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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 Spotlight

  • Ray Recht

    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

  • Cecilia Feilla

    Dr. Feilla received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University. Her teaching and research interests include 18th-century literature, drama and performance theory, genre studies, urban literature, and the literature of revolution. Her current research focuses on seduction and education in 18th-century novels and plays, as well as on Enlightenment-era medievalisms. She has been a scholar-in-residence at New York University and a research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and the Collegium Philosophiae Transatlanticum of the Philipps Universität-Marburg, Germany. Her work on the 18th century has appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life, The Yale Journal of Criticism, Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, as well as various collected volumes. Her books include The Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution (2013) and a critical edition of the novel, La Tribu indienne, ou Edouard et Stellina (The Indian Tribe, or Edouard and Stellina, 1799) by Lucien Bonaparte (2006). She is the former Director of British Literature for the Northeast Modern Language Association (2008-2010).

  • John Basil

    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).