dance program at Drexel University from 1992-2015, before becoming Department Head for Performing Arts in 2015. She teaches academic dance classes in 20th Century Dance History, Dance Pedagogy and Dance Criticism and Aesthetics, alongside studio courses in modern dance. Also in this capacity, she directs the Drexel University Dance Ensemble, a 55 dancer company, and FreshDance, a freshmen only company of 35 dancers, both of which perform two professional caliber dance concerts each year at the Mandell Theater.

Dr. Giguere graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania earning both a BA in psychology and an MS in education in four years. She earned her PhD in dance from Temple University, where she was awarded the Emerging Doctoral Scholar award. Her dissertation was recognized nationally by the American Educational Research Association with their 2009 National Dissertation Award for Arts and Learning. Her research has been published in Research in Dance Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Dance Education, Arts & Learning Journal, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Selected Dance Research Volume 6, and Public Scholarship in Dance. Dr. Giguere was the keynote speaker for Dance Education Conference 2010, Singapore, an invited presenter at the Dance and the Child International conferences in Taiwan in 2012, and in Copenhagen in 2015. She is an associate editor of the journal Dance Education in Practice where she writes a regular column entitled “Dance Trends”. Dr. Giguere is also a peer reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education, the Journal of Emerging Dance Research and the author of the textbook Beginning Modern Dance, published in 2013 through Human Kinetics. She is currently serving on the board of the National Dance Education Organization.

Matthew Gould

Private Lesson Instructor

Joseph Hallman

Private Lesson Instructor

215.895.2451
joseph.albert.hallman@drexel.edu

Biography

Joe Hallman serves as an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University, Composer-in-Residence at the Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, and Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Director of Festivals for the Traverse Arts Project. He has been an active Art s& Culture writer for over 10 years and writes for Philly2Philly.com. In addition to teaching a studio of young composers, he has been invited to give master classes and lectures at home and abroad.

Hallman’s recently completed series of chamber concerti were composed for members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Cleveland Orchestra.

A longtime collaboration with American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, led to the 2010premiere of Joe’s newest Cello Concerto, with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia. The recording of this work has now been released on iTunes and all other major digital distributors. This fall he will release three recordings, a piccolo sonata and two collections of works for solo piano. Hallman’s work with poets, in particular Jessica Hornik, has inspired works for voices and chamber ensembles. Of late he has been in cahoots with the English horn icon Thomas Stacy, of the New York Philharmonic, bassoonist Pascal Gallois, and organist Kevin Bowyer.

Hallman has also worked in the downtown New York music scene with the improv/experimental group ThingNY. His Suite for Boombox and Piano was composed for Kathy Supové, who premiered it at the Tribeca Music Festival. He has also collaborated with the poet and screenwriter Antwone Fisher. In chamber music, Hallman has worked with the Avian Ensemble and Chamber Music Now and this season will be working with the Linden Quartet, the 2009 Fischoff Competition grand-prize winners; Enhakē, the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition winners; and several other wind and string chamber groups. His Alice, a ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, will be premiered in San Diego in April 2010.

Lovett Hines

Adjunct Instructor

Valerie Ifill

Program Director, Dance

215.571.4443
vifill@drexel.edu

Biography

Valerie Ifill is a dance educator and researcher focused on the intersections of dance and the community. She approaches this work by leading process-based self-reflective workshops, researching neighborhoods to develop community dance programs/workshops, and creating interdisciplinary and site-specific performances for non-traditional dance audiences.

Ifill earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Oregon, completed the Independent Study Program at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Dance minor from Kent State University. Ifill’s written and studio-based research for the college dance student is based in sensory-driven improvisational work and the codified Horton technique. Ifill’s research or workshops have been presented at the South Carolina Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance conference, the American College Dance Association festivals, and National Dance Education Organization conferences.

She continues to perform and choreograph across the country with the TRANSForm Dance Collective and the FRESH dance series. Ifill is looking forward to building a dance program with the West Philadelphia community and the Dornsife Center.

