Faculty

Leadership

Brian Dudley  (Administrative Program Head; Collaborative Theatre Ensemble & Dramatic Literature Faculty) is in his sixth year as Administrative Program Head and fifth year teaching for BUSTI. He is a teaching artist and arts administrator specializing in arts-based youth development programming and theatre education, and is a full time staff member at the BU School of Theatre. Brian has worked with many arts and education organizations in the Boston area, including currently serving as Director of Programming for the Massachusetts Youth Leadership Foundation, previously working as Program Coordinator for Lyric First Stage at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, and teaching or facilitating programs with Wheelock Family Theatre, the JCC North Shore Early Childhood Program, Arlington Children’s Theatre, and Jumpstart at Emerson College. His training includes collaborative theatre making, applied theatre, multicultural education, and developing arts-integrated curriculum for schools and other non-traditional educational programs. Brian holds a M.Ed in Arts, Community, and Education with a specialization in Theatre from Lesley University and a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College.

Emily Ranii (Academic Program Head; Improvisation Faculty) is in her seventh year as Academic Program Head and ninth year teaching for BUSTI. She serves as Artistic Director of Wheelock Family Theatre at BU and teaches acting for BU’s School of Music Opera Institute. She has previously taught for Cornell University (Visiting Lecturer) and BU’s School of Theatre. Boston area directing credits include: Mrs. Packard for Bridge Repertory Theatre Company and Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company; Tongue of a Bird for New Repertory Theatre; The Cradle Will Rock, Hydrogen Jukebox, Sweets by Kate, and After Life for BU. She has also directed for Playmakers Repertory Company, Burning Coal Theatre Company (Company Member), and Cornell University (Alumni Guest Director). Emily holds a BA from Cornell University as well as an MFA (Directing) and Certificate (Arts Administration) from Boston University.

Teaching Faculty

More to be announced for 2019

Yo-EL Cassell  (Movement Faculty) is an Assistant Professor of Movement for the Boston University School of Theatre. A recipient of the Lotte Kaliski Award for Gifted Artists, Yo-el was formerly Resident Choreographer of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and is currently Resident Choreographer for Boston Landmarks Orchestra as well as a member of the faculty of The Harvard University Dance Program. His previous teaching experience includes the NY Acting School for Film and Television, Boston University, New England Conservatory, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Sunshine Cottage School For Deaf Children, Commonwealth Shakespeare Apprentice Academy, Boston Ballet, Dance Complex, and Skidmore College where he served as a guest teaching artist/choreographer in residence for three years. His teaching for movement practice, through a thoughtful fusion of various movement and theatre approaches, stresses the importance of incorporating personal identity with an integration of a strong technical foundation. Thus, balancing the importance of owning, in equal measure, the ecstatic and informative self in and outside the walls of movement study. For Yo-el’s full faculty bio click here.

Jon Savage (Design Track Faculty) is an Assistant Professor of Scene Design and the Program Head for Undergraduate Design & Production at the BU School of Theatre. He has designed for the Huntington Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Village Theatre Project, U.S. Army Community Theatre (Hawaii), and Old Lyric Repertory Theatre (Logan, Utah). He has also worked with opera and theatrical designer Franco Colavecchia on productions at the American Opera Center, Juilliard, and Academy West (Santa Barbara, California). He was Associate Designer on the Broadway musical Hot Feet with Jim Noone. He has also worked with Mr. Noone on productions at The National Theatre, Kennedy Center, and Houston Grand Opera. Jon has worked as a scenic artist for Utah Festival Opera, Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts (Utah), as well as for HBO Films and The Discovery Channel (New Dominion Films). Jon sat on the USITT Prague Quadrennial 2007 National Student Exhibit Committee and was a recipient of a Tobin Award for his participation in the 2003 Prague Quadrennial. He is a member of United Scenic Artists.

Teaching Assistants

To be announced!