Theatre Arts



Karel Blakeley

Director of Theatre and Resident Scenic Designer

(BFA - Lake Erie College, MFA – Design, Syracuse University) teaches courses in scene design, lighting design, and stagecraft. In addition to designing sets and lights for 50 plays at Le Moyne, he has also designed sets (and sometimes lights) for Simply New Theatre, Gifford Family Theatre, Cortland Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Syracuse University, Syracuse Shakespeare Festival, University of Maine, University of Hartford in Connecticut, Lake Erie College in Ohio, and at the University of Toronto in Canada (as a part of their medieval theatre festivals and cycle plays).  In 1991 he joined a delegation of theatre educators traveling to Czechoslovakia and Russia. He has delivered numerous design presentations to the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. To email Karel, blakeley@lemoyne.edu


Jason Grasso

Technical Director of Performing Arts

Has his MFA in Technical Production from the University of Delaware, where he fulfilled jobs such as Master Electrician, Master Carpenter and Technical Director.  Jason  has been T.D. at Maine State Musical Theatre, Utah Musical Theater, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, among many other credits. To email Jason: grassojp@lemoyne.edu


Matt Chiorini

Acting/Directing Faculty

Matt Chiorini comes to Le Moyne after serving as the Founding Artistic Director of the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, an equity annual theatre festival profiled nationally in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Oxford American.  While in Arkansas, Matt was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communications/Theatre at the University of Central Arkansas where his production of "Machinal" was a regional finalist in the American College Theatre Festival.  Prior to his stint in Arkansas, Matt served as Artistic Director of People's Branch Theatre, named "Best Local Theatrical Group" by readers of the Nashville Scene 2 years in a row, with productions including his critically acclaimed adaptations of Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" (finalist in the American Theatre Critic's Association new play search), Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" (winner of a Tennessean award for best new play) and others. He has also been a regular actor and teacher at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, The Nashville Shakespeare Fest, the Nashville Children’s Theater, earning him 12 "Tennie awards" from the Tennesseean newspaper, as well as out of Tennessee with work at American Stage, Riverside Theatre, Boston Center for the Arts, and American Conservatory Theatre.  He received his MFA from A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University (where he was the winner of an Independent Reviewers of New England Award) and the Moscow Art Theater, where he lived in the spring of 2002.  He also has the distinct pleasure of being the creator and Theatre Division Director for Crystal Cruises, creating the award-winning Repertory Theatre at Sea program still running on cruise ships all over the world. He is the co-winner of the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship for 2005, a nationally published playwright through Dramatic Publishing, a member of Actor's Equity, and a father of 2. To contact Matt email chiorim@lemoyne.edu.


Miles Taylor

Associate Professor, English

(PhD - University of Oregon, BA - Seattle University) teaches the year-long sequence in theatre history from the Greeks and Romans to the Postmodern, along with other dramatic literature courses in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period, including Shakespeare. To email Miles: taylorme@lemoyne.edu


Patrick Lawler

Adjunct Professor of English

(MA - English/Creative Writing, Syracuse University) teaches Introduction to Playwriting, Advanced Playwriting, Creative Writing for Performance, Scriptwriting, and Creative Writing Workshop. He has three collections of poetry published: A Drowning Man is Never Tall Enough (University of Georgia Press), reading a burning book (Basfal Books), and Feeding the Fear of the Earth, the winner of the Many Mountains Moving poetry book competition (2006). He has been awarded fellowships by the New York State Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment of the Arts, and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. To email Pat pjlawler@esf.edu


 Susan Barbour

Adjunct Professor of Theatre

(MA-Theatre History The Catholic University of America) teaches Training the Speaking Voice, The Plays of Shakespeare, and Women, War, Peace and Theatre.  She is also an accomplished actress, having worked at Cortland Repertory Theatre, The Red House, Gifford Family Theatre and Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, among many others.


Linda Facciponte

Adjunct Instructor of Dance

(MA -New York University)  Teaches Dance and Pilates for Le Moyne College.  She is the owner and artistic director of The Dance Arts Studio & Center of Movement Studies and has taught and choreographed for Summer Fame, Oswego County B.O.C.E.S., SUNY Brockport and Gifford Family Theatre.


Ruth K. Arena

Instructor of Ballet and Dance

(BFA in Dance Arizona College of Fine Arts) Has danced for Dzul Dance, NY, Paul Taylor Dance Company, North Shore Dance Comapny, Chicago, and The Dance Academy of Sante Fe, NM.


Larry Crabtree

Instructor of Dance, Choreographer

Has trained with Anglo-American Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, STEPS Studios NYC, Center of Ballet, Syracuse  and has danced with Center Stage for Dance and Theater, Shore Ballet, New York Theatre Ballet and New Jersey Ballet, among others.



Lindsey Quay Sikes

Visitng Professor of Costume Design

(MFA- University of North Carolina School of the Arts, BFA- College of Charleston) teaches Introduction to Theatre, and Fundamentals of Design with special topics in Costume Design, Costume Construction and Crafts, and Stage Makeup.  Lindsey Sikes comes to Le Moyne after teaching costume design and history at the University of Mississippi.  She has designed costumes for Olemiss Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse, Charleston Southern University, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, and assistant designed for Pure Theatre in Charleston, SC.  She has also served as a cutter/draper for several seasons at the Texas Shakespeare Festival.