Richard Stock (Director) is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and joined The Cooper Union in 1994. In addition to being a faculty member he spent five years as the Director of Outreach Programs for The Cooper Union's engineering school. He is also responsible for the Professional Development Workshops and Seminars, a series of seminars and workshops for freshmen and sophomores. He is a co-founder of CONNECT and oversees program development, evaluation and faculty liaison.

Dr. Stock began his career in England with, then, Price Waterhouse, later moving to British Petroleum Co. He returned to academia in the USA and, prior to joining The Cooper Union was at Carnegie Mellon University, where he was involved in research, technology transfer and a technology start-up company.

John Osburn (Associate Director) oversees the day-to-day running of the program that includes scheduling, assessment, facilitator training, workshop development, and facilitating workshops himself. His broad interdisciplinary work includes journalism, performance studies, theater, corporate training, and the adaptation of those fields to engineering education. He teaches drama and dramatic literature at New York University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Performance Studies. He has taught at Vassar College and New School University and was Assistant Director of the Center for Writing and Speaking at The Cooper Union before co-founding the CONNECT program with Richard Stock in 1997.


Margaret Araneo has worked with the CONNECT program at Cooper Union since Spring 2005. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY. In fall 2011, she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor and the Acting Program Head of the Masters Program in Theatre History and Criticism at Brooklyn College. Margaret is also an Instructor of Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on disability performance and neurodiversity in nineteenth and early twentieth century popular performance.

La Tonya Borsay has worked as a teaching artist and educational consultant for over 10 years. She has experience with diverse populations, such as, public schools, private schools, special education, and ELL. She designs and writes curriculum, facilitates workshops in the classroom and Professional Development workshops. As an actress, she has performed Off-Broadway shows, including at The Public Theater, and regionally at Yale Rep, Crossroads, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Passage Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Denver Center Theatre Company. Television credits include: "Lights Out", "Law and Order",  "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", "Law and Order: SVU", "The Wire", "ED", "As The World Turns", "One Life To Live." Films: "First Breath", "It Takes Two", "Work", and "Born on the Fourth of July." She holds a BA from University of North Texas, an MFA from New York University, and a Certificate from the Moscow Art Theater School.

Chris Clavelli is a professional director and a member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers; a stage, TV and film actor, represented by all three actors unions; a voiceover artist; and an instructor of acting, voice and speech. He holds a B.F.A in Acting from Emerson College and an M.F.A. from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Professional Actor Training Program. He is a recipient of both the Carbonell for his work in The Mystery of Irma Vep at the Florida Shakespeare Festival and a Barrymore Award for his part in the ensemble of the Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of Side Man. Since 2008, Chris has served as Associate Artistic Director of the Florida Repertory Theatre, where he has directed and performed in over 20 productions. In 2009 he was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award through the Theatre Communications Group, one of a select group to receive such an honor.

Jim Elliott holds a B.A. from Williams College and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a director, teacher, and producer.  Directing credits include Three Graces Theatre Company (Dissonance, Bang Day, The River), ABC-TV Diversity Showcase, off-off-Broadway, and regional theatres and colleges around the country. He is Instructor and Resident Director at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and was Producing Director for Urban Empire, where he helped premiere Evolution, by Jonathan Marc Sherman. The co-producer of two films, he was the founder of Cricket Pictures and screenwriter and director of the award-nominated short film Helen at Risk with Didi Conn.  He has worked as a speech coach in Austin, Texas, and New York City.

Ellen Goldman (Laban Movement Analyst, B.A., C.M.A., A.P.P., K.M.P.) is a specialist in non-verbal communication and cross-cultural awareness. She teaches in the certification program at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She applies the Action Profiling® System of management assessment, looking at decision-making styles from a movement base, to teams and individuals in corporations, further enhancing this with the Kestenberg Movement Profile, which expands movement parameters into very fine categories. Her books and DVDs include As Others See Us: Body Movement and the Art of Successful Communication and The Geometry of Movement: A Study in the Structure of Communication.  Ellen consults with business teams and with individuals to develop leadership skills and effective decision-making processes. She has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, North and South America, Europe, and Africa, addressing key aspects of non-verbal communication, improving interviewing skills, and team interaction.

Deborah Latz is a jazz vocalist, writer, actor, and private vocal instructor. She is certified in Somatic Voicework and has coached students in theater and choreography at Brown University and taught vocal expression to corporate executives. A recipient of the Best Actress Award at the Jerzy Grotowski Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, she attended San Francisco State University and holds certificates from the British American Drama Academy and the American Conservatory Theater. On her label, June Moon Productions, she has released two CDs, Toward Love and Lifeline, to critical acclaim in both the U.S. and Europe. Deborah tours in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen regularly at New York City jazz venues.

Eliza Ladd is a performer, composer, writer, director, and teacher from NYC. She holds an M.F.A. in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and is a certified Body Dynamics™ educator.  Eliza is currently teaching The Function of Theater at Kingsborough Community College, Acting at Marymount Manhattan College, and Ensemble Body Practice at the Terry Schreiber Acting Conservatory.  In addition to teaching theater Eliza facilitates professional development for teachers, engineers and other corporate professionals at Think Build Live Success, Best Effect, Bank Street College, The Cooper Union and through Young Audiences NY.

Donna L. Maltzan teaches, coaches and consults in architectural, engineering and construction firms on the subjects of business development, presentation skills and conflict resolution skills.  Prior to starting her own business in 1998, she taught sales training courses for some of the premier training organizations in the US.  Before that, she had a successful sales career selling professional services.  In her "first career" as an asset manager for a real estate pension fund advisory she was actively engaged with architects, engineers and construction professionals in the management of her portfolio. She holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Wells College and an MBA from Northeastern University. Her website is

Cara Michelle Miller is a communications coach, founder of the service program Touch4Hope (a Fund for the City of New York partner project) aimed at improving the wellbeing of individuals in cancer treatment, and on the faculty of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City. She has lectured on the benefits of meridian-based meditation practices as a guest speaker for medical doctors, chiropractors and physical therapy centers. In her private coaching, Cara Michelle intertwines the East Asian philosophy of medicine with the science of communication and teaches "luminary leadership". Her one-on-one coaching sessions hone in on doing one's work with passion, reason, empathy, and, and most importantly, creating something of value for society. At Cooper Union, she has designed and continues to lead communication workshops specializing in physical expression and presentation skills. She holds a BFA in Professional Acting and Theatre Studies from East Carolina University.

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