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Division Head, Department Chairs and Administrative Offices

Division of Theatre Arts, Production and Arts Administration (TAPAA)
Alan Yaffe, Interim Division Head
and Professor Emeritus of Arts Administration
556-5803 CC 4730
Patti Hall, Administrative Secretary
556-5803 CC 4740
Sharon Stith, Financial Administrator 556-9439 CC 4750
Robin Guarino, Opera Department Chair   556-9540 DVAC 323
Aubrey Berg, Musical Theatre Chair   556-9451 CC 4764
Richard Hess, Acting Department Chair  556-9575 CC 4770
Jiang Qi, Dance Department Chair
CC 3723
Jean Hamilton, Director of Arts Administration
556-9522 CC 3812A
Michele Kay, Theatre Design & Production Chair   556-9440 CC 3700
Scene Shop   556-3709 CC 3480
Sound Design GA Office   556-9774 CC 1463

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Emma   Griffin

Title: Assistant Professor of Music in Opera/Directing
Office: 321 Dieterle Vocal Arts Cntr
Tel: 917-304-7276

Emma Griffin is a theater and opera director based in Cincinnati.  She is a frequent collaborator on new music/theater pieces; these projects include Phil Kline’s Out Cold & Zippo Songs at BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Corey Dargel’s Removable Parts (winner of “Outstanding Performance Art Production” at NY Innovative Theater Awards) and Thirteen Near Death Experiences; and Susan Bernfield and Rachel Peters’ Stretch, a fantasia. Opera credits include The Cunning Little Vixen and Les Mamelles de Tirésias at Juilliard Opera; Wozzeck at the Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater; and I Capuleti e i Montecchi, The Rake’s Progress, Postcard from Morocco and Die Zauberflote at Curtis Opera Theater.

Prof. Griffin was the Artistic Director of the OBIE-award winning Salt Theater; highlights with Salt include Stage Door (FringeNYC Excellence Award as Best Director),The Cherry Orchard, Scenes from a Marriage and Conquest of the Universe. She has theater credits at many regional theaters including Perseverance Theater, Geva Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Southern Rep, Actor’s Express, Virginia Stage, Williamstown Theater Festival. Upcoming projects include Don Giovanni at Boston Lyric Opera and Three Decembers at Atlanta Opera.  Currently, she is developing The Three Christs, a new work by composer Corey Dargel for the NEWSPEAK ensemble, and a new song cycle with composer Phil Kline. Most recently, she joined the Opera faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as a Professor of Opera Stage Direction.


  • BFA, New York University, New York, NY.