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Thomas Britt

Assistant Professor of Film and Video Studies

Expertise: Script writing, documentary filmmaking

Thomas Britt is an assistant professor of Film and Video Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Britt's work as a filmmaker includes narrative and documentary production on film and video. He has directed several short films and has also served as producer and/or director of photography on several shorts films and videos. He can discuss various aspects of documentary filmmaking including technical skills, emerging styles of nonfiction film and documentary storytelling techniques.

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Mark Camphouse

Professor of Conducting and Composition

Expertise: Wind symphony, musical communication in performance

Mark Camphouse is a professor of Conducting and Composition in the Music Department in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He began composing at an early age and the Colorado Philharmonic premiered his First Symphony when he was only 17.

Camphouse conducts the wind symphony at Mason and can discuss conducting and composition, wind symphony and musical communication in performance. His works for wind band have received widespread critical acclaim and are performed frequently in the U.S. and abroad. His composition "In Memoriam" was performed in Russia by the Moscow Area Governor's Wind Orchestra during the summer of 2008.

Camphouse has served as guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician in 40 states, Canada, and Europe.  He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association and is coordinator of the National Band Association Young Composer Mentor Project. 

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Shanshan Cui

Assistant Professor of Graphic Information Design

Expertise: Human-computer interface design, website design, online branding

Shanshan Cui is an assistant professor of Graphic Information Design in the Department of Art and Visual Technology in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and was trained in the Chinese tradition of arts and design education.

Cui can discuss graphic information design and human-computer interface design and usability. Her first design for a client, the website of the College of Design at Iowa State University, won a silver award from AIGA in 1997. Some of the clients with which she works include high tech startups, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, as well as established corporations. In her design, Shanshan emphasizes the integration of the functionality, usability as well as aesthetics.

In addition to being a designer and teacher, Shanshan is also an active artist and has shown her paintings in galleries in Boston, Connecticut, Minnesota, Iowa, as well as China.

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Paul D'Andrea

Robinson Professor of Theater and English

Expertise: Renaissance time period, English and American literature, playwriting, screenwriting

D'Andrea is a Robinson Professor of Theater and English who helped found the Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company at George Mason University.

D'Andrea is a Shakespearean scholar and playwright who began his career as a physics major at Harvard. He can discuss topics such as Renaissance art, philosophy and literature, views of gender from Aristophanes through "Much Ado about Nothing" to "Sex and the City," the moral vision of contemporary drama and Shakespeare.

His prize-winning plays include "The Trouble with Europe," "A Full Length Portrait of America" and "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay" are widely produced. His adaptation of "Nathan the Wise" was broadcast by PBS television in 2002 and produced in Rome in 2003. He has written screenplays and is interested in linking the humanities and the arts through contemporary media.

Helen Frederick

Associate Professor of Printmaking

Expertise: Printmaking, drawing, books as visual language

Helen Frederick is as associate professor and director of Printmaking in the Department of Art and Visual Technology and is a distinguished print, paper, book arts and electronic media artist.

As founder of Pyramid Atlantic in 1981, Frederick has been responsible for the development of the organization into an internationally recognized arts center, organizing cultural exchange programs, exhibitions and creating print media publications that are represented in museums around the world. She can discuss printmaking, bookmaking and textual studies.

Frederick's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress and the Fogg Museum. She also teaches nationally as a lecturer and resident artist at various colleges, universities and museums.

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Chawky Frenn

Associate Professor of Painting

Expertise: Painting, drawing, two-dimensional design, visual vocabulary

Frenn Chawky is an associate professor of Painting in the Department of Art and Visual Technology whose experience of civil war in his home country of Lebanon powerfully influences his work.

Frenn can discuss the elements and principles of two-dimensional design, establishment of visual vocabulary and contemporary practices in visual arts. He can also discuss the development of formal and technical skills with an emphasis on paint application, color interactions and concepts, methodologies and approaches relevant to contemporary painting.

Frenn works are exhibited nationally and internationally. He has had shows in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon and Paraguay. He has also participated in many museum shows such as Sursock Museum in Lebanon, the Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino County Museum and the Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art.

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Edward Gero

Associate Professor of Theater

Expertise: Contemporary acting techniques, history and development of acting, Shakespearean acting

Edward Gero is an associate professor of Theater in the College of Visual and Performing Arts who has played a wide variety of classical roles at the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D.C. since 1983.

Gero can discuss contemporary acting techniques that incorporate tools such as observation, sense, emotion, memory and improvisation. He can also discuss the history and development of acting theory and the challenges of performing Shakespeare.

Gero has appeared on stage in New York, in regional theater, including the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Center Stage in Baltimore and Roundhouse Theater, Studio Theater, the Olney Theater and the Theater of the First Amendment in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on film and television. He is a member of Actor's Equity and served on the National Committee for Standards in the Arts.

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Daniel Joyce

Assistant Professor of Dance

Expertise: Modern dance and ballet techniques, dance history, composition and choreography

Joyce is an assistant professor of Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and has performed more than 30 works created by Mark Morris, including concert dance pieces, operas and film projects. He was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Company for ten years.

He can discuss various techniques of modern dance including skills needed to appreciate modern dance through aesthetics and creativity. He can also discuss 20th century dance history and current trends in professional dance performance.

Joyce has taught at numerous regional American College Dance Festival events and has been an instructor for the National Festival held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. for three consecutive seasons. He has also worked with the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company in Moscow on an international collaboration of Russian and American artists performed at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

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Howard Kurtz

Associate Professor of Theater

Expertise: Costume design and history, clothing construction, theater makeup

Kurtz is an associate professor of Theater in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and has designed sets, costumes and directed productions for the GMU Players. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists and has designed many productions for the Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company at George Mason University.

Kurtz can discuss the history of costume design and clothing construction and theater makeup. Kurtz also designs for professional theaters throughout the Washington, D.C. area and is the resident costume designer for Olney Theatre Center in Maryland. He also serves as the costumes and textiles curator for the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens in Washington, D.C., the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post.

He received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree from Penn State University and was the recipient of the 2004 Fenwick Fellowship and the 2001 Teaching Excellence Award.

Cynthia Lont

Professor of Communication and Director of Film and Video Studies

Expertise: Video production, women and media, visual communication theory, mass communication

Cynthia Lont is a professor of Communication in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of Film and Video Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

She can discuss various techniques, theories and practices in producing, directing and distributing video productions. She can also comment on visual communication theory and the limits of visual communication in terms of perception, economics and technology.

Lont's most recent book is titled "Women and Media, Content: Careers and Criticism" and she has won more than ten video awards for various pieces including videos on media literacy, women and media and theories of visual communication.

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