School of the Arts Faculty and Staff

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      Marc Arentsen, Dean, Palladino School of Dance and School of the Arts

      Marc M. Arentsen is the Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts. He is a master teacher, consultant, and artistic leader whose teaching expertise includes ballet technique, dance history, dance composition and choreography, arts administration, and artistic direction.

      As a dancer, designer, and prolific dance maker, he has appeared in, produced and collaborated on numerous acclaimed dance and theatre works in Asia, Europe and North America. Originally from The Netherlands, Mr. Arentsen studied dance at the conservatories of Arnhem and Tilburg before earning his BFA in Ballet Performance at Friends University and his MFA in Theatre Arts and Dance at The University of Arizona. He has corporate experience in the tech world and is also proficient in four languages. Recognized for his vision and excellence in teaching in higher education, Mr. Arentsen previously was the Founding Chair of Dance at Belhaven University and the Founding Artistic Director of Polarity Dance Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi.
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      Daniel B. Kozar

      Daniel is the Director and Instructor for Theatre at Dean College School of the Arts.  

      Daniel Kozar

      Daniel B. Kozar serves as Assistant Professor, Program Director of Theatre for The School of Arts, and Costume-Designer-in Residence for Dean College in Franklin, MA.  Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Marywood University, in addition to a degree in Applied Arts in Apparel Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. As a faculty member, he has taught Introduction to Theatre, History of the American Musical, History and Literature of Theatre I and II, Shakespeare and the Classics, Classics of World Theatre, Modern Drama, Experiencing the Performing Arts, and Technical Theatre III: Costume and Make Up.

      He has also taken part in the curricular development of the Theatre Program, helping to initiate process of transition from an established two year program, to a viable four year Bachelor’s Degree program.

      Daniel has designed costumes for over 60 productions on the Dean College Campus since 2002, and over 150 productions (theatre/film/television) in New England since 2001. 

      He has served KCACTF, Region I, in the capacity of Co-Chair, and Vice Chair, for Design, Technology and Management. 

      Learn more about Daniel.

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      Joel Thayer

      Joel is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator for Arts and Entertainment Management.

      Joel Thayer

      Joel O. Thayer is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Yale School of Drama and Suffolk University Law School.  Mr. Thayer served as Managing Director of The Portland Stage Company in Portland Maine during which time the theater was able to erase an extraordinary fiscal deficit and purchase its own building.  Joel is also a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute in New York City and produced “Queens Blvd.” and “Jodie’s Body” off-Broadway in New York.  He founded the Star Players of Bristol County in 1987 and has produced and directed over thirty Broadway musicals in the greater Taunton area.  In 2008 his production of “My Fair Lady” received the prestigious New England Theatre Conference Moss Hart Award for best production in New England. His work as a designer has been seen at; The Old Globe Theatre, Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, Boston Opera, Zelebar Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Hopkins Center for Performing Arts, Queens College, The Alliance Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center, Bridgewater State University, and the Star Players of Bristol County.  Joel has held numerous Arts & Entertainment management positions throughout his varied career including: Lawyer, Producer, Director, Professor and Managing Director.

      Learn more about Joel.

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      James T. Beauregard

      Jim is Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance and Technical Director for the School of Arts and the School of Dance at Dean College. He holds an M.A. in Theatre/Dance and a B.A. in Theatre, with Honors, from Rhode Island College.

      Jim BeauregardAlong with Dr. Myron Schmidt of Dean College, Jim has served on the executive board for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), Region I, as Chair, Vice Chair, and Immediate Past Chair. He also served as part of the selection team, and as a respondent for numerous college productions throughout Region I for the past fifteen years. At Dean he has directed numerous productions, including Pirates of Penzance, The Crucible, The Three Musketeers, Much Ado About Nothing, Victims of Paradise, Scapino!, My Father Never Prepared Me For This and The Country Wife, as well as the following plays which were held for consideration for The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Oklahoma!, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Three Musketeers, The Producers, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Crucible, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

      Jim founded and served as Director and Technical Director of Dean College Summer Theatre for five years. Productions include Scapin the Schemer, the Doctor in Spite of Himself, The Jealous Husband, The Flying Doctor, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

      For the past seven years, Jim has served as the Technical Director/ Master Class Teacher for Summer Stars Performing Arts Camp. Past sponsors of the camp include Britney Spears, 50 Cent, American Idol, and the Jonas Brothers. Additionally, Jim was Artistic Director at Medieval Manor, Boston's longest running show, for twelve years, and has performed for the last twenty-three years. Jim continues to perform, choreograph and direct as an independent guest artist.

