Performing Arts Faculty
Debra Acquavella has been a Production Stage Manager on Broadway, off-Broadway and regionally for many years. On Broadway, she was Production Stage Manager for the year-long run of the Tony Award-winning Metamorphoses, stage manager of Master Harold… and the boys. starring Danny Glover, and Jane Eyre, The Musical directed by John Caird.
Off-Broadway credits include Falsettos at Playwrights Horizons directed by Lonnie Price, The Thing About Men at The Promenade Theatre and Metamorphoses at Second Stage. Regionally, Deb spent 15 seasons as Production Stage Manager of Actors Theatre of Louisville, stage managing close to 200 productions. These include dozens of premieres of new works in the Humana Festival of New American Plays, representing playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, Suzan-Lori Parks, Lee Blessing, Jane Martin, and Naomi Iizuka among many others. Deb comes to Emerson after 4 seasons as Resident Stage Manager of Baltimore's Centerstage and continues to work professionally with Contemporary American Theatre Festival, a new play festival performed in rotating repertory, in Shepherdstown, WV, among others.
Office: Tufte 602
A Round of Applause...
Recent news highlights from the Department of Performing Arts.
Emily Skeggs '12 nominated for Tony Award
Emily Skeggs was with fellow Emerson alums when she learned that she had been nominated for a Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical) for her role in Fun Home.
No rehearsal needed: Students win theatre competition
They didn’t go to USITT to compete (in fact, they signed up after the race had begun), but a group of Performing Arts production majors took first place at the 2015 Tech Olympics!
McGorry '08 talks about his two hit TV shows
The Performing Arts alum appears on Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder.
Grammy nomination for Sanlikol
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, a well-respected pianist and faculty member in Performing Arts, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for his composition “Vecd."