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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

  • Edrex Fontanilla

    Professor Edrex Fontanilla is a new media artist whose creative practice fuses sculptural and computational methods to explore perception, materiality, and temporality.  He researches how the study of human psychology and cognition can inform approaches in experimental media.    With an orientation towards socially responsible expression, Fontanilla is committed to a reflective teaching practice that enables young minds to develop their voice.

    Fontanilla completed his M.F.A. in Literary Arts, M.A. in Computer Music, and B.A. in Visual Arts with Honors at Brown University.  He has exhibited his creative work in a number of venues including Boston CyberArts, SIGGRAPH, and the Tampa Museum of Art.  He recently participated in the Al-Saad Foundation’s “Social Life of Dignity” Symposium in Kuwait, and is an invited artist in the upcoming TechFest 2014 exhibition in India.

  • Anthony Ferro

    Anthony Ferro is known internationally as a passionate and motivational dance instructor. Here at MMC, he encourages each student to embrace the information outlined in their liberal arts studies so that they may transform those experiences into a deepened artistic expression. Professor Ferro’s career spans over forty years in the fields of classical ballet and modern dance, theatre, opera, film and video.

    His solo credits include the companies of Twyla Tharp, Louis Falco, Dennis Wayne, Kazuko Hirabiyashi as well as The Metropolitan Opera and The Atlanta Ballet. Artistic Director to the companies of Dance South, Atlanta, and Ballet Midland, Texas, he founded the Dance Department for the Fine Arts Division of Midland College. Professor Ferro also served as resident choreographer for Theatre Thalia and taught at the Balett Akademien in Gothenburg, Sweden (1989-1996).

    He holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont, and a BA in Dance from MMC, where he has been a faculty member since 1997. Professor Ferro began his concert dance training with instructor Patricia Heigel-Tanner at Pennsylvania State University and later joined The Juilliard School’s Dance Division under the tutelage of Alfredo Corvino, Hector Zaraspe and Daniel Lewis. His extensive contributions to community-based outreach programs earned him awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • 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