Associate Professor, Coordinator of Design Tech, Production Manager, Faculty Advisor Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!
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
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.
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