University of South Florida

School of Theatre & Dance

College of the Arts

Macy's Visiting Artist Endowment

The Macy’s Visiting Artist Endowment invites eminent artists to work with USF College of The Arts faculty and students. These visiting artists conduct masterclasses, lectures, demonstrations or exhibitions on campus and in the community.

The College of The Arts created the endowment in 1990, in partnership with department store Burdines-Macy’s of Florida. Since its founding, the endowment has provided financial support for Theatre, Dance, Music and Art, and the visiting artists have shared their dramatic expertise with TheatreUSF students and faculty members.

Spring 2022

Sorcha Augustine

Headshot Masterclass
Tuesday, April 19
Open to all Theatre and Dance Students

Sorcha Augustine is a Theatre and Dance photographer in Sarasota, FL

Henny Russell

Audition Masterclass
Friday, March 25 & Saturday March 26
Open to TheatreUSF Students

Audition Masterclass
Saturday, March 26
Free and open to TheatreUSF Alums and the community

A Chicago native, Henny Russell was born to a Norwegian mother and an American father. She graduated with honors from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (BFA) and received her MFA from the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre.  Credits include: Orange is the New Black (TV), Hightown (TV), Oslo (Lincoln Center) and more.

Fall 2019

Erik Wagner

Guest Artist in residence in DanceUSF.  Set a work, Interface, on the DanceUSF Students for the 2019 Fall Dance Concert

Erik Wagner is a dance artist, with a focus on education, choreography, and movement consulting. His ballet and contemporary classes allow dancers to warm up slowly, connecting one’s natural alignment to the ground, encouraging movement efficiency, and physical safety. He has created original work for the University of South Florida, Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, The News: Fresh Queer Performance, West Wave Dance Festival, Kunst-Stoff, Joe Goode Feedback, and the LINES Ballet Training Program, where he is a faculty member since 2012.

Spring 2018

Deb Margolin

Brown bag lunch talk with Deb Margolin
Wed., March 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in TAR 130
Free and open to all students and the community.

8 Stops, Deb Margolin solo performance
Thurs., March 8, 7:30 p.m. in Theatre 2
There will be a post-show discussion with Ms. Margolin following the performance.
Free and open to all students and the community.

Internationally-renowned performer and playwright Deb Margolin will be the School of Theatre & Dance's Macy's Guest Artist the week of March 5. She will conduct masterclasses with TheatreUSF students.

8 Stops: A woman meets a boy on the subway. He is in a bad situation and she realizes that she has eight stops to let this kid know that he was loved, and lovely, and beautiful. 8 Stops is a show about motherhood, about joy, about illness, and about daily experiences.

Please Note: This show contains adult themes and language.  

View a short clip of her talking about the importance of theatre

Spring 2017

Jody Kuehner

Presenting her one woman show, Clock That Mug or Dusted.

Clock that Mug or Dusted is a homage to feminist performance artists, such as Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin and their focus on the body as a canvas for social change, rebellion, community, and personal expansion—this performance will combine vintage feminist ideals with present day queer drag vision. Cherdonna is an enterprise in concealing and revealing, re-interpreting femininity and queerness. A visual art piece will be constructed using paint, cake, and found objects on canvas, the body as the brush and movement as the technique.

The presentation of Clock That Mug or Dusted (part II of one great, bright, brittle alltogetherness) was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Fall 2013

Henry Muttoo

Director, Ti-Jean and His Brothers

Widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading theatre practitioners, and arguably the region’s finest theatre designer, Henry Muttoo is a rare talent with a multiplicity of artistic skills: he is an award-winning actor, theatre director and designer, carnival designer, painter, writer, editor and amateur calypso historian.

Educated at the University of the West Indies (St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago), Croydon College of Art & Design, and Rose Bruford College (Manchester University) in the United Kingdom, Mr. Muttoo has worked as a professional in the theatre and arts industry for over forty years, teaching, directing and designing in Guyana, England, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, the United States and the Cayman Islands. He has designed and/or directed for most of the major Caribbean playwrights and directors, including Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, Trevor Rhone, Rawle Gibbons, Lloyd Reckord, Earl Warner and Barbara Gloudon.

