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Full-time Faculty

Christopher L. Bartley

Chris Bartley is Director of Music, where he directs the Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers. He teaches both Western classical and contemporary popular music, and he has developed new cross-disciplinary curricula for the university, including Music in Society. In 2009-2010, he will help lead the first department-sponsored musical production on our campus. He is also Director of Music at the West Newton United Presbyterian Church where he leads the Chancel and Bell choirs. Prior to arriving in Pennsylvania, he directed the early music ensemble UA Collegium Musicum and also the choir of the Oro Valley United Church of Christ. A baritone/bass, he has sung professionally with the Tucson Chamber Artists and Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His doctoral studies in choral conducting and historical musicology at the University of Arizona have focused on the music of Handel's Messiah and its relationship to the cultural context of its composition. He also holds a Masters in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where his research analyzed drunk driving, drunk boating, and college student binge drinking.

Dr. Amber A. McAlister

Amber McAlister completed her B.A. at Emory University and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, specializing in the art of the Italian Renaissance.  Her multiple research trips to Italy have been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, a Samuel H. Kress Grant, and a Renaissance Society of America Research Grant.  Professor McAlister has presented her work at national conferences, including the annual meetings of the College Art Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.  Her publications include an essay in a collection in honor of Andrew Ladis on echoes of Dante’s Divine Comedy in the 15th century frescoes in the Chiostro Verde at Santa Maria Novella, and numerous catalog entries on Italian paintings and drawings.  Dr. McAlister is currently readying for publication an essay exploring the iconography and patronage of a fresco cycle from the late 14th century in the small Italian town of Prato.  Before coming to Pitt-Greensburg, Dr. McAlister taught at the University of Georgia and on their Study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy, as well as at the University of Miami, Florida.  Her instructional philosophy is to teach students how to consider works of art in their original social, political, and/or religious setting and to further an understanding of the broader cultural context of art.

Dr. Stephen A. Schrum

Dr. Schrum is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. With a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Berkeley, he teaches a variety of Theatre courses, directs campus theatre productions, and advises Interdisciplinary Arts majors. Notable past campus productions include Noises Off, House of Blue Leaves, 4:48 Psychosis, and Wonder of the World.

In the area of research, Schrum begun teaching with technology in 1993, and since then has been writing and presenting on technology, including editing the book, Theatre in Cyberspace: Issues of Teaching, Acting and Directing (2000). He has a chapter entitled, “Theatre in Second Life® Holds the VR Mirror Up To Nature,” in the book, Handbook of Research on Computational Arts and Creative Informatics (IGI Global, 2009), and will have another chapter, Teaching in the Virtual Theatre Classroom,” in the forthcoming volume, Teaching Through Multi-User Environments: Applying Dynamic Elements to the Modern Classroom. He continues to explore the theme of “The Perception of Presence in Virtual Performance.”

His other interests include digital filmmaking, virtual performance, and playwrighting. As for the latter two categories, Schrum—as Phorkyad Acropolis in the virtual world of Second Life (SL)—performed his full-length monologue, Immaculate Misconceptions (presented in Pitt Greensburg’s Ferguson Theater in 2006), and his short monologue, Aliens! 3 Miles, Turn Left in the summer of 2009 in SL. He also directed Euripides’ The Bacchae in Second Life in the summer of 2008. He is also the co-owner of the SL performance venue Muse of Fire, where he encourages musicians and poets to come perform. More information can be found on his website, MUSOFYR— pronounced “muse of fire”— at musofyr.com.

Also, two monologues from his original plays are published in the anthologies, The Best Men’s and The Best Women’s Monologues for the Millennium (Applause Books). He is currently at work on a new monologue entitled Recollections of Alzheimer’s, and is working with a composer on a new musical.

Adjunct Faculty

Gilbert DeBenedetti
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts

Supporting Players

aDianna Bourke

Dianna Bourke (Costume Designer) holds a PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology  from Pitt Medical School, but she also had a minor concentration in Costume Design and Construction as an undergrad at Penn State. She has designed costumes for most of Dr. Schrum's productions for the last eighteen years, has free lanced for children's theatres, and takes the occasional private commission. She currently teaches anatomy and physiology at CCAC‹Allegheny Campus and is an Associate Professor of Biology.