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Faculty & Staff

Office: Arts Center
Phone: 585-389-2603
Chair: Yuanting Zhao
Secretary: Meredith Kahl

Mailing Address:
Nazareth College
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618


Theatre and Dance Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Yuanting Zhao

Chair, Theatre and Dance Department
Professor - Costume Designer
(585) 389-2786
Education: BFA Acting, Shandong College of Arts, China
MFA Costume Design, University of Arizona

Courses Taught:
THA 120 Introduction to Theatre
THA 125 Play’s the Thing
THA 230 History of Fashion
THA 332 Costume Design
THA 233 Costume Construction
THA 235 Stage Makeup
THA 360 Chinese Theatre
THA 363 Chinese Religion and Performance
THA 403 Special Topic-Stage Craft

Professor Zhao has been teaching at Nazareth College since 1996. During her time at Nazareth, she has designed costumes or supervised student costume designers for more than 60 productions, as well as designed for Geva Theatre Center, Rochester City Ballet, and other local theatres. She loves costumes, but most importantly, she loves teaching. Working with students on daily bases and see her students making progress is pure joy for her. Even Costume Design is her primary focus, professor Zhao has many other interests. Prior coming to the US, she held a BFA in acting, taught acting and makeup at Shandong College of Arts for six years. She stared in movies and TV movies, and hosted many TV programs.

Faculty & Staff

Matthew Ames

Assistant Professor - Acting & History
(585) 389-2785
Education: Ph.D., Theater, Louisiana Sate University (1996), M.A.,Theater, University of Maine (1990), B.A., English Literature, Theater Concentration, Acadia University, (1985).

Instruction: Introduction to Theater, Play Analysis, Theater History of Theater I and II, Acting Shakespeare, Styles of Acting, Senior Seminar, Advanced Acting: Characterization, Fundamentals of Acting, New Student Spotlight/ACTF Preparation, Directing

Areas of Professional and Artistic Interest: Solo Performance, Performance Art, Community Theater, Semiotics, Dramaturgy

Dr. Ames is a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actor's Guild with ten years experience as an actor in New York, having appeared in off-off and off-Broadway work, as well as in commercials and on television shows such as Law and Order and Sex and the City. Since arriving in Rochester in 2007, he has appeared in several readings at Geva Theater Center as well as various other area projects. Dr. Ames also directs both at Nazareth and throughout the Northeast.

Faculty & Staff

Lindsay Reading Korth

Professor - Acting & Directing
(585) 389-2780
Education: Master of Fine Arts – Directing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bachelor of Arts, Mount Holyoke College Lessac Voice Intensive, University of Colorado at Boulder Internship, The Recording and Research Center, Denver Center for Performing Arts

Instruction: FYS: Introduction to Theatrical Analysis; Fundamentals of Acting; Acting in Comedy; Voice for the Stage; Diction and Dialects; Movement for the Stage I; Play Direction; Styles of Acting

Areas of professional and artistic interest: Ms. Korth is particularly interested in the energy between actors on stage and between the audience and the stage as manifested on the body and the voice. Her favorite stage work is physical theatre a good example of which is the original devised work entitled Grimm.

Faculty & Staff

Heather Roffe

Assistant Professor – Dance
(585) 389-2163
Roffe received her M.F.A. from The College at Brockport in 2007, and joined the faculty of the Nazareth College Theatre and Dance Department in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Dance. Previous to that, she served as Dance faculty at SUNY College at Brockport, Wells College, SUNY Potsdam, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and at St. John Fisher College. She also has performed nationally and internationally with Garth Fagan Dance Company and nationally in her own work and with Bill Evans Dance Company, and Assemblage Dance. Heather Roffe has been a collaborating director, performer, and choreographer with Rochester’s critically acclaimed FuturPointe Dance Company since 2009. FuturPointe Dance’s aesthetic runs to the theatrical, combining cultural influences from Afro-Caribbean dance, Latin dance, modern dance and ballet with film and other mixed media/artistic collaborations. Roffe has been described as “One of the most dramatic and exciting dancers in our region,” (Democrat and Chronicle), and “…striking” ( Roffe’s early training was in classical ballet with Karen Ninos (Joffrey Ballet, SAB, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet), in Limón technique with Susan Caligaris (Lucas Hoving Performance Group) and the Limón Company (Carla Maxwell, Raphaël Boumaïla, Roxane D’Orléans Juste, and Francisco Ruvalcaba), and later, she worked closely with Bill Evans, studying the Bill Evans Dance technique for 8 years, and received her certification to teach it in 2010.

Roffe’s choreography has been presented in various venues across the country, and has been commissioned by both professional companies and dance programs throughout the US. Her choreography has been described as “entertaining…but with a cutting edge…a sharp one,” (Carlsen, City Newspaper), “playful and witty…with…a refined sensibility… Roffe used her dancers' bodies in ways that seemed new and fresh, yet it was still accessible and, at times, even poignant. An amazing talent….” (Rezsnyak, City Newspaper). FuturPointe has performed Roffe’s work on tours and at college residencies and performances, and at many Dance festivals across the country.

She has received recognition for her work in the Dance community, being listed as one of the “Rochester 10 – Behind-the-scenes Rochesterians doing great things that you should know about” in Jan. 2014 ( and in the Summer 2011 edition of Rochester magazine, was featured on the cover as one of Rochester’s “Fascinating Women.” Roffe is excited to have the opportunity to build the Dance program at Nazareth, and develop the Dance major here (B.S. in Dance Studies, coming soon!). In addition to her responsibilities at Nazareth, Roffe continues to actively perform, choreograph, guest teach, and one day, if she can sit still long enough, would like to continue to research, write, and publish her work (about, what else, dance!).

Faculty & Staff

Allen Wright Shannon

Assistant Professor - Scenic Designer
(585) 389-2788
Courses: Intro to Theatre Analysis
Tech I: Intro to Technical Theatre
Tech II: Drafting for the Theatre
Scene Painting
Scenic Design I and II
Styles and Ornamentation for the Theatre

MFA: Minnesota State University, Mankato
BS: Minnesota State University, Mankato and Simpson College

Served as faculty:
Nazareth College -- Rochester,NY
Lon Morris College -- Jacksonville, TX
Grandview College -- Des Moines, IA
Normandale Community College -- Minneapolis, MN
North Dakota School of the Performing Arts -- Grand Forks, ND
The Monique Dance Companie -- Minneapolis, MN

Additional Credits:
Scenic Painter: Sesame Street Live, Muppet Babies, Sesame Street Japan -- Vee Production Services, Minneapolis, MN
Scenic Painter: Times Square Installations for Target Corp. and Motorola -- Atomic Props and Effects, Minneapolis, MN
Choreographer/Instructor of Ballet/Pointe/Costume and Scenic Designer -- The Monique Dance Companie, Minneapolis, MN
Scenic Designer: Merry Go Round Playhouse -- Auburn, NY
Design segments on: HGTV, The Discovery Channel, KARE 11 TV, and Good Housekeeping Magazine
Scenic Designer: Miss Minnesota (America) Scholarship Pagent
Designer/Choreographer: Minnesota Junior Miss Scholarship Program
Scenic Designer: Guest Artist, SUNY, The College At Brockport
Costume Designer: The West Players -- St. Paul, MN

12 Certificate of Merit in Scenic Design: The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
Winner: The Barbizon Prize for Scenic Design

Faculty & Staff

Patti Lewis Browne

Adjunct Instructor - Acting & Directing
(585) 389-2175

Meggins Kelley

Adjunct Instructor - Dance
(585) 389-6920

Mary Farmer

Costume Shop Supervisor
(585) 389-2783

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