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Cara Cotellese

Professor Cara CotelleseAssociate Professor, Department Chair

206 Rickenbach    

Kutztown University, M.S.Telecommunications
Kutztown University, B.S. Telecommunications

Courses Taught:
Live Event Production, Senior Seminar, Audio Production

Professor Cotellese came to KU in the Fall of 2008 after teaching for 18 years in the Cinema/Video Program at Bucks County Community college in Newtown, PA. She is an alum of the CTM department (formerly EM) and continues to do freelance work in the field.

Leonard Barish

Professor Leonard Barish

Associate Professor

208 Rickenbach    

Clarion State College, M.S. Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S. Audio-Visual Communication

Courses Taught:
Video Lighting, Audio Production

Professor Barish has extensive experience working in the lighting and video production industries. His interests are in technical aspects of audio and lighting as well as cinema.

Michael Johnston

Professor Michael Johnston

Assistant Professor

205 Rickenbach    

Temple University, MFA. Film & Media Arts
Rowan University, B.A. Communication: Radio, TV, & Film

Courses Taught:
Scriptwriting, Narrative Video Production, Media Theory & Aesthetics

Professor Johnston taught film and video production, film theory and history, and screenwriting at Temple University and Rowan University. His research interests include early cinema and architecture in film. His films have screened at national and international film festivals. His films, Irina and A Man Full of Trouble, have won multiple screenwriting and film festival awards.

Jennifer Suwak

Professor Jennifer SuwakAssistant Professor

209B Rickenbach     

Rutgers University, Mason Gross, MFA
Upsala College, B.A.

Courses Taught:
Masterpieces of Cinema, Post Production, Engineering

Professor Suwak has worked in the film/video field since 1990. She has worked as a producer, reporter, editor, director, sound recordist, and cameraman for the news and feature films. Her sculptures, animation, and award-winning documentary films have been shown in galleries and in film festivals including two runs at Austin Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest, Black Maria, and many others. She currently continues her freelance career while teaching production and theory courses at Kutztown University.


Dr. Matthew McKeague

Dr. Matthew McKeague

Assistant Professor

207A Rickenbach    

Indiana University of PA, Ph.D. Communications Media
Shippensburg University, M.S. Communication & Journalism
Lock Haven University, B.A. Journalism & Mass Communications

Courses Taught:
Comedy Writing & Production, Media Law, Media Theory & Aesthetics

Dr. McKeague started teaching at Kutztown University in 2011, leaving in 2014 to work as a full-time comedy writer and video editor in Los Angeles. He returned in 2016 to teach screenwriting, editing, media law, and comedy classes. In the past, he has also been a film and video game reviewer, partnered YouTube sketch comedy creator, and freelance writer for websites, magazines, newspapers, and public relations outlets. He is currently writing fictional humor books, directing video shorts, and publishing research on comedy, user-generated content, and propaganda.

Jonathan Joy

Jon Joy

Assistant Professor 

204 Rickenbach

University at Buffalo, MFA Media Arts Production
Clarion University, M.S. Mass Media Arts
Westminster College, B.A. Broadcast Communication 

Courses Taught:
Intro to CTM, Post Production, Field Production

Professor Joy is a media maker, video artist, sound designer, and editor. He has taught film/video production, film/media theory and history, and documentary production. His research interests include live cinema, "liveness," slow cinema, and a non-traditional spectatorial model. He is currently in production on an experimental video and live performance which addresses themes of gender, identity, expectation, Americana, temporality, and a heartbreaking account of the human condition.

Scott Bastedo

ScottAssistant Professor
207B Rickenbach    



American University, MFA, Film & Electronic Media
Central Michigan University, MA, English Language & Literature: Creative Writing
Michigan State University, BA, Telecommunication, Information Studies & Media
Michigan State University, BA, English

Courses Taught:
Fundamentals of Video Production, Field Production, Live Event

Professor Bastedo has taught and developed coursework in audio and video production, graphic design, motion graphics, 3D animation, and mass media as an instructor at Northland Community and Technical College and at Millersville University. He has worked as a freelancer on commercials, documentaries, and short films in the Washington, DC area. His areas of interest include cinematography and screenwriting.

Angela Pinaglia

Instructor AngelaInstructor
209A Rickenbach    



American University, MFA, Film & Electronic Media
University of Florida, B.A. English

Courses Taught: 
Intro to CTM, Field Production, Video Lighting

Professor Pinaglia is a media professional, working as a freelance producer, editor, cinematographer, and animator on creative and corporate projects. She has taught as an adjunct professor at American University and instructed students on field production skills in the Nicaraguan rainforest. She is currently in production on a feature-length documentary about the world of synchronized ice skating. Her research interests include experimental cinema and participatory filmmaking.