Faculty

Full-Time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty
Emeritus Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Joe AlbertiElaine Avila

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Acting and Voice

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: (505) 277-4332
Email: jalber02@unm.edu

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Joe Alberti brings to UNM a strong background of intensive study, training and teaching acting, voice, speech and movement. Joe is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and a certified Colaianni Speech and Dialect teacher.  Before joining the UNM faculty, he taught at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, Syracuse University in New York, the University of Texas at Dallas and summer sessions at Emerson College in Boston. He has directed over sixty plays.

In addition to his doctorate from the University of Texas at Dallas, Joe studied for four years with Kristin Linklater and with other master voice teachers, including Andrea Haring, Louis Colaianni, and Virginia Ness.  He is currently in the second year of a four-year training to become a certified Alexander teacher. Joe has voice and dialect-coached professional and college productions, and counts The Pillowman among his favorite directing projects.

Joe is a part-time faculty member at Shakespeare&Co., where he teaches in the intensive professional actor training programs. His book, Acting: The Gister Method, a handbook for actors, directors and educators is scheduled for release as a Penguin book by Pearson Academic (part of Pearson, Allyn and Bacon) in early 2012.

Dorothy BacaDorothy Baca

Professor of Theatre
Costume Design
Co-Head of Design

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505 277-5864
E-mail:

Dorothy Baca, professor and costume designer for the Department of Theatre & Dance, is an alumna of UNM who returned to New Mexico after twenty-five years of professional work in film and television. She received her MFA from the University of California at Los Angeles. Some of her television credits include Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Major Dad, Charles in Charge, and Murder, She Wrote and the feature cult classic Electric Boogaloo: Breakin’ II. Her stage work includes Bette Midler’s signature character, Delores DeLago, the mermaid who rides on a wheel chair, designed for the Divine Madness World Tour and the stage production at the MajesticTheatre in New York City. Divine Madness was co-designed with David Baca. Since her return to New Mexico, Baca has been fortunate enough to work on such feature films as Batman and Robin, The Longest Yard, and What Women Want. Baca was the costume supervisor on Suspect Zero, starring Ben Kingsley and Border Town, both filmed in New Mexico.

Baca serves as Co-head of the Design for Performance program. Her research is focused in the clothing of the Spanish Colonial period of New Mexico.  Sixteenth century costumes constructed by students in the costume design program were worn for the opening of The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History exhibit, Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginning. The reproduction of the clothing worn in the portrait of Don Diego de Vargas from the Palace of the Governor’s Museum was one of the highlights.    Baca was honored to design costumes worn for a performance by Teatro Paraguas of the Proclamation declaring Santa Fe the capital of Nuevo España, presented to Prince and Princess of Spain as part of the festivities for the Santa Fe 400 celebration.

Kathleen ClawsonKathleen Clawson

Lecturer II of Theatre
Musical Theatre

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-9125
E-mail:

Kathleen Clawson’s multi-faceted career includes education, directing, and performing. She has served on the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1997, where she teaches courses in musical theatre, directs, and is the Department publicity director. Highlights of this season include returns to Dayton Opera, as stage director for Lucia di Lammermoor and The Great Wagner Concert (featuring Die Walküre, Act I) and Utah Opera, to stage Shoes for the Santo Niño and Dr. Miracle, as well as staging Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Flood for the Santa Fe Opera, marking the centenary of the composer’s birth. Last year she directed the world premiere of Shoes for the Santo Niño, a new children’s opera by Steven Paulus, commissioned by UNM and co-produced by UNM and the Santa Fe Opera, in commemoration of the centennial of the State of New Mexico. Stage direction at UNM has included the regional premieres of RENT, Zanna, Don’t!, and Urinetown the Musical. She has provided musical direction for their production of West Side Story and for a workshop production of Jonathan Larson's J.P. Morgan Saves the Nation. Miss Clawson has been active nationally as a classical singer and has performed over twenty operatic roles, including productions with The Santa Fe Opera and the Dallas Opera. Equally at home in musical theater, she has appeared as guest artist with many companies and toured nationally and internationally in The Sound of Music. Miss Clawson trained at the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Southern California, and the University of New Mexico. She attended the Banff Centre for Fine Arts Opera Program, and was a member of the Merola Program of the San Francisco Opera.

Eva Encinias-SandovalEva Encinias-Sandoval

Professor of Dance
Flamenco Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-1855
E-mail:

Eva Encinias Sandoval belongs to one of the flamenco families among those that emigrated to the United States after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) which was most steeped in flamenco tradition. She learned to dance within her own family and in her mother's (the bailaora Clarita - Clara García de Aranda) dance academy, which is still one of the academies with the best reputation in the United States.

Eva Encinias also continued her mother's didactic work. She was a teacher in her academy, and furthermore, in 1992 she established the Instituto Nacional de Flamenco (National Flamenco Institute, based in Alburquerque, New Mexico), which has its own Conservatory of Flamenco Art. This institute is also one of the great centres for the divulging of flamenco throughout the American continent. In the same way, Eva Encinias has been responsible for introducing flamenco into the University of New Mexico.

Although at present she is mainly devoted to her teaching work, between the years 1970 and 1989 she toured all over the United States with her own company, Ritmo Flamenco.

