Faculty & Staff Directory

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Dr. Brandi Andrade, PhD in Philosophy, MA in Humanities, BS in Drama

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Brandi Andrade

DJ Badon, MFA in Scenic Design, BS in General Studies, AAS in Industrial Technology

Technical Director

Production & Facilities Manager


DJ Badon

Email: djbadon@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2218

Office: Fine Arts Building North 138

Felicia Bertch, MFA in Acting, BA in English

Associate Professor of Instruction

Area Head BFA Acting


Felicia Bertch

Email: bertch@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-3176

Office: Fine Arts Building North 150

Joe Chapa, MFA in Acting Performance, BA in Radio and Television Production

Associate Professor

Joe Chapa

Email: jchapa@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2567

Office: Fine Arts Building North 152

Margaret Monostory Crowley, MFA in Costume Design, BFA in Theatre Production and Design

Assistant Professor in Practice


Margaret Crowley

Email: margaret.monostory@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2677

Office: Fine Arts Building North 197A

Jay Duffer, MFA in Theatre Arts, BA in Music Education

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Managing Director, Amphibian Stage Productions

Jay Duffer

J. Austin Eyer, MFA in Directing, BFA in Theatre

Assistant Professor

Area Head BFA Musical Theatre


Austin Eyer

Email: austin.eyer@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2670

Office: Fine Arts Building North 191C

Andrew Christopher Gaupp, AEA, SCD Assoc., MFA In Drama, Trinity University, BA In Theatre Arts, Texas Tech University

Professor & Associate Department Chair

Maverick Theatre Company Artistic Director


Andrew Gaupp

Email: gaupp@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-3141

Office: Fine Arts Building North 145

Dr. Natalie Gaupp, PhD in Humanities Aesthetic Studies, MA in Interdisciplinary Studies, BFA in Theatre Arts, AA in Drama

Assistant Professor of Instruction


Natalie Gaupp

Email: ngaupp@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-9503

Office: Fine Arts Building Central 268

Dr. Julienne A. Greer, PhD in Humanities Aesthetic Studies, MA in Media Arts

Assistant Department Chair

Emotional Robotics Living Lab Director & BA Area Head


Dr. Julienne Aleta Greer, AEA

Email: jgreer@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-0729

Office: Fine Arts Building Central 268B

Additional Info:: Dr. Julienne A. Greer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre; Social Robotics and Performance. She earned a BFA in Drama from NYU, an MA in Media Arts from TCU, and her Ph.D. in Humanities at UTD. Dr. Greer is an interdisciplinary scholar + artist working at the emerging intersection of theatre and social robotics. Her primary focus is examining Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) to “humanize” social robots to the nuances of human behavior and develop better human-robot relational outcomes. Dr. Greer works with interdisciplinary teams including Social Work, Education, Computer Science, and Engineering. Current work includes; Shakespeare and Robots: robots acting Shakespeare with older adults for psychological well-being, Caretaker Respite: building trust and connection between humans and robots so caretaker burden can be lessened, and Assistive Technologies for Persons with Disabilities: a National Science Foundation external grant working with undergraduate students to examine how technology can augment the capabilities of people with disabilities.

Jocelyn Hansen, Doctorate Candidate in Musical Arts, MA in Music, BA in Music

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Jocelyn Hansen

Email: jocelyn.hansen@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-7393

Office: Fine Arts Building North 423

Elizabeth Hawkins, B.A. Theatre Arts; M.F.A. Theatre, University of South Carolina; PATP Acting & Musical Theatre, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Email: elizabeth.hawkins@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2650

Office: FA 197A

Megan Haratine, MFA in Acting, BA in Theatre

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Megan Haratine

Email: megan.haratine@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2650

Office: Fine Arts Building Central 268A

Dr. Anne Healy, PhD in Aesthetics, MFA in Musical Theatre/Acting, BFA

Department Chair

Producer of Maverick Theatre Company & Maverick Dance Company

Anne Healy

Email: healy@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-5202

Office: Fine Arts Building North 191A

Additional Information: Dr. Anne Healy comes to the Dallas/Fort Worth area from New York City where she worked for many years as a professional actress and musical theatre performer. Anne holds a Ph.D. in Humanities- Aesthetic Studies – Musical Theatre/Theatre from The University of Texas at Dallas, an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and is an Associate Professor and the Musical Theatre Area Head in the Department of Theatre Arts at UTA. As a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Anne has worked both Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country, with local performances at Casa Manana and Amphibian Productions in Fort Worth. She is thrilled to have worked with such notable directors such as Johnathon Pape and Academy Award winner/Emmy winner/Tony Award nominee Rob Marshall. Anne is an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Union (SDC) and was recently in their 2017-2018 observership class. Regional directing credits include serving as the Assistant Director for A Raisin in the Sun at the Tony Award-winning Dallas Theater Center, as well as joining Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall at Goodspeed Musicals in Connecticut as her directing observer. At UTA, Anne has directed The Heidi Chronicles, Dead Man Walking, The Robber Bridegroom, Fiddler on the Roof, As It Is In Heaven, West Side Story, the regional premier of The Theory of Relativity, and the world premiere of Troupers: A Musical Vaudeville, to name a few. Anne’s research in the areas of vaudeville, musical theatre, and directing has led to multiple papers and panel discussions nationally and internationally regarding inter-disciplinary collaboration processes in the arts, as well as several creative works. Anne’s recent article on her experiences at Goodspeed Musicals was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in the November 2017 issue of Theatre Topics.

