Faculty/ Staff

‌Departmental Chair

Jennifer A Burke

Chair for Theatre Arts


(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...


Edgar Miguel Abreu



(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


(305) 284-5677
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...

John Berst

Assoc. Professor Prof Practice


Michael Bush

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


(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...

Anjane Cecilia Girwarr



(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...

Danny Hernandez



(305) 926-1847

Kevin M Kennison

Assoc. Professor Prof Practice


(305) 284-4488

Michiko Kitayama Skinner

Assoc. Professor


(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,...

Christine Mazeppa



Christine Mazeppa a teaching artist based in Miami, Florida. Before joining the University of Miami Theater Arts faculty, she taught dance and language arts to high school students for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She completed her undergraduate work in dance at Point Park University and went on to earn an MS in Educational Leadership from...

Maha McCain

Asst. Professor


(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...

Brandon M. Newton

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


Pablo A. Souki

Senior Lecturer


(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


(305) 284-5684

David N Williams

Senior Lecturer


(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

Stephen M. Lambert

Costume/Prop Technician


(305) 284-9876

Richard E. Reed



(305) 284-4239

Gema Valdes

Costume/Prop Technician


(305) 284-3873

Eric Sewall Nelson

Asst. Director, Programs


(305) 284-5688