UA Theatre & Dance Faculty and Staff…

 

William Teague

William Teague – Professor; Department Chair; Director of Lighting Design Program

William Teague, Professor of Theatre, joined the Department of Theatre and Dance in 1981.  His area of specialty is entertainment technology, specifically lighting, audio and computer assisted design (CAD).  He has worked extensively in outdoor drama, television, film and special event production as well as legitimate theatre and dance.  He has lighted University theatre and dance performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, as well as the Biennial Dance Festival at the Universite de Lumiere in Lyons, France.  He co-designed and still serves as technical director for Martha’s Sewing Room, one of the longest running and most viewed shows on Alabama Public Television.  Professor Teague is also active in regional and national theatre organizations, serving on the executive board of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) for eight years.  He received the Alabama National Alumni Association’s 2004 “Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award”, and in 1996, was named “Design and Technology Educator of the Year” by USITT (MFA, Florida State University).

Email: wteague@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-5283

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Stacy Alley

Stacy Alley – Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre/Dance

Stacy Alley is Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre/Dance at The University of Alabama.  She is also a professional director and choreographer whose recent credits include work at Forestburgh Playhouse in NY (A Chorus Line, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival (Beauty and the Beast), and at UA’s Summertide Theatre (Smokey Joe’s Café, Dames at Sea and Anything Goes).  Recent University of Alabama credits include Side Man, Chicago, Big River, and Flora, the Red Menace as well as pieces in Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre concerts.  Stacy has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years, including five years as a featured dancer in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular.  She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the Society of Directors and Choreographer.  She also serves as the Southeastern Representative for the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance International, Chair of the Musical Theatre Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and Chair of the College/University Committee for the Alabama Conference of Theatre.  Recently she traveled to Sweden and taught at the Ballet Academy of Gothenburg and the University of Gothenburg’s Academy of Music and Drama.  Stacy holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Alabama, a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Southern California, and is a Certified Movement Analyst through The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC.

Email: salley@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-6247

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Sarah M. Barry

Sarah M. Barry – Associate Professor of Dance

Sarah M. Barry, MFA, CLMA, is a member of the dance faculty at The University of Alabama, teaching dance history, choreography, teaching methods and modern technique.  Sarah also directs the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive at UA where she has taught modern, dance history, kinesiology and Pilates in addition to choreographing for their Showcase.  Her work has been shown in Utah, New York, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Edinburgh, Scotland at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and Biel, Switzerland as part of the 46th International Choreographer’s Showcase.  She has earned numerous grants including an NEA American Masterpieces grant, which resulted in Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre’s Spring 2011 re-staging of Jose Limon’s There is a Time.  Sarah was most recently honored to have her screendance “there, again” accepted for the 2012 San Francisco Dance Film Festival.  Additionally, her film “so you want me always to paint flowers” created with cinematographer Dionne Sparkman Noble, was selected for Motion Captured: An Evening of Dance on Film as part of Dance Month 2012 in Houston, TX.  Sarah’s work has been commissioned by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and set on professional dance company, Sanspointe.  Sarah also has publications in the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters journal and the Journal of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.  Sarah earned her MFA in modern dance at the University of Utah as well as a certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (CLMA) through the Integrated Movement Studies program.  Prior to her time in Utah, she spent several years in New York teaching, choreographing and moving with a variety of dance artists.  She also holds a BFA in dance from Sam Houston State University as well as a teaching certification in Labanotation from the Ohio State University.

Email: smbarry@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-8699

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Steve Burch

Steve Burch – Associate Professor of Theatre History, Playwriting

Professor Burch joined the department in 2002 after spending many years as an actor/director/playwright. Among his awards are a Playwriting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and two Critics’ Choice awards from the Samuel French Short Play Festivals. He received his BA in English from CUNY-Hunter College in New York, his MA in Theatre from Northern Illinois University, and his PhD in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Recently he published two books, Stanislavski in Ireland: Focus at Fifty and Breaking Boundaries: A Anthology of Original Plays from the Focus Theatre, as well as Andrew P. Wilson and the Early Irish and Scottish National Theatres, 1911-1950 and Stage Plays: An Introductory Anthology. He has published articles and reviews in Theatre History Studies, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Symposium, Southern Theatre, David Mamet Review, Theatre Journal, Prospects, the Oxford Companion to United States History, Holocaust Literature, and Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature. He directs free Shakespeare plays in the park each summer in Tuscaloosa for the Rude Mechanicals and is the Chair of the Playwriting Committee for SETC.

