Faculty

William Finlay, Chair

William Finlay, Chair

Professor of Theater, Chair
finlayw@union.edu
518-388-6475
Yulman 120

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
Yulman 118

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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Andrew Mannion

Andrew Mannion

Scene Designer/Lecturer
manniona@union.edu
518-388-6204
Yulman 119

Andrew joined Union College faculty after working at Western Carolina University as an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design. Before working at WCU, he moved from New York City where he was the resident assistant scenic associate at City Center’s Encores! program under scenic consultant John Lee Beatty. He also assisted Mr. Beatty with Broadway productions including “The Nance”, “Big Knife”, and “Orphans”. Andrew also worked with scenic designer David Zinn on and off Broadway on productions of “Violet”, “Kung Fu”, “The Realistic Joneses” and “The Last Ship”.

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Dan Venning

Dan Venning

Assistant Professor (Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center)
Theatre History and Dramatic Literature
venningd@union.edu
518-388-7035
Henle Dance Pavilion, 202

Prof. Venning has published articles in Asian Theatre Journal, Forum for Modern Language Studies, and Performing Arts Resources, as well as numerous book and performance reviews in a broad range of scholarly journals. He is working on a book about Shakespearean performance and nation-building in nineteenth-century Germany. Before entering academia, he was the Associate Dramaturg at the California Shakespeare Theatre.

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Brittney Belz

Brittney Belz

Artist in Residence, Costume Designer
belzb@union.edu
518-388-6757
Henle 109a

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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Robert J. Bovard

Robert J. Bovard

Artist in Residence, Technical Director
(MFA Design and Technology, Dallas Theatre Center/Trinity University)
bovardb@union.edu
518-388-7108
Yulman 207

Bob is serving as the Technical Director/Lighting Designer and Lecturer. Previously, 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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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
Henle 107

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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Laurie Zabele Cawley

Laurie Zabele Cawley

Assistant Director of the Dance Program
Dance Instructor, Modern and jazz
cawley@union.edu
518-388-2807
Henle 201

Laurie Zabele Cawley has an extensive history in both performing, choreographing, and teaching. Laurie attended Kent State University as a dance major, then went on to dance professionally for over 20 years; dancing with Whitley Setrakian and Dancers-People Dancing, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Harbinger Dance Company, Ann Arbor Dance Works, 2 Duet Theater, Tango Fusion as well as numerous independent artists.

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Carla Domenico

Carla Domenico

Dance Instructor, Hip Hop

Carla Wasbes has been teaching Hip Hop and Jazz in various studios throughout the Capitol District since 2000. She was the dance team coach for the Albany Conquest Treasures and the Albany Patroon Emeralds for many years before becoming the Hip Hop teacher in the dance department at Union College in 2007. Carla is a Brave New Dances contributor at eba Dance Theater in Albany, NY where she incorporates her love for hip hop, modern, and jazz choreography and present new works.

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Christine Geren

Christine Geren

Dance Instructor, Ballet and Pilates

Christine Geren began her training with Darlene Myers and the Myers Ballet School/ Northeast Ballet Company. 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. Ms. Geren was a principal dancer with the Albany Berkshire Ballet for 18 years, company dancer with the Northeast Ballet and guest artist with the Ajkun Ballet Theatre.

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Freddy Ramirez

Freddy Ramirez

Dance Instructor, Tap and Jazz

Freddy Ramirez is a Bronx, NY born and raised performer, choreographer, and teacher. He began dancing at Broadway Dance Center & STEPS in NYC where he focused his energy on studying all aspects of dance including Latin, Contemporary, Street Jazz, Ballet, & Modern. His training led him to begin his professional career as a core member and eventually a principle dancer for In Forward Motion modern dance company, which debuted works from Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and Colin Connor to name a few.

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