Faculty & Staff

Executive Staff

Michelle Slater is President of the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities, Inc. She has been assistant professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin, and she has directed study abroad programs in France for Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wisconsin. She has published articles in Modern Language Notes and Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in German and Romance Languages from Johns Hopkins University and she has an extensive background in music performance.

Advisory Board

Kate Angus has a BA from Brown University with post-graduate work at Yale University and an MFA from The New School University. She is the recipient of both A Room of Her Own Foundation's Orlando Prize for Creative Nonfiction and a New York Times "Teacher Who Made a Difference" Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications including The Awl, Best New Poets 2010, The Atlantic online, Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Subtropics and Verse Daily.

Doug Chapman is a Canadian actor and theatre educator who splits his time between New York City and Australia where he is on faculty at the Canberra Academy of Dramatic Art. While in New York Mr. Chapman performs regularly and is Adjunct professor of Acting at Manhattanville College. Trained at the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard and the Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Mr. Chapman is a passionate supporter of interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly at the intersection of Art and Ecology.

Laura Karetzky is a visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work comprises a visual diary, where each instant is understood as being a part of a larger and often unresolved narrative. Her vision and process seek to explore those instances when we feel as though we are mere observers to our own circumstance. 

She is a member of the Brooklyn Information and Culture (BRIC) Contemporary Art Council (2007-present), and served as Alumni Advisor to the Academic Affairs Committee for The New York Academy of Art (2006-2012). 

Jim Lowe, who resides in Montpelier, Vt., has been arts writer, music and theater critic for the Barre-Montpelier (Vt.) Times Argus and Rutland Herald since 1985, arts editor of The Times Argus since 1990, the Rutland Herald since 2010. He also writes for other publications including American Record Guide, and has been a consultant to many arts organizations and artists, including Louis Moyse.

Stephen G. Nichols is James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities, and Research Professor at Johns Hopkins University. He co-founded the electronic journal, Digital Philology, A Journal of Medieval Culture, and Codirects JHU’s Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts. One of his books, Romanesque Signs, received the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding book.


Frank James Meuschke received his B.F.A in painting at S.U.N.Y The College at New Paltz and his M.F.A in painting with a minor in landscape studies at New Mexico State University. He has attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The MacDowell Colony, Henry Street Settlement, and Weir Farm residencies and has exhibited his work most recently at La MaMA Gallery in NYC, The Mills Gallery at Boston Center For The Arts, and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut.

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. He is the author of The Prophet of Zongo Street, a short story collection. Ali’s fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, A Gathering of Tribes, Essence, Open City and other publications. He was the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Eve Aschheim is an abstract painter and draftsperson who seeks to create dynamic abstract structures that exist between categories of thought.  Her interests do not fall under the categories of image, object or design. She is after something more elusive and less stable—implied motion, states in the midst of change, a fictive reality that exists between multiple visual constructions.  An interest in geometry, drawing, and the creation and alteration of pictorial space inform her work.

David Birkin is an artist based in New York. Born in London, he studied anthropology at Oxford University, fine art at the Slade, and was a fellow of the Art & Law Program, and the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.