Email: sburch@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-0343

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Cornelius Carter

Cornelius Carter – Professor; Director of Dance Program; Artistic Director of the Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre

Professor Carter has always had a passion for dance and it is reflected in his list of accolades.  Carter was awarded the National Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor of the Year award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Washington, D.C. on November 13, 2001.  Carter was also awarded the 2001-2002 Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award by the Alabama Alumni Association.  He’ll never forget how his passion garnered the first of many awards:  a scholarship to the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis, MO after high school.  Carter then joined the Cleo Robinson Parker Dance Ensemble and studied at The Ailey School on scholarship.  He went on to explore the international dance scene.  Carter’s first major appointment was as the new artistic director for one of the first contemporary dance companies and schools in Reykjavik, Iceland.  Carter has been a faculty member at the American Ballet Theatre, American Dance Festival (Moscow 1997 and Korea 2002), Bates Dance Festival and Harvard Summer Dance Festival (Dean of Students).   He teaches and choreographs for the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program (2001-present) in New York.  In May 1999, he attended the American Choreographers Showcase where he presented and performed his choreography in France, Holland, Austria, Vienna, and Lithuania.  Carter continues to set new works on student companies, professional companies and other University dance programs in the United States and abroad.  Mr. Carter received his MFA in Dance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He was a Guest Rehearsal Director for Dance Brazil 2005 Season in Bahia, Brazil.  Most recently he served on the panel for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

Email: ccarter@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-5283

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Raphael Crystal

Raphael Crystal – Associate Professor; Director of Musical Theatre Track

Professor Crystal is the founder and director of the musical theatre program of the Department of Theatre and Dance.  He serves as musical director for the department’s productions, and teaches courses in Musicianship, Musical Theatre Performance, and Musical Theatre Repertoire.  Active professionally as a composer, musical director, and pianist, he received a NY Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical for his score for the show Kuni-Leml.  Recent premieres of his music include filmed sequences for the new “Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not” in Times Square, MegaHeroes at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, and The Bourgeois Gentleman at the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre in New York.  He has served as musical director for shows throughout the country, from New York to UA’s own SummerTide Theatre in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Before coming to UA, he taught at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.  He is a member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, SETC, and the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, and an alumnus of the BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Email: rcrystal@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-8856

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F. Randy deCelle

F. Randy deCelle – Assistant Professor; Director of Technical Production

Specializing in technical production and entertainment automation, Randy joins the faculty after working professionally with Fisher Technical Services in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he continues to work as a consultant and designer.  At Fisher, he was the Head of Electrical Design, responsible for automation design on projects such as:  Celine Dion’s Return to Las Vegas, Shrek the Musical at Drury Lane Theatre, London; and the renovation of the David H. Koch Theater at New York City’s Lincoln Center.  Additionally, he managed automation design for projects including The World of Color and Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure Park, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark on Broadway; and The Metropolitan Opera’s Ring Cycle in New York City.  Prior to Fisher, he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign serving as the Chair of Scenic Technology, where he was responsible for the graduate and undergraduate programs in Technical Direction.  While there he consulted on the World Premiere of Mikel Rouse’s The End of Cinematics and served as the Technical Director/Designer for Ralph Lemon’s World Premiere of Come Home Charley Patton.  He is an active member of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and served as the Digital Media and Technology Coordinator for the United States entries into the 2007 Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture in the Czech Republic.  He is also a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers.  Randy is originally from Mobile, Alabama and holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Alabama.

