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CURRENTLY
Interim Associate Chair - Theatre Department, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Performance program at Columbia College Chicago (2010-present). Responsibilities include program development, teaching upper-level acting, musical theatre styles and audition classes for musical theatre majors, curriculum creation and revision, directing main stage musical productions, directing the freshmen showcase, directing the senior showcase, student recruitment, marketing & branding strategies, administration, and representing the program/department at collegiate and national events.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
MFA IN DIRECTING (With An Emphasis In Musical Theatre) University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), 2010

B.A IN MUSICAL THEATRE, Minor in Dance - Catawba College, NC 1991

Certificate - Future Faculty Preparation Seminar, 2009
Semester-long course taught by Sr. VP and Provost of Academic Personnel, University of Cincinnati

Barrow Group Theatre Company, NYC, 2007
Directors Workshop with Seth Barrish

14 years private singing instruction – Phil Hall and Brad Garside (NYC), Seth Killen (CCM), Belmont University (Nashville), Salem College (NC)

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2010 - present Columbia College Chicago
Theatre Department

Associate Professor (Tenured)
Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program

Courses taught:
31-2201: Musical Theatre Scene Study (3 cr.)
     Sophomore level acting class – first “synthesis class” in program
31-2400: Musical Theatre II: Scenes and Songs (3 cr.)
     Junior level MT Acting class
31-3400: Musical Theatre Workshop (3 cr.)
     Senior level BFA-only Performance Class
31-3405: Musical Theatre Workshop II (3 cr.)
     A continuation of above, with the addition of Senior Showcase preparation
31-3625: Collaborative Seminar (2 cr.)
     Advanced Projects for Design and Directing majors
31-3900: Professional Survival and How to Audition (3 cr.)
31-3926: Advanced Audition Techniques for Musical Theatre (3 cr.)
     Senior level advanced audition class for BFA Musical Theatre majors
31-2301, 31-3432: Rehearsal and Performance I & II
31-1200: Acting I: Basic Skills for Non-Theatre Majors

Creative Projects / Presentations:
2016 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (Main Stage Musical) – Direction and Additional Musical Staging
MANIFEST - Department curator/organizer for Manifest Urban Arts Festival – the signature event of the college.
SENIOR SHOWCASE For Acting and Musical Theatre, Co-Director with Steve Scott

2015 OKLAHOMA!, (Main Stage Musical) Director, Additional Musical Staging
MANIFEST - Department curator/organizer for Manifest Urban Arts Festival - the signature event of the college
SENIOR SHOWCASE for Acting and Musical Theatre, Co-Director
BROADWAY BOUND! A Celebration of Chicago's Top Theatre Programs. Worked with Northwestern Professor Emeritus, Dominic Missimi to coordinate a performance featuring the Musical Theatre Programs from Roosevelt, Northwestern and Columbia College Chicago (at Columbia) as a celebration for the Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship Fund
FWD THEATRE PROJECT: Facilitated a partnership between the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago and this new theatre company devoted to the creation of new musicals. Hosted their rehearsals on campus for three different shows and arranged auditions for students (three were involved in their first production: The Black and White Ball performed in January for 250 Theatre Industry folk at City Winery, Chicago and one was Asst. MD for Swift as Desire).
HEART & MUSIC (New MT Student Showcase), Director & Additional Staging

2014 MT SENIOR SHOWCASE, Director
MANIFEST - Department liaison / organizer for Manifest Urban Arts Festival – the signature event of the college.

2013

VICTOR/VICTORIA, Director/Additional Musical Staging
IT’S ALL HAPPENING, Director/Creator
Producer – “Creating a New Musical”, a conversation with the cast/author of  BIG FISH
Producer - Singer/Songwriter Adam Wagner – Master Class

2012

RENT, Director, Additional Musical Staging
SEIZE THE DAY, Director/Creator
SENIOR SHOWCASE, Co-Director
MT SCHOLARSHIP FUND-RAISER CABARET, Singer

2011

RAISE THE ROOF, Director/Creator
LIVE IN LIVING COLOR, Director/Creator
SENIOR SHOWCASE, Co-Director

