David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff

Ed Simpson–
M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, B.A. Guilford College
Chair & Professor of Theatre, Performance
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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
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-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
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 -
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.
Jay Putnam–
B.A. William & Mary, M.F.A. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Associate Professor, Performance
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.
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
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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
Sydney Peterson–
Administrative Assistant for Theatre and Music, Box Office Supervisor
HFAC Box Office