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Vince DeGeorge

Directing & Public Dialogue, 3rd-year. Vince obtained his BFA at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Musical Theater Performance, and he is currently spending a one year appointment as a Visiting Professor (Joseph Weinberger Chair of Acting for the Lyric Stage) in the CCM Musical Theater and Opera Departments.  At Virginia Tech, Vince directed and designed A Dream Play by August Strindberg, and productions of Chekhov’s The Vagabond and a workshop production of Three Sisters.  He also developed, directed and designed The Jo Carson Project, a new musical play based on the writings and theories of the Appalachian storyteller and playwright Jo Carson.  During his studies at Virginia Tech, Vince was also a proud company member of Building Home, under the direction of Bob Leonard and Jon Catherwood-Ginn, a participatory theatre and music engagement project that uses theater to foster healthy civic dialogue among the citizens of the New River Valley. Following his graduation from CCM, Vince performed as an actor and dancer in regional theaters across the country and was a member of the New York based contemporary dance company under Artist Directors/Choreographers Taye Diggs & Andrew Palermo.  While in New York, he studied and worked with Fred Kareman; Deborah Hay; Wendell Beavers, Mary Overlie, Barbara Dilley, Daria Fain, Robert Kocik, and The SITI Company.  He directed New York City's first fully staged production of The Exonerated to critical success and co-wrote and directed the award winning musical revue Nashville (Nightlife, Bistro and MAC awards).  Vince has spent the last ten years researching and developing The Theatrical Awareness Practice, a somatic and experiential theater technique that trains the actor to live fully in their experiential mind/body.  This practice consists of deeply researched and highly structured improvisational explorations that are designed to reacquaint the artist with the infinite intelligence and creative capacity of their own human body experience.

Amy Luce DeGeorge

Stage Management, 3rd-year. Currently the Production Stage Manager of School of Performing Arts.  Amy was awarded a BFA in Musical Theater from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and lived in NYC prior to pursuing graduate studies.  Proud member of AEA.  At Virginia Tech:  Suddenly Last Summer (SM); The Shape of Things (SM); Summer Arts Festival ’13 (PM); Pinter Works (SM); Servant of Two Masters (SM); Almost, Maine (SM); Heather Raffo’s The Sounds of Desire (SM); The Jo Carson Project (Ensemble); La Ronde (Sound Board Op).  Elsewhere:  Perfect Crime (PSM); Treated Well (ASM); Into The Woods (Jack’s Mother); In Trousers (Miss Goldberg); Company (Marta u/s); Little Shop of Horrors (Ronette).  Upcoming:  Spring Awakening (AD/SM).

Naphtali Fields

Directing & Public Dialogue, 1st-year. Born and raised in Alaska, Naphtali received her undergraduate degree in Bilingual Theater from Wheaton College.  She has written and directed several bilingual plays in the Chicago area, and El Salvador.

Kristal Firman

Costume Design, 2nd-year. VT designs include Relatively Speaking (Studio), Blinded (Theatre 101) and The Woolgatherer (Theatre 101).

Allison Gillaspie

Properties Design & Management, 3rd-year. At Virginia Tech: Shape of Things, Woyzeck, Pinter Works, A Servant of Two Masters, La Ronde, Twelfth Night, and This.  Elsewhere: Props Master at the Ogunquit Playhouse (Ogunquit, ME), Assistant Props Master at the North Shore Music Theatre (Beverly, MA), Props Master at the Boston Children's Theatre, and Technical Director at the Stoneham Theatre (Stoneham, MA) and co-founder of Counter-Productions Theatre Company, an IRNE nominated Boston fringe company.

