Marymount Manhattan


Department of Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts Faculty & Staff

Our faculty are actively engaged in their fields as performers, scholars, directors, dramaturgs, designers, arts managers, writers and producers. The student-faculty ratio in performance and production classes is 12:1 and each theatre student is assigned a full-time faculty advisor.  Mark Ringer, Professor of Theatre Arts, and Rob Dutiel, Associate Professor of Theatre arts, in Greece with students.Mark Ringer, Professor of Theatre Arts, and Rob Dutiel, Associate Professor of Theatre arts, in Greece with students.

Because of Marymount Manhattan’s prime location in New York City, our students benefit from their faculty’s connections to a wide range of theatre companies and arts organizations including:  the Stratford Festival (Canada), the National Theatre (London), Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Scotland), La Jolla Playhouse, Steppenwolf Theatre CompanyThe Ensemble Studio Theatre, Irondale Project, Theatreworks/USA, The Signature Theatre Company, The Drama League, The Women’s Project, Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Actor’s Studio, The New York Shakespeare Festival, The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Saturday Night Live, HB Studios, Red Bull Theatre, Hip to Hip Theatre Company, National Asian American Theatre Company, The American Globe Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, The Pearl Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club.

Kevin Connell, Professor of Theatre Arts, in a dress rehearsal with the cast of The Holy Terror.Kevin Connell, Professor of Theatre Arts, in a dress rehearsal with the cast of The Holy Terror.


  • John Basil
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Richard Niles
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Patricia Simon
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Coordinator for Musical Theatre Program

  • Timothy Johnson
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    Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts-Acting

  • Mary Fleischer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Department of Theatre Arts

  • Barbara Adrian
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Sydney Maresca
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    Assistant Professor of Theater Arts

  • Christine Riley
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    Visiting Instructor

  • Ray Recht
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Good design does not happen by accident.
  • David Mold
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    Professor of Theatre Arts
    Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts

  • Robert Dutiel
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Jill Stevenson
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

  • Kevin Connell
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Recruiter for Theatre Arts

    KEVIN CONNELL is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, where he serves as Coordinator of Junior and Senior Acting and Recruiter for the Department of Theatre Arts. He attended The Ohio State University (B.F.A.) and the University of California, San Diego (M.F.A.).
  • Ellen Orenstein
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    Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

    Ellen Orenstein is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and the Coordinator for Freshman/Sophomore Acting at Marymount Manhattan College. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MFA from the University of Washington.
  • Mark Ringer
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    Professor of Theatre Arts

    Mark Ringer is a Professor of Theatre at MMC. He has worked as an actor, director, and dramaturge throughout the United States and Europe. His translations of Euripides’ “Bacchae” and Lessing’s “Nathan the Wise” have received successful performances as have several of his adaptations. He was seen Off Broadway as Polonius in two different stagings of “The Heart of My Mystery: The Hamlet Project”, an adaptation which he co-authored. His one- play fusion of Shakespeare’ s “Henry IV Parts I and II” was produced at the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine, a production in which he also played Falstaff. He has worked professionally on productions of half of Shakespeare’s plays.