Aguilar, Gustavo
Assistant Professor of Experimental Performance
2006 DMA Musical Arts, University of California San Diego; 1998 MFA Multi-Focus Percussion Performance, California Institute of the Arts
Areas of Expertise
Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre: Cultural Production and Community Engagement, Experimental Performance, Performative Ethnography, Social Practice, Sound Architecture of Space, Place, and Time

Gustavo Aguilar is an experimental performer/composer/improviser, whose interdisciplinary approach to art making integrates present-composed (improvised) and past-composed (fully notated) elements with the use of new technologies and an active research interest in cultural/critical studies. As an art practitioner whose work has been called "beautiful, introspective and passionate," "thought-provoking and thoroughly fresh" Gustavo’s awareness and engagement with new and innovative forms of art operate and encompass a wide range of traditions and media that help him to blur the boundaries betwixt composer/performer and between music, art, and theatre. A Brownsville, Texas native, Gustavo has performed at major festivals throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and has given lectures and master classes at universities and symposia across the United States and abroad.

Decker, Jayne
Instructor of Theater/Director of Emery Community Arts Center
1987 MA English/American Drama, University of Maine
Areas of Expertise
Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre: Directing, Fight Choreography, Performance, Playwriting, Social and Political Theatre

Jayne Decker teaches Contemporary American Theatre, Commedia dell'arte and Social and Political Theatre. An award-winning playwright and director, Jayne often chooses plays with a strong social and political context.  One of her scripts, Cracked Shells, a play about domestic violence, was comissioned by Franklin County's Peace in our Families and was featured at the 2009 Maine Women's Studies Conference.  Three of her latest plays, Songbird, Good Medicine and Bridge, a play dedicated to the memory of Charlie Howard, were developed in workshop productions at UMF.  Her production of Bruce Graham's Coyote on a Fence was a finalist for the Moss Hart Memorial Award at the New England Theatre Conference in 2012.   

Simmel, Peter
Professor of Theater
1985 MFA Theatre- Directing, School of Drama-University of Oklahoma; 1975 BS Theatre & English, Keene State College
Areas of Expertise
Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre: Performance: Directing & Acting

Peter Simmel has taught courses in directing and acting for over 37 years.  He has directed over 70 productions at Northwest College, the University of Oklahoma, Keene State College, and the University of New Hampshire and was Director of the Zama Theatre in Zama, Japan.  He recently directed an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.  His other directing credits include Sam Shepard’s  A Lie of the Mind & Buried Child, Euripides' Medea, John Pielmeier’s Agnes of God, and Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man. His acting credits include roles in Marat/Sade, To Kill a Mockingbird  and Death of a Salesman. As a Vietnam war veteran, he has a long time interest in plays and films about the Vietnam war and has taught a course entitled The Vietnam War: Theatre and Film.