Alison Hall

Lighting Design, 2nd-year. Ali hails from Connecticut, and received her BA in Theatre Design/Management/Technology from Wagner College, on Staten Island. Designs at Virginia Tech include: Spring Awakening, Three Sisters, Measure for Measure, and Pinter Works: An Evening of Pinter One Acts. She also worked as Assistant Lighting Designer on Woyzeck. Outside of Virginia Tech credits include: Lighting Designer for the world premiere of The Young Wife, a comic opera, at Capital Fringe Festival; Assistant Lighting Designer on the world premiere at CATF of H2O; Assistant Lighting Designer on Grapes of Wrath at Trinity Rep.

Hannah Hudson

Stage Management, 1st-year

Kathleen Moriarty

Scenography, 3rd-year. At Virginia Tech she works as both a scenic designer and the scenic charge. As a scenic designer her work includes La Ronde, A Servant of Two Masters, Pinter Works: Three Short Plays by Harold Pinter, The Shape of Things, and Three Sisters. She has also served as assistant designer to Randy Ward on Twelfth Night and The Glass Menagerie. Her work as the scenic charge includes This!, Twelfth Night, The Glass Menagerie, Servant of Two Masters, Pinter Works: Three Short Plays by Harold Pinter, Woyzeck, The Jo Carson Project, The Shape of Things, and Relatively Speaking. Past credits include work as both the scenic designer for Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast, as well as, as the scenic artist and props assistant at the Ogunquit Playhouse. She held the scenic charge position at Interlochen Center for the Arts for both their Shakespeare Festival and their summer season.  Before that she worked as a scenic artist intern and props intern at Signature Theater.

Andy Naftz

Technical Direction, 1st-year. Andy Naftz first studied Theater at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He spent two years at ISU until he was given the opportunity to play football at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While at Occidental College, Andy finished his degree in Technical Theater. After he graduated with his BFA, Andy went to work for the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire as their Master Carpenter. After a wonderful season in Peterborough, Andy moved to New York City to work as a theater technician for two years. Some of his New York credits include; Sleep No More - The Mckittrick Hotel (Master Carpenter), Signature Theater, The Public Theater, The Juilliard School, The Park Avenue Armory, The Mint Theater, Holiday Image.This past summer, Andy served as the Technical Director for the Peterborough Players for their summer season. After some serious consideration of his early career, Andy decided to come back to school to earn his Masters in Fine Arts here at Virginia Tech.

Evan Shuster

Technical Direction, 3rd-year

Steven Williams

Lighting Design, 2nd-year. Steve recently designed Relatively Speaking directed by David Johnson.  His previous work was with the Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Boston Children’s Theatre, and Networks Production of Hairspray.   While at Ogunquit Playhouse, he worked on The Second National Tour of South PacificDamn Yankees, Young Frankenstein, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

Erin Albrecht

Stage Management (2006). During her time at VT, Erin stage managed Nickel and Dimed, A Number, Far Away, and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. She also coordinated the New Play Festival in 2006. She is now an Equity Stage Manager who has stage managed Off-Broadway for Acting in Shakespeare, Terrance McNally’s world premiere of And Away We Go (2013 The Pearl Theatre Co), The Philanderer, The Bald Soprano, Wittenberg (The Pearl Theatre) Richard III, Hamlet (New York Classical Theatre) A Touch of the Poet (Friendly Fire) The Marvelous Wonderettes  (West Side Theatre). Erin has spent seven seasons at the Utah Shakespearean Festival working on such shows as Coriolanus, The Tempest, and Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (world premiere). She also has worked at Arena Stage, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Theatre, Quest Visual Theatre, and BARD Summerscape. Erin received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Catholic University of America before pursuing her M.F.A. degree. She is a member of Actor's Equity Association.

Dorothy Cosby Atkinson

Directing & Public Dialogue (2011). Dor Cosby Atkinson received her BA in Theatre Arts from UCSC in 1999. She has worked with theater companies in San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York. She directed several productions in Seattle from 2001-2008, including plays with her own company, Edge Theatre Ensemble. Recent productions include A Dream Play, Tongues, and Mother Courage and her Children. Projects at Virginia Tech include The Levee, That Midnight Rodeo, Venus and Adonis (with American Opera Theater), and Live News! - original pieces based on current events and performed outdoors on campus. She most recently directed a production of Rough for Theater II by Samuel Beckett.

