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Kori Hansen, Technical Coordinator

(p) 203-837-3981 (e) hansenk@wcsu.edu

Kori Hansen obtained her BFA in Design Technology from SUNY at Purchase. Kori is the Technical Coordinator for the Visual and Performing Arts Center at WCSU and is responsible for the training and maintenance of the equipment for the art, music and theatre departments in the building. She is also an adjunct professor for the Theatre Department. Kori has spent 30 plus years in live entertainment production and management in a wide variety of areas throughout her career. Her early work included touring as an electrician for the Big Apple Circus, and working on the lighting crew at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City. From there, she went on to work for Kliegl Bros Lighting in the marketing department and was exposed to lighting equipment from the manufacturing of fixtures to the design of some of the first computer and digital lighting systems. Before coming to WCSU, Kori worked for a production company doing technical direction for corporate clients and most recently spent 12 years as the production manager for the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill NY where she managed over 500 shows including children's shows, dance and countless rock and roll performances.

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Chris Farrell, Piano Technician

(p) 203-837-8309 (e) farrellcj@wcsu.edu

Chris Farrell has been tuning and servicing pianos for over 37 years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of piano-related repair and maintenance including full concert and recording studio session preparation. Chris has worked on some of the finest instruments in the world and with many major artists. His client list includes: Phil Ramone, Alan Menken, Misha Dichter, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Marian Anderson and Paul McCartney. He is a member of the Piano Technicians Guild. As a composer and pianist Chris is the founder of “Sounds of Peace,” a record label dedicated to creating music for healing and wellness. Through the restorative power of music, meditation and awareness he gives voice to the deep connections that unite us as a human family. He has performed original works at the United Nations General Assembly as part of World Interfaith Harmony Week. Chris recently garnered national attention as the composer for Michelle Obama's Grammy-nominated audiobook, American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools and Communities.

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Sarah Renninger, Visual and Performing Arts Center Coordinator

(p) 203-837-3266 (e) renningers@wcsu.edu

Sarah Renninger, Visual and Performing Arts Center Coordinator for the School of Visual and Performing Arts, received her Masters degree in Museum Studies with a focus on Education and Program Management in 2013 from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. She also received a Bachelors degree in both Art History and Theatre in 2011 from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Outside of coordinating the marketing and logistics of events for the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Sarah is also an adjunct faculty member within the Department of Theatre Arts, teaching box office management to students in Theatre 300. Before coming to WCSU, Sarah worked as an administrator for a number of art institutions in the Connecticut region such as Westport Arts Center, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, and Weir Farm National Historic Site. Sarah has also managed programs for a variety of cultural institutions including The Franklin Institute, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

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Laura Piechota, Musical Arts Assistant for the School of Visual and Performing Arts

(p) 203-837-8614 (e) piechotal@wcsu.edu

Laura Piechota, Musical Arts Assistant for the School of Visual and Performing Arts, received both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Music Education from WCSU. She has worked for the Department of Music since 2001, directing the Music Camp and facilities.


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Sheldon Steiger, Audio & Information Technology Coordinator

(p) 203-837-3972 (e) steigers@wcsu.edu

Sheldon Steiger serves as a teacher and mentor to the WCSU Audio and Recording Production students. Sheldon is an acclaimed recording engineer and sound designer who has been active in the field of audio and music technology for over twenty years. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore with degrees in both piano performance and recording arts and science. Prior to working at WCSU, Sheldon worked as a production manager at Carnegie Hall in New York City. As a sound engineer, Sheldon has toured all over the US, Europe and Asia working with some of the most notable acts in music. His tenure with Joe Jackson led to multiple tours and the production of several albums. Sheldon has also worked with Paul Simon, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, David Sanborn, Aaron Neville, Grace Potter and countless other musical artists and entertainment companies.

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Linda D’Aurio, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts

(p) 203-837-3222 (e) dauriol@wcsu.edu

Linda D'Aurio, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts, has been at Western Connecticut State University since 1997.

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Karen Walsh, Secretary: Department of Art, Department of Theatre Arts, and Computer Science

(p) 203-837-8402 (e) walshk@wcsu.edu

Karen Walsh, Secretary II, Department of Art, Theatre and Computer Science, started working with the State of Connecticut Employment Agency shortly after her graduation from High School in the late 1970's. In 1980 she transferred to Western Connecticut State University where she worked in the Computer Center. Karen is currently in the process of obtaining her Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts at Western Connecticut State University. Karen is an entrepreneur who was a member of the Innovator's Group in Danbury, CT. She has designed, developed, sourced and marketed a patented consumer product. She has licensed a product to a company that was featured in the New York Toy Show held at the Javits Center in New York City.

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Debbie Pontelandolfo, Department of Music Secretary

(p) 203-837-8350 (e) pontelandolfod@wcsu.edu

Debbie Pontelandolfo works for the School of Visual and Performing Arts as Secretary for the Department of Music. Before coming to WCSU in 2004, Debbie worked for the State of Connecticut within the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services. As Secretary for the Department of Music, Debbie supports the Chair and Music faculty, while also aiding in the recruitment of incoming Music students.

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Lori Robeau, Visual Arts Assistant

(p) 203-837-8403 (e) robeaul@wcsu.edu

Lori Robeau, Visual Arts Assistant, received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As Visual Arts Assistant, Lori coordinates and helps maintain the University exhibition venues, Art studios, Visiting & Guest Artist Programs, Museum Bus trips, Life Drawing Models and recruits and supervises student employees. She prepares and assists with all Departmental promotional materials, brochures and publications, maintains the department website and social media as well as assists with recruitment and outreach to potential undergraduate and graduate applicants. Before coming to Western Connecticut State University, she was a founding director and curator of the Blackstone River Gallery in Woonsocket, RI, Assistant Director at Gallery 46 in Vernon, CT and a founding board member and Executive Director of the Vernon Community Arts Center in Vernon, CT. She is an interdisciplinary artist who creates mixed-media/encaustic paintings and installation art. Her work has been collected and exhibited nationally in group and solo exhibitions including, Illinois State University Galleries, Normal, Il, Duxbury Art Museum, Duxbury, MA., Pearl Street Gallery, Hartford, CT, and the Warwick Museum of Art, Warwick, RI to name a few. She has taught Alternative Photographic Process classes and Encaustic Painting workshops at various organizations around the northeast. She is an independent Curator and a member of the Connecticut Women Artists and Westport Arts Center and the Vernon Community Arts Center.


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