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Brent Menchinger

Brent Menchinger

Department Chair
Professor of Theatre - Scenic and Lighting Design

Price Doyl Fine Arts 106

MFA, Wayne State University; BS, Western Michigan University | Brent Menchinger is a scenic and lighting designer. Currently, he is the Chair of the Department of Global Languages and Theatre Arts. His research interests include world theatre, multi-media and art history.

Matthew Crider

Matthew Crider

Associate Professor of Theatre - Acting and Movement

Price Doyle Fine Arts 706

MFA, Brandeis University; BFA, University of Florida | Matthew Crider is a movement and acting teacher. His research interests include Stage Combat, Clown and Suzuki Actor Training. He is an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors.

Lissa Graham-Schneider

Lissa Graham-Schneider

Professor of Theatre - Dancing

Price Doyle Fine Arts 106

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University; BA, Christopher Newport University | Lissa L. Graham-Schneider is a full professor. She received her MFA in Directing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lissa works across the country as a professional director, stage manager and actor. She teaches play analysis, and all levels of directing courses. In addition, she teaches children's theatre and puppetry. Lissa also teaches film history and pop culture classes on zombies and sci-fi films.

Debra P. Holmes

Debra P. Holmes

Instructor of Scenic and Lighting Design

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MFA, University of North Carolina - Greensboro; BA, University of North Carolina - Asheville | Debra is trained as a scenographer but focuses on lighting, scenery, and props. Her research interests include all manner puppets and she is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Lambda Zeta cast.

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Kevin Bradley Loveland, Jr.

Kevin Bradley Loveland, Jr.

Adjunct Faculty - Dance

Prince Doyle Fine Arts 106

MFA, Mills College; BS, Austin Peay State University | Kevin Bradley Loveland Jr. is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher emphasizing in modern dance and movement for musical theatre. He continues to further his education and knowledge in dance, obtaining his certification in Horton Technique and Pedagogy, as well as, Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). Kevin’s research interests include dance theatre, queer performative arts, queer history, and methodology of choreography.

Heidi Ortega

Heidi Ortega

Associate Professor of Theatre - Costume Design

Price Doyle Fine Arts 705

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University; MA, Humbolt University; BA, Westminster College

Daryl Phillipy

Daryl Phillipy

Associate Professor of Theatre - Acting and Voice

Price Doyle Fine Arts 708

MFA, University of Southern Mississippi; BS, Middle Tennessee State University | Daryl W. Phillipy is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts. Daryl specializes in teaching the Sanford Meisner approach to actor training. Daryl teaches Acting II, Acting III and Acting Shakespeare. He also teaches Voice and Diction and Stage Dialects. Daryl has studied with some of the top acting teachers in the world. This includes Ron Van Lieu, Christopher Bayes, Larry Silverberg and William Esper. Daryl has worked as professional actor and director for over 20 years on stages throughout the United States.

R. Wayne Shields-Hogue

R. Wayne Shields-Hogue

Administrative Assistant

Price Doyle Fine Arts 106

R. Wayne Hogue, Jr. received his Bachelors of Science in Theatre with a minor in Theatre Tech and Design at Murray State University, Spring 2021. Wayne directed and assistant directed many of our mainstage shows as well as acted in several throughout his time here.

Justin Walsh

Justin Walsh

Associate Professor of Theatre - Technical Direction

Price Doyle Fine Arts 203

MFA, West Virginia University; BFA, Miami University

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