Faculty and Staff-Old
Lecturer, Figure Drawing
Pam Black received her degree in drawing and painting from Washington University, where classical figure study and abstract expressionism were the artistic movements in the mid 70’s. In graduate school, at Pratt Institute, conceptualism was the trend. These early influences and other life experiences inform her work and teaching, today.
In her studio, Black practices finding accuracy in expression/exposure, a phrase which captures many years of rendering, painting and writing her biography. During this process, she, herself, became a student of her own self-prescribed exercises. She invented ways in which to challenge her own habitual ways of thinking and working. Black brings her daily discipline into the classroom with the intention of helping students do the same.
Black’s bond with her animals has always been a source of inspiration for making art. She uses the time with them to study behavior, gesture and mood. Through observation and touch, she gets to know them and relies on instinct rather than words to form a relationship.
Black has taught drawing for over two decades, beginning with elementary school at the Dalton School in New York and culminating, many years later, with graduate students at the University of Virginia. For twenty years, she held a position at Piedmont Virginia Community College where she eventually became a Professor of Art. Black currently, holds a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and Department of Drama.
Black has exhibited in the DC area at Gallery 10 and G.R.A.C.E, regionally at Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Sawhill Gallery and 1708 Gallery, and in the Midwest at New Harmony Gallery in Indiana. Her work is in the private collection of Capitol One in Richmond, Kate Spade in New York and the New Harmony Inn. She has a permanent installation of paintings in the Charlottesville City Hall Annex.
Chair, Associate Professor, Scenic Design
Tom Bloom designs for theatre, opera, and ballet. His credits include Resident Scenic Designer for the Heritage Repertory Theatre, scenic designer for the University of Michigan School of Music, Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Ballet Michigan/South Carolina Ballet, Opera Grand Rapids, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, and the Occidental Drama Festival in Los Angeles. His designs have been exhibited in Michigan and Indiana. He authored a book entitled Kenneth Macgowan and the Aesthetic Paradigm for the New Stagecraft.
Prior coming to Virginia, Tom taught at the University of Michigan-Flint and Occidental College, Los Angeles. He is a recipient of the State of Michigan Association of Governing Boards distinguished teaching award and is a Fellow of the Teaching and Technology Initiative at the University of Virginia. He is a member of USITT and currently serves as the Vice-Commissioner/Education for the Scene Design Commission.
Associate Professor, Voice and Speech
Head of the theatre voice program at the U.Va., Kate Burke is a past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc. With an M.F.A. in Acting from the Ohio University Professional Actor Training Program, she has headed graduate theatre voice programs at the Universities of Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington. Coaching credits include productions at the Guthrie Theater, American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI), San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and 100s of university productions across the country.
Kate has given workshops and private coaching at theatres, conferences, and medical schools, and to women’s group, news anchors, and clergy. Awarded a University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Associateship in 1997, she spent a semester in the U.K., Wales, Scotland, Sweden and India, working with Andrew Wade, then Head of Voice with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Burke was co-recipient of a National Institutes of Health grant to compare two vocal strain therapies. Results of the study appeared in The Journal of Voice. Burke has offered workshops at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Brisbane’s Shakespeare Ensemble, the Swedish National Academy of Acting, the Dundalk (Ireland) Institute of Technology and Rome’s University of Roma Tre. Publications include numerous articles for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc (VASTA), an essay in the Applause Books publication of The Local Vision, an article in the Iowa State Journal of Research, and editorship of an early VASTA COMBINED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Burke is an inaugural member of both the Mead Endowment Honored Faculty and the U.Va. Teaching Academy. A member of Actor’s Equity, Burke has appeared at the Portland (Maine) Stage Company, American Conservatory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Iowa Playwrights Festival, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Barksdale Theatre, New Harmony Summer Repertory Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Spokane Interplayers Ensemble, and Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park. Television credits include a lead role in The MALADY, directed by Marshall Jamison and produced by Nebraska Public Television; radio work includes narration for the nationally syndicated “Backstory with the American History Guys” and “Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre.”
