Faculty and Staff Profiles- Department of Theatre


Nadine Charlsen (Associate Professor), VE 309, Ext. 74422, ncharlsen@kean.edu: holds the MFA (Brooklyn College) and MA (Wichita State University). Professional Affiliations: AEA (Equity), ATAC (Association of Theatrical Artists and Craftspeople), and USITT (United State Institute of Theatre Technology). Teaches scenic and lighting design/technology, stage management, scenic painting and construction. Nadine designs sets and lights for most of the department main stage productions. She supervises student set and lighting designers for some main stage and student productions. She is also the resident lighting designer for Kean’s resident professional company, Premiere Stages. She has designed for Off Broadway and regional theatres, as well as for magicians, theme parks, and shopping malls. She lives in New York City and helps connect students to professional work in the city through her involvement in the Stage Manager’s Association, Association of Theatrical Artists and Crafts People, and Theatre Resources Unlimited. She is also an accomplished watercolor artist with work in several solo and group shows. You can see samples of her work at www.nadinedesigns.com and www.nadinepaints.com. As one of professors who supervises the BFA in Theatre Design and Technology, Nadine is gratified that every graduate from the design program is now working in theatre.
E. Teresa Choate (Professor, Assistant Chair), VE 417, Ext. 74427, choatet@kean.edu: holds the MA in theatre (Denver University), MFA in directing (Catholic University of America), and PhD in theatre (UCLA) She teaches theatre history, performance theory, dramaturgy, script analysis, and dramatic literature, as well as period styles of acting. Recent publications include Electra USA: American Stagings of Sophocles’s Electra, Albee in an Hour, Ayckbourn in an Hour, Beckett in an Hour, Brecht in an Hour, Hansberry in an Hour, as well as performance reviews in Theatre Journal. In addition, she has directed numerous productions, including Gorky’s Summerfolk (a Los Angeles Times “Pick-of-the-Week”), Oedipus the King (on a full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon), Murder in the Cathedral (in a real cathedral). Most recently she directed Twelfth Night, Othello, Servant of Two Masters, and Urinetown (for which she received a Kennedy Center Certificate for Excellence in Directing) at Kean University. She received the “Teacher of the Year Award” in 2008. She serves as the National President of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honor Theatre Society, and was recently inducted to the National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi.
Anna DeMers
(Assistant Professor), VE 415, Ext. 74436, ademers@kean.edu: earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in directing and movement, and her BA in Theatre from Rollins College. She is passionate about creating new performance works, which have been produced in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. She is a director, choreographer, movement specialist, and new media enthusiast. She came to New Jersey from Orlando, FL where she was a long time collaborator with Empty Spaces Theatre Co. choreographing and/or co-directing for Phobias, Beckett Festival, Ubu Roi, Stripped, and Oedipus. Other new works include: Scherzo & Largo (Blueprint Theater Project/NYC), Comings & Goings (VOCI Dance), Feedback on an 8 Count (Harwood Dance). She is also a writer, having produced plays at various festivals including Fe-or-Male (Orlando Playfest), Solo Face and Hidden Mandala (Orlando Fringe.). While in Florida she was a member of Soul Play Dance Fusion, and VOCI Dance. She is a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and the Association for Theatre Movement Educators. She is a resident choreographer at Kean and guest director. She teaches Movement for the Actor, Advanced Movement, Performer’s Presence, New Media in Performance, and Acting 1, as well as various dance classes. You can see samples of her work at www.tctheatre.com and www.annademers.com
Rachel Evans (Theatre Education Coordinator, Assistant Professor) VE 411, Ext. 74429, revans@kean.edu: teaches theatre education courses, mentors pre-service theatre teachers, and directs theatre for young audiences at Kean—the only university in NJ to grant an undergraduate degree with Theatre certification (K–12).  Active with national and international organizations, Rachel’s professional affiliations include ASSITEJ, EdTA, AATE, ATHE, TYA/USA, AEP, and Americans for the Arts. She presented at ITYARN in Malmo, Sweden for ASSITEJ 2011, an international children’s theatre festival.  She attended Australia’s ASSITEJ in 2008 as the recipient of a Theatre for Young Audiences/USA Ann Shaw Fellowship.  Rachel served as Vice President of the Board of the Educational Theatre Association, presenting at numerous conferences and state Thespian festivals.  Kean hosts the NJ Thespian Festival, and Rachel welcomes several hundred high school theatre students on campus for two days of workshops, adjudication, and scholarship awards.  