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.
Susan J. Behrens holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown University. At Brown, and later as a research associate at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NY) and Cambridge University (UK), Sue conducted research on the processing of language and its neural connections. At MMC, Susan is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also the director of the MMC Center for Teaching Innovation and Excellence.
Her textbooks include An Introduction to Speech Science (with Jack Ryalls; Allyn and Bacon, 2000), Grammar (Routledge 2010), Language in the Real World (with Judith Parker, Routledge, 2010),Understanding Language Use in the Classroom (Multilingual Matters, 2014), and an expanded/enhanced version of Understanding Language Use (2018).
John Basil founded American Globe Theatre in New York City in 1988, and for 25 years was the Producing Artistic Director. He regularly teaches his “Playing Shakespeare” intensive in NYC and across the country. John has taught Shakespeare and acting at Drew University, Montclair University, Rutgers University, C.W. Post Long Island University, Penn State University, Asolo Conservatory, Bradley University, University of Colorado, University of Wyoming, Elon University and Columbia Teachers College. In addition he has taught Shakespeare workshops at the high school level and for the NYC Arts Connection’s outreach program, “Children of Hope”. He has directed for American Globe Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Shakespeare Centre, American Stage Festival and Sarasota Opera, in addition to guest artist positions at many universities. John is the author of Will Power: How to Act Shakespeare in 21 Days (Applause, 2006).