Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama is excited to welcome two new faculty members to our community at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year. Rick Edinger will be joining us as Associate Teaching Professor of Music Theater and Geoff Marslett will be our first ever Associate Professor of Film & Television.

“We are delighted to make these new appointments to our faculty and know that they will bring excitement, expertise and a commitment to educational excellence to our students and our community,” said Peter Cooke, head of the School of Drama.

Edinger is an accomplished music director, vocal coach, pianist, and actor. Currently, he serves as the Theatre Division Music Director & Professor of Theatre at Shenandoah Conservatory’s musical theatre program. He is in the process of writing and editing his first book, The National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Nuts & Bolts Guide to Producing New Musicals. As a strong advocate for the development of new works, he plays a large role in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s annual endeavors.

Edinger began his career as an actor, appearing in the 2004 Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures and the Broadway benefit concert production of Children and Art: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim on the Eve of his 75th Birthday.

Alice, Edinger’s new children’s musical written in collaboration with Joe Barros (Artistic Director, New York Theatre Barn) and based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” will be performed at Out of the Box Theatrics (NY) and Weathervane Playhouse (VT) in the 2018-2019 season, with an international premiere in China in Spring, 2019.

Edinger trained at Manhattan School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Brooklyn College, and a Master of Arts degree from Hunter College. He has studied piano with Gerardo Teissonniere and Geoffrey Burleson and studied voice with Mignon Dunn, Joan Caplan, and Maitland Peters. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

“Upon meeting Rick, I immediately sensed a spirit of camaraderie,” said Gary Kline, teaching professor of Music Theater.  “In addition to a sensitive demonstration of piano skills, his vocal coaching of our students was exemplary, forming a bond of trust in the short time he worked with them.  I truly believe his energy and professional experience will be a wonderful addition to our Music Theater Program for years to come.”

Marslett is an award winning American film director, writer, producer, animator and actor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in The Great Books program from St. John’s College and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production from the University of Texas. His career started with the short film Monkey vs. Robot which screened at dozens of festivals worldwide before being distributed though “Spike and Mike’s Classic Festival of Animation”, Sundance television and PBS. He went on to direct two successful narrative feature films including MARS (premiered at SXSW and distributed by SONY and Netflix) and Loves Her Gun (called “the most soothing examination of fear you are ever likely see” by The New York Times).

Marslett produced and appeared in the award winning experimental documentary Yakona. And co-directed a short documentary about the border wall in south Texas.

Based on his wide variety of independent productions, Filmmaker Magazine recognized Marslett one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2009.

Marslett taught in the top-rated Radio-Television-Film program at the University of Texas for 15 years where he received “The Board of Regents Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award.” For the last three years, he has taught narrative film production in the Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

“Geoff Marslett is joining us to helm the TV and Film curricular offering in Drama. He has an extensive background in Independent Film as a producer, writer, director, and actor as well as 20 years of teaching experience in excellent programs,” said Anne Mundell, professor of scenic design and leader of the committee to hire Marslett. “The depth and breadth of his experience, his artistry and technical skills and his teaching expertise make him an excellent fit to lead the Through the Lens class which is available to all students in Drama.”

Welcome to the School Rick and Geoff!