School of Visual & Performing Arts

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts – Full-Time Faculty

Click on any Full-Time Faculty member below to read their bio and find their contact information.


Dr. Justin P. Cowan
Department Chair, Associate Professor: Musicianship, MT Rep, MT History, Musical Director, Director

Joni Johns-Lerner
Associate Chair, Associate Professor: Costume Design, Costume Technology, Costume History, Evolution of Fashion


Dr. Donald Gagnon
Professor: Theatre History, Intro to Drama, Senior Portfolio

Frank Herbert
Professor: Technical Direction, Technical Theatre I & II

Tim Howard
Associate Professor: Musical Theatre Coordinator, MT Workshop, Acting, Audition Techniques, Director

Pam McDaniel
Professor: Directing, Acting, Performing Shakespeare

Elizabeth Popiel
Professor: Scenic Design, Scenic Art, Costume Design, Puppetry, Theatre Design Fundamentals

Sal Trapani
Professor: Acting, Directing, Playmaking with Children, Devised Theatre, Theatre History



Rich Reimold
Founding chair of the Department of Theatre Arts.

William Walton
24 years as a professor, 16 years as associate chair, 4 years as Chair. He implemented the NY theatre showcase and the Edinburgh Festival trips. Produced and directed over 30 shows.