Performing Arts Department Full-time Faculty

Laura Fine Hawkes Chair, Performing Arts Department

BFA, The College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design)

Laura Fine Hawkes is the chair of the Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD). Fine Hawkes’ work broadly encompasses scenic design for theatre, opera, and musical theatre, as well as art direction for live shows, themed visitor experiences, museum exhibits, events, and television programming. Fine Hawkes designed the Air Force One Discovery Center, which won a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association and is located in the Air Force One Pavilion of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. She has also participated in the development of multiple international large-scale live shows and themed visitor experiences for Thinkwell Design and Production and The Hettema Group — both based in the
greater Los Angeles area — and served as art director for 24 Hours of Reality: Cost of Carbon, a live-streamed multimedia show produced by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. Her theatrical engagements include design for Center Theatre Group at The Mark Taper Forum, Theatre Under the Stars, Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, Stages Repertory Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Big League Productions, Geffen Playhouse, among many other venues. She also worked on a short film within Cirque du Soleil’s production of Iris at the Kodak Theatre, and was a former assistant to the late Broadway scenic designer David Mitchell. Fine Hawkes’ art direction for television includes programming for NBC/Bravo, ControlRoom, AEGLive, Comedy Central, PBS, and the FUEL Network, among others.

As a guest designer and guest faculty in scenic design, Fine Hawkes frequently works with academic institutions and young artist training programs. In addition to a previous contributing faculty role at SFUAD, she has worked for the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Opera Institute at Cal State University Long Beach, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, UCLA Opera, and Cal State Los Angeles.

Chris Hawkes
Full-time Faculty, Performing Arts Department; Technical Director

Chris Hawkes is an entertainment design and construction professional with 25 years of experience in specialty fabrication, focusing on project management and technical direction/design. Projects include a broad spectrum of work in live theatre, permanent installations for theme parks and museums, corporate events, trade shows, and television.

Chris spent fifteen years in Los Angeles, working as a technical director, project manager, and production manager with multiple entertainment design firms, production companies, and scenic fabrication companies. Projects for Thinkwell Group include production management of Fernbank NatureQuest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, GA and Warner Bros. Theme Park in Abu Dhabi. With BRC Imagination Arts, Chris worked as Fabrication Manager for the Information and Communication Pavilion at World Expo in Shanghai. He has worked on three project teams which have received Themed Entertainment Association Awards.

Additional projects involve project management work for Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios California, The Guggenheim at The Venetian Las Vegas and The Cerritos Millennium Library. Project management for corporate clients includes: Microsoft, Coke, Harley Davidson, MCI, Motorola, Phillip Morris, Nabisco, Sheraton International, SmithKline Beecham, Time Warner, Qualcomm.

Theatrical experience encompasses work as the Scene Shop Foreman for La Jolla Playhouse/ University of California San Diego Theatre Department, Director of Opera Production at Rice University Shepherd School of Music, as well as fabrication for UCLA Opera, USC Opera, The Old Globe, The Geffen Playhouse, The Philadelphia Opera Theatre, Temple University, among many others.

Before joining faculty at SFUAD, Chris was Technical Director/Faculty at University of Houston and led the Technical Direction MFA program there. In conjunction with the school’s summer company, he was also Technical Director for Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Jon Jory
Full-time Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Honorary doctorate, The University of Utah
Honorary doctorate, University of Louisville
Honorary doctorate, Bellarmine University

As the producing director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jon Jory directed more than 125 plays and produced more than 1,000 plays during his 32-year tenure. He conceived the internationally lauded Humana Festival of New American Plays, the SHORTS Festival, and the Brown-Forman Classics in Context Festival. He was also the artistic founding director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., and he has been inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

Jory has directed professionally in nine countries. In the United States, he has directed productions at many regional theatres, including Washington, D.C.‘s Arena Stage, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, Hartford Stage in Hartford, Connecticut, the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

He has received the National Theatre Conference Award and the American Theatre Association’s Distinguished Career Award. For his commitment to new plays, Jory has received the Margo Jones Award twice, the Shubert Foundation’s James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, Carnegie Mellon’s Commitment to Playwriting Award, and the Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Marcia Dixcy Jory
Full-time Faculty, Performing Arts Department

MFA, New York University School of the Arts
BA, Wellesley College

Marcia Dixcy Jory has been a professional costume designer and a member of The United Scenic Artists Union for over thirty-five years.

From 2000-2010 she lived in Seattle, WA where she designed for A Contemporary Theatre (ACT), The Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theater, and The Seattle Children’s Theatre.

