Theatre Department Head (Retired 6/16) - Donald Hicken
Production Manager - Paul ChristensenMr. Christensen has been the Production Manager for the Baltimore School for the Arts since 1983. He has done Set and Lighting design for many Baltimore companies including: Wittenberg for Rep Stage and the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Hamlet, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Romeo And Juliet for the BSF, Cosi Fan Tutti, Rigoletto, The Turn of the Screw, Werther, La Finta Giardiniera, Le Villi, Face on the Barroom Floor, Agrippina, Don Pasquale, Pelleas and Melisande, and Amahl and the Night Visitors for Opera Vivente; The Bartered Bride for Opera AACC; and Beckettland and I Married A Fly for Action Theater Company. Mr. Christensen toured with Action Theater to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and to the Netherlands. He has also designed lighting for many of the productions of the Baltimore School for the Art's Theater and Dance Departments. He was the recipient of a Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship in 2009, studying stage lighting, and of the Mark K. Joseph Faculty Development Award for 2002. Mr. Christensen has worked was the Production Manager for the Columbia Festival of the Arts, as the set and lighting designer for Cockpit-In-Court Cabaret, as a stagehand in Atlantic City, and as a stage carpenter for many New England performing arts organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts and English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He also studied at the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and he has done Education coursework at the College of Notre Dame.
Instructor, Movement - Maria BroomAlthough nationally known as an actress for her recurring roles in HBO’s “The Wire” and “The Corner”, Maria is also a storyteller and dancer with more than forty years of performing and teaching in the US and across the globe. She is a Fulbright scholar and former news reporter for the ABC affiliates in Miami and Baltimore. Currently, she is on the theater faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts. A native of Baltimore, Maria has received many awards and honors including the Eubie Blake Award, the Sarah’s Circle Award and the 2004 Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist. In 2007, she was named, Artist of the Year by Young Audiences of Maryland, Inc. In addition to her work as performer and educator, Maria is much requested as a speaker and presenter. With a background in yoga, meditation, Homa therapy and dance therapy, she conducts staff retreats, workshops and weekly classes that help people to release stress and feel at peace. Formerly, the diversity coordinator for the Park School in Baltimore, she has been a consultant since 2006 for Maryland Public Television’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness, sponsored by Fetzer Institute. As a recipient of an Open Society Institute community fellowship grant, Maria established a unique mentoring program in the inner city schools, and beyond, called the Dance Girls of Baltimore. It is through this vehicle that she passes on the values of self-discipline and thoughtful behavior. In 2007, Maria worked in Poland and Czechoslovakia co-directing the independent film “Soul Immortal” to be released in 2010.
Instructor, Video and Digital Imaging - Beatriz BufrahiBeatriz Bufrahi was born in Panama and raised in Germany before coming to the United States in 1992. Beatriz received her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Imaging and Digital Arts in 2004 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. In her artwork she is interested in narrative and community issues and often works in collaboration with organizations and individuals. In 2001 she collaborated with breast cancer survivors to create the sound installation Diagnosed that was exhibited at the Susan G. Komen Foundation conference. Her MFA thesis exhibition Three Women employed multiple sound tracks and projected video to explore issues of assimilation and displacement among immigrant women. For several years Beatriz developed and coordinated educational outreach programs for the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture at UMBC and taught video to inner city youth for Wide Angle Youth Media.
Instructor, Voice-Linklater - Denise DiggsDenise Diggs has acted professionally for over 35 years. She recently played several major characters in 365 Days by Susan Lori Parks and Pillowman Nightmares and Pillow Tales at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. Other theatre credits include performances at Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, Actor’s Ensemble, The Baltimore Shakespeare Theatre, Olney Theatre, Arena Stage (D.C.), Round House Theatre, Theatre of the First Amendment, and the La Jolla Theatre in San Diego. Ms. Diggs received the 1998 Maryland Arts Council Individual Artist Award for her work as an actor, teacher, and promoter of various arts programs throughout Maryland. Her one-person show on Winnie Mandela which she wrote and performed at the Theatre Project also contributed to this prestigious award. Ms. Diggs has had the honor of teaching voice and speech at the Baltimore School for the Arts since 1981. She has also taught acting in their TWIGS program and was the coordinator of several outreach programs. She is presently teaching voice and acting at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory (D.C.), voice with acting emphasis at Duke Ellington School for the Arts (D.C.), and is the private instructor for various professionals throughout the Baltimore/Washington area. Her television credits include recurring roles on the Emmy award winning Homicide: Life on the Streets, The Corner, and most recently, The Wire. Ms. Diggs has a B.A. from Towson University.
