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.
Hallie Cohen received her M.F.A. from the Hoffberger School of Painting of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she studied with the painter Grace Hartigan and received the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship. She received her B.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art where she majored in painting and drawing and minored in printmaking. She has been at Marymount Manhattan since 1974 where she has taught drawing, figure drawing, painting, design, watercolor, and art history to two generations of art and non-art majors.
As curator of the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination, Cohen organized and curated over 20 exhibitions of contemporary artists in exhibitions like The Art of the Graphic Novel, Hive/Web/Mind: Animal Nests & Human Networks and The Aesthetics of Math. As Gallery Director of the Hewitt Gallery of Art at MMC since 2013, Professor Cohen continues her investigation of multi-disciplinary topics in such shows as Study Abroad: The Artist As Immigrant and ALTERED STATES: Reuse Refuse.
Cohen paints in watercolor, creates sculptures and three-dimensional installations, and illustrates writer Francis Levy’s short stories and humor. Her current work in watercolor investigates the fluidity of the medium in a series called hy·drog·ra·phy (hī-drŏg′rə-fē) and in a series, overmyhead, dedicated to artists and scientists.
She has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome’s (AAR) Visiting Artists and Scholars Program in January 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Professor Cohen is a founding member of the artists’ group Retrogarde, exhibiting her work at Westbeth Gallery, Fox Gallery NYC, The Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center, La Mama’s La Galleria, A.I.R. Gallery and the Terry Schreiber Studio Gallery.
She is represented by Annette Fox of Fox Gallery NYC.
Ray Recht is a Professor of Theatre Arts 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 240 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 in 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
Professor Sperling is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology and the Coordinator of the Social Work sequence at Marymount Manhattan College. She earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work where she taught graduate level courses in addition to teaching a doctoral level practice course. At Marymount, Dr. Sperling developed and oversees the Minor in Social Work. Her teaching and clinical work are both grounded in systems theory, a firm belief in people’s strengths and the centrality of listening to people tell their stories. She also teaches elective courses in the Sociology curriculum and in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
In over twenty years as a practitioner, Dr. Sperling has been a clinical supervisor in out-patient hospital, community and school- based settings. She has run programs in the Lower East Side and at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City that focused on the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse, improvement of mental health and crisis intervention for individuals and families. She has acted as Civilian Co-Coordinator of Parenting Programs at the Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility. Professor Sperling also maintains a private practice in New York City. Her areas of professional knowledge and interest include: diversity, mental health, prison systems, women’s studies, human development, substance abuse, oral history and pedagogy.