Mary Grace Held, BS Clinical Psychology, Franciscan University; M.Ed Higher Education Counseling , Wichita State University

Administrative Assistant II

Accounts Payable & Webpage Design


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Email: marygrace.held@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-5785

Office: 144A

Jordan Kirby, M.F.A. Theatre, Scenic Design & Technical Direction

Assistant Professor of Practice


jordan kirby assistant professor of practice

Email: jordan.kirby@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2650

Office: Fine Arts North 139A

Office Hours

MW 9:00AM - 10:00AM or by appointment

Meredith Knight Treminio, MFA in Dance, Texas Woman's University

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Associate Artistic Director Maverick Dance Company

Meredith Knight

Email: meredith.knight@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2650

Office: Fine Arts Building North 180 & Swift Center 126A

Kim LaFontaine, MFA in Drama, BA in Theatre Arts


Chair Emeritus

Kim LaFontaine

Jared Land, MFA in Theatrical Design, BS in Theatre Arts

Associate Professor of Practice

Jared Land

Email: cjland@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2654

Office: Fine Arts Building Center 267

Laurie Land, MFA in Theatrical Design, BS in Theatre Arts, AA in Liberal Arts, Certification in Professional Makeup Artistry

Associate Professor of Practice

Laurie Land

Email: lland@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-3178

Office: Fine Arts Building North 147E

Dr. Dennis Maher, PhD in U.S. Theatre History (U.S. Film), MA in Theatre Arts, BA in Speech/Theatre/English (History of Education)

Associate Professor


Dennis Maher

Email: dmmaher@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-5708

Office: Fine Arts Building North 151

Miranda Marin, M.ED in Educational Administration, Tarleton State University

Academic Advisor II

Curriculum & Course Scheduling

Miranda Marin

Email: miranda.marin@uta.edu

Office: Fine Arts Building North, Room, 191B

Leah Mazur, M.F.A. Scenography, University of Kansas

Assistant Professor

BFA Design Tech Area Head


Leah Mazur Assistant Professor

Email: leah.mazur@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2652

Office: Fine Arts North Room 264

Gregory Dean McBride, Doctoral Candidate in Arts Education, MFA in Theatre Arts Administration, BA in Theatre Arts

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Theatre Arts Teaching Lab (TATL) - Director

Gregory Dean McBride

Vicky Nooe, MM Collaborative Piano, MM Music Theory Pedagogy, BM Piano Performance


Collaborative Pianist


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Email: vicky.nooe@uta.edu

Phone #: (972) 922-1412

Office: Fine Arts Building North 422

Seraphina Nova Glass, MFA in Playwriting, MFA in Directing

Assistant Professor of Instruction


Seraphina Nova Glass

Email: snova@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2650

Office: Fine Arts Building Central 268A

Kristine O’Brien, MFA in Visual Communication Design, BFA in Graphic Design, Minor in Theatre

Costume Studio Supervisor

Graphic Designer

Kristine Obrien

Email: kobrien@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-0927

Office: Fine Arts Building North 147B

Claudia Orcasitas, MFA in Dance, BEd, BS

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Claudia Orcasitas

Benjamin Phillips, B.S. Theatre Studies - University of Evansville

Scenic Studio Coordinator

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Email: benjamin.phillips@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2650

Office: Fine Arts North 135A

Donald Shorter, MFA New York University (TSOA)

Assistant Professor


Donald Shorter

Email: donald.shorter@uta.edu

Office: Fine Arts Bldg. Central 268A

Laurie M. Taylor, BA Journalism, Dance Minor, MFA in Dance

Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance

Laurie Taylor Professor of Dance

Email: laurie.taylor@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2650

Office: University Hall Room 266

Office Hours

by appointment

Laurel Whitsett, PhD in Linguistics (in progress), MA in Linguistics, MA in Drama Text & Performance Studies, BA in Theatre Arts

Distinguished Senior Lecturer

Maverick Improv Troupe Co-Director

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Chris Insall

Administrative Assistant I

Front Office Staff

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Email: christian.insall@uta.edu

Phone #: (817) 272-2650

Office: Fine Arts Building North 144

Office Hours

M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Danielle Willis, MFA in Dance, Texas Woman's University

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Danielle Willis