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Professor of Performance and Theater for Social Change

Judyie Al-Bilali, wearing a yellow scarf over her hair

For over four decades, Iya Awotunde Judyie Al-Bilali has been an innovator in the fields of performing arts, arts education and applied theatre.

Judyie Al-Bilali, wearing a yellow scarf over her hair

MFA in Directing

A photo of Behnam with buildings in the background

Behnam Alibakhshi is an Iranian actor, director and theater teacher.

A photo of Behnam with buildings in the background

 

Undergraduate Program Director and Senior Lecturer in Sound Design and Technology

a black and white photo of Amy Altadonna; she is wearing glasses

Amy has enjoyed a two-decade career as a sound designer, collaborating on a wide variety of fascinating projects, and currently serves as Undergraduate Program Director of the UMass Department of Theater.

a black and white photo of Amy Altadonna; she is wearing glasses

Chair and Associate Professor of Dramaturgy
 

Chris Baker, wearing glasses and a checked black and white shirt

Christopher Baker is a dramaturg, playwright, director and teacher with over 30 years’ experience in regional, Off-Broadway and academic theatre and current Chair of the UMass Department of Theater

Chris Baker, wearing glasses and a checked black and white shirt

MFA in Directing

Kyle Boatwright, wearing glasses

Kyle Boatwright (she/her) is a director, actor, musician, and educator based in the Pioneer Valley.

Kyle Boatwright, wearing glasses

MFA in Scenic Design

Drishti in a yellow jacket in front of an abstract painting

Drishti is an interior designer from India who earned her B.Des in Furniture and Interior Design from Unitedworld Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Drishti in a yellow jacket in front of an abstract painting

Assistant Professor of Costume Design

Yao Chen, standing with arms folded and smiling; she is wearing a sweater and scarf

Yao Chen is a costume and scenic designer with international design credits.

Yao Chen, standing with arms folded and smiling; she is wearing a sweater and scarf

Managing Director

Willow Cohen; she is wearing a dark top and glasses

Willow Cohen is the Department of Theater Managing Director.

Willow Cohen; she is wearing a dark top and glasses

Business Manager

Joanne is sitting outside on wooden steps, wearing a green shirt with a black cardigan over it

Joanne has been employed at the University of Massachusetts since 1986.

Joanne is sitting outside on wooden steps, wearing a green shirt with a black cardigan over it

Senior Lecturer in Technical Theater

Michael Cottom, in a gray blazer, wearing glasses

Michael has been involved in theater technology and the arts for over 30 years.

Michael Cottom, in a gray blazer, wearing glasses

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