Instructor, Set Design - Mariana FernandezMariana Fernandez works at the Baltimore School for the Arts as a set design teacher, where she has received the 2009 Mark. K. Josef Award in recognition of the energy, expertise and high standard she has brought to the stage production program. Also, she has worked at GALA Hispanic Theater as a set and costume designer, scenic artist, and prop master for classical and musical plays such as: El Bola, Momia in the Closet ( 5 nominations for the Helen Hayes Awards), Agustin Lara, Boleros and Blues, El Mejor Alcande, El Rey, Bodas de Sangre ,Castrucho, The Hustler: La Verdad Sospechosa, Brasil as coisas do Samba, Raíces Cubanas and La Verdad Sospechosa. Also, She has designed sets for musicals at Millsaps College in Mississippi, The Sound of Music, Imagination Stage in Maryland for The Robber Bridegroom. She also worked as a scenic artist for Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Miniature Theatre of Chester, The Reveals, The Round House, Teatro de la Luna, The Shakespeare Theater, Folger Theater, Signature Theater, Forum Theater, and Atlas Performing Arts Center among others here in the States. She is the set designer resident of the Barbara Simon Theater at the Inter-American Development Bank. Recently, she has designed for the Cultural Foundation at the Inter-American Development Bank Convention in Mexico 2010. Also, she has been part of the TGC delegation representing the US at the Festival Internacional de Teatro, Bogota, Colombia 2010. She is a member of EWI, Empowered Women International, a non-profit organization, where her work has a social impact on immigrant women artists. She received a Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Costume Design for the classical play at GALA:”La Verdad Sospechosa” in 2003.
Instructor, Movement - Shannon GlasgowShannon Glasgow is a native of Baltimore who received her M.Ed. and B.F.A. from Temple University’s Department of Dance with an emphasis in educational theory and movement history. She is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies at the University of Utah. Movement consulting and choreographic credits in the theatre world include: L’Amour Nomade (for El Haddawi DanzTheatre); Pippin (most recently at BSA); The Crucible (for Everyman Theatre); The Wind in the Willows and A Child’s Christmas in Wales (for BSA). Her aerial dance credits include performing her own work in On The Line and for Saint Paul’s Schools. She has also performed with Air Dance Bernasconi since 2002 in venues as diverse as Theatre Project of Baltimore, Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, International Dance Festival in NYC, and Towson University. Ms. Glasgow has also performed and/or choreographed dance works for El Haddawi (The Cirlces Project in Baltimore and L’Amour Nomade in Wasserburg and Fraunchemsie Abby Germany), Association of Independent Maryland Schools, Saint Paul’s School for Girls, Spiral Dance Company, Dimensional Dance Media, EDA-AAHPERD (Eastern District Association-American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance), Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, and for other performance venues in the Baltimore-Washington DC area, in Philadelphia, and in Salt Lake City. Ms. Glasgow has taught for Loyola College, Towson University, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies at UM College Park, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, and Temple University. Her research on educational theory in the arts has been presented at conferences for NDEO (National Dance Educators Organization), LIMS, PSAHPERD (Pennsylvania Association of HPERD), MAHPERD (Maryland Association of HPERD) and EDA-AHPERD. She has studied extensively both anatomy and dance medicine science. In addition to assisting the 1998-2000 LIMS Intensive Certification Program, she completed an additional 200 hours of Hands-On Training with Martha Eddy and Diane Woodruff towards becoming a Registered Movement Educator/Therapist at George Mason University.
