Lecturer of Theatre
A graduate of New York City’s High School of Performing Arts, Athena double majored in theatre and English at SUNY Plattsburgh, where her experience of theatre ranged from starring in mainstage productions to organizing the prop and hat rooms. She received her B.A. in 2002, completing a production history of Romeo and Juliet as her capstone project. She continued to study Shakespeare at Ohio University, earning her M.A. in Literature in 2005. Her master’s essay focused on innovative choices staging period and contemporary productions of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.
Athena and her husband Michael (a 2001 music department alumnus) returned to Plattsburgh in 2006. Athena began teaching a mythology course for the English department the following year into which she incorporated classical and contemporary plays such as Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound and Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad. She was hired as writing skills specialist for the SUNY Plattsburgh Student Support Services program in 2008. When she is not teaching and tutoring freshman year composition, Athena’s ongoing role as wife, mother, and stepmother keep her pretty busy, but she has continued to share her love of dramatic literature with students in her mythology, Shakespeare, and drama courses.
Athena currently teaches a web based section of Introduction to Theatre Art.