 

Marisol EnciniasMarisol Encinias

Lecturer II of Dance
Flamenco Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Marisol began studying flamenco at age 5 with her grandmother Clarita Garcia de Aranda.  As a fourth generation flamenco dancer, Marisol is one on the few American flamenco dancers raised in a flamenco family.  Her artistic interpretation, stunning in its depth and purity, arises from Marisol's immersion in the art form throughout her childhood.  Marisol has been featured in the internationally renowned Festival Flamenco Internacional and is Assistant Director for this annual event.  She has been an instructor for the National Institute of Flamenco since 1990 and became a member of the University of New Mexico dance faculty in 2000. Marisol performs as a soloist with the American Flamenco Repertory Company, "Yjastros," directed by Joaquin Encinias.

Richard HessRichard Hess

Lecturer II of Theatre
Scene Shop Supervisor

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-2417
E-mail:

Richard K. Hess, Technical Director / Lecturer II, M.A. '86 Kent State University. Richard joined the UNM Theatre & Dance Department in the fall of 1996. Besides his duties as Technical Director and Lecturer, he has been scenic designer on many department productions. Some of his designs include Hamlet, Uncle Vanya, Our Lady of the Tortilla, Everyman, Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, and Marriage of Figaro. He has also designed for many community groups including Theatre-In-The -Making, Working Classroom, Tricklock Theatre Company, Vortex Theatre, Musical Theatre Southwest, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Ballet Theatre New Mexico and the UNM Opera Theatre.

Donna JewellDonna Jewell

Associate Professor of Dance
Contemporary Dance
Associate Chair and Head of Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-6711
E-mail:

MFA in Dance 1993
Tisch School for the Arts
New York University

Donna Jewell received her MFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School for the Arts and is the Head of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico. Ms. Jewell has been choreographing, performing and teaching in Europe and the United States for the last 20 years. She was a full-time faculty member of the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and a tenured faculty member of the Department of Theater at the Mozarteum College of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria.
 
As the artistic director of Jewell & Company she currently creates site specific work and dance/theater pieces for the stage and continues to work as guest choreographer, rehearsal director, and actress for Lawine Torren (www.torren.at) in Austria, a company devoted to theatrical works for large machinery (helicopters, snowmobiles, airplanes, trucks, tanks, and cranes) and humans (actors, dancers, BASE jumpers, and skiers). Ms. Jewell is co-founder of ECOTONE, an ensemble using improvisation as a model for performance.
(www.ecotonephysicaltheatre.com)

William LiottaMary Anne Santos Newhall

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Theatre
Lighting and Sound Design

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: (505) 277-4332
Email: wliotta@unm.edu

William Liotta has served over the years in a variety of capacities, including lighting and sound designer, consultant, and project designer and developer, designing more than 100 productions both nationally and internationally.  He has been on the faculty at: California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles, Tulane University in New Orleans, the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and teaches lighting and sound design at the University of New Mexico.

He has done consulting and design work for Universal Studios Hollywood, Warner Brothers Pictures, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Danny Kaye Playhouse and Fredrick Loewe theatre in New York City.  He has worked with the Bella Lewitsky Dance Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Universal Ballet of Korea, and The Acting Company.  He has been a guest lecturer at the Central Academy of Drama and the National Academy of Chinese Dramatic Arts (formerly the Beijing Opera Academy) in Beijing China.

His designs have been selected as part of the American contingent to the Prague Quadrennial, and individually to World Stage Design. He is the recipient of two Big Easy Awards for Best Lighting Design for New Orleans, and is a member of United Scenic Arts Local 829. He owns the patent on the “Gamchek” a lighting industry testing device marketed and sold by GAM Products, Hollywood.

http://billliotta.wix.com/william-liotta

Gregory MossMary Anne Santos Newhall

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Dramatic Writing

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: (505) 277-4332
Email: gmoss011@unm.edu

Gregory Moss is a writer and performer from Newburyport, Massachusetts.  He holds an MFA from Brown University’s Graduate Playwriting Program. His plays include Reunion, punkplay, The Uses of Enchantment, Billy Witch, and House of Gold. His work has been developed with or produced by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The A.R.T., The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Empty Space, Playwrights Horizons, PlayPenn, Soho Rep and New York Theatre Workshop. His collaborations with filmmaker Roger Warren Beebe have been screened widely at film festivals both in America and abroad. Gregory is the recipient of a 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship and a recently-awarded 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship. Other awards: 2006-2007 Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, a 2008 Millay Colony Residency, a 2009 Eugene O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference residency. Gregory is a former member of ars nova’s Playgroup and Soho Rep’s New Writers Lab.
Recent productions include Orange, Hat and Grace (Soho Rep), House of Gold (Woolly Mammoth), and The Argument (Attic Theater NY). punkplay was published in Play A Journal of Plays in December 2009 and was produced in 2010 at The Steppenwolf Garage in Chicago where it was named one of the Ten Best Plays of 2011 by Timeout Chicago. Upcoming: House of Gold at the Mousson d’Été International Theatre Festival (Pont-a-Mousson, France) and at Atwater Villager Theater (Circle X/EST West co-production, Los Angeles); The Argument, (Interrobang, Midwest premiere, Chicago); and The Uses of Enchantment (Theater In The Open, Newburyport Massachusetts). Gregory is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
As an educator, Gregory has taught writing and theater at Brown University, Providence College, University of Rhode Island, St. Cloud State University, Whitman College, Johnson & Wales University, The Eugene O’Neill Center and The Playwrights’ Center.
Writing, video and audio are archived at www.gregorysmoss

