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Cherrie A. Sciro - Professor

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.

Mark D. Guinn - Professor

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.

Kristen Blossom, AEA

Assistant Professor - Acting/Directing

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

Professor Blossom holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, one of the top 25 Drama Schools in the world.  Kristen is a member of the Actors Equity Association, and she has extensive experience performing on stages across the country and doing independent film work in Los Angeles, CA. Highlights of her performance career include working with Tony Award Winner, Frank Galati as Rose of Sharon in his stage adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath and as Juliet in the 2013 New Stages Tour of Romeo and Juliet.

Kristen is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and has taught Acting, Directing, Voice and Movement Classes for a wide variety of excellent educational institutions, including the Ringling College of Art and Design.  She continues to study the Demidov Acting Technique with Andrei Malaev-Babel. Combining psychology and acting, this technique works to remove the obstacles standing in the way of the student’s subconscious creativity, allowing an unobstructed flow of the creative nature.  Additional highlights of her theatre training include studying clown with Broadway director, Mark Bell and Shakespeare with author, Patsy Rodenburg.

For three years Kristen has taught and directed Musical Theatre at the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in NJ.  She uses a combination of yoga, acting and vocal technique to help her students achieve truthful, emotionally-heightened moments on stage.  Highlights of her Musical Theatre career include performing regionally as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio and Christine in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Kristen has modern dance training and has served as choreographer for Godspell and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Huntington University.

Michele L. Dormaier

Instructor of Theatre * Costume Design and Technology

(318)257-4693 - Dormaier@latech.edu

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.

Jeremy Reynolds, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/Production Manager

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

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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."

Daniel Spiropoulos

Assistant to the Technical Director

Daniel Spiropoulos is from Texarkana, Texas and is a first year graduate student at Louisiana Tech University with an emphasis in lighting design and stage combat. He got his BFA in Theatre at Southern Arkansas University. He has performed in SAU’s productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Our Town. He has also done lighting design for SAU’s Godspell, Dial M for Murder, and Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. He has also attended The Lone Star Smash Stage Combat Workshop in Dallas, Texas and Stage Combat Workshop at Louisiana Tech.

 

Jacey Rae Russell

Assistant Director of Marketing & Promotions

Jacey Rae Russell is a first year Graduate Student at Louisiana Tech from Morrilton, Arkansas. She recently graduated with a  B.A. in Theatre Arts  at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, where she studied performance and worked as a scene painter. Some of her most memorable roles include: Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher; Miss Maudie in To Kill a Mockingbird; Vera in And Then There Were None; Masha in Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike ; Pegeen in Playboy of the Western World  and Betsy/Lindsey in Clybourne Park. Jacey was the scenic charge for several productions at Henderson State, along with being a Scenic Artist Intern for Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre in 2016. She aspires to work as a professional actor/director, and someday wishes to teach her craft. 

Lari Renee Leber

Assistant to the Costume Designer

Lari Renee Leber is excited to be joining the wonderful people in the Department of Theatre at Louisiana Tech University as she pursues her Masters! Lari is a Shreveport native and received her B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She also holds an A.A. in Performing Arts from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC). Ever since she could remember, Lari has wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps of being a theatre artist. From a young age, she has been surrounded by theatre due to her mother always dragging her to rehearsals, though she doesn’t remember ever putting up much of a fight. She spent the last two summers working as both the Company Manager and the Costumer for Canterbury Summer Theatre in Michigan City, Indiana. She was also the Stage Manager for BPCC’s production of The Turn of the Screw which received 7 national distinguished awards at The Kennedy Center in 2016. Though she loves the technical side of theatre, her true passion is in acting and directing. Some of her favorite acting credits include Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Belinda Blair in Noises Off, Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof, and Daria Chase in The Games Afoot: Or Holmes For The Holidays.

Tia Renè Williams

Assistant Box Office Manager

Tia Renè Williams is a first year graduate student, originally from Northern California. She began doing theatre at Mountainview High School (Meridian, Idaho) and went on to major in it at Franklin College (Franklin, Indiana). She earned a BA in Theatre with a minor in Studio Art. During undergrad she was involved in 15 out of 16 shows (13 as a cast member) and won two Robert Wise Awards for Best Supporting Female Actor. She also graduated with the department’s Blue Key Dramatic Trophy.The times she wasn’t rehearsing she was volunteering at The Historic Artcraft Theatre, or giving tours as a student ambassador.

Her favorite roles include; Matilde in The Clean House, Holly Seabe in Anton In Show Business, Frosine in The Miser, and Holly Kaplan in Uncommon Women and Others.

Princeton McCurtain

Recruiting Assistant

Princeton McCurtain, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, began his dance and theater training as a scholarship student at Centenary College of Louisiana. After appearing in the movie The Great Debaters he transferred to Grambling State University to dance with the Orchesis Dance Company, and later received his Bachelor’s degree in theatre. He became a member of Louisiana Dance Theatre in 2010, and his choreography was entered into Regional Dance America’s Emerging Choreographer Scholarship Competition. After studying at The Ailey School, he became a member of Keen Dance Theater, performed with the Aido Kodo Dance Company, and appeared on Guyana’s version of So You Think You Can Dance. He joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre II in 2012, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble a year later. He joined the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company in Spring 2014

 

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 has enjoyed continuing her theatrical education at Louisiana Tech University.  Some of her favorite projects include King Lear (Edmund), Living Dead in Denmark (Lady Macbeth), The Cure at Troy (Fate), The Pirates of Penzance (Kate), LARP: The Musical (Jadeshot, Fight Director), and Cacophony (Lighting Designer).  She has also worked in the lighting department of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center for the last two summer seasons. She is an Advanced 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.

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.

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