Kathryn Burnham

Properties Design & Management (2011). Kathryn earned her B.A. in Theatre, with a minor in Music, from The College of William and Mary in 1996. She has worked for Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Carowinds, Disneyland and South Coast Repertory, among others. Over the years, she has also volunteered with many non-profit, educational and community theatres in a variety of roles including musical director, lighting designer, technician and performer. At Tech, she works as a graduate assistant in the scene shop.

Megan Carney

Directing and Public Dialogue (2008). Megan has written and directed several new plays based on oral histories within a variety of communities in Chicago. She is a founding director of About Face Youth Theatre in Chicago where her work has contributed to seven original plays including The Home Project at Victory Gardens (2006), a two-year theatrical investigation of the issues of homelessness with youth who identify as LGBT and their allies. Megan spent part of her summer at Bard College in the Voices and Visions program developing a new play about women and madness with Chicago's Rivendell Theatre Ensemble.
At Virginia Tech, Megan has directed workshop productions of Jorge Ignacio Cortinas' Sleepwalkers, and Caryl Churchill's Ice Cream. In 2007 she devised a new piece called [classified] exploring issues of diversity and safety on campus. This fall she is dirrecting the mainstage production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl.
Megan's Resume(PDF)

Jon Catherwood-Ginn

Directing & Public Dialogue (2013). In addition to studying D&PD, Jon earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit & Nongovernmental Organization Management at Virginia Tech. At the university, Jon served as President of the Graduate Arts Council, and student representative to the Graduate Scholars Society, Graduate Steering Committee in the Department of T&C, and Community Voices Leadership Team. Most recently, Jon has partnered with the New River Valley Planning District Commission in a 3-year project called Building Home that aims to use interactive theatre as a tool for opening up community dialogue around the issue of sustainability in southwest Virginia. Since moving to Appalachia in 2008, Jon has directed When Worlds Collide in 3 Plays and Having Our Say for the Juneteenth 2010 celebration at Historic Smithfield. Following his graduation from Bucknell University, Jon worked as a New York City public school teacher at high-needs schools in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Manhattan for 2 years. At Bucknell, Jon directed The Firebugs, Private Eyes, and The Stonewater Rapture. In addition to stage work, Jon conducted classes in interactive theatre at the Danville Center for Adolescent Males, a drug and alcohol treatment facility for juveniles in Pennsylvania. Jon has worked with the Lost Nation Theatre in Montpelier, Vermont, Hamilton-Gibson Productions in Pennsylvania, as well as Extant Arts Company and the Off-Broadway Aquila Theatre in New York City.

Jessica Carson

Lighting Design (2010)

Leslie Cook

Costume Design (2010)

Andy Dolan

Directing & Public Dialogue (2009). Andrew Lee Dolan is a professional theatre artist who has worked domestically and internationally premiering cutting edge contemporary performance events.  He has served guest artistic residencies with Fairfield University (CT) and Century College (MN), and has worked with Teatr Biuro Podrozy (Poland), 15HEAD: a theatre lab (Minneapolis), Rude Mechs (Austin), Town Hall Theatre (Ireland), and many others. He is a member of the Minneapolis-based RAVENOUS Company.  He has a M.A. in theater from The National University of Ireland, Galway, and recently completed his M.F.A. in Directing and Public Dialogue at Virginia Tech. After graduation, he resumed work with the  Rude Mechs on their world premiere of I've Never Been So Happy, an experimental western operetta rock concert folktale. Additionally, he will be developing the gender-bending docudrama A Man's Guide to Shaving in Minneapolis, and designing sound for the world premiere of s h a t t e r e d, the second part of a Tutor Triology being developed by the RAVENOUS Company.