Email: rdecelle@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-6253

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Andy Fitch

Andy Fitch – Associate Professor; Director of Scenic Design

Andy has been working as a professional scenic designer and educator since 1991 and has designed scenery for 12 LORT level productions, over 60 equity productions, and about a hundred university productions.  In the early part of his career, Andy worked extensively in corporate special events, designing dozens of commercial events often utilizing union crews and budgets in excess of $1 million for ShowCo in Dallas.   Since 1996, Andy has led the MFA program in Scenic Design at The University of Alabama.  Some favorite designs include: The Color Purple, Legally Blond, Hairspray, and The Drowsy Chaperon for Red Mountain Theatre;The Producers and Damn Yankees for The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; The Dixie Swim Club, The Sound of Music, and A Lesson Before Dying for Theatre Tuscaloosa; The Drawer Boy and Betrayal for the Warehouse Theatre; The Three Sisters, The Grapes of Wrath, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Forever Plaid for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Andy is a Founding Member of the acclaimed Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, where he designed about 30 productions and won the 1994 Rabin award (Dallas) for his scenic design for Fool for Love.  Andy’s training includes an MFA degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he studied with noted stage designers William and Jean Eckart.

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Email: afitch@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-3842

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Qianping Guo

Qianping Guo – Assistant Professor of Dance

Qianping Guo is a 2002 Graduate from the University of Arizona in Theatre Arts & Dance.  He specializes in ballet choreography as well as dance theory.  Ping’s commitment to dance education is strong and the proof can be seen both in China and the United States.  He has been a valuable liaison in international studies, developing dance academic program exchanges between China and the United States.  His artistic career achievements have been remarkable: he won a gold medal at the 7th France International Ballet Competition, and many students he has mentored and coached have gone on to win gold and silver medals at international and national ballet competitions.

Email: qguo1@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-9092

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Emily Herring

Emily Herring – Assistant Professor of Voice

Emily Herring was most recently seen in the title role of Always…Patsy Cline at the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham.  She has appeared in the national tours of Ragtime (Mother), Kiss Me, Kate (Kate), and The Sound of Music (Mother Abbess).  Regional theatre credits include Secret Garden (Lily), A Little Night Music (Anne), Smoke on the Mountain (Vera), Godspell (Joanne), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Songs for A New World (Featured Singer), and Iolanthe (Phyllis).  She has taught voice at Birmingham Southern College, “Rosie’s Broadway Kids” and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and at her private studio.  She is active as a concert and cabaret artist throughout the Southeast, and also enjoys singing with big bands (Just Friends, The Joe Giattina Orchestra, and Celebration Winds) and at local charity events.  A Mobile native, Emily holds degrees in Vocal Performance, from the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Tennessee, and is a student of the legendary Marni Nixon.  She is a member of Actor’s Equity and the National Association of Teacher’s of Singing.  Ms. Herring serves as Assistant Professor in Musical Theatre Voice in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Alabama.

Email: eherring@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-6321

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Allison Hetzel

Allison Hetzel – Associate Professor of Acting & Voice

Allison Hetzel, Associate Professor of Voice and Acting, teaches acting, voice, and speech courses in the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs.  She is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (2008).  See www.fitzmauricevoice.com.  Allison was one of the vocal coaches for the 2011 summer season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder, Colorado.  Allison wrote and performed a one-woman show based on the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe, titled Considering Georgia O’Keeffe, which she performed in August 2009 and 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as the East to Edinburgh Festival of 2010 in New York City at the 59 East 59th Street Theatres.  Allison has also collaborated with colleague Sarah Barry in creating and performing a text-based theatre dance piece that premiered in Biel, Switzerland at the 46th International Choreographers’ Showcase.  This project has recently become a dance for film project.  Allison is the Voice, Speech, and Text coach for UA theatre productions.  Some past projects include Hell: Paradise Found, The Time of Your Life, Henry V, The Playboy of the Western World, and Blithe Spirit.  Additionally, she also vocal coaches for the on-air voices of Alabama Public Radio.  Past directing credits at UA include The Miss Firecracker Contest and Our Town and she co-directs the New York City student actor showcase, “Bama on Broadway” each spring for graduating theatre students.  Allison received her MFA in Voice and Acting Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she studied voice and speech with Janet Rodgers.  Prior to her graduate work, Allison performed at the following theatres in Chicago, IL: Organic Theatre, Ivanhoe, Factory, and The Theatre Building.  She has studied Classical Greek theatre with the Athens Centre of Greece, where she performed in a touring production of The Trojan Women.  She also performed in Darkly Beautiful at the 2002 International Theatre Festival of Sibiu, Romania, where she worked with the DAH Theatre Company of Yugoslavia.  Allison has led voice and acting workshops in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Scotland.  She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and is entering her third year as a teacher with Arts n Autism.

