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Church, Phillip M.Covey, RebeccaGalaska, TonyGoslin, ChrisIvey, JenniferLopez, IvanMitan, DanielMurray, JoelPareja, MarinaRobinson, WayneTimlick, Lesley-AnnYawney, Michael

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Phillip M. Church

Associate Professor | Associate Director of External Relations

WPAC 139B | 305-348-3358 | churchp@fiu.edu

Phillip Church received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine and did his undergraduate work at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  He is a member of Actors Equity, and specializes in Classical Performance.  Phillip has been teaching in the Department of Theatre for thirty-five years.

Professor Church has directed many plays in a wide variety of genres, and is the recipient of three Distinguished Director Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his productions of Pride and Prejudice, Arabian Nights, and Julius Caesar.  He has also worked with many FIU and South Florida organizations on a variety of projects in various capacities.  Just a sampling of these activities: He is the founding Artistic Director of What if Works Inc., a community-engaged alumni company that champions the arts to bring about social change (Most recently, a collaborative school tour of Julius Caesar in collaboration with award-winning Gablestage and “Flying Solo through Libraries”, a series of solo bio-dramas presented in Miami-Dade Public libraries); he created the Shakespeare-in-Stratford & London Study Abroad course in which students study and attend the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Globe Theatre in London; he is the writer/director of “Conditions of Secrecy, a film focused on the issue of AIDS in college featuring FIU alum Danny Pino (The Shield, Cold Case and Law & Order SVU) and sponsored by Blockbuster Video, Texaco, and Republic National Bank (His other film work, supported by the Audrey Love Foundation, “Loners Not Losers, explores the issue of on-campus separation and alienation in college students).

Currently, Professor Church is working with Florida Grand Opera on “The Passenger,” for which he translated Zofia Posmysz’s radio play version of the novel “Passenger in Cabin 45; and he is in the midst of planning a premiere of Eric Bentley’s “Wedekind Cabaret”, a project that will be performed in New York on September 14th, marking Bentley’s 100th birthday.

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Rebecca Covey

Assistant Professor

WPAC 138B | 305-348-3728 | rcovey@fiu.edu

Rebecca Covey earned her MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Wisconsin, and her BFA in Theatre and BA in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She is an Equity actor and a designated Linklater Voice teacher.  In Chicago, she taught at the Theatre School at DePaul University, Northern Illinois University, and Columbia College.

Favorite Chicago acting credits include Simone de Beauvoir in Nelson and Simone (Live Bait Theatre), Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Lady MacBeth in MacBeth, Hester in The Scarlet Letter, and Anka in Hunting Cockroaches (Footsteps Theatre), Sarah in The Lover and Jane in Benefactors (Writers Theatre Chicago), Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Devil’s Disciple, and Back to Methusela (Shaw Chicago).  Regional credits include Sarah in The Substance of Fire and Viola in Twelfth Night (The Northern Stage – Milwaukee), All My Sons (New American Theatre), Quake and ID (Quantum Theatre – Pittsburgh), Mother’s Day (Boarshead Theatre), Lady MacBeth in MacBeth (Theatre at the Center), Relatively Speaking (Next Act Theatre, Milwaukee), Abigail in Denial (Jewish Ensemble Theatre), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Meadowbrook Theatre), and  Eleemosynary (Williamston Theatre).  Rebecca has also performed in Scotland, Australia, and France. Her two-person show “The Heart of Winter” recently debuted at Fairmount Theatre in South Pasadena, CA.  She also acted in Michael Yawney’s new play Exile Jesus Starbucks which premiered at the Miami Light Project’s Here & Now.  Recent credits as a professional dialect/voice coach include Stripped and Betrayal at Zoetic Stage at the Arsht Center and A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Milesquare Theatre, New Jersey. As the resident voice and dialect director for Florida International University Theatre, she has worked on Kingdom City, A Flea in Her Ear, 6 Characters in Search of An Author, An Ideal Husband, Juanita’s Statue, Julius Caesar, June Moon, Sleeping Beauty and Cardenio, amongst others.

