Faculty/ Staff

‌Departmental Chair

Jennifer A Burke

Assoc. 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

cfrancis C blackchild

Lecturer

ccf22@miami.edu

(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

Lecturer

d.blaney@miami.edu

(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

g.brown2@miami.edu

(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

axb1937@miami.edu

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

mxb1530@miami.edu

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

sdibenedetto@miami.edu

(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

rxg1055@miami.edu

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

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,...

Julio Agustin Matos, Jr.

Asst. Professor
Director/Choreographer, Theatre Generalist

jxm2062@miami.edu

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

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...

Bruce J Miller

Professor

bmiller@miami.edu

(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

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


Victoria Whooper

Lecturer

vxw95@miami.edu

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

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


Sandra Perez-Alvarez

Secretary

Sandra.Palvarez@miami.edu

(305) 284-4474

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


Eric Sewall Nelson

Asst. Director, Programs

esn21@miami.edu


Pablo Daniel Arellano

Carpenter

pxa351@miami.edu