      A specialist in stage combat with over thirty years experience, Jim has taught master classes and choreographed at colleges and theatre festivals throughout the country. He toured with The Cumberland Company’s elite performing troupe throughout New England and the Midwest teaching master classes, doing lecture/demonstrations, and performing. He has choreographed and acted in several national touring shows and co-founded and taught at his own studio. He is one of the founding members of the New England Fight Directors. 

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      Jennifer Sgroe

      Jennifer is an Assistant Professor of Theatre & Program Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Musical Theatre.

      Jennifer Sgroe began her performing career in dance and musical theater before transitioning to opera and classical repertoire and completing her formal studies in music and vocal performance. Jennifer SgroeShe is a performer, pedagogue, administrative leader and producer, having put her talents to use in various sides of the performing arts.

      She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Music degree in Opera from The Boston Conservatory, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice from the University of Kentucky. Her DMA document made the first formal study of the songs of Boston-based composer Scott Wheeler. Her primary voice teachers include Everett McCorvey, Sara Goldstein and Arthur Levy.

      Dr. Sgroe has taught voice for the past 15 years at the university level, in private studio, community music schools, and high school after-school programs. Past university teaching positions include New York University, the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University as an instructor of voice and diction for singers.  She also has a background in opera outreach education having worked with several opera companies as a teaching artist, including Utah Opera, Opera New Hampshire, Opera of Central Kentucky and Lexington Opera Society. She is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), which encourages “the highest standards of the vocal art” and promotes vocal education and research at all levels. Her students have gone on to study at leading college, graduate and summer voice programs including: University of Michigan, Pace University Actor’s Studio, Carnegie Mellon, Hartt School of Music, McGill University, Bard College, Interlochen Summer Music Program, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Bel Canto Institute, University of Oklahoma City Summer Music Program, Westminster Choir College Solo Vocal Artist Program and Oberlin College Vocal Academy 

      As a performer, soprano Jennifer Sgroe is an active recitalist, having collaborated with pianists Cliff Jackson, James Busby, Nan McSwain and Beverly Soll. Recent recital programs have included a survey of 20th Century American opera arias, an introduction to the art of the song recital, and a program which investigates the connection between the human spirit and the natural world through song, poetry and photography. Ms. Sgroe is also a grant award recipient from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and as a result will present a future series of recital programs which focus uniquely upon the maritime culture and history of New England. 

      Highlights from past performances include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Romilda (Xerxes), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Monica (The Medium), Greta Fiorentino (Street Scene), Drusilla (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Phyllis (Iolanthe) and the workshop premiere of the role of Esther in Scott Wheeler’s Democracy (American Opera Projects). Past performances have been with Utah Opera, Commonwealth Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, New Trinity Baroque, Knoxville Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera del West, Opera New Hampshire, for the General Assembly of The United Nations, Carnegie and Radio City Music Halls and internationally as a soloist at festivals in Finland, England and Austria. 

      She was a winner of the National Opera Association Vocal Competition, the Settimane di Lugano International Festival Competition, the 2010 David Adams Art Song Competition, and the 2010 Opera New Hampshire Vocal Competition. She won 2nd place in the 2010 Boston area NATS Artist Award recital competition and went on to represent Boston as a New England Regional Finalist. She has been named a NATS Foundation Award Winner and a Liberace Scholar for Excellence in the Creative and Performing Arts.

      Recent performances include Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) with Sinfonietta Nova, Mabel (Pirates of Penzance) with New England Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Soprano Soloist for Hindemith’s Das Marienleben with One World Symphony, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) with Arbor Opera Theater, Lula/Lightfoot McClendon cover (Cold Sassy Tree - Floyd), Curley’s Wife (Of Mice & Men) both with Sugar Creek Opera and a musical preview of Michael Dellaira’s opera-in-progress The Leopard with American Opera Projects, Miranda (cover) for Joseph Summer’s The Tempest (World Premiere April 2015) and Soprano Soloist for Cambridge Symphony’s Holiday Pops in 2015. 