In Louisville, KY where she lived from 1983 to 2000, she designed more than 70 productions as a resident costume designer for Actors Theatre of Louisville, including 30 premieres for the Humana Festival of New American Plays

Her other regional costume design credits include The Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Co., Arizona Theatre Co., San Jose Rep, Florida Stages, The Kentucky Opera and The Opera Company of Boston under the direction of Sarah Caldwell. She has designed Off-Broadway at The Manhattan Theatre Club and Circle in The Square Downtown.

For two years, she was the costume designer at Harvard University’s Loeb Drama Center. Subsequently, she taught design and theatre studies on the faculties of Tufts University, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College, Bennington College, and Cornell University. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Washington.

THE INGENUE IN WHITE, her book of essays on Costume Design, was published in 2003 by Smith and Kraus.

Website: www.marciadixcyjory.com

Gail Springer
Full-time Faculty, Performing Arts Department

University of New Mexico

Gail Springer has performed as a singer, dancer, actress, and pianist since her first public appearances at the age of five. She received early music training at Chicago’s Sherwood Music School and music degrees at University of New Mexico. Recordings include “Crossover” Bruce Odland Big Band, and composer Ron Strauss’ compositions, “Five Pieces of the Puzzle & Arabesco” and “Tangos De Santa Fe; Matapolvos. Since 1980, Springer has served as professor of theatre at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Performing Arts Department (formerly College of Santa Fe), where she envisioned and developed one of the University’s most successful arts programs, the BFA in Musical Theatre. Her artistic home is the Greer Garson Theatre Center, where she has been director, music director and vocal coach for over 30 productions including “The Apple Tree,” “The Baker’s Wife,” “Bat Boy: The Musical,” “Circle, Mirror, Transformation,” “The Wedding Singer,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Reasons to be Pretty,” “Middletown,” “Once on this Island,” and nearly 60 Musical Theatre Workshop performances. When not at the Greer Garson Theatre, Ms. Springer maintains a private voice studio, and sings with Santa Fe’s only full time chamber ensemble, Serenata of Santa Fe.

Performing Arts Department Adjunct Faculty

Layla Amis
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

New World College of the Arts

A native of Florida, Layla Amis attended New World College of The Arts in Miami on full scholarship. She continued her education in Chicago, training with Birute Barodicaite, Anna Czaun, Jonathan Levy, Elana Anderson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and on full scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center. Layla has danced professionally with New World Modern Dance Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and as a principal dancer with Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, the Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble and Moving People Dance Santa Fe. She has performed works by Mia Michaels, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Tomi Paasonen, Gail Gilbert, Robert Moses, Nora Reynolds, Raoul Trujillio, Rulan Tangen, Kevin Wynn and Sam Watson.

In 1998, Layla moved to Santa Fe, NM, and served as Artistic Director for Dance Arts Los Alamos for two years. In 1999, Layla co-founded Moving People Dance Santa Fe, a non-profit professional contemporary dance company and school. Layla served as School Director and co-Artistic director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe for five years, teaching ballet, modern dance technique and repertoire, as well as producing, directing and choreographing for over 20 pre-professional and professional productions.

In 2005, Layla accepted the position of School Director for Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco. During her time at LINES, Layla helped build the LINES Ballet Summer Program to one of the premiere Summer Intensive programs in the country, along with creating a Year Round Training Program for young pre-professionals and Discovery Project, a national outreach program. In 2009, Layla returned to New Mexico to serve as Executive Director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe. Currently, Layla is the co-Artistic Director of Modas: A Dance Intensive, and teaches and choreographs for various dance organizations.

Acushla Bastible
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Acushla Bastible is a multidisciplinary performance artist – actor, stage director, educator, writer, and animateur. She is drawn to stories that provoke reflection and deepen our understanding of ourselves, and our relationships to others; and to projects that effect meaningful social and cultural change.

She is the former Artistic Director of Angel Exit Theatre, whose devised productions have been nominated for an Edinburgh ‘Fringe First’ Award and ‘Best Production’ in the Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival. As a freelance director, she has directed productions for the Todi Arte Festival (Italy), Festival Internazionale dell’Attore (Italy), The Santa Fe Opera, Theater Grottesco, Littleglobe, and UNM’s Words Afire Festival, amongst others.

As an actor and movement artist, Acushla has toured with productions throughout Ireland and around the US. In New Mexico, she has worked with The Santa Fe Opera, Theater Grottesco, Littleglobe, and Fusion Theatre.

