Faculty

Steven Braddock

Director of Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8329

Steve has directed Guys & Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Curtains, The Philadelphia Story, 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...

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Chris Cooper

Lecturer, 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 main stage and Artpark-at-the-Church, along with...

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Trevor Copp

Lecturer, Physical Theatre

Phone:
716.286.8480

Trevor is the founder and artistic director of Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) of Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Established in 2008, TBT is a professional company that emphasizes highly physical and social issue-oriented work (www.totteringbiped.ca[http://www.totteringbiped.ca]). He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Studies at The University of Waterloo, a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies at The University of Guelph, and...

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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, and 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

Josie returned to her hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2010 after years of living in Los Angeles and working extensively in TV, (Friends, NYPD Blue, CSI:NY, 24, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and many others), film and theater. Local roles include those in the acclaimed all-female Macbeth, (Shakespeare in Delaware Park); Rock-n-Roll-directed by NU Theatre’s own Doug Zschiegner-and Noises Off (Kavinoky); You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, (Rochester's DCT);...

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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 concerts, orchestral concerts, and recitals. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, Canada, and an MBA from Medaille College, Buffalo, N.Y.. ...

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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. Recent directorial credits include: A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (RLTP), After America (Co-Director, RLTP), Bourgeois Gentleman...

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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 of...

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Robin Patterson

Adjunct Professor, Physical Theatre

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

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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 British American Drama Academy at Stanford...

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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 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 including:...

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Amy Teal

Lecturer, Voice

Phone:
716.286.8480

Amy holds a Master's Degree from The Eastman School of Music. She has taught voice privately for 20 years and most recently at the collegiate level for Buffalo State College. Throughout her career she has also worked as the Vocal Director for Academy of Theatre Arts in Williamsville, adjunct voice faculty for NCCC and as...

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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, House...

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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, Dance, and Choreographer

Phone:
716.286.8489

Terri has choreographed over 30 musicals and 19 concert works at Niagara University. She 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....

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Dr. Sharon Onevelo Watkinson

Professor & Chair of Theatre, 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 Times Women, the title role in...

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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, Into the Woods, Bat Boy: The Musical and his own adaptation CyranA here at NU, and It’s A Wonderful Life, Secret Order, and Rock ‘n’ Roll at The Kavinoky Theatre. He’s a member of Road Less Traveled Production’s Resident Ensemble,...

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