ESU's theatre faculty continue to work professionally and bring their expertise to the academic stage.
- Christopher Domanski
- Associate Professor of Theatre, Department Chair (Design & Theatre Technology)
M.F.A., 2003, Ohio University School of Theatre
B.F.A., 1998, Wayne State University
I am the Lighting Designer and Technical Director for the Theatre Department. I primarily teach Theatrical Lighting, Play Production, and Introduction to Theatre. In addition to teaching, I also run the scenery and lighting production shops where I mentor students in the safe building and installation of these two areas.
Originally from Michigan, Chris holds an MFA in Scenography from the Ohio University School of Theatre. He comes to ESU after teaching 13 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. Before Oklahoma, Chris lived in New York City where he worked in Eddie Pierce’s scenic studio on the Broadway production of Wicked and at Santo Loquasto’s studio, working on productions of Movin’ Out and Elephant Man. He was also a recipient of The Tobin Foundation Award for design excellence at the USITT Young Designers Forum and as a result, his work has been presented nationally and internationally.
Chris has designed over 200 productions for theatre, musical theatre, dance, and opera. Some of his recent productions are: Xanadu and Boeing Boeing (Lyric Theatre), Peter Pan, Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate , and Anything Goes (Summerstock OK), La Cage Aux Folles (Pollard Theatre), Cripple of Inishmaan and Pirates of Penzance (Cornel University), The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Summer of 42’ (UCO’s Broadway Tonight), Cosi Fan Tutte, Gianni Schicchi, Once on This Island, Sunset Boulevard, The Full Monty, Side Show, Woyzeck, Henry V, Wait Until Dark, and Tartuffe (University of Central Oklahoma).
- Stephanie Daventry French
- Professor of Theatre (Acting/Directing)
B.A., 1992, San Francisco State University
M.F.A., 1996, University of California, San Diego
Professor French teaches the integration of mind, body and emotions in acting through Stanislavsky’s Active Analysis and Cecily Berry’s activation of Shakespeare. She teaches presence through devising, improvisation, clowning, viewpoints, yoga and other integrative techniques. She invites actors and directors at all levels to learn to see the creative possibilities in established text and also to generate original work.
Acting, Acting II, Advanced Acting:Styles
Acting for the Camera
Stanislavsky's Active Analysis
Theatre of the Oppressed
Diversity and Inclusion
Ithaca Women's Soccer
Student Group Advising
Acting for Theatre, TV and Film
Publications & Presentations
Experiencing Stanislavsky Today: Training and Rehearsal for the Psychophysical Actor, Routledge Press 2015
- Brian E. Hodge
- Director of Bands
B.M., East Tennessee State University
M.M., University of Memphis
Brian Hodge is the Director of Bands for ESU, coordinating and administrating numerous performance organizations on campus. In addition, he teaches courses in music theory, writes and arranges music for ensembles across the United States, and is an active performer in brass and piano.
My teaching interests are in providing a well balanced, artistically relevant, and community engaging music program to student participants. In addition, I believe engaging with music is the most effective method for learning music, and incorporate practical performance instruction into each class.
My primary research interest is in the intersection of biomechanics and music. I am
interested in developing new methods which may improve the ergonomic practices of
musicians, particularly those engaged in athletic bands.
Creatively, I enjoy crafting arrangements and transcriptions which are performed by professional and student groups nationally, as well as composing drill/program designs for athletic bands.
In my role as director, I have sought to expand the ways our music programs may better the community. We are focusing on engaging both the academic and greater regional community to promote ESU across the region and serve as a recruitment vehicle for the school by performing at numerous open houses and band contest exhibitions throughout Eastern Pennsylvania. I also serve on the PA Intercollegiate Band Selection Committee, and am an active member of College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, and Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
Student Group Advising
I am the advisor for the Mu Epsilon chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, National Honorary Band Fraternity.
- James Maroney
- Associate Professor of Music
B.S., 1978, Western Connecticut State College
M.M., 1981, Ithaca College
Artist Diploma, 1987, Hartt School, University of Hartford
Ed.D., 1995, Teachers College, Columbia University
Specializing in choral and vocal music performance.