 

 

 

Tania Isaac-Hyman

Assistant Teaching Professor

215.571.3527
taniaisaac@drexel.edu

Biography

Tania Isaac fuses choreography with personal documentary and social commentary resulting in dances that are elegant and dramatic, yet highly accessible. Her publications explore the spectrum of contemporary dance ranging from essays/commentary on functional mechanics to comparative literary esthetics in performance. She has been a featured speaker with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council creating presentations based on Contemporary Caribbean Dance in Historical and Social Context and launching the PHC Speakers’ WHYY TV series (Humanities Live!). TaniaIsaacDance has presented work across the US and internationally in venues spanning New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Kyoto and the Caribbean.

Her writing is included in Susanna Sloat’s anthology Making Caribbean Dance (University Press of Florida, 2010) and in tsuaaji- a translation journal.

Twice featured in Dance Magazine, Isaac is a former member of Rennie Harris Puremovement, Urban Bushwomen and David Dorfman Dance. Her early collaborative video work has been screened at the ADF Dancing for the Camera Festival of International Film and Video Dance in North Carolina, at the International Festival of Video Dance, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia as part of the Drexel University TV (DUTV) Unquote Television. Her choreographic work has been funded by the Leeway Foundation, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Independence Foundation, Painted Bride Art Center, the National Performance Network, FringeArts, Harlemstage and Bates Dance Festival among others. She is former resident of the CEC (NewEdge), Painted Bride Art Center, MassMOCA, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts; a US-Japan Exchange Artist, Pew Fellow, MacDowell Fellow and most recently a participant in “An experiment in five acts” -leading to a featured interview in “questions of practice” regarding audiences and process. Her opennotebook research process, developed through two MANCC (Maggie Allesse National Center for Choreography) fellowships, was highlighted during her keynote address to the inaugural Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference at Florida State University.

 She received a BS in Dance with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA from Temple University where she served as a University Fellow. She is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Drexel University and co-director of Pitch –a dance company.

Paul Jerue

Assistant Teaching Professor and URBN Center Black Box Theater Technical Director/Production Manager

215.571.4243
prj36@drexel.edu

Biography

With 10 years professional experience in the Philadelphia Theatre Community, Paul has joined Drexel University as Production Manager and Assistant Professor ofTheatre Production.  

Prior to coming to Drexel, Paul was Production Manager for Theatre Exile as well asScene Shop Manager for West Chester University. He also spent two years as the Assistant Master Electrician at Delaware Theatre Company and two years as the Associate Production Manager at the Prince Music Theatre.

Paul has worked extensively with Amaryllis Theatre Company, as both a ProductionManager and a Stage Manager facilitating productions that focused on accessibility in the arts. This includes a Shakespeare production that was co-produced with Gallaudet University and cast with both deaf and hearing actors and performed in English and AmericanSign Language.

Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Paul studied stage management at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. He holds a bachelors in Theatre and Electronic Media and Film from Towson University.

Bruce Kaminsky

Adjunct Instructor & Mediterranean Ensemble Director

Joshua Lawrence

Private Lesson Instructor

215.895.2451
joshua.d.lawrence@drexel.edu

Biography

Josh Lawrence is a jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader living in Philadelphia where he is on faculty at the University of the Arts and Drexel University.

Lawrence has two solo albums to his name with a third slated to be released in the Fall of 2013. He has recorded with the likes of Erykah Badu and Boyz II Men and performs regularly with pianist Orrin Evan's critically-acclaimed Captain Black Big Band, saxophonist Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, guitarist Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, bassist Anthony Tidd's PACT, singer Laurin Talese and the Shrine Big Band.

In late 2012, Lawrence was commissioned by the Painted Bride in Philadelphia with bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall to compose and debut new music for a large ten-piece ensemble. The project was awarded a grant through the Pew Center's Philadelphia Music Project and a recording is currently in post-production. In early 2013, Lawrence was invited as an artist-in-residence to the Kimmel Center's Creative Music Program and debuted a new work for big band at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Lawrence is currently composing music for the documentary Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere and continues to perform in Philadelphia and New York City.

