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Department Chair

Annmarie Duggan
Chair/Associate Professor/Co-Head of Design Tech
412-624-7284
Professor Duggan has designed Off-Broadway and extensively in regional theatres across the United States. Follow her on twitter at @UPTAchair. View Profile >

Performance Faculty

Cynthia Croot
Assistant Professor/Head of Performance
412-624-1890
Cynthia Croot is a director, writer and humanitarian activist. She will be writing and directing our production of RECOIL for the spring 2018 term. View Profile >
Robert Frankenberry
Lecturer-Musical Theatre
412-624-6764
Robert Frankenberry leads a multi‐faceted career as a vocalist, pianist, educator, actor, and conductor. He will directing our production of PARADE for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Dennis Schebetta
Assistant Professor/Head of MFA Performance Pedagogy
412-624-6568
Dennis Schebetta is a writer, director, actor and teacher of film and theatre. He holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Theatre from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. View Profile >

Design / Tech Faculty

Gianni Downs
Director of Undergraduate Studies/Lecturer of Scenic Design/Co-Head of Design Tech
412-624-6568
Gianni Downs is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and was awarded the Tina and David Bellet Teaching Excellence Award in the Spring of 2017. View Profile >
Karen J. Gilmer
Lecturer - Costume Designer
412-624-7285
Karen Gilmer is a teacher and costume designer. In 2009 Ms. Gilmer won the African American Council of the Arts Award for Best Costume Design for Pittsburgh Playwrights production of August Wilsons SEVEN GUITARS. View Profile >

Hist/Lit/Crit Faculty

Kathleen E. George
Professor
412-624-6795
Kathleen George is a theatre director, a teacher of playwriting and dramatic literature courses, and a fiction writer. Her most recent novel is The Johnstown Girls. She will be serving as the interim Chair of the department for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Michelle Granshaw
Assistant Professor
412-624-6467
Michelle Granshaw's research interests include American theatre and popular entertainment, diaspora and global performance histories, performance and the working class, and historiography. At the University of Pittsburgh, she teaches in the BA, MA, and PhD programs. View Profile >
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta
Assistant Professor/Director of Graduate Studies
412-624-6659
Lisa Jackson-Schebetta holds a PhD in Theatre History, Criticism and Theory from the University of Washington. Her research centers on histories and theories of performance and theatre in the Americas and Spain; critical embodiment; directing and practice/research. View Profile >

Teaching Artists

Kensey Coleman
Visiting Lecturer
Kensey Coleman is a visiting lecturer/teaching artist-in-residence who will be teaching THEA 0840-11520 Introduction to Theatre Design for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Ricardo Vila-Roger
Richard E. Rauh Teaching Artist-In-Residence
412-624-6568
Ricardo is a Pittsburgh-based actor, singer, and director. He will be directing our production of OUR TOWN in the fall 2017 term. View Profile >

Visiting Faculty

Zachary Brown
Adjunct Instructor/Sound Design
Zachary Brown is an adjunct instructor who will be teaching sound design for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Kate Devlin
Visiting Lecturer
Kate Devlin is a visiting lecturer who will be teaching THEA 0840-11520 Introduction to Theatre Design for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Annie DiMario
Adjunct Instructor
Annie DiMario is an adjunct instructor and will be teaching THEA 0830-10568 and THEA 0830-10599 Introduction to Performance, for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Parag S. Gohel
Adjunct Instructor
Parag S. Gohel is an adjunct instructor who will be teaching THEA 0830-10571 Introduction to Performance for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Sara Thiel
Visiting Assistant Professor
Sara Thiel is a visiting assistant professor who will be teaching THEA 1903 - Seminar in Theatre Arts in the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Jennifer Tober
Visiting Lecturer/Teaching Artist
Jennifer Tober is a visiting lecturer/teaching artist who will be teaching THEA 0830-11124, THEA 0830-27792 and THEA 0830-19047 Introduction to Performance, for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Kelly Trumbull
Visiting Assistant Professor
Kelly Trumbull is a visiting assistant professor who will be teaching THEA 0830-1124. THEA 0830-27793 and THEA 0830-11198, Introduction to Performance for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >
Sam Turich
Adjunct Instructor
Sam Turich is an adjunct instructor that will be teaching THEA 0810-10567 Introduction to Dramatic Art for the fall 2017 term. View Profile >

Emeritus Faculty

Stephen Coleman
Emeritus Professor
Associate Professor Emeritus W. Stephen Coleman has moved on to new interests: namely, the Civil War. Here he is resting while exploring near Snavely’s Ford at Antietam Creek. View Profile >
Attilio Favorini
Emeritus Professor
Attilio Favorini (PhD, Yale University) is author of The Gammage Project and the founding chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh and the founder and producing director of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival (1980-1992). View Profile >
Don Mangone
Emeritus Professor
412-915-4760
Don Mangone is Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, and a member of United Scenic Artists, 829, in Costume Design. View Profile >
Bruce McConachie
Emeritus Professor
Professor McConachie is a specialist in American Theatre History and Theatre Historiography. View Profile >