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Faculty and Staff

Dean College was ranked #6 in Best Undergraduate Teaching in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Regional Colleges, North category. 

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Below is a list of faculty and staff members at the School of the Arts. Click on the drop-down menu for more information.

Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts

Marc Arentsen, Dean

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.

Program Coordinator of Theatre, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume Designer-in-Residence

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 Management. 

Program Coordinator of Arts and Entertainment Management, Assistant Professor

David joined the Dean College faculty in January 2019 as Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of Arts and Entertainment Management.  Prior to Dean College, David has worked and taught in the field of performing arts and theatre management for many years including Assistant Professor of Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management at Point Park University; Executive Director – Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center; Assistant Professor/Head-MFA Theatre Management at Florida State University; President/CEO – Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Performing Arts Center; Executive Director – The Mahaffey Theatre Foundation; and others.  He holds a BA in Theatre from Hope College and an MFA in Theatre Management/Arts Administration from University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  David has served as a grant panelist for South Arts, State of Florida, State of Kentucky, State of Vermont, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, PennPAT, State of Utah, and others.  Prior to his work as a theatre manager, presenter/programmer and educator, David was an AEA Stage Manager for 13 years.  

BA, Hope College, MFA, University of Alabama

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.

Instructor of Voice

Timothy Ayres-Kerr MM is a singer, composer and voice teacher based in Quincy MA. He has a BM in Vocal performance and an MM in vocal pedagogy from New England Conservatory of Music. As an active operatic tenor, he has sung with Longwood Opera, Wholetone Opera, Colby University Symphony Orchestra, Lowell House Opera, Opera 51, and the Cambridge Chamber Ensemble. His work as a Gilbert & Sullivan specialist has been recognized by the Boston Musical Intelligencer who noted that: "He sang with purity and conviction, enunciating perfectly, and acting without a touch of guile.” Tim’s one act opera, A Game of Werewolf, was awarded a place in Once Ounce Opera’s ‘Fresh Squeezed Ounce of Opera’ showcase in 2017 and has enjoyed yearly revivals by his own mobile opera troupe, The Parlour Opera Players. Tim’s commitment to giving effective performances with clear and communicative diction has led to continued work in opera, recitals, and musical theater. As an educator, Tim draws on the best aspects of the old Italian school of singing—informed by the latest scientific developments in vocal pedagogy. Distilling this vast pool of information, he stresses the need for simplicity, and focuses on the powerful role that fun can play in the voice studio. For performance excerpts and more info visit: www.timsingsthings.com

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance, Technical Director

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.

Adjunct Instructor in Performing Arts

Rebecca Campbell attained her BA in Theatre with a minor in Dance from Dean College and a MA in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Before returning to Dean to be an instructor, Rebecca was the Program Assistant for Peak Performances at The Alexander Kasser Theatre, a production house that premieres Global and American performing artists, working with renowned artists not limited to Robert Wilson, The Abbey Theatre of Ireland, Liz Gerring, Pat Graney and The Culberg Ballet of Sweden. Additionally, a strong advocate and researcher for the arts, Rebecca’s research spans topics of Historical Examinations of Musical Theatre, Feminist Explorations of Global Theatre of the 20th Century, and “The Importance of Active Participation Through Play in Children’s Theatre” which received the 2016 Outstanding Presentation Award at the Montclair Interdisciplinary Research Symposium.

Instructor of Voice

A graduate from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee (B.M Voice Performance, M.M Music Education/Vocal Pedagogy), Frankie Campofelice is among the Musical Theatre voice faculty at Dean College, as well as the voice faculty at Salem State University. His other credentials have included Berklee's Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, in which he specialized in private voice instruction for singers on the autism spectrum, as well as Boston Arts Academy and the North End Music and Performing Arts Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to his work as a vocal pedagogue, Mr. Campofelice is a freelance singer and a member of various choral and a cappella ensembles within the metro Boston area including Capella Clausura, Labyrinth Choir and Redline. 

Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

Richard Gamble holds a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University where his major areas of study were arts administration and performing arts production.  He retired from Florida Atlantic University where he served as the technical director, lighting designer and department chair.  In addition, he represented the university as an officer and member of several state and regional professional organizations dedicated to advancing the arts and theatre education.  He has taught college-level courses in arts management, history, design, and technology and as a member of the United Scenic Artists he has designed and directed over 300 productions in a variety of academic and professional settings.  He is currently working as a consultant and is very pleased to be a part of Dean College.

Adjunct Instructor of Theatre

Ava Gaudet is graduate of Berklee College of Music and a professional singer, film, television, theater, and voice actor. She played “Maureen” in the hit production of RENT on Broadway, and has had numerous TV and Film appearances over the course of her career (www.IMDB.me/AvaGaudet

In addition to teaching Acting for the Camera and Musical Theater Performance III at Dean College, Ava has also taught numerous on-camera, auditioning and entertainment industry workshops and master classes at Boston Casting, Regis College, CCRI, St. Andrew’s School, the Brown-Trinity Conservatory, the summer youth program, YASI at Trinity Repertory Company, as well as for the 5 Week Performance Program at Berklee College of Music.  For more information on Ava visit www.AvaGaudet.com

Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

Sean Patrick Gibbons is an actor, theatre educator, and acting/voice and dialect coach. He has performed in numerous theaters across the country including Boston, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida. New England: Boston Playwrights Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Bridge Repertory Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Fiddlehead Theatre Company, Boston Theatre Company. New York: The Castillo (Theatre Row), The Tank. Regional: Scranton Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Lab, Atlantic Rep., The Pines, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Electric Theatre Company. Training: BA Theatre Education, BA Acting (MU), MFA Acting (FAU), MCS Meisner Studio in NYC. A member of AEA and SAF-AFTRA eligible, Gibbons has also taught at Florida Atlantic University, American International College, and is currently an adjunct professor at The Boston Arts Academy where he teaches Acting, Voice and Movement, Musical Theatre, and a course specifically designed for BFA college auditions. View Sean Patrick Gibbins website. 

Adjunct Instructor in Art

Lisa Granata holds Bachelor’s 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. 

Adjunct Faculty in Theatre

Aubrey has taught Intro to Shakespeare, Advanced Shakespeare, Styles, Classics Page-to-Stage, Acting for the Camera, Acting I: Foundations, and Audition Techniques for TV & Stage at AMDA College and Conservatory for the Performing Arts and Stella Adler in Los Angeles. As an actor, he has appeared internationally in Love’s Labor’s Lost at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, Off-Broadway in the premiere of The Liar by David Ives at Classic Stage Company, and in thirteen productions as an affiliated artist at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC, including King Lear directed by Bob Falls, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Octavius Caesar in Antony and Cleopatra. Other credits include the title role in Hamlet and Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Denver Center Theatre Company), Prior Walter in Angels in America (Wilma Theater), as well as productions at Goodman Theatre, The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, South Coast Rep, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Round House Theatre, among others. Television credits include Ridley Scott’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “True Blood,” “The Wire,” “The Mentalist,” “Castle,” “Backstrom," "NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” and “Crisis,” as well as the films So the Lord Must Wait, A Matter of Time, Distance, Leave No Marine Behind, and The Seer. Aubrey is a graduate of The School of Drama at The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

Caitlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Arts in Composition and Rhetoric from Rhode Island College. She has worked in the arts for some time, with the most recent being Trinity Repertory Company in Providence. In addition to teaching, Caitlin is a published journalist and creative writer and owns her own consulting business working with historians and arts organizations on their digital marketing. Caitlin is an avid traveler with 41 states and five countries under her belt and spends her time engrossed in words, media, and her pug, Winston. She defines herself as an Oxford comma enthusiast and is currently located in Providence, Rhode Island.  

