Drama Faculty

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A dramaturg, theater historian, and author of American Cinderellas on the Broadway Musical Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Maya Cantu specializes in twentieth-century American theater.

email mayacantu@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4538
Image of Michael Giannitti

Michael Giannitti has extensive professional experience as a lighting designer and educator. He has designed lighting at many of the most prestigious venues around the country and has taught abroad as a two-time Fulbright Specialist Grant recipient.

email mgiannitti@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4535
Image of Kirk Jackson

Kirk Jackson is an actor/director with four decades of experience on and off Broadway and regionally. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has assisted Ivo van Hove on multiple productions in New York City and, recently, began to direct operas.

email kjackson2@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4545
Image of Dina Janis

As the artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, a host of the LAByrinth Theatre Company’s workshops at Bennington, and a member of the famed Actor’s Studio, Dina Janis has studied, worked with, and supported some of the most talented actors, writers, and directors working in theatre today.

email djanis@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4543
Image of Sherry Kramer

Celebrated playwright Sherry Kramer believes every play is created in the audience, and her classes are a treasure hunt to discover how a play shapes our experience and how it makes things matter.

email skramer@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4573
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Jean Randich is an award-winning director, writer, and librettist specializing in new works, musical theatre, opera, and re-envisioned classics. She is cofounder and co-artistic director of Collider Theater in New York City.

email jrandich@bennington.edu
call 802-447-4214
Image of Sue Rees

Sue Rees has exhibited her set designs, animations, installations, and video works worldwide and has worked collaboratively with choreographers, directors, and musicians in the United States, Europe, and India.

email srees@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4558
Image of Jennifer Rohn

Jennifer Rohn has appeared in theatre productions on and off Broadway, in the United States and Europe, and in films and television, collaborating extensively with the renowned director Robert Wilson.

email jrohn@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4547
Image of Charles Schoonmaker

Charles Schoonmaker is an Emmy Award-winning costume designer for theatre, dance, opera, and television.

email cschoonmaker@bennington.edu
call 802-753-2472

Visiting Faculty

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Visiting Faculty

Shawtane Bowen is a founding member of Astronomy Club, the first all-Black house team at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in New York. Astronomy Club performs a monthly improv show at UCB East called 'Let's Talk About Race, Baby!'.

Instructors and Technicians

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Technical Instructor in Drama

 

With a focus on Scenic Design, Seancolin Hankins takes a comprehensive approach to scenic production, working concurrently in concept, design, construction, and scenic painting. His drive for compelling visuals is paralleled by his commitment to responsible and resourceful use of materials.

email seancolinhankins@bennington.edu
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Technical Instructor in Costume Production

Richard MacPike brings his experience working on Broadway shows such as The Lion King and companies like the Santa Fe Opera and Glimmerglass to his work as costume shop manager at Bennington.

email rmacpike@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4564 | Costume Shop 802-440-4563