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Our Skilled Faculty

Cara Cotellese

Professor Cara CotelleseAssociate Professor, Department Chair

206 Rickenbach    

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

Courses Commonly Taught:
Live Event Production, Senior Seminar, Fundamentals of Studio.

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 Commonly 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 Commonly Taught:
Scriptwriting, Narrative Video Production, Script to Screen.

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:
Documentay Production, Masterpieces of Cinema, Post Production.

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 Commonly 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 and publishing research on comedic media.

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 Commonly Taught:
Cinematography, Post Production, Narrative 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 Commonly Taught:
Fundamentals of Studio 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 Angela


209A Rickenbach

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

Courses Commonly Taught:
Intro to CTM, Narrative 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.

Garland McLaurin

Instructor GarlandInstructor
209A Rickenbach    


New York University, MFA, Film
Howard University, BA, Radio-TV-Film

Courses Commonly Taught: 

Garland McLaurin is a Peabody-Award winning filmmaker. His current project POPS, funded by ITVS Digital and National Black Programming Consortium, is a web-series explores fatherhood for African American men. He co-directed/produced the Peabody winning documentary series, "180 Days A Year Inside An American High School and Hartsville" that aired on PBS. He served as co-cinematographer on Wes Moore's Coming Back documentary series, highlighting veterans, and for award-winning documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen's The New Black.