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

Ariel Bock

Visiting Lecturer

Heidi Holder

Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts

Heidi Holder teaches theatre 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 theatre, Asian American drama, theatre 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 theatre, particularly that serving working-class audiences.

Vanessa James

Professor of Theatre Arts

Vanessa James is an international designer of sets, costumes and lighting for theatre 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

Elizabeth Pangburn

Guest Artist in Costume Design

Elizabeth Pangburn's research includes the intersection of 19th century material culture and literary production in New England and the political structure of theater production and design. By examining how theater is made, she hopes to create a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable industry.  Her design influences include the Bauhaus and the Ballet Russe. Elizabeth is the faculty mentor for student costume designers on Department productions.

Erika Rundle

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; Associate Professor of Gender Studies

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

Brianna Sloane

Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts

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 theatre 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 theatres 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 theatre 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 Theatre Department Lara Dubin is in charge of training students how to create lighting and sound designs for the theatre. 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