Faculty/Staff

Erin Auble

Senior Lecturer/Curriculum Coordinator
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Erin Auble has been a fine artist since the day she picked up a crayon, and has been exploring photography since she could hold the camera in her own two hands. She graduated from Emerson College in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Design/Technology for Theatre. Erin then joined the team in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies in 2006 as an educator and resident set designer for the Performing Arts Program. In 2010, she earned her masters degree here at RIT in Art Education. Erin’s hobbies include photography, drawing, and painting; all of which she brings to the classroom and to the productions here at NTID. At any given time you will find her creating, curled up with a good book, off in search of photo-ops, or just enjoying the world around her.

Fred Michael Beam

Coordinator of Sunshine 2.0
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Fred Michael Beam is the outreach coordinator for Sunshine 2.0. He is an experienced performer with acting credits include Nicholas in “By the Music of the Spheres” at the Goodman Theater, Harry in “Harry the Dirty Dog” at the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts; Witness in “Miracle Workers” and Stranger in “Mad Dancer” at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; “Fall Out Shelter,” “The Dirt Maker” and “The Underachiever” at the Kennedy Center; the title character in “Othello” at Gallaudet University; and Steve in “A Streetcar Named Desire” at Sign­Rise Cultural Arts in Washington, D.C. He also performs in his one-man shows, “Fred Michael Beam: Sign Me a Story” and “Black, Deaf Male: Who Am I?,” which toured nationwide. He was a member ofI Didn't Hear That Color,” the first black deaf play ever produced. His television and film credits include “If You Could Hear My Own Tune,” The West Wing,” “Secret Dream,” “Little Lonely Monster,” “Deaf Mosaic” and “The New Captain Kangaroo,” for which he won the 2000 Media Access Award.

A dancer, director and choreographer, Beam has worked with the Gallaudet Dance Company, the National Deaf Dance Theatre, the DuPont Dance Company, the Penn Vision Dance Company and the Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts. He has performed around the globe, including in Africa, Australia, Egypt, England, France, Jamaica, Japan, Sweden, South America and the Virgin Islands. He also was choreographer for the production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Open Circle Theater in Washington, DC.

He is executive director of In­visible Hands, Inc. which promotes deaf awareness through performing arts and was a founding member of The Wild Zappers, an all deaf male dance company. He also established Theater Arts Leadership Training for Deaf People of Color at Gallaudet University. Beam established the Black Deaf Expo and has hosted it since 2003, providing the Deaf Black Community the opportunity to stand proud, displaying their culture.

Beam also was a board member of Quest for Arts, Inc., the Governor's Ad­visory Committee on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities in Maryland and a former president of District of Columbia Black Deaf Advocates. For his outstanding work with the deaf community, Beam was chosen one of “Essence Magazine’s” Real Men of the Year, and has been “DEAF LIFE” magazine’s Deaf Person of the Month.

Dr. Joseph Bochner

Department Chair
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Joseph Bochner serves as professor and chair of the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at NTID.  He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, focusing his studies on language and audition.  Joe has conducted research on the acquisition of English language and literacy skills, as well as the acquisition of ASL as a second language and speech perception and production. Current research topics include speech recognition in deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and second language learners, as well as the assessment of receptive ASL skills in second language learners. Joe has served as a reviewer for various professional journals, including Language and Speech, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, and the Journal of Speech and Hearing Research.

Michelle Childress

Senior Staff Specialist
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Michelle Childress is the Senior Staff Specialist for the Department of Cultural & Creative Studies (DCCS) here at RIT/NTID. Prior to being a part of the NTID family, Michelle was the Operations Manager for the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh and has worked for the YMCA for over 13 years. The Performing Arts has always been such a huge part of Michelle’s life. She has an undergraduate degree from Nazareth College of Rochester and did her master’s work at Duquesne University both in Music Education with a concentration in vocal studies. In her free time, she loves to sing, partake in theatre productions, coach swimming, and run half marathons.

