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Department of Theatre

Our graduates have mastered fundamental vocabulary and skills from all of the crafts of theatre, and thoroughly understand how these aspects work together to create rich, complex and unified works of art.

The cross-training provided by our Theatre Program fosters understanding of and respect for all of the artists involved in creating a live stage performance. We feel that our approach produces well-rounded theatre practitioners who will be effective at any level of production, from high school to Broadway and beyond. Our blend of classroom and experiential learning provides an ideal foundation for continued study in the discipline and arms our graduates with the confidence and experience to pursue a wide range of careers and academic pathways.

We value collaboration and high academic goals in the learning and teaching of theatre, while preparing students for the realities of a competitive profession.

Our students gain authentic practice in many aspects of theatre, including: acting, directing, dramaturgy and text analysis, stage management; scenic, costume, make-up, sound and lighting design; construction and fabrication of sets, props & costumes, wigs, make-up & prosthetics; wardrobe and running crew experience; as well as independent study, teaching assistantships, and internship opportunities with professional theatres and arts organizations.

Theatre Department Faculty & Staff

Our faculty includes specialists in theatrical design, history, text analysis, theatre education, performance, direction, voice and movement. The core faculty teach a wide range of courses within the theatre major as well as courses introducing theatre into the general education curriculum.

Faculty also serve as working artists in their areas of specialization, contributing their talents to performances and related activities on campus, in the community, and in professional theatre venues. Students in the department have ample opportunities to work closely with theatre faculty as fellow artists, advisors, and teachers.

The operation of the Theatre Department is reliant on the administrative and organizational contributions of our support staff, as well as the involvement of full and part-time faculty.

Patrice Macaluso - Department Chair, Associate Professor of Theatre
Degrees: MFA, Theatre, Pennsylvania State University
BS, Theatre, State University College at Oneonta
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Courses:
  • Theater Appreciation
  • Introduction to Theater
  • Stage Costuming
  • Stage Costume Design
  • History of Stage Costume
  • Stage Properties
  • Advanced Stage Make-up
  • Play Production/Practicum
  • Projects in Technical Theater
  • Phone: 436-2148
    Email: Patrice. Macaluso@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106A Fine Arts Center
    John Bagby - Associate Professor of Theatre Design
    Degrees: MFA, Scenic and Lighting Design, University of Texas at Austin
    BA, Design & Technology, University of Northern Iowa
    Courses:
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Stagecraft
  • Scene Design for Stage and Television
  • Stage and Television Lighting
  • Play Production/Practicum
  • Projects in Technical Theatre
  • Highlights:
  • 3 years as Production Manager and Scenic Designer for Leatherstocking Theatre Company.
  • Created designs for Orpheus Theatre and worked on special events for the Foothills Performing Arts Center.

  • Phone: 436-3418
    Email: John.Bagby@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106C Fine Arts Center
    Nancy Bondurant-Couch - Adjunct Faculty in Theatre
    Degrees: M.F.A. Children's Theatre, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
    B.A. Religion, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
    Responsibilities/
    Courses:
  • Theatre for the Classroom
  • Children's Theatre
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Highlights: Drama Advisor and Director, Oneonta High School
    Phone: 436-3456
    Email: Nancy.Bondurant-Couch@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106 Fine Arts Center
    Rebecca Brown - Adjunct Faculty in Theatre
    Degrees: M.F.A. Directing, University of Washington
    B.A. English/Theatre, Simon Fraser University
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    Responsibilities/
    Courses:

    Acting Classes
    Movement for Actors

    Highlights
  • Freelance Professional Director (multiple regional and Off-Broadway credits)
  • Certified Yoga and Pilates instructor
  • Phone: 436-3456
    Email:Rebecca.Brown@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106 Fine Arts Center
    Michelle Gardner - Adjunct Faculty in Dance
    Degree: BA Theatre, Seton Hill College Michellestilljumping
    Responsibilities/
    Courses:
  • Dance for Musical Theatre
  • Survey of Dance in America
  • Tap I
  • Ballet I
  • World Dance
  • Production Choreographer
  • Phone: 436-3456
    Email: Michelle.Gardner@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106 Fine Arts Center
    Andrew Kahl - Associate Professor of Theatre
    Degrees: MFA, Acting, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    BA, Dramatic Arts, St. Mary's College of Maryland
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    Website
    Courses:
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Acting I
  • Acting II
  • Voice and Diction for the Stage
  • Directing
  • Auditioning
  • Play Production/Practicum
  • Highlights:
  • Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework
  • Memberships: Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and Voice and Speech Trainers Association
  • Phone: 436-3125
    Email: Andrew.Kahl@oneonta.edu
    Office: 105 Fine Arts Center
    Barbara Kahl - Adjunct Faculty in Theatre/ Resident Designer
    Degrees: MFA, Costume and Scenic Design, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    BA, Theatre/English, St. Mary's College of Maryland
    Barby Kahl
    Responsibilities/
    Courses:
    Stage Costuming
    History of Stage Costume
    Stage Make-up
    Theatre Appreciation
    Resident Costume/Make-up Designer
    Highlights:

