David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Doug Brown-
M.F.A. Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory
Associate Professor, Performance
303 HFAC

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-
Adjunct Professor, Dance

Emily Crofford (Winston-Salem, NC) is an investigative artist and educator interested in exploring the intimate connection dance offers both performers and viewers. Emily has taught contemporary dance technique, dance appreciation, conditioning, yoga, and creative movement to a vast spectrum of students across several states. Joining the dance department faculty of High Point University in 2018, Emily teaches courses in both jazz and contemporary dance. She was selected as one of Dance Project's Artist in Residence for Fall 2018. Additionally, her research involves integrating somatic and conditioning practices seamlessly into dancers' training. Her choreography was featured at several Cleveland Dance Showcases and American College Dance Association conferences. Her work will be presented at Tobacco Road Dance Productions: In Concert '19. Emily has worked with numerous choreographers, including performing as part of the Corciano Festival, 53' Agosto Corcianese, 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.
emily-emersonEmily Emerson-
Adjunct Professor, Performance
HFAC 307

Emily is a theatre artist currently based in North Carolina. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from Viterbo University and her MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is a former producer with Paper Lantern Theatre Company and a member of Actors' Equity Association since 2010.
Matthew Emerson–
M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. Averett University
Associate Professor, Design
306 HFAC

Matthew earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro in Scenography and a BA in Theater from Averett University. His most recent designs include Kimberly Akimbo for the Paper Lantern Theatre; Elephant Sighs, the feature film produced by New Garden Media; Beehive and Peter Panfor TheatreWorks; The Revenger’s Tragedy, Big River, and Sweeney Todd for the UNCG Theatre. Among his numerous design awards is the “Award for Distinguished Scenic Design” presented to Matthew by the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival for his design of The Revenger’s Tragedy. Since joining the HPU faculty in 2009, Matthew has designed scenery and lights for Twelfth Night, The Glasses, Urinetown, Crimes of the Heart, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Our Town, Love/Sick, The Seagull, The Dining Room, Little Shop of Horrors, and Fuddy Meers. Matthew is currently conducting research for a book investigating the various digital rendering, drafting, and modeling techniques for theatre artists.
Dr. Nathan Hedman-
Assistant Professor, Dramaturgy & History
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(336) 841-9076

BA, Seattle Pacific University, MA, St. John's College, MAR, Yale Divinity School, MA, Northwestern University, PhD, Northwestern University
Gay Hensley -
Instructor of Costume Design
207 HFAC

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 Wiley and the Hairy Man, Peter Rabbit and Me, The Diviners and The Merry Wives of Windsor while serving as an adjunct instructor. 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. Most recently she was the costume technology instructor for the past 20 years for the UNCG Theatre Department. Gay is excited to be a part of the HPU Department of Theatre after working here for the past 4 seasons as a cutter/draper on various department productions.
Russell Hill–
B.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Technical Director
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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.
Lindsey Howie -
Instructor of Dance
HFAC 206

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 the Dance Minor program at High Point University since 2013. 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 was most recently performed at the 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 Pfafftown, NC with her husband and three beautiful children.
Michael 0727 8x10 - biggerMichael Huie -
Adjunct Professor, Performance
HFAC 307

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.
Mary Beth Pazdernik -
Costume Shop Manager

Stitcher/first hand at Village Theatre near Seattle 2007-2009 and at Triad Stage 2012-2016.
Jay Putnam–
B.A. William & Mary, M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Associate Professor, Performance
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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.
Christine Stevens-
Adjunct Professor, Dance

Christine Stevens has been performing, teaching, and dancing professionally for over 20 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.
Liz Stewart-
Facilities Manager
HFAC Control Booth

Liz originally comes from Knoxville, TN where she graduated with a BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee in 2012. She moved to Greensboro to work as Master Electrician at Triad Stage from 2012 to 2016. She has worked as an electrician for Castleton Opera Festival, Georgia Shakespeare, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Her lighting designs include All Campus Theatre(UT) productions of Baby with the Bathwater, The Clean House, and Broken Bride; Georgia Shakespeare’s Family series production of The Emperor and The Nightingale; High Point University’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. She is excited to be a part of the Department of Theatre and Dance at HPU!
tourekMichael Tourek-
Adjunct Professor, Performance
HFAC 307
Michele Trumble-
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. 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 as well as write reviews for Dance Chronicle and The News & Record.
Sydney Peterson–
Administrative Assistant for Theatre and Music, Box Office Supervisor
HFAC Box Office