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Full Time Faculty Biographies

 

Gail Argetsinger - MA Bowling Green State University.  Professor Argetsinger has been teaching at SUNY Brockport since 1996.  She is the resident Costume Designer and has build and designed 29 shows here.  She has taught and designed at Bowling Green State University.  She has been designing professional and community theatre productions consistently from 1972 to the present time.  Additionally she has presented at USITT, KC/ACTF, and NY State Theatre Education Association conferences and had her work exhibited.


Davida Bloom Ph.D. University of Colorado.  Dr. Bloom has been teaching at SUNY Brockport since 2001.  She was hired as a Theatre Generalist and teaches a variety of classes.  She has presented at ATHE conferences regularly since 1997 and has eight published journal articles.  She is currently completing a book on the depiction of rape in contemporary American drama which will be published by McFarland Publishers.  She acts and directs consistently in Rochester theatres and does voice-over for Rochester advertisers.  Her scholarly areas of interest are the scholarship of teaching and learning and feminist issues in theatre. 


Ruth ChildsMFA University of Minnesota.  Ruth has been teaching at Brockport since 2001.  She teaches acting, voice, improv, politics of theatre and movement and is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework.  Ruth has directed and acted in multiple productions at Brockport and beyond.  She works often in voiceover and industrial film work, as well as a voice and dialect coach.  Ruth served as the regional chair of the National Playwriting Program for KCACTF, and continues to be a respondent and reader for the national and regional playwriting awards.  In January 2011 she was awarded the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion.


Oh-Kon Cho, a faculty member since 1975, is currently a professor. He received his Ph.D. in theatre from Michigan State University and published three books, contributed dozens of entries to a theatre language dictionary, and encyclopedia of Asian theatre. For the theatre language dictionary, he was also one of editors. Six book chapters, sixteen journal articles, translation of seventeen Korean plays into English, and five book reviews are attributed to him. He also wrote five plays and co-authored an opera for young audiences. Moreover, he presented more than twenty papers at national and international conferences. He teaches creative drama, children’s theatre, and puppet theatre.  

 Anthony (Tony) Dumas teaches courses in both the Department of Theatre and Music Studies and the Delta College Program. Prior to coming to Brockport, Professor Dumas taught at UC Davis, Woodland Community College, St. Lawrence University, and SUNY Potsdam.
Professor Dumas is an ethnomusicologist whose primary research is located at the conceptual intersection of Mediterranean, American, and Caribbean musics, cultures, and identities. His dissertation, (Re)Locating Flamenco: Bohemian Cosmopolitanism in Northern California, examines California's flamenco scene as part of an American bohemian counterculture and shows how its flamenco community maintains an identity that is at once rooted in flamenco conventions, localized traditions, and cosmopolitan ideals. He also reveals a subtle undercurrent of Zen Buddhist-inspired philosophy and a countercultural ideology that allies California's flamenco community with North American folk music revivalists and San Francisco’s Beat poets. Additionally, his work provides an account of flamenco as a transnational genre that fuses with jazz, Cuban son, new age, Americana, and even heavy metal, resulting in complex identities that revolve around romanticized notions of the Spanish “Gypsy.”
His secondary research in ecomusicology is concerned with the intersection of music, culture, and nature. This interest stems from his five-year interdisciplinary work in the Arts/Science Fusion program at UC Davis where he co-developed, and received a teaching award for, an NSF-funded project that bridged music and science for the benefit of enhancing scientific pedagogy. His own research focuses on 1) the importance of nature in flamenco and American popular musics; and 2) ecological issues facing luthiers in Mexico the Southwest United States.
Professor Dumas has written for the Grove Dictionary of American Music and has presented papers at regional, national, and international meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM), and the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM). He is also the 2011 recipient of the Lise Waxer Prize in popular music (PMS-SEM) for his work on the commodification of flamenco in the United States.


Francis X. Kuhn is an associate professor and professional stage director Theatre work includes work for McCarter Theatre, Princeton Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, Warehouse Theatre, and numerous others. He was named “Best Director” of 2006 in the Denver Post’s statewide Ovation Awards for his production of Sweeney Todd at Creede Repertory Theatre, and in fall of 2010 the New York Times praised his “engaging” and “lively” production of W.H. Smith’s The Drunkard at New York’s Metropolitan Playhouse. Also that fall, staged Handel’s Orlando for Sacramento Opera. His production of Godspell at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre was named best professional musical of 2011 by the Lehigh Valley Press. He has also directed for Virginia Opera, OperaDelaware, and Opera Festival of New Jersey. He has served as artistic director for Allegheny Highlands Regional Theatre and producer for Gretna Theatre, as well as literary manager for Creede Repertory Theatre. He has had articles published in Othello: New Critical Essays and The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia. www.frankxkuhn.com


Gary Thomas Musante grew up on Long Island and started his career in Theatre while in High and he would earn his BA in Theatre from the SUNY at Buffalo and his MFA in lighting design from the University of Michigan. During college he worked off-Broadway in NYC, did summer stock theatre and worked for several small professional theatre companies. Between college and grad school he work for Lycain Stage Lighting during which time he learned about the manufacturing of stage lighting. Gary has been a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology for over twenty five years. Gary came to Brockport in 1982 and in addition to his regular duties at Brockport he has worked on a PBS documentary, several Operas, designed lighting for several local theatres and colleges and have constructed scenery for Geva Theatre Center, the local professional theatre. Outside of Theatre Gary likes to travel and collect postal history with a Theatre theme and is a member of the Western Monroe Philatelic Society.

P Gibson Ralph – Ms. Ralph is Associate Professor of Theatre at The College at Brockport, State University of New York where she serves as chair and scenic designer.  Prior to her current appointment, she was Artistic Director and Designer at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf where she supervised the construction and equipping of a new facility designed to accommodate the needs of a deaf audience and staff.  She is a Circuit Coordinator for KC/ACTF Region II and Member-at-Large on the Governing Council of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). In addition to these organizations, she is a member of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Professionally, she was, for seventeen years, a freelance scenic and lighting designer for professional AEA and non-AEA companies; has been artistic director of a women’s theatre company as well as partner in a production company. As an actor, she continues to perform on stage and in film.  She has directed at the college and university level as well as professionally in Ireland and Antigua, West Indies.  She has sat on the board of several professional theatre companies. Her scholarship is in the areas of design, assessment and theatre program accessibility issues.

 
Richard St. George has been a Professor of Theatre at SUNY Brockport since 1983.  In addition, Dick is also a playwright, actor and director.  His short plays have been produced all over the country. As an actor, Dick has performed at several regional and local theatres, most notably Geva Theatre and the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.  He performed BULLY, THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THEODORE ROOSEVELT up and down the Eastern Seaboard and ST NICHOLAS in Rochester, Hungary and Romania.  He received a Chancellor’s Award in Scholarship/Creative Activity in 2004.


Natalie Sarrazin holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters degree from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Natalie has written and spoken extensively on the topic of music in Hindi film, and is the author of publications such as “Celluloid Love Songs: Musical Modus Operandi and the Dramatic Aesthetics of Romantic Hindi Film” and “Songs from the Heart: On Musical Coding, Sentiment and Heart in Indian Popular Film Music.” Natalie is also the author of a book on Indian music Indian Music for the Classroom [MENC, 2008), an article on children’s musical repertoires and lives in India for the Oxford University Press publication, Handbook of Children’s Musical Cultures. She is currently an Associate Professor at The College at Brockport, SUNY.

 

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