Senior Artist in Residence (Theatre/Music), Co-Chair of Music
B.A., Albright College
M.M., Yale University School of Music
Jeffrey Lentz has graced many of the world’s finest opera houses and concert stages including Lincoln Center, Barbican Hall, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Theatre de La Monnaie, and the San Francisco Opera. He has also appeared to critical acclaim at the Glyndebourne, Glimmerglass, and Garsington Festivals. Specializing in new works of music theatre, Jeffrey first garnered international attention at the Opera de Monte Carlo in the title role of Lowell Liebermann’s opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He soon made his West End Theatre debut at London’s Almeida Theatre in the world premiere of John Casken’s opera, God’s Liar. His work has been seen numerous times on PBS — in both their GREAT PERFORMANCES series (for the world premieres of both Andre Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire and the Dratell/Wasserstein, Torke/Gurney, and Beaser/McNally triptych Central Park) and the LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER series (for the national live broadcast of the New York City Opera’s acclaimed production of Britten’s Paul Bunyan). As a stage director, Jeffrey has been at the helm for dozens for Albright College’s Domino Players Theatre Company — for which he has received national recognition for his work on both Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (2007) and Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park (2016) by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.
Jeffrey is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including: a 2004 Grammy nomination (Thomas’ Desire Under the Elms), The Lucy G. Moses Fellowship (Yale University); the Kolosvar Prize (NYCOpera), the Pagoda Award for Artistic Achievement (Berks Arts Council); and both the Annadora Vesper Shirk Award for Creative Scholarship and the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching at Albright College where he serves as the Senior Artist in Residence for the Departments of Theatre and Music.Learn More
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Department Chair, Director of Undergraduate Research
Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Missouri, 2012
M.A. in Theatre History & Criticism, Illinois State University, 2005
B.A. in Communications & Theatre Arts, Monmouth College, 2001
Matt Fotis is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Albright College where he teaches improvisation, acting, and writing for performance. He received his PhD in Theatre from the University of Missouri, where he was a Raymond White Dissertation Fellow. He holds a Master of Arts from Illinois State University where he received the James L. Fisher Outstanding Thesis Award from the College of Fine Arts, and a BA from Monmouth College. He is the author of Long Form Improvisation and American Comedy: The Harold, which garnered him The Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, and the co-author of The Comedy Improv Handbook. His work has appeared in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, The Journal of American Drama & Theatre, The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, The Encyclopedia of American Studies, and MLB.com. He is also an award-winning playwright, whose work has been produced or developed at such places as The Lark, The Playwrights’ Center, The Kennedy Center, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Emerging Artists Theatre, MATC Dramatists Play Lab and many others. His plays have won The Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, UCM’s Theatre for Young Audiences National Playwriting Competition, and the Sonoma County Repertory Theatre’s New Play Competition. In addition to his work with the Domino Players, he runs Albright Improv and The Children’s Theatre of Albright.Learn More
Associate Professor of Theatre & Fashion, Costume Shop Coordinator
M.F.A. in Costume Design, Wayne State University
B.A. in Theatre, Messiah College
Paula Trimpey is currently serving as Associate Professor of Theatre and Fashion Design at Albright College. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Messiah College, Grantham, PA and a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan where she was a member of the Hilberry Theatre Company.
Paula has held positions in the Theatre Departments at Dixie State College, Huntington University, and Fredonia State University. In the professional theatre arena, she has designed and served as Costume Director at the Tuacahn Fine and Performing Arts Center in southern Utah, worked with touring Broadway shows through Troika Entertainment, and has held various positions and designed shows for 29 years with the Utah Shakespearean Festival that won a Tony Award for outstanding Regional Theatre in 2000.
In the fashion industry Paula has worked in contracting and manufacturing of clothing for Osh Kosh B’gosh, Izod Lacoste, Lane Bryant, Bobbi Gayle, Speedo Sportswear, and American Vogue Designer, Albert Nipon. She presently works with cottages industries As You Like it Clothier and Up Your Kilt at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire as a shirt and doublet designer.
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Paula designs costumes and manages the Costume and Clothing Construction Studio for the Fashion and Theatre Departments. She encourages independent research in period clothing construction and has provided annual workshops in period corset making. Paula is a member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology.Learn More