Theatre Faculty

    James Filippelli

    Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts

      Phone: (845) 848-4081
      Office: Casey Hall 19

      B.A. – St. Leo College – Theatre/Speech & English Education
      M.F.A. – Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
      Performing Arts Administration
      P.D. – Professional Diploma – Fordham University
      Educational Administration
      Ed.D. – Manhattanville College – Educational Leadership

      Dr. James Filippelli retired as an English and Performing Arts teacher after over 35 years at Walter Panas High School in the Lakeland Central School District. The Performing Arts Center at the high school was recently named in his honor, thus renaming the facility as the Dr. James Filippelli Performing Arts Center. Dr. Filippelli began his career at Dominican University in the fall of 1979, initially directing only for The Aquin Players theatre group. In 1980, he developed the entire theatre curriculum that exists today and has grown through the years. He served as an Adjunct Instructor of Communications from 1980 through the fall of 2016. In 2016, he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Fine and Performing Arts. In 2022, he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. He developed the Theatre Minor and co-collaborated with colleagues to develop the Film-Studies Minor. He is presently working with colleagues to develop a dance and music minor. In his 45-year association with Dominican, Dr. Filippelli has had the pleasure to direct many main-stage musical productions involving students from all of the fine arts disciplines – art, music, dance, and theatre.

      His research interests include Higher Education, Fine and Performing Arts, and undergraduate incorporation of major/minor courses of studies in the arts.

      See Professor Filippelli's Publications

      Filippelli, J. (2023). How to Market the Arts: A Practical Approach for the 21st Century by Anthony Rhine and Jay Pension (review). Theatre Topics, 33(1), 54-55.

      Filippelli, J., De’Jesus, S.A., Ellis, T.A.D., Feliciano, M.S., (2021). Occupational Therapy and Theatre Arts Mutually Benefit Clinical Simulations: A Collaborative Approach. International Journal of Education. 9 (1) 2-7.

      Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2019). Leadership Skills: From the Stage to Higher Education. Journal of Performing Arts Leadership in Higher Education. Dec. (10) 27 – 37.

      Filippelli, J. & Martinez, E. (2019). Success of One Latino in Higher Education. NY
      Living City Magazine – Finding Identity Dec. 2019.

      Filippelli, J. (2019). Book Review: Theatre Management: Arts Leadership for the 21st Century. Theatre Topics, 29 (1), 81-82 DOI: 10.1353/tt.2019.0009

      Filippelli, J. & Clements, R. (2017). Can today’s superintendents be both instructional leaders and community leaders? Educational Administration and Supervision Journal. 35 (4), 2-11.