Faculty

2018 faculty members are listed below.  Updates will be made regularly leading up to July.

Marshall Jones (Program Director; Directing; Careers in Theater)

In addition to his role as an Associate Professor of Theater Marshall Jones III_0Arts at Rutgers University, Marshall is also the Producing Artistic Director of the Tony Award winning® Crossroads Theatre Company, located in New Brunswick, NJ. He has over 30 years of theater and live entertainment management experience in a wide variety of key executive positions at some of New York city’s most prestigious venues including the world famous Apollo Theater, the world’s most famous arena – Madison Square Garden, the historic landmark Radio City Music Hall, and Disney On Broadway’s The Lion King. Marshall proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Theater Communications Group (TCG), and has served as a Commissioner of the NJ Public Broadcasting Authority (operators of NJTV, formerly known as NJN). He is also a member of Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM). Marshall earned a BA in Theater Arts from Rutgers University and an MA in Arts Management from New York University. He was also a member of the New Brunswick Arts Council, and, Marshall taught arts management from 1990 to 2002 at Drew University in Madison, N.J.


Jade Cintron (Associate Director) 

JadeCintronPhotoJade Cintron is an ESL & Theatre Teacherpreneur who is thrilled to be returning for her 6th year at RSAC. Being an RSAC alum herself (RSAC 2004!) she has the unique experience of knowing the program from inside out and therefore the participants and staff mean the world to her. During her studies at Rutgers, Jade Cintron worked in the marketing and production departments of prestigious theatres and companies such as The State Theatre in New Brunswick, mtvU, and The Broadway League. Having realized that she was more of a “Jack of All Trades and Master of None” she graduated from Rutgers College in 2009 with a double major in Theatre & Journalism Media Studies and a double minor in Cultural Anthropology & Spanish. She then went on to earn her Teaching English as a Second Language certificate in Barcelona, Spain where she lived for 8 years (2009-2017) teaching English through theatre, song, and movement as well as doing marketing and event coordination for different arts/linguistic groups. A true performer at heart, Jade Cintron has also had the pleasure of performing in a variety of plays, musicals, cabarets and other events while abroad. She is currently working on her Masters degree at Drexel University in Arts Administration and is specifically looking at the role of creating language and theatre curriculum as a vehicle for social justice and understanding.

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KEVIN J. KITTLE (Acting Teacher)

Kevin Kittle has worked as KittleJoseph Chaikin’s
assistant director and with Arthur Miller and Sam Shepard for the Signature Theater Company. He has directed numerous productions and readings in New York City and regionally His most recent productions include College Colors at Crossroads Theater, The Hot Season at The Sheen Center,In God’s Hat at Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Blood Potato at The Harold Clurman Theater for Apothecary Theatre Company, and Beyond the Pale (nominated for Best Director and Best Production at the 1st Irish Theatre Festival). At The Greenwich Street Theatre, he directed the world premiere of Jamie Linley’s Dirty Works (critical acclaim in NYC and at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Philip Ridley’s The Pitchfork Disney, both as resident director of Stiff Upper Lip, as well as Joe Penhall’s Some Voices with The Villar-Hauser Development Fund. Other credits include: TheBCam at the Flamboyen, Watching and Waiting at The Judith Anderson, The House of Yes at The Currican, and Life During Wartime (2001 Off-Off Broadway Review Award for Outstanding Production) with Inertia Productions as their resident director. As co-developer and dramaturge-director, Kevin has worked on This is the How, with Rhett Rossi at The Playroom Theater, David Dannenfelser’s When Words Fail… at The NY International Fringe Festival (the script of which is published in Plays and Playwrights, Vol. One), and Peter Handy’s East of the Sun and West of the Moon, which was a finalist in the Samuel French One Act Festival and is published by Samuel French. His Los Angeles production of Chet Whell’s Economic Subterfuge, starring Jason Huber, was nominated for an LA Weekly Award. Kevin is the Associate Head of Acting and the Director of Performance Ensemble in the MFA/ BFA program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and is an associate director of the Youth Theater of New Jersey, where he teaches in their Summer Theater Institute in residence at Juilliard.

 

13043411_617474838413489_9069503855815068425_nChantal Jean-Pierre is an accomplished actress and a former collegiate instructor. Recently, she appeared in “Our Town” at Miami New Drama. Additional roles as Jory in Disgraced at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Mayme in Intimate Apparel at Dorset Theatre Company, Mrs. Muller in Doubt at Flat Rock Playhouse, Ruth in A Raisin in the Sun both at Crossroads Theatre Company and Weston Playhouse, as well as the featured role in the regional premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation at the People’s Light and Theater Company. She appeared in the title role in both Cincinnati Shakespeare and Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s production of Antony and Cleopatra. She has also graced the stages of several reputable theaters including Hartford Stage (Sheila’s Day); Luna Stage (Voice of Good Hope) and (The Other Side of Newark); NJ Shakespeare Festival (The Blue Bird) and (Henry VI); and at LaMama theater she appeared in The G-Word. A lover of classical theater, she has played Olivia in Twelfth Night, Goneril in King Lear at the Folgers in Washington DC, Gertrude in Hamlet at the American Globe Theater. Ms. Jean-Pierre has also guest starred on a number of television shows. She has taught at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, SUNY/Purchase, and Montclair State University. She has an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University and a BFA from Florida International University.

