Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Theatre Faculty

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Natka Bianchini, Ph.D.
Theatre Program Director
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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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
Office: College Center W031

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John McAfee
Theatre Production Manager
Affiliate Instructor of Theatre

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.

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

Mary Beth Akre

Mary Beth Akre, MFA

Professor of studio arts Mary Beth Akre, MFA, is also a celebrated landscape artist

Fine Arts
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Academic Opportunities

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Student troupes explore the world of theater, and gain production experience, and bring classic and contemporary works to life on Loyola's stage.