School of Theatre and Performance Studies: Faculty and Staff

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Full-Time Faculty

  • Margaret Baldwin

    Margaret Baldwin

    Coordinator of General Education for Theatre and Performance Studies
    Contact: mbaldw11@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Theatre Arts (Playwriting), University of Iowa
    B.A. English/Modern Studies, University of Virginia
    Areas of Emphasis: General Education, Script Analysis, Performance Composition, Adaption, Ensemble Performance
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    Margaret Baldwin, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has produced her plays and ensemble theatre works throughout the US. Her most recent play, Night Blooms, received its world premiere at Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta, September 2010, directed by Karen Robinson, with dramaturgy by Lisa Adler. Night Blooms was named one of the top plays of 2010 by both the Atlanta Journal Constitution and ArtsCriticATL.com; Margaret and Night Blooms were featured in an interview for American Theatre Magazine (October 2010). Developmental workshops and readings of Night Blooms include Horizon’s New South Play Festival (2006-9), Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s PlayFest, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN, Working Title Playwrights, and the KSU New Works and Ideas Festival. Margaret and Horizon Theatre received a National AT&T Onstage Award for the world premiere of her play Her Little House, named one of the Best New Plays of 2004 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Her family plays include Tom Thumb the Great, commissioned and produced by Georgia Shakespeare (2008) and developed in collaboration with the KSU Department of TPS&D; and Alice Through the Wonderglass, commissioned and produced by Synchronicity Performance Group (2003). Other recent works, You Always Go Home, Monkey King, and Roland’s Song: A War Story were commissioned and produced by the KSU Department of Theatre, Performance Studies and Dance. Monkey King, funded in part by the Coca-Cola Foundation, traveled to China for a festival at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Margaret’s solo works, The Wet Nurse Sings and The Deepest Part of the Creek (2003), were published in Monologues for Women edited by the Playwrights’ Center. Her collaborative theatre work in development with Out of Hand Theater, Without Which Nothing, was featured at Emory University’s Brave New Works Festival (April 2011).

    Margaret holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights’ Center, and Working Title Playwrights. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Paul Pendergrass, and serves as Lecturer and Interim General Education Coordinator for Theatre and Performance Studies in the KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies.

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  • Jane Barnette

    Jane Barnette

    Associate Professor, Resident Dramaturg and Alpha Psi Omega Advisor
    Contact: jbarne48@kennesaw.edu
    Ph.D. Theatre History, Criticism and Literature, The University of Texas at Austin
    M.A. Theatre History, Criticism and Literature, The University of Texas at Austin
    B.S. Speech/Women's Studies, Northwestern University
    Areas of Emphasis: Theatre and Performance History, Dramaturgy, Women's Studies
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    Jane Barnette holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Criticism, and Literature from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Theatre and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She teaches classes in history, theory, literature, dramaturgy, and general education. Barnette’s production work includes dramaturgy for original adaptations of literature, classic and contemporary plays, and musical theatre—for examples of her dramaturgy, see these websites. In the spring of 2014, she will produce an original adaptation of Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage, co-created with Michael Haverty, for both KSU and 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta.

    Barnette is the author of “The Matinee Audience in Peril: The Syndicate’s Mr. Bluebeard and the Iroquois Theatre Fire” and “Rail-izing the Nation Along Lake Michigan: The Wheels a-Rolling Pageant,” both of which appeared in Theatre Symposium and stem from her research interests in the intersections of popular culture and the railroad business. Her chapter, “Literary Adaptation for the Stage: A Primer for Dramaturgs” will appear in the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. Barnette’s articles and reviews have also appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre InSight, and Theatre Journal.

    In 2012, she joined eleven other professors from the state of Georgia as a Governor’s Teaching Fellow for the summer session, and the following summer she was invited to lead two workshops for the new fellows. A recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of the Arts, Barnette has explored the intersection of yoga/yogic philosophy and pedagogy for the past several years as coordinator of and participant in a Faculty Learning Community. She is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the American Society for Theatre Research, and serves as the Regional Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and Associate Editor for Theatre Symposium.

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  • Jamie Bullins

    Jamie Bullins

    Associate Professor, Coordinator of Design Tech, Production Manager, Faculty Advisor Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!
    Contact: jbullins@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Theatrical Design, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
    B.A. Studio Art, Campbell University
    Areas of Emphasis: Scenography; Production/Theatre Management KSU
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    Born and raised in North Carolina, the South has always been home, and was the setting for his formal education; BA in Studio Art (Campbell University) and MFA in Scenography (University of North Carolina-Greensboro). The effects of the ongoing learning are undetermined, and it persists. The last 17 years found him working as an art director, photographer, graphic designer, and on campuses such as Auburn University and the University of Florida as well as the last 10 years here at Kennesaw, where he coordinates the design/technology concentration of the department as well as supervises the production activities and process each academic season.

    Course material includes the history of period style, theatrical design (costume, lighting, makeup, scene, sound) and mask making/performance. Within the forty-something productions designed at KSU, The Oresteia, The Triumph of Love, Sweeney Todd, The Grapes of Wrath (yes, that one), King of Hearts, Moby-Dick and Bat Boy the Musical are marked among favored experiences.The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has recognized his work on several occasions and students are beginning to follow suit, appearing on stage with national awards for costume and scene design three times between 2007-2010.

    He was among four design consultants, including Keith Belli, Liz Stillwell and Paul Tazewell, to Rosemary Ingham’s final text before her untimely passing in 2008, From Page to Stage: How Theatre Designers Make Connections Between Scripts and Images.

    He clings to the belief that professional development in the field is inseparable from your worth as an educator. Do it and teach it. Throughout the past 10 years he has designed 74 projects off-campus with 17 separate companies like Theatrical Outfit, Center for Puppetry Arts, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Connecticut Theatre Festival and The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

    During his continuing development as a teacher and designer, he has never ceased to wonder at the artisans around him and their devotion and skill. Talent is one thing, fervent dedication to one’s art is another. A huge humble note of gratitude is owed to those folks; those who taught me and teach me.

    Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. -- Stella Adler

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  • Ming Chen

    Ming Chen

    Professor, Resident Designer
    Contact: mchen@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Stage Design/Theory, Shanghai Theatre Academy
    M.A. Theatrical Production, University of Pittsburgh
    B.F.A. Stage Design, Shanghai Theatre Academy
    Areas of Emphasis: Scenic Design; Costume Design
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    With 20 years of university teaching experience and three years of full time professional theatre experience, Ming Chen is currently a full professor and resident theatrical designer in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University.