    Memberships: Costume Society of America, USITT
    Professional Costume Designer: Chenango River Theatre, Everyman Theatre, The Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Theatre L'Homme Dieu, Shakespeare Project, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, The D.C. Revels
    Certified Reiki I

    Phone: 436-3714
    Email: kahlb@oneonta.edu
    Office: 154 Fine Arts Center
    Carmela Marner - Adjunct Faculty in Theatre
    Degrees:

    Central School of Speech and Drama, London (3 Year Program)
    BA with Honors,Brown University

    Carmela
    Responsibilities/
    Courses:
    • Acting Classes
    • Improvisational Theatre
    Highlights:

    Executive Director/Artistic Director, Franklin Stage Company

    Phone: 436-3456
    Email: carmela@franklinstagecompany.org
    Office: 106 Fine Arts Center
    Adrienne Martini - Adjunct Faculty in Theatre
    Degrees: BJ - University of Texas, Austin
    BA - Allegheny College
    Adrienne Martini
    Responsibilities/
    Courses:
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Playwriting
  • Highlights:

    Author of: Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously and Hillbilly Gothic: A Memoir of Madness and Motherhood

    Phone: 436-3456
    Email: Adrienne.Martini@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106 Fine Arts Center
    John McCaslin-Doyle - Associate Professor of Theatre
    Degrees: Doctorate of Philosophy in Theatre, Bowling Green State University
    Master of Arts in Teaching, University of Puget Sound
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, University of Colorado-Boulder
    Phone: 436-3516
    Email: John.McCalin-Doyle@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106B Fine Arts Center
    Courses:
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Acting I
  • Play Analysis for the Stage
  • Theatre History I & II
  • Theatre Practicum (Directing a production each semester)
  • Highlights:
  • Special Recognition Award for Contribution in the Field; American Alliance for Theatre and Education
  • Outstanding Ensemble Citation- Blues for Mister Charlie, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts American Theatre Festival Region III
  • Former Artistic Director of Heartland Arts Festival
  • Former Founder & Artistic Director of Univ. of Wisconsin Traveling Theatre Troupe
  • Former Founder and Artistic Director of the Dickinson Theatre Project
  • Marjean McCaslin-Doyle - Costume Shop Supervisor/ Resident Designer
    Representative Experience:
  • Professional designs for Intiman Playhouse, Seattle Children's Theatre, Tacoma Actor's Guild, Alaska Repertory Theatre, Santa Fe Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival
  • Responsibilities:
  • Stage Costuming
  • Costume Designer
  • Costume Shop Manager
  • Highlights:
  • Professional Make-up and Wig Designer for television and film
  • Phone: 436-3716
    Email: Marjean.McCaslin-Doyle@oneonta.edu
    Office: 154 Fine Arts Center
    Scott Segar - Theatre Technical Director
    Degrees: MFA, Lighting and Design Technology, University of Texas, Austin
    BA, Theatre, Alleghany College
    Courses:
  • Lighting Design
  • Responsibilities:
  • Technical Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Highlights:
  • Faculty Advisor for Mask and Hammer
  • Professional Lighting Designer
  • Phone: 436-3414
    Email: Scott.Segar@oneonta.edu
    Office: 151 Fine Arts Center
    Matthew Grenier, Theatre Assistant Technical Director
    Degrees: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Binghamton University
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    Responsibilities:
  • Assistant Technical Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Highlights:
  • Freelance lighting designer
  • Former mechanical design engineer with JR Clancy, Inc.
  • CC and ALB certified Toastmaster
  • Outdoor enthusiast
  • Phone: 436-3414
    Email: Matthew.Grenier@oneonta.edu
    Office: 151 Fine Arts Center

    Brenda Sundal - Department Secretary
    Phone: 436-3456
    Email: Brenda.Sundal@oneonta.edu
    Office: 106 Fine Arts Center



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