Faculty/ Staff

‌Departmental Chair

Jennifer A Burke

Professor
Chair for Theatre Arts

jburke@miami.edu

(305) 284-8394
Jennifer Burke's recent projects include performing at the Kennedy Center in the prize-winning, Jasper Lake by John Kuntz and serving as voice/accent coach for the New England premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens. She received her MFA from Brandeis University and has worked in the greater Boston...

Faculty

Edgar Miguel Abreu

Lecturer

ema108@miami.edu

(239) 634-7228
Dominican-American tenor Edgar Miguel Abréu has appeared numerous times on stage throughout Florida since 2012, most recently as the Tenor Soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Opera credits include Cardona in Amadeo Vives’ Doña Francisquita, 1st Jew in Strauss’s Salome, Bacchus in Strauss’s...

Jessica Bashline

Asst. Professor

jxb1924@miami.edu

(917) 562-8288
Jessica was the founder and Artistic Director of Strange Sun Theater, in NYC for 6 years. She taught acting and musical theater scene study in the Steinhardt Vocal Performance program at NYU. She was the Consulting Artistic Director of the Sheen Center, when it opened in downtown Manhattan, and before that she served...

Michael Bush

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice

mxb1530@miami.edu

(305) 284-4986
Michael Bush directed the Off Broadway productions of Himself and Nora, Bikeman, Psycho Therapy, Cactus Flower, and Based on a Totally True Story. He was the co-creator of Leslie Uggams’ Uptown Downtown at the Pasadena Playhouse which won the Los Angeles Drama Critics...

Julie Danao-Salkin

Lecturer

j.danaosalkin@miami.edu

(305) 431-0025
As a performer, Julie Danao-Salkin was on Broadway for original company of Lennon, The Musical as Yoko) Standby/swing for Rent(Broadway Debut), and originated the company of Saturday Night Fever. Julie’s National Tours includes Miss Saigon (US/Ellen), Rent (Alexi Darling & Mimi...

Carolyn Marcell Elmore

Lecturer

c.elmore@miami.edu

(305) 284-6910
Carolyn Marcell earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. She taught voice at Marymount College for 13 years and at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA for 3 years. She also taught Musical Theatre classes at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC for 3 consecutive...

Anjane Cecilia Girwarr

Lecturer

acg63@miami.edu

(305) 284-4474
Anjane Firestone is currently on her third year as a musical theatre voice professor at the University of Miami. She is an adjudicator and clinician throughout South Florida and holds a master’s degree in vocal performance and a bachelor’s degree in music education. Her performance credits include Carnival (Lili), Big Fish...

Michiko Kitayama Skinner

Assoc. Professor

mkitayama@miami.edu

(305) 284-3384
MICHIKO KITAYAMA SKINNER - Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Michiko has been working in American Theater for over 20 years. She has designed both scenery and costumes for several regional theatres including Asolo Rep.Theatre and Florida Stage. She has also assisted renowned designers such as Martin Pakledinaz and Dana Granata on Broadway,...


Maha McCain

Senior Lecturer

mmccain@miami.edu

(305) 284-5657
Maha McCain, originally from St. Louis, MO, received an M.F.A. in acting from Ohio University and spent a year in residence at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the winner of the 2004 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. She has worked as a professional actor for the past ten years, including credits with Universal...


Samantha Pazos

Lecturer

s.pazos@miami.edu

(305) 284-8779

Pablo A. Souki

Senior Lecturer

psouki@miami.edu

(305) 284-3353
Pablo Souki is originally from Caracas, Venezuela, where he was a founding member of the KST Project Theater Company. He got a degree in Electronics Engineering from Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, before realizing he was making a mistake and that he should go into technical theater instead. He was Production...

Burton Tedesco

Asst. Professor

bxt335@miami.edu

(305) 284-5684

David N Williams

Senior Lecturer

dwilliams@miami.edu

(305) 284-5696
NDavid Williams is the co-founder and musical director of Music Theater Italy.  Mr. Williams is a well-known classical pianist and accompanist who has worked throughout this country and in Europe. He has performed with numerous ballet companies throughout the world and was host of his own morning Classical music radio show. His...

Departmental Staff

Matthew James Griffin

Electrician

mjg303@miami.edu

(305) 284-2763

Stephen M. Lambert

Costume/Prop Technician

slambert@miami.edu

(305) 284-9876

Richard E. Reed

Electrician

rer137@miami.edu

(305) 284-4239

Gema Valdes

Costume/Prop Technician

gxv68@miami.edu

(305) 284-3873

Maria Gabriela Usaga

Manager, Box Office

mgu6@miami.edu

(305) 284-4649 x4649

Eric Sewall Nelson

Asst. Director, Programs

esn21@miami.edu

(305) 284-5688