I first discovered and participated in theatre clear back in high school. I later realized just how effective this art form can be to speak to, and bring understanding and personal connection to the person seeing it. I love theatre and its potential to creatively communicate an important story and truth that have the possibilities to change an outlook, an attitude, a mind, or even someone’s heart!
What are your areas of expertise?
Most of my experience is in directing. I have been directing plays and musicals (over 50 of them) for over twenty five years. My graduate training is in the area of design. I love helping students think about not just directing theatre, but the whole production concept. I want students to understand and explore how the characters, the colors, textures, costumes, the look, the architecture, the feel and mood all work together to communicate the piece of theatre.
What do you love about teaching at North Central?
The students are what I love about being at North Central! The opportunity to work with students who are vibrant, love their craft, and who are excited to learn and develop their talents and skills is rewarding. I also love the fact that we can explore theatre from a Christian worldview and prepare students to make an impact on and through the arts!
What are your favorite classes to teach?
I love teaching all the classes in my discipline. If I had to pick a couple, they would probably be Fundamentals of Acting and Directing I. I love watching students not only get a hold of the principles of acting and directing, but also discovering something about themselves and their own creative ability and voice.