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.

      Passionate about the arts and people, he previously was the founding Chair of Dance at Belhaven University and the founding Artistic Director of Polarity Dance Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi. Marc earned his M.F.A. degree in Theatre Arts/Dance from The University of Arizona and received his B.F.A. degree in Ballet Performance from Friends University, prior to which he studied at conservatories in his home country of the Netherlands.  His teaching expertise includes ballet technique, dance composition/choreography and dance history, and he has appeared in, produced and collaborated on dance and theatre works in Asia, Europe, and North America.

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      Daniel B. Kozar

      Assistant Professor and Program Director of Theatre

      Daniel Kozar

      Daniel B. Kozar serves as Assistant Professor, Program Director of Theatre for the School of Arts, and Costume-Designer-in Residence for the college. Daniel has been involved in the capacities of either designer, director, producer or performer in over 180 theatre, film or television productions in the New England area, since 2001. This would include over 75 on the Dean College campus. He has served KCACTF, Region I, in the capacity of Co-Chair, and Vice Chair, for the area Design, Technology and


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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.

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      James T. Beauregard

      Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Technical Director

      Jim Beauregard

      Jim Beauregard (Director/Fight Choreographer) is Associate Professor and Technical Director for The School of Arts and The School of Dance at Dean College, Franklin, MA.  Jim has served

      on the Executive Board for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and has also served as the Artistic Director for The Medieval Manor Theatre in Boston, Ma. Jim is entering his 23rd year at Dean College where he continues to create as a Director and choreographer, both on the boards and behind the scenes for Dean College and theatres throughout the region.

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      Ali Angelone

      Assistant Professor and Part-Time Faculty in Theatre

      Ali Angelone holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Movement and Musical Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has directed, choreographed and taught several courses and workshops throughout the country and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at Dean College. 

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      Amy Del Santo

      Adjunct Instructor and Voice Faculty

      Amy Del SantoAmy Del Santo, Soprano with a BM from RIC and MM from SFSU in Classical Voice and Pedagogy, is a highly sought after vocal coach in the Southern New England Area. Amy has coached the roles of Elle Woods/Legally Blonde, Nina/In the Heights, Tracy/Hairspray, Mary Poppins and many more. Some of Amy's former students are performing on and off-Broadway and in National touring companies. Amy has been a member of Dean College's voice faculty for over a decade and performs as a recitalist of both classical and musical theater repertoire. 

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      Lisa Granata

      Adjunct Instructor in Art

      Lisa Granata holds Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in General Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a year’s study in Florence Italy at Studio Arts Center International. Lisa Granata paints in acrylic and creates mixed media works of art, which incorporate key themes from current social and political issues. 

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      Craig Handel

      Craig Handel is an actor, director, playwright, and combat choreographer who has been working professionally from New York City to Los Angeles since 1978.  

      As an actor he has appeared in Showtime’s series “Brotherhood” and in the independent films “Balance “and “Herbeast Comes to Life”.Craig Handel In 1983 he co-founded The Cumberland Company for the Performing Arts and served as its associate artistic director for 8 years as the company rose to prominence as one of the nation’s top producers of original live action theatre. He was Kathleen Turner’s fight coach for the feature film “Jewel of the Nile” and served as fight captain for Kiss’s music video“All Hell’s Breaking Loose”. Since 1999 he has been the principle fight director for the Tony award winning regional theatre Trinity Repertory Company where he has choreographed fights for over 40 productions. His fight work has been seen at The Westbeth Theatre Center in New York City, Commonwealth Shakespeare and The Huntington Theatre in Boston, Arena Stage in Washington D. C., Longwharf Theatre in New Haven, Hartford Stage in Connecticut, The Dallas Theater Center, and The Pacific Palisades Theatre in Los Angeles . At Hartford Stage he served as fight consultant for Darko Tresnjak’s production of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder which took home the Tony for Best Musical when it moved to Broadway. And recently worked with Tony nominated director Liesl Tommy on the world premier production of the musical adaption of Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play, A Chamber Musical. He has been honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for special achievement in three separate categories: as fight director for Salve Regina’s production of Hamlet; for play writing for Dean College’s world premiere production of Public Speech, Private Thought; and for his direction of Dean’s production of Little Women, The Musical.  Mr. Handel also teaches at The University of Rhode Island and at The Brown University/ Trinity Rep Consortium.

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      Eva Kendrick

      Eva is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice.

      Eva Kendrick is a voice instructor, composer, vocal coach, music director and vocalist. She is Adjunct Professor of Voice at Dean College, Chair of the Voice and Music Theory/Composition Departments at the Community Music Center of Boston, Director of the Eva Kendrick Voice Studio and Music Director at First Parish Medfield. Eva Kendrick
      Kendrick’s students of all ages are extremely active both in performances and in vocal competitions. Her students’ Broadway credits include: Les Misérables (Gavroche), Matilda (Nigel/Eric), and Tuck Everlasting (Winnie Foster). Broadway national tours include White Christmas (Susan Waverly), Les Misérables (Gavroche) and the School of Rock promotional tour (Summer). Movies and TV shows include The Judge, Frozen Fever and The Tonight Show with John Oliver. Other recent professional performance engagements include the 70th Annual Tony Awards, New York Pops 33rd Birthday Gala, Broadway Kids at Carnegie Hall, Boston Opera House, Boston Pops, and the Pride event Love is Love for the Trevor Project featuring Broadway’s youngest stars. Her students have received awards and honorable mentions in numerous singing competitions, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions in Musical Theatre and Classical categories, the Richard Maltby Jr. Award for Musical Theatre Excellence given by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Classical Singer Vocal Competition, the Boston Lyric Opera Aria Contest for Teens and the Boston Pops Fidelity Futurestage Competition. In the past year alone, her students have received 38 awards in state, regional, national and international competitions. Her students regularly perform in professional and regional theatre companies, including North Shore Music Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Barnstormers and many more. Several of her Dean College studentswere Regional Winners for the NATS National Student Auditions New England Region, and her Dean College student Sean Kaiser was a National Semi-Finalist this year at the NATS National Student Auditions competition in Chicago.
      As a vocalist, Kendrick performs a variety of styles from classical to folk and jazz and has also won NATS awards. As a composer, she has written many works, including two operas and two full-length musicals. Her musical Operator received its premiere in 2015, supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and her short opera The Break-Up, which also premiered in 2015, received an Honorable Mention from The American Prize. Her one-act opera Emily about the Amherst poet Emily Dickinson has been performed nearly a dozen times, and her choral works have been performed across the country. Recent chamber ensemble commissions and performances include the Anon Ensemble (Atlanta), Gateway Opera (St. Louis) and Verdant Vibes (Providence). Other awards Kendrick has received include the Subito Grant from the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Composers Forum, 17 ASCAPLU$ Awards, the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music, and the Marilla McDill Award for Teaching Excellence. Upcoming projects include a new full-length dramatic work and a collaboration with the Longy School of Music and the Boston Opera Collaborative, which will premiere in the fall of 2016. 
      Prof. Kendrick received a M.M. in Composition with Distinction from the Longy School of Music and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Rhode Island College. For more on Eva Kendrick, please visit her website at

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      Theadore R. Clement

      Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

      Theodore Clement is an Adjunct Professor at Dean College. He is an actor, director, and sound designer. He serves as Region 1 Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Artistic Director of Providence based Counter-Productions Theatre Company, and is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the Community College of Rhode Island. 

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