Kristen LoreeKristen Loree

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Acting

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505 277-7362
E-mail:

Kristen Loree, Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of New Mexico (MFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ‘91) Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework ™ (2002) and a Certified Teacher of the Lugering Method of Integrated Performance Training (2010). Her solo works (By Language Embellished: I – an opera without singing by Stuart Saunders Smith, Ursonate - an epic sound poem by Kurt Schwitters, VIXIN – an accapella opera in 24 personalities, The Tribulations of a Lesbian Folk Singer – a concert with a plot both by Kristen Loree, Echo and Narcissus an emersive eventwith Dr. Barry Moon, and the Advise of Crumbs ) have taken her across the globe. Kristen has directed a plethora of shows, including Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Frankenstein, Tickler, Life During Wartime, Plunda, e.e.vening, A Ton of SEX-ton, and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. She can be seen (and heard) on television, commercials and film (Breaking Bad and Goodwill Industries, most recently). Kristen is a founding member of Sol Arts a community performance nonprofit, a volunteer in the Albuquerque Theatre Guild, a private coach, a member of Heidi Swedberg and the Suki Jump Band and the mother of two.

Mary Anne Santos NewhallMary Anne Santos Newhall

Mary Anne Santos Newhall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Dance
History and Criticism, Contemporary Dance
Associate Dean College of Fine Arts

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-2112 or 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Mary Anne Santos Newhall is Associate Dean for Research, Technology and Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Fine Arts. She holds a doctorate in History and teaches modern dance technique, repertory, dance history, dance criticism, dance appreciation and graduate level seminars in dance studies. A "dancing historian", she is dedicated to exploring, enlivening, and preserving early modernist and expressionist roots of dance, and has recreated and performed historic and contemporary dance works as a guest soloist for the Martha Graham Dance Company, American Repertory Dance Theatre, Ausdruckstanz Dance Theater and other national and international companies. She has also been guest teacher/artist restaging historic works for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Compagnie Labkine in Paris, the German Embassy's Goethe Institute in Washington, D.C., the University of Washington, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the University of California at Irvine, the American Dance Legacy Initiative at Brown University, and the New York State Summer School for the Arts. In 2007, Newhall worked with Don Redlich to reconstruct Hanya Holm's Rota, a "lost work" performed by UNM students through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2009, she was awarded a second NEA grant to work with Redlich to further document Holm's technique and legacy in American modern dance. Those materials now reside in the New York Public Library, the Dance Notation Bureau and the NEA. Contributing to the vibrant dance community at UNM, she has facilitated the restaging of Martha Graham’s Panorama, “Saraband” from Graham’s Dark Meadow along with “Parsons Etude” “Battleworks Etude” and the “Rainbow Etude”. The last three are the result of her ongoing collaboration with the American Dance Legacy Initiative.

Routledge published her book Mary Wigman, about the life, philosophy and dance pedagogy of the famed German dance pioneer, in 2009. Her commentary and re-creation of Wigman's Hexentanz (1926) were featured in a 2008 documentary film for ARTE, German-French television. She is currently working on a manuscript about early modern dance pioneer Eve Gentry.

Mary Anne continues to perform as an independent soloist and choreographer. Her dance/video collaborations with videographer Susanna Carlisle have been exhibited at the Neue Galerie in New York City, the Linda Durham Gallery in Santa Fe, and festivals in Milan, Florence, Bangkok, Germany and Australia.

 

Inseung ParkPaul Ford

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Scene Design

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-5865
Email:inseungp@unm.edu

Inseung Park was the resident scene designer and scenic charge artist for Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend 2006-2013 where he designed and painted sets for numerous productions including Pippin, Westside Story, Godspell, James and Giant Peach, and Raisin In The Sun. He has taught numerous design and studio courses as well as survey courses. He holds a BFA in scene design from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a MFA in scene design from University of Texas, Austin.

Inseung is a company member at Provision Theatre in Chicago, where he has designed a number of world-premiere productions such as Spoon River Anthology, Christmas Miracles of Jonathan Toomey, Bonhoeffer’s Cost, Wonders Never Cease, and The Hiding Place (Jeff Award Equity nomination in Scene design in 2010). He has designed for LiveWire Chicago, Overshadowed Theatrical Production, Theatre At The Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Roosevelt University in Chicago, and Looking Glass Theatre in New York. His design work is also shown in film, Wake (Grand prize in
Kodak award competition in 2004), screened internationally at numerous film festivals including Cannes International Film Festival, Arizona International Film Festival, Seoul Net Festival, and LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.

He is a native Seoul Korean designer and thrilled to bring his passion and experience in scene design to University of New Mexico.