Beginning in 2005, Rachel became involved in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and in 2010 she was the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Coordinator. Rachel has directed the Kean Theatre touring show (And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank and Still Life with Iris) and has created opportunities for students to direct and write the tour. Other activities include participating in a national assessment think-tank (SCASS Arts) and NJ’s Standards revision, publishing reviews for Theatre Journal, writing original plays for young audiences, and designing costumes for modern dance. She teaches Acting I, Creative Drama, Theatre for Young Audiences, Creating Plays for Children, Methods of Teaching Secondary School Theatre, and Topics in Theatre Education.  As Program Coordinator for the BA in Theatre with Theatre Certification (K-12), she also conducts student teaching field supervision and observations. Rachel is a former high school theatre teacher, arts administrator, and AEA stage manager.  She has a BFA in Theatre/Performance from Hofstra University and an MFA in Directing from University of Pittsburgh.  She enjoys guest blogging, and she invites you to follow her on twitter: @theatrerachel.
Karen Lee Hart (Associate Professor) VE 412, Ext. 74423, khart@kean.edu: received her MFA in theatrical design from the University of Texas in Austin. She teaches courses in costume design, history, and construction, as well as stage make-up, drafting and rendering for the theatre, and the senior seminar course. She has been the lead costume designer for the Kean Theatre Series since being hired in 1994, all the while maintaining an active professional freelance career. Her designs have been seen in theatres from Austin to Boston, including the White House Rose Garden, the Kennedy Center Awards in Washington D.C., The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, The American Theatre for Actors, The Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City, Boston Children’s Theatre in Boston, Seven Angels Theatre in Connecticut, Summerfun in Montclair, NJ, and several national tours for The American Family Theatre. She has a particular passion for developing new plays. Her association with Premiere Stages has given her the opportunity to be part of the original design team for world and New Jersey premiere productions such as Madison, Humbug, Hannah, Follow Me to Nellie’s, Any Other Name, Duck Crossing, and A Dark Part of the Forest. Karen has been the lead designer and consultant for the National Dance Institute in New York since 1994 and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Trenton Education Dance Institute, programs dedicated to teaching public school children life skills and the love of learning through dance. In 2004 she traveled with Jacques d’Amboise to Shanghai where she designed costumes for the collaborative production between the National Dance Institute and the Chinese dance star Doudou Haung.  The performances at the Grand Theatre were aired across the country in China and will soon be seen in a documentary film. Karen has received several Special Recognition Certificates from the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her design work on the Kean Theatre Series Productions and in 2006 she received the national Kennedy Center Faculty Design Fellowship for Costume Design. Her professional affiliations include:  ATAC (Association of Theatrical Artists and Craftspeople), USITT (United Stages Institute of Theatre Technology), and Phi Kappa Phi (National Honors Society).
Holly Logue (Chair, Professor) VE 409A, Ext. 74428, hlogue@kean.edu: joined the faculty in 1984, chaired the Department of Theatre since 1995, and served as Acting Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 to 2011. Trained at Canada’s York University, Ithaca College (BFA), and Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts (MTA, MFA) in both theatre and in music,. Holly has directed over 60 productions in NY and NJ, receiving a Kennedy Center Certificate for Excellence in Directing for The Pirates of Penzance and Ragtime, and is a voice-over recording artist for Pearson Education (Prentice Hall Publishers). She has recently been seen on stage in the critically acclaimed Premiere Stages production of Boy Gets Girl and Kean University’s tribute to the movie musical, White Christmas.  Holly has also appeared as Pam in Baby, Milady deWinter in the Forum Theatre’s NJ Premiere of The Three Musketeers, Clara in I’m Not Rappaport, Kate in Kiss Me Kate, Amalia in She Loves Me, Marian in The Music Man, Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, and on numerous cds.  A singer, Holly made a guest appearance with the Key West Pops Orchestra in the concert version of Sondheim's A Little Night Music, and she frequently performs with Premiere Stages in the equity reading series, having most recently appeared at HBO Studios in the premiere of The Last Noel by Maureen Clarke. Professor Logue serves as an accreditation consultant, Commissioner (and Commission Chair), and member of the Executive Board of Directors for the National Association of Schools of Theatre.  A frequent consultant to university theatre programs, and regular presenter on the topic of national accreditation, Holly has recently been invited to present at the Oxford Round Table in the UK.  Professor Logue teaches acting, directing, musical theatre, camera technique, stage dialects, acting as a profession, and directs for the main stage. Professional Affiliations: AEA (Equity), SDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers), NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre), ATHE (Association of Theatre in Higher Education), ICFAD (International Council of Fine Arts Deans), Phi Kappa Phi.