    Born in Shanghai, China, Ming Chen received her two master’s degrees in Stage Design/Theory and in Theatrical Production from Shanghai Theatre Academy and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. She has worked at the Shakespeare Theatre at Folger in Washington, D.C., and at Shanghai Youth Theatre Company in Shanghai. She has also taught at SUNY at Buffalo in New York as well as at Shanghai Theatre Academy in Shanghai before moving to Kennesaw, Georgia.

    As a scenic designer, Ming Chen’s works have been seen at the Prague Quadrennial (co-design) Czechoslovakia, at the USITT Design Expo in Long Beach, California, at China’s National Stage Design Exhibition in Beijing and Tokyo, at the American College Dance Festivals in New York City and Washington, D.C., at the Shanghai International Arts Festival and Shanghai Theatre Festival in Shanghai, and at many theatres in Atlanta, including the Alliance Theatre Company, Horizon Theatre Company, 7 Stages and Atlanta Ballet, and at university theatres such as SUNY at Buffalo and Cornell University in New York.

    As a scholar, she is the author of Visual Literacy for Theatre. She has also published essays and translations in professional journals, such as Theatre Topics (co-author) in the U.S. and Theatre Arts in China, and has contributed written chapters for three other books. She has frequently presented papers at national and international theatre conferences and has guest-lectured internationally. Drawing from her cross-cultural experiences, she has directed and co-directed a number of cultural exchange projects which received the grants and funds from government and private funding agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Cultural Services of French Embassy, the Georgia Humanities Council, the French Consulate in Atlanta, the Confucius Institute, and the Coca Cola Foundation. She is a member of United Scenic Artists (Local USA 829) and of the China National Stage Design Association. She has been listed in Who’s Who in America (2010) and in Who’s Who among Asian Americas (1994/95).

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  • Judith Cole

    Judith Cole

    Artist-in-Residence in Collaborative Piano
    Contact: jcole51@kennesaw.edu | pianolady1234@yahoo.com
    B.M. Piano Performance, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    M.M. Accompanying, with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Chamber Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
    Areas of Emphasis: Musical Theatre Performance, Music Theory and Sight-singing for Actors, Piano Performance.
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    Judy Cole is considered by local area colleagues to be one of the most versatile pianists and accompanists in the Atlanta commercial music scene. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying with Marvin Blickenstaff. After taking a year off from school, during which she toured the United States playing in a show band, she was invited to attend the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Accompanying, with a concentration in Musical Theatre and Chamber Music. Her teachers included Olga Radosavlovich at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Dr. Robert Evans, Babbette Effron and Dr. Kelly Hale at CCM.

    Here at KSU, Mrs. Cole teaches academic classes in music theory, coaches Opera and Musical Theatre, musically directs for the Theatre and Performance Studies division of COTA, and accompanies both faculty and student recitals. As often as scheduling allows, she plays in the pit orchestra for Broadway touring shows playing at the Fox Theatre. She has also been selected by the Educational Testing Service to serve as an Aural Skills Reader for the national Advanced Placement Music Theory exams for several years.

    Mrs. Cole has worked professionally and made a successful career over the last 30 years as a free-lance pianist and commercial musician playing in a variety of settings. To quote J. Lynn Thompson, founding Artistic Director of the Atlanta Lyric Opera, “Judy Cole is one of those rare artists who can move effortlessly between styles ranging from opera to Broadway, jazz to rock and roll. She is a conductor’s and singer’s dream of a pianist.” Mrs. Cole has been featured on numerous recordings both as an accompanist and as a soloist, including her own CD “By Request”, and has several solo recordings in process at this time.

    In addition to local performances, Mrs. Cole travels routinely to accompany classical, instrumental, vocal, and religious Jewish music concerts throughout the US where she is known for her ability to arrive, rehearse and perform demanding concert material all within a span of several hours. She has collaborated with many of the top Cantors and musicians in the Jewish music world, including Hazzan Naftali Herstik, Cantor Asher Hainovitz, Simon Sargon, Bonia Shur, Michael Isaacson, and Debbie Friedman. Recently Judy became a member of the Board of Directors for the Guild of Temple Musicians, the national organization of Jewish musicians and composers. She is the staff accompanist for both The Temple in Atlanta and Temple Beth Tikvah in Roswell, and is still an active commercial musician, playing both as a soloist and as a keyboardist/vocalist with the Alan Knieter Entertainment Group. She is a mom to daughters Katy and Rebekah, and now son-in-law Richard, and is very happily married to Cantor Herb Cole.

  • Jim Davis

    Jim Davis

    Assistant Professor, Jointly Appointed with the Department of First Year Programs
    Contact: jdavi231@kennesaw.edu
    Ph.D. Theatre, Bowling Green State University
    M.A. Theatre, University of Northern Iowa
    B.A. Drama/Speech, Clarke College
    Areas of Emphasis: American Dramatic Literature, Directing, Theatre History, Popular Culture Performance, Puppet Theatre
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    Dr. Jim Davis is jointly appointed in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Department of First-Year Programs. Among his classroom responsibilities, he teaches sections of KSU 1101: First-Year Seminar specifically for first-semester T&PS majors.

    Jim has Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Bowling Green State University and has worked with a variety of arts organizations, including The Center for Puppetry Arts, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the Chicago Historical Society, the Mississippi River Museum (Dubuque, Iowa), Blackhawk Children's Theatre (Cedar Falls, Iowa) and Horizon Youth Theatre (Bowling Green, Ohio).

    Jim’s areas of research include Modern American dramatic literature, musical theatre of the Harlem renaissance, puppet theatre and the intersection of performance and popular culture. His research has been featured in Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs, the reference work Graphic Novels, which will be published in late 2011, and at numerous national academic conferences.

    He has directed The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Bash: Latterday Plays, Pinocchio, Picasso at the Lapine Agile, and Tough Choices For The New Century: A Seminar For Responsible Living; and acted in Jane: Abortion in the Underground, Auction Today! and Annie; and created numerous solo and ensemble works for puppet theatre.