His vision for the development of culture and the arts in the Cayman Islands has advanced the Cayman National Cultural Foundation from an organization that only managed the Harquail Theatre to one that is now a fully-fledged and widely respected arts organization producing several plays, two annual major arts festivals, training young Caymanians in several arts disciplines, documenting cultural enactments and re-enactments, publishing poetry, plays, an arts & culture journal and other material, offering grants to artists, recognizing and promoting the work of talented Caymanians, and working with educational institutions to improve the quality and quantity of work produced by young people.

Mr. Muttoo has won several awards for his work including two Cacique awards for theatre design from Trinidad, A National Drama Award from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, a National Best Actor award from the Theatre Guild of Guyana and a Director of the Year award from the Cayman National Theatre Company.

He was recently made an Officer Of The Order Of The Cayman Islands (OC), inducted into the Caribbean Theatre Hall of Fame and was most recently made a Member of The British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Henry Muttoo has been the artistic director of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation since 1989.


Ben Munisteri

Ben Munisteri learned to dance in New York City clubs when he was in high school. In the late 1980s he became a founding member of the seminal Doug Elkins Dance Company, which sought new synergy in modern dance by combining diverse movement forms. Carving out a niche as a musical, neo-formalist choreographer with a broad movement palette, he has had the privilege of touring domestically and internationally with his dance ensemble. He has taught in colleges and universities around the country. Through his teaching, he hopes to inspire lifelong dance enthusiasts and to reveal dance’s connections to social history, literature, digital technology, education, and the other arts.


Kate Fodor

Kate Fodor is a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award, the National Theater Conference's Barrie Stavis Award, a Joseph Jefferson Citation, and an After Dark Award.  Her play 100 SAINTS YOU SHOULD KNOW was produced Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and was part of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s First Look Repertory of New Work. 100 SAINTS is published by Dramatists Play Service and anthologized in Smith & Kraus' New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2008.


Henry Muttoo

Widely recognized as one of the Caribbean’s leading theatre practitioners, and arguably the region’s finest theatre designer, Henry Muttoo is a rare talent with a multiplicity of artistic skills: he is an award-winning actor, theatre director and designer, carnival designer, painter, writer, editor and amateur calypso historian. Henry directed Errol John's Moon on a Rainbow Shawl in November 2006.


Mike Finn

Irish playwright directed the workshop production of his play Ellis Island. Mike Finn is an actor and playwright and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Iowa. He is a founding member of Island Theatre Co. (in Ireland) for whom he has appeared in over twenty productions. Ellis Island tells of American history. It is the story of the personal and common experiences shared by European immigrants as they search for freedom, opportunity and new beginnings in America.


Badja Djola

Guest lecture in voice coaching and acting presented Acting in Theatre and Film. Mr. Djola spoke on his experiences as an actor in both film and theatre. He has starred and co-starred in such films as: Rosewood, Mississippi Burning and Night Shift; and theatre in: Dancing on the Moonlight, Southern Rapture, and How High the Mountain.

Russell Craig

Guest instructor/lecturer and set and costume designer from London that presented his lecture: The influence of British Opera Design on British Theatre Design. Also, Russell Craig hosted a workshop in mask-making and mold-making techniques.


Francis Matthews

Consultant for the stage adaptation of the novel, Huckleberry Finn. The Huckleberry Finn Project was a two- to three-week intensive summer workshop with a group of students adapting Twain’s Huckleberry Finn into a stage play. The students did a reading of the work that they had completed at the conclusion of the workshop. Francis completed the work over the remainder of the summer and fall and produced the work as the Christmas Holiday show at the Greenwich Theatre opening early December 1996. Two students from USF went on internship for approximately eight weeks with the development of the production at Greenwich serving as assistants to Francis. TheatreUSF designer and instructor Barton Lee joined the Greenwich production for approximately 2.5 weeks leading up to opening and assisted where possible in the final preparation of the production (working primarily with technical production aspects of the show and as a general assistance in support of the production).


Co-directors, Paul Massie and LeRoy Mitchell Jr. (actor/director)

Guest artists for the TheatreUSF production: My Children! My Africa. Mr. Mitchell Jr. was a Tampa actor that appeared in numerous musicals as well as stage plays. He played the character Mr. M (in My Children! My Africa) in Tampa and Atlanta and took the production on tour to Wales and Dublin.


Robert Wierzel

Lighting Designer for TheatreUSF’s production of TinTypes. This TheatreUSF alumnus is an adjunct faculty member at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked with artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in theatre, dance, new music and opera, on stages throughout the country and abroad.


Arley Berryhill

Designer of mask-making who conducted classroom lectures.