Meet Our Faculty

Michael Johnson

Michael Curtis Johnson, Department Chair
Assistant Professor, Film Production

256.765.5010
UNA Box 5260
2nd Floor, George S. Lindsey Theatre
 





Johnson's film Savage Youth was selected 
for the Venice International Film Festival's Biennale College Cinema program and had its premiere at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival. It screened at the Atlanta Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Award at the Florida Film Festival. His first feature film Hunky Dory won jury awards at the Slamdance, Atlanta, Nashville, Naples, BendFilm, San Francisco Indie, and American Film Festival. In all, his feature films and shorts have screened and won awards at over 75 international film festivals. He was chosen for IFP's Narrative Film Lab, US in Progress - Wroclaw, and the Berlin International Film Festival's Berlinale Talents program. He is an alumnus of the directing program at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

Jason Pangilinan

Jason Pangilinan, Assistant Professor
Film Production

256.765.4929
UNA Box 5260
2nd Floor, George S. Lindsey Theatre
 






Vincent Salpietro

Vincent Salpietro, Assistant Professor
Theatre in Design and Technology

256.765.4702
UNA Box 5260
201A Norton Auditorium
 





Vince Salpietro joins the faculty of UNA after working as the resident scenic designer & charge artist at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Before theater, Vince worked as a visual designer & art director for Pittsburgh’s Deeplocal (creative engineering and experience design agency), as well as production manager and graphic designer for various advertising and design firms throughout the city. Vince is an MFA graduate in Production Design & Technology from Ohio University. His scenic design credits include OU’s The Library, Middletown, The Skin of Our Teeth, Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble’s Annapurna, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Twelfth Night, and Ephrata Performing Arts Center’sThe Man Who Came to Dinner. Vince has also worked as staff charge artist for Adirondack Theatre Festival, backdrop designer for Philadelphia's Enchantment Theatre Company, charge artist for Tantrum Theater, and scenic art apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera.

 

Keelie Sheridan

Keelie Sheridan, Assistant Professor
Cinematic Arts and Theatre

UNA Box 5260
2nd Floor, George S. Lindsey Theatre
 





Keelie Sheridan is a theatre & film-maker, choreographer and educator.  As a performer, she competed in the 2009 Irish Dance World Championships and has appeared in world premieres and reprised works by playwrights including Charles Mee, Ben Gassman, Paul Ketchum, Elizabeth Irwin and Mac Wellman. Keelie has been the Producing Artistic Director of NYC-based dance & physical theatre company The Ume Group since August 2016. With The Ume Group, Keelie directed 'by wing, fin, hoof or foot' (2017), a devised physical theatre piece about animal and human migration, for which she received a 2018 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination for Outstanding Movement and Choreography. Keelie has co-produced several new works initiatives and festivals, including The Lab at Grace & St. Paul's, UNFIX NYC, The Terry Schreiber New Works Initiative and The Schreiber Shorts, and devised/ directed immersive installations and performance art pieces with Chashama NYC and Creative Time. She recently co-wrote and directed her first feature film, planet b234. Keelie holds a MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College and was a 2016 George J Mitchell Scholar, which enabled her to receive a MFA in Directing at Trinity College Dublin/ The Lir Academy. Keelie has taught acting and movement at Brooklyn College, City College of New York and the T Schreiber Studio.