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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.

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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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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.

Heather McDonald

Associate Professor of Theater

Expertise: Dramatic writing, playwriting, screenplays

Heather McDonald is an associate professor of Theater in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the co-artistic director for the Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company at George Mason University.

McDonald is an accomplished playwright whose works include "An Almost Holy Picture," "The End of the Affair," "When Grace Comes In" and "Dream of a Common Language." She can discuss the principles of dramatic writing for plays and screenplays, including character, plot, dramatic structure, dialogue, exposition and setting.

McDonald has been awarded four Helen Hayes Awards including Outstanding Resident Production. Her work features many other productions including Off Broadway, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Yale Repertory Theater, Rivendell in Chicago and New Playwrights Theater. She has written and sold two screenplays and has been awarded the NEA Playwriting Fellowship three times.