Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Theatre Faculty

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Natka Bianchini, Ph.D.
Theatre Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of Theatre

Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., Tufts University; B.A., Wellesley College
Office: College Center M007

Teaching Areas: Theatre History, Special Topics in Literature and Criticism, Directing, Experience of Theatre
Research Interests: Beckett and Theatre of the Absurd, Queer Theatre and Film

Jim Bunzli

James Bunzli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theatre
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; MFA, University of Texas, Austin
Office: College Center M003A

Teaching Areas: Acting, Directing, New Works Creation
Research Interests: Solo Performance, Dramatic Adaptation

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 John McAfee
Theatre Production Manager
MFA, St. Mary’s College of California
Office: College Center W113

John McAfee is a dance lighting designer and production manager based in Baltimore. John received his MFA in Dance Design and Production from St. Mary's College of California in 2019. In addition to teaching at Loyola, John has recently lit Jayne Bernasconi's Air Lines, GRIDLOCK Dance's Veritas, and BlueShift Dance's The Male Gaze and Foodless Food.

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Daniel Pinha
Associate Professor of Theatre
MFA, University of Maryland; B.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Office: College Center M005

Teaching Areas: Introduction to Scenic Design, Introduction to Theater Design, Experience of Theatre, Computer Rendering for Theater Design, Costume Design

Affiliate Faculty
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Julia Brandeberry
Affiliate Instructor of Theatre
M.A., University of Kansas
Office: College Center W031

Julia has worked in the area as an actor, teacher, and director for the last 15 years. Her work as an actor includes: Center Stage: As You Like It (Le Beau/Audrey), Pride and Prejudice (Mrs. Gardiner); Everyman Theatre: Blithe Spirit (Edith), The Beaux Stratagem (The Country Girl/The Fat Lady), Our Town (Mrs. Soames); Shakespeare Theatre Company: Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (Lady Northumberland/Ensemble); Taffety Punk: Phaeton (Clymene), Pericles (Dionyza), Romeo and Juliet (Paris); Profile Theatre: A Lesson From Aloes (Gladys); International Theatre/Vienna: Children of Lesser God (Sarah). Film/TV: Leverage (TNT); Unsolved Mysteries (Fox TV); Anoosh of the Airways (Front Pocket Films). Her work as a fight choreographer includes: Single Carrot: Peter Pan, Year of the Rooster, and A Beginners Guide to Deicide; Loyola University: Macbeth, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Baal, The Odyssey, Oedipus, and Peter Pan; assistant fight choreographer at Everyman Theatre: The Beaux Stratagem. Some of her directing credits include Loyola University: The Heidi Chronicles, and Carver Center for Arts and Technology: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Line, and Romeo and Juliet. Julia has worked as a Theatre instructor at Loyola University, University of Baltimore, and Carver Center for Arts and Technology.

Professors Emeriti
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James Dockery
Professor Emeritus of Theatre
Lic. Phil., M.Ed., Fordham University; M.A., S.T.M., Woodstock College

Dan Schlapbach, MFA

Dan Schlapbach, MFA

Dan Schlapbach, MFA, sees photography as a vehicle for student expression and intellectual discovery

Visual & Performing Arts
A collage of drawings of the human form with various cultural modifications
Course Snapshot

Exploring Studio Arts 303: Life Drawing

Students in this visual arts class examine the structure—and intellectual context—of the human anatomy.