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​​​​​​Special L​ecturers

Kate Ambrosini

Special Lecturer

M.F.A., Brooklyn College 

Born the tenth of eleven children, Kathlee​n Moore Ambrosini​​, grew up in New York. Her performance career was launched at age 5, and she began to study professionally in her teens. Kate earned her Bachelor's Degree from Binghamton University, studying Meisner Technique under Tom Kremer, and then moved back to New York to study Method Acting with Penny Allen and Mark Zeller. While living in NY, she performed Off-Broadway, before completing a Master's Degree at Brooklyn College. She moved to Providence and performed at Alias Stage, Brown University, the Sandra-Feinstein Theater, The Granite Theater, and at Mechanics Hall in Worchester. In 1999, she became a Visiting Lecturer for Providence College. In 2002, she was hired at Brown University as an instructor in the Arts/Lit Program. Kate currently teaches at Providence College, Brown, and R.I.S.D. In 2006, she was nominated at R.I.S.D. for the John R. Frazier Award. The Frazier Award is presented "in recognition of an exceptionally gifted faculty member." Her courses at PC include Acting, Public Speaking, Oral Interpretation, and Theatre Appreciation. She can be reached at kambrosi@providence.edu

David Harper

Musical Director and Conductor

M.Mus., Virginia Commonwealth University

M.Mus., Boston University 

After completing his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, David Harper went on to earn a Master of Music from Virginia Commonwealth University. He continued his studies at Boston University, as Dean's Scholar, earning a second Master's degree from the School of Music in 1994, graduating with top honors. He is a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music society. As a singer, he studied with Richard Cassilly; as a pianist, his teachers include Daniel Ericourt and Anthony di Bonaventura. He has accompanied such illustrious Metropolitan Opera singers as Richard Cassilly and Patricia Craig in concert and has twice been chosen to participate in the prestigious Cleveland Art Song Festival where he worked with such artists as Warren Jones, Roger Vignoles, Olaf Bar and Sarah Walker. David has held teaching positions at both Boston University and Rhode Island College, and is currently Coordinator of Vocal Studies in the Department of Music and Musical Director in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film at Providence College. At Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, Rhode Island, David was musical director for the premier of the Richard Cumming opera, The Picnic and in 2004 he served as the assistant musical director for A Christmas Carol. David Harper teaches Voice Class, Lyric Diction, Song Repertoire, Opera/Musical Workshop, Music in the Theatre and Music Appreciation. He can be reached at dharper@providence.edu​.  

Kate Lohman

Special Lecturer

M.F.A., Goddard College 

Kate Lohman has enjoyed a long career in theater as an actor, director, producer, and as artistic director of Pawtucket’s Sandra-Feinstein Gamm Theatre. She also performed extensively in regional theater and summer stock and been a company member at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Perishable Theater, and AS220’s Empire Revue. She has appeared in films including Outside Providence; Underdog (“It’s a plane!”); and Say You’ll Be Mine (in which she is shot by Justine Bateman.) Kate has a Masters in Creative Writing from Goddard College, where she completed a memoir called You Can Call Me Judith: My Mother, Her Daughter, and Other Names We Call Each Other. Her current writing project is a full-length play called Just Four Moms. Kate also teaches writing at Johnson and Wales University, is a regular narrator for WGBH-Boston, and writes for MetLife’s Corporate Creative Services. She lives in Providence with her husband, Paul, and their awesome son, Jack. She can be reached at klohman@providence.edu

Jennifer Madden

Special Lecturer

Ph.D., Brown University

Jennifer Madden has been a Providence College faculty member since 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University, where she serves as public speaking mentor for the university’s Summer Leadership Institute. Additionally Jennifer teaches theatre courses at Wheaton College, and is also the college’s public speaking liaison.  She is a public speaking consultant for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston and for the McCormick seminar in Leadership and Life Skills for Women at MIT. Jennifer has presented her work on the intersection of gender, alternative religious practice, and theatricality at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, and India and is currently Scholar-in-Residence at the Gamm Theatre in Rhode Island.​ She can be reached at jmadden1@providence.edu​.  

