Department of Theater: 2019-2020 Visiting Artists

Summer 2020

Niegel Smith

Niegel Smith: Director, Frost & Dodd Student Play Festival (Frost Performances) Niegel is a Bessie Award winning theater director and performance artist. He is the Artistic Director of NYC's Obie Award winning theater, The Flea; board member of A.R.T./New York; and ringleader of Willing Participant an artistic activist organization.

His theater work has been produced by The Alley, The Barbican, Goodman Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Magic Theatre, The Melbourne Festival, Mixed Blood, New York Fringe Festival, New York Live Arts, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Playwrights Horizons, Pomegranate Arts, The Public Theater, St. Ann's Warehouse, Summer Play Festival and Under the Radar, and his participatory walks and performances have been produced by Abrons Arts Center, American Realness, Dartmouth College, Elastic City, The Invisible Dog, Jack, The New Museum, Prelude Festival, PS 122, the Van Alen Institute and Visual AIDS. He often collaborates with playwright/performer Taylor Mac and with artist Todd Shalom. Smith was co-director of the critically acclaimed 'A 24-Decade History of Popular Music', winner of the Kennedy Prize in Drama, the Edwin Booth Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Before surviving high school in Detroit, Niegel grew up in the North Carolina piedmont, fishing with his dad, shopping with his mom and inventing tall-tale fantasies with his two younger brothers.

Winter 2020

Jennifer Reiser '09

Jennifer Reiser: Lighting Designer, Sweet Science of Bruising. Jennifer is a lighting designer for theater, dance, opera, and events. Recent designs include: Byhalia, Mississippi (The Kennedy Center), Rusalka (Madison Opera), world premieres of MASC and GAY GUERRILLA with MADBOOTS DANCE (The Joyce Theater), Oslo; Dear Elizabeth; Venus Rising (Northern Stage), Wild Honey; The Hairy Ape; Girl of the Golden West (THEATREWORKS), West Side Story; The 39 Steps; Gypsy (New London Barn Playhouse), The Late Wedding; 1001 (Columbia University), Reread Another (Target Margin Theater). She was the associate lighting designer on the Broadway production of Ink and the assistant lighting designer on the Broadway productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Waitress, and Side Show. B.A. Dartmouth College, M.F.A. NYU-Tisch

Fall 2019/Winter 2020

Paul West

Paul West: Fight Choreographer, Sweet Science of Bruising and Red Speedo. Paul is a native of Vermont who studied in California and spent years on the west coast regional theater circuit; favorite roles from that period included Alan in Picnic at the Sacramento Theatre Company and Bill in Down the Road at the Pacific Repertory Theatre. He then moved back east to NYC and later to Washington DC, where he spent three years in the role of Tony Whitcomb in Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center. Since returning to Vermont, Paul has appeared as Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Pentangle Arts and in A Christmas Carol, The Little Mermaid, and Oslo at Northern Stage.

Fall 2019

David Remedios

David Remedios: Sound Designer, The Living. David has previously designed Don Juan Comes Back from the War, In the Next Room (or, the vibrator play) and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches for Dartmouth College. Recent credits include The Clean House (Portland Stage), A Welcome Guest and Wrecked (Contemporary American Theater Festival), The Haunted Life (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), The Burdens (City Theatre Company), and (Alley Theatre). David's work has been heard regionally at Trinity Repertory Company, 59E59, Geva Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Theatre for a New Audience, CenterStage Baltimore, La Jolla Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, and American Repertory Theatre (50 productions), among many others. Awards: Independent Reviewers of New England, Connecticut Critics' Circle, Elliot Norton Award.  David is Assistant Professor and Program Head of Sound Design at Boston University's School of Theatre.



Fall 2019

Brian Sekinger

Brian Sekinger: Stage Management Advisor, The Living/Red Speedo. Regional: A Doll's House Part 2, Once, Venus Rising, Matilda, Dear Elizabeth, Oslo, Noises Off, Disgraced, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Christmas Carol (Northern Stage), Catch Me If You Can, Peter and the Starcatcher, Disney's Newsies, Little Women, On Golden Pond, West Side Story, Godspell, How to Succeed, Crazy For You (New London Barn Playhouse), Mary Stuart (Folger Shakespeare), Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre), August Wilson's 20th Century (Kennedy Center). NYC: Cleopatra: The New Pop Experience (Theater for the New City), Daddy Long Legs (Davenport Theatricals), Claudio Quest (NYMF), Zombies on Broadway (RKO Stage), Sheila's Day (Lincoln Center Education), (Prospect Theater). MFA: Carnegie Mellon University.