  • John Gentile

    John Gentile

    Professor
    Ph.D. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
    M.A. Mythological Studies, Pacifica Graduate Institute
    M.A. Performance Studies, Northwestern University
    B.A. Dramatic Arts and English, State University of New York Geneseo
    Areas of Emphasis: Solo Performance; Performance History; Chautauqua Movement; Storytelling; Myth; Adapting Literary and Folkloric Texts for the Stage
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    John S. Gentile, Ph.D.,Professor, (Ph.D. and M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, M.A. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, B.A. in Dramatic Arts and English from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo) served on the faculty of the University of Northern Iowa before assuming a faculty appointment at Kennesaw State University.

    Gentile teaches classes in performing literature, storytelling, performance art, and adapting literary texts for the stage, which is his area of emphasis as an artist, and he developed the department’s distinctive curriculum in storytelling studies. His directing credits include his original adaptations of major works of folk and literary narrative such as: Over Nine Waves: Celtic Mythtelling from Ancient Ireland, Jack of Beech Mountain: Folktales from Southern Appalachia, Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice Told-Tales, The Bell Witch and Other Legends: Ghostly Stories from the American South, American Gothic: Stories by American Masters of the Macabre, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Redwing: Voices from 1888, Dark Forest: Tales and Poems from the Brothers Grimm, and The Hero’s Journey: Mythic Stories of the Heroic Quest, which was featured as a plenary session at the international Mythic Journeys conference celebrating the centennial of Joseph Campbell’s birth. His adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was presented at the Casablanca Theatre Festival in 2009, where it won the major award for “Best Performance.” Moby-Dick was re-staged for an experimental “immersion” production by Saiah Arts International at the Lifecyle Building Center in Atlanta in the spring of 2013 and was named Best Play by Creative Loafing. His most recent project, Red Hanrahan, an original stage adaptation based on the stories and poems by W. B. Yeats, toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2013.

    Gentile is the author of Cast of One: One-Person Shows from the Chautauqua Platform to the Broadway Stage (University of Illinois Press), a history of American solo performance. His articles have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Studies in Popular Culture, On the Culture of the American South, The Future of Performance Studies: Visions and Revisions, Storytelling, Self, Society, Queers in American Popular Culture, and Eighteenth-Century British and American Rhetorics and Rhetoricians. He has presented his research at conferences for the National Communication Association, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chautauqua Network, Popular Culture Association, Performance Studies International, Southeastern Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, American Humanists Association, Southeastern Theatre Conference, Georgia Communication Association, and has served as the keynote speaker and performer at national performance festivals. He has served on the executive boards of the Performance Studies Division of the National Communication Association, Storytelling in Higher Education Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network, Southern Order of Storytellers, and on the faculty for the Leadership Institute of the Executive M.B.A. Program at the University of Chicago. He is the founding co-editor with Joseph Sobol of Storytelling, Self, Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Storytelling Studies, for which he currently serves as the book reviews editor and served as the guest editor of that journal’s 2011 special issue on Storytelling and Myth. He is an associate editor of the National Communication Association journal Text and Performance Quarterly.

    As an actor and storyteller, Gentile has performed throughout the metro-Atlanta area. He has performed at Theatre Gael, the Roswell Magnolia Storytelling Festival, the Winter Storytelling Festival, Theatre in the Square, and 7 Stages. The City of Roswell presented him with The President's Award in 1999 for his service to the community in establishing the annual Roswell Magnolia Storytelling Festival. He has led study/tours to Ireland's mythic and early sacred sites and currently serves as the faculty director for the summer study abroad program Acting in Irish Drama in partnership with the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland. Gentile has served as a scholar-performer with the Wyoming Chautauqua, Rocky Mountain Chautauqua and Tulsa Chautauqua public humanities programs. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award and Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award from the College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University. In 2004, he received the College of the Arts Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award for a second time and was named a finalist for the University’s Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award. In 2010, he received the University’s Foundation Prize for his adaptation of Moby-Dick. In 2011, he received the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Award for the Southeast Region for Leadership and Service in Storytelling.

    Additionally, Gentile served for twelve years as chair of the department. Under his leadership, the department’s student enrollment more than tripled, the number of its faculty more than doubled, and its innovative curriculum and ambitious production season recognized for excellence. During his term as chair, the department opened the Onyx Theatre, the first new theatre space at the University in twenty years. Gentile moved the department from one focused on solely on drama to a broader vision that integrates theatre and performance studies approaches and that emphasizes a wide range of performance styles and texts. His vision established the department’s mission to nurture scholar-artists, students and faculty whose accomplishments reflect achievement as both creative artists and articulate, informed scholars of their chosen area of emphasis.

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  • Harrison Long

    Harrison Long

    Associate Professor, Head of Acting
    Contact: hlong3@kennesaw.edu
    Associate Professor, Coordinator of Acting
    M.F.A. Theatre (Acting), Southern Methodist University
    B.F.A Theatre (Acting), Florida State University
    Areas of Emphasis: Contemporary Scene Study, Period Styles
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    Harrison Long received a B.F.A. (Acting) from Florida State University and an M.F.A. (Acting) from Southern Methodist University. He is an alumnus of the Teacher Development Workshop at the Actor’s Center in New York City as well as Richard Schechner’s ECA Performance Workshop at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. In 1999 he traveled to Indonesia to study Balinese Theatre, Shadow Puppetry, and Mask Making.

    Long began his professional acting career in 1986 and has performed styles ranging from contemporary drama to musical comedy with a special emphasis on Shakespeare. New York credits include the title role in Henry V (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), Athol Fugard’s A Lesson From Aloes (78th Street Theatre Lab) and Bloomsday On Broadway (Symphony Space). Regional credits include People’s Light and Theatre Company, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre and the Utah, Texas and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. In Atlanta, Long has performed for the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Theatre in the Square, ART Station, Theatrical Outfit, Theatre Emory, Horizon Theatre, and Georgia Ensemble Theatre where he was a founding company member.

    Long directed the premiere productions of What Rough Beast Slouches and Trinity at the 14th Street Playhouse. He has staged operas ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan to Mozart. He has also guided the creation of original works such as FLOOD!; a performance piece integrating world mythology with survivor experiences from the 1997 Red River Flood in North Dakota. For KSU Professor Long has directed productions of The Laramie Project, Comedy of Errors and The Glass Menagerie. The student costume design of his production As You Like It won top national honors at the American College Theatre Festival.

