Faculty & Staff


Jayme McGhan
Artistic Director, Professor and Theatre Dept. Head (UNG, 2020); Teaches Playwriting and Directing. M.F.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; B.A., Southwest Minnesota State University.
Tracey Elaine Chessum
Tracey Elaine Chessum
Associate Artistic Director, Chair of Theatre, BA Theatre Program Director, and Professor (Brenau, 2020); Teaches Directing, Theatre History, Musical Theatre, Theatre Management. Ph.D., University of Maryland; M.A., California State University; M.M., Azusa Pacific University; B.A., The Master’s College.
Zechariah Pierce
Zechariah Pierce
BFA Acting Program Director, Assistant Professor (UNG, 2016). Teaches Acting (I & II), Movement for the Stage (I & II), Acting for the Camera. M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.A., Brenau University.
Rick Gomez
BFA Musical Theatre Program Director, Assistant Professor (Brenau, 2013); Teaches Musical Theatre, History of Musical Theatre, Vocal Production. M.M., University of Colorado; B.A. Wake Forest University.
Celeste Morris
Celeste Morris
BFA Design & Technology Program Director, GTA Recruitment Chair, Resident Designer, Professor (UNG, 2006). Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Fundamentals of Acting, Stage Management. M.F.A., Florida State University; B.A., Brenau University.
Gay Hammond
Gay H. Hammond
Director of WonderQuest: GTA for Young Audiences, Resident Dramatist, Associate Professor (Brenau, 1992); Teaches Period Styles, Theatre for Youth and Young Audiences, Performance Studies, Playwriting. M.F.A., Spalding University; M.A., University of Louisville; B.A., Brenau College.
Stuart Beaman
Stuart Beaman
Professor of Theatre, Audio Coordinator, Resident Designer (UNG, 1993); Teaches Stagecraft, Design Principles, Advanced Production Projects, Drafting, Audio. M.F.A., University of South Carolina; B.S., Radford University; A.A., Louisburg College. Electronic Servicing, Wake Technical College.
Larry E. Cook
Professor of Theatre, Resident Designer (UNG, 2004); Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Stagecraft. M.F.A., University of Georgia; B.S., Troy State University.
Terri Becker
Resident Lighting Designer and Senior Instructor of Theatre (UNG, 2008); Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Lighting Design, Supervises Practicum. M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University, B.F.A. Drawing and Painting, University of Georgia.
Elisa Carlson
Elisa Carlson
Resident Director, Professor (UNG, 2010); Teaches Voice and Speech, Acting, Movement for the Stage. M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Professional Theatre Training Program now located at the University of Delaware); B.F.A., Florida State University.
Pamela Workman
Resident Costumer, Assistant Professor (Brenau 2015); Teaches Principles of Design, Costume Design and Crafts classes; B.A. Morehead State College (KY); M.F.A., University of Oklahoma.


Joslyn Hilliard
Managing Director and Theatre Dept. Business Officer (UNG, 2005).
David Becker
David Becker
Production and Technical Director (UNG, 2009). Supervises Practicum. B.A., University of Georgia.
Darrell C. Morris
Darrell C. Morris
Director of Multimedia and Theatre Services (Brenau, 2004). M.F.A., Florida State University; B.F.A., Valdosta State University; A.A., Clayton State University.
Leslie Vinson
Leslie Beaman
Box Office Manager (UNG, 2008). B.A., Brenau University.
Lainey Kennedy
Lainey Kennedy
Assistant Director of Multimedia and Theatre Services (Brenau, 2010); B.A. Brenau University
Ali Hooks
Ali Hooks
Assistant Technical Director (UNG, 2015). Supervises Practicum. B.F.A., University of North Georgia.
Aimee Johnson
Costume Shop Supervisor (Brenau, 2016). Supervises Practicum. M.F.A., The Pennsylvania State University; B.F.A, The University of Central Florida.
Keri McClain
Marketing Manager (UNG, 2019). B.A., Full Sail University.

