Film and Performing Arts Faculty & Staff

 Miho Aoki
Film Faculty through the UAF Art Department

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Miho studied at the Advanced Computing Center or Arts and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University in 1998. She is currently teaching digital art at University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a joint faculty of the   Arctic Region Supercomputing Center . Her art works have been exhibited at   Well Street Art Gallery   (Fairbanks, AK),   MTS Gallery   (Anchorage, AK),   Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography   (Japan),   University of Alaska Museum of the North   and   Aichi Prefecture Ceramics Museum   (Japan). Her computer generated images received the Grand Prize of TORAY Digital Creation Awards 2007. Miho participated in multimedia performances and created computer generated graphics for collaborative projects. Recently, she has been involved in Another Language Performing Arts Company's long-distance, collaborative InterPlay performances. Her computer generated animation is shown on on PBS Alaska One and also in PBS NOVA (WGBH Boston) television broadcasts.

Carrie BakerCarrie Baker
Associate Professor of Theatre/ Acting
Chair, Department of Theatre & Film

Carrie Baker is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild-American/Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and a founding company member of New York City’s Coyote REP. New York Theatre acting credits include: New Age Classics, New Perspectives Theatre Company, NYU Festival of New Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, Coyote REP. Regional Theatre: Utah Shakespearean Festival, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Potomac Theatre Project, Washington Stage Guild, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. TV: Guiding Light, Ed, commercial voiceovers. Film: Mining for Ruby, The Messenger, AlaskaLandChronic Town, Eat Me. Directing credits include: Speech & Debate, How I learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Three Days of Rain (Theatre UAF), The Taming of the Shrew (Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre), Verdi and the Bard and The Telephone (Opera Fairbanks). Carrie holds a B.A. in Theatre/English from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.

Leonard Kamerling
Film Faculty through the UAF English Department

Kamerling is Curator of Film  at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and Associate Professor of English at UAF.   Over the last 25 years, he has produced numerous critically acclaimed, international award winning documentary films about Alaska Native cultures and Northern issues.  He received his training at the London Film School,  and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from UAF. He joined the Creative Writing Faculty in 1999 where he specializes in teaching writing for film, theater and television. 
His film, "Heart of the Country," was nominated for the American Film Institute's prestigious Par Lorenze Award. Recently his documentary,  "The Drums of Winter,"  was named to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress. 

Throughout his career, Kamerling has been concerned with issues of cultural representation in film, cross-cultural communication and the role that  film and film writing can play in eliminating stereotypes and in credibly translating one culture to another.

Kade Mendelowitz
Professor of Theatre & Film/ Lighting Design
Technical Director

Originally from New York, Kade served as lighting supervisor for The Acting Company's national tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream and taught at Smith College in Massachusetts. An award-winning lighting designer, Kade has designed numerous productions for the stage, television news, dance, and the United States Olympic Ice Sculptures trials. He teaches courses in Lighting and Technical Theatre. Hobbies include photography and multimedia presentations; he is the owner of Multimakers Multimedia design company. Kade has completed the second version of his multimedia CD / textbook replacement: Theatrical Lighting Design Interactive which is on sale internationally and on, as well as version 1 of Theatrical Sound Design Interactive, a DVD. In 2009 Kade received an Outstanding Advisor Award at UAF. He was honored to receive a 2004 Aurora Award: Platinum Best of Show 2004: Entertainment for his interactive sci-fi DVD adventure Water Stealers. In 2004 he won the distinguished Usibelli Award for Service - UAF's highest honor.

Robert Prince
Film Faculty through the UAF Journalism Department

The career of award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert Prince started when he went to work for Emmy-award-winning television personality Bill Kurtis in Chicago. He continued on as a producer/director for Public Television and then as Video Producer for Calvin College. His experience includes work with ABC Sports, Investigative Reports and other nationally syndicated programs.