    In 2008, Long’s portrayal of Magwitch in the Georgia Ensemble Theatre production Great Expectations received an “Honorable Mention for Best Supporting Actor” in the Sunday Paper’s annual Spotlight Awards. The production, which featured the work of 17 KSU students and faculty, also made the Spotlight list of “Top Ten Directors” and “Top Ten Productions” for the 2009 theatre season. In 2008 Long played Cromwell in Theatre in the Square’s A Man for All Seasons, which received the Suzi Bass award for “Best Production.” In fall 2010, he will play the role of Clayton in Horizon Theatre’s world premiere of Night Blooms written by KSU’s Margaret Baldwin and directed by KSU’s Karen Robinson.

    Teaching credits include Marymount Manhattan College, The University of Tennessee, St. John’s University, Southern Methodist University, Georgia State University, Clayton College and State University, Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts, and the Summer Theatre Institute at Columbia University. He has coached students, professionals and was the Dialogue Coach for the CBS series, Dangerous Curves. He is a member of The Actor’s Equity Association.

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  • Rebecca Makusa

    Rebecca Makusa

    Assistant Professor, Lighting
    Contact: rmakus@kennesaw.edu
    Assistant Professor, Resident Lighting Designer
    M.F.A. California Institute for the Arts
    B.A. Smith College
    Areas of Emphasis: Lighting Design, DIY Lighting/Media, Experimental Performance
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    Rebecca M. K. Makus holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and a B.A. from Smith College and is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Kennesaw State University. Her work frequently includes custom designed and built light objects that are unique for each production. Her international work includes designs at Lyon Opera Ballet, Nuffield Theatre at Lancaster University, Opera de Monte Carlo, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Sibiu International Theatre Festival. She has also worked extensively in New York City for over 10 years including shows at Lincoln Center, Mint Theatre, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theatre Workshop, P.S. 122, HERE Arts Center and D.R.2 Theatre.

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  • Charles Parrott

    Charles Parrott

    Assistant Professor & Director of The KSU Tellers
    Contact: cparrot5@kennesaw.edu
    Ph.D Performance Studies and Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    M.A. Ball State University
    B.A Speech Communication and Sociology, Hastings College
    Areas of Emphasis: Performance Art, Solo Performance, Phenomenology, Performance Criticism and Popular Entertainment
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    Charles Parrott received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2011). He earned an M.A. with an emphasis in rhetoric from Ball State University in Indiana (2002) and majored in Speech Communication and Sociology at Hastings College in Nebraska (2000) where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He teaches courses at KSU focused on performance studies, including the intersections between performance and culture and he is the director of The KSU Tellers storytelling troupe.

    A native Nebraskan, Charles cemented his love of performance as a forensics competitor for Hastings College from 1996 to 2000. He is proud of the time he spent coaching competitive forensics: first, as a graduate assistant at Ball State University; and later, as Director of Forensics at Clemson University. His students earned multiple national and regional awards including two national championships.

    While attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Charles participated in nine performances in four years in the Marion Kleinau Theatre. These performances included work under the direction of Dr. Ronald J. Pelias, Dr. Craig Gingrich-Philbrook and Dr. Jonny Gray. His original work appeared in The Kleinau Theatre in 2007 when he co-wrote and directed Doctor Weathervaine’s [adjective] [adjective] Olde Timey Medicine Show (and Revue), and he wrote and directed Rip Cardigan and the History of the Future in 2008. He was honored in 2009 as the recipient of the Marion Kleinau Theatre Award for outstanding contributions to performance studies at SIUC. He regularly performs his own poetry and stand-up comedy and is a former member of the Carbondale Illinois chapter of the improv comedy troupe Cult of the Stage Monkey.

    Charles’ research employs Continental philosophy—phenomenology and hermeneutics particularly—to examine popular entertainments and performance art. His other areas of interest include performance history, materialities of communication, performance in the community, improvisation, popular culture and creative collaboration. He regularly presents his research at the National Communication Association Annual Convention and at the Western States Communication Association Conference, where he has served as Secretary and Vice Chair of the Performance Studies Division.

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  • Karen Robinson

    Karen Robinson

    Professor, Interim Chair and Coordinator of Internships
    Contact: krobins1@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Directing, New York University
    B.A. Theatre/English, University of Colorado
    Areas of Emphasis: Directing; Performance; Dramaturgy (new plays and classical texts);
    Theatre Appreciation
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    Karen Robinson holds an M.F.A. in Directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and B.A.’s in Theatre and English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to her arrival at KSU in January of 2000, she taught at University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Wake Forest University. She teaches courses in directing, performance studies, dramatic literature, theatre history, auditioning, and theatre appreciation in addition to directing for the Department’s production season. Karen’s production work includes chamber theatre, performance ethnography, contemporary and period classics, and new play development. In 2009 she directed the regional premiere of Karin Coonrod’s chamber theatre adaptations of Flannery O’Connor’s “A View of the Woods,” and “Everything that Rises Must Converge.” In 2010, she directed the world premiere of Margaret Baldwin’s play Night Blooms for Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre Company.

    At the heart of Karen’s teaching philosophy are collaboration with colleagues and students and the marriage of the theoretical and practical—most vividly reflected in the profile of the scholar-artist. As a scholar-artist she balances creative work with research and scholarship of teaching and learning, and frequently authors/co-authors essays reflecting upon her production work. The most recent example, co-authored with colleagues Ming Chen and Ivan Pulinkala, explored semiotics and collective creation and was published in the September 2010 issue of Theatre Topics.

    A passionate advocate for global learning and intercultural art /performance, Karen has served as Global Learning Coordinator for KSU’s College of the Arts since 2006. Her global projects have included a tour of John Gentile’s adaptation of Moby-Dick to the 2009 International University Theatre Festival in Casablanca in which she performed French narration; the direction of a world premier adaptation of the Chinese folk novel Monkey King (2005) that was presented at Kennesaw State University and subsequently toured to Shanghai; and the co-direction (with playwright Margaret Baldwin) of a performance ethnography entitled You Always Go Home (2006-7) that focused on Kenyans living and studying in the KSU community. The production was presented as part of an international conference: The Role of the Kenyan Diaspora in Kenya’s Development. Inspired by a visit to Shangilia—a Kenyan residence school that uses the performing arts to rehabilitate street children and orphans—Karen designed and coordinated a 5-day residency and performance at KSU featuring the Shangilia Youth Choir in collaboration with Micocci Productions of New York City, director Lee Breuer (The Gospel of Colonus), singer/music director J.D. Steele, and gospel musician Butch Heyward.

