Faculty and Staff

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Djola Branner, Director

Theater Faculty and Staff List

  • Ed Gero

    Full Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Edward Gero, (Associate Professor, B.A., Montclair State College) is Performance Area Head for the School of Theatre at Theater at George Mason University.
  • David Goldstein

    Adjunct Faculty, School of Theater, CVPA

    David Goldstein has over 20 years of professional experience as a screenwriter, having written (and rewritten) scripts for companies such as Disney, Sony, Paramount, Lucasfilm and Fox.
  • Nicholas Kfoury Horner

    Assistant Director, School of Theater, CVPA

    Nicholas Kfoury Horner is a singer, voice-over artist, theatre actor, and director based in Washington D.C.
  • Mimsi Janis

    Assistant Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Mimsi Janis is an actor and teaching artist in the DC area.
  • Kristin Johnsen-Neshati

    Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and International Programs, CVPA
    Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Kristin Johnsen-Neshati is Associate Professor of Theater at George Mason University, where she has taught theater history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy and dramatic criticism since 1993.
  • Mary Lechter

    Executive Director, Mason Community Arts Academy and Assistant Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Mary Lechter, (BA University of Maryland) is a graduate of University of Maryland, College Park with a BA in Theater and Speech Communications, Mary has been working professionally as an actor since 1985 in the Metropolitan Washington area, Los Angeles, and New York.
  • Kaiulani Lee

    Adjunct Faculty, School of Theater, CVPA

    Kaiulani Lee, (B.A.,American University; Honorary Doctorate of the Arts, Bowdoin College, a student of Lee Strasberg, Sandy Meisner, Jerzy Grotowski and Uta Hagen). Kaiulani Lee brings to her teaching more than thirty-five years of experience in theater, film and television. Ms. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and Off- Broadway. She has been nominated for the Drama Desk Award on Broadway and has won the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement.”
  • Ahmad Maaty

    Adjunct Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Ahmad Maaty is an Egyptian-American actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer.
  • Heather McDonald

    Writer in Residence, CVPA
    Professor, School of Theater and Film and Video Studies, CVPA

    Heather McDonald (MFA, NYU Tisch School of the Arts) is professor of theater and head of playwriting and dramaturgy concentration.
  • Ian McEuen

    Adjunct Faculty, MUSICAL THEATER/VOICE,
    Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Born in Washington D.C., Ian McEuen has garnered praise for his “focused, warm and consistently clear tenor,” and “vivid characterizations,” in both operatic and theatrical productions.