 

Karen PriceKaren Price

Lecturer II of Dance
Hip Hop Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Karen Price is well known in the Albuquerque dance community. She is an instructor at the University of New Mexico, Public Academy of Performing Arts and Outside-In, in Santa Fe. She has taught workshops with programs such as New Mexico Youth Camp, National Dance Institute, New Mexico Sports & Wellness, Elite Dance School, Charissma Dance School, Celebrate Youth and Southwest Theatre and Dance Festival. She trained in ballet, tap, modern and jazz at several schools in Philadelphia such as Jean Williams Dance Academy, Ile' Ife' and Stephens School of Dance. She was most positively affected by her training at Stephens School of Dance. Stephens School was well known for its aggressive pelvic and rib cage isolations combined with contemporary jazz. Stephens School of Dance was the first dance school invited to perform for the Presidents' Inaugural Ball in 1984. Karen found it to be a unique experience performing with this group professionally throughout the East Coast. After studying dance at  the Centenary College Dance Program, she moved to New Mexico and started a dance group called Attitude Dance Group that performed throughout the state of New Mexico. She is known for her ability to communicate the style, feel and flavor of urban hip-hop to students of all skill levels.

Caroline Prugh

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
Playwriting

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
Email: cprugh718@unm.edu

Heather WoodburyCaroline Prugh is a playwright, lyricist, and songwriter.  Her plays with music include estate, At Daybreak, and the original musical Highway Blue.  Other plays include Betwixt Them Made, Clear Cold Place and Night at the Big Chief Motel as well as the one acts Go Back, Terminal, Wonder Full, Motel Blue and Western Blue; and the dance/theater pieces FAuLT LiNES and Evyproo’s Barbie-Q. Her short play Good Christian Wife was adapted for film by director Min Ding (Columbia University).

Her work has been produced and/or developed in New York by Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, At Hand Theatre, Royal Family Productions, Vilde Chaya Collective, Babel Theatre Company, La MaMa Etc., Vital Theater, Captiva Arts, Random Access Theater, Manhattan Shakespeare Project, as well as by independent producer David Carpenter; regionally by The Theater Offensive; and internationally by Nous Theatre Productions.  Manhattan Shakespeare Project commissioned Highway Blue after a one-act version was the winner of their 2010 Emerging Female Playwrights Festival.

In addition to playwriting, she worked for over a decade at Stuart Thompson Productions as a management associate on nearly thirty Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including four Tony Award winning plays: Proof, Take Me Out, Doubt, and God of Carnage; other credits include Exit the King, Deborah Warner’s production of Medea, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Retreat from Moscow, The Shape of Things and the musical Caroline, or Change. She holds an MFA from Columbia University’s Graduate Playwriting Program.

 

David "Ross" RauschkolbMary Anne Santos Newhall

Assistant Professor of Theatre
Technical Director and Production Manager

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: (505) 277-4332
Email: drauschkolb@unm.edu

Ross Rauschkolb is the Resident Technical Director and Production Manager for the Department of T heatre And Dance at UNM. He holds a BFA in Theatre Education from East Carolina University and an MFA in Technical Direction from the University of Arizona. He comes to UNM from Oklahoma City University where he was an Assistant Professor and Sound Designer for the School of Theatre and served as the Resident Technical Director for the College of Performing Arts (Theatre, Music Theatre, Opera, and Dance). While in Oklahoma, he worked as the Technical Director for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre and Production Manager for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Prior to OCU, he was a project manager and draftsman for StageLight,Inc. in Texas and Louisiana. Ross has worked professionally as a Technical Director or Assistant TD for companies around the US, such as Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Oklahoma City Rep, Arizona Repertory Theatre, William Inge Center’s College 24 Hour play festival, Sonora Theatre Works, R.E. Lee Auditorium and Loessin Summer Theatre. He is an active member of the United State Institute for Theatre Technology and  is a member of the USITT National Convention Tech Olympics Committee.

 

Vladimir Conde RecheVladimir Conde Reche

Assistant Professor of Dance
Ballet and Contemporary Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-1856
E-mail:

Assistant Professor Vladimir Conde Reche is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received a BFA from Julliard in 1995 and a MFA in choreography from the University of Iowa in 2008.

Vladimir danced extensively with the Cisne Negro Dance Company and Ballet Stagiun and as a guest artist for other companies. Vladimir has been performing in Brazil, throughout South America, England, Germany, Italy, Panama, South Africa, New York and other major cities in the United States. Dancing in works from varied choreographers – from Marius Petipa to Jiri Kylian, Bournonville to David Dorfman – Vladimir has experience working with choreographers from various parts of the globe including Argentina, Spain, New Zealand, France, Portugal to name a few.
Vladimir participated in a workshop in Israel with Ohad Naharin and dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company, immersing himself in Naharin’s Gaga technique.

Since his graduation from the University of Iowa’s in 2008 Vladimir has choreographed intensively, working with students and professionals in the contemporary, ballet and theatrical idioms, and still perform regularly nationally and internationally.
Recently Vladimir taught classes at the Carl Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria, The Darmstadt State Theater Dance Company, Germany, The University of Iowa and has performed at the Wild Dancing West Festival for the premier of Associate Professor Donna Jewell production “Tale of Natali”.