    Outside the university, Karen has worked as a freelance director, dramaturg, and/or stage manager for theatres in New York City, North Carolina, California and Atlanta, Georgia for over twenty-five years. An Associate Artist at Georgia Shakespeare, she has directed fourteen productions for the company, including As You Like It, Twelfth Night (reviewed by the Wall Street Journal as “an absolute knock-out”), A Streetcar Named Desire, The School for Wives, Amadeus (listed by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution (AJC) as one of the most memorable theatrical productions of 2001), Tartuffe, Saint Joan, The School for Scandal, Much Ado About Nothing (named one of the year's 10 best shows by the AJC), Love's Labour’s Lost, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Bourgeois Gentleman. She is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Communication Association, and Actors' Equity Association. Karen is the recipient of several awards including Kennesaw State University’s 2009 Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2010 College of the Arts Distinguished Service Award, a 2010 University of Georgia Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2011 KSU Distinguished Professor award.

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  • Henry Scott

    Henry Scott

    Instructor
    Contact: hscott11@kennesaw.edu
    B.F.A. Musical Theatre, Webster University
    Areas of Emphasis: Musical Theatre, Movement, Dance, Ensemble Theatre
    Theatre Appreciation
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    Henry Scott began his training at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama and completed his study of musical theatre at Webster University Conservatory in St. Louis. He subsequently moved to New York City where he appeared in the Pre-Broadway tour and Broadway production of Grease as a cast member and as the first cover for Danny Zuko, Kenicke, and Vince Fontaine. National tours include Bye Bye Birdie starring Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Sam Harris, George M! starring Joel Grey, Brigadoon, and the European tour of West Side Story. Regionally he was seen in productions of Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Goodsports, The Wizard of Oz, and Oliver!

    Upon leaving New York, Henry continued his career as a director/choreographer and teacher. His work has been seen on the stages of the Alliance Theatre, Seven Stages, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Northshore Music Theatre, Cherry County Playhouse, Birmingham Summerfest, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Kennesaw State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Webster University, and Birmingham-Southern College. Hylan spent two summers on the theatre faculty at the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program and taught for six years at Woodward Academy—four of which he was the director of the theatre program.

  • Jan Wikstrom

    Jan Wikstrom

    Assistant Professor
    Contact: jwikstro@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Classical Acting, The George Washington University
    B.F.A. Acting, University of Southern California
    Areas of Emphasis: Voice and Speech, Acting, Alexander Technique, Yoga
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    Jan Wikstrom is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice. Having served on the faculties of Millikin University and the University of Florida as well, her professional acting credits include appearances at such venues as the Manhattan Theatre Club, the Hippodrome State Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, and the George Street Playhouse. Roles include Nora in A Doll’s House, the title role in Candida, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Vivian in Wit. Jan's extensive experience with high school students (which has earned her the Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award and nine National Foundation for the Arts Awards) led her to create workshops and curricula for young people, and eagerly accept the responsibilities of Recruitment Coordinator for TPS. Jan's interests include the work of Uta Hagen, with whom Jan studied for many years, and who inspired the recent "Hagen Legacy" acting class at KSU. Jan is certified to teach both Yoga and the Alexander Technique. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and is currently completing the requirements as a teacher of Knight/Thompson Speechwork as well. Jan received her M.F.A. in Classical Acting from The George Washington University and her B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Southern California.

Part-Time Faculty

  • Justin Anderson

    Instructor of Acting
    Contact: mbaldw11@kennesaw.edu
    B.A. Theatre Arts, Campbell University
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    Justin Anderson is a producer, director, educator and actor. His directorial work has been seen at theatres all across the greater metro Atlanta area. Recent projects include Les Misérables at Aurora Theatre, The Fabulous Lipitones at Theatrical Outfit, and Angry Fags at 7 Stages Theatre. Justin also serves as resident casting director for Theatrical Outfit. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Campbell University and has studied directing and theatre performance at Rutgers University and Regent University respectively. For more information, please visit www.justinandersononline.com.

  • Natashya Armer-Giardina

    Assistant Professor of Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance
    Contact: narmer@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Acting, Northern Illinois University
    B.F.A Acting, Virginia Commonwealth University
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    Natashya Armer-Giardina continues her professional career in Atlanta, Georgia doing theatre, on-camera and voice-over work, teaching and coaching other theatre professionals. Recently, she joined the Kennesaw State University Department of Theatre and Performance Studies as part-time faculty teaching theatre classes. Past experiences include performing and teaching in the Chicago area for Our Town Productions, a professional theatre in Downers Grove, Illinois, and the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet, Illinois. In completion of her master of fine arts in acting in DeKalb, Illinois at Northern Illinois University in May 2004, Armer-Giardina had the extraordinary experience to study and perform with the acclaimed Moscow Art Theatre.

    In fulfillment of her MFA she performed roles in Waiting for Lefty, Disguises of Arlecchino, The Laramie Project, A Man’s a Man, Balm in Gilead, and her thesis role, Gabriella in David Edgar’s Pentecost. In addition to receiving this degree, she has a bachelor of fine arts in acting from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has taken several film, auditioning techniques, and business of theatre classes with the private studio, The Audition Studio in Chicago. Professionally, Armer-Giardina has performed as Lampito in Lysistrata with the Side Studio Theatre in Chicago, Kate in Taming of the Shrew and both Puck and Helena in Midsommer Nights Dreame with the New England Shakespeare Festival, and several roles with Our Town Productions. Armer-Giardina has also had the pleasure of performing at the world's largest theatre festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

  • Freddie Ashley

    Assistant Professor of Acting
    Contact: fashley@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Theatre Performance, University of Southern Mississippi
    B.F.A Theatre, Shorter College
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    Freddie Ashley has been Artistic Director of Actor's Express in Atlanta since July 2007. He has directed nearly 20 AE productions, including Spring Awakening Fair Use (Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top Ten of 2009, Creative Loafing Best Play of 2009), Grey Gardens (Suzi Bass Award winner – Best Director of a Musical), Mauritius (AJC Top Ten of 2009, Suzi nomination), dark play or stories for boys (AJC Top Ten of 2007, Suzi nomination), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Suzi nomination) and I Am My Own Wife (AJC Top Ten of 2007).

    Prior to joining Actor's Express, he was Literary Manager of the Alliance Theatre (recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award), where he served as dramaturg for 30 productions and developed work with playwrights including Kenneth Lin, OyamO, Tammy Ryan and Keith Josef Adkins. Freddie has worked as a dramaturg developing new plays at the Alliance, as well as the Kennedy Center, The New Group and Page 73 Productions. In 2002, he received the Elliott Hayes Award for Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and was a recipient of a first-ever Arts Encouragement Award from the Charles Loridans Foundation. He has twice been named Best Director in Atlanta by Creative Loafing (2009 – Readers’ Pick, 2010 – Critics’ Pick).