Lucinda Lea

Adjunct Associate Professor

215.895.2451
ll52@drexel.edu

Biography

Lucinda Lea has been teaching ballet at Drexel University since 2001. She trained at Boston Ballet under the direction of E.Virginia Williams, Indiana University, where she earned a BA in English, and Boston Repertory Ballet. She founded Ballet Arts Academy, Nashua, N.H., in 1975 and directed the school along with Ballet Arts Dance Ensemble, where she was also resident choreographer, until 1985. Upon moving to the west coast, she taught,choreographed and staged professional ballets for Westside Ballet Co. in Santa Monica, CA and South Bay Ballet in Torrence, CA. Since 1990 Ms. Lea has lived in Philadelphia and instructed at the PA Ballet Academy, Philadelphia Civic Ballet, and University City Arts League. At that time she became a certified Trager Practitioner/Movement Educator and currently has a private practice in Philadelphia. She also serves as a Tutor and introductory Workshop Leader for Trager International, helping train practitioners world wide.

Susan Lerner

Private Lesson Instructor

Ronald Lipscomb

Adjunct Instructor

Adrienne Mackey

Adjunct - Voice and Diction

215.895.2451
adrienne.m.mackey@drexel.edu

Biography

Adrienne Mackey is a director who creates original and compelling theater using the power of the human voice and the forms of the human body. Her theater work covers areas ranging from quantum physics (SURVIVE!), pop culture (Purr, Pull, Reign) American history (Owning Up to the Corn and The Ballad of Joe Hill), to Greek mythology (Echo), classic literature (The Master and Margarita at Mum Puppettheatre) and racial tensions within her hometown of Philadelphia (Recitatif, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival 2007). In Philadelphia in 2006-2007 she was awarded the CEC’s New Edge Residency in Theater. Adrienne is a classically trained soprano and her study of alternative use of voice work has taken her to France’s Roy Hart Voice Centre and to the Netherlands and Turkey with Stemmwerk Voice Theater. In 2008 she was awarded the Independence Foundation Fellowship to train in theater and voice with Roy Hart affiliated Pantheatre.

Marcie Mamura

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
mmm434@drexel.edu

Biography

Marcie Mamura earned a BA in Theatre/Dance from Kansas State University and an MFA in Dance from the University of Oregon. She is Adjunct Faculty and Assistant Director of the FreshDance Ensemble at Drexel University. Marcie’s work as a Philadelphia teaching artist includes Girard College-Dream Camp, Asian Arts Initiative, CHI Movement Arts Center, Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Camp, Art Sanctuary/Opera Philadelphia, and ArtWell. She is part of the Director’s Team for Camp Sojourner Girls’ Leadership Camp, a year round program focused on activism and youth development for Philadelphia girls. As a freelance artist, she’s performed works by artists Mina Estrada, Gabrielle Revlock, & Nicole Bindler.  Her choreographic work has been presented in IL, MN, NC, OR and PA.  She is a founding member of TRANSForm Dance Collective transformdancecollective.blogspot.com. Marcie is wildly curious about community practices, creative language intersections, and artful exchange.

Beth McNamara

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jennifer Morley

Assistant Teaching Professor

215.895.2018
jsm76@drexel.edu

Biography

Jennifer Morley is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Drexel University Dance program and the Creator/Director of both the Drexel Pilates Studio and the 450-hour Drexel Pilates training program. Her foundational background in somatic practices also include both a yoga certification and Pilates certifications from Romana Kryzanowska (Romana’s Pilates) and Karen Carlson (Pineland Pilates).

Jennifer has received multiple choreographic commissions, including setting work on the CitiArts Youth Dance Ensemble (Connecticut), the Community Dance Project in Lansing (Michigan). Her former dance company, the Figments Dance Ensemble, was commissioned by the YMCA of greater New York to develop school based dance programs and performances for public elementary and middle schools.

She spent two years teaching and performing the Figments work in New York and Connecticut. Jennifer has been presenting her work independently since 2006 with performances in Philadelphia at the Painted Bride, The Community Education Center, the Adrienne Theatre, and the Conwell Dance Theatre, in New York at the Brooklyn Lyceum, the Evolving Arts Theatre (Dance New Amsterdam), St. Marks Church, Peridance Center, and throughout the country at venues including the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, and Happendance in Michigan.