Her scholarly research focuses on helping neurodiverse theatre artists reach their full potential.  Additional interests include: the intersection of gender, culture and voice; accents and dialects; and heightened language including Shakespeare, Moliere and Shaw. She has presented papers and workshops at international conferences with the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, as well as with the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Her article “Chop-alogues: an Exploration of Embodied Language” was recently published in Methods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy. 

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Tony Galaska

Associate Professor, Head of Design and Production

WPAC 137B | 305-348-2564 | agalaska@fiu.edu

Tony Galaska received his MFA in Lighting from Purdue University, a BFA from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point, and an AA from the University of Wisconsin Waukesha.  He has designed for The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Texas Shakespeare Theatre Festival, and in NYC for a variety of theatre companies such as Toy Box Theatre Company, The Gallery Players, Wings Theatre Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, and New Perspectives Theatre Company.  Professor Galaska has received faculty excellence awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his lighting design of The Cook, Spring Awakening, The Cherry Orchard, and The House of the Sprits.  Tony is currently the Vice Chair of Design, Technology, and Management for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV.

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Chris Goslin

Technical Director

WPAC 138A | 305-348-2636 | cgoslin@fiu.edu

Chris Goslin received his Master’s Degree from New York University and has worked as a Technical Director, Designer, Instructor, Producer, and Stage Manager over the course of the last 20 years. He is currently the Technical Director for Florida International University’s Department of Theatre. A few of his previous credits include Technical Director for California State University’s Summer Arts Program, Miami-Dade College, and for the Charlottesville Opera. He has held previous positions such as the Prop Master at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Stage Manager at the NYC Fringe Festival, and served as the Managing Director for First Foot Theatre Productions, a not-for-profit theatre company in New York City that developed new works through workshops and performances. He is proud to have been a part of over 120 theatrical productions at the professional, university, and secondary levels.

Jennifer Ivey

Instructor of Scenic Design

WPAC 135A | 305-348-1684 | jivey@fiu.edu

Jennifer Rose Ivey received her MFA in Theatre from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BFA in Technical Theatre and Design from the University of Central Florida.  She has been working in the art of storytelling and striving to bring art to audiences around the country for over a decade. She has worked as a designer, scenic artist, prop master, and educator, in university, community and professional venues. Jennifer has worked for community, professional and educational theatre’s across several statesbut most recently painting for Georgia Ensemble Theatre in Atlanta. She has also worked all over the eastern United States including at Jacksonville State University, West Virginia Public Theatre, the Atlanta Opera, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and WILL-Tv Illinois Public Broadcasting.

She is currently teaching Introduction to Design, Scenic Design, Rendering and Period Styles for Theatrical Design and is excited to be working with the student and faculty of FIU theatre department on this year’s production season.

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Ivan R. Lopez

Instructor, Head of Audience Engagement

WPAC 133B | 305-348-3365 | irelopez@fiu.edu

Ivan R. Lopez has an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory and a BFA from Florida International University.  He currently teaches Acting and Dramatic Literature and is responsible for the department’s marketing.

Ivan has acted in over 40 plays and short films in New York, Denver, and Miami.  Some favorite roles include Katurian in The Pillowman (White Rose Miami), Hal in Proof (White Rose Miami), Dan Aykroyd in Not Ready for Primetime (New Theatre), Felix in Bird in the Hand (New Theatre), Davey in second. (S12E – NY), Treves in The Elephant Man (Denver Center Theatre), and Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross (Florida International University).  Directing credits include The Pot at Main Street Playhouse and Florida International University, Willow (White Rose Miami), An Evening of Art and Whimsy (White Rose Miami), El Odio de Un Pais (Miami 1 Acts), Michael Bay Writes a Play (Miami 1 Acts), The Position (Microteatro), Salsa (Microteatro), Another Castle (Microteatro), and three years with the One Minute Play Festival at the Deering Estate.  Writing credits include 17 Likes (Miami 1 Acts), The Era of No Time (White Rose Miami), Orquidia or My Home on the Sun (White Rose Miami), Dreaming on the Hudson (aMios Theatre Shotz), Waiting for Now (Shotz), and Hipsters Hopped the L Train (Shotz).

