Faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance work in a variety of fields. The following are fields and creative activities in which our theatre faculty have distinguished specializations. Read about creative and scholarly work by members of our dance faculty, too.
A professional director and choreographer whose recent credits include work in Norway, Scotland, Chile, and at Forestburgh Playhouse in NY and SummerTide Theatre in Gulf Shores. She is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Alabama Conference of Theatre, and is Vice President of the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance International.
A dramaturg who has 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 also 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
Specializing in technical production and entertainment automation, he has worked 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 Colorand 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. 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.
Accomplished Soprano Luvada A. Harrison made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the Manhattan Philharmonic and her Lincoln Center debut in Alice Tully Hall with the New York Choral Society as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater. She has also worked for the Education Department of the New York City Opera Company, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the “Meet the Artist” series at Lincoln Center, as well as presented recitals and master classes at several universities throughout the United States including Lawrence University in Wisconsin, Albany State University in Georgia, Liberty University in Virginia and Pikeville University in Kentucky. Harrison has also appeared as a featured soloist with the Tuscaloosa Symphony.
Specializing in Acting and Voice, she recently presented a selection from her upcoming project “Step Mama Drama” in Chicago, Illinois as part of the Identity Cabaret during the summer of 2016 at DePaul University, the piece presented later in production at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In August of 2014, she was invited to perform in “Cross Cultural Archetypes” in London, England at the Royal School of Speech and Drama. Vocal coaching credits include the 2011 summer season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the New York productions of Hell and Alcestis Ascending. She also created and performed in a one-woman show titled Considering Georgia O’Keeffe at the 2009 and 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as well as the 2010 East to Edinburgh Festival in New York City. She recently co-authored an article titled “Managing ‘Vocal Dose’ and the acting voice: how much is too much?” in the December 2017 Voice and Speech Review Journal. She is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).
Specializing in Musical Theatre and Vocal Instruction, his varied performance credits include the role of Maurice on the National/North American tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, roles with numerous opera companies including Atlanta Opera and Baltimore Opera, as well as several summers with Lees-McRae Summer Theatre. He also taught and performed at the Escola de Musica da Universidade Federal da Bahia in Brazil and is a member of the Musical Theatre Educators’ Alliance, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Guild of Musical Artists, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Specializing in Costume Design and Production, credits include work for The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, The Memphis Black Rep, The RedLight 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 served as Design Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival-Region IV and is a 2011 Recipient of the Kennedy Center Golden Medallion Award, the highest award given to Educators. An active member in the United States Institute for Theatre Design/Technology, Donna recently served six years as the Costume Commissioner.
Specializing in Acting and also a professional director, playwright and filmmaker, he 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, Beyond Therapy, and Alcestis Ascending); Off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theatre , American Place Theater, Westbeth Theater Center, Harold Clurman Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, and Urban Stages Theatre; regionally at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (three seasons), Utah Shakespearean Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival and Idaho Repertory Theatre; and in Los Angeles at the Globe Playhouse, Odyssey Theatre, Ventura Court Theatre, Complex Theatre and the Hillside Repertory Company. His plays Hell: Paradise Found (published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc.), Separate and Equal, Alcestis Ascending and Dammit, Shakespeare! have received critical success in New York and Los Angeles productions. His most recent film Service to Man was awarded Best Picture honors at numerous national and international festivals, including the American Black Film Festival. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Specializing in Lighting, Sound and Digital Design, his work has been enjoyed at American Southwest Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Cardinal Theatre, and Brown County Playhouse, among others. He has also had the pleasure of designing for fantastic choreographers like George Pinney, Ben Munisteri, Jin Wen Yu, Bella Lewitzky, Debra Knapp, Sherrie Barr, and Iris Rosa. He has 2 publications by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Gretel Geist Design Award for his lighting design of The American Clock, Best Sound Design Pulsar Award Nomination for As You Like It, Best Lighting Design Pulsar Award Nomination for Legally Blonde, KCACTF Regional Selection for As You Like It (sound design) and Twelfth Night (sound and lighting design) and is a long-standing member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology; the International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects, and Technicians; Phi Beta Kappa; and an affiliate of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.
Specializing in Acting, Stage Movement and Alexander Technique, recent movement and directing credits include Arena Stage in Washington DC and Richmond Symphony in VA and credits as an actor, puppeteer and other capacities include MCC Theater, La Mama E.T.C., Theatre for the New City, Mabou Mines, Aisling Arts, The Roundabout Theatre Company and Inside Broadway. She taught theatre, puppetry and directed with Limelight Productions, a theatre company she co-founded to promote theatre and facilitate dialogue on Tortola, British Virgin Islands.