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Antu Yacob (Acting Teacher) 

ANTU YACOB was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia and raised in San Francisco and Minnesota. She received her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and her BA in Communication from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She was last seen onstage in the 2017 United Solo Theatre Festival’s premiere of her one woman show In the Gray on Theatre Row in New York. Her plays have been produced by Theatre 167, Project Y Theatre and the 2016 Kampala International Theatre Festival in Uganda. Her work has been featured in readings at the inaugural NowAfrica Playwrights Festival at Tisch-NYU, Crossroads Theatre’s CommonGround Festival, CoLAB Arts theOrphanage series and Project Y Theatre’s Racey Plays Series. As an actor, Antu’s theater credits include Risen from the Dough (Sam French OOB Short Play Festival-Winner) Mourning Sun (KITF and Theatre 167), In the Continuum original national tour (Primary Stages), Stepping out of the River at Dawn, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World and A Jew on Ethiopia Street (Mixed Blood Theatre), Holiday Jubilee (Crossroads Theatre), Crowns (The Theater Project), The House That Crack Built (Pillsbury House Theatre) and No Longer at Ease (Pangea World Theater). Her film & television credits include Night Comes On, Gypsy, Law & Order: SVU, Conjure, Eminent Domain, and Walking in Circles. She teaches Acting at Baruch College and Rutgers University. http://www.antuyacob.com

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Stephen Agosto (Director/Teacher – Musical Theatre Track)

Stephen Agosto is a graduate of DePaul University StephenAgostoheadshot(Acting, BFA) and The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique. He has directed, choreographed and/or provided musical staging for such shows as The Drowsy Chaperone and The Lucky Stiff (The Blue Hill Troup, NYC); Triangle Logic (Crosshatch Theatre Co.); A Christmas Story:the Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse; Asst. Dir.); West Side Story (Westminster); Modotti(Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Assassins, Laughter on the 23 rd Floor, and The Wild Party(Fordham University); and Scene and Be Seen (The Neighborhood Playhouse) to name a few. In 2011, Stephen directed The New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Best of Fest” winner, Crazy, Just Like Me. He has directed various concerts and cabarets around the city including three shows for Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre and Separate: Battle Songs of Youth at Ars Nova. He is the winner of the 2001 MTI Young Director’s Fellowship where he directed the world premiere of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler’s musical Dear Edwina. In the world of arts education, Stephen has co-written numerous programs including “Across the Pond: The Musical Theatre Bridge Project,” an arts exchange program with London’s famed BRIT School as well as The Broadway Mentorship Program. He is also contributor of Musical Theatre curriculum for the New York City Department of Education.

In 2010, Stephen began as Director of Musical Theatre at Talent Unlimited High School for the Arts in Manhattan. For TUHS, he directed and choreographed The Nutcracker; Little Shop of Horrors; Into The Woods; You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; NINE; Little Women: The Musical; Godspell; and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. For his production of Godspell, he and his students were Circle in the Square “Teens on Broadway” honorees, recipients of “Special Honors” from the Gershwin Theatre Awards, and recipients of The Shubert Organization High School Theatre Award (Top Honors). Stephen’s program received a special grant from Exploring the Arts founder and acclaimed recording artist, Tony Bennett. Mr. Bennett tweeted, “I just heard the Musical Theatre kids at TUHS. Mr. Agosto provides the best training!”

Stephen is the Director of Musical Theatre for The Rutgers High School Musical Theatre Academy as well as adjunct faculty for Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He has guest taught at numerous colleges and universities and holds adjunct positions at Paper Mill Playhouse and Fordham University. He is the co-founder/ conceiver of Paper Mill Prep, a program to prepare students and their families for college BFA auditions. Prior to directing, Stephen enjoyed a career as an actor, having been seen regionally, on tour, and in New York City in over 40 plays and musicals.

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Gail Lou

Gail Lou (Singing Technique; Vocal Training; Musical Performance) 

Gail is thrilled to have been a part of the RSAC family for the past eight years. A product of Vaux Hall, NJ, Gail Lou is a vocalist, musician, lyricist, arranger and actor.

Her recordings include R & B, house, gospel, musical theatre and jazz. She has worked with such jazz stalwarts as Calvin Hill, Wayne, Cobham, Chico Mendoza, and Joe Ham. Gail has sung gospel background vocals on separate occasions at Carnegie Hall in New York City with Carla Harris and Cissy Houston. And her single “Another Day” is part of the Bobby D’Ambrosio project Here I Am. Her acting performances include Doubt, Having Our Say, and most recently For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls. Also, her professional musical theatre credits include one-woman pieces Billie, featuring the music of Billie Holiday, I’ve Got A Mind to Ramble – with the music of Alberta Hunter; and she has been the musical director for Crowns, Urinetown and has been the musical director of Crossroads Theater’s “Holiday Jubilee” for five years.

