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Faculty & Staff Biographies

Professor Peter Zakutansky
Office: 240-567-7510 | email:

Costume Crafts and Design, Stage Makeup and Hair Design, and Introduction to Theatre
BFA, Ohio University
MFA, George Washington University
Experience: Peter Zakutansky taught for 10 years at Howard University and established himself as a freelance costumer and designer in the Baltimore Washington area at the Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Kennedy Center, and other venues, before joining the faculty at Montgomery College in 1995. He designs the costumes, hair, and makeup for all student stage productions and dance concerts at Montgomery College.

Professor KenYatta Rogers
Office: 240-567-4001 | email:

Fundamentals of Acting, Introduction to Theatre, Voice and Diction
BA, Clark Atlanta University
MFA, University of Pittsburgh
Experience: Active as an actor and director in Baltimore-Washington DC area theatres, KenYatta Rogers recently served as an artistic associate to the African Continuum Theatre Company (ACT Co) and has worked with Arena Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Theatre J, Source Theatre, and Washington Shakespeare Company. He received a Mary Goldwater Award for his stage work in the 2000-01 season and has served as a panelist for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. His areas of expertise include acting, African American theatre, Shakespeare, and stage combat. He is also a co-producer of MCSlam!, and creator and co-producer of Montgomery College's Classical Forum.

Professor R. Scott Hengen
Office: 240-567-7507 | email:

Stagecraft, Stage Lighting, Performance Production, and Drafting and Painting for the Performing Arts
BA, Penn State University
BS, Penn State University
MFA, University of Maryland, College Park
Scott serves as Production Coordinator and archivist for the Theatre Department at Montgomery College(MC). He designs scenery, properties, and projections for Montgomery College productions and maintains the web presence for the Performing Arts Department. He has recently designed Twelfth Night this past spring for MC and created scenic designs professionally for Catholic University(City of Angels), Quotidian Theatre(Maytag Virgin), Carroll Community College(Into the Woods), and Forum Theatre/ Next Stop Theatre(Gidion’s Knot). He is also a member of the Maryland Area Community College Performing Arts Collective(MACCPAC), the Association for Theatre in Higher Education(ATHE), and USITT – Chesapeake Section.

Roger Bridges
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Position: Head Carpenter
Experience: Roger  Bridges was a Scenic Carpenter for several seasons with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. He also held the Technical Director position at the Raleigh Little Theatre(Raleigh, NC). He has designed scenic elements for several of the Theatre Department productions: Avenue Q, Big LoveWater Engine, and Honk.

(Recently retired)
Emilie Long
Office: 240-567-7109 | email:

Position: Costume Assistant
Degrees: BA, University of California at Berkeley
Experience: Emilie Long is resident costumière at Round House Theatre. She has costumed productions locally at various colleges, high schools, and professional theatres. Emilie manages and maintains the costume shop, and supervises lending of costumes to local schools, colleges, community, and professional theatres. Her skills include draping, pattern, and building of costumes. She supervises students assigned to assist in making costumes for Montgomery College stage productions and dance concerts. She has been associated with the Montgomery College theatre and dance program since 1996.

Roberta S. Mandrekas
Office: 240-567-5185 | email:

Position: Administrative Assistant
AA, Montgomery College
BA, Hood College    
Experience: Roberta is a graduate student in the Humanities at Hood College and President of the F.Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. in Rockville, Maryland. 

Dennis Mulligan
Office: 240-567-5385 | email:

Position: Theatre Production Technician
Degrees: AA, Montgomery College
Experience: An accomplished actor as well as theatre production specialist, Dennis Mulligan holds an AA degree from Montgomery College. He has served as technical director for Summer Dinner Theatre since 1999 and has worked as a director at area high schools. Currently, Dennis assists in all aspects of the theatre productions for Montgomery College.


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