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Our Skilled Faculty

Cara Cotellese

Professor Cara Cotellese

Associate Professor, Department Chair
206 Rickenbach    


Lehigh University, ABD Learning Sciences & Technology
Kutztown University, M.S.Telecommunications
Kutztown University, B.S. Telecommunications

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 Department and continues to do freelance work in the field.

Leonard Barish

Professor Leonard Barish

Associate Professor
208 Rickenbach    



University of Pittsburgh, ABD Instructional Design & Technology
Clarion State College, M.S. Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology, B.S. Audio Visual Communication

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

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.

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 documentary films have been shown in galleries and in film festivals internationally. 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

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 production, editing, theory, and comedy classes while continuing his storytelling and post-production passions as a freelancer in the field. In the past, he has been a film and video game reviewer, partnered YouTube content creator, production assistant, and professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include comedy, virtual worlds, video games, user-generated content, and propaganda while his current creative interests are writing comedy in the form of books, sitcoms, and film.

Scott Bastedo

ScottAssistant Professor
204 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

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

209A Rickenbach    



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

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.