Adjunct Instructor of Theatre

Marcus Denard Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. He currently holds the position of Director of Programs at Opening Act, an after-school theatre education program for underserved schools in New York City. Marcus is also an Artistic Associate and Resident Company Member of TITAN Theatre Company, based in Queens, New York. He has worked as an actor and arts educator in New York City for over 12 years, gaining extensive experience in devising and directing. Marcus has directed several regional productions, as well as readings, one-acts, and full length plays across New York City. For information on Marcus' current and future projects, visit www.marcusdenardjohnson.com

Adjunct Instructor in 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.

Assistant to the Dean

Tracy Lane is the Assistant to the Dean for the Palladino School of Dance and the School of the Arts. 

She received her BA in Theatre Education from Emerson College where she also trained in musical theatre, dance and voice. Tracy has been a teacher of English, musical theater, acting and dance as well as a performer, director, choreographer, costumer and producer.

Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Natalie Newman Locke, Adjunct Professor of Dance, comes to the greater Boston area after over 10 years of professional acting, dancing, and singing in NYC. Credits include regional, New York, and Off-Broadway contracts as well as leading roles in national and international tours. Additionally, she is currently the Director of Performing Arts at Montrose School in Medfield. She has a BFA in Music Theatre and a BA in Dance from Elon University, and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. 

Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

Actress, director, and producer with over 20 years of experience in theatre, film, and television nationally and internationally. She has extensive experience as a performer, creator, and director of immersive theatre. From 2009 -2013 she worked with British immersive theatre company, Punchdrunk, and wrote, created, and originated the role of Hecate in the award-winning production of Sleep No More at the American Repertory Theatre and for its NYC run. Additional Punchdrunk projects include The MIT/NESTA Project at SNM and Minsky's Bar at the MIT Media Lab. She co-directed and collaborated on the immersive pieces Waking La Llorona (2017), Las Quinceañeras (2019), and most recently Portaleza (2020) alongside frequent collaborator David Reynoso for  La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival. In 2017 she worked on the Westworld / HBO immersive experience at San Diego and New York Comic Cons. Film and television work includes Touched by an Angel, Songs in Ordinary Time, JAG, The Good Wife and Moonlight Mile. Careena has taught and lectured at NYU/ Playwrights Horizons, The University of Iowa where she was the Grant Wood Fellow in Devised Theatre, Muhlenberg College, Coe College, AMDA, Boston Conservatory and was a speaker at  Lincoln Center's Shakespeare Symposium on Shakespeare and adaptation. Careena holds an MFA from the American Repertory Theatre/ Moscow Art Theatre at Harvard University, is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice voicework and is the Artistic Director of Walden Shakespeare.

Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

Sandra Myatt is an adjunct instructor at Dean College teaching the Tech Production Labs. She holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering. She has worked as a Scenic Artist since 2004 at the Norwood Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro, painting sets and creating props for over 30 productions. Sandra designs sets, closely working with the production crew, and guides students at Dean in how to paint using a variety of faux finishing techniques to create patterns and textures for all scenic elements.  

Applied Music Coordinator, Adjunct Instructor in Dance

Mike Sartini is an adjunct instructor and percussion accompanist for tap and modern classes for School of Dance. He teaches percussion lessons and is the program coordinator for the Applied Music program. He also serves as the music contractor for musicals in the School of the Arts.

Adjunct Instructor and Voice Faculty

Amy 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. 

Success and Career Advisor

Courtney Shimer is the Success and Career Advisor for the School of the Arts. Courtney holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies from James Madison University. After spending the last decade working in the field of arts education and non-profit management, Courtney has gained a wide-range of experience in operations management, strategic planning, staff recruitment and training, program development, budget oversight, and event planning. 

Adjunct Instructor in Art

Tereza Swanda is an adjunct in Visual Art and Studio Art at Dean College. She has taught the creative process internationally gaining the understanding that EVERYONE has the ability to learn how to draw, paint and sculpt. She looks at the commonalities not only between all human beings but between humans and nature.