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Professor Cherrie A. Sciro

Coordinator of Theatre

(318) 257-2930 - lulu@latech.edu

Cherrie Sciro is the Coordinator of Theatre and Professor in the School of Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech. Her most treasured directing experience here at Tech was the 1999 production of Six Women with Brain Death…, which was awarded 21 awards throughout the region and state, including the Richard A. Weaver Best Production Award, a first for the University Theatre. She directed the 2006 fall production of W;t, a play close to her heart because of its promotion of cancer awareness.

Ms. Sciro is also known nationally for her Broadway credits which include Production Coordinator of the Tony Award-winning productions Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon. As well as Broadway Stage Manager for Song and Dance, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly, an All-Star Tribute to Ethel Merman, featuring Lainie Kazan, Patti LuPone, Andrea Martin, Elaine Stritch and Bette Midler. Stepping out of the theatre, Ms. Sciro served as the Production Manager for the 1999 Hard Rock Rockfest in Atlanta, GA, and the Stage Manager for the 2001 New Year’s Eve in Times Square in New York City. She was also Road Manager for Patti LuPone and Dixie Carter.

Her International credits include the London, England productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Follies, and Sunset Boulevard. She also served as the Production Manager for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain and Atlanta, GA.

Professor Mark D. Guinn

Director, School of the Performing Arts

(318) 257-2711 - mguinn@latech.edu

Mark is the Director of the School of the Performing Arts and a Professor of Theatre at Louisiana Tech University. He is a professional director, designer, and fight director. He has worked in theatres from Tokyo to Rome as lighting designer, director, and fight director. Mark received his B.A. from Centre College of Kentucky and his M.F.A. from Memphis State University. He is a Fight Master of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors and a Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

He has served as Coordinator of the National Stage Combat Workshops in Las Vegas, the Stage Combat Workshop at Louisiana Tech University and was on the faculty of the First International Stage Combat Workshop, the 1994 Paddy Crean Workshop, the Summer Sling in New York, the Texas Intensive, and the British National Stage Combat Workshop.

Mark has collaborated on original productions with William Joyce, Mikel Rouse, and the Flaming Idiots. All this in search of Einstein’s, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science".

Some of his recent directorial credits include: She Kills Monsters, The Leafmen and the Brave Good Bugs, a play based on the book by William Joyce; Shane, the world stage premiere; and Bluejacket the Epic Outdoor Drama.

His scenic design credits include the stage premiere of KAB Man, Shane, and The Leaf Men and The Brave Good Bugs.  His lighting design credits include The Flaming Idiots at the New Victory Theatre, A Christmas Carol at New American Theatre, A Knight at the Fights for University of Nevada Las Vegas, and telescan operator/designer for Madonna’s Blond Ambition Tour, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and the Gypsy Kings.

Professor Paul B. Crook

Director of Recruiting for the Department of Theatre

(318) 257-2062 - pcrook@latech.edu

Paul teaches both undergraduate and graduate acting and directing courses and supervises all student directing projects, in addition to directing for the Department of Theatre. Additionally, Paul serves as the department's Director of Recruiting. Paul has previously served as the Director of Theatre Arts for Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA; on the faculty of Shelton State Community College Theatre; as a Distance Educator for the University of Alabama Department of Theatre and Dance; was one of the founding directors of the Kentuck Players in Northport, AL and also served as the Artistic Coordinator for the SecondStage Theatre in Tuscaloosa, AL.

In addition to his work at Louisiana Tech, Paul has directed and acted in theatres around the nation. His book, The Art and Practice of Directing for the Theatre, is available from Routledge press, and was called the "'go-to' text for our next generation of theatrical directors" (Richard St. Peter in a book review for Southern Theatre magazine). He has previously served as the Associate Artistic Director for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, a summer rep theatre in Durant, OK and currently serves as the Artistic Director of The B & B Theatre, a company that he formed with his wife, Mary Fran, a theatre professor at Grambling State University. Two of the plays Paul has written: Brit Lit, OR All You Need to Know to Survive Senior English but Were Afraid to Ask and AMLIT! were commissioned for production by Stage Centre, an educational touring theatre company, and toured across the state of Alabama. Two of his ten-minute plays: “Front Porch Requiem” and “LAVALOOOOO!!!” were selected for performance at the nationally known Kentuck Festival of the Arts Ten Minute Play Festival.

Paul is a member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, where he is a past-chair of the College and University Division, the Leighton Ballew Scholarship Committee, the KEAP Award, the Publications Committee, and the Acting/Directing Committee. As part of his work for SETC, Paul writes occasionally for the “SETC News” and Southern Theatre magazine. He also is a past-chair for the state of Louisiana for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, Region VI.

