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Theatre Program Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Proshot Kalami

Associate Professor
Expertise: direction, dramaturgy


Education:
  PhD with Double Emphasis on Performance Studies and Film Studies from University of California, Davis

Courses taught:
  THE 109 – Play Production Workshop
  LIT 225 – Introduction to Dramatic Literature
  HON 200 – Honors Seminar: Hashtag to Street Performance – Digital Activism

Proshot Kalami received her PhD with Double Emphasis on Performance Studies and Film Studies from University of California, Davis, and currently teaches in English, Communication, and Performing Arts at Bunker Hill Community College.

Before joining Bunker Hill Community College she served as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor, and later Associate Professor at UC Berkeley Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, UC Santa Cruz Department of Film and Digital Media, Loughborough University Department of English and Drama. She was a fellow at JNU Institute for Advance Studies at the Department of Performance Studies, and later she served as a fellow at Interweaving Performance Culture at Theaterwissenschaft Freie Universität Berlin.

She has worked as a director, dramaturge, playwright, radio drama director, voice actor, and street performance director. Her works have been stages off-off Broadway, and toured across the United States, Italy, France, Germany, England, Morocco, and India. As a live performance videographer and video installation artist she has worked with the Asia Society of North America, Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York), Cal Performances (UC Berkeley), Mondavi Center (UC Davis), Chorus Repertory Theatre (Manipur, India) and the Barbican (London).

Ayshia Stephenson

Ayshia Stephenson

Associate Professor
Expertise: communication, acting, direction, performance media


Education:
  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Doctor of Philosophy, Communication (2019)
  California Institute of the Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Writing for Performance (2009)

Courses taught:
   THE 107 – Acting I

Ayshia E. Stephenson is a director, playwright and award-winning poet from Brooklyn, NY. With an MFA from the California Institute of Arts and a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Ayshia uses media and performance to investigate human rights, culture and sexuality.

Ayshia has taught in South Korea and Poland, she believes in the global classroom. She has held full-time visiting professorships at Salem State University in Massachusetts, Eastern Nazarene College, and Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. She won the "Imaginary Friend Press Full-Length Book Award" for her book of ethnographic poems about life in South Korea, black hands of a morning calm. Her play, Venus Hottentot, premiered at Jewel Box Theatre's "Midtown International Theatre Festival" in NYC. She is the Executive Director of Performing Fusion Theatre, a Boston-based theatre company that promotes multiculturalism. Her critical and creative work have appeared in Black Camera, Qualitative Inquiry, Boston University Press, Open to Interpretation, Imaginary Friends Press, A Gathering of the Tribes, International Review of Qualitative Research, and is forthcoming in Research and Drama Education.

Ayshia has directed productions at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center, The Arts Block (Greenfield, MA), Jewel Box Theatre in NYC, Arts at the Armory (Boston), Davis Square Theatre (Somerville, MA), The Rockwell Theatre, Eggtooth Productions, and the DC Black Theatre Festival. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA.

Adjunct Faculty

Jen Shambaugh Lewis

Jen Shambaugh Lewis

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: acting, directing, theatre education


Education:
  Emerson College, Master of Fine Arts, Theatre Education and Applied Theatre (anticipated 2020)
  Emerson College, Master of Arts, Theatre Education (2018)
  New York University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Acting, with Honors (1997)

Courses taught:
  THE 107 – Acting I

Jen works to connect and challenge our world with honest, playful theatre. A freelance actor, director, teacher, coach, playwright, and mom, she currently teaches Acting at Bunker Hill Community College and acts and directs in Greater Boston on stage, screen and microphone. She serves on StageSource's Gender Parity and Line Drawn Initiatives, combating gender discrimination and sexual harassment in the theatre community.  

Recently, she has performed historic plays about social justice issues as a company member of Theatre Espresso; directed at Merrimack College's On Stagers, Beaver Country Day Upper School, the Winsor School, and both Newton North and South High Schools; and taught theatre at Wheelock Family Theatre and in several public schools. Favorite theatre roles include Rosalind in As You Like It which she produced as Merely Players; Hermia in Midsummer Night's Dream, Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing (It's a Fiasco); Legally Dead (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); Kate in Taming of the Shrew; Living Out (Lyric Stage); and The Friends of Eddie Coyle (Stickball). She has attended Shakespeare and Company's Month-long Intensive twice, as both a participant and teacher-trainee.

Her voice-over work includes thirteen years of online corporate trainings for SAI Global (formerly Integrity Interactive) as well as many other commercial and corporate clients. A member of SAG-AFTRA, she has been active in on-camera and voice-over work in Boston for over a decade with many principal roles in commercials and countless corporate video jobs.

Personally, Jen lives in Medford, MA with her husband and two children. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and StageSource.

