Joel Murray has written, directed, and acted in over 200 stage, film, and prime time and daytime television productions. He is a member of such professional organizations as the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association, and the Dramatists Guild. He has won various best actor, instructor, playwright, and director awards, and has also presented over 100 papers and workshops on acting, directing, playwriting, and theory and criticism at national and regional conferences, and has published papers in international, national, and regional journals. Further, he has sold and optioned screenplays and has also published play scripts. He has served as chair of various committees for organizations such as the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Mid-America Theatre Conference, and the Southwest Theatre and Film Association.
Keena Blair Brown
Costume Shop Supervisor
Blair Brown is a Florida State University graduate, and has worked in South Florida theatre for 10 years. In addition to her shop supervision, costume construction, and designs at Florida International University, Blair has designed and built costumes for Hollywood Boulevard Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, New Theatre, and New World School of the Arts Dance. Previously, she managed the costume shop at Broward College.
Fine Arts Production Spec
Robert (B.J.) Duncan received his B.F.A. in Acting from Florida International University. Upon graduation, he has been involved in numerous theatrical productions and endeavors ranging from acting, directing and teaching, as well as filmmaking and producing. He has worked as a stagehand and scenic technician for over 10 years.
Fine Arts Production Spec
Geordan Miles Gottlieb majored in Technical Theatre at Florida State University before leaving to work in professional theatres in New York City and Miami before earning his BA at Florida International University. Geordan has worked at many off and off-off-Broadway theatres including the Public Theater, NYSF, Roundabout Theater, Manhattan Class Company (MCC) TADA!, Atlantic Theater, SOHO Rep, American Jewish Rep, T. Schriber Studio, York Theater, and Village Light Opera Group. Since returning home to Miami in 1998, Geordan served as Shop Forman, then as Technical Director at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Geordan has also worked nine seasons as the Technical Director for New Theatre. Notable productions include many Florida and World premieres, Carbonell winners, and Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna and the Tropics, by Nilo Cruz. Currently Geordan is in his tenth year as part of the FIU family.
Judy Litt has created theatre programming for individuals with disabilities, and has participated in theatre education workshops throughout the United States. A graduate of Adelphi University, Mrs. Litt is a member of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs All Kids Included Steering Committee, past chairperson for Cultural Educators of Miami, board secretary for VSAFlorida, awarded the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Award for Emerging Leaders in 2010 and is a founding member of FLACA (Florida Access Coalition for the Arts). She manages rentals and box office for FIU Theatre and also assists in creating new theatre initiatives and cultivating community outreach and engagement.
Marianna Murray joined the FIU Theatre Department with 20 years of Administrative experience obtained while working for a Fortune 500 company. She has been an integral component of the operations at the Department of Theatre for the past 18 years. Marianna is a central figure in all things “FIU Theatre,” and regularly extends herself above and beyond her scope of duties exercising her expertise in office management and customer service.
Paulette Rivera received her M.B.A with an emphasis in management from FIU and double majored in business administration and international business at FIU. She works closely with the chairperson in the areas of purchasing, accounts payable, and preparation of a variety of reports. Her work is primarily computer-based, using online record-keeping systems, word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications. Furthermore, Paulette has been an integrative component of the operations of a retail store for the past for years.
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Gerry Suarez earned a B.A. in English and an MM in Performing Arts Management from FIU. He has been working at FIU since 2007 and was first hired by Undergraduate Admissions as an admissions counselor and recruiter. He has also worked for OneStop Enrolment Services and Transfer and Transition Services before finding his home in the College of Architecture and the Arts where he is currently the advisor for the School of Music and the Department of Theatre.