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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: 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 University Theatre. He also serves as the Director of Recruiting for the University Theatre. 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, and has recently completed writing his first textbook on directing. The Art and Practice of Directing for the Theatre is available from Routledge press. 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

Dr. Reynolds is an Assistant Professor of Theatrical 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 the American Society for Theatre Research, the Mid-American Theatre Conference and other national theatre conferences.  Jeremy researches violence in theatre, and presented his paper “Flaming Ballerinas:  Theatricality and Phenomenology of Gas Light on the Victorian Stage” at the Mid-American Theatre Conference in Chicago.  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 most recently 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 recently completed his PhD in Theatre History at 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."

Emilie Belisle

Assistant to the Coordinator of Theatre

Emilie Belisle is a first year graduate student hailing from Dayton, Tennessee. Dayton is also home to Bryan College, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Theatre in 2013. Being the daughter of a theatre professor exposed her to the joys of the stage early on and since then the obsession has only grown! She is excited to continue pursuing her passion here at Louisiana Tech and hopes to one day teach in a High School setting. Some of her past roles include: Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Penny Sycamore in You Can’t Take It With You, Percy Talbott in The Spitfire Grill, and Portia in Cinderella.

Katie Brumfield

Promotions and Marketing Director

Katie is a first 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 first 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.

Jessica Cashion

Assistant to the Director of the School of the Performing Arts

Jessica Cashion is a 2015 graduate of Truman State University.  While attending, Jess earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training as well as a Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre. She has a passion for studying body movement and has over 1,000 hours of hands-on observation for Truman’s athletic practices and games for her athletic training studies.  She has conducted published research on how exercise dependence affects individuals in various academic majors and is eager to explore additional research in her coming years at Tech.

As for theatre, Jess appeared on Truman's stage in Blood Wedding, Eurydice, 4.48 Psychosis, and two one-act plays.  Jess enjoys many aspects of theatre, and has recently discovered the magical world of stage combat.  While at Truman, she served as fight captain for Bedroom Farce and Twelfth Night and has been a fight choreographer for 4.48 Psychosis, Translations, She Kills Monsters, and two one-act plays.  Off campus, she has attended multiple stage combat workshops, one being the National Stage Combat Workshop in North Carolina and has attained her Basic Actor Combatant certification.  Jess is very thankful and excited to be able to continue her education in all aspects of theatre at Tech.

Andrew N. Davis

Assistant to the Director of the School of the Performing Arts

Andrew N. Davis originally hails from Radford, Va. and is now a 2nd year Graduate Assistant. He achieved his B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Speech from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Following graduation, he was employed as a full time touring actor for children’s theatre with the A.D. Players in Houston, TX. He then moved to New York City and was a company member for the Brooklyn Heights Theatre Co. and the Manhattan based Woman Seeking… theatre company. It was with them he wrote, acted, and directed one act Equity Showcases. He has also produced and directed an original full length show at the 78th St. Theatre Lab on 78th and Broadway in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Andrew has found the state of Louisiana to be of unique and fascinating culture and the people that inhabit it to be some of the friendliest he’s ever encountered.

Michele L. Dormaier

Box Office Manager

Michele L. Dormaier is a second year graduate student focusing on Arts Administration and Management, as well as pursuing research and scholarship in costume history and design. Michele was awarded 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. This past summer she was the Company Manager for The Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio. Her Louisiana Tech credits include the Poetess in A...My Name is Alice, a stage manager for Sleeping Beauty and No Exit, and costume designer for Love's Labour's Lost and Tartuffe.

Travis Fontenot

Assistant to the Technical Director

Travis Fontenot is a 1st 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 first 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.

Austin Harrison

Assistant to the Technical Director

Austin Harrison is from Mandeville, Louisiana where he was raised for most of his life. Since a young age, he has always enjoyed entertaining those around him with a simple mission to make the world smile. As an adult, Austin has a passion for writing, teaching, voice work, and all things theatre. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education (6-12) with a concentration in English from Louisiana Tech University. He is now enrolled in his first year in the Master’s program here at Tech for Theatre with emphasis on Acting, Directing, and Playwriting.  While concentrating on his studies and fulfilling his duties as a Graduate Assistant, Austin has an active involvement as a member of the Tech Theatre Players, and Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Tech Poetry Society. During his time here in the program, Austin hopes to take advantage of all opportunities both on and off the stage. As for what lies beyond graduation, the possibilities for him are endless.

Alexis Landry

Assistant to the Director of Recruiting

Alexis Landry is a second year graduate student from Appomattox, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Theatre from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee. The arts have been a large part of her life from a very young age, and she has spent over 20 years pursuing theatre in various avenues. Although she enjoys performing as an actor (past credits include Lucy Van Pelt in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, Essie Carmichael in You Can't Take It With You, and A...My Name Is Alice), her area of emphasis at Louisiana Tech is Directing/Education. Some of her most recent credits in that field include directing last year's Graduate Showcase presentation of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit, and serving as Assistant Director for Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost last spring.

Lyndsay Manson

Assistant Box Office Manager

Lyndsay is a first 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 first 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.

Millie Omps

Department of Theatre Office Manager

Millie Omps is a second year acting graduate student from Slanesville, WV. Her past roles include Martha O'Neil in A Piece of my Heart, Dina in Schoolhouse Rock Live, Herself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, and Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She received her BA in Theater Arts and History from Davis and Elkins College in 2014 and is excited to be joining the LTU family as she furthers her studies. Her interests include reading, martial arts, history, and all aspects of working in the theater.

Bethany Rachel Weed

Assistant to the Technical Director

​Bethany Rachel Weed ​is a first 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 and acting. ​She has been involved in theatre since she was 8 years old when she was cast as Tiny Tim in the Christmas Carol. This last summer, she had the honor to be the stage manager for the Rocky Mountain Theatre for Kids in Boulder, Colorado. Her favorite productions she has had the opportunity to stage manage were: Avenue Q, Clybourne Park, and Amahl and the Night Visitors.

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