Professor, Musical Theatre and Directing and Producing Artistic Director of Heritage Theatre Festival
Bob Chapel is professor of Drama and former chair (1990-2005) of the University of Virginia’s Department of Drama. He has also been with the Heritage Theatre since 1987, first as a stage director, then as managing and stage director and, since 1995, as its producing artistic director. Bob also chaired the Virginia 2020 Commission on the Fine and Performing Arts. In addition, he has served as executive director of the Virginia Film Festival. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Bob has directed 119 plays and musicals and has acted in over 60 more in New York, Los Angeles, regional, and university theatre. Prior to joining the UVA faculty, he taught and directed at San Diego State University (head of MFA Musical Theatre Program and recipient of an outstanding teaching award), New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (coordinating director of the MFA Musical Theatre Composing and Writing Program), the University of Michigan (head of BFA Musical Theatre Program), and the University of Alabama (assistant professor in Theatre). While in New York, he created and produced, with Brooks McNamara, a series of shows out of the Shubert Archive, culminating in Shubert Alley that was performed at the Players Club and the “Performathon” at Lincoln Center. In addition he has served as artistic director for Music Theatre North in Potsdam, NY. During an eight-year residence in Los Angeles, he served as vice-president for a film company, assisting in the production of three feature films shot in Australia, Canada, New York, and Los Angeles. During that time he also received the Drama-Logue Award for his direction of Genet’s The Balcony at the Company of Angels Theatre. While in Los Angeles and New York, he also acted in a number of films, prime-time television programs and commercials, as well as theatre. Since coming to UVA, he has been awarded membership into the Raven and ODK honor societies. In 2005-2006 while on sabbatical leave from UVA, Bob taught musical theatre at two prestigious acting academies in Moscow, Russia, directed The Laramie Project for the University of Michigan’s Department of Theatre and Drama and directed She Stoops To Conquer at the University of Tasmania’s School of Visual and Performing Arts in Launceston, Tasmania (Australia). Having been awarded a Fulbright grant, he returned to Moscow in November, 2006 and directed Sweeney Todd for the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts at the GITIS Theatre. In 2007 he returned to Ann Arbor and directed the opening production at the University of Michigan’s new Arthur Miller Theatre, that being Miller’s stage adaptation of his teleplay, Playing For Time. In December of 2007 he received a Fulbright Emeritus grant to create a Broadway musical revue, Broadway X 3, which he toured with three singers and an accompanist to eight cities, traveling over 6,000 miles in Russia over a period of 14 days and in the spring of 2008, he was summoned back to Moscow by the U.S. Embassy there to give a lecture and teach a workshop in musical theatre performance at an international theatre festival. During the summer of 2007, he served as a faculty member for Semester at Sea and then went on to serve as academic dean for the Fall, 2009 Semester at Sea around the world voyage. Bob’s biography is included in Who’s Who In America.
Theresa M. Davis
Associate Professor of Cross Cultural Performance
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University;
B.A., Gannon University
New to the UVA Department of Drama faculty, Associate Professor of Cross Cultural Performance, Theresa M. Davis has taught theatre at Kalamazoo College, Macalester College and West Virginia University. Theresa is a member of the Board of Directors for the University and Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). Her directing credits include The Colored Museum, The Miser, A Piece of My Heart, Flyin’ West, Mo Pas Connin, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, Seven Guitars and The African Company Presents Richard III. The founding Artistic Director of the Cultural Awareness Troupe (The CAT); Theresa has had the privilege of directing the first African-American mainstage production at three universities. As a believer of the intercultural experience, Theresa hopes that the artistic warriors of the class of 2007 will continue to articulate and respect their authentic cultural voices. The world needs your unique vision.
