Communicative Arts Faculty
Theatre Faculty Professor
Assistant Professor Corinne M. Mason joined Massasoit Community College as adjunct faculty in 2013 and full time faculty in 2015. Corinne M. Mason is a professional director, choreographer, and teaching artist. She has directed and choreographed for organizations such as, Massasoit Theatre Company, The Company Theatre, Lyric First Stage, Curtain Call Theatre, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Stonehill College, MMASBlackBox, Cambridge Youth Dance Program, and North Cambridge Family Opera. Corinne is passionate about the development of new plays and the art of collaborative creation. She believes theatre has the potential to promote empathy, understanding, open dialogue, and reflection for both participants and audiences alike, and strives to infuse these values in every project she takes on. Over the past few years she has directed several original productions including, The Werewolves (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Les Nuls (Artists from Suburbia), Trial of Madeline Gee, Eris’ Chain (Massasoit Theatre Company), Autumn Cross, and We Will Not Describe the Conversation (New Works Play Festival). DIRECTING CREDITS: I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Plymouth Community Theatre), The Laramie Project, A Raisin in the Sun, Face Forward, Harriet Tubman: An American Moses, A Christmas Carol, Wizard of Oz (Massasoit Theatre Company), Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Curtain Call), The Mystery of Irma Vep (MMAS), American Idiot, Eurydice, The Hiding Place (Company Theatre), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Lyric First Stage). CHOREOGRAPHY CREDITS: Reefer Madness, Spitfire Grill, Das Barbecu (Stonehill College), Symphony in Me (Studio One Dance Company), High School Musical, Damn Yankees, The Addams Family, (Abington High School), A Chorus Line, Cabaret (MMAS), Spring Awakening (Company Theatre), Lucky Stiff, As Thousands Cheer, Me and My Girl, Much Ado About Nothing (Lyric First Stage), Bridges Not Walls, The Z Factor (Cambridge Youth Dance Program).
- American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Musical Theatre
- B.F.A The New School
- M.A. Emerson College
Adjunct Faculty Professor
Adjunct Professor Peter A. Carey is an Adjunct Faculty Professor, of Humanities and Fine Arts, at Massasoit Community College. Peter is a professional actor, director and performing arts educator. Stage director credits for Lyric First Stage include A Midsummer Nights Dream & Joseph/Technicolor Coat (co-directed with Corinne M. Mason), Lucky Stiff, Berlin’s As Thousands Cheer, Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest. Peter is very proud to have been recently inducted into the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Hall of Fame for his contribution to the arts in Massachusetts. Recent teaching and Guest Lecturer credits include Salem State University, Massasoit Community College, Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory. He is the recipient of the Connecticut Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as John Adams in 1776 at the Goodspeed Opera House. He also earned the IRNE award for Best Actor in a musical as John Adams in 1776 at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Also at the Lyric, Peter has performed in Big River, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, parts I and II (and IRNE nomination for his role as Newman Noggs), Follies and Side Show (both of which he received IRNE nominations), Arms and the Man, The Lisbon Traviata, Shakespeare in Hollywood and When Pigs Fly. At Wheelock Family Theatre, Hairspray, Honk and Seussical, The Musical. Peter also has performed with American Classics, The Hanover Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Northshore Music Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Speakeasy Stage. Favorite directing credits include The Spitfire Grill, Das Barbeque (Stonehill College) Much Ado About Nothing (Wellesley Summer Theatre), Die Fledermaus, The New Moon and The Merry Widow (New England Light Opera), Deathtrap, Arsenic and Old Lace, Dirty Blonde (The Company Theatre).
Adjunct Faculty Professor
Adjunct Professor Nicole Conlon-McCombe joined Massasoit Community College in 2010. Nicole is a professional playwright, actor, director and teaching artist. During her time at Massasoit she has taught a variety of courses, serves as an academic advisor, has advised the students clubs Dramatikos and Performix and directed The Bully Show and The Jordan Rich Variety Show. She also teaches at Bridgewater State University and Stonehill College. Additionally, Nicole serves as Executive Director for Drug Story Theater, a nonprofit organization that works with teens in the early stages of recovery so that, “The treatment of one becomes the prevention of many”. She has written all three of their plays, “The Price You Pay”, “Second Chances” and “Changes for the Better”. She holds a BA in Communication with a concentration in Theater Arts and an MFA in Theater: Performance & Society. Nicole believes in the power of theater to promote civic dialogue, raise social awareness, and potentially create social change.
Communicative Arts Faculty Professor
Robert Bowers was born in Roxbury Massachusetts and grew up in Dorchester. He was educated in Catholic schools and then went to Boston College High School. He graduated from Boston College in 1969. He earned a BS in Speech/English/Education. Bob then went to Orono, Maine, University of Maine, where he received an MA in Speech/Public Address.
After spending two more years at the University of Maine, Bob moved back to Dorchester. He then taught high school English at Newton Catholic High School. In 1979, he was hired to teach English and speech at Massasoit Community college.