She has recently completed a two year artist residency at Philadelphia’s Community Education Center and been the recipient of multiple New Stages for Dance grants through Dance USA Philadelphia and the Pew Center for Arts and Culture.

Jennifer’s performance background includes work with Keith Thompson/ danceTactics, Olive Prince Dance, and Deborah Goffe’s Scapegoat Garden. Through danceTactics, Jennifer taught master classes at Duke University and at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina.

Since Drexel Pilates officially opened in 2011, the studio has been highlighted in Dance Magazine, Pilates Style Magazine, and Drexel Quarterly. Interviews with Jennifer have been published on DanceAdvantage.net and the Gratz Industries International newsletter.

Her research agenda is focused on the utilization of somatic modalities for deeper connectivity and self-awareness. She authored the materials for each of the three modules of the Drexel Pilates Training program. In 2015, she was on the team that conducted “Movement in Mind: Perception of Motor Skill and Aesthetics in the Minds of Experts”, a project that was funded by Drexel’s ExCITe Center.

Jennifer has an BA in dance from Hofstra University, an MFA in dance from Temple University, and a diploma in dance from Laban Center London.



Shannon Murphy

Assistant Director, Dance Ensemble, Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
shannon.a.murphy@drexel.edu

Biography

Shannon Murphy is dance artist and educator in Philadelphia. She is a co-director or idiosynCrazy productions along side Jumatatu Poe. Shannon is currently a Mascher Artist in Residence, was a FringeArts LAB Fellow (2013) and a New Edge Resident in Dance (2011).  Her work has been presented at AUX Space, Bryn Mawr College, Community Education Center’s New Edge Mix, FringeArts Festival and Scratch Nights, The Goose Route Dance Festival, RealLive People Presents’, Group Motion Dance Company’s Spiel Uhr, Kelly Strayhdorn Theater’s newMoves Contemporary Dance Festival, and Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).  As a freelance performer, Shannon has worked with many dance artists/companies, including: anonymous boddies||art collective/Kate Watson-Wallace, Dance Theater X, Group Motion Dance Co, Kosoko Performance Group, Jennifer Morley, The Naked Stark, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, SCRAP Performance Group, and has performed works by Peggy Baker, Wally Cardona, and Rennie Harris. Shannon holds a BA in dance from Point Park University, is a level three Certified Franklin Method teacher and is currently studying to become a Master Teacher under Eric Franklin.  She is also on faculty at University of The Arts, Philadelphia Dance Academy and Koresh School of Dance and has worked at Bryn Mawr College and Temple University. Shannon became the Assistant Director of the Drexel Dance Ensemble fall quarter of 2015.

Becky Oehlers

Private Lesson Instructor

Roberto Pace

Adjunct Instructor

Carl Paris

Adjunct Associate Professor

215.895.2451
cpari@temple.edu

Biography

Carl Paris holds a Ph.D. in Dance Theory and Cultural Studies (Temple University) and a Master’s Degree in Dance Education (NYU). He has danced major roles with Olatunji African Dance, Eleo Pomare, Martha Graham, and Alvin Ailey. He taught and choreographed in Spain and throughout Europe and received the Dance Association of Madrid Award in 1995 in recognition for his contribution to dance in Spain. Carl Paris has served on the faculty in the Dance Education Program, NYU as academic advisor and dance instructor. More recently, he taught Dance History and Composition as a Visiting Martin Luther King Fellow at MIT and African American Studies and Race and Ethnicity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He has published several articles in leading dance and theater journals and presented papers at ADG, CORD, and NDEO conferences. His current academic work focuses on contributing to an interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies and issues around black dance and performance.

Steven Powell

Professor, Director of Choral Music Ensembles

215.895.4912
powellss@drexel.edu

Biography

Dr. Steven Powell has built choral programs at universities in Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Wisconsin, and a high school in Indiana, taking his groups to NY (Carnegie Hall), Montreal, Boston, Washington D.C. and San Antonio. When he came to Drexel in 1989 there were three choral groups on campus, with about 60 students participating. Today, there are over 250 students engaged in choral performance on campus in five choral groups administered by the Department of Performing Arts, and three student-run a cappella groups started by singers in the University Chorus.