Ernest W. Wiggins (Associate Professor) VE 418, ext. 74426, ewiggins@kean.edu: holds the MFA (New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts) and BA (St. Francis College). Ernest has directed, written, or performed for The New York Shakespeare Festival, the Negro Ensemble Company, The New Federal Theater, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Crossroads Theatre, and various regional theatres. TV/ film credits include Law and Order, KKK Boutique, Premonition, and What the…? Directing credits for Kean University Theatre Series include but are not limited to the following productions: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Hamlet, Medea, Our Lady of 121st Street, Pillowman, Trojan Women, and Susanna Rich’s Trilogy: Television Daddy, The Drive Home and ashes, ashes: A Poet Responds to the Holocaust.  Ernest is the recipient of the Paul Robeson Fellowship, the Outstanding Black New Jerseyian Award, Distinguished Service and Support: Pathways to Teaching Careers Program, U.S Department of Education Award. He  has received a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Directing from the Kennedy Center. Ernest was an Artist in Residence for the New Jersey State Department of Education. Professor Wiggins is also a playwright, his written plays include: Neal: A Female in Waiting, Dr. Boobala, and Capricorn’s Livery. He is a spoken voice-recording artist and a voice and acting coach. He teaches the theatre majors’ section of Acting: An Actor Prepares, Acting I, Voice for the Performer, and Voice and Diction. Professional Affiliations: AEA (Actors Equity) NFT (New Federal Theatre, VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainer Association).


David Kaplan (Technical Director) VE 309, ext. 74422, dakaplan@kean.edu: holds the MFA in Technical Theater from Florida State University and the BA in Theatre with a concentration in Lighting Design from Hartwick College.  He has worked on over a hundred productions, including musicals, operas, dance, and environmental productions, at theatres ranging from Florida to New York, including Glimmerglass Opera, Shakespeare & Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival.  During the summer season he is the Technical Director for Premiere Stages, an Equity theatre housed at Kean University. 
Michele Mossay (APA Liaison) W 403E, Ext. 71612, mmossay@kean.edu: M. Ed. in Dance (Temple University), M.A. in Education, Administration and Supervision (St. Peter's College). Professional Affiliations: SDC (Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers), resident choreographer/instructor for Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre Conservatory, dance curriculum workshop facilitator & Dance Academy residency evaluator for New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) (2000-2005). Guest Artist/Lecturer: Irish Repertory Theatre, New York, NY (2009), Morristown Beard School, Morristown, NJ (2009), Arts Based Curriculum (ABC) Conference, NJPAC Newark NJ, (2000 - 2002), NJEA Convention Atlantic City, NJ (2003), and director/choreographer Paper Mill Playhouse's New Voices Concerts 1999 – Present. Choreography/regional: La Cage Aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, High School Reunion: The Musical (Van Zandt & Milmore), Phantom, Thoroughly Modern Millie, R&H’s Cinderella (Dir. Mark Waldrop, Olney Theatre), Aida, Kiss Me Kate, Princeton University Triangle Club Presents: Excess Hollywood (McCarter Theatre & Equitable Theatre, NYC). Recipient: The Kennedy Center 2006-07 Certificate of Merit for Choreography Urinetown, the Musical. Teaches dance, and Acting I, is one of two resident choreographers, supervises the Academy for Performing Arts partnership, oversees the Dance Minor, and served as Interim Department Chair, 2008-2011.


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