Research Overview


Research Overview

Dynamic and prolific performers, our faculty are leaders in their respective fields and participate in a wide variety of creative activity. A few highlights of our faculty's areas of interest and recent projects include:



Bryan Appleby-Wineberg, Trumpet and Head of Brass:
Principal trumpet of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and principal cornet/assistant conductor of the Atlantic Brass Band (ensemble-in-residence at Rowan) and a founding member of the professional trumpet ensemble Tromba Mundi.


Ed Vezinho, Jazz Composition and Arranging
Playing in theaters in and around the Atlantic City / Philadelphia area since 1981, Vezinho has solo credits with artists such as Aretha Franklin, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett, Bernadette Peters, and the Temptations.


John Pastin, Dean of the College of Performing Arts
Lieutenant Commander Pastin is a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Navy's Music Program, and has commanded, trained and performed with some of the Navy's most prestigious bands.


Nancy Rawlins, DMA
Her performance credits include solo recitals and ensemble performances in over 150 churches, cathedrals, and concert halls throughout the region, including the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center and also a concert tour in Italy with a traditional jazz band.

Theatre & Dance

Leslie Elkins, Ph.D.
One of the founding members of Foursome, a collaborative arts ensemble in Philadelphia, Elkins has also published a study involving work with noted artist Deborah Hay and two Philadelphia-based dance artists, Body Presence: Lived Experience of Choreography and Performance.

Chris Roche, Ph.D.
Roche is a founding member and artistic associate with the for/word company, which creates new works based on the historical record. With the for/word company he has originated the roles of Antoine de Saint Exupery (North) and E.B. White (The Little Book). The for/word company has performed in Seattle, WA., Chicago, IL., and most recently Off-Broadway.

Professor Lane Savadove (Acting/Directing)
Savadove is a Drama League Directing Fellow, a Presidential Fellow, a Shubert Fellow, the first director to have been awarded the Henry Luce Fellowship and most recently an Independence Fellow in Philadelphia. He is the Artistic Director of EgoPo Classic Theatre.

Paule Turner
Hailed as Philly's most madcap movement artist, Turner has created extravagant "dance dramas" that are at once entertaining, meaningful, compelling and brilliantly humorous.