Dr. Powell’s educational background includes a B. Mus. from the University of Michigan in Voice, with a teaching minor in Physics, and Master and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University (Bloomington) in Choral Conducting with minors in Musicology and in Voice.

He is an active researcher with numerous books and articles, and a busy choral clinician and guest conductor. His research areas include the use of music techonology in choral performance, cutting edge work as a music engraver, and expertise in the large choral-orchestral works of the British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. His doctoral document, “A Conductor’s Analysis of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Tudor Portraits’” was used to inform a performance of the work at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Powell is owner/managing editor of DVM Publications, a music engraving company, and is the author of the critically acclaimed book "Music Engraving Today," currently in its second edition. He has won 12 Paul Revere awards, awarded by the Music Publishers Association for best professional engraving in a given year. His client list includes Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard Publishing, Boston Music, Garland Music, Brichtmark Music and Plymouth Music. He is a music font designer and his music-in-text fonts “Metronome” and “MetTimes” are in use by dozens of universities and major publishers.

Olive Prince

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
okp23@drexel.edu

Biography

Olive Prince is a veteran Philadelphia performer having worked with many independent artists as well as a company member with Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers (2007-2013), and Merian Soto (2005-present) for close to a decade. Prince received her MFA in dance and choreography from Temple University where her choreography was chosen for the American Colleges Dance Festival Association’s National Concert at the Kennedy Center. She has been commissioned to create dance for Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Group Motion, and to create site-specific work for Hobart and William Smith College’s 40th anniversary of the women’s studies program as well as choreograph at Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College, Stockton College, Kutztown University, and West Chester University. She was also commissioned by Drexel University to create an original piece for students to perform at the International Night of the Singapore Youth Festival – the only American company ever to receive this invitation.Prince is artistic director of Olive Prince Dance which has been presented at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the 2010 Live Arts Festival, the International Contemporary Dance Conference, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Joyce Soho, the CEC Resident Artist Series, the nEW Festival and as part of the Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project where she was a resident artist. OPD’s most recent work was created in collaboration with visual artist, Carrie Powell while resident artist at the Iron Factory. As an educator, Prince has taught as a full-time and adjunct faculty member at Drexel University since 2008, focusing on modern dance, composition, and improvisation. Most recently, Prince was featured in an interview on her most recent work, on WHYY’s piece “Articulate with Jim Cotter”.

Allen Radway

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
allen.p.radway@drexel.edu

Biography

ALLEN RADWAY (Adjunct Instructor) has worked as a theatre artist, educator, arts administrator, and activist in Philadelphia for nearly two decades. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Simpatico Theatre in Philadelphia, where he's directed: Richard Adams’ Watership Down, adapted by John Hildreth, in co-production with Drexel's Mandell Professionals in Residence Project, Milk Like Sugar by Kirsten Greenidge, David Rabe’s adaptation of Chekhov’s novella The Black MonkThe Cryptogram by David Mamet, and Evie’s Waltz by Carter W. Lewis. Other recent directing credits include: The Tempest and Our Town for Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company. Allen is also a Barrymore Award-nominated actor, and has performed in over sixty productions to date, including local appearances with the Wilma Theater, the Arden Theatre Company, PlayPenn, Theatre Exile, Lantern Theater Company, Azuka Theatre, and People’s Light Theatre Company. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of the Arts, where he is an Assistant Professor, and has studied abroad with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Complicité. He is an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, and is an annual participant in the Buddy Walk which celebrates National Down Syndrome Awareness Month while raising funds and awareness for CHOP's T-21 Clinic locally. He is an incredibly proud husband and father.

