Department of Performing Arts

Aguilar, Gustavo
Associate Professor of Experimental Performance
Phone: 207.778.7896
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.

Decker, Jayne
Instructor of Theater
Phone: 207.778.7319
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.   

Houston, Matthew
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7963
2013 MA Philosophy, SUNY Stony Brook; 2012 BA Philosophy & Religion and Music Dual, University of Maine at Farmington
Areas of Expertise
Philosophy and Religion: Phenomenology and Existentialism, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Music, Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy
Maier, Amy
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.449.0093
2004 BM Piano Performance, University of Maine at Orono; 2008 MM Piano Pedagogy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Amy Maier holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Maine at Orono, a Post Graduate Certificate in Piano Performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She teaches class piano and applied piano at the University of Maine at Farmington.  She has been the long time accompanist for the Maine Summer Youth Music Camp and has accompanied for music festivals in New England as well as the Maine All State Chorus.  She is a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and is President of the State affiliate, Maine Music Teachers Association (MMTA).  She currently resides in Bangor where she runs a piano studio and serves as music director for Hampden Congregational Church. 

McInnes, Bruce
Part-Time Faculty
Phone: 207.778.7072
Pane, Steven
Professor Music
Phone: 207.778.7288
1998 PhD University of Maine; 1986 MM Westminster Choir College; 1983 BM Manhattan School of Music

Steven Pane’s career as a pianist and conductor emerges out of his life-long interest in the interdisciplinary study and performance of music. At UMF his work often involves collaborations such as the Celestial Emporium with poet Jeff Thompson and artist Dawn Nye; Intertextualiy, Bakhtin, and Ives's Concord Sonata with Tiane Donahue; or Bach's Goldberg Variations and Stories with author Pat O'Donnell. Most recently, Pane gave the American premier of Ana-Maria Avram's Musique pour Mallarme, at Harvard and UMF in 2010, and shares Avram and her partner Iancu Dumitrescu's interest in phenomenology and music. Dr. Pane has performed at universities and in major halls throughout the country including the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Aaron Davis Hall in New York City, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Spilecki, Stanley
Resident Scenic & Lighting Designer/Technical Director Emery Arts Center
Phone: 207.778.7862
Thomas, Eric
Part-Time Faculty
Thompson, Melissa
Assistant Professor of Performing Arts