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Theatre Production Workshop Dialogues

Each semester, the Department of Theatre Arts hosts a series of college-wide interdisciplinary dialogues related to its mainstage productions. These events are designed to help the cast and other members of the college community examine the larger social, cultural, and political contexts of the plays. In the past, faculty members from every college division have participated, as well as students, particularly student designers. The dialogues also regularly include notable outside speakers. For example, playwright Craig Lucas joined a dialogue when MMC produced Reckless, John Guare visited when the department staged The House of Blue Leaves, and Jay McInerney participated in one of the dialogues about the musical Bright Lights, Big City. These events are free and open to the entire college community and to the public.

Creativity and Collaboration: The Career of George S. Kaufman (September 30, 2013).  Anne Kaufman Schneider, George S. Kaufman's daughter, joined us for a conversation about her father and his work, with particular focus on Stage Door. Dick Cavett, the well-known columnist and former talk show host, led the discussion.Creativity and Collaboration: The Career of George S. Kaufman (September 30, 2013). Anne Kaufman Schneider, George S. Kaufman's daughter, joined us for a conversation about her father and his work, with particular focus on Stage Door. Dick Cavett, the well-known columnist and former talk show host, led the discussion. 


  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1399-melissa-tonning-kollwitz"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,479,480/18770_Melissa_Tonning-Kollwitz.rev.1535502036.jpg" alt="Melissa Tonning-Kollwitz" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,479,480/18770_Melissa_Tonning-Kollwitz.rev.1535502036.jpg 2x" data-max-w="479" data-max-h="480"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1399-melissa-tonning-kollwitz">Melissa Tonning-Kollwitz</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/38-john-basil"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/180,61,1589,1470/15453_john_basil_headshot.rev.1496667820.jpg" alt="John Basil, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/180,61,1589,1470/15453_john_basil_headshot.rev.1496667820.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/180,61,1589,1470/15453_john_basil_headshot.rev.1496667820.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1639" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/38-john-basil">John Basil</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Associate Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/50-jill-stevenson"><img src="/live/image/gid/48/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,807,776/16646_Jill_Image.BW.rev.1519151538.jpg" alt="Jill Stevenson" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/48/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,807,776/16646_Jill_Image.BW.rev.1519151538.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/48/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,807,776/16646_Jill_Image.BW.rev.1519151538.jpg 3x" data-max-w="807" data-max-h="776"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/50-jill-stevenson">Jill Stevenson</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type"><p> Professor of Theatre Arts</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/951-bethany-elkin"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2002,2004/22492_Bethany_Elkin_headshot.rev.1567619898.jpg" alt="Bethany Elkin" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2002,2004/22492_Bethany_Elkin_headshot.rev.1567619898.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2002,2004/22492_Bethany_Elkin_headshot.rev.1567619898.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2002" data-max-h="3000"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/951-bethany-elkin">Bethany Elkin</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/3254-kenneth-finkle"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,102,2133,2233/22467_IMG_6791.rev.1567028304.JPG" alt="Kenneth Finkle, MFA" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,102,2133,2233/22467_IMG_6791.rev.1567028304.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,102,2133,2233/22467_IMG_6791.rev.1567028304.JPG 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/3254-kenneth-finkle">Kenneth Finkle</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/40-kevin-connell"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,427,427/9370_facebook_day_of_shoot_copy.rev.1453903646.jpg" alt="Kevin Connell" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,427,427/9370_facebook_day_of_shoot_copy.rev.1453903646.jpg 2x" data-max-w="427" data-max-h="640"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/40-kevin-connell">Kevin Connell</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Chair of Theatre Arts<br/>Professor of Theatre Arts<br/>Recruiter for Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description">KEVIN CONNELL is currently a Professor of Theatre Arts, at Marymount Manhattan College, where he serves as the Assistant Chair and Recruiter for the Department of Theatre Arts. He attended The Ohio State University (BFA) and the University of California, San Diego (MFA).</div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/46-ellen-orenstein"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/83_ellen-orenstein.rev.1453900866.jpg" alt="Ellen Orenstein" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" data-max-w="499" data-max-h="374"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/46-ellen-orenstein">Ellen Orenstein</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Associate Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description">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.</div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/45-richard-niles"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,26,1602,1628/5853_richard-niles-color.rev.1453902566.jpg" alt="Richard Niles" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,26,1602,1628/5853_richard-niles-color.rev.1453902566.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,26,1602,1628/5853_richard-niles-color.rev.1453902566.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1602" data-max-h="1650"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/45-richard-niles">Richard Niles</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/47-ray-recht"><img src="/live/image/gid/121/width/200/height/200/crop/1/13450_download.rev.1464811906.jpg" alt="Ray Recht" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" data-max-w="189" data-max-h="267"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/47-ray-recht">Ray Recht</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description">“Good design does not happen by accident.”</div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1403-emily-clark"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/1017,0,3148,2133/18801_IMG_3727.rev.1536246078.JPG" alt="Emily Clark" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/1017,0,3148,2133/18801_IMG_3727.rev.1536246078.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/1017,0,3148,2133/18801_IMG_3727.rev.1536246078.JPG 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1403-emily-clark">Emily Clark</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/49-patricia-hoag-simon"><img src="/live/image/gid/121/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2976,2370/18823_Pat_B_and_Hal.rev.1536679400.jpg" alt="Hal Prince and Patricia Birch congratulate Pat Simon for her work directing The Human Comedy" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/121/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2976,2370/18823_Pat_B_and_Hal.rev.1536679400.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/121/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2976,2370/18823_Pat_B_and_Hal.rev.1536679400.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2976" data-max-h="2370"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/49-patricia-hoag-simon">Patricia Hoag Simon</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Associate Professor of Theatre Arts<br/>Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2650-lori-zepp"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/230,166,1928,1862/18819_IMG_3694.rev.1536614750.JPG" alt="Lori Zepp" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/230,166,1928,1862/18819_IMG_3694.rev.1536614750.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/230,166,1928,1862/18819_IMG_3694.rev.1536614750.JPG 3x" data-max-w="2133" data-max-h="3200"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2650-lori-zepp">Lori Zepp</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1713-karen-kinsley"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/204,208,1033,1037/13827_karen2.rev.1473350236.jpg" alt="Karen Kinsley" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/204,208,1033,1037/13827_karen2.rev.1473350236.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/204,208,1033,1037/13827_karen2.rev.1473350236.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1365" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1713-karen-kinsley">Karen Kinsley</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/26-barbara-adrian"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,433,433/66_barbara_adrian_headshot11.rev.1453900864.jpg" alt="Professor Barbara Adrian" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,433,433/66_barbara_adrian_headshot11.rev.1453900864.jpg 2x" data-max-w="433" data-max-h="648"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/26-barbara-adrian">Barbara Adrian</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description"/>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/51-christine-riley"><img src="/live/image/gid/95/width/200/height/200/crop/1/src_region/0,0,200,300/218_mysqldb.rev.1453900900.jpeg" alt="Christine Riley" class="lw_image" width="200" height="200" data-max-w="200" data-max-h="300"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_header">Get to know:</div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/51-christine-riley">Christine Riley</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_type">Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts</div><div class="lw_profiles_description">Christine is currently a member of the faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, a musical director for Camp Broadway and maintains a private vocal coaching studio.</div>