Faculty/ Staff

‌Departmental Chair

Jennifer A Burke

Assoc. Professor
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...


cfrancis C blackchild



(305) 284-6910
cfrancis blackchild/Carlia Francis, lecturer in acting and directing, directs, performs, teaches, and writes for and about theatre. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri on acceptance of her dissertation, Preparing Birds to Fly: Lloyd Richards and the Actor. cfrancis also holds an MA in English with a...

Darren Patrick Blaney



(305) 284-5659
Currently a Lecturer at the University of Miami, Darren Patrick Blaney is a scholar and theater artist who previously taught theater history and practice at Pomona College and the University of California. He earned his Ph.D. in Dramatic Art with a graduate minor in Critical Theory at UC Davis, where he was awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles...

Gregory M. Brown

Senior Lecturer


(305) 284-4521
As music director, arranger, orchestrator and musician, Greg's credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Broadway, Chicago), Monty Python's Spamalot (1st Nat'l Tour),The Boy Friend directed by Julie Andrews (Internat'l Tour), Manhattan Theatre Club, The Atlantic Theater,...

Arnold Bueso

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


Honduran born designer Arnold Bueso has designed scenery, costumes, lighting, projections, and served as technician and artisan for related media projects all over the U.S. and internationally. In New York City, he maintained a freelance studio for 10 years in industries like museum exhibits,...

Michael Bush

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


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...

Stephen Anthony Di Benedetto

Assoc. Professor


(305) 284-5669
Stephen Di Benedetto is currently the Chairman of the Department of Theatre Arts, Executive Director of the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre, and Associate Professor of Theatre History at the University of Miami. Additionally, he is a Performance + Design Series Editor (Bloomsbury) and an Associate Editor (drama, dance, Performance)...

Ryan Garbayo

Asst. Professor Prof. Practice


Ryan Garbayo is proud to have served on faculty for the Waterwell Drama Program at The Professional Professional Arts School in New York City. where he previously directed The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Mr. Garbayo also directed and developed #FOMO the Manhattan...

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,...

Julio Agustin Matos, Jr.

Asst. Professor
Director/Choreographer, Theatre Generalist


(305) 371-8350
Julio Agustin Matos, Jr., has performed on Broadway in the original companies of Fosse, Steel Pier, Never Gonna Dance, Bells Are Ringing revival (“Carl”), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (“Ambite”), and was featured opposite Bebe Neuwirth in Chicago, the musical. Regional credits include...

Maha McCain

Senior Lecturer


(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...

Bruce J Miller



(305) 284-4128
Bruce Miller is a Professor of Acting in the Department of Theatre Arts. He is the author of six books on acting including The Scene Study Book, Actor's Alchemy, and The Actor as Storyteller. His more than 100 articles on acting appear regularly in Dramatics Magazine and Teaching...

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

Victoria Whooper



Victoria Whooper is a proud Midwesterner hailing originally from Chicago, IL.  She is Lecturer in Stage Management at the University of Miami, Department of Theatre Arts. Prior to joining the team at UM, Victoria was a Freelance Stage Manager based in New York City working both locally and regionally. She is a proud member of the...

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

Sandra Perez-Alvarez



(305) 284-4474

Matthew James Griffin



(305) 284-2763

Stephen M. Lambert

Costume/Prop Technician


(305) 284-9876

Richard E. Reed



(305) 284-4239

Gema Valdes

Costume/Prop Technician


(305) 284-3873

Maria Gabriela Usaga

Manager, Box Office


(305) 284-4649 x4649

Eric Sewall Nelson

Asst. Director, Programs


(305) 284-5688

Pablo Daniel Arellano