Email: ahetzel@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-3127

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William A. Martin

William A. Martin – Director, Vocal Instruction, Musical Theatre

Dr. William A. Martin is an assistant professor at The University of Alabama in the Department of Theatre and Dance where he serves as Director of Vocal Instruction for the Musical Theatre Program.  He is active as a professional singer, actor, music director, and conductor.  Some of his performance credits feature roles with Atlanta Opera, Baltimore Opera, Opera Vivente, Young Victorian Theatre Company, The Savoyards, Alabama Operaworks, and Lees-McRae Summer Theatre in a variety of productions including La finta giardiniera, Salome, Iolanthe, Man of La Mancha, Crazy for You, Cats, The Secret Garden, and Ragtime: The Musical.  Dr. Martin has also appeared in concert in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and throughout the Southeastern United States.  He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Guild of Musical Artists, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and Pi Kappa Lambda.  Dr. Martin’s students have found success around the country including the National Tours of Cats and Oklahoma! and the 2011 Miss America Pageant.  Dr. Martin holds degrees in vocal performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, The University of Alabama, and Millsaps College.

Email: marti001@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-4442

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Donna Meester

Donna Meester – Associate Professor; Director of Costume Design/Production

Donna Meester, Associate Professor of Theatre, is Director of Costume Design/Production at The University of Alabama.  Some of her favorite designs while at UA include:  Ragtime, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Threepenny Opera.  Other design credits include work for The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, The Memphis Black Rep, The Red Light Theatre (Washington D.C.), Arkansas State University, University of Louisiana-Monroe, Ouachita Baptist College, Henderson State University, Louisiana State University and The University of Northern Iowa.  Meester recently served as Design Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival-Region IV and was the 2011 Recipient of the Kennedy Center Golden Medallion Award.  Her costume designs have won several awards from KCACTF, including designs for Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Voices and A Bright Room Called Day.  An active member in the United States Institute for Theatre Design/Technology, Donna is currently serving as the Costume Commissioner.  She holds a BS in Apparel Technology from Purdue University and an MFA in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University.

Website: http://www.bama.ua.edu/~dmeester; Email: dmeester@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-9032

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Seth Panitch

Seth Panitch – Associate Professor; Director of MFA and Undergraduate Acting Programs

Seth Panitch is Associate Professor of Acting and heads the MFA and Undergraduate Acting programs at The University of Alabama.  A professional Director, Actor, Playwright and Screenwriter, Seth has worked internationally in Havana, Cuba with the Ministry of Culture (directing productions of The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Beyond Therapy); Off-Broadway at the American Place Theater, Westbeth Theater Center, 59E59 Theatre, and Urban Stages Theatre; regionally at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival and Idaho Repertory Theatre; and in Los Angeles at the Globe Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre, Complex Theatre and the Hillside Repertory Company.  His documentary A Night in the Theatre has been published by Insight Media and his plays Dammit, Shakespeare!, Hell: Paradise Found and What’s Taking Moses So Long? have received critical success in both New York and Los Angeles productions.  In 2010, he received the Alabama National Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award,” and was named the 2010 Druid Arts Educator of the Year.  He was also awarded a Leadership Board Faculty Fellowship from 2009-2012.  At The University of Alabama, Seth has directed Into the Woods, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, The Heiress, Saint Joan, Animal Crackers, Fifth of July, The Government Inspector, An Enemy of the People, and Moby-Dick, and performed as a guest artist in Moon Over Buffalo, A Flea in Her Ear and Blithe Spirit.  Seth received his MFA in Acting at the University of Washington’s Professional Actor’s Training Program and is a member of both the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Website:  http://www.sethpanitch.com; Email:  spanitch@as.ua.edu; Office:  (205) 348-3845