As a theatre educator, she has been a visiting artist at Trinity College Dublin, the University of New Mexico, and the College of Santa Fe. She is a regular guest artist with the recently formed New Mexico School for the Arts.

Acushla is an Artistic Affiliate with Littleglobe, an artist collective devoted to interdisciplinary community-sourced performance practices. She is also the Artistic Director of Lifesongs, founded by The Santa Fe Opera and Littleglobe, and now a program of the Academy for the Love of Learning. www.aloveoflearning.org/programs/lifesongs

In 2010, Acushla was honored for her artistic work as one of the 50 Most Influential Irish Women in the USA, awarded by the Irish Embassy and the Irish Voice newspaper. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Robert Benedetti
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

PhD, Northwestern University

A distinguished teacher of theatre, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film producer, Robert Benedetti received his PhD from Northwestern University. After serving as Artistic Director of the Court Theatre in Chicago, he was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre, and then taught acting and directing for fifty years at various schools including the University of Wisconsin, Carnegie-Mellon University, The National Theatre School of Canada, and the University of California, Riverside.

He was Chairman of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Fine Arts, Chairman of Theatre at York University in Toronto, Chairman of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and for eight years Dean of Theatre at The California Institute of the Arts. He was until 2011 a tenured Full Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Artistic Director of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre.

Benedetti has directed at many regional theatres, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Australia’s Melbourne Theatre Company, the Milwaukee, South Coast, and San Diego Repertory Theatres, the Oregon, Colorado, and Great Lakes Shakespeare festivals, and many others.

He has also worked in the art museum field, recreating the 1913 Futurist Opera VICTORY OVER THE SUN by Kasimir Malevich for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has also created shows on German Expressionism and Russian Agitprop. His productions have appeared at the Berlin Festival, the Demeervart in Amsterdam, the Hirschhorn Museum at the Smithsonian, and the Brooklyn Academy. His films are in the permanent collection of MoMA and many other museums and university art departments.

He served as an advisor to the U. S. Department of Education and as a Fulbright Panelist. As President of Ted Danson’s Anasazi Productions at Paramount Studios, and later as an independent screenwriter/producer, he won three Best Picture Emmys, two Humanitas Prizes, and a Peabody Award for producing Miss Evers’ Boys and A Lesson Before Dying for HBO, and six other films. He most recently completed a screenplay for HBO on the 1885 Chicago Haymarket bombing, and a novelization of it was published by the Charles Kerr Publishing Company in 2011.

Benedetti has also written six books on acting and film production, including The Actor At Work 10th edition, The Actor in You, 5th edition (recently translated into Danish), ACTION! Acting for Film and Television, and From Concept to Screen, an Overview of Film and TV production (recently published in Chinese.)

In 2005 he received the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. In 2012 he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center. He and his wife collect Folk and Fine Art.

Steve Carmichael
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Steve Carmichael served as the Head of the Theatre Arts Department and Head of the Lighting Design Program at the Barat Campus of DePaul University. He has designed lights for Upstream Theatre in Saint Louis, Theaterwork in Santa Fe, Chicago Ballet Arts, the University of Alabama, SUNY New Paltz in NY, and the Phoenix Theatre in Arizona (among many others). Professional lighting credits also include, among others, The American Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, Julliard School of Music, Aspen Music Festival, and the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park. He co-founded and served as the resident Lighting Designer for Shakespeare on the Green, a professional outdoor summer festival that featured Chicago equity actors and was free to the public.

Christina Duarte
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

BA in English Literature, Bard CollegeMA in Theatre, Hunter College

Cristina Duarte, is a director, actor, teacher and former Artist Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse. Originally from New York, she is an alumnus and long time teacher of acting technique at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has studied and collaborated with master teachers Stella Adler, Elaine Stritch, Gene Saks, Alan Arkin, David Shiner and Bob Krakower and theater professionals such as Marci Philips, James Calleri, and David Caparelliotis.

Cristina received her MA in Theatre from Hunter College where she taught acting technique and theater history. She has directed original works at Hunter’s Loewe Theatre and several projects for the Michael Chekhov Theatre Co. As an actor, she has appeared in several independent and commercial films as well as television, with reoccurring roles on Law and Order, One Life to Live, All My Children and a 9 year run on Saturday Night Live as a supporting cast member. She has been teaching acting, scene study and theater history as well as writing and literature for 20 years.

Charles Gamble
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Charles Gamble trained in physical theater at L’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, at the Roy Hart Institute for Voice in Malérargues, France, and at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.