Dave Rabinow 

Special Lecturer 

M.F.A., Rhode Island College 

Dave Rabinow is a playwright and performer based in Rhode Island. He is a graduate of the Trinity Rep Conservatory and a founder of the Elemental Theatre Collective, which will produce his one-woman play GHOST STORY in February 2016. He teaches at PC, the Gamm Studio, and at Trinity Rep's YASI program. He also works for the Manton Avenue Project and the ArtReach program at Hasbro Children's Hospital, and performs monthly with Improv Jones and the Empire Revue. He can be reached at drabinow@providence.edu

Ben Sweeney​​​

Special Lecturer

M.F.A., Boston University 

Ben Sweeney graduated from Providence College in 2000 with a BA in Film and Video Studies and earned an MFA in Film Studies from Boston University in 2008. He has taught film studies classes at Boston University, University of Rhode Island, and Providence College. For the past eight years he has served as Associate Producer at Providence Pictures, a local production company specializing in documentary films for television. In that time he has worked on several films for The History Channel and over a dozen for NOVA on PBS. He has recently completed work on an episode of NOVA Science Now on forensic science for Time Frame Films. Ben Sweeney teaches History of Film, Analyzing Film and Screenwriting at Providence College. He can be reached at bsweene2@providence.edu

Staff

Ali​ Boyd

Administrative Assistant - Academic Office

B.A., Providence College 

Ali Boyd's diverse professional background includes both legal and academic environments. On the Providence College campus, she previously worked in other departments. She is a graduate of the College, with a BA in Printmaking, and has completed coursework toward an MBA as well. Film, however, is her current medium. She is writing, directing and producing a documentary about the life and death of singer-songwriter, Peter Kelley, who was signed to Sire Records in the late 1960's. Ali also creates work in other disciplines, including sculpture, writing and illustration.   Ali was awarded RISCA Project Grants for Individual Artists in 2011, 2012 and 2015 for her documentary. She can be reached at aboyd1@providence.edu

Spencer Crockett

Assistant Technical Director

B.A., Providence College 

Spencer earned his BA in Theatre from Providence College in 2004.  He has also completed additional course work in Theatrical Design and Production at Rhode Island College. Before returning to PC in 2006, he worked as Technical Director at LaSalle Academy.  Spencer also worked as a Production Assistant at the Walnut Hill School, High Output, and East Coast Lighting & Production Services.  He can be reached at scrocket@providence.edu.




George Marks

Technical Director

B.F.A., University of Rhode Island 

George Marks, Technical Director, received his BFA in technical theatre from University of Rhode Island in 1972. He has been working at Providence College since 1997. Previously, he worked as a carpenter and a master carpenter at Trinity Repertory Theatre. He also served as Technical Director at Rhode Island College, and has worked in commercial and industrial mechanical contracting as well as residential. He can be reached at gmarks@providence.edu


Sus​an Werner

Production Office Assistant

B.F.A., Cleveland Institute of Art

Susan comes to the theatre world from the visual arts. She is a still life photographer, working with both found and constructed objects. Her exhibition record includes solo and two-person exhibitions at the Wheeler Gallery (Providence, RI), The Print Center (Philadelphia, PA), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and abroad in Italy, in both Assisi and Rome. During the years Susan lived in Rome, she taught photography for Temple University Rome, and for Cornell University's Program in Rome, and was a visiting artist for the Rhode Island School of Design's European Honors Program. In 2004 she received a Merit Award in Photography from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. In addition to her work in the studio, she is writing a novel. She can be reached at swerner@providence.edu.

Maxine Wh​eelock

Costume Shop Supervisor 

Maxine Wheelock, Costume Shop Supervisor, has worked at Providence College since 2005. She has extensive experience in dressmaking, including work with Wood and Poplyk Costume Design, Costume World, Inc., Worcester Forum Theatre, and the Worcester Foothills Theatre. She was the principal dressmaker for Showboat, produced by Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey, then filmed for PBS for their "Great Performances" series, which led to an Emmy nomination for costume design. More recently, she ran her own business,   Maxine's Custom Dressmaking, in Uxbridge, MA, where she specialized in wedding gowns, bridal parties, and theatre costumes. She can be reached at mwheeloc@providence.edu​.