Academic Initiatives / Administrative Duties:
  • Interim Associate Chair – Theatre Dept.
  • Coordinator - Musical Theatre Performance Program
  • Chair, Theatre Department Curriculum Committee (DCC) Spring 2011- present. Responsibilities include vetting new majors, programs, courses and changes to curriculum and shepherding them through the proposal and approval process. This position is part of the departmental academic team with the Chair, Associate Chair, Academic Manager and Academic Coordinator.
  • Member - School of Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Committee (SCC) - Spring 2011 – Spring 2015. Working regularly with Associate Dean and other DCC chairs to review and approve new programs, majors, minors, concentrations & courses for nine departments.
  • Faculty Senate – Interim Senator for School of Fine and Performing Arts (Fall 2014)
  • Member - Academic Affairs Sub-Committee for Faculty Senate – New Program Review
  • Chair – Ad-hoc committee (Senate) for the formation of Educational Policy Council
  • Initiated recruitment and branding strategies for Musical Theatre program.
  • Degree Revision for BA/BFA in Musical Theatre Performance
  • Season Selection Committee
  • Scholarship Selection Committee (2011-2016)
  • Participated in fund-raising performances / events for scholarships (2011-2015)
  • Budget - Musical Theatre Program AY Fall 2012 – Spring 2016
  • Production Resource Allocation Committee 2013-2014
  • Academic Advising
  • Mentorship program with BFA majors
  • Part-time Faculty evaluations
  • Theatre department liaison for Manifest 2014-2016, Columbia College's signature event - year-end all-college urban arts festival.
  • Sarah Siddons Society – Board Member (as of Fall 2016) Representing the CCC Theatre Department (replaced John Green)


Recruitment Initiatives / Conferences:
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee for Theatre Department Recruitment Strategies – Nov 2015 - March 2016
  • To align with best practices of competing institutions/programs, developed an on-campus audition process for prospective students interested in the BFA in Musical Theatre Performance prior to enrollment, a major addition to college-admission practices. Implemented in spring of 2015 & 2016 - the results: BFA major doubled in size to 53.
  • Created MT program-specific literature / brocures and display pieces for recruitment events
  • Set up and utilize a Twitter account for the CCC Musical Theatre Program.: @ColumbiaMT
  • Open House Committee member AY '10-11 and '11-12
  • Represented the Theatre department at Open House events (2011-2016)
  • International Thespian Festival / recruitment (Lincoln, NE) 2011, 2013, 2015
  • Greater Houston Area Auditions - 2015
  • Kentucky College and Career Day - 2015
  • Illinois Theatre Association/recruitment (Bloomington/Normal) – 2012


Research/Scholarship/Academic Conferences:
  • Attended the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance - International (MTEA) annual conferences
    • St. Louis (2013)
    • NYC (2014)
  • Created a new blog: Musical Theatre Training - Spring 2015
    www.musicaltheatretraining.com
  • Making it to Broadway: A Study of Environmental and Educational Advantages (pt. 1-4)
    Research includes a survey of 100 actors in Broadway Musicals to discern trends and commonalities in their backgrounds and training.
  • "My First Big Job" series – interviews with musical theatre actors working at a new level. Information about audition specifics, callbacks, job duties, and education.
  • Published Article: "How They Got There" Dramatics Magazine Feb. 2016


Courses Created:
(31-3926) Advanced Audition Techniques for Musical Theatre

A comprehensive course that empowers actors with the auditions skills needed for a career in the musical theatre industry. This class defines the audition as a fully realized performance strengthened by strategy, savvy presentation and marketing techniques. This course includes extensive exploration of song selection/interpretation, vocal style and performance tradition, understanding “type”, callback preparations and possibilities, and the casting process. We will explore the life of a professional actor from Unions to taxes and the reality of the business. Each actor builds an “Audition Music Rep. Book” and through mock auditions will prepare and perform effective, dynamic audition pieces for every genre of musical theatre.



(31-2301) Rehearsal and Performance I
(31-3432) Rehearsal and Performance II

These two courses offer academic credit for many levels of productions/performances.