In New Mexico, Charles has performed with the Tricklock Company, Fusion Theater, Theater Grottesco, The Santa Fe Opera, Shakespeare Santa Fe, Moving People Dance, Theaterwork, the National Dance Institute, and NO HOLDS BARD, an improvised Shakespeare troupe. Outside of New Mexico, Charles has developed original work and toured with Angel Exit Theater in Dublin, Ireland, and acted with Shakespeare Santa Cruz (CA), the Houston Grand Opera (TX) and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Charles toured Canada with the Tricklock Company, garnering an award for best original work at the Ottawa Fringe Festival with Catgut Strung Violin, a devised piece following three clowns as they totter off to war. Screen credits include the noir western Heat Lightning and In Plain Sight. When not acting, Charles teaches extensively, and is a founding member of the theater faculty at the New Mexico School for the Arts, a state charter school started in 2010 that trains high school actors from throughout New Mexico.

Brian Gillespie
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

MFA University of Washington

Brian Gillespie is a theatre artist based in New York City who specializes in directing new works and re-imagining classic texts. He creates work that embraces high theatricality and celebrates the inherent artifice of the medium. With a spirit of inventiveness and play, his work encourages audiences to transcend the realm of realism and actively engage their imaginations to co-create the theatrical event.

He has directed in New York for Pull Together Productions, Primary Stages, Rising Sun Production Co., Boomerang Theatre Co., Planet Connections, AMIOS, Truant Arts, The Internationalists, CAPS LOCK Theatre, aWe Creative Group, Anthem Theatre Company, CEO Theatre, Distilled Theatre Co., The Grex Group, New York Musical Theatre Festival, The Samuel French Short Play Festival and Lather, Rinse, Repeat: A Playwrights’ Collective.

He is the Artistic Director of Pull Together Productions, a member of Directors Lab Chicago, Directors Lab North, Actors’ Equity, the League of Independent Theater and a founding member of the Directors Collective, The Best Thing Ever (TBTE). He holds an MFA from the University of Washington and was also a 2-day champion on the game show, Jeopardy!

Lynn Goodwin
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

BA, Yale University
MFA, Columbia University
Certificate, UCLA

Lynn Goodwin has performed many roles off-Broadway and regionally, and has had principal and supporting roles in film and TV. In New York City, as a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater, she worked directly with numerous accomplished playwrights such as Horton Foote, Richard Greenberg, and Romulus Linney. With playwright Dale Dunn, Lynn serves as Co-Artistic Director of Just Say It Theater teaching playwriting-performance to artists intent on keeping live theater alive. Lynn earned her BA in theater from Yale, MFA in writing from Columbia, and advanced certificate from UCLA in screenwriting.

Cecilia Leitner
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

BA, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Cecilia Leitner has performed as a soprano soloist in the United States, Spain, China and Korea with conductors Helmut Rilling, Simon Carrington, Stephen Layton, Paul Hillier, Stephen Stubbs, Jeffrey Thomas and Nicholas McGegan. Her performances include the Oregon Bach Festival, Seattle Accademia d’Amore, Yale Schola Cantorum, Yale Voxtet, Yale Baroque Opera Project, Magnolia Baroque Festival, Interpretation of Spanish and Latin American Song, and with the American Bach Soloists Academy and Festival. Ms. Leitner received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Yale University, where she studied at the Institute of Sacred Music under the tutelage of James Taylor, Ted Taylor, Judith Malafronte and Simon Carrington. Currently based in the area of Santa Fe, NM, Cecilia has performed with Canticum Novum, Santa Fe Symphony, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and the Opera Southwest educational outreach program. She enjoys concertizing, teaching and pursuing her career as a soloist.

Melissa Matson
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

As a young professional modern dancer in New York City, Melissa had the good fortune to perform and study with some of the most interesting Post Modern choreographers of the 1970s and 1980s, most notably, Marta Renzi and David Gordon.

In 1984, after Melissa’s first Alexander Technique lesson, her life dramatically changed direction. She realized the Alexander Technique was her life’s work and began the three year intensive training program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, under the direction of Judith Leibowitz.

Since 1987 she has consistently taught internationally, at dance festivals and Alexander teacher training centers throughout Europe. Melissa’s work is richly informed by dance improvisation, body-centered psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation practices.

