Faculty & Staff
Perry Schwartz, Film and Theatre
Coordinator, American Film Institute Partnership with Montgomery College
Cultural Arts Center Coordinator and Artistic Director Arts Alive
Prof. Schwartz teaches Introduction to Film and all film production courses in the Visual and Performing Arts Department on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. He also teaches film production classes for The American Film Institute's professional training workshops. He holds an MFA from Ohio University in theatre and filmmaking and an MA from the University of Kansas in theatre. Prof. Schwartz directs and produces plays for Arts Alive Theatre, the producing unit on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus. In 1989 his film and video production company, Ol’ Black Bear Productions, was formed. He has written, produced, and directed two short films, “Leo and Mars” and “Call Crystal,” and wrote "Snake," the third short film in this trilogy. Currently he is in production on a documentary centered on visionary artists S.P. Dinsmoor and Ed Root, and a short narrative film entitled “Kansas Peaches.”
Roger Coleman, Music
Professor, Music, Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Roger Coleman is Professor of Music on the Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campus. He teaches class piano and class guitar, music theory, and music history courses covering classical, jazz, rock, and world music. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in piano performance and a Bachelor of Arts in music from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prof. Coleman is an active musician in the local community as a pianist in the Greater Washington Area Piano Society, which holds regular recitals of classical piano music. He also plays piano in the Paramount Jazz Orchestra and Swingtime Big Band. He is a member of several area rock bands, playing keyboards and guitar.
Ellen Mansueto, Theatre
David Rothman, Film and Speech
Professor, Performing Arts, Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Prof. Rothman is the lead faculty member for the Introduction to Human Communication courses on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus of Montgomery College, as well a regular instructor for Introduction to Film. In addition, Prof. Rothman serves as chair for the collegewide General Education Committee. He holds master's and bachelor's degrees from the University of Maryland, as well as an associate's degree from Montgomery College, all in theatre. He has also performed on stage in local professional theatre appearing in productions for Studio Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre, Source Theatre, Round House Theatre, Classika Theatre, and the Washington Revels. He has also understudied for roles at the Folger and Shakespeare theatres.
Priscilla Walker, Administrative Assistant
Christopher Campanella, Production Manager, Cultural Arts Center
Richard Robinson, Technical Director/Master Carpenter Studio Theatre