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Theatre & Dance Faculty

Barbara Hayley
Professor and Chair
Mary I. Blue
Michaela Cannon
Senior Professor of Practice
Amy Chaffee
Assistant Professor
Diana Cupsa
Head of the Theatre and Dance MFA Design Program
Diogo de Lima
Senior Professor of Practice
Alice Pascal Escher
Associate Professor
Vlad Ghinea
Senior Professor of Practice
Jeffrey Gunshol
Senior Professor of Practice
Michelle Hathaway
Professor of Practice
Victor Holtcamp
Associate Professor
Jennifer Jacobs
Assistant Professor
Matthew Martinez
Professor of Practice
Jenny Mercein
Assistant Professor
Monica Payne
Assistant Professor
Jessica Podewell
Professor of Practice
John (Ray) Proctor
Assistant Professor
Marty Sachs
Antony Sandoval
Leslie Scott
Assistant Professor
Ryder Thornton
Professor of Practice
Beverly Trask
Associate Professor

Theatre Adjunct Faculty

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

Darci Fulcher (MFA, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre) | Adjunct Assistant Professor  | Fundamentals of Acting

Nancy Gunn (MA, Tulane University) | Adjunct Assitant 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  

Emeritus 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

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

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 l (BFA, Boston University) |Fundamentals of Acting

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Carl Walker passed away on July 8, 2018.