L. Douglas Grissom
Associate Professor, Playwriting
M.F.A. in Playwriting, Brandies University
Doug’s plays have been widely produced at many venues around the country. His plays Deep Down and Elvis People were mounted in major Off-Broadway productions and subsequently produced at regional theatres across the country. Other plays of his have been produced at Mill Mountain Theatre, the Source Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Venture Theatre, Main Street Theatre, and many others. Elvis People and several other plays of his have been published by Dramatic Publishing Company and Playscripts, Inc. Doug has won several playwriting awards, including the Virginia Playwriting Award, Mill Mountain New Play Competition and the Outstanding New Play Award at the Washington Theatre Festival. His educational theatre piece on acquaintance rape, But I Said No (co-written with Margaret Baldwin), has received national acclaim, has toured extensively on college campuses around the country, and is still performed on a regular basis. He has written two educational plays commissioned by the Charlottesville Sexual Assault Resource center: I Never Saw It Coming, addressing teen assault, toured high schools in Virginia and was seen by over 20,000 students; Ear of the Beholder, addressing sexual harassment in middle school, played extensively in middle schools in central Virginia. Grissom has twice been the Chair of the Playwriting Division of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and has been the Regional Playwriting Chair and the National Playwriting Vice Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a co-founder of Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, Virginia, a theatre devoted to the performance of original works in site-specific venues.
Professor, Associate Chair
M.F.A., University of Wisconsin, M.A., University of Illinois
Well-known for his expertise in technical theatre and special effects, LaVahn has created scene designs using non-traditional materials for many of his designs. LaVahn teaches a course on special effects in the theatre and has created special effects for many regional and university theatres. In addition to teaching theatre technology courses, he is a nationally known circus historian and teaches the only accredited course in America on the history of the American circus. He co-authored a book entitled Step Right Up! The Adventure of Circus in America and has produced a video on the Clyde Beatty Circus, which was screened at The Virginia Film Festival. LaVahn taught circus history and was the archivist for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. He has appeared on a two-hour documentary on the Arts and Entertainment Network commemorating 200 years of Circus in America. LaVahn was also seen on an A&E special looking at the world of Dare Devils and on A&E’s Biography The Flying Wallendas. LaVahn wrote the history of clowning for the 1998 version of Microsoft’s Encarta. He was featured in an article in USA Today about his class and his affiliation with Clown College. LaVahn was seen on an A&E documentary The Great Wallendas and was featured in People Magazine. Recently he was seen on the History Channel’s Suicide Mission. LaVahn wrote the history of the circus for the 2001 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia. LaVahn was awarded a Faculty Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities in 2002 where he is developing a data base on the History of the American Circus: 1793-1940. LaVahn was the commissioner of Health and Safety for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Prior to joining the University of Virginia’s faculty, he served on the faculties of Northern Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. He is a member of USITT, SETC, VTA.
Associate Professor and Director of the M.F.A. Acting Program
M.F.A. Ohio University
M.A., B.S. Eastern Michigan University
Colleen is a founding board member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and recipient of the ATME Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a past vice president of the Virginia Theatre Association and a past vice president of the Society of American Fight Directors. Colleen, a member of Actors’ Equity Association, has worked professionally as an actor, director, fight director, and dance choreographer. Her work has been seen at professional theatres such as the American Shakespeare Center, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, the Old Globe Theatres, La Jolla Playhouse, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, and San Diego Repertory Theatre. Film and TV credits include dance choreography for the film Sommersby and fight direction for the PBS television series Tell About the South. Publications include articles in Theatre Symposium and The Fight Master. Colleen has taught at the University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatres, headed the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s MFA/Professional Actor Training Program and served as director of training at the American Shakespeare Center. For the U.Va. Department of Drama, Colleen has directed several productions including Chicago, 1940′s Radio Hour, The Imaginary Invalid and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Colleen has been a master teacher for projects supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities and has given presentations at several national and international conferences. Grant awards include a Teaching Tolerance Grant from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the U.Va. Fall 2012 Challenge for Newly Hybrid Technology-Enhanced Courses.