    Other directing credits include The Last Schwartz (Jewish Theatre of the South); Cabaret (Atlanta Lyric Theatre); A Man of No Importance (Theatre Gael – AJC Best Musical Revival of 2004); Lawrenceburg (World Premiere, Dad’s Garage – AJC Top Ten of 2006); and numerous shows with Aurora Theatre including Glorious (American Premiere) and A Catered Affair (Suzi nomination).

    Freddie holds degrees from Shorter College and the University of Southern Mississippi and serves on the faculty of Kennesaw State University.

  • Carolyn Dorff

    Carolyn Dorff

    Assistant Professor of Vocal Performance
    Contact: cdorff@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Opera Performance, North Carolina School of the Arts
    B.F.A. Music, Dennison University
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    Carolyn Dorff holds a Master’s Degree in Opera Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She has performed extensively across the United States, most notably as “Lily” in the second national Broadway Tour of The Secret Garden. Her resume is filled with a wide variety of credits from Opera, Musical Theatre, Oratorios, Symphonic Work, Recitals, Folk and children’s music, straight Theatre, and Dance.

    Carolyn’s operatic and musical theatre roles include The Marriage of Figaro (Countess), The Magic Flute (Papagena), Pirates of Penzance (Josephine), Postcards from Morocco (Lady With a Cake Box), and leading roles in The Music Man, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Dames at Sea, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Carousel, The King and I, Curtains, Gypsy, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to name a few. She has also performed solos with many orchestras, including Green Eggs and Ham with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Boise Philharmonic, and Mahler’s 2nd with the North Carolina Symphony. Carolyn has appeared in many straight theatre roles as well, including Same Time, Next Year (Doris), Extremities (Marjorie), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchitt), Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Van Daan), and Wisdom of Eve (Margot Crane).

    Carolyn has distinguished herself not only as a performer but also as a teacher, both in the studio and on the stage in Master Classes. Her teaching style is designed to instill a sense of self-confidence, honesty in presentation, and love of performance in each student. Many of Carolyn’s students have appeared on Broadway, in movies and on television, and have recorded their own material.

    Carolyn comes to KSU from Central Pennsylvania, where for the past five years, she has been running a successful voice studio. Before that she had another successful studio for ten years in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has had winners in both Classical and Musical Theatre categories at the NATS state and regional competitions. Many of her graduating High School students have gone on to College Music programs, such as North Carolina School of the Arts, Oberlin University, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, Wilmington, and Greensboro), East Carolina University, Appalachian State University, Elon University, George Mason, DePaul, Marymount Manhattan, Meredith College, and Messiah College.

  • Shannon Eubanks

    Instructor of Acting for the Camera
    Contact: seubank5@kennesaw.edu
    B.A. Drama-Speech, Birmingham-Southern Colle
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    For over thirty-five years. She's performed on network television for HBO, NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, the Disney Channel, Lifetime, and the Family Channel; in feature films for 20th Century Fox, Columbia, Warner Brothers, Lionsgate, and Anchor Bay, and was an award-winning theatre actor/director in Los Angeles for eighteen years, as well as across the United States in regional repertory. With her husband, James Donadio, she has co-written three features, two teleplays, served as a staff writer for the Emmy-winning children’s series The Reppies and as a script doctor for King’s Road Productions in Los Angeles, and was writer-director of the Shakespeare compendiums Her Infinite Variety and Patchwork Shakespeare for the Shakespeare Society of America/Los Angeles and the California Youth Theatre.

    She has taught acting as a Guest Artist at the high school, college, and graduate levels, for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Conservatory and M.F.A. programs across the country, and as a noted private coach in Los Angeles and now in Atlanta. Her cold reading and camera technique for actors has been developed and refined so as to be suitable for both absolute beginners (for whom it strikes a balance between technical facility and creativity) and working professionals (as it works well in concert with any discipline the performer currently uses).

  • Kia Fisher

    Assistant Professor of Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance
    Contact: kfishe23@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A Acting, University of Louisville
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    Kia Fisher moved from Los Angeles to Atlanta where she freelance coaches and teaches Acting 101 and Intermediate Acting at Clayton State University Center for Continuing Education. Kia has been an educator for many years. Kia began taking acting classes as a student in the Gifted Artistic Theatrical Expansion (G.A.T.E.) Program of the Greenville County (SC) School District. Kia received a BA in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. There, she was mentored by the late Carol Mitchell-Leon, the late Whitman Mayo, and J.W. Lewis. Kia has a MFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting from the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. There, she studied under Zan Sawyer Daily, Associate Director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Jennifer Hubbard of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. As a member of the Repertory Company, Kia performed at many area schools and taught Acting for Non-Majors.

    While at Clark Atlanta, Kia performed in the Black Arts Festival and interned at the Alliance Theatre. While at U of L, she traveled to the Grahamstown Arts Festival in Grahamstown, SA as a member of an African and American delegation to perform “Middle Passage: A Ritual of Healing.” In pursuit of her MFA, Kia performed as the lead in Antigone, The Glass Menagerie, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, and night Mother, among others. Kia also worked as an actor-educator at C.L.I.M.B. Children’s Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Kia has toured the country as a member of hereandnow Theatre Company, which is located in Los Angeles, CA. She started with that group in the summer of 2009 in the show, “Layover in LA.” Kia Fisher recently appeared in Atlanta on stage in the HUCC Productions play, MALICE as Joyce. In addition to theatre, Kia has experience on television, new media, and film. More information can be found at www.kiafisher.weebly.com.

  • Brian Forrester

    Assistant Professor of Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance
    Contact: bforrest@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A M.F.A. Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
    B.A. English, Kennesaw State University
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    Brian Forrester is a founder and Co-artistic Director of The Artery Playwrights Project. His most recent play Linthead received its world premiere in Los Angeles in 2012 and was chosen as the inaugural project for Alumni Common Action’s ARTWRKS Program. His play The Beast of Skitter Creek was a semifinalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, and his screenplay Shoulders of Giants was a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award. Aspen Theater Masters chose his play We Had Plans for the National M.F.A. Playwrights Festival, and his play The Apocalypse of Jeremiah was a featured selection at The Puzzle: Marble's Festival of New Work in New York. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in English from Kennesaw State University.

