Faculty

Marnie Aldrow

Adjunct Faculty, Vocal Music

Marnie has been a voice and piano instructor in Niagara County for 20 years and has been the musical director and pit keyboardist for many productions with Niagara University, Theatre in the Mist, Performing Hearts Theatre, The Palace Theater and several local high schools. Previously, Marnie was the general music...

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Steven Braddock

Director of Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8329
Office Location:
Clet 2217

Steve has directed Legally Blonde, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, Julius Caesar, Mother Hicks, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, Guys & Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Curtains, The Philadelphia Story, Urinetown, The Rimers of Eldritch, Little Women and Damn Yankees for NU Theatre.  Before arriving at...

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Chris Cooper

Adjunct Faculty, Stage Management

Phone:
716.286.8480

Chris, a graduate of Niagara University’s theatre program, has been an Equity Stage Manager /Production Manager for over 25 years. Her career began at Studio Arena Theater as AEA Assistant Stage Manager. Coop continued at Artpark as AEA Production Stage Manager/Production Manager for 12 years where she oversaw both the...

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Trevor Copp

Adjunct Faculty, Physical Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8480

Trevor is the founder and artistic director of Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Trevor is a theatre devisor, actor, and director specializing in contemporary and highly physical pieces. He completed a BA in Theatre Studies at UWaterloo, a MA at GuelphU, and Mime at the Marcel Marceau School in Paris. Trevor has co-created original...

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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 University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Currently, she teaches stagecraft, costume construction, pattern drafting, corsetry, dancewear, supervises the student workforce in the costume shop and is the Draper/Tailor for all of the theater department’s productions. Previously, she was a lecturer...

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Josie DiVincenzo

Adjunct Faculty, Acting

Josie returned in 2010 after a successful career in Los Angeles in theatre, TV and film. A veteran Buffalo actor with Shakespeare in Delaware Park, she recently played Mistress Page in their acclaimed The Merry Wives of Windsor. Often appearing locally, roles include one woman show, Dai: Enough! at the Jewish...

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Teodoro Dragonieri

Adjunct Faculty, Physical Theatre

Teodoro is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator who has developed acclaimed programs for all levels of education. He has worked with arts organizations, cultural institutions, museums and theatre companies. Teodoro has served Indigenous communities, individuals with special-needs, LGBTQ, at-risk and street-cultured youth. He has led workshops, given lectures and shown...

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David Dwyer

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

Phone:
716.286.8485
Office Location:
Clet 2203
Office Hours:
TH 9:30-11am

David holds a Master of Fine Arts in production design from Michigan State University, a Bachelor\'s degree in theatre, and an Oral Communication Certificate with distinction from Marietta College.As a freelance scenic designer he has over one hundred designs to his credit throughout the Eastern United States. Some of his...

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Adriano Gatto

Artist in Residence, Stage Combat and Recruitment

Phone:
716.286.8481

Adriano is Certified with Full Distinction by the Academy of Fight Directors Canada. Adriano’s work as a Fight Director has been seen in over 100 productions, including productions at Geva Theatre Center, Arizona Theatre Company, and the Kavinoky Theatre, among others. For NU Theatre, Adriano has served as the Fight Director...

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Mary Kofahl

Adjunct Faculty, Vocal Music

Mary is excited to be teaching voice lessons at Niagara University this year. Mrs. Kofahl studied voice at Houghton College with Kelley Hijleh and graduated with a Music Education degree. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education from University at Buffalo and is currently teaching Vocal Music in...

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Gary Marino

Adjunct Faculty, 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...

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Bridget Moriarty, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Voice; Music Director

Phone:
716-286-8464

Bridget Moriarty is the full-time music director at Niagara University, recent NU credits include Legally Blonde, Little Shop of Horrors, She Loves Me and Chicago.  Other credits include First Lady Suite at Syracuse University, Spring Awakening and Cabaret with Syracuse Summer Theatre at The Oncenter, La Cage aux Folles, The Wizard of Oz, The Little Mermaid, and From Foster Care to Fabulous with...

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Amanda Lytle Sharpe

Adjunct Faculty, 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...

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Natalie Slipko

Adjunct Faculty, Dance

Natalie graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University with an Honors Diploma. On a full assistantship and in one year, she completed a Master of Arts degree in Theatre at Bowling Green State University graduating summa cum laude. Natalie has studied tap, jazz, and ballet with Beverly Fletcher, Bambi Bellegia-Feuz,...

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Maureen Stevens

Associate Professor, Design/Tech, and Costume Designer

Phone:
716.286.8490

Maureen received her B.S. from Buffalo State College in Apparel and Textile Technology 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 has spanned many facets...

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Paul Todaro

Adjunct Faculty, 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...

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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...

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Terri Filips Vaughan

Professor of Dance, Choreographer, Chair of Department of Theatre & Fine Arts

Phone:
716.286.8489

Terri has choreographed over 40 musicals and 19 concert works at Niagara University. During this time, she had the privilege of working alongside the great musical team of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. Terri has worked as a freelance teacher, choreographer and theatre director for numerous schools, community groups,...

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Dr. Sharon Onevelo Watkinson, Ph. D.

Professor Emeritus, Department Co-Founder

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...

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Leah Wietig

Adjunct Faculty, Vocal Music

Leah has gained a reputation as a gifted and versatile performer throughout the Western New York cultural community and beyond. Ms. Wietig made her solo debut in 2007 singing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Hansel and Gretel and has returned to the BPO as a guest soloist for various...

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Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz

Adjunct Faculty, Dance

Stacy is the choreographer of “It’sGisllemusic” and “Royalty Record Label in L.A.”. Stacy is the Owner/Director of ZPAC Performing Arts Company. She is also an independent Director/Choreographer for many local Production Companies, an Adjudicator and workshop educator for many Dance/Theatre Regional and National Dance Competitions, and a Fitness Assessor/ Instructor with...

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Doug Zschiegner

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

Phone:
716.286.8487

Doug directed NU’s Company, The Threepenny Opera, She Stoops to Conquer, The Real Thing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Into the Woods, Bat Boy: The Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone and She Loves Me. Besides teaching acting, directing and contemporary theatre history here, he’s tried his hand at adapting classic texts with CyranA,...

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