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Guest Artists and Scholars

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Finn Lefevre (they/them)

B.S. in Theatre Studies, University of Evansville
M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Instructor: Theater 333 — Contemporary Rep, Queer Theater

Office Hours: Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m.

Finn Lefevre is a dramaturg and facilitator whose work focuses on trans and queer communities. They facilitate applied theatre workshops on identity, naming, microaggressions, and community healing. Their recent projects include a traveling workshop called the Trans Naming Ritual, dramaturging and devising Queer & Now: Sync or Swim, and working on a new book on trans theatre. They have taught in the Theater Department at Keene State College and the Department of Ethnic and Gender Studies at Westfield State University. Their publications include "The Name (isn’t a) Game: New Explorations in Trans Applied Theatre" in Routledge Press' Diversity, Representation, and Inclusion, "Lip-Syncing for Our Lives: Queering Dissent in Queer & Now: a Lip-sync Spectacular" in the Palgrave Handbook of Queer and Trans Feminisms in Contemporary Performance, and "Schrödinger’s Dick: The Transgender Reveal Trope in Boy Meets Girl" in Beyond Binaries: Trans Identities in Contemporary Culture for Lexington Press. 

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Risher Reddick (he/him)

BFA in Acting from Boston University
MFA in Directing from Northwestern University

Instructor: Theater 140 (face-to-face section)

Risher Reddick is an actor, director, and educator in the American Theatre. He has worked extensively in regional theatre with such companies as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Huntington, Lookingglass, Shakespeare & Company, and The American Repertory Theatre. From 2007-2012, Risher produced, acted, and directed plays with his theatre company, Orfeo Group, garnering praise from audiences and critics alike and winning three Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Production. As a teacher, Risher has taught and designed curriculum for theatre companies, schools, and universities throughout the US, and he currently serves on the faculties of Emerson College and Umass Amherst. These days Risher works primarily as a director, re-imagining classics and devising new plays both in professional and academic settings. He recently completed a site-based production of King Lear in a decommissioned steel facility in Pittsburgh and is currently working on a production of Harold Pinter’s Old Times to be performed in homes throughout Massachusetts. 