Assistant Professor Jeremy Reynolds, PhD

Production Coordinator

(318) 257-5270 - Reynolds@latech.edu

Jeremy is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Design and Technical Director at Louisiana Tech University. In addition to teaching theatre design and technology courses, Jeremy also regularly attends and presents his research at Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), the Mid-American Theatre Conference (MATC) and other national theatre conferences. Jeremy recently attended the ATHE Leadership Institute where he collaborated with Deans, Associate Deans and Department Chairs from around the country on leadership issues facing theatre education. In August of 2017, he was one of three scholars selected to present his research at the ATHE Conference Plenary session ‘Spectacular Technology’. His paper, “Spectacular Electricity: Technology and Visual Culture in the Late Victorian Theatre”, examines the use of electricity in special effects during the late 19th century and the context of that technology within the visual culture of Victorian London.

Jeremy has worked professionally all over the country as a Director, Actor and Designer. Some regional credits include directing the world premiere of Person or Persons Unknown in Chicago at the Wing & Groove Theatre Company, resident Sound Designer for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, and as Technical Director for the Washington Ensemble Theatre’s west coast premiere of God’s Ear in Seattle. Jeremy is active in Children’s’ theatre and spent two summers in Anchorage, Alaska working with the renowned Alaska Theatre for Young People. He also recently collaborated on creating a national drama curriculum for 3-6 year olds combining theatre games and activities geared toward aiding developmental benchmarks. Jeremy previously held positions at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, The Evergreen State College and with the Zachary Community Schools. Jeremy holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from Louisiana State University.

Ms. Dianne Maroney-Grigsby

Choreographer

(318) 257-2930

Dianne Maroney-Grigsby, LADA Choreographer, Artisti-in-Residence. A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Dianne left for New York in 1973. After joining the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, she toured extensively with that company. Dianne also performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

In 1983, Dianne left her positions with Ailey as soloist, assistant artistic director of the Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and full-time faculty member at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center to become artistic director of Orchesis Dance Company at Grambling State University (GSU). Since moving to Louisiana, Dianne received her BA degree from GSU and her MA degree in theatre from Louisiana Tech University (LTU). She is currently on faculty as dance instructor for both GSU and LTU’S School of Performing Arts.

Dianne taught at Louisiana Dance Foundation’s Summer Dance Festivals from 1983-2007 and has set numerous award winning ballets on LDF’S resident dance company, Louisiana Dance Theatre (LDT) including I Won’t Let Go of My Faith, World Hunger, Red, Red II, Obsessions, Lacrimosus, Immortalis, Apotheosis, Many Different Roads, Long As I Got King Jesus, and I Believe I Can Fly.

LDT has performed Dianne’s choreography in Russia, Austria, and throughout the U.S. in Chicago, IL; Washington, D.C.; Orlando, FL; throughout Louisiana; and throughout Texas in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Amarillo, and Abilene. LDT performed Dianne’s choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress at the Kennedy Center in 1996 and in Chicago in 1994 earning the Silver LEO Award ($1,000) for her choreography, Red. LDT was also selected to perform Dianne’s choreography, Apotheosis, on the Gala performance of Regional Dance America’s first-ever National Festival at Jones Hall in Houston. LDT recently received Gala status at the 2006 RDA/SW Festival for their performance of Lacrimosis at the Dorothy Chandler Woodland’s Pavilion in Houston.

LDT and Grambling’s Orchesis Dance Company have collaborated in more than 25 workshops and performances since 1983. The 1995 Living Legend recipient and director of Orchesis has taken the 58 year-old company to a new level. As an ambassador for Louisiana, Orchesis has performed in Japan and throughout America from New York to California. Orchesis has been featured in Proctor and Gamble national TV commercials, live appearances with recording artist Vicky Wynans, and with the GSU Tiger Marching band in the hit movie, Drumline. Dianne recently choreographed and appeared in Denzel Washington’s new movie, "The Great Debator."

Michele L. Dormaier

Instructor of Theatre * Costume Design and Technology

Michele L. Dormaier is the resident Costume Designer for the Department of Theatre. Michele was awarded a Masters of Arts in Theatre from Louisiana Tech University, and a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of South Dakota with emphasis in Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, concentrating on Theatre and Dance. The essence of her studies was costume design and history, dance performance and teaching, as well as acting; culminating in her thesis: “The Evolution of Costume in Ballet.” She has trained as a dancer at American Ballet Theatre in New York, and was in the Professional Programme of The Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Additionally, she has taught dance and choreographed, and is an avid ballroom and swing dancer. She presented her research “The Influence of the East on Western Ballet Costume in the Early Twentieth Century” at the Southeastern Theatre Conference's Research Symposium in Atlanta in April of 2016. She has formerly served as the Company Manager for The Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio, the Assistant Costume Shop Manager for the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera, and has designed and built costumes for theatres around the country.