      In addition to her current leadership role as Program Coordinator of Vocal Studies & Musical Theatre at Dean College, she has also served as Chair of the Voice Department for New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School 2011-2015 where she developed the very first musical theatre curriculum in the history of the conservatory. She continues to teach on the Voice Faculty for New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education and also maintains a private voice studio. Dr. Sgroe’s experience as performer, academic, pedagogue and administrator, is further enhanced by her experience as producer and musical entrepreneur for the past fourteen years, developing and executing a variety of successful musical programs and events across genres and in collaboration with varied musical ensembles and performers including a benefit for the 9/11 Fund in September 2001. Originally from New York, she now resides in historic Salem, MA with her husband Matt. For more on Jennifer Sgroe and visit

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      Rebecca Waters Abalutzk

      Rebecca is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice and Piano.

      Mrs. Waters Abalutzk, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), has been on the Voice and Piano faculty of Dean College since 2009. Rebecca AbalutzkDuring that time, she has also served as an accompanist for ballet classes in the Palladino School of Dance, and vocal coach and accompanist for the Music Theater Ensemble class.

      Most recently her voice students at Dean have gone on to win 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place the Boston National Association of Teachers of Singing Songfest Musical Theatre  Competition in 2014. 

      She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2002 and studied with Marjorie Melnick. While there, she performed in several productions, including Benjamin Britten’s The Little Sweep, Ceremony of Carols and opera scenes from Le Nozze di Figaro, Dido and Aeneas and Die Zauberflöte.  Mrs. Waters Abalutzk attended graduate school at Westminster Choir College, receiving her Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy as a student of Ms. Sharon Sweet, former soprano at the Metropolitan Opera.  As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, she performed Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Loren Maazel. While at Westminster, she performed in opera scenes from Rusalka, Die Fledermaus, and La Traviata. 

      In addition to her teaching at Dean College, Mrs. Waters Abalutzk is presently on the faculty at Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios, and maintains a private studio in Millis, MA since 2007. She is a founding member of the choral group, Exsultet! based in Holliston, MA and regularly serves as vocal director, accompanist and music director for musical theatre productions across New England including Anything Goes!, The Pajama Game (Westwood High School) and Schoolhouse Rocks Live! Jr.(Trottier Middle School), The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid (Holliston Middle School).

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      Jennifer Andrews

      Jennifer is an adjunct instructor in Arts & Entertainment Management at Dean as well as a practitioner in her field of fundraising.

      Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Arts Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Tufts University. Jennifer AndrewsCurrently the Director of Advancement Services at Dean as well as the Managing Editor of Dean Magazine, her areas of expertise include stewardship and donor relations, prospect research, and database management. Jennifer has served as a consultant for Boston Baroque and has worked for nearly 20 years in institutional advancement at WPI, Boston University, the Carroll School, Wide Horizons for Children, and Tufts University. In addition, she is a member of the Board for the Hopkinton Education Foundation.

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      Ali Angelone

      Ali is an Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre.

      Ali Angelone recently held the position of Assistant Professor of Acting/Movement & Musical Theatre at the University of North Dakota. She currently resides in Rhode Island and joined the faculty at Dean College in Fall 2015 where she teaches Musical Theatre Performance and Movement Classes, directs and choreographs. Ali holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught several courses and workshops throughout the country, some of which include: Berea College, Dean College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Bridgewater State College, Fitchburg State University, Manchester College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Stagedoor Manor, The Walnut Hill School for The Arts and the KCACTF Festival: Region 5.

      Recent credits include: The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Choreographer) at Berea College, Smokey Joe's Cafe, (Choreographer) for Frost Fire Summer Theatre, Walhalla, ND, Waiting for Godot & The Glory of Living (Fight/Movement Choreographer) Into the Woods, A Chorus Line & Scapino!, (Director/Choreographer) Much Ado About Nothing, Time Stands Still (Director) Assassins, Urinetown: The Musical (Choreographer) at The University of North Dakota. 

