Visual, Performing and Communication Arts Department

Visual Arts

Student and Instructor at PCIn 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.




NameArea of teachingEmail
Katherine Bergholz Visual Communications
Michele Carter Visual Communications
Jessica Demuro  Visual Communications
Amanda Laskowski Visual Communications
Robert Lindsay Visual Communications
Robert Michalowski Visual Communications
Michelle Mikka-Van Der Stuyf Visual Communications
Eric Perez Visual Communications
Michael Smith Visual Communications

Performing Arts

Areas include MusicTheater, and Dance.

MusicIn 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 BandChoir, and Jazz Ensembles. Foundation courses for musicians such as Music TheorySight-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.

PlayThe Theater area offers a wide array of courses and programming. Classes that teach students to appreciate and understand theater 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 Theater 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 Auditorium) 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.



Music Program

Triton College's Music Program is designed to offer all freshman and sophomore-level coursework for the Bachelor of Music or Music Education degree for students planning to pursue this degree at a four-year institution.

Music study at Triton College prepares students for careers in education, performance, or music technology. The variety of courses offered, state-of-the art facilities, and renowned faculty offer a rewarding yet affordable music education.

Adjunct Faculty

NameArea of teachingEmail
Alex Beltran Applied Clarinet & Applied Saxophone
Dr. Tim Burns Director of Jazz Band
Nathalie Colas Grant Applied Voice, Director of Choir
James Davis Applied Trumpet, Director of Jazz Combo
Kyle Flens Applied Drums and Percussion
David Flippo Applied Piano
Ray Koehler Applied Jazz/Rock Piano
Robert Sherman Applied Guitar
Jon Smith Audio Production
Michael Staron Applied Bass


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 CommunicationIntercultural CommunicationSmall Group Communication and Gender and Communication.



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.



Contact Information

Dennis Keith McNamara
Department Chair
Office: J-219
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3597

Archawee Dhamavasi
Lead Instructor of Speech & Theatre
Office: J-223
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3431

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

Jill LoBianco-Bartalis
Visual Communications Coordinator
Instructor of Visual Communications
Office: T-153
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3528

Seth McClellan
Instructor of Mass Communication
Office: A-113
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3482

Kent Randall
Instructor of Speech
Office: J-220
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3463

Lisa Samra
Instructor of Speech
Office: J-220
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3321

Salvatore Siriano
Lead Instructor of Music
Director of Bands
Office: J-221
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3350

Dr. Renee Wright
Faculty Advisor, 5th Avenue Journal
Office: E-102D
(708) 456-0300, Ext. 3237