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.
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.
Joseph Fox is a Georgia native. He is the Theatre and Tour Manager 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..
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, 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, in his 24th year at RIT/NTID, serves as the Scene Shop Foreman and Stagecraft Manager and has built over 130 productions, with a particular focus on special effects and stage construction. Some of his favorite works include the Pulitzer Prize winning production of Windows of the Soul, the OOBR award winning New York City production of Emperor Jones, Peter Pan, The Wonderful World of Oz, Frankenstein, Dracula, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Guys and Dolls, and Little Women. Mr. Hamilton has often been asked to advise, on a national level, abut deaf people and the technical world of theatre. He teaches both deaf and hearing students core concepts and soft skills related to backstage craftsmanship, from building sets to special lighting and computer technology. Mr. Hamilton takes pride in giving students a place to use their various skills and imagination to build a world on stage. He has also presented at USITT concerning the use of visual approaches in technical theatre. Awards credited to Mr. Hamilton include the RIT Humanitarian Award, and several nominations for various university awards.
Andy Head is an 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.
Marc Ellis Holland is Broadway and touring dance veteran whose credits include Cats, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls and La Cage Aux Folles. He has performed with Deca Dance Company of New York City and Kineolab in Rochester, NY. Internationally, he has performed in Japan, Austria, Hungary, and Mexico with both Cats and Deca Dance Company tours. Marc also has experience in the television industry, appearing in commercials and industry events throughout his career. He also appeared in summer stock at Pittsburgh Playhouse and West Virginia Theater in Morgantown, WV performing in La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, Man of La Mancha, Chorus Line, Music Man, and West Side Story'
Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. He also was a recipient of a scholarship with the Iowa Ballet Company. He is Cecchetti certified and has been a faculty member for the last ten years for the Cecchetti International Ballet Camp in Holland, Michigan. Marc has also been a returning Guest Faculty Members for Ann Parsley School of Dance’s annual ballet camp in Michigan, as well as conducting master classes and workshops for thousands of students and teachers in almost a dozen states.
Marc has numerous choreography credits for community theater including Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, La Cage Aux Folles, Sweet Charity, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Gypsy, White Christmas, TITANIC, Miracle on 34th Street, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Rent, Cats, Children of Eden, Cabaret and School House Rock.
Marc was on the faculty of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he taught dance and choreographed shows, including Fiddler on the Roof, Beauty and the Beast, Grease, and High School Musical. He also teaches ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern, and contemporary dance classes and choreographs competitive numbers for studios in Rochester, NY. Marc has collaborated with the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, bringing his students to perform with them, and recently appeared on stage at Rochester Fringe Fest in Invoking Justice, by Curtis Stedge. He was selected to perform in Open Heart, Closed Hands, by Zachary Frazee, at So You Think You Can Choreograph in Saratoga Springs, NY.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Marc currently resides in Rochester, NY with his husband.
Director of Department of Performing Arts
Principal Lecturer & Development Office for NTID Performing Arts Aaron.firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Kelstone 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.
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
Denise Morgan is the Senior Staff Specialist for the NTID Department of Performing Arts. She brings with her more than 25 years of administrative experience. Denise started at RIT in 2018 in the Center for Advancing STEM Teaching, Learning and Evaluation (CASTLE). She joined NTID Department of Performing Arts in March, 2020. Her past experience and expertise lie in working closely with different program directors and students. From hiring and onboarding students as Learning Assistants to bringing them to campus for summer programs, assuring residence, meal plans, stipends and payroll, she guided faculty and students through the administrative requirements and RIT practices. Denise has served in a variety of administrative roles within several organizations. She brings a tremendous skill set from her past work in an accounting firm, television news room, construction company and advertising firm. Denise is a mother of two teenagers and is well known as a “Football Mom.“ She and her family have slowly grown from hitting all of the amusement parks during summer vacations to just sitting on a beach and enjoying the ocean. She loves the outdoors and tries to take walks every day. Denise is pleased to bring her knowledge to this new chapter at NTID and learning as much as she can about this wonderful world of Theatre.
Eric is new to the Rochester area and RIT. Originally from Buffalo, NY he has spent the last 11 years in the Midwest. He received his B.A. in Theater from Buffalo State College in 2008. After a year of freelance work, he headed to Illinois State University where he received his M.F.A. in Scene Design in 2012.
