Faculty

Steven Braddock

Director of Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8329

Steve has directed Urinetown the Musical, The Rimers of Eldritch, Little Women and Damn Yankees for NU Theatre.  Before coming to NU, he served for eleven years as the Artistic Director of the Gifford Family Theatre, a professional Theatre for Young Audiences in residence at Le Moyne College. He has worked as Director of Education for Syracuse Stage, Asst. Director...

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Jason Bravo

Lecturer

Jason graduated from Brandeis University cum laude with High Honors in Music. He was also awarded the Richter Composition Prize for his musical Platterplatinum! Jason has worked as a vocal director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Hollywood, Florida, and as an accompanist, coach and assistant music director at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in...

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Derek Campbell

Senior Lecturer, Acting

Phone:
716.286.8480

Derek is an Associate Director at the Irish Classical Theatre Co. and a member of the Road Less Traveled Theatre Ensemble. At ICTC he has directed on average two productions a year for the past decade. Recent credits include: Joyicity a one man show on the life and work of James Joyce; Brian Friel’s Dancing...

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Chris "Coop" Cooper

Lecturer, Stage Management

Coop is an alumna of Niagara University’s theatre department. She has been an Equity stage manager/production manager for over 23 years. Her career began at Studio Arena Theater as an AEA Assistant Stage manager. Coop continued at Artpark as AEA Production Stage Manager/Production Manager for 12 years where she oversaw both the main stage and Artpark-at-the-Church...

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Marilyn Deighton

Assistant Professor, Costume Technology and Design

Phone:
716.286.8492

Marilyn holds an MFA in costume technology from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, she teaches stagecraft, costume construction, pattern drafting, corsetry, and dancewear. She supervises the student workforce in the Costume Shop and is the draper/tailor for all of the theatre department’s productions. Previously, she was a lecturer and draper/tailor at the University...

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Josie DiVincenzo

Lecturer, Acting & Theatre Appreciation

After living in Los Angeles and guest-starring on over 30 prime time TV shows and performing in theatres throughout LA, Josie returned to her hometown of Buffalo and continues to act and teach there.  Local roles include those in Shakespeare in Delaware Park's acclaimed all-female Macbeth; Rock ’n’ Roll directed by NU Theatre’s own Doug Zschiegner...

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David Dwyer

Assistant Professor, Design/Tech; Scenic Designer/Production Manager

Phone:
716.286.8485

David holds a Master of Fine Arts in production design from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor's in theatre and an Oral Communication Certificate with distinction from Marietta College. As a freelance designer he works primarily in the Eastern United States, with a few ventures elsewhere. His designs have been seen at The Boarshead Theatre,...

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Adriano Gatto

Artist in Residence, Stage Combat and Recruitment

Phone:
716.286.8481

Adriano has returned to Niagara University as the current Artist-in-Residence/Recruiter for the Department of Theatre & Fine Arts. Certified with Distinction by Fight Directors Canada and Recommended by the Society of American Fight Directors, Adriano’s work as a fight choreographer has been seen at various theatres across the country, most recently the Irish Classical Theatre Co.,...

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Cristen Gregory

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Cristen is a soprano and has been a member of the faculty since 2000.  Her career has taken her all over the world in leading operatic roles, oratorio, pops, orchestra concerts, and recitals. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from Medaille College. She...

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Terry Judd

Adjunct Professor, Physical Theatre

Terry graduated from Wilfred Laurier University (1967), completed a two year apprenticeship at the Stratford Festival (1969) and has worked as an actor in theatres across Canada including: Shaw Festival, The National Arts Centre, Manitoba Theatre Centre and most recently, Carousel Players and Odyssey Theatre.   Terry was a founding member of Theatre Beyond Words, is a...

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Katie Mallinson

Lecturer, History and Literature of Theatre

Katie is a graduate of Niagara University with a BFA in Theatre and a BA in English. She earned her MFA in Dramaturgy from the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Katie has taught at Niagara University, with Shakespeare in the Park and as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.  As a dramaturg,...