Meredith Rainey

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
mkr38@drexel.edu

Biography

Meredith Rainey, Carbon Dance Theatre Founder & Artistic Director, began dancing at 15 in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale.  In 1985 he joined the Milwaukee Ballet. In 1987, he joined the newly formed Pennsylvania-Milwaukee Ballet, remaining with the Pennsylvania Ballet when the collaboration ended as a soloist until his retirement in 2006. The recipient of the 1995 & 2002 PA Council on the Arts Fellowship, the 2001 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Artist as Catalyst Grant, the 2002 Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts and, a 2003 Pew Fellowship in the Arts Finalist.  Meredith has been commissioned to create works for Pennsylvania Ballet, Delaware Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, National Ballet De Cali, BalletX, Danse4Nia and institutions such as Drexel University, Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr College. His work has been performed in North and South America and throughout Spain.

Madeleine Riley

Adjunct Instructor, Fusion and Rock Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
madeleine.carol.riley@drexel.edu

Biography

Lynn Riley has been described more than once as a 'Superwoman' of the sax. Lynn has performed with many legendary musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Philly Joe Jones, David Murray, Frank Wess, Shirley Scott, and Johnny Pacheco, as well as leading her own groups. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

She was chosen in 2000 to present her band at the Painted Bride Arts Center for their series Women Leaders in Jazz, and she received a Window of Opportunity grant from the Leeway Foundation in 2004. She is the 2010-11 Artist in Residence at Opera Seabrook. Her debut CD Too Cool was released in 2009 and her second release is due out in 2011.

Ms. Riley has been on the faculty at Drexel University since 1999. She teaches classes including ear training, music appreciation, jazz theory, and private instruction in flute, saxophone, clarinet, and improvisation. She is the director of the Fusion Ensemble, and wrote the arrangements for and produced their CD, Cold Duck, The Best of Drexel Fusion Band (2008). The Fusion Band is currently working on their second release, due out in Fall, 2010

Gregory Ross

Adjunct Instructor, Gospel Choir Director

David Schneider

Adjunct Instructor

215.895.2451
david.schneider@drexel.edu

Biography

David Schneider, Professor of Oboe at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts and Design and The College of New Jersey, is currently Principal Oboe with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, a regular substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra and is a very active freelance musician in the PA-NJ-DEL region. Previous professional experience includes principal Oboe with the Opera Company of Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years, substitute Principal Second Oboe with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and as well as Principal Oboe with the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, Utah Festival Opera Company, Princeton Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Delaware, Reading, and Lancaster Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Schneider has toured Europe with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch, as well as with the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia.

Highlights of Mr. Schneider’s commercial experience include touring with Frank Sinatra, recording and performing with Tony Bennett, recording with Lou Rawls and Johnny Mathis, numerous recordings for The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) and touring with Sarah McLaughlin. In addition, Mr. Schneider is a founding member of The Fairmount Woodwind Quintet.

Mr. Schneider has taught at Rowen University, Rutgers University and Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. He gives extensive oboe reed-making clinics and performance clinics both in the US and Europe and maintains a full private studio in Philadelphia.

Rebecca Siler

Adjunct Instructor

Heather Smalley

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jeffrey Stanley

Instructor

215.895.1920
jstanley@drexel.edu

Biography

Jeffrey Stanley was one of 24 writers selected from over 16,000 entrants to receive the first ever Amtrak Writers Residency in 2014-15. He has won numerous screenwriting awards and optioned or been hired to write scripts for Peter Farrelly & Charles B. Wessler, GreeneStreet Films, Barbara Kopple's Cabin Creek Films, Andrew Lauren Productions, Buckeye Films, indie producer Matthew  Myers, and others.  His award-winning short film Lady in a Box stars Sarita Choudhury and has been licensed numerous times for international broadcast and distribution. He has worked as a script consultant for UK-based Initialize Films, and an analyst and judge for the Script Savvy Screenplay Contest. Stanley's stage play Tesla's Letters (Samuel French, 2000) premiered to rave reviews Off Broadway and went on to numerous productions around the world. Other plays include Medicine, Man commissioned by Virginia's Mill Mountain Theatre, and his ongoing solo show Boneyards which premiered in the 2013 Philly Fringe and has gone on to 2015 productions at New York City's Morbid Anatomy Museum and Philly's SoLow Fest.  He has been a resident of Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a guest screenwriting lecturer at the Imaginary Academy in Croatia sponsored by the Soros Foundation, UCLA & Zagreb University. He has appeared as the primary guest on nationwide talk show Coast to Coast AM With George Noory, and has been a guest writer in the Washington Post,  New York Times and Time Out New York. Stanley was a senior editorial advisor to Boston University's Center for Millennial Studies' book on apocalypse movements The End That Does (Equinox Books, 2006). He also teaches screenwriting at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Tisch, and a BFA from Tisch in Film & Television Production.



