Faculty / Staff

Full and part time faculty teach in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts.

Department Chair

Amrhein, TimothyAmrhein, Timothy
Associate Professor
718-262-3707
AT-107A
Theatre is a multi-faceted art that combines creativity and research to form a foundation of life, learning and understanding. Some of his past directorial credits include: “La Luz de Un Cigarrillo”, “RENT”, "FAME the Musical", “Yo Soy Latina”, “Scapin”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Anna in the Tropics”. Some of his most recent designs include: the first NYC revival of “The Full Monty”, “SlapDASH”, “The Hedge”, “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Romeo & Juliet” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. He has also designed and directed productions for The Wings Theatre, The Second City, Carnegie Mellon University, and California Repertory Theatre. He received the Best Scenic Design award from the NJ Star Ledger and the Detroit Free Press’s Theatre Excellence Award twice. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
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Full-Time Faculty

Amrhein, TimothyAmrhein, Timothy
Associate Professor
718-262-3707
AT-107A
Theatre is a multi-faceted art that combines creativity and research to form a foundation of life, learning and understanding. Some of his past directorial credits include: “La Luz de Un Cigarrillo”, “RENT”, "FAME the Musical", “Yo Soy Latina”, “Scapin”, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Anna in the Tropics”. Some of his most recent designs include: the first NYC revival of “The Full Monty”, “SlapDASH”, “The Hedge”, “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Romeo & Juliet” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. He has also designed and directed productions for The Wings Theatre, The Second City, Carnegie Mellon University, and California Repertory Theatre. He received the Best Scenic Design award from the NJ Star Ledger and the Detroit Free Press’s Theatre Excellence Award twice. He is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829 and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.
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Buxenbaum Jones, NinaBuxenbaum Jones, Nina
Associate Professor
718-262-2414
AC-1A10

Nina Buxenbaum was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in drawing and printmaking. Buxenbaum has participated in residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, the Skowhegan School of Painting, and at The Artists Alliance in New York. Her work has been included in several exhibitions including the Studio Museum of Harlem (NYC, NY), Samson Projects (Boston, MA), the Kentler International Drawing Space (Brooklyn, NY), the Ingalls Gallery (Miami, FL), and Rush Arts (NYC, NY). Her work is represented by the Stella Jones Gallery in New Orleans, LA. She is currently an Associate Professor of painting at York College in Jamaica, NY, and the Coordinator of Fine Arts Discipline in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts.

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Corkery, TimothyCorkery, Timothy
Lecturer
718-262-2248
AC-1B09
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Gieseler, CarlyGieseler, Carly
Assistant Professor
718-262-2248
AC-1B10
Carly Gieseler studies rhetoric and its implications for gender, media, and cultural studies. She earned her M.A. in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University and her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University; she earned her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. Her doctoral dissertation, "Performances of Sexuality and Gender in Extreme Sports Culture", focuses on the intersection of gendered representation and marginalized performances in the cultural phenomenon of extreme sports. She has taught public speaking, intro to mass media, persuasion, and women and communication.
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Lam, GeorgeLam, George
Assistant Professor
(718) 262-5365
AC-1B11
Hong Kong-born composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam (b. 1981) grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied composition and music education at Duke University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Boston University. His recent works explore the intersection between music, theater, and the documentary, including the documentary opera The Persistence of Smoke, with a libretto by North Carolina playwright John Justice, inspired by collected interviews and archival materials. George’s music has been performed by Gotham Chamber Opera (New York, NY), Christ Church United Methodist (New York, NY), Volti (San Francisco, CA), American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Hong Kong Voices and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. From 2011 to 2013, George Lam was a producing associate at Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group (New York, NY). He is a founding member and currently a co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera.

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Marion, ThomasMarion, Thomas
Assistant Professor
718-262-3705
AT-105 (Performing Arts Center)
Tom Marion holds an M.F.A. in Acting from Rutgers' Mason Gross School of the Arts (with Bill Esper), a Certificate of Vocal Coaching from The National Theatre Conservatory (with Tony Church), and an internship with The Royal Shakespeare Company (with Cecily Berry and Andrew Wade.) He is a Designated Teacher of Linklater Voice, a founding member of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He has taught at several studios and professional actor programs in NYC, including NYU, The Actors’ Center, Marymount Manhattan College, The New School, and Columbia University.
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Metcalf, EricMetcalf, Eric
Assistant Professor
718-262-2413
AC-1B10

Eric Metcalf (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst) is a rhetorician who has taught public speaking and writing courses at York College and the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Before teaching at the City University of New York he worked in Silver Springs, Maryland for the Discovery television networks, building and maintaining their online archive of digital photography.