In 2013 also worked with the Cisne Negro Dance Company, from Brazil, teaching company classes and creating a new work with original music Composed by Peter Gilbert. This work is schedule to premier on Spring 2014. Vladimir is also the choreographer for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” play directed by Gil Lazier for the Fusion Theatre Company.
Vladimir has been a faculty member, since 2008. At the University of New Mexico he teaches ballet, modern, choreography, and mentors undergraduate and graduate student’s creative projects. With his extensive training in ballet and his background in Graham, Limón, Taylor and Gaga techniques, Vladimir teaches technique classes that align traditional with contemporary and necessary approaches to guide young dancers of the current generation toward the demands of present performance arenas.
For more information visit vladimircondereche.com

 

Stacia SmithStacia Smith

Lecturer II of Theatre
Costume Shop Supervisor

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-5864
E-mail:

Stacia has been Costume Shop Supervisor with UNM’s Department of Theatre & Dance since 2005 but has worked there since 1999, when she was a student. An artist of diverse interests and talents, Stacia is experienced in a variety of interdisciplinary fields. Among her accomplishments is her work with photographer Bill Adams, instruction in multi-media design for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, curriculum development for the prestigious Museum of Outdoor Arts in Denver, and her work as head designer for Urinetown at UNM’s Rodey Theatre in 2006, adding to a long list of design credits for the stage at UNM and the Albuquerque area. Stacia’s work can be seen in publications such as Photographer’s Forum, UNM’s Mirage and The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Her work has been featured in exhibits across the country, most recently in 2006’s Roid Riot at the 10th & Coal Studio, and she received a scholarship award from the Intermountain Weavers Conference in Durango. Stacia resides in Albuquerque with her husband, artist Matt Alexander.

Bill WaltersBill Walters

Associate Professor of Theatre
Acting and Directing
Head of Performance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505 277-7326
E-mail:

Bill Walters is an associate professor of acting, directing and movement as well as Head of Performance. A native of Chicago, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Oberlin College and his Master of Fine Arts degree at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts. Walters has taught full time at Yale University, the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin, Tulane University, and Hunter College in New York City. He has worked professionally in theater and film throughout the United States and overseas, particularly in China. He holds black belts in Tai Chi, Chi Gong and Kung Fu (Northern and Southern styles) and is certified by both the American and British Societies of Fight Directors. Walters' interests lie in interdiciplinary performance for the stage and screen.

Adjunct Faculty

Steve Carmichael

Theatre

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

Steve Carmichael recently retired from The Theatre School at DePaul University where he was chair of the Theatre Arts Department and head of the lighting design program. He most recently designed lights for Upstream Theatre in Saint Louis, Theaterwork in Santa Fe, Chicago Ballet Arts, the University of Alabama, SUNY New Paltz in NY, and the Phoenix Theatre in Arizona. His professional lighting credits include, among others, The American Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, Julliard School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, and the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park. He also co-founded and was resident Lighting Designer for Shakespeare on the Green, a professional outdoor summer festival that featured Chicago equity actors and was free to thepublic.

Simone di Pietro Reche

Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Born in Campinas, Brazil, Simone di Pietro began dancing at age of 10. In 1985 she traveled throughout Europe, studying at the Centre International de Danse Rosella Hightower (France, Cannes), Academie D’Art e Choreographie Raymond Franchetti (Paris, France), Karlsruhe Dance Company (Karlsruhe, Germany), and the Pineapple Dance Center (London, England).

Mrs. Pietro graduated from the Escola Estadual de Danças Maria Olenewa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in 1987, and soon after was dancing for the Lina Penteado Dance Company (Campinas, Brazil). Simone has also performed as a guest for the Cisne Negro Dance Company and for the Ismael Guiser Companhia de Dança (both in São Paulo Brazil). Simone has studied with ballet and modern dance masters from Argentina, Belgiun, Brazil, England, Germany, Russia and United States, amongst others.

Throughout her career, Simone has worked with renowned choreographers such as: Holly Cavell, Armando Duarte, Victor Navarro, Luis Arrieta, Tindaro Silvano, Ivonice Satie and Dalal Ashcar. In the USA Simone has performed as a guest for Vladimir Conde Reche Thesis concert and for Duarte Dance works summer concert in 2007, both in Iowa City.

As a teacher she started teaching ballet in Brazil in 1990, mostly intermediate and advanced levels, including point and variations class. Simone started teaching ballet as an adjunct faculty for the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of New Mexico in spring of 2009.

Jacqueline Garcia

Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Jacqueline Garcia is a native of Albuquerque , New Mexico . She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2001, summa cum laude, with a BA in Dance and from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Business Administration in 2005. She is currently a degree candidate in the MA Arts Administration program from the University of Cincinnati 's College-Conservatory of Music.

Jacqueline’s choreographic works and collaborations have been presented in Cincinnati by Contemporary Dance Theater, the Mockbee and University of Cincinnati 's College-Conservatory of Music; and in Albuquerque by VSA N4th Art Center, Keshet Dance Company and the University of New Mexico ’s Department of Theater & Dance. 

