David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
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Ed Simpson–
M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. Guilford College
Chair & Professor, Playwriting & Performance
305 HFAC

Ed received his MFA in acting and directing from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro and a BA in speech and drama from Guilford College. His full-length plays have been widely produced and published throughout the US and Canada and include Additional Particulars (2000 “Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award,” “Backstage-West Garland Award for Playwrighting”), Elephant Sighs, The Battle of Shallowford, The Comet of St. Loomis, A Point of Order, Electric City Suite, The Amazing Goldin, and, most recently, the docudrama Periphery. For television Ed wrote for the acclaimed ABC Family Channel television series, State of Grace. Most recently, he adapted and directed the film version of Elephant Sighs which starred Ed Asner. Since 1980, he has directed over 40 productions for both educational and professional theaters throughout the country including the HPU productions of The Glasses, Our Town, The Learned Ladies, All My Sons, Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille, and Little Shop of Horrors. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, Actors’ Equity, and, in 2009, was elected to the National Theatre Conference.
Doug Brown-
M.F.A. Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory
Assistant Professor, Performance & History
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.
Matthew Emerson–
M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. Averett University
Assistant 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.
Ryan Hemsoth–
B.A. Ohio State University, M.F.A. Purdue University
Assistant Professor, Technical Theatre
307 HFAC

Ryan received his BA in theatre, with minors in English and History, from The Ohio State University and his MFA from Purdue University. Professionally, he served as Technical Director for several seasons at Actors’ Theatre of Columbus, Ohio and at Festival 56 in Princeton, Illinois. He has had the pleasure to serve as Technical Director on productions of Hamlet, Almost, Maine, Marat/Sade, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music. Since joining the faculty of High Point University in 2010, Ryan has been Technical Director for all of the productions, including, Our Town, Urinetown, Twelfth Night, and the world premieres of both Love/Sick, by John Cariani, and the New Play Contest Winner, The Glasses, by Ron Burch. He currently resides in High Point with his wife and daughter.
Jay Putnam–
B.A. William & Mary, M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Assistant Professor, Performance & Directing
311 HFAC

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.
Russell Hill–
B.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Facilities Manager & Lighting/Sound Supervisor
HFAC Control Booth
Sydney Peterson–
Administrative Assistant for Theatre and Music
HFAC Box Office
Gay Hensley - Instructor of Costume Design
Lindsay Howie - Instructor of Dance

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