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Theater

The Lemberg Drama Center houses an indoor air-conditioned theater, an outdoor amphitheater, 6 rehearsal studios, costume and set shops and dressing rooms. This extraordinary complex is the site of classes for students (grades 5 to 12) who participate in a program designed to increase acting skills, as well as offer performances in the Center's theaters. Recent productions included Kiss Me Kate, Music Man, The Boyfriend, Sugar, Stepping Out and Honk.

For detailed information about these and all other Usdan courses, please visit the "All Classes" page.

Classes Offered

  • Majors

  • Repertory Theater Company
  • Technical Theater
  • Drama
  • Musical Theater
  • Introduction to Theater
  • Theater Adventure
  • Theater Dance

  • Minors

  • Actor's Skills
  • Audition Workshop

Faculty

Richard Bassin | Theater

Empire State College. B.F.A., Adelphi University. Broadway performance: Miss Saigon. European performance: West Side Story. Director and choreographer.

James Beneduce | Theater

M.F.A., University of Delaware. Professional actor. Member of Actor’s Equity. Television, Regional Theater, and Shakespeare Festivals. Faculty, New York Film Academy, York College, Suffolk Community College, Dowling College, The Shakespeare Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Warren Bloom | Theater

B.A., Brandeis, M.M., University of Miami, M.A., CUNY Hunter. Musical Director and Arranger, Minimum Wage at Fringe Festival, NY and Off-Broadway, and The Hyannis Sound, in Cape Cod. Faculty, NYC Schools. Member: Contemporary A Capella Society

Jim Brannigan | Theater

B.A., Hofstra University, M.A., Brooklyn College. Member, Actor's Equity. Faculty, Smithtown Schools.

Stacey Cervellino | Theater

M.F.A., Brandeis University. Writer and Director at Dixon Place in NYC. Faculty, NYC schools.

Christopher Drobny | Theater

Musical Director at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Huntington Theatre of Boston. Former Faculty, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Faculty, Commercial Dance program at Pace University.

Les Dweir | Theater

Artistic Director, Theatre Arts In Education. Musical Director, Next Stage Theater in Denver, Colorado. Faculty, Silver Creek High School.

Jeffrey Hoffman| Theater

B. Mus., Manhattan School of Music. BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Founding Director, Sinfonia Celestis. Director, Liederkranz, Downtown’s Access Theatre, the Mint Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, the Riverdale Y.

Erica Holz | Theater

B.F.A., SUNY Purchase. Equity Stage Manager, Event Planner.

James Incorvaia | Chair, Theater Arts

B.A., M.S., Hofstra University, M.F.A., Columbia University. Director: Lovers and Other Strangers, King Lear. Performances:My Fair Lady, Oliver, Once in Wonder, Antigone, Fiorello, Guys and Dolls, Zorba. Faculty, Harborfields Schools.

Sherry Kfare | Theater Costumer

B.A., Pace University, M.A., Brooklyn College. Staff costumer for theaters and schools. Faculty, Five Towns College.

Charles Kirby | Theater

B.F.A., Syracuse University, M.F.A., New York University. Set and lighting designer, technical director, inventor of LIGHTBOX teaching tool. Faculty, Collegiate School.

Michelle Mallardi | Theater

Performed in leading roles on Broadway, and in national and European tours, regional theater. Carbonell award nominee, Radio City Music Hall. Faculty, CW Post College.

Erica Nottingham| Theater

B.M., Indiana University. M.M., University of Colorado.

Christina Pawl | Theater Choreographer

B.F.A., Texas Christian University. Broadway performances in Cabaret, Meet Me in St. Louis, South Pacific. Regional: Cabaret at Engemann Theater. Appearances in regional theater, film, and television.

Michael Schwendemann | Theater

B.A., Queens College, M.F.A., University of Alabama. Faculty, Theater Arts Director, Huntington High School.

Tom Wallace | Theater

Tulane University. Member of Actor's Equity. International Tours: Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, On the Town. Regional Tours: Company, I Love My Wife, Private Lives. Director, regional theater, university theater.

Debra Warlan | Theater

A.A., Fashion Institute of Technology, B.A., Long Island University. Freelance painter and jewelry design.

Marie Zemalkowski | Theater

NYU. Actress, singer in Tommy, Schoolhouse Rock Live!. Teacher, artist, NYC schools.