Nicole Cruz

Theatre Program Assistant
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Nicole Cruz is a New Englander hailing from New Hampshire. She moved to Rochester, New York in 2006 to attend the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She majored in Graphic Design, graduating with an Associates of Applied Science degree in 2013 along with a Certificate in Performing Arts. She is also currently completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Resources Management at Southern New Hampshire University. With over 26 years dance experience, Nicole has also been part of RIT/NTID Dance Company since 2006, training under Thomas Warfield. She began dancing at the age of three with Diane's Dance Academy and then Edgewater Academy of Dance in Gilford, New Hampshire. By the time she graduated from high school she had completed 15 years of dance (that's a lot of shoes and costumes!). In addition to dancing she started performing at 8 years old for the Community Players of Concord New Hampshire. Her first debut was as the jailer's daughter in the Wind and the Willows. Along with Nicole's background in dance and acting, she brings her experience in areas of building and painting sets, designing and maintaining costumes and props to the department of Performing Arts at NTID. 

Cezanne Enriquez

Technical Theatre Assistant
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Cezanne N. Enriquez is a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso, Texas. There are three great loves she has in her life; theatre, ASL as well as working with the Deaf, and film. She has her Bachelor Degree in Deaf Studies and graduated with academic honors from California State University at Northridge (CSUN) as well as having her teaching certification from Texas in American Sign Language EC-12. She has been involved with the Deaf Community and learned ASL at the age of seventeen, fluent at the age of eighteen and have been an Interpreter for the Deaf since she was twenty-one.  

Credits:

San Antonio Playhouse: "Hair" (right stage crew)

"The Full Monty" (sound)

"Brigadoon" (Crew Chief),

"The Sound of Music" (Crew Chief)

"A Christmas Carol" (sound)

"A Chorus Line" (stage crew): Jump Start Theatre Company: "WIP: Works in Progress" (lights and sound)

"Birth" (sound)

"Hetaerae" (sound)

"Method and Madness: Hamlet 2013" (sound): Classic Theatre of San Antonio: "Private Lives"(lights and sound).

Joseph Fox

Theatre Production Assistant
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Joseph Fox is a Georgia native. He is the Theatre Production Assistant for the Performing Arts Program. He earned his Associate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Arts Imaging Studies and a certificate in NTID Performing Arts. He is thrilled to be part of Performing Arts team. He has been involved in so many productions since 2003 (acting, dancing, backstage crew, stage management, actor liaison, and directing.) His first directing was “How Did the Grinch Stole Christmas” in 2004 for Margaret’s House. He has been a member of Masquers Drama Club (MDC) since 2002.  His duties are publicity and designing publicity materials. He manages Panara Theatre and 1510 Lab Theatre.

Jeannette Giagios

Staff Assistant
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Jeannette Giagios is a Rochester native, and has served as Staff Assistant for the Department of Cultural & Creative Studies (DCCS) for the past 20 years.  Prior to joining NTID she worked in the Gates-Chili School district for 10 years.  In addition to her duties in DCCS, she is actively involved in the campus community. Some of which are, serving as a student Mentor, an advocate for the RIT Student Conduct Center, and is the NTID Performing Arts House Manager.
 

Sacha Glasser

Instructional/Support Faculty
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Sacha is delighted to be joining the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies here at RIT/NTID. She has always had a love for art and technology, and followed those passions by studying Theatrical Design and Production at Boston University. She has worked at a number of theatres in Boston, MA, including the Huntington Theatre Company and New Repertory Theatre. She has also spent time working abroad in Sydney, Australia. In her free time she can be found pursuing any number of her hobbies: traveling, biking, and photography to name a few.

Dr. Luane Davis Haggerty

Principle Lecturer
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Luane Davis Haggerty, Ph.D. is the co-founder and former Artistic Director of Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT). She is also an actor, teacher, writer, director, and choreographer. IRT is a non-profit company dedicated to inclusion and outreach to: women, the disabled, and other minority. IRT is a long term member of ART/NY and has been given awards and grants for work with children, outreach programs, showcase work, and Off Broadway production. She is the creator of Del-Sign acting technique most recently featured in articles published in The New York Times, Howlround and Theatreweek.  She has won awards for her work in this technique, most recently the "Best of Local theater" award by CITY newspaper for the Dangerous Signs production of "Little Shop of Horrors".

