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  • Our faculty are prominent artists and scholars who bring a wide array of high-level professional experience to the classroom. They are dedicated to educating the next generation of innovative theatre and dance practitioners. The UH School of Theatre & Dance prides itself on training students for the profession alongside award-winning faculty who are all working professionals in their respective fields. In addition, our program is supported by a highly qualified and talented group of specialized adjunct instructors and graduate assistants from across the United States.

Meet the Faculty


    Jim JohnsonInterim Director of the School of Theatre & Dance 

    Teresa Lynn Chapman | Director of Dance Division 



    Rachel R BushHead of  BFA Stage ManagementAssociate Professor, Stage Management 

    Barbara Niederer | Associate Professor, Costume Design and Technology 

    Claremarie Verheyen | Associate Professor, Makeup and Costume History 

    Paige A. Willson | Professor, Costume Design and Technology 

    Tatiana Vintu | Associate Professor, Design

    Kalliope Vlahos | (Head of BFA Production) Assistant Professor, Technical Direction

    Matthew Webb | Assistant Professor, Lighting Design



    Greg Romero | Visiting Assistant Professor, Playwriting & Dramaturgy

    Lisa D'Amour | Distinguished Professor of Playwriting, Lyndall Finley Wortham Chair in the Performing Arts 

    Dr. Elizabeth Coen | (Head of MA Theatre Studies) Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies



    Teresa Lynn Chapman |Associate Professor, Director of Dance Division

    Dr. M. Gabriela Estrada | Assistant Professor, Dance

    Toni Valle | Professor of Practice, Dance 

    Key'Aira LockettAssistant Professor, Dance

    Travis Prokop | Assistant Professor, Dance


    Jessica Ferrarone | (Head of Summer MA for Theatre Educators) Professor, Acting 

    Jim Johnson | Professor, Voice & Accents 

    Stuart Ostrow | Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre 

    Adam Noble | (Head of MFA Acting) Associate Professor, Acting & Movement, UH Armory Supervisor 

    Molly Wetzel | Assistant Professor, Voice & Speech

    Jack Young | Professor, Acting 

    Allison Pistorius | (Head of BFA Acting) Assistant Professor, Acting

    Dr. Margo Hickman | Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre Education



    Jacqueline Anne Bobet | Adjunct Faculty, Dance 

    Firat Kazbek Ozsoy | Adjunct Faculty, Dance 

    Leslie Scates | Adjunct Faculty, Dance 

    Elizabeth Troxler | Adjunct Faculty, Dance 

    Jennifer Sommers | Adjunct Faculty Dance 

    Jon L. Egging | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Courtney Young | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Alan Brincks | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Heidi Hinkel | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Skye Bronfenbrenner |  Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Samantha Gardecki | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Eric Holm | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre



    Joanna Friesen | Professor Emeritus, Dance 

    Kevin Rigdon | Professor Emeritus, Theatre

    Karen Stokes | Professor Emeritus, Dance



    Lauren Davis | Scenic Artist, Properties Supervisor 

    Bryan NortinDirector of Lighting & Sound Design

    Samantha Gardecki | Interim Costume Shop Manager

    Ruben Sanchez | Scene Shop Supervisor

    Cori Stevenson | Houston Shakespeare Festival Outreach Coordinator

    Isaac Davis | Department Business Administrator