Faculty

Elena Maria Garcia

Elena Maria Garcia

Elena Maria Garcia is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Barry University. She has dedicated the past 30 years to education in the Arts through Acting, Improvisation and performance. Elena earned her B.F.A from the University of Florida and her M.F.A from Florida Atlantic University. Soon after graduating Elena pursued her craft in Children’s theatre (Florida Stage) and travelled the East coast for five years while honing her improvisational skills. She was one of the founders of the first all female improv troupe, Big Purse and Matching Shoes, created the improv troupe Separate Checks and Quien Sigue A Quien, the first short form Spanish only speaking improv troupe in the US. During this time, Elena began working in front of the camera appearing several national commercials (Volkswagen, Nestle, Amdro, Wendy’s, DiGiorno, Burger King to name a few), movies (Out of Time, Something About Mary, Tony Tango, Bart Got a Room) and TV (Dexter, CSI). She taught as an Adjunct Faculty member at New World School of the Arts in Miami for over 20 years, Nova South Southeastern and Florida International University’s MBA program. Using her training in Improvisation and On Camera, Elena founded Universal Acting, where serious young actors could hone their craft in order to understand and succeed in the industry.
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Yvonne Jones Goodridge

Yvonne Jones Goodridge

Yvonne Jones Goodridge, an Assistant Professor of Dance at Barry University, is a scholar, educator, and performing artist who has been teaching and working in the field since for over 30 years. Mrs. Goodridge holds a BFA degree in Dance from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Dance Education from Columbia University, Teachers College.
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Fernando Londoño

Fernando Londoño

Fernando Londono is the Technical Theatre Director for the Department of Fine Arts. He is a Barry University graduate with a BS in Physical Education. He has been with the Department since 2000, assisting with the technical needs of all the performing arts productions and university events. His expertise in Technical Theatre comes from working with various theatre directors, set and lighting designers at Barry University’ Broad Auditorium. He has been instrumental with the growth of the theatre, music and dance programs.
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