Gail Lou has studied advanced jazz vocals with Marion Cowings at Jazzmobile, jazz arrangement and composition under jazz great Jimmy Heath, and she holds a BA in Vocal Performance from Montclair State University.

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Karen Alvarado (Speech for the Actor) 
_C5J4113Karen Alvarado is looking forward to another wonderful summer with the RSAC students. Karen graduated in January from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Masters of Fine Arts in acting. Karen is the Co-Artistic Director for Thinkery & Verse and can be seen acting this June in Much Ado About Nothing. Karen will then go to Scotland in August to perform Bride of the Gulf at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A Texas native, Karen graduated with a BA in acting from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and was the Founding Artistic Director at The Last Act Theatre Company in Austin, Texas. Karen has training in Knight-Thompson Speechwork (Julie Foh), Fitzmaurice Voicework (Heather Rasche), British Dialects (Mary Howlands, UK) and Globe Voicework (Lucinda Worlock, UK) http://www.karenalvarado.com

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Lindsay Andreanszky is an actress based in New Jersey. She has performed in both New York and Philadelphia, most recently in the 2016 Philly Fringe Festival. She is thrilled to be teaching again at RSAC, a program very near-and-dear to her heart: having once attended herself in 2011. She went on to receive her BFA in Acting at Rutgers, where she studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. At Rutgers, Lindsay cultivated her fascination and love of movement into a craft; using techniques such as Williamson, Chekov, and Laban, among others. She is passionate about sharing these tools with her students; both to help them grow as artists, as well as young adults taking on the worl

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The Resident Advisors (RA’s)

Stephanie Leiva

unnamed-1.jpgLeiva graduated from Rutgers University in 2016, though it feels like yesterday. She received her Bachelors in both Theater Arts and Mathematics (weird combo but it works!). She has been involved in countless theatrical productions, on and off stage. Some credits are Drowsy Chaperone, In The Heights, Rent, Urinetown, The Producers. Leiva is very excited to be joining RSAC for her fourth year! Marshall was her professor all throughout college, where she first was an intern for RSAC and now she is returning as a Resident Assistant for her third year. Leiva has just completed the first year of the Two-Year Full Time Acting Conservatory at Maggie Flanigan Studios in New York. Leiva is ready to meet the new students and watch them grow into young artists over the course of the program. It’s going to be another fantastic summer!

                                    

Evan Schweitzer

unnamed-4Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY on a diet rich in Sci-Fi, Musical Theatre and Jewish Guilt, Evan Schweitzer has wandered the Earth searching for meaning and hoping that the truth is out there (cue the theme song). A professional actor since he was a teenager, he has performed with TheaterworksUSA, New England Shakespeare Company, Spontaneous Shakespeare Company, Trap Door International (an extension of Trap Door Theatre in Chicago), Gorilla Rep and more. Evan received his degree in Theatre Arts from Rutgers University and has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade and the Barrow Group in NYC, and St. Mary’s University in London. Since moving to Barcelona in 2012 and later Frankfurt in 2017, he has performed and taught with Barcelona Improv Group (B.I.G.) and TLS Frankfurt and well as various indie teams. Additionally, he has taught improv at the Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory. He is currently touring schools in Germany with Galakto-logisch with the cabaretist, Malte Anders.

 

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Melissa is a theatre educator and director based in New Jersey. In addition to working full time as a middle school/high school drama teacher, she stage manages youth theatre productions in her native Sussex County. She is an alumna of Rutgers University and Douglass Residential College, with a double major in Theater Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies, a minor in History, and a certificate in Women’s Leadership for Social Change. Somehow uniting all of these passions into one goal, she went on to get her MA in Educational Theatre from New York University Steinhardt, where she threw herself into dramaturgical research and verbatim interview theatre. The highlight of her educational experiences thus far was a study abroad program in Dublin, Ireland during her MA program that explored community-engaged theatre and devising original work.

 

Celine Dirkes

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Celine is a recent graduate of Rutgers SAS with a BA in Theatre Arts and English,as well as certificates in Creative Writing and Performance and Drama Studies. An alum of Douglass Residential College, Celine also completed the American Conservatory Theatre’s Summer Training Congress in San Francisco, and is actively engaged in the local New Brunswick theatre community. Their theatre credits include Malcolm (ReThink Theatrical’s Macbeth), along with three mainstage shows at Rutgers’ Cabaret Theatre, the same company that has staged two of their short plays as part of its Original Play Festival, and the devised show The Panic Attack Play,which Celine co-coordinated. Celine is also actively involved with the Backroom Shakespeare Project in Brooklyn, and co-founded local DIY theatre collective, Basement Shakes.

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