Past Guest Artists and Scholars

  • Rachel Alderman, Artistic Associate, Hartford Stage Company — Career Prep Guest Artist
  • Kent Alexander, actor and community activist — guest artist during Baltimore, workshop leader on inclusion and equity for faculty and staff 
  • Josefina Baez, New York-based Dominican writer and performance artist — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Brett Bailey, South African theater maker — spoke to dramaturgy classes
  • Eliza Bent, playwright — guest speaker for community meeting about producing, guest performer for Community Play Read
  • Amy Berryman, playwright — Walden playwright, artist in residence for Play Lab
  • Kyle Boatwright, actor, musician — music director, Mr. Burns
  • Margaret Boyle, scholar in Spanish Theatre, Bowdoin College — Guest for a symposium on Wild Thing and its historical context
  • Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, international, all-women, improvised jazz ensemble — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Ed Check, scenic designer — scenic design advisor, Water Station
  • Dustin Chinn, playwright — Snowflakes playwright, artist in residence for Play Lab
  • Olivia D’Ambrosio, Producing Artistic Director, Bridge Repertory Theater, Boston — Career Prep guest speaker
  • Claire DeLiso, scenic designer — visiting lecturer, scenic design advisor
  • Paul Dennis, choreographer and dancer — guest choreographer for Baltimore
  • Mark Dold, actor — guest speaker, CareerPrep class
  • Prince Duren, playwright and actor — visiting lecturer in playwriting
  • Ben Emerson, Sound Designer — Guest Artist for Sound Design 1 and Music Production/Recording Class
  • Michael Faulkner and Michael Perez from The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged — Guest speakers, Career Prep
  • Courtney Flores, California-based, Latina costume designer — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Norman Frisch, dramaturg — guest speaker, Dramaturgy Round Table
  • Naya Gabriel, artist — artist exhibitor for Water Station
  • Michael Garcia, performer — guest actor and choreographer for Mr. Burns
  • James Glavan, head of the Costume Technology Program at University of Texas-Austin, wrote the updated edition of Richard Corson’s Stage Makeup — Guest at Community Meeting, led a stage makeup workshop
  • Terry Jenoure, jazz musician, poet, and director of Augusta Savage Gallery — Guest lecture on Black Theater in Theater 331: Modern Black Theater
  • Devorah Kengmana, projection designer — projection design for Baltimore
  • Karl Knapp, cellist — Guest artist playing period music for Wild Thing
  • Karen Kohlhaas, actress with Atlantic Acting School — Career Prep guest artist
  • Maggie Lacey, actress — Career Prep guest artist
  • Moriah Leigh, choreographer and dance instructor — choreographer for Bacchae
  • M Sloth Levine, playwright — The Interrobangers playwright, artist in residence for Play Lab
  • Ben Liebert, performer — guest speaker, Career Prep class
  • Suzanne LoManto, director of RiverCulture in Turners Falls — Guest speaker in Public Relations Class
  • Harry McEnery, performer — guest performer for Community Play Read
  • Michelle Memran, filmmaker, The Rest I Make Up — Guest Lecturer, symposium about playwright Maria Irene Fornes and the film The Rest I Make Up
  • Local storyteller and performer Onawumi Jean Moss — Attended a luncheon with the students of Multicultural Theater Practice to discuss her projects
  • Akua Naru, hip hop artist — Guest artist in Hip Hop Feminisms
  • Devon Painter, artist — Guest lecturer in Costume Studio
  • Monica Palacios, Chicana writer, performer, and self-proclaimed hip chick — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Liza Jessie Peterson, playwright and poet — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students in partnership with the Latinx Cultural Center and the Magic Triangle Jazz Series
  • Will Power, Hip Hop theater pioneer, playwright, and poet: Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Sarah Pucket, pianist — pianist for Musical Theatre course
  • Risher Reddick, actor and acting instructor — visiting lecturer in performance and dramaturgy, voice and speech coach for Baltimore, Bacchae
  • Isabel Rodes, Victoria Teijeiro, and Juan Hernando Vázquez, Spanish theater performers — Gave a guest workshop in Theater 321 in conjunction with the presentation of Desde lo invisible
  • Regine Romain, photo-anthro-journalist, performer and educator — Guest lecturer in Brown Paper Studio
  • Eric Sawyer, composer, faculty member at Amherst College — Musical Director, Wild Thing
  • Glenn Siegel, local Jazz concert producer and radio DJ — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students 
  • Shante Smalls, scholar, artist, and writer focusing on Black popular culture — Guest artist in Hip Hop Feminisms course
  • Matthew Spellberg, scenic designer — guest speaker in scenic design classes
  • Liana Thompson Knight, dramaturg — instructor of Theater 332
  • Ben Tibbetts, pianist — pianist for Musical Theatre course
  • Diep Tran, senior editor of American Theatre magazine and host of Token Theatre Friends — Skype interview with Multicultural Theater Practice students
  • Cazayka Walker, host at House of Vogue at House of Yes — Guest artist in Hip Hop Feminisms course
  • Denise Wallace-Spriggs, milliner – guest instructor, millinery workshop
  • Stephan Wangh, performer and Grotowski instructor — Guest lecturer in Movement class
  • Emma Weinstein, professional playwright — Playwright residency for Play Lab
  • Ciera Wells, costume designer — visiting lecturer, guest advisor for Baltimore costume design
  • Darius Omar Williams, director and scholar — instructor of Black Theatre Workshop
  • Michael Wilson, screenwriter — guest speaker, Career Prep class
  • Ryan Winkles, fight choreographer and performer — Fight choreography for Wild Thing, Sweat, other events.
  • Fan Zhang, costume designer in New York — Guest lecturer in Costume Studio