      Past credits include: Movement Consultant for "Mother Courage and Her Children" at Arena Stage (LORT), Assistant Choreographer to Patti D’Beck for My Fair Lady at the Pioneer Theatre Company (LORT) &Thoroughly Modern Millie at Virginia Repertory Theatre & Choreographer for Once On This Island & Director of Bye Bye Birdie for The Walnut Hill School for The Arts. Ali has also had the pleasure of studying under Michael Lugering, author of The Expressive Actor: Integrated Voice, Movement and Acting Training at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas and is currently working towards becoming a Certified Movement Analyst with the Labon/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City. Ali recently returned from Stagedoor Manor in NY where she served as an Acting/Musical Theatre Instructor and the Director & Choreographer of Fame! In addition to teaching, Ali also works as a free-lance Director, Choreographer and Acting/Musical Theatre/Dance Coach.

      For more on Ali Angelone visit

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      Rebecca Cameron

      Rebecca,  a part time adjunct faculty, has been teaching exclusively at Dean College since 1999.

      Initially,  she taught  courses in Public Speaking and currently teaches Communication Fundamentals.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities,  Rebecca  is also an Academic Coach and a Tutor in the Writing Center.  Prior to arriving at Dean, she worked for a decade in the financial service industry for General Motors Acceptance Corporation.  Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and  holds a Masters Degree from Emerson College.  She studied a year on exchange at the University of South Florida and is a certified secondary educator.   
      Rebecca has been a resident of Franklin for more than twenty years and is very active within the community.  She has served in many capacities on both elementary and middle school Parent Communications Councils  and now is part of  the Franklin High School Boosters.   She has  volunteered with Franklin Pop Warner and Franklin Youth Hockey Associations.  Rebecca was a two term member of the Franklin Finance Committee, eventually being elected as  Vice Chair.  Furthermore,  she has been part of search committees, long term financial committees, and override committees. Outside of Franklin, Rebecca  served six years on the Christian Education Committee at Federated Church of Norfolk,  spending four years as secretary.
      Most recently,  Rebecca has become committed to health and wellness.  She completed the 2015 Kentucky Derby marathon  and the 2016 Patriot and a half ironman.  As a foundation, she practices Kokoro yoga.  Rebecca is described by students as a witty, energetic  fashionista. 

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      Amy Del Santo

      Amy is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice.

      Amy Del SantoAmy Del Santo, Soprano, from Providence, RI has been an established vocal instructor in the New England area for eighteen years, ten of them spent at Dean College as adjunct voice faculty. Aside from her private lesson instruction at Dean College, Amy is owner of Del Santo Voice Studio in Providence, RI and also is an Artist in Residence Voice Teacher for the Jaqueline M. Walsh High School for the Performing Arts in Pawtucket, RI.   Her background as a classical singer began at Rhode Island College earning her a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance Degree, and continued her opera training in San Francisco, receiving  a Masters of Music in a Classical Voice and Pedagogy program at San Francisco State University.  As a lyric coloratura soprano, Amy has performed in San Francisco, the roles of Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute,  Countess Almaviva  in The Marriage of Figaro and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte.  For several years Amy held the title of Operations Manager for Opera Providence, having run opera productions and performing as an operatic soloist throughout Rhode Island.  Amy's current focus is on the works of Musical Theater composer  Jason Robert Brown, highlighting the music from The Bridges of Madison County, and will be touring the recital later this year.  A sought after vocal coach in the Rhode Island area, Amy has coached the lead roles of Elle Woods/Legally Blonde, Fiona/Shrek the musical, The Bakers Wife/Into the Woods, Sally Bowles/Cabaret, Tracy/Hairspray, Nala/Lion King  and Mary Poppins in theater groups throughout New England, as well as a students who have gone on to sing in national tours of broadways shows such as Annie.  Students from her private studio have gone on to study at institutions such as Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon and Steinhardt at NYU.  Amy prides herself in her skills as a vocal pedagogue and mentor to aspiring singers and actors.  The relationships she builds with her students last decades. As a Boston Chapter NATS member, Amy's students have ranked high, included First place in annual NATS competitions.  A recent review from The Wheeler School in Providence RI explains her skills best,  Amy is an astute musician and talented singer, who reads a musical score with ease, understands the theory behind it, sings with conviction, and brings a historical perspective to every song. While these attributes are noteworthy, it is her teaching that inspires me most.

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