Guest Artists

GTA’s Guest Artist Program provides an outstanding roster of professionals from around the country who teach, design, direct, build and act alongside students and faculty.  Here are a few who have worked with us over the past decade:
Lisa Adler – Co-Artistic/Producing Director of Horizon Theatre Company
Ricardo Aponte – Choreographer/Actor, Alliance Theatre Company, Center for Puppetry Arts
Donna Biscoe – Actor, Playwright’s Horizons, Arena Stage, Rectify, The Hunger Games
Monica Bell – Actor, Off-Broadway, Huntington Theatre, Utah Shakespeare
Jodi Benson – Actor, Voice of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Broadway
Ray Benson – Actor, Broadway’s Singin’ in the Rain
Dawn Marie Bernhard – Make-Up, Cirque du Soleil, Circus Couture
Noah Bremer – Actor/Clown, Artistic Director of Live Action Set/Minneapolis, Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai and The Beatles LOVE
Joanne Camp – Actor, Founding Member of The Pearl Theatre Company/NYC
Michael Chin – SAFD Fight Master & Choreographer, Juilliard School, Broadway, Pan Asian Rep
Carolyn Cook – Artistic Director of Theatre du Reve
Kat Conley – Scenic Designer, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, Marin Theatre Company
Ryan Connaro, Actor, Ping Chong + Company/NYC, Perseverence Theatre, Theatre Mitu
Jeannie Crawford – Costume Designer, Theatre in the Square
Jennifer Lee Crowl – Choreographer/Actor, Theatre of the Stars, Broadway
James DeVita – Core Acting Company at American Players Theatre
David DeVries –  Actor/Director, Broadway, National Tours, Alliance, Nashville, Drop Dead Diva
Robert Farley – Artistic Director of Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Jody Feldman – Producer & Casting Director, Alliance Theatre Company, Broadway
Carl Flink – Choreographer, Artistic Director of Black Label Movement/MN, The Guthrie Theater
Kevin Frazier – Lighting Designer, The Warehouse Theatre, Aurora, Serenbe
Richard Garner – Director/Actor, Alliance Theatre, Theatrical Outfit,
Barbara Hartwig – Choreographer, Disney, Universal
Felicia Hernandez – Actor, Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre
Patricia Henritze – Playwright, 2016 O’Neill Finalist, Working Title, Brave New Works
Alan Kilpatrick – Associate Artistic Director of Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Mark Kincaid – Actor, The Old Globe, McCarter, Alliance Theatre
Tess Malis Kincaid – Actor/Director, Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, True Colors
Brian Kurlander – Actor/Playwright, Associate Artist at Theatrical Outfit
Live Action Set (full company) – Physical Theatre, Clowning
Antonina Lerch – Costume Designer/Cutter/Fitter, Madmen, True Blood, Dexter
Victor Love – Actor, Director of EVOLV Atlanta, Lincoln Center Theatre, Native Son
Jenn MacQueen – Akrosphere Aerial Dance & Circus Director
Scot Mann – SAFD Fight Master & Choreographer, Steppenwolf, Alliance, Alabama Shakespeare
Don Massey – Lighting & Scenic Designer, Highlands Playhouse, Theatre in the Square
Rachel May – Artistic Director of Synchronicity Theatre
Dennis Mauldin – Resident Scenic Designer at Flat Rock Playhouse
D. Connor McVey – Resident Lighting & Scenic Designer, Terrific New Theatre; Synchonicity, Actor’s Express
Christina Whitaker Moore – Wigs & Make-Up, The Atlanta Opera
Rosemary Newcott – Artistic Director of Theatre for Youth at the Alliance Theatre
Terry O’Brien – Founding Artistic Director of Hudson Valley Shakespeare
Leslie Reidel – Shakespeare Director, Utah & Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, Milwaukee Rep
James Ridge – Core Acting Company at American Players Theatre
Sydney Roberts – Costumer Designer, Alliance Theatre, Portland Center Stage
Nelson Rodriguez – Artistic Director of Pride Films & Plays/Chicago
David Rossetti – Choreographer/Actor, Broadway, National Tours
Theresa Snyder – Key Costumer, Sleepy Hollow, Halt and Catch Fire
Peggy Stamper – Costume Designer, The Walking Dead, The Spectacular Now
Jeff Wirth – Improv, Director of the Interactive PlayLab/NYC
Kristina White – Scenic Design/Painter, Horizon Theatre, The Vampire Diaries
Todd Wren – Lighting Designer, Cleveland Playhouse, Kennedy Center
John Woodson – Actor, Broadway, Roundabout, New York Shakespeare FestivalProfessionals in the Guest Artist Program may also perform in touring productions as part of the GTA Season. Recent performances include:
Ryan Connaro in SAINTS OF FAILURE (Mellon Foundation Grant/Developed in Residence at GTA)
Nelson Rodriguez in HISPANIC BREAKDOWN (Pride Films & Plays/Chicago)
Terry O’Brien’s POPULAR MECHANICS (Baryshnikov Center/NYC)
James Ridge in DICKENS IN AMERICAN (American Players Theatre)
James DeVita in IN ACTING SHAKESPEARE (Off-Broadway)
Live Action Set in SEVEN SHOT SYMPHONY (IVEY Award Winner/Minneapolis)
Brad Sherrill in THE GOSPEL OF JOHN (Off-Broadway)
Carolyn Cook in THE SYRINGA TREE (Horizon Theatre Company)GTA also frequently hosts guest speakers from the profession who engage in talk-backs or workshops with our students. Recent speakers include the Alliance Theatre’s playwright-in-residence Pearl Cleage and Tony Award-winning scenic designer Todd Rosenthal.