Learn More About Our Faculty for Summer 2018
Mark Wade (Scene Study)
Artistic Director, Assistant Professor and Head of the Theater Arts Program at Arcadia University
Mark is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama in Acting, and The Neighborhood Playhouse (where he studied with Sanford Meisner). Acting and directing credits include work for The Westport Country Playhouse, The Long Wharf Theater, and Trinity Repertory Theater. He spent five years as a creative consultant for Joanne Woodward, and produced with her two television movies for the “Hallmark Hall of Fame.” In addition, Mark collaborated closely with Ms Woodward during her time as Artistic Director of The Westport Country Playhouse, serving as an education consultant and as her assistant director on The Constant Wife by Somerset Maugham and Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg . Mark served as assistant director to Lloyd Richards on the Hallmark Hall of Fame’s television adaptation of The Piano Lesson by August Wilson. He directed the New York premiere of The Sirens by Darrah Cloud.
At Arcadia, Mark has directed The Laramie Project, Keely and Du, Hearsay (a world premiere written by Kathryn Petersen), The Love of the Nightingale, The Wind in the Willows, Home (a regional finalist and recipient of multiple awards including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Ensemble Acting by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival), an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, The Swing of the Sea (a world premiere written by Molly Hagan, an invited production to the KCACTF’s regional festival and winner of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Playwriting Award which was published by Samuel French), Meshuggah-nuns!, and co-directed with Kathryn Petersen The House of Bernarda Alba.
Jaye Austin Williams (Playwriting)
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Bucknell University
Jaye Austin Williams is Assistant Professor and C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Fellow in Africana Studies at Bucknell University. She is a director, playwright, actor, teacher, writer and consultant whose work has appeared in New York and regionally over the past thirty years, including at the Long Wharf Theatre, Karamu Playhouse, The New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, Joe's Pub at the Public, the Cherry Lane Theatre, New Jersey NJPAC, the historic Apollo Theatre and the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York. Her adaptation of Sapphire's book, American Dreams premiered at the Sundance Theatre Lab in Utah, and later at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York. She has received numerous fellowships and commissions, including the Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship at the Manhattan Theatre Club; commissions by the Joseph Papp Public Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum; and, during the pursuit of her MFA in Dramatic Writing, from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 1. Her plays include: Ghosting (Joseph Papp Public Theatre), A Not So Quiet Nocturne (Vineyard Theatre), Passion Play: A Parable (In Search Of, Inc.), subURBS, (Clark Studio Theatre at Lincoln Center); and If One Could Fly (Vineyard Theatre).
A specialist in the melding of drama theory and critical Black studies, Dr. Williams travels internationally, lecturing and teaching interdisciplinary seminars on the analysis of structural racism(s) and their myriad performances, both subtle and overt, in modernity; in particular, she focuses on Black dramatists' treatments of these performed antagonisms. She holds a Ph.D. in Drama and Theatre from UC Irvine; an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; and a BS in Theatre from Skidmore College.
Meenakshi Ponnuswami (Theatre History)
Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University
Prof. Ponnuswami teaches dramatic literature and theatre history. Her recent research interests have been in Black and Asian theatre in Britain. Her essay " ‘Small Island People,’" a study of nostalgia and identity in several plays by black British women, includes a brief survey of postwar black British theatre. During her upcoming sabbatical, Ponnuswami will be working on playwrights Winsome Pinnock, Errol John, and Mustapha Matura.
Sharrell D. Luckett (Devising and Black Acting Methods®)
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies
Dr. Luckett's literary and embodied interdisciplinary research is situated in performance theory, Black studies, and Fat studies. In addition to her being an award-winning director, acting teacher, and producer, Dr. Luckett's research has appeared in several publications. She is lead editor of the recently released Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches. Her solo show (YoungGiftedandFat) is on a rolling premiere and was recently staged Off-Broadway. Dr. Luckett is a proud Fellow of the esteemed Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Harvard University's Institute of Theater and Performance Research, and the Performance Encounters series at Cornell University. She is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Muhlenberg College.
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