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Guest Artists and Scholars

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Liz Duffy Adams

B.F.A. New York University
M.F.A. Yale School of Drama


Instructor: Playwriting, Dramaturgy

Liz Duffy Adams’ play Born With Teeth, recipient of a 2021 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, had its world premiere at the Alley Theater in 2022, and will move to the Guthrie Theatre in 2023.
Her Or, premiered Off Broadway at WP Theater and has been produced some 80 times since, including at the Magic Theater, Seattle Rep, and Roundhouse Theatre. Her work has also premiered or been developed at Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, Bay Area Theater Festival, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Greater Boston Theater Company, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Crowded Fire, Shotgun Players, and Cutting Ball, and includes Dog Act; The Salonnières; Dear Alien; A Discourse on Wonders of the Invisible World; Buccaneers; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; The Listener; The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play; and One Big Lie.
She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Women of Achievement Award, Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Weston Playhouse Music-Theater Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, and the Will Glickman Award for Best New Play. Her Artistic Stamp virtual play in letters, Wild Thyme, was nominated for a 2021 Drama League Award for Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater.
Publications include Or, in Smith & Kraus’ “Best Plays Of 2010;” Dog Act in “Geek Theater,” Underwords Press 2014; Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in Applause’s “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001;” and acting editions by TRW Plays, Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Adams’ portrait appears in Sally Davies’ collection, New Yorkers (Ammonite Press 2021).

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Finn Lefevre (they/them)

B.S. in Theatre Studies, University of Evansville
M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Instructor: Contemporary Repertory

Randolph W. Bromery Center for the Arts, Rm 101

Finn Lefevre is a dramaturg and facilitator whose work focuses on trans and queer communities. They facilitate applied theatre workshops on identity, naming, microaggressions, and community healing. Their recent projects include a traveling workshop called the Trans Naming Ritual, dramaturging and devising Queer & Now: Sync or Swim, and working on a new book on trans theatre. They have taught in the Theater Department at Keene State College and the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University. Their publications include "The Name (isn’t a) Game: New Explorations in Trans Applied Theatre" in Routledge Press' Diversity, Representation, and Inclusion, "Lip-Syncing for Our Lives: Queering Dissent in Queer & Now: a Lip-sync Spectacular" in the Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance, and "Schrödinger’s Dick: The Transgender Reveal Trope in Boy Meets Girl" in Beyond Binaries: Trans Identities in Contemporary Culture for Lexington Press. 

