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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
Experience: R. Scott Hengen's specialties include computer assisted drafting and artwork related to graphic and theatrical design. His professional experience includes scenic designs for State Fair at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre in Woodbridge , VA; Road to Mecca at the Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, MD; and Comedy of Errors /A Few Good Men for the National Players at Olney, MD; and Barefoot in the Park for the Bay Theatre Company. He won the Best Scenic Design Award for Sweeney Todd at the Arlington Players' Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA.

Roger Bridges
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Position: Head Carpenter
Experience: Roger Bridges comes to MC from the Shakespeare Theatre where he was a Scenic Carpenter for several seasons. Before then he held the Technical Director postion at the Raleigh Little Theatre(Raleigh, NC). He also has designed scenically for the theatre as well.

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 Mandrekas
Office: 240-567-5250 | email:

Position: Administrative Assistant
Degrees: AA, Montgomery College
Experience: Roberta isa graduate student in the Humanities at Hood College and Secretary of the F.Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference, Inc. in Rockville, Maryland. Beforereturning to school, she had a career in advertising and publishing and was theowner and publisher of a city-wide magazine, Richmond At Its Best

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.

(Recently Retired)
Professor Susan Hoffman
BA, University of Maryland
MA, University of Maryland
Experience: She is the recipient of the Montgomery College Outstanding Faculty Award in 2001. Professor Hoffman is co-chair and producer/director of the Summer Dinner Theatre. She has directed student stage productions at Montgomery College for more than 25 years, complementing her teaching specialty in theatrical direction and acting. Her awards include the Gold Medallion from the American College Theatre Festival and the NISOD Excellence Award.

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