At first Bob taught English in the Latch program and speech courses, but eventually he moved exclusively into the then speech department when he along with Professor Tim Trask built the Liberal Arts Media degree program. With Tim in charge of the TV/radio area, Bob concentrated on rebuilding the radio program. At one point he had 40+ students doing shows on WRPS, Rockland and on our cable channel.
A life changing event for Bob happened when he attended the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention in Newark new Jersey in the fall of 1986. The convention featured actors from the “golden” days of radio drama and comedy recreating with music and sound effects classic radio shows.
In a bar in Newark, as Bill Buckner was letting the ball go through his legs, three people created the college show which would be known as Radio Classics. Peg Lynch. Star of TV and radio’s “Ethel and Albert” , public relations consultant, Alan Chapman and I created our show.
Starting with the Massasoit Radio Players composed of faculty, students, staff and administrators, we built an acting company and then started “Radio Classics” a yearly live performance of radio comedies and dramas with sound effects and music. Our first and only host was Ken “Muck” Meyer from WEEI.
We brought to our Brockton stage many old time radio greats such as Alan Young, Gale Storm. Lon Clark, Will Hutchins, Robert Horton and Betsy Palmer. Rosemary Rice the star of “Mama” on TV donated stocks to our scholarship fund that assures our students financial help long after I am gone from the college.
One particular joy to me was the inclusion of Boston radio and TV legends in our yearly casts including Jess Cain, Tom Bergeron. Norm Nathan and Jordan Rich. We concluded 22 years of shows in 2019 with a farewell show starring John Astin of “The Addams Family.”
Two years ago we launched our Liberal Arts degree programs in TV and radio and certificates in TV and radio/podcasting.
Bob is an avid collector of all things TV , radio and old movies and lives with his wife Cathy and 17 year old Beagle, Daisy in Mattapoisett.
The Massasoit Radio Players are still performing and completed an hour radio show version of a “Christmas Carol” which aired over a seven radio station hook-up.
Fine Arts Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty
Mark started working with the Massasoit Theatre Company as a student audio tech running sound in 1990. From there he was quickly bit by the bug and started performing on stage and working back stage in theatres all over the South Shore. After graduating Massasoit, Mark went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in Broadcast Journalism. He has earned 10 credits toward a Master’s Degree in Emerson’s Theatre and Community program with a doctoral track. Mark has been teaching Television Production for 18 years and team teaching Stage Craft for 10 years. He has worked extensively with the Massachusetts IATSE Local 11 Stagehand Union at many of the larger venues in the Boston area and with IATSE Local 481 the New England Studio Mechanics Union. Favorite roles on-stage include, Bernardo in West Side Story (Massasoit Theatre Co.), Papa Ge in Once on This Island (Company Theatre) and The Comfort Counselor, Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Curtain Call/Plymouth Community Theatre/Priscilla Beach Theatre). Mark resides on the South Shore with his beautiful wife Jeanne and their three sons (aka Jedi Padawan Learners): Asachai, Micajah, and Jahmonet. He would like to thank the team here at Massasoit’s Buckley Performing Arts Center for their commitment to our students, hard work and laughs along the way
Deborah L. Shariff is a native of Boston and Founder of “The Boston Screenwriters Group,” http://www.meetup.com/The-Boston-Screenwriters-Group/ Creator and Executive Producer of “Urban Empowerment Today,” “ HollyWood Goes to School,” “The Grand Pop’s Young Reader’s Series”, Wealth Wellness Series and Creator of the “How To Make Movies,” series featured at Boston Neighborhood Network Television.
Recently Shariff has just launched a Radio Show, Urban Empowerment Today on WBCA 102.9 FM Boston on Fridays from 7:30 – 8:00PM. She also, recently launched a Podcast and now producing a new Live Visual Podcast in mid-March of 2022, entitled “Success Talk with Deborah Shariff!”
Shariff holds a Master of Science Degree in Film from Boston University School of Film and Television; credits include producing, directing, and writing movies and socially-conscious television shows which have been presented on the East and West coast: WGBH, WCVB, WBZ, BNN-TV, and BET STARZ. Shariff has lectured extensively at various colleges, and the private and public sectors throughout the United States about the movie and television industry.
Shariff has consulted extensively with clients on conception of a television show; from design, format, guest development, and research to implementation. Her client base is in New England, California and Nevada.
Shariff is currently a full-time professor and teaches, TV Studio Productions, Intro to Multimedia Production, Journalism and Black Images in Film courses at Massasoit Community College.
Nathan is the Technical Director here at the Buckley Performing Arts Center. He is also a freelance theatre artist who began his affiliation with The Massasoit Theatre Company as a performer is Guys and Dolls in 1993. He has directed productions for theaters all over Massachusetts including: Massasoit Theatre Company, The Company Theatre, The Winthrop Playmakers, Hingham Civic Music Theatre, Plymouth Community Theatre, Wakefield Rep, and several high school programs. In addition to direction, he also does lighting, costume, scenic and props design. Thanks to his friends and family for their support and to his husband Ricky for tolerating his crazy schedule.