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Smith, MichaelSmith, Michael
Assistant Professor
718-262-2853
AC-4G04D

I am a producer and editor of short non-fiction pieces that emphasize an oral narrative. I often need to listen to many hours of raw interview dialogue, and then excerpt sound bites to find the clearest and most compelling way to present a character’s message. My ability to find focus in a character’s narrative is a particular strength. Also I have been a photographer and designer of print and web materials for a number of years. My photography has been featured on the cover of two magazines and a feature photographer for one of the same magazines.

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Vendryes, MargaretVendryes, Margaret
Distinguished Lecturer
718-262-3797
AC-1B10
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Zlabinger, ThomasZlabinger, Thomas
Assistant Professor
718-262-2412
AC-1B11
Dr. Tom Zlabinger is assistant professor of music at York College / CUNY and is the director of the York College Big Band and the York College Blue Notes & Summer Jazz Program. He is a professional bass player and an ethnomusicologist. Tom has performed with a wide range of musicians including Marshall Allen, Glenn Branca, Lukas Foss, Eddie Gale, Wycliffe Gordon, William Hooker, Lukas Ligeti, Emeline Michel, Butch Morris, Berne Nix, and William Parker.
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Professors Emeriti

Como, JamesComo, James
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2006
AC-3E17

My emphasis in on the life, though, and work of C. S. Lewis but extends to the other “Inklings” as well as to Christian apologetics generally. The dynamics of interpersonal communication in all settings, and the interaction  of culture and public communication, including the history of American oratory, the rhetorical criticism of communication, and guidance in performance. Cultural axioms emerging from race, region, history, languages, and mores influence the social and political morphologies and their expression variously.  Special emphasis on the pivotal figure Fernando Belaunde Terry and the pivotal election of 1990.

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Nickolich, BarbaraNickolich, Barbara
Professor Emerita
718-262-3709
AT-103
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Simkin, Phillips Simkin, Phillips
Professor Emeritus
718-262-2400
AC-1A12

As a conceptual public performance sculptor since 1968, he has enacted site-specific commissioned installations across the country at venues in San Francisco, Bremen, Wash., Saint Louis, Albany, Lake Placid, NY “as an official performance sculptural installation on frozen Mirror Lake during the 1980 XIII Winter Olympics,” Boston, West Virginia, Maryland, Philadelphia, Lewiston, NY at Art Park as well as in numerous unique exhibitions of his conceptual and enacted projects.

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Part-Time Faculty

 Abrams, Danielle, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Adeyeye, Melissa, Adjunct Lecturer

 Awai, Nicole, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Billingslea, Sandra , Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Boon-Matthews, Sally, Adjunct Professor

 Crutchfield, Allison, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 DeFelice, Andrea, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Dodd, Ron, Adjunct Lecturer

 Earle, Lee, Adjunct Lecturer

 Espar, Michael, Adjunct Lecturer

 Fink, Katherine, Adjunct Lecturer

 Formica, Jennifer, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Frederick, Christopher, Adjunct Lecturer

 Frederick, Christopher, Adjunct Lecturer

 Frederick, Eric, Adjunct Lecturer

 Heatherly, James, Adjunct Lecturer

 Jones, David, Adjunct Lecturer

 Klare, Dustin, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Klare, Dustin, Adjunct Professor

 Koza, Matthew, Adjunct Lecturer

 Mackie, Lisa, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Mackie, Lisa, Adjunct Professor

 Martinez, Humberto, Adjunct Lecturer

 Martz, Steffany, Adjunct Lecturer

 Paladino, Lance, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Paladino, Lance, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Palmer, Daniel, Adjunct Lecturer

 Price, Jeffrey, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Quash, Jonathan, Adjunct Lecturer

 Ranogajec, Paul, Adjunct Lecturer

 Russo, Gary, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Sandoval De Leon, Carlos, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Seslow, Ryan, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Simpson, Nicole, Adjunct

 Sookdeo, Faria, Adjunct Lecturer

 Uzeki, Yoichi, Adjunct Lecturer

 Vote, Melanie , Adjunct Assistant Professor

College Laboratory Technician

 Morales, Jessica , CLT

Staff

 Cuenca, Sylvia, Non-Teaching Adjunct

 Dixon, Walter, Senior College Laboratory Technician/ Adjunct Lecturer

 Heywood, Jocelyn, CUNY Administrative Assistant

 Robinson, Angela, CUNY Office Assistant