Ivan also works at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital making rounds as Dr. Purple. This is part of Healthy Humor’s professional Red Nose Doc (humor therapy) program. He has also worked for two summers at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut as a humor therapists. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded by Paul Newman and is dedicated to providing a “different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families.

Daniel Mitan

Daniel Mitan

Instructor

WPAC 135B | 305-348-2237 | dmitan@fiu.edu

Danny Mitan has vast experience in the professional and academic realms of theatre, film, and television, including membership in SAG/AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, and the Society of American Fight Directors.

He has an MFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Miami, where he double-majored in film and theatre. While enrolled at the University of Miami, Danny was also a varsity non-scholarship quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes where he was teammates with Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson.

During his time in Los Angeles, Danny trained in Improvisation with instructor Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas) at the world-renowned Groundlings Theatre. He co-wrote a screenplay entitled The Task Manual, which finished in the top two percent of the prestigious “Project Greenlight” Screenplay Contest sponsored by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Danny currently works as a full-time Instructor at Florida International University teaching acting, theatre, filmmaking, and stage combat. The nationally accredited Society of American Fight Directors has certified Danny in the rank of “Actor Combatant” in the disciplines of unarmed stage combat, rapier & dagger, and broadsword. Danny has developed two online courses in conjunction with the Online Learning Staff at FIU, the first ever Theater courses to go online at FIU. He is currently developing a hybrid course as well. As part of the Alternative Theatre Festival at FIU, Danny directed Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feelin’ So Sad. Most recently, he served as fight director for the FIU productions of Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Choreographing a Rape Scene to go into a Feminist Play, and the Nova Southeastern University production of Hamlet.

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Joel Murray

Department Chair

WPAC 131B | 305-348-2895 | jomurray@fiu.edu

Joel Murray is the chair of the Theatre Department at Florida International University.  Originally from Los Angeles with many northeast ties, he received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University.  He has written, directed, and acted in over 200 stage, film, and prime time and daytime television productions–including national commercials. Joel is a member of such professional organizations as the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and the Dramatists Guild.  He has also been a member of numerous theatre groups, such as the MET Theatre with actors such as Ed Harris, James Gammon, Tom Bower, and Holly Hunter; Padua Hills Playwrights with Murray Mednick, John Steppling, Sam Shepard, and many others.

Professor Murray has won various best actor, instructor, playwright, and director awards, including Los Angeles Drama-Logue Awards and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional and national recognition.  He has received multiple grants and fellowships for his directing and playwriting, as well.  Joel has presented over 100 papers and workshops on acting, directing, playwriting, and theory and criticism at national and regional conferences, and has published many papers in international, national, and regional journals.  Further, he has sold and optioned screenplays and published play scripts.  He is past Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI National Playwriting Program and served as the National Vice Chair before stepping down to become chair of the Theatre Dance Department at the University of Texas-El Paso, where he also served as head of the acting program.  He also has worked in various positions for Disney and other film companies, as well. Further, Joel has served as chair for various committees at the Southwest Theatre and Film Association and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.

Marina Pareja

Marina Pareja

Lecturer, Costumer Designer, Summer Theatre Production Manager

WPAC 133A | 305-348-2749 | Marina.Pareja@fiu.edu

Marina Pareja was born in Lima, Peru. She has an MFA in Costume Design from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland, a BFA in Costume Design from Florida International University, and an AA in Fashion Design and AS in Fashion Merchandise from Miami-Dade College. Marina has designed costumes at FIU for Medea, Julius Caesar, A Flea in Her Ear, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midwinter Night’s Dream, and Little Shop of Horrors. She has been recognized for Excellence in Costume Design by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) for The Liar, An Ideal Husband, and Blithe Spirit.

Recently, Marina directed La Nona at FIU, the department’s first Spanish language production. The show was presented at the Regional KCACTF Festival in Statesboro, Georgia and Marina was recognized for Excellence in Design.

