Ombretta Frau

Professor of Italian, Chair of Classics & Italian, Chair of the Theatre Arts Steering Committee

Ombretta Frau has published extensively on nineteenth and early twentieth-century Italian cultural history, modern philology, Pirandello, and Italian women writers. At Mount Holyoke, Frau’s courses include literature for children, material culture, fascism, women, theater, and travel literature. Her classes incorporate many pedagogical tools, including film, music, and web design, and she believes in creating a relaxed and friendly classroom atmosphere that encourages communication. Frau is a frequent collaborator of the Mount Holyoke Art Museum and she keeps a blog that is on the Italian Huffington Post.

Ombretta Frau

Vanessa James

Professor of Theatre Arts, Design

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

Erika Rundle

Associate Professor in Theatre Arts and Gender Studies, Dramaturg

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


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

Visiting Faculty

Heidi Holder

Visiting Lecturer, Histories of Performance I & II

Noah Tuleja

Director of Rooke Theatre, Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts


Patricia VandenBerg

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, Emerita