Faculty / Staff

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

Department Chair

Amrhein, Timothy
Associate Professor
O: AT-107A

Theatre is a multi-faceted art that combines creativity and research to form a foundation of life, learning & understanding. Past directorial credits: "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme", “La Luz de Un Cigarrillo”, “RENT” and “Anna in the Tropics”. Recent designs: the first NYC revival of “The Full Monty”, “The Hedge”, “Twelfth Night”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Romeo & Juliet” & “The Merry Wives of Windsor”. He has also designed for The Second City, Carnegie Mellon University, and Cal Rep Theatre. He received the Best Scenic Design award from the NJ Star Ledger, Detroit Free Press’s Theatre Excellence Award and most recently the Award for Creative Excellence from the Arts in Christian Theatre. Prof. Amrhein has also helped to translate the Dominican play, “La Luz De Un Cigarrillo” from Spanish into English. He is a member of USA-Local 829, USITT and the recipient of a CUNY Diversity Projects Development Fund Award & a Distinguished CUNY Fellowship.

Full-Time Faculty

Buxenbaum, Nina
Associate Professor
O: AC-1B10

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.

Corkery, Timothy
O: AC-1B09

Gieseler, Carly
Assistant Professor
O: 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.

Hajikano, Maki
Associate Professor
O: AC-1A12B
Maki Hajikano received her MFA degree in sculpture from the University of Oregon where she taught part-time for a number of years before being appointed as the area head in Sculpture at Stephen F. Austin State University for the past 9 years. In her recent work, she investigates human cognition and visual illusion. By utilizing multiple materials such as glass, metal and digital images, she creates richly layered environments in her installations. Her work is somewhat unadorned in its ascetic depiction where she also strives to maintain the materials’ integrity in the overall design. She was awarded a residency program at the Pilchuck Glass School where she began using glass in a significant manner. Furthermore, she has been the recipient of a number of residencies, foremost of which include the Bemis Contemporary Arts, and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center; she also received a prestigious Pollock–Krasner Foundation grant. She frequently exhibits her work in the U.S.A and Asia.

Lam, George
Assistant Professor
P:(718) 262-5365
O: 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. George’s music has been performed by the Black House Collective (Kansas City, MO), Romer String Quartet (Hong Kong, China), Asian Young Musicians' Connection (Taipei, Taiwan), Gotham Chamber Opera (New York, NY), Christ Church United Methodist (New York, NY), Volti (San Francisco, CA), American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), 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.

Marion, Thomas
Assistant Professor
O: 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.

Metcalf, Eric
Assistant Professor
O: 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.

Sandoval De Leon, Carlos
Assistant Professor
O: AC-1A12

Carlos Sandoval De Leon (born Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León 1975) is a contemporary artist. He currently lives and works in New York City.

Sandoval De Leon explores political, social, and personal narratives through sculpture, photography and site-specific installations. While Sandoval de Leon’s work has been described previously as a process of embedding personal narratives and feelings into material objects he seems just as interested, if not more so, in the richness of the histories embedded in the materials themselves. During his last solo show in spring 2014 he explored closely the idea that materials exist in tandem with discourses and how they participate with and in.

He received a B.F.A from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and later received an M.F.A. from Columbia University in 2008. Sandoval De Leon Has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Smith, Michael
Assistant Professor
O: 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.

Vendryes, Margaret
Distinguished Lecturer
O: AC-1B10
Margaret Rose Vendryes entered the faculty of York College and The Graduate Center in 2000. She is the author of Barthé, A Life in Sculpture (2008). Vendryes returned to York College, in 2013, as Distinguished Lecturer in Fine Arts and Director of the York College Fine Arts Gallery after a seven-year absence. During that time, Vendryes established a successful studio practice enhanced by her scholarly engagement with African aesthetics and its intersection with popular black music and visual culture.

Zlabinger, Thomas
Assistant Professor
O: 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 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.

Professor Emeriti

Como, James
Professor Emeritus
O: AC-3E17
Nickolich, Barbara
Professor Emerita
O: AT-103

Part-Time Faculty

 Adams, Mark, Adjunct Lecturer

 Awai, Nicole, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Billingslea, Sandra , Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Boon-Matthews, Sally, Adjunct Professor

 DeFelice, Andrea, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Earle, Lee, Adjunct Lecturer

 Espar, Michael, Adjunct Lecturer

 Fink, Katherine, Adjunct Lecturer

 Formica, Jennifer, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Frederick, Christopher, Adjunct Lecturer

 Frederick, Eric, Adjunct Lecturer

 Heatherly, James, Adjunct Lecturer

 Jones, David, Adjunct Lecturer

 Koza, Matthew, Adjunct Lecturer

 Mackie, Lisa, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Price, Jeffrey, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Quash, Jonathan, Adjunct Lecturer

 Seslow, Ryan, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Sookdeo, Faria, Adjunct Lecturer

 Uzeki, Yoichi, Adjunct Lecturer

College Laboratory Technician

 Fraser, Nicholas, College Laboratory Technician

 MacKrell, Benjamin, College Laboratory Technician

 Pecharsky, Jessica, College Laboratory Technician

 Pecharsky, Jessica, College Laboratory Technician


 Abrams, Danielle, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Dixon, Walter, Senior College Laboratory Technician

 Heywood, Jocelyn, CUNY Administrative Assistant

 Mackie, Lisa, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Paladino, Lance, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 Robinson, Angela, CUNY Office Assistant