Marina serves as the Production Manager and Associate Artistic Director for the Alternative Theatre Festival (ATF), FIU’s summer season. She has directed numerous shows for ATF including Reefer Madness, Bicycle Country, Reverse Psychology, and The Weird.

Wayne E. Robinson, Jr.

Associate Professor, Head of Performance

WPAC 137A | 305-348-3361 | robinson@fiu.edu

Professor Robinson is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory, Northwestern University, American Conservatory Theatre (STC), and is a member of Actors’ Equity. His career, which includes directing or acting in more than 70 productions, has taken him to Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.

He is a professional actor, director, and acting coach. At FIU, he has directed Eleemosynary, The Rose Tattoo, All in the Timing, Talking With…, Sylvia, 5th of July, The House of Blue Leaves, Glengarry Glen Ross (twice), The Hot L Baltimore, As You Like It, Balm in Gilead, Anna in the Tropics, Electricidad, Pericles, A Lie of the Mind, Twelfth Night, Swimming in the Shallows, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, June Moon, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Two Gentlemen of Verona, A Midwinter Night’s Dream and the musicals Company, Gypsy and Hair.

Local professional projects include directing Line, All in the Timing, and frag, as well as acting in Betrayal, Talley’s Folly, King Lear, Never the Sinner, The House of Seven Gables, Electra, Wit, The Weir, Hamlet, Othello, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Proof, and The Pillowman. Next year he will direct Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None and play the title character in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape for FIU Theatre.

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Lesley-Ann Timlick

Associate Professor

WPAC 136B | 305-348-3612 | timlickl@fiu.edu

Lesley-Ann Timlick was awarded her MFA in Acting from University of California, Davis, and her BA in Acting/Directing) from Eastern Washington University.   She has done post-graduate study at the National Theatre Conservatory/National Center for Voice and Speech.  She holds certifications in the Feldenkrais Method, Michael Chekhov Technique and Meisner Acting. Lesley-Ann studied directly with vocal masters Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg, Arthur Lessac, Cecily Berry, Katherine Fitzmaurice and Andrew Wade. She also was an intern for master voice teacher Bonnie Raphael at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard.

Professor Timlick has also done extensive training in mask work and Pilates.  She is an award-winning teacher, and has worked professionally as an actor, director, and voice/ movement coach in both the U.S. and Canada. She has coached for such companies as the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theatre at Harvard, Denver Center Theatre Company, Gables Stage, Florida Shakespeare and New Theatre Miami. She has held positions on the Governing Council for the Association of Theatre and Higher Education and the board of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. She has presented her pedagogical research at top international, national, and regional conferences, with her work often being cited in journals, books, and periodicals. During her tenure at FIU, she has served as both the Chairperson/Artistic Director and Head of Performance Training. Lesley-Ann has also taught at Actor’s Movement Conservatory/New York, National Theatre Movement Institute/ Webster University, Tom Todoroff’s Acting Studio, University of Oklahoma, New World School of the Arts, and the University of California/Davis. Her students have gone on to perform and direct professionally on Broadway, London’s West end, top professional theatres, and in Film/TV. She is extremely pleased that many of her former students have also gone on to teach at top professional training programs such as Rutgers University, University of California/San Diego, Boston University, DePaul University, Webster University, Linkalter Center/New York, Pace University, Temple University, Wayne State University, SUNY/Purchase and University of Oklahoma.

She is currently working on a book, which combines highly sought after vocal, physical, and acting approaches to provide a complete methodology for multi-dimensional character conversion for actors across the cultures.  Her research interests are Transcultural performance, integration of psychophysical performance pedagogies to train culturally diverse performers, understanding and training the neuro-diverse performer, directing, voice/movement coaching, and performance.