Rob has an M.A. in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media from Michigan State University. His Master's thesis documentary Making Choices: The Dutch Resistance during World War II was picked up for DVD and broadcast distribution and is available on and John Douglas, Television Critic for The Grand Rapids Press, called the documentary “…wonderful…a quality production whose stories will keep you on the edge of your seat.” Making Choices won the Audience Award at the 2005 Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival in Newburyport, Massachusetts and was an official selection for a number of other film festivals.

Prince’s latest documentary, Finding their own Dance, tells the story of the Alutiiq Natives of Alaska who have begun creating and performing their traditional dances again after centuries of persecution destroyed this key element of their culture. Finding their own Dance won the 2009 Native Sprit award at the Southern Winds Film Festival and was selected for the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.
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Maya Salganek
Director of FRAME
Associate Professor, Film/Video Arts

109B Fine Arts - Theatre
(907) 474-5950

Maya has been involved with the UAF theatre department since 2001. Her courses include, "Previsulization and Pre-Production for Film", "Let's Make a Movie", "Fundamentals of Film Directing", "Movies and Film", Advanced Film Directing", and "Cross-Cultural Filmmaking".  Feature-Film production credits include co-Producer for Chronic Town (2008) featured at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Associate Producer for  Dear Lemon Lima (2009), Producer for Alaskaland (2011)  Director of Photography for The Messenger, and executive producer of Mining for Ruby (2013).  The publication "Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research" manual and multimedia DVD features the video work of Salganek and her students. She also served as a section editor and contributor for the book North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska's Changing Social-Ecological Systems.

Guest Artist / Faculty & Director

Rebecca George
Guest Artist - Director and Adjunct Faculty

Rebecca George has directed most recently for Opera Fairbanks’ ‘Rumplestiltskin’ and ‘La Pizza con Funghi’.  Rebecca has also directed for The Winter Bear Project, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s ‘Misalliance’, Opera Fairbanks’ ‘Verdi and the Bard’ and Hyperion Theatre Company’s ‘Manahattanpotamia’, ‘NEM’ and ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)’ at NYC's Gotham Comedy Club.  Rebecca has taught acting at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre and Fairbanks Suzuki Institute. Rebecca has performed with Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Vermont Stage Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Hyperion Theatre Company, and most recently in Perseverance Theatre’s production of ‘Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England.’ Rebecca can be seen in Perseverance Theatre’s production of ‘Annapurna’ at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage this fall.  Rebecca has a BFA from University of Colorado, MFA in performance from the University of Tennessee, and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.


Amanda CasterlineAmanda "Mandy" Casterline
Department Coordinator, Department of Theatre & Film

Amanda "Mandy" Casterline is a graduate from the UAF Theatre & Film Department with a concentration in Design and Technical. She has worked in all fields of theatre: wig and makeup effects for Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra performance of the opera  “Turandot”, first hand for Opera Fairbanks showing of “Hansel and Gretel”, and Costume Design for Theatre UAFs showing of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Head Costume Designer and Technician for Festival 56 in Princeton, IL where she designed the costumes for “Guys and Dolls,” “Violet,” and “The Fantasticks,” along with working on various other productions as a director, box office, and publicity.


Adam Gillette
Scene Shop Manager

Adam Gillette started his foray into the theater as an actor, though quickly found his niche behind the scenes building sets, designing, and hanging lights. His most recent work was seen as carpenter and master electrician for Caligari: Alaska, and as lighting designer for The Laramie Project, as well as in many design and construction aspects for SDA’s Winter Shorts.  After two years working with Leighton Nunez in the Theater UAF scene shop, he is excited to move into his new position as Manager.


Stephanie Rivet
Costume Shop Manager 

Theatre and film have been a big part of Stephanie's life ever since returning to college in 2011 to study acting. As a student, she performed this department's productions of All In The Timing and The Flu Season. Stephanie's interest in costuming blossomed when she became a student worker in the the costume shop in 2014 and began learning not just about costume construction but also the design process from Bethany Marx and Jerene Mosier. This knowledge led her costume design Theatre UAF's Stop Kiss and Titus Andronicus with Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. In 2018, Stephanie was hired as Costume Shop Manager and she couldn't be more thrilled to continue making costumes and working with such fabulous people.

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