Sara Hutchinson

Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Sara Hutchinson was first introduced to Tap at the Children’s Theater Workshop in Connecticut at the age of seven. Transferring from Connecticut College, her first dance experience at UNM was with Elizabeth Waters in 1972. Her tapping took a backseat to modern dance before reemerging in 1982 when she began teaching and choreographing privately. With the arrival of Bill Evans in 1989, Hutchinson joined ranks ushering in a local revival of interest in the genre. She performed and toured with the Bill Evans Company for ten years and enjoyed the opportunity for cross-pollination in the tap community on a national level.

Dodie Montgomery

Theatre

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

Dodie teaches many levels of acting classes and Theatre Appreciation.  She is an actress and a director. 

 Directing credits include: The Velocity of Gary, Four Days in the Delta, Cowboys are My Weakness and Laundry and Bourbon and LoneStar

Favorite Roles: The Queen and Belarius in Cymbeline, First Mina in Swoop, Frances in Melancholy Play, Martha in The Kosher Lutherans, Abby in the Mercy Seat, Nurse Ratchet in One Flew over a Cuckoo’s Nest, Molly in In the Wind, Suzy in Sweet Thursday, Katherine and The Boy in Henry .

She has worked with many distinguished theatre companies:  Tricklock Company, The Snowy Range Summer Theatre Festival, Book-It Repertory Theatre Company and The Seattle Shakespeare Company.

Film Work:  The Incredible Voyages of Captain Hook and The Faithful and the Foul.

Dodie is a Tricklock Company Member and the managing director. 

She received her MFA in acting from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Wyoming.

Rujeko Dumbutshena

Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
Email: dance@unm.edu

Rujeko Dumbutshena is an experienced university dance instructor who was on faculty at Sarah Lawrence College for 8 years and now teaches in the dance department of the University of New Mexico. As a Zimbabwean artist living in America, Rujeko has successfully been a part of innovative works and was an original ensemble member (dancer, singer, mbira player) in the Broadway musical production of FELA!.  Rujeko was commissioned to choreograph and produce an original piece, Jenaguru, as part of the Smithsonian African Art Museum’s African Cosmos exhibit. She recieved a Brooklyn Arts Council 2013 grant and a BAM/De Vos Institute 2013 Fellowship. She teaches neo-traditional African dance.

Ginny Wilmerding

Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Mary Virginia ("Ginny") Wilmerding, PhD, danced professionally in New York City with: the Solomons Company/Dance under the artistic direction of Gus Solomons, Musawwir Gymnastic Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Toby Towson, and Richard Walker and Dancers, under the artistic direction of Richard Walker. She is now a performer with New Mexico Ballet under the artistic direction of Patricia Dickinson. Dr. Wilmerding has taught for the UNM Dance Program since 1983. She is also on the faculty of UNM’s Department of Physical Performance and Development. Courses taught in both programs include kinesiology, research design, exercise physiology, health-related concepts in physical education, pedagogy, and exercise prescription, as well as ballet, jazz, modern dance and conditioning. Ginny is the current President of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medical Association and the National Dance Association. She has published original research in Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and Idea Today. Research interests include body composition, training methodologies, injury incidence and prevention, pedagogical considerations in technique class, and the physiological requirements of various dance idioms. Dr.Wilmerding is the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2006.

Gretchen Williams

Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-3660
E-mail:

Gretchen Williams received her BA in Anthropology from UNM in 2002, and her MA in dance history from UNM in 2005. Gretchen’s thesis, titled Buen Metál de Voz: the Calé and Flamenco Cante Jondo reexamines our understanding of the Calé’s role in the early development of flamenco using newly available data on Roma history and language. She currently teaches flamenco 169 and flamenco history for the dance department at UNM. Gretchen is a member of the Yjastros American Flamenco Repertory Company under the direction of Joaquin Encinias. Gretchen was one of two company member sent to perform in Mexico City during the fall of 2005 at one of Mexico’s oldest tablaos, Gitanerias. She has had the opportunity to study with some of Spain’s top artists here in Albuquerque, such as La Tati, Alejandro Granados, Juana Amaya, Andrés Marin, Mercedes and Karime Amaya, La Farruca, Isreal Galván, Adela Campallo, Yolanda Heredia, and Belén Fernández. She currently studies with Joaquin Encinias at the National Conservatory of Flamenco Arts in downtown Albuquerque, where she also teaches both children and adults.

 

Emeritus Faculty

Judith Chazin-BennahumJudith Chazin-Bennahum

Distinguished Professor Emerita of Dance
Contemporary Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

She was Principal Soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company when Antony Tudor was Director of Ballet. Ms. Bennahum was invited by George Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet on their first trip to Russia and danced in numerous modern dance companies in New York. She received her Doctorate in Romance Languages at the University of New Mexico and is the author of many articles as well as five books, Dance in the Shadow of the Guillotine, (1988) a book on late eighteenth century French ballet, The Ballets of Antony Tudor which received the De la Torre Bueno Prize in 1995 for the best book on dance and The Lure of Perfection: Fashion and Ballet 1780-1830 which was published by Routledge in the fall 2004. She edited the book, The Living Dance: An Anthology of Essays on Movement and Culture that was published by Kendall/Hunt in September 2003. It just came out in its second edition. She compiled a series of essays on Teaching Dance Studies for Routledge that was p
ublish
ed in 2005. . Bennahum has choreographed for the Santa Fe Opera, The Opera Academy in Rome, the South West Ballet Company, The University of New Mexico Opera Studio and annually for the UNM Dance Ensemble. She received the Bravo Award for Life Time Excellence in Dance in 2002 from the Albuquerque Arts Alliance. She was appointed Distinguished Professor Emerita upon her retirement in 2006. In addition, A Friends of Dance scholarship will be awarded in her name every year.