R. Lee Kennedy
Associate Professor, Lighting Design
M.F.A. in Stage Design, Northwestern University
Lee has designed and assisted on more than one hundred plays, musicals, and operas in commercial, resident, and academic venues. He is a founding member of New York-based Transport Group Theatre Company and has designed their off-Broadway productions of Our Town, Requiem for William, and the critically acclaimed revival of First Lady Suite (Drama Desk Award Nominated). Other Transport Group Productions include: Down the Road (off-off Broadway), Violet, The Young Man from Atlanta, She Loves Me, and Carousel at the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Virginia; A Streetcar Named Desire (Special Recognition Winner USITT Design Expo 1998) for The Gretna Theatre in Pennsylvania; and The Illusion for The Nevada Theatre Company in Las Vegas. Lee’s Chicago lighting designs include: Pegasus Players’ The Secret Garden (Joseph Jefferson Citation for Lighting Design), Once on This Island (Joseph Jefferson Citation Recommended for Lighting Design), and Assassins (Joseph Jefferson Citation for Best Production); Piven Theatre’s revival of Mud starring Lili Taylor at Victory Gardens Theater; Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre’s Oklahoma and The Sound of Music; as well as designs for Mary-Arrchie Theatre, Light Opera Works, and Parallax. Lee has designed lighting for national tours of The Secret Garden, Once on This Island, Five Guys Named Moe, and A Grand Night for Singing for Big League Theatricals, New York; and was associate lighting designer for the world premier musical Men are from Mars … Women are from Venus at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Lee also designs regularly for Heritage Repertory Theatre at the University of Virginia and The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As a lighting assistant Lee has worked at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., The Lyric Opera of Chicago; Ballet Chicago; Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, Illinois; and was resident assistant at Marriott’s Lincolnshire theatre for three years. From 1999-2003 Lee was resident lighting designer for Operafestival di Roma/Operestate in Rome, Italy where he has designed productions of The Magic Flute, The Barber of Seville, The Merry Widow, and Cosi fan tutte. Ongoing research/creative projects include application of digital rendering to lighting design, integration of web-based instruction with automated lighting technology (Automated Lighting Studio Project), history/aesthetics of concert lighting design, and interactive lighting control systems. Lee has a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Northwestern University.
Student and HR Administrative Assistant
Associate Professor, Film Studies
Ph.D., Northwestern University
Walter has been Director of Film Studies at the University since 1970. Recognized as one of the most important scholarly authorities on the films of Luchino Visconti and the Italian cinema, he was recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Milan. He has published in Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film Studies, Literature/Film Quarterly and other American and European journals on the work of Visconti, Fellini, Godard and Buñuel. He has lectured widely on Neorealism, Surrealism, and the European post-war cinema. He has been a Program Advisor for the Virginia Film Festival since its inception in 1988, and is a former editor of The Film Journal. He is currently completing a manuscript on the films of Atom Egoyan.
Associate Professor, Movement
M.F.A. in Theater Education, Movement emphasis, Boston University College of Arts; M.A. in Drama, Tufts University
Marianne heads the movement component of the M.F.A. and B.A. programs while serving as resident movement artist and director for the university production program. A core trainer for the MFA Acting Program, she teaches courses on movement fundamentals, neutral mask, Laban, stage combat, period movement, ballet for actors, and devised theater. Her pedagogy is founded in her practical research of biomechanics, which she studied at GITIS in Moscow, and her book chapter on this technique can be found in Movement for Actors. With a dedicated focus on devised physical theater, Marianne also services scripted productions as a director, fight director, choreographer and movement coach. A resident coach for the National Puppetry Conference at the Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Marianne served as a Guest Artist for their 20th Anniversary Season. She received a commission from Kansas’ Fox Theater for her dance-theater production, The Waltz Project, and an award from the Indie Digital Fest for her independent short film, No Shoes for Dancing. Marianne has shared her training and devised work internationally in Scotland, Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and has held residencies and teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, University of Kansas, Boston University, and Emerson College. Marianne is an Advanced Actor/Combatant recommended by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME).
Assistant to the Chair
Associate Professor, Costume Technologist
M.F.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.F.A. North Carolina School of the Arts
Marcy has worked extensively as a first hand and draper in theatres across the country including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and PlayMakers Repertory. While working for Timothy Dunleavy Inc. in New York, she draped two gowns for Joan Allen. One was worn for the Academy Awards ceremonies where Ms. Allen was nominated Best Supporting Actress for The Crucible and the other for the New York Film Festival’s opening of the movie, Ice Storm.