For over 12 years Melissa has taught the Alexander Technique at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and successfully maintains a private and group teaching practice in her home town of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Laurie Romero
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

MFA, San Diego State University
BA, University of Arizona

Laurie Romero has a Bachelor of Music degree in Secondary Music Education and Vocal Performance from The University of Arizona and a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from San Diego State University. She has performed musical theatre roles as well as many leading operatic roles throughout her career. She also studied at the Music Academy of the West under Lotte Lehmann and Martial Singher and was a regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She also toured with The Romeros (Royal Family of the Classical Guitar) for many years and has taught voice for over 40 years as well as piano. Her teaching experience has included positions at the University of California, United States International University as well as The Rhoades School for the Performing Arts and The Children’s Performing Arts Academy. She performed with The UCSD Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony as soloist in Carmina Burana and in a tribute to Joaquin Rodrigo. Since her first choral participation at age 10, she has continued to sing in numerous choral groups throughout her entire life. She is now a member of the Santa Fe Symphony Chorus and the choir of The First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe where she is also a soloist. She loves teaching and working with college students as well as voice students of all ages.

Andrew Schmidt
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

BME, Northwestern University
MM, University of Washington

Andrew Schmidt holds a M. M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington under the tutelage of Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers. He also holds a B.M.E. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Il. Andrew is currently the Director of Choral Studies at the New Mexico School for the Arts. There he teaches choir, private voice, and beginning piano. Andrew is also an interim conductor for the Sangre De Cristo Chorale, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

His work with the Masterworks Chorale (Belleville, IL) was aired on St. Louis Public Radio’s “Cityscape”. Additionally, Andrew has conducted at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Festival, Princeton Festival, National Conductor’s Symposium, Rodney Eichenberger Conducting Workshop, and Montreal Choral Masterclass.

Andrew Schmidt held a University of Washington FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowship for Estonian and Baltic/Western European Studies. He was also the recipient of a 2005-2006 U.S. Student Fulbright Fellowship to Estonia where he lived, studied, and researched in Tallinn, Estonia as well as sang and toured with Tallinna Kammerkoor. He has also sung with nationally renowned groups like Seattle Pro Musica (Dir. Karen P. Thomas), the Kinnara Ensemble (Dr. J.D. Burnett) and The Esoterics (Dir. Eric Banks), and worked as a soloist with choirs throughout the Pacific Northwest and Central Midwest regions.

Andrew has presented his scholarly work at the 2009 West Coast Estonian Days, as well as 2010 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference of the College Music Society. He recently collaborated with Dr. Heather Garbes and Dr. Duane Karna for the newly published book, The Use of IPA in the Choral Rehearsal (Scarecrow Press).

Nina Silfverberg
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Nina Silfverberg’s costume and set designs have been seen from Edinburgh to Stockholm, from Helsinki to California and on numerous stages in between. For over twenty years Nina has engaged in thorough ensemble work, deciphering the language of costumes and set design. Nina is also a fiber artist, immersed in the world of felted wool. Nina has a deep passion for teaching and has led numerous workshops in felting, pattern making and costume construction, for all ages, in various settings. Nina works internationally but lives and creates in Taos, New Mexico, where her kids shuffle about in felted clothing and are her best assistants!

Joanne Camp Sobel
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Joanne Camp Sobel teaches a variety of acting classes for PAD and appeared onstage at the Greer Garson Theatre in the 2011 production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? She is a transplant to Albuquerque from New York City, where credits include Broadway: Dinner at Eight, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Heidi Chronicles (Drama Desk & Tony Award nominations), and Coastal Disturbances. Off-Broadway: Geniuses (Clarence Derwent & Theatre World Awards), Painting Churches, As It Is In Heaven, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, and 50+ productions at NYC’s The Pearl Theatre Company where she is a founding member of the resident acting company. Ms. Camp recently returned to The Pearl to workshop Terrence McNally’s And Away We Go. Her work at The Pearl is recognized with an Obie Award for Continued Excellence and a Joseph A Callaway Award for Classical Performance. Film/TV: Private Parts, Law & Order, Damages, The Luckiest Man in the World, Warrior Woman, Canterbury’s Law and The Lone Ranger. Since arriving in NM, Ms. Camp has appeared at New Mexico’s only professional theatre company, Albuquerque’s FUSION Theatre in Vanya, and Sonia, and Masha, and Spike; Other Desert Cities; August: Osage County; The Mandrake; & First Love. Joanne is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Shepard Sobel
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Shepard Sobel founded The Pearl Theatre Company, a resident troupe that produces a classical repertory in New York City. As artistic director from 1984 through 2009, he was responsible for the nature and quality of all performances and programs. He has taught workshops and classes in acting, theatre history, and dramaturgy, and he has developed mentorships, internships, an arts-in-education program, training programs, and reading series. Sobel has been a guest lecturer/symposium participant at Baruch College and at Fordham, Columbia, Yale, and New York Universities. Since moving to New Mexico in 2009, he has directed at SFUAD and at University of New Mexico, as well as at Hendrix College in Arkansas and numerous theater companies in Albuquerque. He teaches Acting, Theatre History and Contemporary Canon classes for the PAD.

