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David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Theatre

Faculty & Staff

Doug Brown- dbrown@highpoint.edu
M.F.A. Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory
Associate Professor, Performance
303 HFAC
336-841-4525

Doug received his BFA from Rockford College, his MFA from the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, and his MDIV from Concordia Seminary. A professor of performance at High Point University since 2004, Doug’s directing credits include Medea, Peter Pan, The Diviners, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Robber Bridegroom, Steel Magnolias, The Dining Room, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Crimes of the Heart. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, Doug has toured with the famed Asolo State Theatre and has created leading roles in the musical The Amazing Goldin and Periphery. As a guest artist, Doug has appeared in the High Point University productions Fool for Love, The Crucible, All My Sons, and The Seagull. His recent film performances include featured roles in Lake of Fire and Elephant Sighs, starring Ed Asner. Doug recently attended Larry Silverberg’s True Acting Institute and received certification in teaching the Meisner approach to actor training.
Emily Crofford- ecroffor@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor, Dance

Emily Crofford (Winston-Salem, NC) was born a mover, became an athlete by design, and a dancer through intuition. Emily is an investigative artist and educator interested in exploring the intimate connection dance offers both performers and viewers. She has taught contemporary dance technique, dance appreciation, conditioning, yoga, and creative movement to a vast spectrum of students across several states. Emily teaches a variety of dance technique and theory courses, including contemporary dance technique and yoga at High Point University, Elon University, and Salem College. She was selected as one of Dance Project's Artist in Residence for Fall 2018, and her choreography has been featured at several Cleveland Dance Showcases, American College Dance Association conferences, and Tobacco Roads Dance Productions' In Concert '19. Emily has worked with numerous choreographers, including performing with Christine Bowen Dance, Greensboro Dance Fringe Festival, North Carolina Dance Festival, and as part of the Corciano Festival, 53' Agosto Corcianese, in Corciano, Italy. Along with working for the Wake Forest Dance Festival, Emily is involved with the Greensboro Dance Film Festival. Additionally, her research involves integrating somatic and conditioning practices seamlessly into dancers' training, which she presented on at the National Dance Education Organization Conference. Emily was invited to teach a master class on how dancers can apply an athletic mindset to their conditioning practices for the University of North Carolina - Greensboro's dance department in Corciano Italy. Emily earned her MFA in Dance with a concentration in choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her BFA in Dance Education, education minor from Kent State University. She is also a certified Yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the International Sports Sciences Association.
Ken Elston- kelston@highpoint.edu
Associate Dean, Director of Performing Arts, and Chair
336-841-2848

Ken Elston, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of Performing Arts, holds an M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and a B.A. from Temple University. The former Director of the School of Theater at George Mason University and Artistic Director of the not-for-profit theater company, Footsteps In Time. For five years, Ken was the Resident Theater Artist at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore. Ken teaches acting, directing, writing and new work development, and has a specialty in Movement for the Stage. Directing credits include off-Broadway, university, and regional theaters. He has directed Fringe work in London and Dubrovnik, and he directed two productions for Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. He has lectured across the United States and Internationally. His acting credits include stage, television and film. Stage appearances include off-Broadway and regional credits from Theater of the First Amendment, Washington Shakespeare Company, the Bush Theater, Missouri Rep, ACT, Intiman, and Bucks County Playhouse. Ken is a member of Actor’s Equity, SAG, AFTRA, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, and he is a professional consultant in the area of presentation skills.
Antonia Fairchild- afairchi@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor
Dr. Nathan Hedman- nhedman@highpoint.edu
Assistant Professor, Dramaturgy & History
216 Norcross
(336) 841-9076

BA, Seattle Pacific University, MA, St. John's College, MAR, Yale Divinity School, MA, Northwestern University, PhD, Northwestern University
Gay Hensley - ghensley@highpoint.edu
Instructor of Costume Design
207 HFAC
336-841-4505

Gay received her BA in Drama and MFA in Design and Technical Theatre Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continued her relationship with the university by designing costumes for various productions and serving as an adjunct instructor of costume technology for over 20 years. Gay designed and costumed all the productions for The Greensboro Ballet during their 1993-96 seasons returning in 2000 to supervise the construction of the redesign of The Nutcracker Ballet.
Over the past 5 years serving as an instructor and costume designer for the Department of Theatre and Dance at HPU, Gay has designed over 20 plays, musicals and dance concerts. When not busy with productions, Gay enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Russell Hill– rhill@highpoint.edu
B.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Technical Director
Scene Shop (Mall Loop Rd.)
336-841-9525

Russell has a BFA in Technical Production from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has previously worked for Imagine Design and Production Services in a number of roles including Lighting Designer, Audio Technician, Technical Director and Rigger. Russell has transitioned from the Lighting and Sound Supervisor for High Point University, a position he held from 2010 until 2016, to the Technical Director. He is very happy to get back in the shop.
Peter Houck- phouck@highpoint.edu
Production Assistant
Lindsey Howie - lhowie@highpoint.edu
Assistant Professor of Dance
HFAC 206
336-841-9439

Lindsey Bramham Howie holds an MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BFA in Dance Performance with a concentration in Jazz Dance from East Carolina University. She has been the director of dance at High Point University since 2014. She currently teaches various dance technique and theory courses within the Department of Theatre and Dance. Lindsey not only choreographs new works for the various dance performances on campus, but is also the choreographer for the department musicals. Her work has been presented at the Dumbo Dance Festival, Detroit Dance City Festival, Dance Charlotte, and the Greensboro Fringe Festival. Her work has been featured in many dance festivals, and has been a master teacher for universities, community events, and workshops throughout the region. Originally from Mechanicsville, VA, Lindsey currently resides in Rural Hall, NC with her husband and three beautiful children.
Michael 0727 8x10 - biggerMichael Huie - mhuie@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor, Performance
HFAC 307
336-841-9009