Kim Brooks Mata
Lecturer, Head and Artistic Director of Dance
Kim Brooks Mata has studied dance both nationally and internationally. After having received her BA degree in Art History with a minor in Dance from the University of Kentucky, she studied at the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands. Upon her return from Europe, Kim attended the University of Utah where she received her MFA in Modern Dance Performance. She is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA) and incorporates this valuable system into her teaching, performing and choreographic endeavors. Kim has performed professionally with multiple companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and her choreography has been performed in Kentucky, Utah, California, Illinois and Virginia. She has taught in various capacities at the University of Utah, California State University East Bay, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Chicago. Kim is enjoying her role as Head and Artistic Director of the Dance Minor program at the University of Virginia and is thrilled to be fully invested in teaching and sharing her passion for dance while facilitating students’ development into well-rounded and engaged artists capable of successfully manifesting their personal and artistic visions.
H. Caitlin McLeod
Assistant Professor, Stage Management/Production Coordinator
M.F.A., Rutgers Unversity Mason Gross School of the Arts
Before moving to Charlottesville, Cailtin worked as Professor of Stage Management at Loyola University, New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Caitlin was Resident Stage Manager and Production Manager at Southern Rep Theater – a New Orleans-based Equity Theater specializing in world or regional premiers. Before joining Southern Rep, Caitlin stage managed at the Public Theater in New York where her credits include: Caroline or Change, Henry V, New Works Now! and Radiant Baby. Caitlin holds an M.F.A. from Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and is a member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Associate Professor, Sound Design
Michael Rasbury is an Associate Professor in Sound Design within the Department of Drama at the University of Virginia. Before that, he served on the faculty of the School of the Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech University. In 2009, his original musical script titled Max Understood (co-written by Nancy Carlin) was produced Off-Broadway for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. In 2008, Max Understood was one of four new works selected for development through a staged reading workshop by the Eugene O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference. Before that, he composed music and sound for Macbeth, presented by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Michael created EarthRecordings.org in 2008, a new website showcasing original environmental recordings utilizing HRTF wide stereo techniques. He is the resident sound designer for Off-Broadway’s Transport Group, having provided designs for The Patsy, Bury The Dead, Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Hello Again (Drama Desk nominee,) and Marcy in the Galaxy. In 2011, he was nominated for a Helen Hayes award for his Henry VIII design for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Between 2004 and 2007 he composed music and sound for six productions presented by the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. He has served as sound designer for The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama since 2006. In 2001, he toured Europe and the United States with the production of An Alphabet, a John Cage piece produced by the John Cage Trust. Also in 2001, he wrote an orchestral score for Louisiana Tech University’s theatrical adaptation of The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs, written by award winning children’s author/illustrator, William Joyce. Michael composed music/sound for the 1998 and 1996 Humana Festivals for New American Playwrights at Actors Theatre of Louisville and for The Public in New York City. Michael has performed as a keyboardist/vocalist at two New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals with The Lightnin’ Bugs, a Louisiana band. In 2003, he was recognized as the Louisiana State Funded Theatre Artist by receiving the Artist Fellowship Grant in Theatre presented by the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
M.A., Theatre, Catholic University of America
Jude is a member of Actors’ Equity and Screen Actors Guild. In Virginia she has performed at Theatre Virginia in Richmond, Heritage Repertory at U.Va., ShenanArts in Staunton, and the Wayside Theatre in Middletown. Jude has worked onstage in NYC, Washington, D.C., and at regional and summer stock theatres in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Television credits include a national commercial, appearances on daytime drama, and five years as a weather reporter for the NBC affiliate in Charlottesville. Jude has taught acting at all levels – in preschool, elementary, high school and adult education settings. Since 1994 she has been Associate Director of the University’s Teaching Resource Center where she works with faculty on a variety of topics related to maintaining excellence in teaching. Her research interest is in transplanting effective oral communication techniques developed for and utilized by actors to other populations and professions. She regularly offers workshops on developing vocal and physical flexibility and stamina useful in lecturing, giving conference presentations, and other aspects of academic speaking to U.Va. faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. She has consulted on oral presentation with faculty at Cornell, Georgetown and Tulane, as well as for groups such as the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and the Virginia Municipal League.
B.A. Theatre, Vanderbilt University, J.D. Washington & Lee
James serves as the Business Manager for the Department of Drama and the Heritage Theatre Festival. He has also worked with the Virginia Film Festival and U.Va.’s 2020 Commission on the Fine and Performing Arts. When no one is looking, James slips onstage to play the occasional character role.
