People

Faculty

Sally Sutherland

Chair of Theatre Arts; Senior Lecturer in English

Sally Sutherland teaches courses in Shakespeare, early modern and modern drama, adaptations of plays to film, medicine in literature, and health humanities. She has published on Jacobean revenge tragedy and medieval cycle plays. Before returning to the full-time faculty in 2013, she served Mount Holyoke in a number of administrative capacities: first-year dean, dean of studies, associate dean of faculty, and senior advisor to the president.

Sally Sutherland

Aaron Bartz

Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts

Aaron Bartz is a professional actor and educator based out of New Haven, CT. Over the past decade, he has worked across the country in theatre and television. Shakespeare holds a special interest for him, as well as stage combat and classical fencing. He is a member of Actors Equity Association.

Heidi Holder

Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts

Heidi Holder teaches theater history, dramatic literature and dramaturgy in courses ranging from introductory classes and performance history surveys to seminars and topics classes in American drama, American comedy, modern British and European theater, Asian American drama, theater theory and criticism, and the staging of war.  She has published articles on such playwrights as G.B. Shaw, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sharon Pollock, and J.M. Synge; her research often focuses on nineteenth-century theater, particularly that serving working-class audiences.

Heidi Holder

Vanessa James

Professor of Theatre Arts

Vanessa James is an international designer of sets, costumes and lighting for theater and opera. She is an art director for feature films and television, has received an Emmy citation and been nominated for three Emmy awards. Examples of her work are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute library, and the New York Museum of the Moving Image. She is the author of two books of popular reference, The Genealogy of Greek Mythology, and Shakespeare’s Genealogies, both published by Penguin USA.

Vanessa James outside near an iron fence

Erika Rundle

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Gender Studies, on leave 2018-19

Erika Rundle's research interests include theater history; dramatic theory; performance studies; critical animal studies; Darwinian literary criticism; translation

Erika Rundle

Noah Tuleja

Director of Rooke Theatre, Lecturer in Theatre Arts

Noah Tuleja serves as the Director of Rooke Theatre and teaches courses in acting, directing, physical theater and stage combat. His research interests include integrated actor training, directing, stage combat and the Feldenkrais Method (for which he is a Certified Practicioner). He has worked with nationally and internationally recognized theaters including, Trinity Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Royal Plymouth-UK and Bread and Puppet Theatre. He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Trembling Stage, a New England based theater company.

Staff

Elaine Bergeron

Costume Shop Manager
Elaine Bergeron

Barbara Bunyan

Business Manager/Acad Dept Coordinator

Barbara Bunyan is the Business Manager/Academic Department Coordinator for the Department of Theatre Arts.   She deals with office operations and works closely with students in all aspects of house management, box office, and publicity.  She has served on Staff Council, Winterfest, and the Employee Service Awards Committee.  

Barbara Bunyan

Lara Dubin

Lighting & Sound Supervisor

As the Lighting & Sound Supervisor for the theater department, Lara Dubin is in charge of training students how to create lighting and sound designs for the theater. She is also in charge of maintaining the lighting and sound equipment inventories for the department.

Lara Dubin

Shawn Hill

Technical Director for Theatre
Shawn Hill