George Starks

Professor & Jazz Orchestra Director

215.895.1732
starksgl@drexel.edu

Biography

Dr. George L. Starks, Jr., Professor of Music and Director of the Jazz Orchestra at Drexel University, is an ethnomusicologist with a specialty in New World Musics of African origin. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Music from North Carolina A&T State University and the University of Illinois respectively, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University of Connecticut.

He has conducted ethnomusicological field research in Barbados, Jamaica, the Bahamas, and the South Carolina Sea Islands. His publications are on sacred and secular musics, rural and urban musics, and contemporary and traditional musics. He is associate editor of the International Jazz Archived Journal and served as a contributing editor to the Black Perspective on Music, the premier scholarly journal on African derived musics.

Dr. Starks was a member of Call and Response, a think tank on African American music, and is a faculty member of the Gullah Studies Institute, at historic Penn Center on St. Helena Island, SC.

A critically acclaimed saxophonist, he has performed with musicians ranging from avant-garde trumpeter Cliffored Thornton to vocalist Roy Hamilton to Ghanaian master drummer Kobena Adzenyah to the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra and served as a faculty member of the Gullah Studies Institute.

Leah Stein

Adjunct Assistant Professor

215.895.2451
leah.c.stein@drexel.edu

Biography

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer and Educator Leah Stein is a widely respected and a powerful presence in the Philadelphia dance community. Since graduating from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Dance and Anthropology, she formed her own dance company (edit out: at Philadelphia’s Performance Garage) and through 11 years of operation, has compiled dozens of commissions, grants, awards and residencies for her original dance choreography.

Stein’s research portfolio is just as extensive as her academic background. She recently received a Pew Center for Arts and Heritage grant for a yearlong movement and voice research project with composer Pauline Oliveros. In 2010, Stein was selected for the Independence Foundation Fellowship to pursue research on voice, as well as participate in an inter-cultural laboratory workshop with Khmer Arts Academy Director Sophiline Cheam Shapiro and researcher and archivist Toni Shapiro-Phim. In 2013, Stein was invited to re-stage battle hymns, with music by David Lang, at San Francisco’s Kezar Pavilion, which included 180 singers from Volti, San Francisco Choral Society and Piedmont Children’s Choir. She has also been featured in several published works, including dance notes for Josey Foo’s collection of poems A Lily Lilies (2011), choreography notes for Site Dance: Choreographers and the lure of Alternative Spaces (2009) and Dancing in Place (2004).  

Lauren Stepanski

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Arin Sullivan

Adjunct Instructor

Gregory Wright

Adjunct Instructor & Guitar Ensemble Director

215.895.2451
gregory.j.wright@drexel.edu

Biography

Greg Wright is an adjunct guitar Instructor, currently teaching at Drexel University, Widener University, & Harcum College. Greg plays guitar, plectrum banjo, electric bass, mandolin. His undergraduate degree was from Combs college.

Greg is director and co-creator of Summer Music Programs, which develops musicians ages 11¬17 in recording, performance and rehearsal disciplines. This program received “Best of Philly” 2008 Philadelphia Magazine for best summer camp and 2007 Coolest Camps on the Main Line, Main Line Magazine. http://www.summermusicprograms.com

Greg leads “Swing Shift,” a versatile small big band, “The Big Easy Dixieland Band” , and “Twirlin’ Martha”, a traditional/modern Celtic band. http://www.musicbyswingshift.com

Greg also performs with The Wild Bohemians, for more than twenty years, a Phila. Mardi Gras tradition, currently at the World Café on Fat Tuesdays.