Loyola University Maryland

Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Theatre Faculty

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Natka Bianchini, Ph.D. she/her/hers Theatre Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of Theatre

Ph.D., Tufts University; M.A., Tufts University; B.A., Wellesley College
Natka Bianchini's Personal Website

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

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James Bunzli, Ph.D. he/him/his Associate Professor of Theatre

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University; MFA, University of Texas, Austin

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

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Daniel Pinha he/him/his Associate Professor of Performing Arts

MFA, University of Maryland; B.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Daniel Pinha's Personal Website

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

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John McAfee he/him/his Theatre Production Manager

MFA, St. Mary’s College of California

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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Patrick Cullinan Assistant Theatre Manager
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Julia Brandeberry she/her/hers Affiliate Professor of Theatre

M.A., University of Kansas

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.

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Lisa Green-Cudek she/her/hers Affiliate Professor of Theatre

M.A., Temple University

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James Dockery he/him/his Professor Emeritus of Theatre

Lic. Phil., M.Ed., Fordham University; M.A., S.T.M., Woodstock College

Barnaby Nygren

Barnaby Nygren, Ph.D.

Dr. Nygren likes to get students out of the classroom and into art museums, and aims to show them how art skills are applicable—and valuable—for their future careers

Visual & Performing 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.