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Gary Marino

Lecturer, Ballet

Gary began his formal training in the music department of SUNY at Albany, then went on to study dance with Melissa Hayden, Elizabeth Carroll, Edward Vilella, Kay Mazzo and Peter Martins at Skidmore College. He also studied jazz with Rhett Dennis at the Luigi School in New York as well as modern with Ethel Winter...

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Robin Patterson

Adjunct Professor, Physical Theatre

Robin graduated from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She apprenticed with the Canadian Mime Theatre and studied physical theatre in Paris at Ecole Jacques Lecoq.  A co-founder of the international touring company Theatre Beyond Words, Robin is presently Artistic Director/Manager of the company, specializing in writing and directing mask, clown and modern commedia dell'arte.  She teaches at...

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Elenora J. Seib

Adjunct Professor, Voice

Elenora , a native of Buffalo, N.Y., holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music Degree cum laude from the SUNY College at Fredonia. Currently Associate Director of Music Ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, Miss Seib is also the director of the Pop/Broadway...

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Amanda Lytle Sharpe

Adjunct Professor, Speech

Amanda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting with honors from the University of Florida, and her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  She worked professionally with the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and the North Carolina Theatre for Youth.  Amanda also attended the British American Drama Academy at...

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Maureen Stevens

Associate Professor, Costume Designer

Phone:
716.286.8490

Maureen received her B.S. from Buffalo State College in Apparel and Textiles and her M.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Previous to joining the faculty at Niagara University, her career spanned many facets of costuming and areas of the country...

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Paul Todaro

Adjunct Professor, Acting

Paul graduated from Niagara University's theatre program in 1987 and moved to New York where he worked with the Independent Theatre Company at House of Candles Theatre on Manhattan's lower east side. Paul acted and directed the plays of Shakespeare, Beckett, Brecht, Pinter, Strindberg and, in 1992, became the Artistic Director of the company. In 1993,...

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Brother Augustine Towey, C.M.

Late Director Emeritus & Co-Founder of Niagara University Theatre

Brother Augustine (1937 - 2012) earned a Ph.D. in Theatre from New York University, a certificate in Shakespeare and Elizabethan Theatre from the University of Birmingham (Stratford-upon-Avon, England) and a Masters in Dramatic Literature from St. John's University (New York). Brother Augustine directed over 135 plays in the past 50 years at Niagara University and many...

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Terri Filips Vaughan

Associate Professor, Choreographer

Phone:
716.286.8489

Terri graduated summa cum laude with an MFA in Dance from the Texas Woman’s University and cum laude with a BA from Hope College. Terri has worked as a freelance teacher, choreographer and theatre director for numerous schools, community groups, studios and professional companies. She is the co-founder of InSync Dance Theatre, a professional tap and...

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Dr. Sharon Onevelo Watkinson

Professor & Chair of Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8482

Dr. Watkinson earned her Ph.D. from New York University, and MA from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.  Here at NU, Dr. Watkinson has directed many productions including the Focus Award-winning J.B. and Good Woman of Setzuan. She has acted frequently in local and university theatre productions including Women Times Women, the title role...

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Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz

Adjunct Professor, Dance

Stacy is the owner/director of ZPAC-Stacy Zawadzki’s Performing Arts Center. She is also an independent Director/Choreographer for many local production companies, an Adjudicator, and a Fitness Assessor/ Instructor with BWI Health and Promotions. She received an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Stacy has been a member of the Buffalo Contemporary Dance...

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Doug Zschiegner

Associate Professor, Acting/Directing, Associate Director of NU Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8487

Doug directed Company, The Threepenny Opera, She Stoops to Conquer, The Real Thing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Into The Woods here at NU; Insidious at Road Less Traveled; and It’s A Wonderful Life, Secret Order and Rock ‘n’ Roll at The Kavinoky Theatre. Doug directed over thirty shows in eight years as Resident Director...

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