Meet Our Faculty and Staff

CVPA Faculty and Staff List

  • John Aler

    Associate Professor (Tenor and Opera), Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

  • Samirah Alkassim

    Term Assistant Professor in Film Theory, Film and Video Studies, CVPA

    Samirah Alkassim is an experimental documentary filmmaker whose films include Far From You, From Here to There, and current work in progress Love Letters, among other projects.
  • Elizabeth Alman

    Adjunct Faculty, School of Theater, CVPA

    Dr. Elizabeth Alman joined the School of Theatre Faculty at Mason in 2015, teaching theatre performance courses, coaching Voice, Speech, Text and Dialects for Mason Players’ productions, and serving on the Faculty Committee for Mason’s Gateway Auditions and Interviews for prospective freshmen and transfer students.
  • Elissa Alvarez

    Assistant Director of Vocal Studies/Soprano, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Noted by the Boston Globe for her “intensely lyrical” singing, soprano Elissa Alvarez is an equally enthusiastic interpreter of recital, concert, and operatic repertoire spanning early music to works of the twenty-first century.
  • Angela Ammerman

    Adjunct Professor of Music (Music Education and Aural Skills), Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Angela Ammerman, referred to by the Washington Post as the first “music teacher prodigy,” earned degrees in Music Education from the University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music, Boston University, and her PhD from George Mason University. Featured in the Tennessee Alumnus Magazine in 2019 for founding a strings program for orphaned children in Thailand, Dr. Ammerman has dedicated much of her musical career to providing access to quality music education for underserved populations of children in the United States and across the globe.
  • Ben Ashworth

    Sculpture Supervisor, School of Art, CVPA

  • Anna Balakerskaia

    Professor (Piano and Chamber Music), Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

    Dr. Anna Balakerskaia is a “consistently thrilling pianist” (Judy Gruber, Washington Post) whose expression “wells with a delightful freedom,” (Robert Dumm, Clavier) and whose sound “is warm and deep.” (Elaine Fine, American Record Guide) Indeed, the legendary Russian violinist and conductor, Viktor Tretyakov, writes this about Dr. Balakerskaia: “A unique, almost extrasensory feeling of ensemble, excellent pianism, a radiant personality – that is [Anna] Balakerskaia!”
  • Sara Barger

    Adjunct Faculty, Film and Video Studies, CVPA

    Sara Barger has traveled the world making short documentaries, producing content for the U.S. State Department, USAID, Discovery Channel, and various think tanks, non-profits, and government agencies.
  • Rebecca Basch

    Adjunct Faculty, School of Art, CVPA