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Department of Performing Arts

Eric Bronner
Adjunct Professor
M.M.,Longy School of Music, M.S. Ohio University, B.A. Purdue University
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Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music - Voice; Speech & Communications

Eric Bronner

Eric
Bronner
Adjunct Professor
M.M.,Longy School of Music, M.S. Ohio University, B.A. Purdue University
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Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music - Voice; Speech & Communications

Eric teaches in three RWU departments: voice lessons for Music; public speaking for Communications, and aesthetics for the Core Curriculum. His profession weaves together many paths: Professor/Voice Teacher,  Singer (opera/music theater tenor), and Communications Practitioner. His accomplishments include critical acclaim for singing and acting, scholarly publications, textbook contribution, and publications awards.

As a singer, Eric has performed opera, music theater, concert, and cabaret in Britain, and throughout the U.S. and New England. His performances have aired on BBC, NPR, and PBS. He appears on three commercial recordings and numerous American Classics archive recordings for the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. Press reviews include “terrific”-St. Augustine Record (FL), “impressive”-Stockton Record (CA), “a clear tenor voice that beautifully sailed with ease”-Providence Journal (RI), and “deft comic acting”-Boston Globe (MA).

Elizabeth Armstrong, B.A.
Adjunct Professor
B.A. Tufts University
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(401) 254-3660
Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music: Piano

Elizabeth Armstrong

Elizabeth
Armstrong
B.A.
Adjunct Professor
B.A. Tufts University
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(401) 254-3660
Areas of Expertise: 
Applied Music: Piano

Beth Armstrong teaches piano at Roger Williams University and maintains a private voice and piano studio in her Bristol home. She is the director of the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus, Voices of Hope, and the Summer Chorus of Westport, in addition to the Chorus of East Providence.

Previously, she chaired the choral department at the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and coordinated both the Junior Providence Singers and the JPS Treble Chorus there. Before moving to Rhode Island, Beth sang in the Concord Chorale, occasionally appearing as a soloist, and founded and sang in femme m’amie, a seven woman a cappella group. She directed the Suncook Valley Chorale in Concord, New Hampshire, and taught public school music for 12 years.

A graduate of Tufts University, she pursued a master's degree in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire. Along with her husband, Stewart, she sang in the Providence Singers for five years.

Peter Wright, M.A.
Professor of Theatre
B.A., M.A. Wesleyan University
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x3629
PAC

Peter Wright

Peter
Wright
M.A.
Professor of Theatre
B.A., M.A. Wesleyan University
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x3629
PAC
Melody Ruffin Ward, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Spelman College, M.F.A. University of Michigan
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x3624
NC 101

Melody Ruffin Ward

Melody Ruffin
Ward
M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Spelman College, M.F.A. University of Michigan
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x3624
NC 101
Robin Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theatre
B.T. Willamette University, M.F.A. Minnesota State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri
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x3527
PAC (Second Floor)
Areas of Expertise: 
Directing, Dramatic Literature, History, Script Analysis, Acting, Lighting Design, Playwriting

Robin Stone

Robin
Stone
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theatre
B.T. Willamette University, M.F.A. Minnesota State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri
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x3527
PAC (Second Floor)
Areas of Expertise: 
Directing, Dramatic Literature, History, Script Analysis, Acting, Lighting Design, Playwriting

Faculty Webpage: http://faculty.rwu.edu/rstone/

Gary Shore, B.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Clark University
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x3623
PAC

Gary Shore

Gary
Shore
B.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Clark University
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x3623
PAC
Jeffrey Martin, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre - Chair, Department of Performing Arts
B.A., M.A. Tufts University, Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
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x3628
PAC

Jeffrey Martin

Jeffrey
Martin
Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre - Chair, Department of Performing Arts
B.A., M.A. Tufts University, Ph.D. Indiana University, Bloomington
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x3628
PAC
Marilynn Mair, M.Ed. Fine Arts
Professor of Music
A.B. Brown University, B.M. Rhode Island College, M.Ed. Fine Arts Temple University
Contact Information
x3568
FCAS 150
Areas of Expertise: 
Music History, Music and Culture of the Americas

Marilynn Mair

Marilynn
Mair
M.Ed. Fine Arts
Professor of Music
A.B. Brown University, B.M. Rhode Island College, M.Ed. Fine Arts Temple University
Contact Information
x3568
FCAS 150
Areas of Expertise: 
Music History, Music and Culture of the Americas

Marilynn Mair is a Professor of Music at Roger Williams University teaching courses in music and cultural history, specializing in the Americas. She has developed many of the course offerings of the RWU Music department, including “Evolution of Musical Style,” “The Art of Rock & Roll,” and “World Cultures Through Music” courses in Latin American and North American music. She is also a mandolinist, internationally renowned for her concerts and recordings, who has established classical mandolin in chamber music circles worldwide, earning her the title, “First Lady of the Mandolin”.

France M. Hunter, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. California Institute of Arts
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x3558
PAC

France M. Hunter

France M.
Hunter
M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Dance
B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. California Institute of Arts
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x3558
PAC
Catherine Hawkes, D.M.
Assistant Professor
D.M. and M.M. Indiana University, M.Ed. and B.S. Rhode Island College,
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x5754
FCAS 156
Areas of Expertise: 
Instrumental Ensemble, Music History, World Cultures through Music

Catherine Hawkes

Catherine
Hawkes
D.M.
Assistant Professor
D.M. and M.M. Indiana University, M.Ed. and B.S. Rhode Island College,
Contact Information
x5754
FCAS 156
Areas of Expertise: 
Instrumental Ensemble, Music History, World Cultures through Music

Catherine playing recorderAssistant Professor Catherine Hawkes has been with the Music Department since 2006.  Her varied interests have led her down a winding career path, including stints in educational evaluation, as executive director of a concert series, and as Assistant Director of Collins LLC, one of the oldest and largest university living-learning centers in the nation.