People

Faculty

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

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 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

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

Visiting Faculty

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.

Noah Tuleja

Director of Rooke Theatre, Visiting Lecturer in Theatre Arts