“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.​

 
 

Marisa Tornello

Program Coordinator

 Marisa Tornello is an interdisciplinary performance artist born and raised in NYC. Studying music in college, Marisa's passion in the performing arts is widespread, dabbling in a variety of genres, including early music, musical theater, minimalism, songwriting, bodypainting, durational performance art, and improvisational movement. Musically, Marisa is a member of the New York Choral Society, and has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the Prudential Center, and Palau de la Musica. She has had the opportunity to perform with many artists, including Peter Yarrow, Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko, and the Met Orchestra. Marisa is an alumna of the Trinity/La MaMa Program, and made her New York debut performing the ensemble piece Searching for Home at La MaMa in 2012. In 2015, Marisa composed, wrote, choreographed, and directed an original musical called Keeping Perfect Time, a piece that shines a spotlight on the relationship between music therapy, dementia, and caregiving. Marisa has been an active model in the NYC bodypainting community since 2015, and had the opportunity to model in an episode of Project Runway in 2014. In 2018, her piece blank has appeared at The Baumann and The Tank.​ 




Resident Instructors

Jonathan González (Movement) is an artist and educator based in their hometown of New York composing materials and choreographies regarding intersections of Black study, ecology, and performance. Their works have been presented, among others, by Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center, and La MaMa. González is an LMCC-Workspace Resident, NARS Foundation AIR, Bessie-nominated performer, and Bessie-nominated director for Outstanding Production of ZERO (2018). 

 

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.

 

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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