Director of Ages on Stages/Instructor, TWIGS - Anita HorwathAnita has a Bachelors degree in early childhood education and has taught creative drama for Twigs for the past twenty years . She also teaches an after school drama program for Roland Park Country School. Ages on Stages is an intergenerational improvisational group that includes the sophomores from the Baltimore School for the Arts. The group performs in senior centers and high schools around the city.
Instructor, Movement - Chantia JacksonChantia is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts. She recieved her BFA degree from SUNY Purchase College of Performing Arts. Chantia has been teaching for nearly a decade and loves what she does. She has some film, television, and stage credits. Chantia is very excited about being an alumni of the school and giving back to a place that helped her to get where she is today.
Instructor, Voice-Lessac - Nancy KrebbsNancy is a Lessac Master Teacher, one of six in the world. She has been a voice instructor in the theatre department of the Baltimore School for the Arts since 1981, operates her own private voice studio, The Voiceworks; and has served as a dialect/vocal coach for numerous professional productions in the Baltimore-Washington area since 1994. She is a professional actor-singer, having received an Emmy award for her work on the PBS TV show Once upon a Town, and a Grammy and Unity award-nominated recording artist, having released 7 albums of meditational music since 1998. She is the Associate Director of the Lessac Summer Intensive Workshops, and is a member of AEA, AFTRA, SAG, and VASTA (Voice & Speech Trainers Association)
Her albums: The Journey, Love Makes Room, Come to the Stable, Simple Gifts, One Heart at a Time, Songs from the Heart and Moved by God are receiving air play throughout the US and abroad.
Principal Acting Teacher - Richard PilcherRichard Pilcher has been the principal acting teacher at BSA since 1980, and is the only acting teacher to teach all four years of the student ensembles. He has performed on and off-Broadway, in resident theatres throughout the US, and in film and television. Local theatre performances include the Olney Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre and others. Films include Serial Mom, The Replacements, and Tuck Everlasting; for television he has appeared in The Wire and played the recurring role of Sgt. Deutch on Homicide: Life on the Streets. He was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for his leading role in Poster of the Cosmos with the Potomac Theatre Project. Productions he has directed at other theatres and schools include Hamlet, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Our Town and the Beaux Stratagem. At BSA he has directed the Junior Scene Night project, a program of original scenes, since 1992. Other productions he has directed at BSA include The Arabian Nights, Moliere Shorts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Workroom. He has also taught at Towson State University and at the TASIS school in England. In 2010 he received a Surdna artist-teacher grant. He is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a method of learning to move with greater ease and energy. Hre received his B.A. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and his M.A. from Notre Dame University of Maryland.
Instructor, Sound - John SuchyJohn designs sound for theaters throughout the Baltimore/Washington area for SoundLogix LLC. He also teaches audio and recording techniques at CCBC Essex and the Baltimore School for the Arts. At SuchSound Studio, John has recorded and produced local and national artists for years. He produces and performs with Noggin Network artist MILKSHAKE, who was recently featured in Time Magazine. When not acting onstage, John can be seen playing with the local rock legend, Hectic Red.
Instructor, Movement - Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor, CMA, LCSW-C has been teaching Movement to Actors and Designers at BSA since 1995. Recipient of the Joseph Faculty Award in 2013-14, Susan, with music faculty Gretchen Gettes and Jacqueline Pollauff, developed a performance for young children with TWIGS students that travelled throughout Baltimore City. She is well known as a dance leader/caller in traditional American and English folkdance, and travels the country singing for square dances. A Certified Movement Analyst, she has trained with the Mark Morris Dance Group and teaches Dance for Life, part of the professional network, Dance for Parkinson’s Disease (http://danceforparkinsons.org/), and was formerly a clinical instructor for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Susan is a member of the American Dance Therapy Association, and has specific expertise in mindfulness, Undoing Racism (www.pisab.org), and LGBTQ issues. She implements expressive arts in her therapeutic work at The Women’s Growth Center (http://womensgrowthcenter.com/wp/). Susan has published on a variety of subjects, such as parent-child attachment, mindfulness, use of movement with adolescents, and African-American women’s history.