Theatre and Dance Faculty

Moimusa Ahmadu

Moimusa Ahmadu

Moimusa Ahmadu is the sole proprietor of Guts Pilates and Sports Medicine. He is also currently the Assistant Athletic Trainer in the SportsMedicine Department at The Landon School for Boys.Read More  


Tonya Beckman

Tonya Beckman

Tonya Beckman is an AEA/SAG-AFTRA actor and dialect coach.
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Abby Bender

Abby Bender is the Instructional Technologist for the Scene Shop. Abby grew up in Shippensburg, PA and started working at her local performing arts center in high school.
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Mary Buckley

Mary Buckley is Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the EJS Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University. Read More  


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Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Dana Tai Soon Burgess is a leading American choreographer and cultural figure. He is the Smithsonian’s choreographer in residence. Burgess has been referred to as “not only a Washington Prize, but a national dance treasure” (Washington Post Pulitzer Prize dance critic Sarah Kaufman).
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Hayley Cutler

Hayley Cutler

Hayley Cutler (she/her) is a choreographer, performer, artist organizer, and dance educator. She is the founder and Artistic Director of darlingdance, a project-based dance company in its eleventh season, and co-founder of artist neighbor collective, an ongoing curatorial performance project.
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Laurel Gray

Internationally recognized dance scholar, choreographer, performer, and costume designer, Laurel Victoria Gray specializes in women’s dances from Silk Road cultures and the Islamic World. Read More  


Carl Gudenius

Carl Gudenius

Carl Gudenius is the Program Head of Theatre & Dance. In addition to teaching scenic and lighting design at GW and directing its Graduate Production Design Program, Professor Gudenius is an active professional designer.
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Krissy Harris

Krissy Harris

Krissy Harris is a DMV-based, LGBTQIA+ dance artist and educator. Her research is anchored in gender studies, feminism, queerness and challenging power abuse.
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Jennifer Hopkins

Jennifer J. Hopkins is a performing artist who spends her free time teaching fitness.
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Yesenia Iglesias

Yesenia Iglesias is a DC-based actor, educator, and writer originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
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Sigridur Johannesdottir

Sigridur is a costume designer who specializes and focuses her teaching on reproducing historical costumes based on research as well as dance costumes. She is the resident costume designer for Washington Stage Guild (DC), Ambassador Theatre (DC), and MetroStage in Alexandria VA.
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Jodi Kanter

As a scholar, she has been trained to apply the theoretical lens of performance to everyday practices and so, while her methodology is consistent, the subjects of her work vary wildly—from, for example, end of life health care to contemporary dramatic literature to the American Presidency. Read More  


Dalton Lamberth

Dalton Lamberth

Dalton Lamberth is a management professional and an avid lover of the arts and culture scene. He believes in providing a positive, practical, and productive environment in his work life and to those around him.
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Bill Largess

Bill Largess

Bill Largess has been a theatre artist in the Washington area for over 40 years. He is a founding member of The Washington Stage Guild, a professional theatre in downtown DC and has been artistic director since 2008. Read More  


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Giselle Ruzany

Giselle Ruzany MA LPC Ph.D. is a psychotherapist with a Master's in dance/movement therapy and has been a guest artist in 2016 and 2019 as well as an adjunct professor since 2011 at the Corcoran Theater & Dance Program. Read More  


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Allyson Currin Stokes

Professor Stokes is the writer of numerous original plays, which have premiered on stages around the country such as, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Signature Theatre, Mosaic Theater of DC, WSC Avant Bard and many others. Read More  


John Traub

John Traub

John is currently the Assistant Professor of Production Management & Technology at the George Washington University, where he teaches numerous classes in Production Design and serves as the Technical Director for the Corcoran Theatre & Dance Program. He also works as a subject matter expert in Arts Management, Production Design and fabrication for a large variety of clients throughout the East Coast. Read More  


Emily Vallozzi

Emily Vallozzi

Emily Vallozzi is a Washington D.C.-based costume designer, wardrobe stylist, and seamstress who has been working in the field since graduating from Point Park University in 2007 with a BFA in Technical Theatre and Design.
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Tanya Wetenhall

A specialist in dress history, Professor Wetenhall’s teaching encompasses fashion and costume history, world dress practices, ballet design history, material culture and the decorative arts. Her research explores the manifestation of national identity in design and the aesthetic and cultural intersections of Russia, France, and Great Britain in the late modern period. Read More  


Emily Whittaker

Emily Whittaker

Emily Whittaker is the Program Coordinator for Classical Acting, a one-year Master of Fine Arts program offered through the Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Sidney Monroe

Sidney Monroe Williams

Sidney Monroe Williams (they/them) is a community-based theatre artist whose work is situated at the intersections of race, gender and class. Through creative strategies, Sidney facilitates art-making and conversations with communities to spark dialogue, raise visibility and celebrate marginalized bodies.
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Maida Withers

Known for her daring in movement and innovation as a choreographer, Maida has created a significant body of work for Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, over 150 dances of breadth and vision, involving a process of experimentation and collaboration. She has been creating visionary collaborations with global partners for more than 50 years. Read More  


Robert Woofter

Robert Woofter

Robert Woofter is a control freak, sporadic drag queen, and founder of haus of bambi, a dance and film company in DC.
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Jaysen Wright

Jaysen Wright is an actor, director, and teaching artist based in his hometown of Washington, DC. He is the Director of Breaking Ground, an organization for LGBTQI+ people of color in the DMV that provides community and support while also creating an original, devised work that explores themes of sexuality, racism, transphobia, physical abuse, mental health, substance abuse, and living with HIV/AIDS through music, dance, spoken word, and theater.
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Irina Wunder

Irina Wunder

Ms. Wunder is on the faculty of the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, DC and Ballet NoVa Center for Dance in Arlington, VA. She taught at the Dance Institute of Washington and the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC.
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Travis Xavier

Travis Xavier, is an actor and hip hop artist. Born in Baltimore, MD and raised in Tampa, FL.
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