Michael has an MA in Theatre from Wake Forest University. He has worked as a professional actor for more than 20 years, and is a member of Actors Equity. His professional credits include work at Triad Stage, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Paper Lantern Theatre Co., Festival Stage and Virginia Rep. As the Education Director for NC Shakes, he directed the Shakespeare To Go program, which brought 60-minute Shakespeare plays to high schools all over North Carolina. His one-man show JACK, has toured the Mid-Atlantic and was performed in the UK. He teaches Voice, Acting and Foundations at HPU and has directed the university productions of Twelfth Night and The 39 Steps.
Rob Kahn- rkahn@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor
Mary Beth Pazdernik - mpazdern@highpoint.edu
Costume Shop Manager

Stitcher/first hand at Village Theatre near Seattle 2007-2009 and at Triad Stage 2012-2016.
Jay Putnam– jputnam@highpoint.edu
B.A. William & Mary, M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Associate Professor, Performance
HFAC 311
336-841-9012

Jay holds a BA from William & Mary and an MFA in Directing from University of North Carolina -
Greensboro. Jay’s many professional directing credits include productions at NC Stage in Asheville and at Triad Stage, where he was Artistic Associate for five years and directed memorable productions of Proof, Syncopation, The Santaland Diaries, Dracula, and Sleuth. Since coming to HPU in 2008, Jay’s work has been highlighted by productions of Urinetown, Almost, Maine and intensive work on Chekhov’s The Seagull, a unique year-long project that encouraged student immersion with a blend of academic and production work. Jay collaborated with playwright John Cariani on the World Premiere production of Love/Sick, which debuted at HPU in September 2010. Jay is an active contributor to the American College Theatre Festival and a board member of the North Carolina Theatre Conference.
Liz Stewart- lstewar1@highpoint.edu
Lighting & Sound Supervisor
HFAC Control Booth
336-841-9648

Liz is an electrician and Lighting designer hailing from Knoxville, TN. She has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has worked as an electrician at Triad Stage, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare, and Castleton Opera Festival. She has designed lighting at Flat Rock Playhouse, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, and UT's All Campus Theatre. She has assisted designers at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Flat Rock Playhouse, Piedmont Opera, and Triad Stage. She has been at HPU for 4 years now and enjoys designing and working with the students to become involved in all the theatre field has to offer.
tourekMichael Tourek- mtourek@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor, Performance
HFAC 307
336-841-9787
Sydney Peterson– speterso@highpoint.edu
Administrative Assistant for Theatre and Music, Box Office Supervisor
HFAC Box Office
336-841-4529
Vandy Scoates- vscoates@highpoint.edu
Assistant Professor, Design
336-841-9325
Kerrie-Anne Sparks- ksparks@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor, Dance

Kerrie-Anne Sparks danced professionally for Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Internationale, Atlantic Southeast Ballet and Columbia City Ballet. Kerrie-Anne has worked with many renowned teachers, choreographers and directors, and performed leading roles in a variety of ballets, including Balanchine's Who Cares?, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Valse Fantasie and Donazetti Variations; Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe, Septime Weber’s Where the Wild Things Are, Eldar Aleiv’s 1001 Nights, Alfonso Alonzo’s Carmen, Lila York's Celts, Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. In 2003, Kerrie-Anne was invited by Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet founder Marcia Dale Weary to teach at her school and to study her syllabus and methods. Kerrie-Anne has also taught for the Columbia Conservatory of Dance (SC), Litchfield Dance Arts Academy (SC), Backstage Dance Studio (MD) and Springfield Ballet (MO), among others, and has won several choreography awards at regional and national competitions. She served as Ballet Mistress for the apprentice company of Columbia City Ballet, as well as rehearsal assistant for the professional company. Kerrie-Anne is a graduate of The Harid Conservatory and the University of South Carolina, where she earned summa cum laude honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations. She was also a member of the USC Dance Company and received the USC Dance Program Director's Award, for "outstanding dedication, talent and passion for the art of dance." Kerrie-Anne is currently the Artistic Director of Edge Performing Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. She and her husband have three beautiful children and reside in High Point, NC.
Christine Bowen Stevens- cstevens@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor, Dance
HFAC 210

Christine Bowen Stevens has been performing, teaching, and dancing professionally for over 23 years. She teaches various techniques and theory courses and choreographs new works for performances on campus. Christine has an MFA in Dance/Choreography from UNCG, is certified in Pilates instruction, and has toured and performed with Jan Van Dyke, Gerri Houlihan, Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Rick McCullough, Adam Miller, Queen City Jazz Company, [project incite], Duke Repertory Company, Chapel Hill Ballet Company, and Whirlwind Jazz Dancers, to name a few. Her work has been presented in various venues throughout the east coast, and she has been a master teacher for Universities and workshops throughout the region. She also has been a judge for regional Dance Competitions. Christine currently resides in Greensboro, NC with her husband and three children.
Michele Trumble- mtrumble@highpoint.edu
Adjunct Professor, Dance

Michele holds a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and an MFA in Choreography from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has instructed at several universities in areas such as contemporary and ballet technique, yoga, kinesiology for dancers, contemporary dance history, and writing for dance. Her choreography has been performed at festivals and universities throughout the southwest and along the east coast, most recently at Greensboro Fringe Festival and as an Artist in Residence at Dance Project. Outside of teaching theory and technique courses and choreographing for the dance concert within the Department of Theatre and Dance at HPU, Michele continues to create, perform, and produce work in North Carolina that explores the bridging of movement and voice, write dance reviews for Dance Chronicle and The News & Record, and teach yoga in the triad community.