(31-2850) Writing for Musical Theatre

Students from the Music and Theatre departments (and beyond) form partnerships and together, write short musicals. Their piece will be rehearsed and performed at the end of the semester. The participants will practice the art of collaboration and explore writing dialogue and developing story-line for musicals, setting lyrics to music, investigate how music functions in drama, work on developing character arcs, musical voicing and song placement. Additionally, participants experience casting, directing and producing their performances.



2007-2010 University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)

Graduate Teaching Assistant – Musical Theatre Program
Duties included three years of teaching 16 MUST 175: Freshmen Musical Theatre Showcase

I led this year-long course in which the Freshmen musical theatre
majors create an original hour-long piece they perform at the end of the year.



2009 Musical Theatre / Acting Summer Intensive - Scene Study CCM Preparatory Department


WORKSHOPS / PRESENTATIONS
2014 Audition Master Class Walnut Hill School of the Arts, MA
2014 Audition Master Class Prof. Performing Arts HS - NYC
2013 College Audition Workshop NC Theatre Conservatory, Raleigh
2009 Guest Panelist Cincinnati Shakespeare Club
2007, '04, '96

Audition Techniques, NY Theatre Business - Master Classes

Catawba College, NC
2005 Master Class - Audition Techniques Melva Smith Dnace, Dallas, TX
2004 Master Class - Audition Techniques Flat Rock Playhouse, NC



COMMUNITY SERVICE

Board Member – Sarah Siddons Society - Theatre Award and Scholarship fund for drama students in Chicago. I represent the Theatre Department of Columbia College Chicago for the organization. Started Fall 2016.

Member – Board of Trustees (Secretary) – Open Door Theatre, Oak Park, IL - 2014- 2016
Attending monthly meetings, Creating Fund-raising initiatives – Produced a Benefit Concert in 2014 and 2015, directing main stage musicals, representing the theatre at community events – fund-raisers and Oak Park Arts League promo performances. Currently working to expand their educational outreach.

Broadway Bound! A Celebration of Chicago's Top Theatre Schools Fundraiser for Sarah Siddons Society Scholarship Fund (see details in Creative Projects at Columbia College Chicago). Invited to join "The Leading Players" – a small group of theatre leaders in Chicago that will collaborate on fund-raising and events for this organization.

FWD Theatre Project – Have volunteered with this organization over since fall 2014 to help facilitate their work in developing new musicals. Served as a submission reader, hosted rehearsals at Columbia College Chicago, promoted student casting/internships, participated in a Brain-storming brunch with the board and industry leaders from Chicago.

Singer – Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church – Elmhurst, IL.



PROFESSIONAL ACTING EXPERIENCE (1991-present)

BROADWAY
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
(2001-2003)
Young Jacob Marley Madison Square Garden
Susan Stroman, Dir/Chor


NATIONAL TOURS
THE PRODUCERS Springtime Tenor Leo Company (US & Tokyo)
Susan Stroman, Dir/Chor
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
(with Theodore Bikel)
Fyedka Nederlander Presentations
Sammy Dallas Bayes, Dir.
GREASE! (Tommy Tune Revival)
(with Sutton Foster / Adreian Zmed)
Eugene (Teen Angel u/s) 1st National Company
Jeff Calhoun, Dir/Chor
WILL ROGERS FOLLIES
(with Larry Gatlin)
1st Tenor Wrangler Dallas Summer Musical et al
Jeff Calhoun, Dir
I LOVE NEW YORK Man 1 Community Concerts Circuit
Ray Roderick, Dir/Chor


EUROPEAN TOURS
MY FAIR LADY (Europe) Loverly Quartet Wolfgang Bocksch
Frank Dunlop, Dir.


OFF-BROADWAY
THE GIRL FRIEND Lenny Musicals Tonight!