Charles Tichenor
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Charles Tichenor is enjoying his time at SFUAD as an accompanist and vocal coach. Mr. Tichenor, a fine singer and pianist, is a native of western Kentucky and a graduate from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He has worked many years as a cabaret performer in New York, Los Angeles, as well as Santa Fe and has produced and written many cabaret shows. In addition to his musical accomplishments Mr. Tichenor also enjoys playwriting, storytelling, coaching, teaching, and is an avid human rights activist. He is also an eager student of the French language and culture and is currently developing a one-man show on the history of French cabaret. Mr. Tichenor lives in Santa Fe with his slightly cantankerous but most adorable cat Èmile-Gaston.

Sandra Dudek Twibell
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

MS, University of New Mexico
BFA, California State University

Sandra Dudek Twibell has sung with opera companies, orchestras and choral societies throughout New Mexico, the southwest and western Canada. Most notable are San Diego, Santa Fe and Fort Worth Operas. She has performed roles in over 70 operas.

Ms. Twibell holds a Bachelor of Music Degree, cum lauda, in vocal performance from California State University, Northridge and an MS in Speech Sciences from UNM. She divides her time between teaching in her private voice studio and teaching voice in the Performing Arts Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Deborah Wagner
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

Deborah Wagner, pianist for the Performing Arts Department, is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada. Deborah completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts at Arizona State University. She has earned degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Northwestern University. She has performed with Santa Fe New Music, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Santa Fe Repertory Company. In addition to teaching and playing, she regularly works with singers and instrumentalists in the Santa Fe area and has toured with soloists and choirs throughout the country.

Amanda Zarr
Adjunct Faculty, Performing Arts Department

BFA Chapman University
MFA University of Washington

Amanda Zarr is a professional actor and theatre professor who started on her creative path at Chapman University in Orange County where she received her BFA. She began work with Shakespeare Orange County during her undergraduate education at Chapman and is still a company member today. Notable roles with the company include Juliet, Ophelia, Lady Anne in Richard III and most recently Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Amanda also works behind the scenes in casting and is the Educational Director of the company.

She lived three years in Seattle, Washington where she attended the University of
Washington and acquired her MFA from the prestigious PATP program.

Amanda has worked in many popular TV shows and films and recently concluded work in two independent films this past year. She has received acting awards from major festivals and had films featured at Sundance.

Amanda has also been a guest artist with the Pensacola Shakespeare Company and Need Theater of Los Angeles and Azeotrope Theater.

She teaches at Chapman University, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy and the Orange County School of the Arts and is so happy to add Santa Fe University of Art and Design to that list.

Visiting Artists/Designers

Alan Arkin joined the Performing Arts Department as a distinguished guest artist beginning in the fall of 2010. Arkin will, from time to time, conduct intensive workshops in improvisation for our Performing Arts majors. Arkin is a multitalented stage and film performer as well as an accomplished director, author, composer, and singer. His remarkable screen performances include Wait Until Dark, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, and his Oscar Award-winning role as the grandfather in Little Miss Sunshine. In 2013, he was nominated for an Oscar for his role in Argo. He was one of the original members of Chicago’s Second City improv troupe.

Patricia McGourty has had the good fortune to experience three art and design careers. As a costume designer she worked in stage and film in New York and California for 18 years collaborating with creative teams on productions ranging from Shakespeare Festivals to Broadway musicals. Patricia’s costumes have been seen on Broadway in Big River (Tony Nomination, Joseph Maharam Award), The Pirates of Penzance (Drama Desk Award, Joseph Maharam Award), Crimes of the Heart, Pump Boys & Dinettes and Doonesbury. She has designed over 30 productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival and an additional 25 shows Off Broadway. She has worked extensively in Regional Theatres including The Guthrie Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The American Repertory Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, The Black Rep, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage and the Amarillo Opera. Patricia spent 22 years abroad where she has lived in Saudi Arabia, London and Dubai working as a painter, art director and collage artist. By exploring theatrical design, public art and cross-cultural art forms she has been able to expand her collaborative work into art and design for “The World Stage” of our global community.