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Roffe Appointed Assistant Professor of Theatre in Dance

  • Published: June 01, 2012
Heather Roffe (photo by Matt Wittmeyer)

Heather Roffe (photo by Matt Wittmeyer)

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Roffe Appointed Assistant Professor of Theatre in Dance

The Department of Theatre Arts at Nazareth College is pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Roffe as Assistant Professor of Theatre in Dance. Roffe joins the Faculty Fall 2012. Theatre Arts Faculty, staff, and students welcome Heather.

Heather Roffe, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree, has taught dance on the faculties of Wells College, The College at Brockport, SUNY Potsdam, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and at St. John Fisher College.  Roffe’s choreography has been presented in various venues across the country, and has been commissioned by both professional companies and dance programs.  Roffe has performed nationally and internationally with the Garth Fagan Dance Company, and at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, the International Dance Festival, and the American Dance Guild Festival in her own work, and with Bill Evans Dance Company, Assemblage Dance Company, and Burnidge-Clark Dance. 

For the past two and a half years, she has directed, choreographed, performed and taught for FuturPointe Dance Company,* a contemporary fusion company based in Rochester.  Prior to her graduate studies in Dance, Roffe also worked in Marketing, Sales, Fund-raising, and Event Planning, skills she will put to good use in her new role at Nazareth College.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to develop and strengthen the Dance offerings and cultivate the potential of all the wonderful programming and personnel already in place at Nazareth.  I look forward to collaborating both within and outside of the Theatre Arts Department, and building a Dance program that has both strong roots and connections to other disciplines and the community," says Roffe.
*Related story: FuturPointe Dance will perform on the Callahan Theater  stage on Monday, July 16, 8pm-9pm as part of the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival. Tickets: $25 for Premium seating; $15 for Orchestra. Please note: this will be a one-hour performance, presented without an intermission. For more information, visit artscenter.naz.edu/dancefest. 

The Department of Theatre Arts at Nazareth College combines a theoretical and practical study of performance and production, teaching theatre in a liberal arts context and developing students’ skills in critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and communication.

The Department of Theatre Arts prepares students for the professional theatre and music theatre world as well as for further study in graduate school, by providing comprehensive training in the art, tools and skills required to create theatre of the highest caliber. The Department supports students training for teacher certification at the elementary and high school levels with a Theatre major.

The Department serves the broader context of the liberal arts by providing the perspective of the fine arts, and enriches the cultural and social life of the Nazareth College Community by staging a wide variety of performances – including a range of music theatre and dramatic texts – each year. The Nazareth College Department of Theatre Arts’ play season has often been ranked in the top ten nationally by The Princeton Review.

Department of Theatre Arts Program Offerings include: B.F.A. in Acting, B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance, B.F.A. in Theatrical Production; B.A. in Theatre Arts, B.A. in Theatre Arts with Adolescent Certification in English, B.A. in Theatre Arts with Inclusive Education Certification; and Minors in Theatre Arts and in Dance.

Nazareth College Arts Center is the Rochester region's premiere mid-size theater and venue for world-class dance, children's theatre and international entertainment. The Arts Center brings to Rochester many of the same shows enjoyed by audiences at New York's Lincoln Center or the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2010 Princeton Review names Nazareth College the 6th Best College Theater in the country (up from #9 in 2009.) The Nazareth College Arts Center is the home of Rochester Children's Theatre and the performance home of Rochester City Ballet and Garth Fagan Dance. For additional information, visit www.naz.edu/artscenter.

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