“You cannot ask for better acting training. The professors give you detailed, individual attention and foster a safe, yet challenging environment where you can explore yourself as a performance artist in ways you never had imagined before.”

-Grant Jacoby '11 Trinity/La MaMa alum

Faculty + Staff

Barbara Karger

Program Director
Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at Trinity College

Barbara Karger has been teaching at Trinity College since 2004 and most recently was the chair of the department of Theater and Dance.

Barbara was born and raised in Vienna, Austria and received her MFA equivalent degree in Physical Theater at the renowned Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, alma mater of Pina Bausch and Susanne Linke. She was a founding member of the theater company, "Antagon", which devised original, physically based ensemble works and toured throughout Europe. As a performer she also worked with various companies including a three year long world tour with the Swiss Mask Theater Troupe "Mummenschanz". She moved to the United States in the mid-nineties and continued working both in Europe and in the US, as a performer, director, and educator. Some of the highlights of her directing work include: co-direction with Stephan Barbarino of Ludwig II, a long running musical at the Musical Theater Neuschwanstein - an evening length version of Peter and the Wolf at Theater Carré in Amsterdam, and award-winning Fräulein Maria, a highly acclaimed dance/theater piece deconstructing The Sound of Music, both collaborations with her husband Michael Preston and choreographer Doug Elkins. (Fräulein Maria was presented at DTW, Jacob's Pillow, ADF, and toured the US for 5 years). New York City productions include Clown Brain at the Flea Theater and From the Gutter to the Glitter and High Heels and Red Noses with Bindlestiff Family Circus. Before joining the faculty at Trinity, she taught at numerous theater schools and professional theaters around Europe and in the United States, including NYU's Playwrights Horizons, The New School and Cooper Union. In 2013 she was certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework® and is currently in the Feldenkrais Method® professional training program.​

 

Mattie Barber-Bockelman 

Program Manager
Mattie Barber-Bockelman is a performer and producer known on stage as Mattie McMaster. Based in NYC, Mattie has studied at the Strasberg Institute and Michael Chekhov Studio, performed at venues such as Theater for the New City, Triskelion Arts, WOW Café, and BAAD, and finds her creative home at La MaMa. She has been a part of new play workshops at Actors' Studio, The Women's Project, New Dramatists, Intar Theater, and LAByrinth Theater Company. She was a selected participant of La MaMa Umbria’s Symposium on Theater for Social Change and Community Engagement where she trained with Belarus Free Theater and world-renowned artists using Theater of the Oppressed and Playback Theater methods. She received awards for Theater & Activistm and Feminist Collective Action from Connecticut College where she earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Theater and International Relations with a certificate in public policy and community action from the Holleran Center.


Resident Instructors

Grace Kiley (Acting) studied acting with the renowned Broadway actress and teacher, Uta Hagen. She has taught acting for film and stage for 25 years, both privately and through other venues such as the New School for General Studies, Burlington College, and Johnson State College. She has also worked for the Farrelly Brothers through Fox Pictures as a private acting coach. Grace is the founder of Vermont Actor’s Workshop where she taught acting, directed and developed original scripts. She co-created the touring production, Theatre on Families, an educational program addressing social and family issues. Grace is a Life Coach specializing in the arts. She has a Masters in Counseling Psychology, and was Chair of Psychology at a liberal arts college where her teaching focused on dreams, unconscious communication, and Jungian theory. She has designed and hosted conferences on “Creativity in the Clinical Setting” and “Creativity, Process and Form.” Throughout her life she has produced and performed in countless professional theatrical productions and independent films. She is currently a member of SAG, Equity, and the HB Ensemble at HB Studio in New York City where she will be seen in “Summerfolk” directed by Austin Pendleton this September.
Alexandra Beller is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, established in 2002. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark's, Abron’s Art Center, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, HERE, Symphony Space, Jacob’s Pillow, and has been commissioned by numerous companies. Alexandra Beller/Dances has toured to the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Bytom Festival in Poland and throughout the US .She was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D-Dance Festival in Korea, Den Nordsk Balletthoskole in Oslo, Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. Film work includes “Romance and Cigarettes” by John Turturro. Recent projects include the premiere of her evening length work, “other stories” at ICA in Boston and residencies at The University of Iowa, University of Nebraska (Lincoln), LIU, and Oakland University. Her new evening length work, “milkdreams,” (world premiere at La MaMa, NYC in June 2015) has been the subject of two international documentaries. Alexandra works for theatre, film, and video, as both Movement Coach and Choreographer. She has choreographed for Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company (“Two Gentlemen of Verona”), Bedlam Theatre (for the critically acclaimed “Sense and Sensibility”) and worked with Taylor Mac, Soomi Kim, Theatre Askew and others. Alexandra received her CMA in Laban Movement Analysis/Bartenieff Fundamentals in 2015. She also holds an MFA from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (2006).
 