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Michael Yawney

Associate Professor

WPAC 139A | 305-348-7545 | Michael.Yawney@fiu.edu

Michael Yawney holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and a BFA from the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University.  His original play Exile Jesus Starbucks debuted at Miami Light Project in 20015 and he directed Rudi Goblen’s PET, which premiered at Miami Light Project in 2013 and is currently touring. He also dramaturged and directed Heather Woodbury’s 12-hour stand-up novel As the Globe Warms, which was seen at Austin’s Vortex Rep and L.A.’s Redcat. Other recent productions include Juan C. Sanchez’s Catherine’s Wheel and Kenny Finkle’s A Thousand Years at FIU’s Summer Theater Festival, Noye’s Fludde, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale for Orchestra Miami, as well as Cardenio and The Liar for Florida International University.

Michael was a fellow in Miami-Dade County’s Playwright Development Program 2010-2012, and his play, 1,000 Homosexuals, was developed in a residency at New York Stage and Film and premiered at the Arsht Center (which had commissioned the work). Further, he co-curated the international Iranian Theater Festival in New York, which presented his production of Assurbanipal Babilla’s Something Something Uber Alles. He also helped organize and presented at a symposium on Babilla’s work sponsored by New York University.  Professor Yawney’s production of Three Angels Dancing on a Needle was named Best Theatrical Production of 2007 by Miami New Times. This production went on to be named Best Foreign Language Production at the Brooklyn Brick Theater’s Pretentious Festival. His work has been seen at New York’s Public Theater, Dixon Place, BMI Musical Theater Workshop, HERE, Downtown Art Co., Ensemble Studio Theater, Indiana University, and the Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival.

Michael’s critical writing has appeared in Theater Week, Propaganda, and OFF as well as in the book, Michael Chekhov: Critical Issues, Reflections, Dreams.

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Israel Garcia

garciai@fiu.edu

Israel Garcia received his BFA in Performance from Florida International University and has been teaching at Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and Miami Dade College for the past twenty years.  “Izzy” teaches Introduction to Acting, Acting I, and Theatre Appreciation. He is currently Head of Theatre Performance at Miami Arts Studio’s High School Theatre Magnet.  He is a member of Actors Equity.  He has performed roles from Petruchio to Dennis in Mauritius in South Florida Theatres such as New Theatre, Palm Beach Playhouse, and Actor’s Playhouse.  He has also performed in theatre festivals from Argentina to Orlando.  He also has performed in television commercials and guest starred on Burn Notice.  Izzy has also had his short plays produced in Miami by Whiterosemiami, Microtheatre in English, and New Theatre.  Awards and Honors include The Silver Palm Award for Performance, The New Theatre Award for Best Actor (twice), Excellence in Teaching Award at FIU, Teacher of the Year and Beginning Teacher of the Year (at Miami Sunset Senior High and Miami High), and has been nominated multiple times for performance for a Carbonell Award.

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Stephen Neal

neals@fiu.edu

Stephen Neal teaches acting, directing, theatre appreciation and play script analysis, received an MFA in Directing from Florida State University, and a BA from Louisiana State University. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and is a founding member of the Theatre League of South Florida. He has appeared on screen in Miami Vice and Wise Guys and several commercials and industrial films.  He has directed, designed and/or performed in over a hundred plays in academic and professional theatre.  Favorite roles include the Stage Manager in Our Town, Ross in The Goat, the titular character in Tom Walker and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. He was a company member of New Theatre’s Shakespeare Project: where he has played Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Morocco, Aragon, Tubal and the Duke in The Merchant of Venice, Cassius in Julius Caesar, Prospero in The Tempest and a host of other character roles.  Directing favorites include The Taming of the Shrew, Mikado, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Affluenza! and FIU’s production of The Underpants!, which earned him Excellence in Directing recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

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Crystal Patient

Email: cpatient@fiu.edu

Crystal Patient holds an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Columbia College. Crystal is the dance liaison between Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University, bridging the gap between faculty and students. Crystal was recognized for her work with Angela Ellsworth in Meanwhile Back at the Ranch in Sydney Australia. Crystal has also had the privilege of working with Clarence Brooks, Showe Ma, Dan Wagner, and Thomas Lehmen.  Her teaching appointments have included Arizona State University, Broward College, Florida Atlantic University, Miami Dance College, and Nova South Eastern University.  She has performed and choreographed coast-to-coast, and has been featured in several dance festivals

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