Music Theatre



Victoria Bussert

Director of the Music Theatre Department

Victoria Bussert (SDC) balances the professional and academic worlds dividing her time between a global career as a free-lance director while holding the position of Director of Music Theatre for Baldwin Wallace University. Victoria received her MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and serves as Resident Director for the Great Lakes Theatre in Cleveland. She teaches five levels of Music Theatre Workshop along with directing university productions and the annual New York Showcase.

Scott Plate

Department Chair

Scott Plate (AEA, SAG/AFTRA) is an award-winning actor, director, writer and teacher with thirty years of professional experience on the stage, on camera and behind a microphone. He teaches courses in Acting and Script Analysis, directs department productions, serves as chair of the Music Theatre department.


Nancy Maier

Interim Music Director

Nancy Maier has served as the music director for the Music Theatre program at BW since 1996. During a long residence in New York City she focused her energy on the music theatre world as a music director, accompanist, vocal coach, and cabaret artist. She has been Music Director for workshop classes, mainstage musicals, in-concert productions, and the NY senior showcase, while also bringing her many years of distinguished work to individual student training sessions.


Performance Faculty


Gregory Daniels

Choreographer & dance with national &
international touring experience. 
Teaching areas: jazz, ballet, tap, dance production, 
improvisation & choreography
Phone: 440-826-3766


Sara Whale

B.F.A., Pacific Northwest College of Arts
Teaching areas: ballet, modern dance
Phone: 440-826-2239


Adam Heffernan

M.F.A. University of Tennessee
Teaching areas: acting, voice,
theatre literature
Phone: 440-826-2276


Timothy Mussard

B.S. in History, California Polytechnic University
D.M.A., M.M. University of Washington, Seattle

JR Fralick

D.M.A. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, The Ohio State University
M.M. in Music History, Kansas State University
B.M. in Music Education, Friends University
Vocology Certificate, National Center for Voice

Joanne Uniatowski

D.M.A., The Cleveland Institute of Music
M.M., The University of Alabama
B.M., University of Akron
Language diploma from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

Benjamin Czarnota

M.M. in Voice, Indiana University
B.M. in Voice and Music Theory, Baldwin Wallace University

Cynthia O'Connell

M.M., B.M. West Chester University

Joan Ellison

M.M.T., B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Mark Weagraff

D.M.A., The University of Michigan
M.M., B.M., The Cleveland Institute of Music














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