Alexandra is also the mother of two fabulous boys, knits children’s hats upon request, and loves life in Brooklyn, NY.
 

​​​Juliana Francis Kelly (Acting) is a New York City based actor and a playwright who has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has originated roles for many great directors, including Reza Abdoh (as a founding member of the internationally renowned Dar A Luz Company); Richard Foreman (in “Paradise Hotel;” “Bad Boy Nietzsche;” “King Cowboy Rufus Rules the Universe” and “Maria Del Bosco” – for which she received an OBIE Award) and for Anne Bogart, Karin Coonrod, Young Jean Lee, Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Lear DeBessonet, Normandy Sherwood, Charlotte Braithwaite, Hal Hartley, Meredith Drum, Mary Billyou, Marie Losier in collaboration with Guy Maddin, Bryan Doerries (for outsidethewirellc.com) and David Michalek (for the 2011 Lincoln Center Festival’s “Portraits in Dramatic Time.”) Recent performances include ”Feather Gatherers” for the Drunkard’s Wife and “elizabeth r/text and beheadings”, directed by Karin Coonrod at The Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival and The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. Plays she’s written include: “The Reenactors,” directed by Tony Torn at Abrons Arts Center; “Go Go Go”, directed by Anne Bogart at PS 122, reprised at The Institute of Contemporary Art for London International Festival of Theater; “Box”, directed by Torn and performed at The Women’s Project, PS 122; and The Fontanon Festival in Italy; “The Baddest Natashas”, performed at The Ontological Theater and published by Open City Magazine; “Saint Latrice”, at PS 122 (for which she received a Sundance Screenwriters Fellowship for the film script adaptation.) Her plays have been translated into four languages, and she has received project support from the N.E.A., NYSCA, The Greenwall Foundation, The Durst Foundation and The Jerome Foundation.. Ms. Kelly also builds dolls, one of which is installed at the American Museum of Natural History’s Discovery Room. Ms. Francis Kelly lives in Harlem with her husband, actor/musician David Patrick Kelly, and their seven-year-old daughter Margarethe.​


Snezhana Chernova (acting) graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy (Russia) with a BFA. She performed at the Baltic Repertory Theater in St. Petersburg for seven years. In New York she studied with the legendary Uta Hagen. She took the Jacques Lecoq workshop with Norman Taylor in NYC and a Theater Pedagogy course with Anatolij Vasiliev in Venice, Italy. She is a founding member of the Russian Arts Theater and Studio based in NYC.

Ms. Chernova taught speech, speaking voice and acting at Saint Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy and at The Danish Theater School GITIS Scandinavia. She is currently teaching Acting Technique/The Actor Prepares and Advance Technique /Method of Etudes at HB studio.

She performed in US, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and South Korea. Her favorite roles are: Zoya in F. Dostoevsky’s UNCLE’S DREAM (International tour with Russian-Canadian Theater), Abby in O’Neill’s DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (WorkShop Theater), Natasha in A. Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS (dir. A. Wright), Margarita in M. Bulgakov’s MASTER AND MARGARITA and Arkadina in A. Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL (both dir. A. Burago). She performed at The Metropolitan Opera in: THE NOSE (dir. W. Kentridge) and BORIS GODUNOV (dir. S. Wadsworth). Films and TV include: THE RING, ALASKA KIDS, THE RUSSIAN ENGINE, THE CHILD WITHING, PROOF OF BIRTH, THE CASUALTY, NO LOVE IN THE CITY, THE LOISE’S LOG, LOST IN TIME and others.

 Joshua E. Feliciano Sánchez Moser (Josh FS Moser) (voice) is a Puerto Rican (and Italian) actor, director, and coach based in New York City. He has an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and BA from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He trained with SITI Company at the 2013 Summer Intensive, and in Bali with the master teachers of Bali Taksu: The Power of Clown. He is a proud member of the Equity Membership Candidacy program, the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and the Society of American Fight Directors.

He is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and teaches speech and accent work using Knight Thompson Speechwork. He was the Editor of the VASTA Voice for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He has taught voice, directed, and voice coached for numerous companies and universities. Josh is currently an artist in residence at 13th Street Repertory Theater where he offers introductory workshops in Fitzmaurice Voicework® and solo coaching. He was a guest artist in the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts semester. He currently teaches voice and speech at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, PACE University, and in the Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts semester

As an actor, he has appeared in off-off-broadway productions at 13th Street Repertory and Stage Left Studio, regionally at Montgomery Theatre, the Media Theatre, Savannah Stage Company, Collective Face Ensemble, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and as a singer with various choir trips to Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and in Ireland at St. Patrick's and St. Finn-Barre's Cathedrals. He has been on film in numerous SCAD student films, an Adult Swim short, and appeared as a Times Square superman cos-player in the official music video for Coheed and Cambria’s ‘Island’. His solo show Orgullo Boricua premiered at 13th Street Rep in February 2017. He is a founding member and co-director of the NYC collective The Gnome Haus.

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