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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.

  • HAVE QUESTIONS FOR SoTD?

    EMAIL dmhidal2@central.uh.edu

    or call 713-743-3003 

Meet the Faculty

  • LEADERSHIP 

    Dr. Robert Shimko | Director of the School of Theatre & Dance 

    Karen Stokes | Director of Dance Division 

    Adam Noble | Head of MFA Acting 

    Kevin Rigdon | Head of MFA Design & Technology 

    Rachel Bush | Head of Stage Management

     

    PRODUCTION & DESIGN AREA 

    Kevin Rigdon | (Head of Graduate Design) Professor, Scenic and Lighting Design 

    Charles Gary Cooper | Associate Professor of Theatre Education, Head of Theatre Recruitment 

    Rachel Bush | Associate Professor, Stage Management 

    Barbara Neiderer | Associate Professor, Costume Design and Technology 

    Claremarie Verheyen | Associate Professor, Makeup and Costume History 

    Paige Willson | Professor, Costume Design and Technology 

    Tatiana Vintu | (Head of BFA Production) Associate Professor, Design

    Kalliope Vlahos | Assistant Professor, Technical Direction

     

    PLAYWRITING & DRAMTURGY 

    Dr. Robert Shimko | Director of School of Theatre & Dance, Head of B.F.A. 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

     

    DANCE DIVISION 

    Karen Stokes | Director of Dance Division, Professor 

    John Beasant III | Assistant Professor, Dance 

    Teresa Lynn Chapman | Associate Professor, Dance 

    Gabriela Estrada | Assistant Professor, Dance

    Toni Valle | Professor of Practice, Dance 

  • PERFORMANCE AREA 

    Jessica Ferrarone | (Head of Summer MA for Theatre Educators), Instructional Assistant 

    Professor, Acting 

    Jim Johnson | (Head of BFA Acting) 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 | Lecturer, Voice & Speech 

    Jack Young | Professor, Acting 

    Allison Pistorius | Assistant Professor, Acting

     

    ADJUNCT FACULTY 

    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 

    John L. Egging | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Courtney Young | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Shelley Calene-Black | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Sophia Watt | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Alan Brincks | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Heidi Hinkel | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Skye Bronfenbrenner |  Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

    Samantha Gardeck | Adjunct Faculty, Theatre 

     

    FACULTY EMERTIUS 

    Joanna Friesen | Professor Emeritus, Dance 

Administration

  • ADMINISTRATION 

    Dr. Robert Shimko
    Director

    713-743-1243
    713-743-2648 (fax)
    rbshimko@central.uh.edu

    Office: 133K Wortham

  • STAFF

    Dinah Hidalgo
    Administrative Coordinator
    Room WT 133
    dmhidal2@uh.edu
    713-743-3003

    Julian Waneck
    Ticketing & Arts Season Manager, KGMCA
    Office: WT 133
    ajwaneck@central.uh.edu
    713-743-7340

    Kayly Scott
    Director of Marketing & Communications, KGMCA
    Office: M 120M
    kmscott@central.uh.edu
    713-743-9458

    Greta Connolly
    Marketing Manager, KGMCA
    Office: M 120J
    gjconnol@central.uh.edu
    713-743-4941

  • SoTD ADVISING

    Erika Jimenez 
    Academic Advisor  
    Building, Room FA 100 
    esalinas@central.uh.edu 
    713-743-2913