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Faculty

Teachers, performers, artists, scientists, professionals, mentors, and scholars—our faculty make MMC great.

Our professors guide students in the studio, mentor them in research, help them land amazing internships, and prepare them for graduate study and careers. They are as accomplished in their own careers as they are in the classroom, performing, presenting, and publishing their own work regularly.

 

Faculty in the News


Faculty Spotlight

  • Ray Recht

    Ray is a Professor of Theatre and Coordinates the Design/Tech Theater Program at Marymount Manhattan College and continues to design professionally.  Broadway designs include The Flowering Peach, Trick, Slab Boys, The Babe, and national tours of Mrs. Klein, Sarafina, Annie, and Jesus Christ Superstar. He has designed over 20 Off-Broadway productions, including Collected Stories, Marc Salem’s MindGames, Mrs. Klein and Frugal Repast. Professor Recht has designed over 225 shows for many regional theaters including, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Florida Repertory Theater, Asolo Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival Theater, Weston Playhouse, and The George Street Playhouse.

    Internationally he designed for Wien Staatsoper Ballet, Stratford Shakespeare Festival Ontario, and Manitoba Theatre Centre. Additionally he has been Production Designer or Art Director for Feature Films, Television shows, 200 Television Commercials, Infomercials, and many Saturday Night Live Spoof Commercials.

    Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal reviewed Florida Rep’s production of Dancing at Lughnasa calling the production “a model of creative taste…profoundly satisfying, and likewise Ray Recht’s thatched-roof set, in which kitchen-sink naturalism is leavened with similarly subtle touches of fantasy meant to remind the viewer that Mr. Friel is showing us the Mundy family through the scrim of memory.”

    He received his M.F.A. from Yale University Drama School and his B.F.A. from Carnegie- Mellon University Drama School. Mr. Recht is a proud member of United Scenic Artists-Local 829

  • Julie Huntington

    Julie Huntington earned her Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University. Her teaching and research interests focus on exploring questions of language, identity, voice and representation in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Francophone literature and film.

    Her first book Sounding Off: Rhythm, Music and Identity in West African and Caribbean Francophone Novels examines how writers create sounding spaces in their novels and, in so doing, open up spaces for identity appropriation, negotiation, and configuration that lie beyond the confines of Western identificatory paradigms. She is currently working on her second book, Pestles, Pots and Poetry: Recipes as Rhetoric in Contemporary African Fiction. In the book, she explores what happens when the oral and instrumental traditions associated with meal preparation are translated and transcribed in literary formats. She also works on projects in foreign language pedagogy, placing particular emphasis on evaluating strategies for teaching literature and promoting intercultural awareness at all levels of foreign language teaching.

  • Leslie Levin

    Leslie Levin, Associate Professor of Business Management, earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Brown University and an MBA in Marketing from Columbia University. She teaches marketing, advertising, and consumer behavior; her research interests include religious imagery in advertising and the advancement of management women in domestic and international companies. Prior to joining Marymount, she worked in public relations and marketing management at the former Burson-Marsteller, Lever Brothers, and Bristol-Myers.