Following grad school, he worked for 8 years at Rock Valley College, for the Starlight Theater, producing 4 major musicals every summer along with 4 studio shows during the school year. He helped to pioneer the Starlight Shakespeare Troupe as well as Starlight’s Holiday Traditions series. In this position her served as a Scene Designer or Lighting Designer, and Technical Director for all shows.
While working for Rock Valley College he was also working Beloit College of Beloit, WI. Here he was able to freelance design both scenery and lights. While being able to work at educational institutions after graduate school, he found a passion for teaching. Having the ability to work with a variety of students and open their minds to the creative process for theater is what draws him to the profession.
Eric is excited to work for NTID and be back in the area, and looking forward to many great experiences with RIT.
Thomas Warfield was born and raised in Rochester, and has lived in 6 countries. He has performed from stage to television to film, in more than 100 cities worldwide; as a singer, dancer, actor, model, composer, choreographer, director, producer, educator, activist and poet. His performances have been a vast variety including the Metropolitan Opera, 17yrs of performances at ’The Yard’ on Martha’s Vineyard, a circus in Japan, giving performances and workshops in three U.S. prisons, a Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth in London, solo concerts throughout the USA and in 28 cities around the world, and an east-coast tour of his original project for RIT/NTID AstroDance - combining dance and astrophysics funded by the National Science Foundation. Thomas has worked with AIDS patients in Thailand, blind students in Taiwan, the homeless in Utah and NYC, inner-city youth in North Carolina and Texas, arts in education programs in Hawaii, Idaho, Wyoming, California and Florida and in 36 other states. He has worked with directors Spike Lee and Franco Zefferelli, composers John Adams and Marvin Hamlisch, scientist Carl Sagan, singers Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills and worked with and danced in works by choreographers Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Jose Limon, Robert Joffrey, Bill T. Jones, Jane Dudley, Tandy Beal, Anna Sokolow, Irina Nijinska and numerous others. Thomas Warfield has been director of dance in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology for 22yrs, where he has choreographed over 30 dances including 4 full-evening story ballets. At RIT he served as chair of the President’s Commission on Pluralism and Inclusion and Performing Arts Task Force. He holds a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase (recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence) and an MFA in Dance/Ethnology from University of Utah, where he received a research fellowship and full scholarship. Thomas Warfield has taught extensively in the U.S.A. and abroad on a variety of subjects which include: ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, hip-hop fusion dance and African-based dance, choreography, improvisation, piano, voice, acting, poetry, English, African-American studies, art/religion, and classes on individual and social identity, inner peace, self-esteem, and workshops on nurturing compassion.
As founder and artistic director of PeaceArt International (a 29yr old local/global outreach organization), and former trainer for National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), Thomas reinterpreted and integrated the NCBI, Alternatives to Violence Program, dance & music therapy tools of coalition building, leadership, self-affirmation and diversity principles into the creative process exercises of his local/global community building through arts PeaceArt projects fostering world peace. His Global Poem In Praise of Peace garnered global recognition in letters from composer Leonard Bernstein and Mother Teresa and hundreds of others. Mr. Warfield’s first solo album, Celebrate the Moment, has sold throughout the world and can be found on CDbaby.com and itunes.com. As a performing artist, his work has been noted in The New York Times, Hong Kong Daily Standard, China News, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Salt Lake Tribune, News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), Le Monde in France and many others. The British publication, The Morning Star wrote his "...sensitive, superbly trained body filled every word and every movement with bitter meaning." Thomas serves as vice president of the MuCCC Theatre board, former president of ARTWalk (and co-creator of ARTWalk Alive Festival), Association of Teaching Artists (founding member and former president of Rochester chapter), the William Warfield Scholarship Fund at Eastman School of Music (president emeritis), on the board of Rochester Fringe Festival (chair Diversity committee) and on the Advisory boards of Rochester Area Community Foundation, and formally board member of Gateways Music Festival, Greentopia, Education for Peace, China Millennium Council, Young Audiences, and associate director of the New York Dance Festival (for over 20 years). He is recipient of numerous awards including: the 2014 Essie Calhoun Diversity Award from Geva Theatre, the Individual Artist Award from the Rochester Arts & Cultural Council, Diversity Trailblazer Award from RIT, Unsung Heroes Award from the City of Rochester, The 2010 Elliott-Black Award from The American Ethical Union, 2015 Community Champion Award from the Empire State Pride Agenda, United Nations Young Ambassadors Award, National Dance Association Award, Be More Award from PBS, Honorary Artist Citizen from the city of Macau, China, and the 2001 Off Off-Broadway Award for Choreography among others.