People

Faculty

Robin Blaetz

Emily Dickinson Professor of Film Studies; Chair of Film Media Theater

Robin Blaetz teaches Introduction to Film, History of World Cinema, Film Theory, and Experimental Film, as well as courses in various genres, including the Musical and Documentary. Her scholarly work centers on women and film; she has published an anthology called Women’s Experimental Cinema: Critical Frameworks (Duke University Press, 2007) and Visions of the Maid: Joan of Arc in American Film and Culture (Virginia University Press, 2001). Her current project explores the connections between the films of Joseph Cornell and his better known boxes.

Professor Robin Blaetz in the Williston Library reading room

Heidi Holder

Visiting Lecturer in Film Media Theater

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 Film Media Theater

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

Michael Ofori

Visiting Lecturer in Film Media Theater
Michael Ofori

Amy Rodgers

Associate Professor of Film Media Theater; Dean for the Senior Class

Amy Rodgers' research focuses on early modern literature and culture, audience and popular culture studies, theories of adaptation, and dance studies. Her publications include essays on the Renaissance court masque, Hindi-language cinema director Vishal Bhardwaj, Shakespeare's history plays' influence on HBO's Game of Thrones, and performance genealogies that cross different communicative forms, particularly theater and dance. In her role as Dean for the Senior Class, Rodgers focuses on offering additional academic guidance to seniors as they progress toward graduation and shape their goals for the future; she also supports faculty advisors and department chairs in their work with seniors.

Amy Rodgers Assistant Professor of English

Noah Tuleja

Director of Rooke Theatre; Assistant Professor of Film Media Theater

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.

Noah Tuleja

Staff

Barbara Bunyan

Business Manager; Academic Department 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