Glenn Bernardis

Adjunct Professor

Glenn holds a degree in audio production, electronic music and computer music systems from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Glenn is owner and chief engineer of GB Audio, a full service recording, production and consulting facility. Production credits include: David Shire, Vocalis Chamber Choir, Babik, The Buffalo Philharmonic...

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Steven Braddock

Director of Theatre

Office Location:
Clet 2217

Steve has directed 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 coming to NU, he served for eleven years as...

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Trevor Copp

Lecturer, Physical Theatre


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


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

Lecturer, 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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David Dwyer

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


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 favorite...

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Adriano Gatto

Artist in Residence, Stage Combat and Recruitment


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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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...

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Bridget Moriarty, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Voice; Music Director


Bridget Moriarty is the full-time music director at Niagara University, recent credits including She Loves Me and Chicago in the 2017-18 academic year.  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...

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Robin Patterson

Adjunct Professor, Physical Theatre

Robin graduated from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, and the 2-year physical theatre program at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and then toured with the Canadian Mime Theatre for 4 years.  A co-founder of the international touring ensemble Theatre Beyond Words, Robin is presently Artistic Director of the company, specializing...

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Amanda Lytle Sharpe

Adjunct Professor, Speech; Guest Director

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

Lecturer, 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


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 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...

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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


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 of Theatre History & Dramatic Criticism, Department Co-Founder


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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Stacy Zawadzki-Janusz

Adjunct Professor, Dance

Stacy iis the choreographer of “It’sGisllemusic” and “Royalty Records Label” and is the Owner/Director of the ZPAC Company and ZPAC Performing Arts Center, LLC. She is also an independent Director/Choreographer for many local Production Companies, an Adjudicator for Dance and Theatre Competitions, and a Fitness Assessor/ Instructor with BWI Health...

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Doug Zschiegner

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


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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