Recently, though retired, she has taken on the co presidency of the UNM Friends of Dance. In addition she was appointed to the Advisory Board of Dance Chronicle, the foremost journal of dance history. She continues to be active with Albuquerque’s Global Dance organization and often participates in conferences for the Society of Dance History Scholars. She created a panel on Ivor Guest at the last June conference in Paris at the Centre National de la Danse. She hopes to finish her biography of René Blum in the next year, “The Charmed but Tragic Life of René Blum: Ballets Russes Impresario.”

Bill EvansBill Evans

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Dance
Contemporary Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

Bill Evans retired from his full professorship in dance at the University of New Mexico in 2004.  Since 1988, he had served as teacher, mentor, choreographer, performer, producer of many special conferences and performances and (from 1988 through 1992) as head of dance. 

He has been artistic director of the Bill Evans Dance Company (founded in 1975, based in Seattle and then Albuquerque) since 1975.  BEDCO has performed in all 50 states as well as many other countries, and was formerly the most-booked company in this country for several years under the Dance-Touring and Artist-in-the-Schools Programs of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Company now works on a project basis primarily in western New York State.

He founded the Evans Rhythm Tap Ensemble in 1992 and still performs solo tap concerts frequently throughout North America. He was formerly artistic coordinator, dancer and principal resident choreographer with Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre and artistic director, resident choreographer and teacher of Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.

He received the Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous fellowships and grants from the NEA as well as state, regional and private arts agencies. He received the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award, the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and two Albuquerque Arts Alliance Awards for Excellence in Dance, and was named National Dance Association Scholar/Artist.

He earned a BA in English/Ballet and an MFA in Modern Dance from the U. of Utah and is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst with both Integrated Movement Studies at the University of Utah and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. Since retiring from UNM, he has served as guest artist in residence in the College of Brockport Department of Dance, State University of New York.  He is permanent guest artist in the Senior Professional Program of Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dancers and artistic director of the annual Bill Evans Dance Teachers' Intensives and Evans Technique Certification Program, which take place at The College at Brockport, in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

He teaches Evans modern dance technique and repertory, rhythm tap, Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals, dance conditioning/applied kinesiology, improvisation, choreography and dance pedagogy.

He has served on the boards of the American College Dance Festival Association, the National Dance Association and the National Dance Education Organization and produced the 2003 NDEO Conference in Albuquerque. A cover story on his impact in the professional and educational worlds was featured in the October, 2003 issue of Dance Magazine, and he was named one of three favorite U.S. tap dancers in the most recent Dance Magazine Readers Poll.

Visit www.billevansdance.org to find out more about his summer teachers’ and dancers’ programs or about his book, Reminiscences of a Dancing Man, published by NDA in 2005.

Bill Evans

Brian Hansen

Professor Emeritus of Theatre

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:  hansenbk@earthlink.net

Professor of Theatre and Dance, 1979-96. B.A. UCLA, 1960; M.A. Cornell University, 1961; Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1966.

Dr. Hansen joined the UNM faculty in 1979 as chair of the (then) Department of Theatre after administrative and teaching appointments at Oberlin College and the University of Delaware.  Under his leadership, its programs undertook a number of major changes:  The maturity of the dance program was signaled by the addition of “Dance” to the name of the department; the faculty was expanded; the budget of the department was professionalized; new emphasis was given to the graduate program; and significant changes were made to the curriculum.  Within five years, the department was eligible for membership in the National Association of Schools of Theatre and of Dance.  Stepping down from the chair after six years, he accepted a one-year Fulbright grant to Taiwan. 

Upon his return to New Mexico, he shepherded the growth of the graduate programs in theatre and dance for the next ten years.  During that time the departments’ graduate program began to attract the students and faculty which led to its current national reputation.  Dr. Hansen also accepted leadership positions in faculty governance at several levels within the University.  He also remained a presence in the National Association of Schools of Theatre.  While much of his attention was devoted to teaching at the graduate level, he continued to teach the Introduction of Theatre course; his text, Theatre: The Dynamics of the Art (Prentice-Hall/Pearson) remains in print.  He also taught theatre history for all of his 17 years at UNM.  He directed both full-length and class room plays all during his time at UNM.  After his retirement in 1996, he taught part-time at the University of California, Santa Barbara and directed more than a dozen productions for community theatres in California and in New Mexico.  However, he continued his relationship with UNM by taking courses at the main campus, chiefly following his decades-long interest in evolutionary theory.

