Faculty and Staff

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Brent Menchinger
Department Chair
Professor of Theatre - Scenic and Lighting Design
MFA, Wayne State University
BS, Western Michigan University
Price Doyl Fine Arts 106
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Brent

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.



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Matthew Crider
Associate Professor of Theatre - Acting and Movement
MFA, Brandeis University
BFA, University of Florida
Price Doyle Fine Arts 706
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Matthew

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.

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Lissa Graham-Schneider
Professor of Theatre - Directing 
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
BA, Christopher Newport University
Price Doyle Fine Arts 106
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Lissa

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 Holmes
Debra P. Holmes
Instructor of Scenic and Lighting Design
MFA, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
BA, University of North Carolina - Asheville
Prince Doyle Fine Arts 214
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Debra

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. https://debrapholmes.weebly.com

Kevin Loveland
Kevin Bradley Loveland, Jr.
Adjunct Faculty, Dance

MFA, Mills College
BS, Austin Peay State University

Prince Doyle Fine Arts 106
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Kevin

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.

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Heidi Ortega
Associate Professor of Theatre - Costume Design
MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
MA, Humbolt University
BA, Westminster College
Price Doyle Fine Arts 705
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Heidi


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Daryl Phillipy
Associate Professor of Theatre - Acting and Voice
MFA, University of Southern Mississippi
BS, Middle Tennessee State University
Price Doyle Fine Arts 708
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Daryl

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
Administrative Assistant
Price Doyle Fine Arts 106
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Wayne

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
Associate Professor of Theatre - Technical Direction
MFA, West Virginia University
BFA, Miami University
Price Doyle Fine Arts 203
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
about Justin

Justin Walsh (Technical Director) is a tenured professor at Murray State University. He has worked in theatre since 1994. He earned his MFA at West Virginia University and his BFA at Miami University. His professional credits include: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, Glimmerglass Opera, and University of Ohio

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