Faculty and Staff

Djola Branner
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.
  • Mimsi Janis

    Assistant Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Mimsi Janis is an assistant professor in the School of Theater at George Mason University. She is also an actor and teaching artist in the DC area.
  • Kristen Johnsen-Neshati

    Associate 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.”
  • Heather McDonald

    Writer in Residence, Professor, School of Theater, CVPA
    Film Faculty Screenwriting Concentration, 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.
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Theater, CVPA

  • Sherrice Mojgani

    Assistant Professor, School of Theater, CVPA

  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Theater, CVPA

  • Sara Simanski

    Undergraduate Academic Advisor, School of Theater, CVPA

    Sara Simanski is passionate about supporting students with their collegiate journey. She has worked as the Academic Advisor for the School of Theater since 2010, working within the College of Visual & Performing Arts since 2003. Sara is a member of the Mason Academic Advising Network (MAAN) and the CVPA curriculum committee. Her previous university experience includes working as part of the Admissions office at the College of William and Mary. Sara holds a BA in Psychology from George Mason University (2001).