As a professional theater artist she has made her living performing in New York City, on cruise lines and in hotels.  Some of her favorite performances included being a featured performer at Radio City Music Hall, being the resident character actor for Light Opera of Manhattan and working here in Rochester at GEVA theater in A Christmas Carol and for the Festival of New theater.  Her regional and stock credits run from Shakespeare to Soundheim.  As a recording artist and singer she has performed with Jazz bands in New Orleans, Memphis and St. Louis as well as The Blue Note in New York. As a writer, she has had six plays produced winning the Women's Midwestern Arts Council Award and a nomination for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in drama  for her play "Windows of the Soul". She was awarded entry into "Who's Who in American theater", and Outstanding young American" and was named an Outstanding Woman of Achievement by Govenor Pataki during his forum "Women Run New York". She is proud of her work here at NTID/RIT for the past 20 years as a Department of Cultural and Creative Studies Educator and Advisor for the Masquer's Drama Club.  The local community ASL performance group Dangerous Signs was developed as a professional offshoot of the core work she does hands on with students.  She has also developed a theatrical interpreting collective called StageHands which serves many of the local theater and college productions in Rochester. She has been nominated for the Eisenhart Outstanding Award for teaching nearly every year she has been here. She is a member of AEA, AFTRA, SAG, League of Professional Theater Women, Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the Dramatist's Guild and the Deaf Entertainment Guild.​

Joe Hamilton

Stagecraft Manager/Shop Foreman
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Joe Hamilton is in his 23rd year at RIT/NTID, as the Scene Shop Foreman and Stagecraft Manager of The Panara Theatre and has worked building over 103 productions. Some of his works include, the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Windows of the Soul, the OOBR award for the New York City production of The Emperor Jones, Damn Yankees, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, …and melodies unheard, Guys and Dolls, Peter and The Wolf and The Glass Menagerie. Mr. Hamilton has been sought after and worked across the country representing NTID in the technical world of theatre. Mr. Hamilton teaches both Deaf and hearing students core concepts related back stage craftsmanship, from building sets to special lighting and computer technology. He has also presented at USITT concerning the use of visual means in technical theatre. Awards credited to Mr. Hamilton include the RIT Humanitarian Award, and several nominations for various university awards.

Andy Head

Visiting Assistant Professor
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Andy Head is a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies. Though new to NTID, Andy has worked at RIT since the Fall of 2016. In that time, he has directed Love’s Fire: Seven Plays Inspired by Seven Shakespearean Sonnets (2016), collaborated with the RIT Orchestra on an adapted version of Peer Gynt (2017), and directed Stupid F*cking Bird by Aaron Posner (2018).

Andy completed his graduate studies at Michigan State University. While there he developed interests in Shakespeare’s work, the canon of American dramatists, devised theatre, and using theatre as a tool for community outreach. Andy has acted professionally with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, New Harmony Theatre, Summer Circle Theatre, and the Williamston Theatre. Most recently, he appeared locally in the Rochester Fringe Festival and with Wallbyrd Theatre Company. 

Andy also carried his theatre outreach work to Ghana, where he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years and created educational theatre pieces with members of his community. Before joining the RIT/NTID faculty, Andy taught for the Performing Arts Department at the University of Southern Indiana.​

Dr. Aaron Kelstone

Principal Lecturer & Development Office for NTID Performing Arts
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He has taught for 20 years at RIT/NTID in the Department of Cultural Creative Studies (DCCS). In addition to teaching at NTID Aaron has been involved with the Performing Arts Program serving as the Program Director for 7 years. During his career he has actively participated in the performing arts as an actor, director, playwright and artistic director with primary involvement with Cleveland SignStage Theatre.  He has also been active in social services as the executive director of Valley Center of the Deaf in Phoenix, Arizona.