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Rita Snyder

Rita Snyder – Associate Professor of Dance

Professor Snyder has danced professionally with both ballet and modern dance companies, including American Festival Ballet, Classical Ballet Theatre, Berkshire Ballet, Tandy Beal and Co., and Clay Taliaferro and Dancers.  She received a BFA in modern dance performance and an MFA in ballet teaching and choreography from the University of Utah.  She has taught various levels of ballet, modern dance technique, and flamenco at the University of Utah, Baltimore School for the Arts, Goucher College, and Towson State University.  She has also served as ballet coach for Kennedy Center performances of The Next Ice Age and taught modern dance for the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive.  Ms. Snyder also has a background in classical music having performed as a violinist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Email: rsnyder@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-8860

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John Virciglio

John Virciglio – Adjunct Dance Faculty

John began his training at the age of two with Birmingham Dance Theatre.  As a company member, he competed at both the regional and the national level.  After graduating high school, John attended The University of Alabama and graduated with a BS in business administration.  While at Alabama, he became a member of “Dance Alabama!” and was the tap, jazz, and hip-hop instructor for The Academy of Ballet and Jazz, as well as their “Company Director.”  In 2000 he won the title of Mr. Dance, for Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee and in 2001 he went on to create The “On Location” Video Experience, a program that gives dancers a ‘Behind-the-Scenes’ look into what it takes to make a music video.  John then moved to Los Angeles where he earned a film degree through the NYFA and launched his own production company, SHARKBITE PRODUCTIONS, and is currently in the process of pitching his dance reality show, Move to various networks.  John is an accomplished choreographer, instructor, and performer and has traveled across the United States as an instructor and adjudicator; and has worked with choreographers Dave Scott, Eddie Garcia, and Cris Judd.  In 2008, he produced, directed, and choreographed Frequency, a huge multimedia performance piece that was a collaboration he facilitated between Theatre and Dance, Telecommunications and Film, Art, and Engineering.  In 2011, John changed the way that live theatre is conceived with his first full-length, original production The Realm, the first show to use stereoscopic 3D to create a virtual environment for live performers in real-time.  He is also the creator of the first “Digital Playbill.”  Recently, John worked with choreographer and Michael Jackson Protégé, Eddie Garcia to produce Twisted Branches, which premiered in Los Angeles, CA in August of 2011, making it the second show to be produced in stereoscopic 3D.  Currently, John is working with Silvatar Media on their latest film project.

Email: jbvirciglio@ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-4476

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Jeffrey Tangeman

 

Jeffrey Tangeman – Assistant Professor
Director of MFA Directing and Undergraduate Directing and Stage Management Programs

Jeffrey is the Head of the MFA Directing Program at the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance where he teaches Directing and Stage Management courses.  He is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC).

The former Producing Artistic Director of Black Box Productions in NYC and Artistic Director for the New Play Developmental Series (also in NYC), Jeffrey has also directed regionally with such companies as The Source Theatre (D.C.), Nebraska Repertory Theatre, The New Theatre (Miami), Huntington Rep ., Orpheus Theatre, and Heartland Theatre.

His directing credits include:  New York City (Off and Off-off Broadway) AFTER THE GLORY, THE CONFIRMATION (Finalist:  2003 Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival), HENRY V, BOYS IN THE BACKROOM, as well as the premiere productions of THE TURN DOWN, STRAINED RELATIONSHIPS, BLIND TOM (Workshop), AN UNHAPPY WOMAN, THE TRIUMPH OF THE WEST, DINNER AT ATE, and ESCAPE FROM BONDAGE (Historical Chronology of Frederick Douglass).