  • Richard Garner

    Instructor of Acting
    Contact: rgarne12@kennesaw.edu
    B.A. Theatre, Berry College
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    Richard Garner is the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Georgia Shakespeare. Trained as an actor at the American Conservatory Theater and in theatre administration at Double Image Theatre in New York, Richard has guided Georgia Shakespeare from a 4-week summer season in 1986 to a LORT D company producing year-round mainstage and educational programming. As a director, he most recently directed Metamorphoses, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Glass Menagerie for Georgia Shakespeare, with other recent productions including The Odyssey: A Journey Home, a world premiere adaptation; Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus, a world-premiere musical adaptation of Antigone at Georgia Shakespeare, and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice in a shared production with the Alliance Theatre. As an actor, he most recently appeared in August: Osage County at the Alliance Theatre. Richard has guest directed at Theater Emory, Berry College, Gainesville Theatre Theater Alliance, and Springer Opera House. He was a finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Directing Award, the past president of the Shakespeare Theater Association, and has been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Theater Conference; the Flourish Award for Arts Leadership from Kennesaw State University; the ABBY Award for Outstanding Arts Professional from the Arts; and Business Council of Atlanta; and as a LEXUS Leader of the Arts in Atlanta.

  • Dori Garziano

    Assistant Professor of Acting, Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance, Theatre Education
    Contact: dgarzian@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Theatre Performance, University of Southern Mississippi
    B.S. Elementary Education, University of Southern Mississippi
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    Dori Garziano holds an MFA in theatre performance and a BS in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been an educator for the past 10 years, working with a variety of age groups from pre-school to college. She is certified to teach K-12 performing arts and specializes in vocal and movement work for the actor. In addition, Garziano spent three years studying and working in New York City. Currently, Garziano is an actor, stage manager, and teacher in the Atlanta area. She has worked at a variety of theatres including Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, Horizon Theatre, Theatre Emory, and the Alliance Theatre.

  • Neeley Gossett

    Assistant Professor of Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance
    Contact: ngosset1@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. The Playwright’s Lab, Hollins University
    M.A. English, The University of North Carolina Wilmington
    B.A. Theater Arts, Marymount Manhattan College
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    Neeley Gossett is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and was named a finalist in the Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition. Her works have previously received productions and readings at The Alliance Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Onstage Atlanta, The Coastal Empire New Play Festival, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Mill Mountain Theater, Riverside Theatre, Studio Roanoke, The Ethel Woolson Lab, One Minute Play Festival Atlanta, and Big Dawg Theater. Her play, Carolina Dive, is published by YouthPLAYS and will soon be produced in Australia. Neeley holds an M.F.A. from The Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University, M.A. in English from The University of North Carolina Wilmington and a B.A. in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked as a dramaturge at The Alliance Theater and has taught college English for seven years. Neeley has recently directed several plays, including a staged reading of Elizabeth Heffron and Kit Bakke’s new play, The Weatherman Project. She is currently a teaching artist at The Alliance Theatre and the new play dramaturg for The Ethel Woolson Lab.

  • Matt Lewis

    Assistant Professor of Acting and Arts in Society: Theatre and Performance
    Contact: krobins1@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Acting, University of Alabama
    B.A.Theate and Performance Studies, Kennesaw State University
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    Matt Lewis received his MFA in Acting at the University of Alabama under the tutelage of Seth Panitch, and his BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Kennesaw State University. Matt has taught Acting I for majors, Beginning Acting for non-majors, and Voice and Diction at the University of Alabama, and acting at Stillman College.

    Matt has appeared Off-Broadway in Hell: Paradise Found at the 59E59. Matt's Atlanta credits include Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Dad's Garage, Fabrefaction Theatre, The Academy Theatre, TellTale Theatre, and Theatre Gael. Film credits include Disney Shot Kennedy, winner of Official Selections in the 2010 New York Friar’s Club Comedy Film Festival, the 2010 Atlanta Underground Film Festival, and the 2010 San Antonio Film Festival.

  • Henry Scott

    Instructor
    Contact: hscott11@kennesaw.edu
    B.F.A. Musical Theatre, Webster University
    Areas of Emphasis: Musical Theatre, Movement, Dance, Ensemble Theatre
    Theatre Appreciation
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    Henry Scott began his training at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama and completed his study of musical theatre at Webster University Conservatory in St. Louis. He subsequently moved to New York City where he appeared in the Pre-Broadway tour and Broadway production of Grease as a cast member and as the first cover for Danny Zuko, Kenicke, and Vince Fontaine. National tours include Bye Bye Birdie starring Tommy Tune and Ann Reinking, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Sam Harris, George M! starring Joel Grey, Brigadoon, and the European tour of West Side Story. Regionally he was seen in productions of Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Goodsports, The Wizard of Oz, and Oliver!

    Upon leaving New York, Henry continued his career as a director/choreographer and teacher. His work has been seen on the stages of the Alliance Theatre, Seven Stages, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Northshore Music Theatre, Cherry County Playhouse, Birmingham Summerfest, Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Kennesaw State University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Webster University, and Birmingham-Southern College. Hylan spent two summers on the theatre faculty at the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program and taught for six years at Woodward Academy—four of which he was the director of the theatre program.

  • Kelly Martin Mann

    Instructor of Stage Combat
    Contact: jwikstro@kennesaw.edu
    B.A. Theatre, The University of Southern Mississippi
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    Kelly Martin Mann is a recognized Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC), as well as a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG. She works primarily as a freelance actor and stunt person/fight choreographer, as well as a dance choreographer. Regional Theatre credits include The Alliance Theatre, The Horizon Theatre, New Stage Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Southern Arena Theatre, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and Georgia Shakespeare Festival. She is also a member of the North Carolina Stuntmen’s Association, and was a part of the stunt team for the feature film “Eyeborgs” starring Adrian Paul and Danny Trejo. Recently, she served as Fight Director for the world premiere of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King and John Mellencamp.

