Aguilar, Gustavo
Associate 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 Arts: Experimental Performance, Improvisation, 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.

Mesce, William
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
2015 MFA Creative Writing, Fairleigh Dickinson University; 1993 MSC Communications, Montclair State University; 1977 BA Liberal Arts, University of South Carolina
Areas of Expertise
Creative Writing:

A native New Jerseyan, Bill Mesce is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, as well as a produced screenwriter and playwright.  Recent works include THE RULES OF SCREENWRITING AND WHY YOU SHOULD BREAK THEM and NO RULE THAT ISN'T A DARE:  HOW WRITERS CONNECT WITH READERS, the novels LEGACY and Eric Hoffer Award category winner A COLD AND DISTANT PLACE, and the children's picture book A BIG HUG FOR LI'L FOX. He also spent 27 years in various capacities in the Corporate Communications area of pay-TV giant Home Box Office, and the last 7 years as an adjunct at a number of New Jersey universities and colleges.  

Decker, Jayne
Instructor of Theater
1987 MA English/American Drama, University of Maine

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.