Ross Nugent, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Pedas Communication Center
Professor Ross Nugent holds a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.F.A. in Film Production from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He studied film and video production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and went on to work for the nonprofit media arts organization for eight years in various positions with their education and exhibition programs. Nugent also served as an adjunct faculty member at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and was an associate lecturer in the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres at UW-Milwaukee, teaching a variety of courses in media production and film studies.
He has worked extensively in film programming and exhibition with the Three Rivers Film Festival, UW-Milwaukee Union Theatre, and Milwaukee Underground Film Festival. He is currently a board member for MONO NO AWARE, a film education and exhibition group based in Brooklyn. Nugent is the technical director for their annual event, which presents film-based works that incorporate elements of live performance such as sound, dance, spoken-word, audience participation and multi-projection pieces.
Nugent’s scholarly and creative interests include production and critical studies in documentary and experimental film and video. Many of his short films and videos engage in modes of observational documentary production. He is completing a series of films focused on working-class activities in Western Pennsylvania. His film Steel Mill Rolling was awarded a Jury’s Choice first prize in documentary at the 2015 Black Maria Film Festival and was featured at venues across the country as part of the festival’s touring program. Nugent has screened his shorts at a variety of venues around the world, including the National Museum of Art (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Ann Arbor Film Festival (MI), Antimatter Film Festival (Vancouver, B.C., Canada), Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Athens Video Art Festival (Greece), among others, as well as art galleries and broadcast television.
A native of nearby Transfer, PA, Professor Nugent has fond memories of visiting Thiel College for various activities during his youth and is especially excited to join the beloved institution as faculty. He and his wife Kathy stay active with their two Australian cattle dogs, Bella and Bodhi. Nugent is also an avid bicyclist.