Past Guest Artists and Scholars

  • Rachel Alderman, Artistic Associate, Hartford Stage Company — Career Prep Guest Artist
  • Kent Alexander, actor and community activist — guest artist during Baltimore, workshop leader on inclusion and equity for faculty and staff 
  • Josefina Baez, New York-based Dominican writer and performance artist — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Brett Bailey, South African theater maker — spoke to dramaturgy classes
  • Eliza Bent, playwright — guest speaker for community meeting about producing, guest performer for Community Play Read
  • Amy Berryman, playwright — Walden playwright, artist in residence for Play Lab
  • Kyle Boatwright, actor, musician — music director, Mr. Burns
  • Margaret Boyle, scholar in Spanish Theatre, Bowdoin College — Guest for a symposium on Wild Thing and its historical context
  • Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, international, all-women, improvised jazz ensemble — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Ed Check, scenic designer — scenic design advisor, Water Station
  • Dustin Chinn, playwright — Snowflakes playwright, artist in residence for Play Lab
  • Olivia D’Ambrosio, Producing Artistic Director, Bridge Repertory Theater, Boston — Career Prep guest speaker
  • Claire DeLiso, scenic designer — visiting lecturer, scenic design advisor
  • Paul Dennis, choreographer and dancer — guest choreographer for Baltimore
  • Mark Dold, actor — guest speaker, CareerPrep class
  • Prince Duren, playwright and actor — visiting lecturer in playwriting
  • Ben Emerson, Sound Designer — Guest Artist for Sound Design 1 and Music Production/Recording Class
  • Michael Faulkner and Michael Perez from The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged — Guest speakers, Career Prep
  • Courtney Flores, California-based, Latina costume designer — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Norman Frisch, dramaturg — guest speaker, Dramaturgy Round Table
  • Naya Gabriel, artist — artist exhibitor for Water Station
  • Michael Garcia, performer — guest actor and choreographer for Mr. Burns
  • James Glavan, head of the Costume Technology Program at University of Texas-Austin, wrote the updated edition of Richard Corson’s Stage Makeup — Guest at Community Meeting, led a stage makeup workshop
  • Terry Jenoure, jazz musician, poet, and director of Augusta Savage Gallery — Guest lecture on Black Theater in Theater 331: Modern Black Theater
  • Devorah Kengmana, projection designer — projection design for Baltimore
  • Karl Knapp, cellist — Guest artist playing period music for Wild Thing
  • Karen Kohlhaas, actress with Atlantic Acting School — Career Prep guest artist
  • Maggie Lacey, actress — Career Prep guest artist
  • Moriah Leigh, choreographer and dance instructor — choreographer for Bacchae
  • M Sloth Levine, playwright — The Interrobangers playwright, artist in residence for Play Lab
  • Ben Liebert, performer — guest speaker, Career Prep class
  • Suzanne LoManto, director of RiverCulture in Turners Falls — Guest speaker in Public Relations Class
  • Harry McEnery, performer — guest performer for Community Play Read
  • Michelle Memran, filmmaker, The Rest I Make Up — Guest Lecturer, symposium about playwright Maria Irene Fornes and the film The Rest I Make Up
  • Local storyteller and performer Onawumi Jean Moss — Attended a luncheon with the students of Multicultural Theater Practice to discuss her projects
  • Akua Naru, hip hop artist — Guest artist in Hip Hop Feminisms
  • Devon Painter, artist — Guest lecturer in Costume Studio
  • Monica Palacios, Chicana writer, performer, and self-proclaimed hip chick — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Liza Jessie Peterson, playwright and poet — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students in partnership with the Latinx Cultural Center and the Magic Triangle Jazz Series
  • Will Power, Hip Hop theater pioneer, playwright, and poet: Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Sarah Pucket, pianist — pianist for Musical Theatre course
  • Risher Reddick, actor and acting instructor — visiting lecturer in performance and dramaturgy, voice and speech coach for Baltimore, Bacchae
  • Isabel Rodes, Victoria Teijeiro, and Juan Hernando Vázquez, Spanish theater performers — Gave a guest workshop in Theater 321 in conjunction with the presentation of Desde lo invisible
  • Regine Romain, photo-anthro-journalist, performer and educator — Guest lecturer in Brown Paper Studio
  • Eric Sawyer, composer, faculty member at Amherst College — Musical Director, Wild Thing
  • Glenn Siegel, local Jazz concert producer and radio DJ — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students 
  • Shante Smalls, scholar, artist, and writer focusing on Black popular culture — Guest artist in Hip Hop Feminisms course
  • Matthew Spellberg, scenic designer — guest speaker in scenic design classes
  • Liana Thompson Knight, dramaturg — instructor of Theater 332
  • Ben Tibbetts, pianist — pianist for Musical Theatre course
  • Diep Tran, senior editor of American Theatre magazine and host of Token Theatre Friends — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Cazayka Walker, host at House of Vogue at House of Yes — Guest artist in Hip Hop Feminisms course
  • Denise Wallace-Spriggs, milliner – guest instructor, millinery workshop
  • Stephan Wangh, performer and Grotowski instructor — Guest lecturer in Movement class
  • Emma Weinstein, professional playwright — Playwright residency for Play Lab
  • Ciera Wells, costume designer — visiting lecturer, guest advisor for Baltimore costume design
  • Darius Omar Williams, director and scholar — instructor of Black Theatre Workshop
  • Michael Wilson, screenwriter — guest speaker, Career Prep class
  • Ryan Winkles, fight choreographer and performer — Fight choreography for Wild Thing, Sweat, other events.
  • Fan Zhang, costume designer in New York — Guest lecturer in Costume Studio