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Theatre & Dance Faculty

Barbara Hayley Professor Tulane University Department of Theatre & Dance
Barbara Hayley

Professor and Chair

Michaela Cannon Senior Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Michaela Cannon

Senior Professor of Practice

Amy Chaffee, Department of Theatre and Dance at Tulane University
Amy Chaffee

Assistant Professor

Diana Cupsa Associate Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Diana Cupsa

Head of the Theatre and Dance MFA Design Program, Director of Graduate Studies Theatre

Diogo de Lima Senior Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Diogo de Lima

Senior Professor of Practice

Loomis Dodd
Visiting Assistant Professor
Alice Pascal Escher Associate Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Alice Pascal Escher

Associate Professor

Vlad Ghinea Senior Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Vlad Ghinea

Senior Professor of Practice

Jeffrey Gunshol Senior Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Jeffrey Gunshol

Senior Professor of Practice

Michelle Hathaway Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Michelle Hathaway

Professor of Practice

Victor Holtcamp Associate Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Victor Holtcamp

Associate Professor

Matthew Martinez
Professor of Practice
Jenny Mercein Assistant Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Jenny Mercein

Assistant Professor

Monica Payne Assistant Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Monica Payne

Assistant Professor

Jessica Podewell Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Jessica Podewell

Senior Professor of Practice

John (Ray) Proctor Assistant Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
John (Ray) Proctor

Assistant Professor

Marty Sachs Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Marty Sachs

Professor

Antony Sandoval, Department of Theatre and Dance at Tulane University
Antony Sandoval

Professor

Leslie Scott
Assistant Professor
Ryder Thornton Professor of Practice Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Ryder Thornton
Professor of Practice
Beverly Trask Associate Professor Department of Theatre & Dance Tulane University
Beverly Trask

Associate Professor

Theatre Adjunct Faculty

Graham Burk (MA, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Fundamentals of Acting

Nancy Gunn (MA, Tulane University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Theatre in Contemporary Society, Performing Arts Management

Mike Harkins (MFA, University of New Orleans) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Fundamentals of Acting

Sharon London (MFA, Louisiana State University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Fundamentals of Acting

Clare Moncrief (MA, University of New Orleans) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Plays and Playwrights

John Neisler (University of New Orleans) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Fundamentals of Acting

Dance Adjunct Faculty

Ausettua Amor Amenkum Jackson (BA, Dillard University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | African Dance II

Carolyn Barber-Pierre Adjunct Assistant Professor | Brazilian Dance

Nicole Boyd Buckels (BFA, Tulane University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Jazz Dance II, Jazz Dance III, Jazz Dance IV

Jarrell Hamilton (MFA, Tulane University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Modern Dance I

Lindsay Gastright (MA, Tulane University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Conditioning for Dance

Jerisse Grantham (BA, Louisiana State University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Tap Dance III

Nikki Hefko (MS, Loyola University) | Adjunct Assistant Professor | Ballet III, Intensive Ballet III

Donald Williams Adjunct Assistant Professor | Ballet IV, Intensive Ballet IV

Emerita/us Professors

Jeanne Button | Professor Emerita | Costume Design

Ron Gural | Professor Emeritus | Acting

Hugh Lester | Professor Emeritus | Scenic & Lighting Design

In Memoriam

Stephanie L. Dawson (MFA, North Carolina School of the Arts) | Professor of Practice | Technical Director | Production Manager

Stevie Dawson joined the faculty at Tulane University as Technical Director in August of 2009 and then added the role of Production Manager in November of that year. She received her MFA in Technical Direction from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has worked professionally in theatres across the country including The Virginia Stage Company, The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Shakespearean Festival, The East Carolina Summer Theatre, The Alliance Theatre Company, and The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, among others. She has taught at Old Dominion University, Louisiana State University, and at her alma mater, NCSA. Her areas of special professional interest include automation, engineering, and the production of new works for the stage.

Stevie Dawson passed away on March 15, 2012.

Buzz Podewell (Ph.D., New York University) | Professor Emeritus | Directing, Theatre History, Shakespeare

Buzz Podewell received his Ph.D. from New York University and has taught theatre history, directing, and Shakespeare at Tulane until 2011. The director of almost two hundred productions for professional and university theatres, Dr. Podewell has served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Louisiana Shakespeare Festival and one of the founders and co-Artistic Directors of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. His improvisational children's theatre company, Patchwork Players, recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. He is the author of the forthcoming two-volume study of time and place in Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Watch.

Buzz Podewell passed away on March 29, 2013.

Carl Walker | (BFA, Boston University) | Fundamentals of Acting

Carl Walker passed away on July 8, 2018.