Education:

Doctor of Education - Ed.D- Northeastern University, 2012

Master of Arts – English Literature, Cleveland State University, 2001

Bachelor of Arts – English Literature, Cleveland State University, 1994

Thomas Warfield

Director of Dance
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Thomas Warfield is the founder/artistic director of PeaceArt International (a local/global outreach organization using the arts to foster world peace), director of dance at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, associate director of Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre and vocal soloist at Unity Church in Rochester, NY and the Chilmark Community Church on Martha’s Vineyard. He is also co-president of Rochester Region Association of Teaching Artists (RRATA) and serves on the State Board of ATA.

The son of a minister and a conductor and nephew of internationally renowned singers William Warfield and Leontyne Price, Thomas Warfield began piano lessons at age 4, and at 6 was performing on stage. He began dance training in Rochester, NY with Olive McCue at the Mercury Ballet, studied at the School of American Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet in NYC, and on full scholarship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.

His 14yrs. with the Opera Theatre of Rochester, and performances with the New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera allowed him to work with directors Franco Zefferelli and Spike Lee, composers John Adams and Marvin Hamlisch, scientist Carl Sagan, singer Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills and others. As a singer his repertoire spans German lieder to gospel. His numerous acting credits include “The Tinman” in The Wiz and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As a dancer he’s performed works by Balanchine, Graham, Cunningham, Limon, Paul Taylor, Isadora Duncan, V. Nijinsky, B. Nijinska, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Jane Dudley and dozens of others and in companies worldwide. Warfield earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, receiving the President's Award for Excellence and MFA from the University of Utah winning a research fellowship in dance ethnology.

As a professional dancer, singer, pianist, actor, composer, choreographer, music/theatre director, teacher, producer and poet, Mr. Warfield has traveled to over 70 U.S. cities and over 35 foreign cities including: Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Paris, Taiwan, Bangkok, Seoul, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Rome, Moscow, mainland China and Macau (where he was decorated as an honorary citizen). The New York Times, Hong Kong Standard, London Times, China News and La Monde are among the many newspapers which have written of Mr. Warfield’s exemplary performances. Mr. Warfield has worked as a facilitator/trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) doing workshops for schools and corporations in leadership training, welcoming diversity, prejudice reduction and non-violent conflict resolution. He has presented solo concerts and workshops in schools, hospitals, community centers, theological seminaries, homeless shelters, and correctional facilities; working with urban youth, professional dancers/musicians, the elderly, mentally & physically disabled, drug/alcohol abusers, blind & deaf children, AIDS/cancer patients and many others world-wide. Thomas Warfield has taught extensively in the U.S.A. and abroad on a variety of subjects which include: ballet, modern and African-based dance, choreography, improvisation, piano, voice, drama, poetry, English, African-American studies, art/religion, and classes on inner peace, self-esteem, and workshops on nurturing compassion.

Mr. Warfield also serves as freelance dance critic for Gannett Newspapers. Thomas Warfield's original idea and project of creating "A Global Poem In Praise Of Peace" garnered global recognition by letters from Leonard Bernstein, Mother Teresa and hundreds of others. His first CD, "Celebrate the Moment" featuring original songs, vocals and piano by Thomas Warfield is sold throughout the world. Warfield is listed in "Most Outstanding Young Men in America," and "Who's Who." He has won numerous awards including: the 2002 OOBR (Off Off Broadway) Award for Choreography, 2000 award for volunteerism from The United Nations Association, the 1999 Dance Award from the Community of Colors, and a 1991 National Dance Assoc. Award.

Mr. Warfield serves on the boards of the Education for Peace, International Associations of Rochester, Dance Rochester, World Dance Alliance (Africa committee), The Gateways Music Festival, the China Millennium Council (vice-pres), ARTWalk (the outdoor museum), Race & Reconciliation, Inc., University of Rochester’s AIDS Vaccine Trails Unit Community Advisory Board, William Warfield Scholarship Fund at the Eastman School of Music Advisory Board, and a former board member of Young Audiences, Inc.

Thomas Warfield attributes his passion and blessings in life to the SPIRIT of love.