Cara Gargano, Ph.D.
Dr. Cara Gargano is chair of the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management and professor of dance and theatre at LIU Post. A former dancer, she studied at the New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis and later taught at the school; she has worked in theatre, opera and musical comedy, and as a ballet dancer with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Upstate Repertory Theater, U.S. Terpsichore Ballet Co., the Empire State Ballet, Garden State Ballet and Arlington Dance Theatre. She also has worked as a stage director and choreographer; her concert choreography for Cara Gargano Dance Co. received warm reviews from the New York Times and has been presented in Europe as well as in the United States. In a 1986 New York Times review, Gargano was described as having "the knack of weaving movement into a whole. (She) is a performer with an appealingly open, expansive line and attack."
Dr. Gargano holds a Ph.D. in French language and literature from the City University of New York Graduate Center and has published in both English and French in noted journals including Modern Drama, Reliologiques, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Research International, and New Theatre Quarterly. She has provided chapters for several books including “Mythes dans la littérature contemporaine d’expression française,” “Réécritures des mythes: utopie au feminine,” “Réécritures de Madeleine Monette, Anne-Marie Alonzo: Collection d’essais,” and most recently, “Hermes-Aphrodite Encounters.” She has translated several plays from French that have been produced in New York and Ohio.
A member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Modern Language Association and the Society for Dance History Scholars, Dr. Gargano is twice past president of the Congress on Research in Dance and has served as a choreography peer reviewer for the National Dance Association Promotion and Tenure Initiative. She has recently completed a translation of Marie Laberge’s first novel, “Juillet,” which is scheduled to appear in Summer 2013.
David Hugo has been an adjunct professor in the Theater, Film, Dance & Arts Management Department at LIU Post since 2007. He teaches freshman acting and musical theater acting courses. He has performed regionally; on national tours; and on Broadway in shows such as “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Iolanthe,” “Into the Woods” and “Les Miserables.” His stellar 12-year run with “Les Miserables” included portraying Grantaire in the final Broadway cast. While Hugo was on tour with “Les Miserables,” he gave workshops at high schools and universities across America, Asia and Canada. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, he holds an M.A. in theatre from LIU Post, a B.F.A. in acting from Syracuse University and an associate degree in music from Onondaga Community College. In 2005, Hugo presented a program on “Self-monitoring in the Actors Studio” at the International University Theater Conference in Urbino, Italy. Later this summer, he will be directing a professional production of “Les Miserables” in Boston.
Kerry Prep is the musical director and vocal coach for the Musical Theatre Conservatory @ LIU Post. An actor, singer, director and musical composer, Prep debuted his sold-out cabaret "If You Can Find Me, I’m Here" (Ed Linderman, dir.), in 2001. He is currently planning his next cabaret, "Grateful." Recent NYC acting credits include "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" (Ed Berkeley, dir.) and "Jacques Brel Is...," and he is the musical composer of "The Bastard Lovechild of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben." TV credits include "All My Children" and "Don’t Drink The Water" (Woody Allen, dir). Kerry has composed lyrics and music for several original cabaret-style musicals, including "Myth America (No Gurlz Allowed)," "Friday the 31st (A Dyslexic Halloween)," and "The Castratos (True or Falsetto)." For the past nine years, Prep has directed the incoming freshmen at Adelphi University in their debut workshops: "Te Deum For Young Comedians" (in collaboration with Jacques Burdick), "Myth Noir: Tales of Ovid’s Metamorphoses," "Alf Layla Wa Layla (1001 Arabian Nights)," "Lysistrata -- the Musical," "The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet," Mary Zimmerman’s "The Odyssey," "Imagine Oz," "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" and "The White Devil." Regional musical director credits include "Side Show" (Jeremy Kronenberg, director), "Little Shop of Horrors" (Meredith Van Scoy, director) and "Rent" (David Glenn Armstrong, director). Prep also has the unique distinction of musical directing for LIU Post (Victor Maog, dir.), Adelphi (Ted Sod, dir.) and Hofstra (Ilona Pierce, dir.) Seeking a creative outlet to supplement his acting career, he founded Preppygrams, a singing telegram company, which specializes in custom-written songs serving the New York Metropolitan area. Prep, who holds a B.F.A. from Adelphi University, is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA.