Erin Auble

Set Designer

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.

Joseph Bochner

Department Chair

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.

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Michelle Childress

Senior Staff Specialist

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.

Cezanne Enriquez

Technical Theatre Assistant

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.  


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

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.

Luane Davis Haggerty

Assistant Professor, Cultural and Creative Studies

Luane Davis Haggerty is the co-founder and 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 profiled in THE NEW YORK TIMES, BACKSTAGE, and THEATREWEEK magazine.

On the other side of the footlights she has appeared as a featured performer at Radio City Music Hall and numerous Off Broadway theaters. Her regional and stock credits run from Shakespeare to Soundheim. She recently returned from working as a headliner on the American Queen, the flagship of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company. She has performed as a singer 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 for her play WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Her "How-To" book TAKING STAGE is presently being published by Allen Theatrical Publications. She was awarded entry into WHO'S WHO IN AMERICAN THEATRE, and OUTSTANDING YOUNG AMERICAN in 1997 and was recently named an Outstanding Woman of Achievement by Govenor Pataki during his forum WOMEN RUN NEW YORK. 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.

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Joe Hamilton

Stagecraft Manager/Shop Foreman
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Joe Hamilton is in his 20th year at RIT/NTID, as the Scene Shop Foreman and Technical Director 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.

Aaron Kelstone

Performing Arts Program Director
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Aaron Kelstone attended the Kansas School for the Deaf (KSD) where he was fortunate to have a strong performing arts program available and that has instilled a lifelong love for the arts and literature. He has found his teaching experience at RIT/NTID in the Department of Cultural Creative Studies (DCCS) to be an enriching experience as an artist, teacher, and individual. In 2012 he became the program director of the Performing Arts Program.

In addition to ten years of teaching at NTID Aaron has been involved in performing arts as an actor, director, playwright and artistic director with primary involvement with Cleveland Signstage Theatre and the National Theatre of the Deaf.  He has also been active in social services as the executive director of Valley Center of the Deaf in Phoenix, Arizona.  


Doctor of Education - Ed.D- Northeastern University,2013

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

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

Thomas Warfield

Director of Dance

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.