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Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department

Visual Arts
In these classes, students may develop skills in traditional art forms such as painting, drawing, and ceramics. In our Visual Communication area, students also use new media art forms that incorporate the use of computer and digital technology. Art appreciation and art history courses enrich students‘ understanding of all the visual arts and the ways in which artists explore and communicate the depths of human experience within their chosen medium. The Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building hosts numerous shows throughout the year and is an important part of our educational programming for our art students.

   • Art Degree (Associate of Arts - U224A50)
   • Art Degree (Associate of Fine Arts - U250A50)
   • Digital Photography Degree (Associate in Applied Science - C249C)
   • Visual Communication - Graphic Design Degree (Associate in Applied Science - C248C)

   • Digital Photography Certificate - C348O
   • Layout and Design Certificate - C448W
   • Visual Communication - Digital Media Certificate - C448U
   • Visual Communication - Graphic Design Certificate - C348C

   • Art Courses
   • Visual Communication Courses

Performing Arts
Areas include Music, Theatre, and Dance.

In Music, applied lessons in a variety of instruments and in voice are taught by highly qualified musicians. In addition to private instruction, students may develop performance skills by participating in Concert Band, Choir, and Jazz Ensembles. Foundation courses for musicians such as Music Theory, Sight-Singing and Ear-Training are offered as are courses in Music Technology. Many of theses classes are taught in our Music Laboratory, where student learning is enhanced through the use of computer technology. Every semester, several classes in music appreciation and music history are offered as well. These courses are available both on campus as well as online.

The Theatre area offers a wide array of courses and programming. Classes that teach students to appreciate and understand Theatre as an art form are enjoyed by many students every semester. In addition, several classes in Acting are offered in which students learn basic techniques of characterization, script analysis, auditioning, and other skills crucial to the beginning actor. The Theatre area also produces a four-production season each year. Classics, comedies, serious dramas as well as musicals are included in our programming. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and at affordable prices. Plays are presented in the intimate studio space in the Fine Arts building (Cox Theatre) and musicals are produced in the larger Performing Arts Center in the Robert Collins Center building on the east side of campus.

The Performing Arts area also includes courses in Dance Appreciation (beginning Fall 2008).

   • Music Degree (Associate in Arts - U224A51)
   • Music Degree (Associate in Fine Arts - U250M51)
   • Music Technology Degree (Associate in U224A52)
   • Speech/Theatre Degree (Associate in Arts -U224A22)

   • Music Courses
   • Speech/Theatre Courses

Communication Arts
This area of the Fine Arts department includes Speech Communication and Mass Communication.

In Speech classes, students learn how to effectively communicate ideas and feelings through the spoken word. As a core component within our General Education curriculum, most students who pursue a degree at Triton College will enroll in one of our Principles of Effective Speaking classes. Some students may wish to take our Advanced Public Speaking class or Introduction to Performance Studies class as well. Additional course offerings include Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication and Gender and Communication.

   • Speech Communication Degree (Associates in Arts - U224A23)

   • Speech/Theatre Courses

Mass Communication,
Students explore human communication in its many mediated forms, including radio, television, film, print, the internet, and even hip-hop music! Our Film History and Appreciation courses are especially popular with students.

   • Mass Communication - Multimedia Degree (Associate in U224A09)

   • Mass Communication - Multimedia Courses

Ric Segovia
Dean, Arts and Sciences
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3260

Dennis Keith McNamara
Department Chair
Lead Instructor of Art
Instructor of Theatre and Speech
Office: J-219
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3597
Web Site:  

Lorette Dodt, M.A.
Instructor of Visual Communications
Office: T-153
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3519
Web Site:

Michael Erzen
Instructor of Art
Office: J-227
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3225

Peter Jermihov, D.M.A.
Director of Choral and Activities and Vocal Studies
Instructor of Music Theory and Applied Voice
Office: J-112A
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3330

Seth McClellan
Instructor of Mass Communication
Office: A-113
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3451
Web Site:

Kathleen Navilio
Instructor of Visual Communications
Office: T-153
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3528

Kent Randall
Instructor of Speech
Office: J-216
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3477

Lisa Samra
Lead Instructor of Theatre and Speech
Office: J-220
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3421

Joseph Stolz
Instructor of Visual Communications
Office: T-144
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3256
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Adjunct Faculty
Anita Bross
Instructor of Speech

Marilyn Craig
Instructor of Speech

James Davis
Instructor of Applied Jazz Trumpet

Archawee Dhamavasi
Instructor of Speech
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3255

Amy Fenton
Instructor of Theatre
Office: J-221
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3431

Charles R. Groeling
Assistant Concert Band Director

Chris Gulinski
Instructor of Speech

Joe Harrington
Instructor of Speech

Mort Kier
Instructor of Music History

Maria Kossakowski
Instructor of Speech

Linda Kravitz
Instructor of Speech

Steve Magnone
Instructor of Applied Percussion, Music History & Jazz

Art Nehmzow
Instructor of Applied French Horn & Music History

Amundsen (Tony) Noice
Instructor of Speech

Margaret Norton
Instructor of Art History

Brian Patti
Instructor of Applied Woodwinds & Music History

Talia Pavia
Instructor of Music History and Applied Strings

Joe Schill
Instructor of Speech

Jonathan J. Smith
Instructor of Electronic Music & Record Production

Michael Staron
Interim Lead Instructor of Music, Instructor of Music History & Jazz

Jeffrey Tischauser
Instructor of Speech & Mass Communication

Jay Williams
Instructor of Speech

Shelley Yoelin
Instructor of Music History
Office: J-220
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3321