Juilliard Welcomes 15 New Staff Members

Playwright Tanya Barfield joins the Drama Division as literary manager. Her works include Of Equal Measure,premiered by the Center Theater Group, and Blue Door, published by Dramatists Play Service and produced by Playwrights Horizons and numerous regional theaters. Tanya was a recipient of the 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a 2005 honorable mention for the Kesselring Prize for Drama, and a 2006 Lark Play Development/NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) grant. A two-time finalist for the Princess Grace Award, she has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Center Theater Group, South Coast Repertory, Primary Stages, and Geva Theater Center. Tanya is a member of New Dramatists and serves on the membership committee at the Dramatist Guild.


Dr. William “Bill” Buse, newly appointed director of counseling services, has been working in the mental health field for the last 30 years and has been a counselor at Juilliard for 14 years. He is a licensed clinical social worker and has completed certificate training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, group analysis, and clinical hypnosis. He received a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University. Before coming to Juilliard, Bill served as director of the Institute for the Performing Artist and has continued to specialize in the treatment of performing and fine artists for the last several years.

Regan deVictoria, archives assistant, is a native of Missoula, Mont., and moved to N.Y.C. recently to begin her career as a performing-arts archivist. She comes to Juilliard from Seattle, where she was the company manager at Intiman Theater for several years. Regan’s background and undergraduate training as a performing artist, designer, playwright, and arts administrator enriched her graduate work at the University of Washington’s Information School, where she received her M.L.I.S. degree in June.

William David Fastenow, technical director of music technology, is a media artist, producer, and entrepreneur. He has been technical director of Juilliard’s Beyond the Machine, an annual festival of electronic music, since 2007. His recent projects, which span several genres and disciplines, include playing MIDI air guitar in the AirBand; creating Lifelines: A Voiceless Multi-Media Opera; composing Efflorescence, commissioned by baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage and the North Bay Symphony Orchestra; and leading the William David Fastenow Jazz Orchestra. He owns and operates Park Boulevard Productions, and is director of audio and video productions for Electronic Music Foundation. He holds an M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Michael Abene, Dave Liebman, and Ludmila Ulehla.

Sarah Kricheff joins the Publications Department as editor of The Juilliard Journal. Previously, she worked as features editor at the Forward newspaper and assistant editor at Re:D, the alumni magazine of Parsons the New School for Design. Her work has appeared in the New York Daily News, the healthy living Web site Lime.com, 11211magazine, and other publications. She studied opera performance at SUNY-Purchase, where she received a bachelor’s degree in literature, and sings in the Jack Lords, a pop/rock band that performs at venues around New York City.

Rosemary Metcalf, administrative assistant for the Historical Performance program, earned a B.M. in music management from the Hartt School, University of Hartford, in May 2009. She completed internships with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and was manager of the Connecticut Youth Symphony for two years. Rosemary is a flutist and enjoys cooking and contra dancing in her spare time.

Roxanne Morris is the administrative assistant in Human Resources. Previously, she worked as a city diversity recruiter for a top casual luxury retailer. She fell in love with acting at the age of 10, while spending endless Saturdays at HB Studio in New York City, and has won talent performances in local pageants. She attended New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, also known as the High School of Performing Arts, and graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in theater performance and African-American studies. She devotes much of her time to acting, playwriting, and watching films. She adores her pet Coco, which explains her great fetish for Yorkshire terriers!

Sayer Palmer joins the library staff as senior circulation administrator. A native Vermonter, she received a B.M. from Ithaca College and an M.M. from the University of Oregon in viola performance and pedagogy. Taking full advantage of spare time, she enjoys running, reading, traveling, and writing. Sayer lives in Morningside Heights with her husband and two cats.

Cory Robertson joins the Publications Department as part-time editorial assistant. A graduate of Lawrence University with a B.A. in English, she has worked as an editorial assistant at UR Chicago magazine and has freelanced for such publications as Metromix.com, Venus Zine, and Newcity Chicago. A relatively new resident of New York, Cory began studying the violin at age 8 and still plays almost every day.

Dr. Howard Rosenberg, medical director for Health Services, received a B.A. in economics from Williams College and an M.D. from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He did his postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Howard is on staff at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Hospital for Special Surgery. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, opera, Italian language study, and hanging with his yellow Lab, Joker.

With more than 10 years of experience in theater production, Chris Schardin joins the Production Department as the assistant audio technician. He has visited all 48 continental United States with the Kennedy Center as the lead audio engineer for various touring productions, and has been working as a freelance audio engineer and sound designer in New York City for the last two years at such venues as Atlantic Theater, Lincoln Center Institute, Signature Theater, New World Stages, and the Public Theater. In his spare time, Chris scours dusty thrift stores collecting vinyl records, with a collection primarily consisting of classic jazz, ’60s funk, and cheesy ’80s music.

Sandra Kurtis Schipior joins the library staff as a part-time cataloger. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, where she studied violin with Joseph Fuchs, and she received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Long Island University Palmer School. She has been on the faculties of Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program and the School for Strings in New York City. 

Ryan Stechler, who joins Health Services as a medical receptionist, is an M.F.A. student at New York University, studying creative writing with a concentration in poetry. He recently received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from N.Y.U., and he enjoys traveling and writing. Originally from Massachusetts, he now considers New York his home and doesn’t plan on moving out of the city any time soon.

Abigayl Venman joins the Vocal Arts Department as the special projects administrator. A native of Lansing, Mich., she earned a B.M. in vocal performance from Northwestern University and an M.M. from Southern Methodist University. Prior to joining the Juilliard staff, Abigayl worked for the classical artist management company Opus 3 Artists, and the music publishing company Carl Fischer.

Lance Wakeling, who joins the Publications Department as Web and print production editor, studied art at Cornish College in Seattle. He moved to New York from his native state of Washington in 2004, and since then has been working in publishing. In his spare time he enjoys thoughtful conversations with close friends and long walks through the city or along the shore. He holds in the highest regard fine art, good music, and the best literature.


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