His regional credits include:  LEND ME A TENOR, KISS ME KATE, THE MIKADO, HUMBLE BOY, THE COMPLEAT WORKS OF WLLM SHKSPR (ABRGD), NEVER THE SINNER: THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY, THE LITTLE PRINCE, and FOOTLOOSE.

He has also directed in the university and conservatory arenas with such productions as:  THE SHAPE OF THINGS, URINETOWN, METAMORPHOSES (Zimmerman), HEDDA GABLER, INSPECTING CAROL, MARISOL, THE LARAMIE PROJECT, NOISES OFF, TARTUFFE, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, LYDIE BREEZE, and SWEET CHARITY.

Email: jptangeman@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-2116

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Nancy Calvert – Office Associate II

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Email: ncalvert@bama.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-5283

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Rebecca Freeman

Rebecca Freeman – Costume Shop Supervisor

Becky began her costume career as a volunteer mom when her son Daniel performed in A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Theatre Tuscaloosa in 1989.  Becky earned her BS degree from UA’s Clothing and Textile department in 1990 and is currently completing her Masters in Costume Design with the UA Theatre and Dance department.  Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Becky has spent the last 20 years in Tuscaloosa, Alabama designing for Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, The Actor’s Charitable Theatre and The University of Alabama, where she is the costume shop manager.  Current works include Macbeth, The Great Jade Emperor, Footloose, The Transit of Venus and ARDT.

Email: rfreeman@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-3851

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Jeanette Lackey

Jeanette Lackey – Scene Shop Supervisor

Ms. Lackey has been building scenery for the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1995.  Prior to that she worked as the Master Carpenter for The Virginia Stage Company, in Norfolk, VA, and was employed as a scenic carpenter at several regional theatres across the country.  She holds a MA Degree in Theatre (Technical Emphasis) from Texas Woman’s University.

Email: jlackey@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-3849

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Lyndell McDonald

Lyndell McDonald – Technical Supervisor, Dance

Mr. McDonald is a graduate from The University of Alabama where he earned his BA in Theatre.  His preferred concentration is lighting, where he has designed such shows as The Grapes of Wrath and The Piano Lesson, but has also designed both scenery and sound for various productions here at the University.  Work experience includes working for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Ballet Theatre and SummerTide.  His duties include technical direction, lighting design and sound for the department’s four dance concerts and also helping with the production of the plays.

Email: mcdon021@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-9233

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Melissa Panzarello – Costume Production Specialist

Ms. Panzarello is a graduate of Florida State University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Costume Design. Her technical credits include: Cutter on the Broadway shows Mama Mia! and Noises Off  for Tricorne NY,  First Hand at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Costume Shop Manager, Draper, First Hand and Stitcher over several years at New Harmony Theatre, Assistant Shop Manager and Draper at Barrington Stage Company. Notable design credits include: Signals of Distress for SoHo Rep. (NYC), Ears on a Beatle (world premiere with Mark St. Germain, starring Dan Lauria ) at Barrington Stage Company (Massachusetts), Hello, Dolly!, Annie Get Your Gun, Nunsense, Forever Plaid, The Marvelous Wondrettes, and Hank Williams: Lost Highway at Post Playhouse (Nebraska), Private Eyes and Little Shop of Horrors at Centennial Theatre Festival (Connecticut) also, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, The Threepenny Opera, The Visit, Our Town, Godspell, The Underpants, A Comedy of Errors, The Adding Machine, Closer, Ubu Roi, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ah, Wilderness!, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, Crowns, The Trial, Seven Guitars, Angels in America, Cabaret, Once Upon A Mattress, Othello, Blithe Spirit and The Rainmaker all at various universities.

Email: mspanzarello@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-4479

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Sharron Skipper

Sharron Skipper – Administrative Secretary

Mrs. Skipper is an alumnus of The University of Alabama and has worked in the Department of Theatre and Dance since 1979.  Her duties include financial accounting for departmental and production expenses.

Email: sskipper@as.ua.edu; Office: (205) 348-5283