Emilie Belisle

Assistant to the Coordinator of Theatre

Emilie Belisle is a second year Graduate Student hailing from Dayton, TN, where she graduated from Bryan College with a BS in Theatre in 2013. She is excited to continue pursuing her passion here at LA Tech & hopes to one day teach high school theatre. Emilie has had the opportunity to act, serve as a designer, work backstage, House Manage for all Louisiana Tech Concert Association events, and gain valuable management experience in her role as Assistant to the Coordinator of Theatre. She is eager to discover all the wonderful experiences this coming year has to offer! She returns to Ruston after a summer spent as Company Manager for the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC.

Katie Brumfield

Promotions and Marketing Director

Katie is a second year grad student from Jonesboro, LA. She graduated from Louisiana Tech University summa cum laude with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies, a minor in Marketing, and an almost minor in theatre. Her desire to learn more about design led her to take a stagecraft class on a whim with no previous experience in theatre. Several theatre classes and a degree later, Katie is emphasizing in Stage Management and Arts Administration. Her first show ever was as the second assistant stage manager for the musical revue A…My Name is Alice in Fall of 2015. Katie is excited about joining the Department of Theatre to grow as a stage manager, designer, and new theatre person. When not in the office, Katie loves to play piano and chase her cat, Debbie.

Brittany Butler

Assistant to the Technical Director

Brittany Butler is originally from Jackson, Mississippi and she has lived there her whole life.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is now enrolled as a second year graduate student with emphasis on Acting, Directing, and Teaching.  She enjoys all styles of acting, voice-over work, reading and writing poetry. Her past roles that she is most proud of, include, Sam Squirrel/Magistrate in The Wind in the Willows, Police Officer in Accidental Death of Anarchist, Patricia in Extremities and Lady in Red in For Colored Girls..., and finally, her role as assistant director for By The Way, Meet Vera Stark.

Travis Fontenot

Box Office Manager

Travis Fontenot is a second year graduate student in the Department of Theatre specializing in Performance and Arts Administration. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Theatre with concentrations in Performance and Directing from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA in 2008. He went on to establish a Theatre department at Pine Prairie High School where he built and groomed the program for 8 years and helped form a Community Theatre in his hometown of Ville Platte, LA. Throughout his years of performing, his favorite roles include Mitch in Tuesdays with Morrie, Tripp Wyeth in Other Desert Cities, Tom in The Glass Menagerie, and James in God's Favorite. While not on stage, he has had speaking roles in independent films, a commercial, and as an extra in a number of movies.

Meihan Guo

Assistant to the Coordinator of Theatre

Meihan Guo is a second year graduate student in the Department of Theatre. She received her undergraduate degree here at Louisiana Tech University, with a BA in Speech with a Concentration in Theatre. She has served as the Production Stage Manager for Laundry and Bourbon & Lone Star, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and A...My Name is Alice. She also was the Assistant Stage Manager for Doubt, A Parable. She received the Outstanding Achievement in Stage Management Tech Tony Award in both 2015 and 2016, and also received the Best Featured Performer Tech Tony Award as the Deaf Mute in The Suicide in 2013. That year she also played the Chinese Harp in TEDx at Louisiana Tech University. She has also appeared onstage as the Genie in Tech's production of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.

Justin M. Jones

Assistant Promotions and Marketing Director

Justin M. Jones is a first year Graduate Student at Louisiana Tech. He started performing in church plays at the age of six in Manchester, TN, and from there he moved to Dayton, TN, where he attended Bryan College, which stretched his acting, directing, and management abilities to new horizons. At Bryan he earned a BS in Theatre Arts, with a minor in Counseling Psychology, having studied Music as well. Hobbies include writing, singing, hiking/exploring, photography, analytical conversation, and video-editing.

Some of his most formative and memorable roles include: Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Ed Carmichael in You Can’t Take it With You; Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods; Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Henry Abbott in Kind Lady; Duke in Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Ernie Cusack in Rumors; and Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Some of his most exciting backstage responsibilities include: Assistant Stage Manager of Cosi fan Tutte and Stage Manager of Pirates of Penzance.