WORKSHOPS / READINGS / BENEFITS
BROADWAY IN OAK PARK Producer, Director, Singer Open Door Theatre (2014, 2015)
FWD LAUNCH CONCERT Singer FWD Theatre Project, City Winery
FIRST YOU DREAM Singer New Amsterdam Theatre
Christopher Reeve Foundation
CHILDREN OF EDEN Cain / Japeth Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC
with Stephen Schwartz
NEW LIES FOR OLD Scooter Libby, etc. Dramatist Guild, NYC
CRATCHETT FARM Todd ASCAP, NYC
BC/EFA Fundraisers Singers Baltimore, Toronto, Nashvill, Louisville


REGIONAL & STOCK
THE MUSIC MAN Harold Hill Little Theatre on the Square (IL)
9 TO 5 Joe Little Theatre on the Square (IL)
THE SPITFIRE GRILL Joe Sutter Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Drew Barr, Dir
James Calcq, (Composer, MD)
FOREVER PLAID Jinx Flat Rock Playhouse, NC
1940s RADIO HOUR Biff Flat Rock Playhouse, NC
CATS Munkustrap Ogunquit Playhouse, ME
Suzanne VIveritto, Dir
THE SPITFIRE GRILL Joe Sutter Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Robert Hupp, Dir
JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT Joseph Ogunquit Playhouse, ME
WILL ROGERS FOLLIES 1st Tenor Wrangler Cape Playhouse, MA (2000)
KINGDOM (world premiere) Lars Denver Center Theatre Co.
Israel Hicks, Dir
THE FANTASTICKS Matt Allenberry Playhouse, PA
WEST SIDE STORY Tony Westchester Broadway, NY
THE SECRET GARDEN Dickon (u/s), William Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ
Robert Johanson &
David Armstrong, Dirs
GYPSY Tulsa Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY
BIG RIVER Tom Sawyer Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY
HOW TO SUCCEED... Bud Frump Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY
GREASE Roger Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY


REVUES / INDUSTRIAL PERFORMANCES


2011 - American Dental Hygienist Assocation, Nashville, TN - Singer/ Dancer
2010 - World Choir Games, Closing Celemonies, Shoexing, China - Singer / Dancer
1994 - Asahi Beer, Tokyo, Japan - Singer / Dancer
1993 - Opryland USA, Nashville, TN - General Jackson Showstoppers - Singer / Dancer
1992 - Buch Gardens, FL - Singer / Dancer
1992 - Carnival Cruise Lines - Bahamas - Various shows - Singer / Dancer
1991 - Regency Cruise Lines - Caribbean / South America - Various shows - Singer / Dancer

* Proud member of Actor's Equity Association since 1995, member AEA Production Contract Committee (2003-2007)


DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY

2016 ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Director Columbia College Chicago (CCC)
  HOW TO SUCCEED... Director Little Theatre on the Square, IL
  BYE BYE BIRDIE Director Wilmette Center for the Arts, IL
  [title of show] Director / Choreographer Open Door Theatre, Oak Park,IL
2015 OKLAHOMA Director CCC
  MARVELOUS WONDERETTES Director / Choreographer Open Door Theatre
  HEART & MUSIC Director / Creator Columbia College Chicago
2014 ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Director / Musical Staging Willmette Center for the Arts, IL
2013 VICTOR/VICTORIA Director / Musical Staging Columbia College Chicago
  BEING ALIVE Director Second City, "24hr Play Thang"
  IT'S ALL HAPPENING Director / Co-Chor. Columbia College Chicago
2012 RENT Director Columbia College Chicago
  SEIZE THE DAY Director / Creator Columbia College Chicago
2011 LIVE IN LIVING COLOR Director / Creator Columbia College Chicago
  RAISE THE ROOF Director / Creator Columbia College Chicago
2010 ANYTHING GOES Director CCM
  THE FANTASTICKS Asst. Dir. (to Ed Stern) Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
2009 ORPHEUS DESCENDING Director CCM
(Cincinnati Enquirer Acclaim Award - Direction)
  CASE OF A LIFETIME Director / Book CCM
2008 URINETOWN Director / Musical Staging CCM
(Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination - Best Musical)
  GIVING UP LATER Director 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festival
  THE PRODUCERS Asst. Dir. (to Bill Burns) Ogunquit Playhouse, ME
  GODSPELL Director / Choreographer CCM
2007 WONDERFUL TOWN Asst. Dir. (to Diane Lala) CCM
1991 GYPSY Choreographer Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY
  BIG RIVER Choreographer Jenny Wiley Theatre, KY