James LinnellJames Linnell

Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Dramatic Writing

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail: jlinnell@unm.edu

Jim Linnell is a writer, teacher, and arts administator. He received his graduate training at UC Berkeley (Ph.D. Directing). He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of New Mexico. He began his career at UNM in 1975. His work has been performed here and abroad in Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Israel. In 2000 he established the MFA degree in Dramatic Writing at UNM and the annual Words Afire Festival of new plays. He served as Chair of Theatre and Dance 1984/97 and Senior Associate then Dean of the College of Fine Arts UNM between 2004/11. His book on Dramatic writing titled, Walking on Fire: The Shaping Force of Emotion in Writing Drama was published by Southern Illinois University Press in the fall of 2011. A theater production based on a collection of his poems called The Menu was performed by the Tricklock Company in the spring of 2013 and will be revived in Tricklock’s Revolutions Festival in January 2014. One theme of The Menu is  about falling, as in old Adam, as a necessary part of life. We fall into and out of jobs, connections, understandings, happiness, moral clarity and make it our story. In December 2011 this theme became a literal event when he suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury from a fall. His journey from quadriplegic to ambulating with a walker or on crutches in eighteen months is the focus of his latest book effort.

John MalolepsyJohn Malolepsy

Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Scenic and Lighting Design

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

MFA University of Wisconsin 1972
John Malolepsy’s design credits include seven years as resident scenery and lighting designer  for New Mexico Repertory Theatre of Santa Fe, lighting designer for ODC San Francisco Dance, and ten years as LD for Festival Flamenco Internacional. Recent designs include: Time and Again Barelas and West Side story for NM Symphony Orchestra, Nuestro Pueblo (Our Town) at the Teatro Nacional de Caracas, Midsummer Night’s Dream at UNM, Much Ado About Nothing for American Stage, St. Petersburg, Mr. Malolepsy's designs have  been exhibited in the Prague Quadrennial Scenography Exhibition, World Stage Design in Toronto and in numerous Scenography Exhibits around the United States. Portfolio website

 

Susan PearsonSusan Pearson

Professor Emerita of Theatre
Education and Outreach

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

Susan Pearson oversees the Theatre Education and Outreach curriculum and teachers courses in children's theatre, creative drama, and theatre for education and social change as well as acting and voice.  She is a Past President of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, a national professional organization, and the winner of an Albuquerque Arts Alliance Bravo Award as Arts Educator of the Year for 1996 and the New Mexico Council of Teacher's of English Award for Excellence in 1998 for her work in developing the Wrinkle Writing Program, a playwriting in the schools program serving elementary and secondary students and teachers and using playwriting as a tool to build literacy.  As founder of Wrinkle Writing, she directed the program for its first nine years and now serves as its Education Director. She has directed numerous productions in Rodey Theatre and Theatre-X, most recently Stop Kiss and La Posada Mágica.

Jennifer Predock-LinnellJennifer Predock-Linnell

Professor Emerita of Dance
Contemporary Dance

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

Jennifer Predock-Linnell, dancer, choreographer, educator and scholar.  Since 1967, she has choreographed over forty-five works, which have been produced regionally, nationally and internationally. Her dance works have been performed in the United States, Australia, France, Israel, New Zealand and Portugal. She was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Music, in New York and a semi-soloist/soloist with the Metropolitan Ballet Co. under the directorship of Antony Tudor.  In the late 60s, she re-staged and performed Anna Halprin’s Parades and Changes with her Here and Now Dance Co. throughout New Mexico. She was artistic director of a second company, Paradigm.

Jennifer began the dance program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UNM in 1974 and headed the program for over 13 years. She holds a B.F.A. in Art Studio – printmaking and sculpture, and an MA and Ph.D. in Psychological Foundations of Education.  She teaches improvisation, choreography, creative investigations, dance pedagogy, dance and technology, dance and photography, dance appreciation and interdisciplinary studies in the arts. 

Critical essays on contemporary choreographers have been published in The International Dictionary of Modern Dance and in 50 Contemporary Choreographers. She served on the Executive Board of Directors for CORD, Congress in Research in Dance. Her dance/video works have been presented at local galleries, outdoor Downtown Arts Festivals, window installation and at the American Dance Festival, Connecticut College and International dance festivals in Portugal.

Jennifer was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, 2001-2002, the Faculty Achievement Award, 2005, the Bravos Award for Excellence in Dance, 2006 and the Regent’s Professor of Theatre and Dance Award, 2006 and was nominated for Distinguished Professor award, 2010.  She was a recipient of a $21,000.00 Rockefeller Foundation for Cultural Exchange – USA-Mexico for a collaborative dance/video project with Mexico titled ROSTROS/FACES performed in the States and Mexico. Collaboration in the arts is her passion.

Denise SchulzDenise Schulz

Professor Emerita of Theatre
Acting and Directing

UNM Address: MSC04 2570
Dept. of Theatre & Dance
Phone: 505-277-4332
E-mail:

Denise Schulz, Head of the Theatre Program, has been teaching Acting, Directing, and Script Analysis at UNM’s Department of Theatre and Dance for the past 27 years.  She has served as Chair of the department, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and was awarded the ASUNM Student’s Outstanding Teachers Award. Along with mentoring the student directors in the department, she also is the Undergraduate Advisor for all Theatre majors, and faculty advisor to the student X Committee.  Denise’s recent productions are:  Mercy Seat (Tricklock Theatre Company), The Madwoman of Chaillot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dracula (Tricklock Theatre Company), The Laramie Project, and Metamorphoses

 

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