Performing Arts Faculty
Luke Abruzzo, MM (Rutgers University, Mason School of the Arts) Interim Music Program Director
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Music theory, electronic music, guitar.
Nicholas Anselmo, MFA (University of California) Director of the Mandell Professionals in Residence Project (MPiRP)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Directing, acting, musical theater.
Scott Bacon, MS (Drexel University) Ensemble Coordinator
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Rock music, introduction to music, piano class and private percussion instruction.
Jim Bunting, BFA (University of the Arts, Philadelphia)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dance, jazz.
Peter DiMuro, MFA (Connecticut College)
. Associate Teaching Professor. Professional modern dancer, actor and choreographer focusing on group process driven, collaborative work. Specializes in community based projects with wide raging social concerns.
Mina Estrada, MFA (Temple University)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dance ensemble and FreshDance producer, FreshDance assistant director, modern, jazz, improvisation, choreography.
Adjunct Assistant Professor. Director of Chosen Dance Company; hip-hop.
Ellen Gerdes, EdM (Temple University)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Pedagogy and politics of dance in China and Taiwan; dance and cultural studies.
Miriam Giguere, PhD (Temple University) Program Director, Dance
. Assistant Professor. Professional modern dancer, choreographer and dance educator whose research centers on cognition during the creative process. She has published nationally and internationally and is a frequent presenter on the integration of dance and academics at national and international conferences.
Tania Isaac, MFA (Temple University)
. Assistant Teaching Professor. Caribbean-American dancer/choreographer; fusion of choreography with personal documentary and social commentary to grapple with identity, post-colonial issues, feminism and juxtapositions of European and African influences.
Jennifer Morley, MFA (Temple University)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Master Pilates instructor and director of the Drexel Pilates Teaching Training program; modern dance, choreography.
Dawn Morningstar, MA (Drexel University)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Practicing dance/movement therapist.
Carl Paris, PhD (Temple University)
. Adjunct Associate Professor. Interdisciplinary approach to dance studies, cultural studies and issues around black dance and performance.
Steven Powell, DMus (Indiana University)
. Professor. Successful composer and the author of articles on sound synthesis and choral performance techniques. He owns his own music publishing company, does professional music engraving, is the author of music publication software, and is an expert in desktop publishing.
Olive Prince, MFA (Temple University)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Choreography, creative process and improvisation; Director of Olive Prince Dance.
Adjunct Assistant Professor. Former soloist with Pennsylvania Ballet and director of Carbon Dance Theater. Ballet, choreography.
Heather Smalley, BS (Drexel University) Assistant Director, Dance Ensemble
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Arts administration.
George L. Starks, Jr., PhD (Wesleyan)
. Professor. Jazz and classical saxophonist who has received recognition from Downbeat magazine, and is a nationally respected scholar and ethnomusicologist who has published on many aspects of the African-American musical tradition.
Ximena Varela, MA (Drexel University)
. Assistant Professor. Comparative cultural policy, linkages between changes in economic and social policy and shifts in models of organization in the arts.
Stephen Welsh, MFA (Temple University)
. Adjunct Assistant Professor. Choreography, modern dance.