Samantha Lancaster

Assistant to the Director of the School for the Performing Arts

Samantha Lancaster is an Actor, Aerialist, and Lighting Designer from Boise, Idaho.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from Boise State University in Theatre Performance in May 2017, and is now a first year Graduate Student at Louisiana Tech University.  Some of her favorite projects include The Cure at Troy (Actor), The Pirates of Penzance (Actor), LARP: The Musical (Actor, Fight Director), and Cacophony (Lighting Designer).  She worked as an Electrician, Programmer, Assistant Master Electrician, and Assistant Lighting Designer for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Summer 2017 season. She is an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has trained and performed Aerial Silks, Hammock, and Lyra with the Ophidia Pole and Aerial Performance Group.

Lyndsay Manson

Assistant to the Technical Director

Lyndsay is a second year grad student pursuing a Masters of Arts with a specialization in stage combat. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Michigan State University. She is originally from Haslett, Michigan, about ten minutes away from Michigan State. Growing up in Haslett, she participated in sports like soccer, basketball, and softball, as well as the performing arts. She chose to pursue Actuarial Sciences in college but ended up returning to her true passion: acting. During her time at Michigan State she was introduced to stage combat which allowed her to use her athleticism in the field she loved. She is certified in sword and dagger, hand to hand combat, and quarterstaff. She's excited to continue growing as an actor combatant during her time here at Louisiana Tech. When she's not on stage, Lyndsay enjoys playing guitar, singing, and building furniture.

David Miller

Assistant to the Director of the School of the Performing Arts

David Miller is a second year Graduate Student from Kansas, where he earned his BA in Film from The University of Kansas.

David has worked at many different Renaissance Festivals for the last eleven years, doing everything from teaching archery, to choreographing fights for stage shows. He has also produced, filmed, directed, edited, and acted in many independent film projects.

David has trained extensively with the Society of American Fight Directors as well as the United Stuntman’s Association, earning his status as Advanced Actor Combatant.

Priscilla Porter

Assistant Recruiting Coordinator

Priscilla Porter, hails from Memphis, Tennessee. She has performed in Union University's productions of The Servant of Two Masters, and Hamlet, as well as And Then There Were None as Mrs. Rogers, The Strangest Kind Romance as the Old Lady, Into the Woods as the Stepmother, and The Queen and The Rebels as Queen Elizabetta. More recently, she starred in the Union Players' productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hermia and Little Women: The Musical as Marmee. Her directing credits include the one act Trifles by Susan Glaspell and a stage adaptation of the Twilight Zone episode "The Midnight Sun." She is a proud member of Alpha Psi Omega, having served as president of the Beta Mu cast during her senior year as an undergraduate at Union University. She is excited to continue growing as an actress, director, and theatre artist as a graduate student at Louisiana Tech University.

Quan Sun

Assistant to the Coordinator of Theatre

Quan "Sam" Sun (孙权) is a first-year graduate student from Ningbo, China. He has just graduated from Randolph College (Lynchburg, VA) with a B. F. A. in theatre, focusing on performance. He acted and participated in most theatrical productions and many other performing arts activities during his study at Randolph. Most recently, Sam played Constantine, in Big Love with the Randolph College theatre department. Professionally, Sam has worked with the Barter Theatre Company, in Adbingdon VA; Endstation Theatre Company, in Lynchburg, VA; and Opera on the James, in Lynchburg, VA. He enjoys theatre because theatre is fun, and so much more!

Adam Seth Thompson

Assistant Box Office Manager

Adam Seth Thompson is a first year graduate student, originally from Columbia, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana in 2013 with his B.A. in two concentrations: Performance Theatre/Technical Production. After graduating, he began working in management in clothing retail while participating in the vibrant community theatre scene in the Central Louisiana area.

During his undergrad, which was a small program with very few students, Seth had the opportunity to serve as everything from stage hand to stage manager to production manager. His proudest undergrad achievement was his senior show, where he designed and built the set, designed and hung lighting, was production manager, and had the lead male role in The Diary of Anne Frank.

Seth, along with two fellow LC alumni, formed and ran a successful seasonal children's theatre in Cenla called the Summer Players, where he acted and served as Technical Director. Seth is also an actor with Trinity Talent Agency and can be seen in the television miniseries Astronauts Wives Club.

Seth is extremely excited to leave the retail world and return to his first love and passion in the visual and performing arts. He aspires to be a professional actor, artist, and stage combatant.

Bethany Rachel Weed

Assistant to the Technical Director

​Bethany Rachel Weed ​is a second year graduate student in stage management. ​​She earned her bachelor's degree at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where she focused on stage management. She has professionally worked at the Des Moines Metro Opera, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids, and the Monomoy Theatre. Her favorite productions she has had the opportunity to stage manage were: Avenue Q, Clybourne Park, On Golden Pond, and 110 in the Shade.

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