Kevin Frazier

Lighting Design (2012). Regional credits include Krapp's Last Tape (Warehouse Theatre), Hear What's in the Heart (NY Fringe), and Last Train to Nibroc (Peterborough Players).

Travis Gilmore

Technical Direction (2012)

Theresa Hartman

Costume Design (2011)

Eric Johnson

Scenic Design (2007)
Eric's Portfolio

Erin Keller

Properties Design & Management (2013)

Scott Kelly

Stage Management (2008). He has previously served as Stage Manager for Cortland Repertory Theatre, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, and for the International Center for Beijing Opera's U.S. tour. He has also worked at Seattle Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Syracuse Stage, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and is a graduate of Cornell University. At Virginia Tech, he stage managed Abingdon Square, Bat Boy: The Musical, Romeo and Juliet, [classified: untold stories of virginia tech,and 28: A Traveling Menstrual Show. He is the Production Coordinator for the Latin American Theatre Today Conference and Festival, to be held at Virginia Tech.
Scott's Resume(PDF)

Jamie Lindemann

Technical Direction (2012). His prior credits include serving as the resident scenic designer for Missouri Valley College as well as designing dark play, or stories for boys and serving as the associate designer for The Fantasticks at Virginia Tech.

Alanna Malone

Directing & Public Dialogue (2010)

Kevin Maresca

Technical Direction (2013)

Elspeth Ridout McCormick

Technical Direction (2009). She recieved her BFA in Scenic and Lighting Design from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA. Elspeth has worked with the Virginia Stage Company, Shenandaoh Summer Music Theatre, Wolf Trap Opera Company, and Forum Theatre. Currently, Elspeth is the Assistant Technical Director for the Washington National Opera performing at the Kennedy Center.
Elspeth's Website

Ryan Parow

Stage Management (2012). After receiving his BA in theatre arts from New York’s Oswego State University in 2002, Ryan spent a semester abroad traveling and studying theatre in Australia before moving to New York City to pursue his career in stage management. After a brief time working with the Broadway press agency Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Ryan decided that press was not his thing and returned to production work. While in New York, Ryan stage managed a number of productions with such companies as Soho Repertory Theatre, woken’glacier Theatre Company, and the NYC Prelude Festival, and became the resident stage manager for Personal Space Theatrics. In the fall of 2007 Ryan moved to Greenville, SC, where he spent two seasons as Production Manager & PSM for The Warehouse Theatre.

Paul Schreiner

Design/Technical Direction (2010)

Kristin Shumaker

Stage Management (2008)

Ashley Sparks

Directing and Public Dialogue (2007). At Virginia Tech, she directed The Other Shore, Alchemy of Desire, 28: A Traveling Menstrual Show, and Das Verkshoppe in collaboration with GooArt. She has worked with Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble in NYC, Artspot Productions in New Orleans, and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta. Currently she serves on the Executive Committee for Alternate ROOTS, an organization serving artists and activists in the Southeast.

John Teacher

Scenography (2007)

Shannon M. Turner

Arts Administration (2007).  She received her B.A. in English literature with a minor in Women's Studies from Emory & Henry College in 1997.  Shannon worked for the YMCA at Virginia Tech for five years in multiple roles, including Director of Y Student Programs and Interim Executive Director.  During her time in the MFA program, Shannon has concentrated her studies on the facilitation of public dialogue and community organizing through the lens of arts administration.  In the spring semester of 2007 Shannon interned with Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis, MN. She currently is living and working in Atlanta.
Shannon's Resume(PDF)

Michael Webb II

Technical Direction (2010)

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Graduate Students


  • Vince DeGeorge
  • Amy Luce DeGeorge
  • Naphtali Fields
  • Kristal Firman
  • Allison Gillaspie
  • Alison Hall
  • Hannah Hudson
  • Kathleen Moriarty
  • Andrew Naftz
  • Evan Schuster
  • Steven Williams

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