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Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff

Faculty research and creative endeavors center on the interdisciplinary aspects of art, design, music, theatre, dance, performance art, studio, and multimedia. With continuing commitment to innovative activities, the faculty have achieved laudable success in both national and international forums of exhibitions and publications.

The perspective gained from this high level of engagement provides the diverse faculty and professional associate staff with an informed and unique pedagogical vision. The department incorporates this astute awareness of contemporary art practice, theoretical discourse, and in-depth knowledge of evolving technologies into an educational process, which is designed to enable students to achieve the successful realization of their creative projects and artistic goals. All faculty offices are now relocated to the new Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC).

Administrative Staff and Faculty

Tewodross Melchishua Williams, Dept. Chairperson
(301) 860-3731

Denise Ward
FPAC room 2124

Art (Studio)

Gina Lewis, Program Coordinator
(301) 860-3715

Janell B. Pryor, Gallery of Art Coordinator

Art Vidrine
(301) 860-4540


Dr. Marymal Holmes, Program Coordinator, University Choir Director
(301) 860-3754

Dr. Gilbert Pryor
(301) 860-3753

Latonya Wrenn, Gospel Choir Director
(301) 860-3757

Billy Bennett
(301) 860-3783

Music Technology

Dr. Gilbert Pryor, Coordinator
(301) 860-3753

Dr. William Smith
(301) 860-3946

Theatre Arts

Elena Velasco, Program Coordinator
(301) 860-5718

Bob Bartlett
(301) 860-3769

Jennifer Dorsey, Dance
(301) 860-3784

Kathryn Kawecki 860-3756


Tewodross Melchishua Williams, Program Coordinator, Animation, Filmmaking, Hip-Hop Studies, Motion Graphics, Multimedia, Internship, Visual Culture, Visual Communication
(301) 860-3731

Jennifer White-JohnsonAdvertising Design, Photography, Photojournalism, Visual/Social Design, Visual Communication
(301) 860-3771

Danielle Brown, Fashion Design, CAD, Costume Design, Sewing
(301) 860-3717

University Bands

Billy Bennett, Director, University Bands & Symphony of Soul
(301) 860-3783

Jackie Collins-Smith, Program Management Specialist
(301) 860-3762 

Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC)

John McCaffe, Technical Director
(301) 860-3765

Tamyra Lewis, Event Technician
(301) 860-3765