Directing & Public Dialogue, 3rd-year. In addition to studying D&PD, Jon is currently seeking a graduate certificate in Nonprofit & Nongovernmental Organization Management at Virginia Tech. At the university, Jon serves 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.
Directing & Public Dialogue, 2nd-year
Costume Design, 1st-year
Properties Design & Management, 2nd-year. Former credits include Assistant Props Master at the North Shore Music Theatre (Beverly, MA), Props Master at the Boston Children's Theatre, Technical Director at the Stoneham Theatre (Stoneham, MA), and co-founder of Counter-Productions Theatre Company, an IRNE nominated Boston fringe company.
Lighting Design, 1st-year
Properties Design & Management, 3rd-year
Stage Management, 2nd-year
Technical Direction, 3rd-year
Technical Direction, 2nd-year
Lighting Design, 1st-year
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lighting Design (2010)
Costume Design (2010)
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.
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).
Technical Direction (2012)
Costume Design (2011)
Scenic Design (2007)
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.
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.
Directing & Public Dialogue (2010)
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.
Stage Management (2012). After receiving his BA in theatre arts from New Yorkâ€™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, wokenâ€™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.
Design/Technical Direction (2010)
Stage Management (2008)
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.
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.
Technical Direction (2010)