People

Faculty

Jim Hammond
Jim Hammond
Gainesville Theatre Alliance Artistic and Managing Director, Professor and Theatre Dept. Head (UNG, 1990); Teaches Acting, Audition Technique, Theatre Management. M.F.A., University of Louisville; B.S., Brenau College. jim.hammond@ung.edu
Ann Demling
Dr. Ann Demling
Professor and Chair of Theatre (Brenau, 1992); Teaches Introduction to Theatre, Directing, Theatre History, Major Playwrights, Theatre Appreciation. Ph.D., Louisiana State University; M.A., B.A., Oklahoma State University. ademling@brenau.edu
Stuart Beaman
Stuart Beaman
Resident Designer, Associate Professor (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. stuart.beaman@ung.edu
Terry Becker
Terri Becker
Lighting Coordinator and Instructor of Theatre, (UNG, 2008); Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Supervises Practicum. M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University, B.F.A. Drawing and Painting, University of Georgia. terri.becker@ung.edu
Elisa Carlson
Elisa Carlson
Resident Director, Professor (UNG, 2010); Teaches Voice and Speech, 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. elisa.carlson@ung.edu
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Larry E. Cook
Design & Technical Theatre Coordinator, Resident Designer, Professor (UNG, 2004); Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Stagecraft. M.F.A., University of Georgia; B.S., Troy State University. larry.cook@ung.edu
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Rick Gomez
Musical Theatre Coordinator, Assistant Professor (Brenau, 2013); Teaches History of Musical Theatre, Vocal Production. M.M., University of Colorado; B.A. Wake Forest University. rgomez1@brenau.edu
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. ghammond@brenau.edu
Celeste Morris
Celeste Morris
GTA Recruitment Chair, Resident Designer, Associate Professor (UNG, 2006). Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Stage Management. M.F.A., Florida State University; B.A., Brenau University. celeste.morris@ung.edu
Zechariah Pierce
Zechariah Pierce
Assistant Professor (UNG, 2016). Teaches Theatre Appreciation, Movement for the Stage (I & II), Acting for the Camera. M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.A., Brenau University. zechariah.pierce@ung.edu
Barbara Steinhaus
Barbara Steinhaus
Professor and Chair of Music at Brenau University, D.M.A., University of Georgia; M.M., University of Illinois; B.M., Georgia State University. bsteinhaus@brenau.edu
Pamela
Pamela Workman
Resident Costumer, Assistant Professor (Brenau 2015); Teaches Costume Design and Crafts classes; B.A. Morehead State College (KY); M.F.A., University of Oklahoma. pworkman@brenau.edu

Staff

Leslie Vinson
Leslie Beaman
Box Office Assistant (UNG, 2008). B.A., Brenau University. leslie.beaman@ung.edu
David Becker
David Becker
Production and Technical Director (UNG, 2009). Supervises Practicum. B.A., University of Georgia. david.becker@ung.edu
Joslyn Hilliard
Joslyn Hilliard
Director of Business & Audience Services (UNG, 2005). Supervises Practicum. joslyn.hilliard@ung.edu
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Aimee Johnson
Costume Shop Supervisor (Brenau, 2016). Supervises Practicum. M.F.A., The Pennsylvania State University; B.F.A, The University of Central Florida. ajohnson20@brenau.edu
Beth Kendall
Beth Kendall
Marketing Manager (UNG, 2005). B.A., Miami University (Ohio). beth.kendall@ung.edu
Lainey Kennedy
Lainey Kennedy
Assistant Director of Multimedia and Theatre Services (Brenau, 2010); B.A. Brenau University TheatreServices@brenau.edu
Drew LaMott
Drew LaMott
Assistant Technical Director (UNG, 2013). Supervises Practicum. B.A.drew.lamott@ung.edu
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. dmorris@brenau.edu

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 Festival

Professionals 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.