MFA, Catholic University of America
While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and Nikos Psacharopoulous and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over eighty roles in such theatres as Hippodrome State Theater, GEVA Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, SideShow Theatre Company, Paper Mill Playhouse, P.A.F. Playhouse, Olney Theatre, Theatre Virginia and Heritage Repertory Theatre. As a director, he has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West. Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielberg’s Office Seekers (2011); Vic LeClue in Patriot Son; produced by former UVa alumni, David Koplan; winner of the 1998 LA Film Fest’s independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. He appeared as L.P. Everett in the episode, ‘The 20% Solution’ for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street. Richard is the author of five entries in Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary. He received the University Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild.
Steven Lewis Warner
Lecturer, Technical Director
M.F.A. University of Delaware
A.F.A. Kilgore College
Steven comes to the U. Va. Drama Department after 6 years in Las Vegas. There he worked for the internationally-renowned entertainment company Cirque du Soleil as assistant technical director for “O” at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Project Supervisor for Cirque du Soleil’s Resident Shows Division, and Assistant Head of Props for KA at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Additional duties included media interviews on behalf of Cirque du Soleil and appearances on television programs such as “Engineering Marvels of Las Vegas” on the Travel Channel. Steven was also a lead technician for Cirque du Soleil’s performance at the 2002 Academy Awards. Past circus and theatre credits include several years with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey as the Blue Unit operations manager; assistant technical director, Utah Shakespeare Festival; technical director, Texas Shakespeare Festival; and carpenter, Alley Theater and Pacific Coast for the Performing Arts (PCPA). Steven graduated from the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware with an MFA in Theater Production. He is a trained emergency medical technician (EMT), rescue scuba diver and is proficient in woodworking and metalworking, as well as theatre rigging and automation.
Professor, Costume Design
M.F.A. in Theatre Design: Costume, University of Texas at Austin
Gweneth has worked professionally as a costume designer and professor for 30 years, designing over 200 productions, and directing or acting in over 70. She continues to serve as Resident Costume Designer and Costume Director for Heritage Repertory Theatre since 1986 having designed more than 90 productions there. Her work has also been seen in theatres across the country including the Kennedy Center, New York’s 42 Street Theatre, Abington Theatre Company, Lamb’s Theatre, Richmond’s Theatre Virginia, Norfolk’s Virginia Stage. Most recently she designed the world premiere of the new opera, Nosferatu by Alva Hendersen and Dana Gioia, current head of the NEA, for the Performing Arts Series at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. A member of the UVa faculty since 1990, Gweneth teaches graduate and undergraduate costume design, history of dress, portfolio and graphics as well as collaboration & creative process for undergraduates. She designs for the department and mentors both graduate and undergraduate designers in productions for the main season. Her work is informed by her participation in many areas of theatre including directing for New Lyric Theatre and for the department. Awarded a UVa Sesquicentennial Associateship in the fall of 2001, Gweneth explored professional and university collections of historic dress working with renowned curators among them, Jean Dreusedeau, Kent State; Edward Maeder, Historic Deerfield; Ellen Shanley, Fashion Institute of Technology. Gweneth’s work as Curator of The Collection of Historic Dress, which is housed in the Department’s Costume Program, continues to provide a rare opportunity for students of costume design & technology, history of dress, acting, and various disciplines across the university. Most recently Gweneth and colleague, Marcy Linton, mounted the exhibition “Ragtime ‘Inside Out’: A study of period garments in preparation of clothes for the stage” for the Virginia Science Museum, Richmond. Future exhibitions are planned for both the Science Museum and The Virginia Museum.Before joining the faculty at UVa, Gweneth served as costume designer at Wayne State University, Detroit and Head of Costume Design and Production teaching costume design and directing at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dedicated to the education and training of young theatre artists, her former students attend graduate programs, teach in universities, and work in film, television, and theatres from New York to Los Angeles. Active in USITT, ATHE, SETC, and the Costume Society of America, Gweneth currently serves as the KCACTF Design Chair for Region IV.
Office: Drama Building Room 211
Phone: (434) 924-8965
Fax: (434) 924-1447