  • Melanie Martin Long

    Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing
    Contact: mlong26@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Directing, University of Minnesota
    B.A. Theatre and English, The College of William and Mary
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    Melanie Martin Long joins the KSU faculty after more than twenty years of directing, acting and teaching in Atlanta, Minneapolis and New York. She was a finalist for the NEA-TCG Directing Fellowship, a Dunn Peace Scholar to South Africa, and a recipient of three Lotta M. Crabtree Theatrical Trust Awards. She holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary (PBK) and an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Minnesota, where she also trained as Assistant Director to Joe Dowling at the Guthrie Theatre. She further studied mask and performance in Bali, Indonesia. Before returning to Atlanta, Melanie spent five years as an Artistic Associate at the Lark Play Development Center in New York, where she produced its highly acclaimed Playwrights’ Workshop with Arthur Kopit and directed countless staged readings. She has taught and directed at the University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, Georgia College, Clayton State University, Georgia Ensemble Theatre and for the Metropolitan Opera’s Creating Original Opera Program. Favorite directing credits include Old Woman Flying (Eugene O’Neill Center), A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings (Lincoln Center Lab), the The A-Word (Off-Broadway at Greenwich Street), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Virginia Shakespeare), Hamlet (Cape Fear Regional), The Tempest (University of Pennsylvania Players), A Shayna Maidel, A Body of Water, and Sight Unseen (Minnesota Jewish Theatre), and most recently Melancholy Play here at KSU. Acting credits include Theatrical Outfit, Alliance Children’s Theatre, Theatre Gael and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Memberships: Society of Directors and Choreographers, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab. Special Interests: Magic Realism, Theatre and Special Needs populations.

  • Libby Mickle

    Instructor of Stage Management
    Contact: jemickle@kennesaw.edu
    B. A. Theatre Arts, LaGrange College
    Member of Actors' Equity Association
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    Libby Mickle is delighted to be a part time faculty member at KSU where she teaches and mentors the stage management students. Libby is a freelance stage manager and proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 2008. She interned in stage management at Arkansas Repertory Theatre where she stage managed two Arts-in-Education tours and taught Shakespeare workshops. Libby worked as the production assistant on A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, during its Sarasota tryout at Asolo Repertory Theatre. In the Atlanta area, Libby has stage managed at the Alliance Theatre, The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theater Emory, and the late Theatre in the Square. Libby has also stage managed across the country at Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Jenny Wiley Theatre, Hersheypark, and the late Seaside Music Theatre.

  • Elizabeth Rasmusson

    Assistant Professor of Stagecraft and Visual Imagination
    Contact: erasmuss@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A Costume Design, The University of Florida
    B.A. Theatre, Berry College
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    Elizabeth Rasmusson holds an M.F.A. from the University of Florida in Costume Design and a B.A. in Theatre from Berry College. Elizabeth has served on the part time design faculty at Kennesaw State University and Berry College, teaching such classes as Visual Imagination, Stagecraft, The Theatre Experience, and The Costume Design Assistant. Prior to this, Elizabeth worked as the Costume Design Assistant/ Buyer at the Alliance Theatre. For the past four summers, Elizabeth, has worked with Georgia Tech as the costume design teacher at the Ferst Center for the Arts Drama Camp. Elizabeth has designed for many Atlanta Theatres including Synchronicity Theatre (Frog and Toad, Bunnicula, 1:23, My Name is Rachel Corrie), Horizon Theatre (The Missionary Position), Theatre in the Square (Red, White, and Tuna—Suzi nominated—Sanders Family Christmas, Looking Over the President's Shoulder), KSU (Annie Get Your Gun, Fences, Falsettos), Actor's Express (Judas Kiss, See What I Wanna See, Becky Shaw, and Kiss of the Spider Woman), Aurora Theatre (Drowsy Chaperone), The Alliance Theatre Education (The Short Story of Michael Fish) and The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (The Remarkable Farkle McBride and New Harmonies – The Roots of American Music).

  • Susan Reid

    Susan Reid

    Assistant Professor of Acting
    Contact: esreid@kennesaw.edu
    M.F.A. Directing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    B.A. Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
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    Susan G. Reid is a television and film agent with Atlanta Models & Talent. Additionally, she worked as a professional director and acting coach for over fifteen years. She held positions as an Artistic Associate and Education Director at both Aurora Theatre and Theatre in the Square. An active member of the Atlanta theatre community, Reid has earned numerous awards for her excellence in directing. She served as Head of the B.F.A. Acting program for Columbus State University and taught at additional academic institutions and theatres throughout the southeast. Susan holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and an undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She was a participant in the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 2009.

Staff

  • Renee Jamieson

    Renee Jamieson

    Academic Associate I
    Contact: yjamieso@kennesaw.edu | 770-499-3123 | fax: 678-797-2426
    B.A. Theatre Arts, Campbell University
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    Renee Jamieson is the administrative associate for the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Performance Studies. In addition to working for Kennesaw State, Renee also stage-manages for Dad’s Garage and various theatre companies throughout Atlanta. In her rare free time Renee enjoys relaxing with her husband, Dru and her dog, Marlo Thomas.

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  • Brad Herring

    Brad Herring

    Facilites Manager for Stillwell and Black Box Theaters
    Contact: bherrin1@kennesaw.edu | 770-499-6515 | fax: 678-797-2247
    B.A. Theatre, Kennesaw State University
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    Brad is an alum of Kennesaw State University. Brad specializes in technical theater. He is the author of, “Sound, Lighting and Video – A Resource for Worship”. Brad is also a regular contributor for various magazines. He’s presented at the National Association of Broadcasters, InfoComm and LDI as well as various regional conferences over the years.

    Brad works around the Southeast as a lighting and sound designer, however most of his non-KSU time is focused on consulting and system design for Theater’s and Houses of Worship.

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  • Kenyon Shiver

    Kenyon Shiver

    Technical Director
    Contact: kshiver1@kennesaw.edu | 770-499-3623 | fax: 678-797-2426
    B.F.A. Theatre, Valdosta State University

  • Carolyn Dorff

    Brittany Johnson

    Costume Shop Manager
    Contact: bjohn168@kennesaw.edu | 770-499-3673 | fax: 678-797-2426
    B.F.A. Theatre, University Of Florida
    M.F.A. Costume Technology, University of Texas
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    Brittany holds her B.F.A in Costume Design (2000) from The University of Florida and an M.F.A. in Costume Technology (2004) from The University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she worked in New York at Carelli Costume for two years. Since moving to Atlanta in 2006, Brittany has worked at the Alliance Theatre in addition to freelancing at various theatres around the metro area. She joined T&PS as Costume Shop Manager in 2010. She loves what she does at Kennesaw State University and strives to create a fun environment for her students to thrive and learn. Her specialties include, but are not limited to, costume construction, tailoring, pattern-making, millinery, and being a mom to four-year-old Violet.