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Ashleigh Reade

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: acting, voice


Education:
  Moscow Art Theatre/Harvard University, Master of Fine Arts, Voice Pedagogy
  Boston Conservatory, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre

Courses taught:
  THE 107 – Acting I
  THE 113 – Voice and Movement

Ashleigh Reade holds a BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory and an MFA in Voice Pedagogy from the Moscow Art Theater/Harvard University.  She is an Assistant Professor of Theater at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Visiting Faculty at Salem State University, Lecturer with Harvard Extension School and Summer School, and Adjunct Faculty at Bunker Hill Community College. She has previously taught with Berklee College of Music, Lyric First Stage, The Moscow Art Theater School, and Harvard College. As a vocal coach, her credits include Intimate Apparel at Brandeis University, Witness Uganda at the ART directed by Diane Paulus, and The Light Princess at the ART. Ashleigh is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Robert St. Laurence

Robert St. Laurence

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: acting, improvisation, fight choreography


Education:
  Harvard University, A.R.T./M.X.A.T. Institute, Master of Fine Arts, Acting
  Brandeis University, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts and Psychology

Courses taught:
  THE 107 – Acting I
  THE 108 – Acting II
  THE 111 – Improvisation

Robert St. Laurence has been an active professional stage actor in New England for more than 15 years. A perennial company member with the Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire, his local credits include Huntington Theatre, American Repertory Theater, New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Stage, Greater Boston Stage, Company One, Reagle Music Theatre, Wheelock Family Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Gloucester Stage, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, and Oldcastle Theatre. Robert joined Bunker Hill Community College after a period of working in Eastern Europe, with stops at the AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Poland and the Moscow Art Theatre in Russia. In addition to scripted stagecraft, Robert is a seasoned improvisational performer, working with The Second City in Chicago.  Robert maintains active membership in the Actor’s Equity Association.

An experienced fight director, Robert has choreographed fights for numerous shows in the Boston area, including Three Musketeers, True West, As You Like It, and Troilus and Cressida. Robert has trained in rapier & dagger, quarterstaff, broadsword, knife, and unarmed stage combat, and obtained the rank of Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

His current projects in development include Her Notebook: a historical exploration of the J.S. Bach household, in collaboration with the American Guild of Organists. In addition to acting course instruction, Robert is the faculty advisor for the BHCC Theatre Club. Robert received his M.F.A. in Acting from Harvard University’s A.R.T./MXAT Institute, and B.A. from Brandeis University.

Donna Sorbello

Donna Sorbello

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: acting, playwriting


Education:
   Boston University, Master of Arts, Playwriting
   Emerson College, Bachelor of Science, Theatre and English, Speech

Courses taught:
   THE 107 – Acting I
   THE 108 – Acting II
   THE 115 - Playwriting

Donna Sorbello is a professional actress with a long list of credits in Boston which started with Shear Madness, and continued with roles in many Boston and New England theatres. Recently she performed in the Barnstormers Company in Things My Mother Taught Me and played Sister Aloysius in Doubt at the Ocean State Theatre in Rhode Island. Prior to her return to Boston, she had performed regionally in the U.S. in stock and in touring companies, and Off and Off Off Broadway in NYC. She has film and television credits that include work with Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, The Disney Channel, et al. She is an IRNE winner for best actress for her role as Lady in Orpheus Descending. She has directed theatre projects in Boston, having studied both Acting and Directing with Nikos Psacharopoulos, who she then became assistant to, and was Assistant Director to Arthur Storch, long time Broadway and Off Broadway director. Her short plays have been presented in New England at venues such as the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Peace Project, Boston Playwrights Theatre. Giordano's, and in NY at the Lincoln Center Library Theatre. She is a recipient of the Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. Her historical novel Daughter of Liberty is soon to be published.

Mark Van Savage

Mark Van Savage

Adjunct Professor
Expertise: acting


Education:
   Emerson College, Master of Arts, Theatre Education (2012)
   Emerson College, Bachelor of Fine Arts (1996)
   Cape Cod Community College, Associate of Arts, Theatre Concentration (1994)

Courses taught:
   THE 107 – Acting I

Mark is an Adjunct Professor at Bunker Hill Community College. Mark is a Boston based actor who has appeared in productions at The American Repertory Theater, The Huntington Theater, North Shore Music and Worcester Foothills, toured the country with Disney.  He has done work on All My Children as well as productions for The Discovery Channel, Warner Brothers Films and 20th Century Fox.  (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1732278/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1)

Mark studied Theater and Theater Education at Emerson College where he had the privilege to be trained in the Linklater Voice Technique as well as pursuing an independent study in Shakespeare. Mark has taught in numerous theater companies, local schools and institutions as a teaching artist in voice, improv, acting for the camera, Shakespeare, comedy, stage combat, playwriting stage design and technical theater.