Faculty

William Finlay, Chair

William Finlay, Chair

Professor of Theater
finlayw@union.edu
518-388-6475

Prof. Finlay has directed and choreographed throughout the New England area. While serving as a senior member of the performance faculty at Boston University from 1981- 1994, his professional work was seen at the Alley Theater, the People’s Theater, the Hartman Theater Company, the Huntington Theater Company, Portland Stage, Trinity Square Repertory Company, and the American Repertory Theater.

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Patricia Culbert

Patricia Culbert

Senior Artist in Residence
culbertp@union.edu
518-388-6753

Prof. Culbert is an internationally trained actress and a teaching professional who specializes in vocal and performance training for the actor. She is a Voice Over artist for Audio Books and coaches theater productions at colleges and professional theaters throughout the capital region and is an acting company member of the Saratoga Shakespeare Company in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Charles Steckler

Charles Steckler

Designer in Residence
stecklerc@union.edu
518-388-6204

Professor Steckler is a studio artist and theatrical designer. He has exhibited his work – drawings, prints, photographs, collages and dioramas – in numerous one-person and group exhibitions and he has designed stage sets for nearly 100 shows.

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Brittney Belz

Brittney Belz

Visiting Assistant Professor/Costume Designer
belzb@union.edu
518-388-6757

Brittney has been behind the scenes in theatre costume shops since the age of 14. She has been privileged to work in professional and educational costumes shops across the country from Alaska to Virginia and many places in between, including seven seasons at the nationally acclaimed Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY and four seasons as costume designer for the Saratoga Shakespeare Company.

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Miryam Moutillet

Miryam Moutillet

Director of the Dance Program, Senior Artist in Residence
Instructor: Ballet, Modern, and Dance Fitness
moutillm@union.edu
518-388-6513

Miryam Moutillet studied Russian and Balanchine dance styles with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the National School of Canada and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Her professional career started in 1974 when she danced internationally with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and interpreted classical and contemporary works by choreographers such as Balanchine, Fokine, Petipa, Bejart, Butler, Nault.

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Marcus Rogers

Marcus Rogers

Assistant Director of the Dance Program
Instructor, Jazz, Tap, and choreography
rogersm@union.edu
518-388-6335

Marcus Rogers studied in New York City on full scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet SchoolPeridance Center, and, Studio Maestro. Some of his professional credits include the national tour of Sesame Street Live, the national tour of Bear in the Big Blue House Live, touring Europe with Jean Ann Ryan Productions on the Norwegian Dawn (Norwegian Cruise Lines), and performing many principle roles with the Northeast Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet Company.

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Robert J. Bovard

Robert J. Bovard

Visiting Assistant Professor and Technical Director
(MFA Design and Technology, Dallas Theatre Center/Trinity University)
bovardb@union.edu
518-388-7108

Bob is serving as the Technical Director/Lighting Designer on a Visiting Professor appointment. Last year Bob was the faculty Technical Director/Production Manager for the Theatre Department at University at Albany, SUNY. During the final year of construction and the first year and a half of operation, Bob was the Director for Stage Technologies at EMPAC working with the contractor and RPI.

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Jonathan Albert

Jonathan Albert

Adjunct Theatre Faculty
Prior to Union, Jonathan taught Acting 1 and Acting 2: Scene Study at SUNY Adirondack.  He also wrote and directed Psycho Pirate for SUNY Adirondack’s Mainstage production.  It was the first time in the school’s 50 year history that an original piece was selected by the University for production.  A graduate of Union College in 2000, Jonathan went back to school for theatre and playwriting at SUNY Albany and received his Masters in Fine Arts from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York City.  After a rigorous audition process, Jonathan was inducted as a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio in 2006.  He has worked as an actor in The Studio’s Actors Lab and as a playwright in their Playwriting/Directing Unit.

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Christine Geren

Christine Geren

Dance Instructor, Ballet and Pilates

Ms. Geren began her training with The Northeast Ballet Company in Schenectady, NY.  Supported by dance and academic scholarships, she earned a BA in Dance from Mercyhurst College while also performing lead roles with The Lake Erie Ballet in The Nutcracker, Balanchine’s Serenade, and Alice in Wonderland and Giselle, among others.  Ms. Geren is currently a principal dancer with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, guest artist with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre and a seasonal member of the Northeast Ballet Company.

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Carla Domenico

Carla Domenico

Dance Instructor, Hip Hop

Graduated from Russell Sage College with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. She studied Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop with Philip Cole of Montreal, coaches the Emeralds Dance Team for the Albany Patroons and teaches Hip Hop at EBA Center as well.

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Laurie Cawley

Laurie Cawley

Dance Instructor Zumba, Modern and jazz
cawley@union.edu

Laurie has an extensive history as a performer and a teacher. She attended Kent State University as a dance major, and went on to dance professionally for over twenty years with renowned dance companies across the United States, as well as numerous independent artists. These companies include: Whitley Setrakian and Dancers-People Dancing, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Harbinger Dance Company, Ann Arbor Dance Works, 2 Duet Theater and Tango Fusion.

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