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Stacy Blackburn is the Associate Production Manager for the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts and the head of the BFA Stage Management program at Lindenwood University. After obtaining an MFA in Stage Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Professional Theatre Training Program, Stacy has travelled up and down the East Coast and across the Midwest as a Production Stage Manager. Some of the regional theatres she has worked for include STAGES St. Louis, Florida Studio Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre, Surflight, and 12 years as the PSM for the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. In addition, Stacy spent a year as the Technical Director and a Professor of Stage Management at Bemidji State University in Northern Minnesota. Stacy has been a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association for 14 years. Stacy teaches Stage Management, Advanced Stage Management, and Theatrical Collaboration.

Peter ColombattoPeter Colombatto is currently the Director of Patron Services for the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. Peter has earned three bachelor’s degrees in the fields of Business Administration, Arts Management, and Musical Theatre. In addition he holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre and Arts Management. Upon graduation, Peter transitioned from the role of graduate assistant to a full-time management position. While striving to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction, Peter directs all box office ticket sales as well as coordinates a range of other patron services, including valet parking, front-of-house catering, merchandise sales, and volunteer coordination. In addition to his managerial duties, Peter also sits on the Fine and Performing Arts Leadership Committee as well as the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Community Advisory Board. As a member of the School of Arts and Entertainment Management, Peter serves as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in Box Office and House Management.

Laura EnstallLaura Enstall is the Youth Theatre Director at the Jewish Community Center. She recently received her MFA in directing from Lindenwood University.  Prior to attending LU, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.  After graduating from UNC, Laura moved to New York City, where she was cast as the title role in the national Equity tour of Junie B. Jones.  Other professional regional credits include Bet in Oliver at The Little Theatre of the Rockies and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with St. Louis Shakespeare.  After moving back to St. Louis, Laura began teaching musical theatre STAGES Performing Arts Academy and Technique Studios. Soon after, Laura became the head of the voice department at Technique Studios, where she will serve for the next three years.  Laura teaches Fundamentals of Acting and History of the American Musical at Lindenwood and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Louise HermanLouise Herman returned to educational theatre after a seven-year position as primary draper at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego where she worked on several shows that went to Broadway, and with a number of Tony winning designers, directors, and actors. She has also worked at other professional shops in San Diego, New York City, Dallas, and Kansas City. Louise has designed costumes for over 115 shows, from Shakespeare to musicals, children’s shows to modern dance, and for various types of theatres, including off-Broadway, regional, summer stock, and educational. Those productions include A Quality of Mercy at Playwrights Horizons starring Kathy Bates, Tulsa Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and National Arts Theatre’s Caligula.  Louise taught at Duke University, Shenandoah University Conservatory, the University of Dallas, and Missouri State University. She holds an MA and MFA from the University of Kansas.  Louise teaches Costume Design, Costume Construction, Scenic Painting, Drawing for Theatrical Design, and Drawing and Rendering.

Stuart Hollis received a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design & Technical Theatre from Shenandoah University. In the education field, Stuart served as adjunct faculty and Designer/Technical Director at the University of Dallas. Later, he redesigned the technical theatre program for the Anna Independent School District, while serving as teacher and technical director. Stuart’s professional work has been viewed by audiences of the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, Pegasus Theatre, Dallas Summer Musicals, Six Flags Theme Parks, and in Silver Dollar City. His work has also appeared on television and in high-end shopping centers, marketing/visitor centers, and corporate exhibits and show rooms for Mattel Toys, Fisher-Price Toys, and Disney.  At Lindenwood University, Stuart will be serving as Assistant Professor and Technical Director for the Theatre Department and the J. Scheidegger Center. Stuart teaches Introduction to Technical Theatre and Stagecraft.

Emily JonesEmily Jones is currently serving as the chair of the Theatre Department.  She earned a BFA in Theatre from Midwestern State University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Arkansas.  For three years she served as the Executive Director of the Performing Arts Alliance in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 1998, she began teaching theatre in the great state of Texas where many of her students were accepted into prestigious training programs at NYU, SMU, TCU, OU, Baylor, and the University of Texas, to name a few. It was while teaching in Texas that her production of Urinetown was nominated for 3 Betty Lynn Buckley awards including Best Musical. Following seven years of teaching, Emily attended graduate school on a Doctoral Fellowship. While at the University of Arkansas, she taught Introduction to Theatre Arts, Theatre Lecture, and Directing I courses and was awarded the H Preston Magruder Award for Excellence in Academic and Theatrical Achievement. Emily has directed and stage managed more than 40 plays and musicals for professional, educational, and community venues. She has worked with Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Theatre Squared, Runway Theatre, Sustainable Theatre Project, and ACT INC.  She is a member of ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education), TCG (Theatre Communications Group), and EDTA (Educational Theatre Association). Emily is currently serving on the Board of Directors for ACT INC, the oldest repertory theatre in the St. Louis area.  She also serves on the Faculty Council at Lindenwood University. Emily teaches Acting the Song, Directing I, and Graduate Directing Studio.

Nicholas Kelly Nicholas Kelly has been a professional actor for the past 20 years and has worked as a fight choreographer, director, production assistant, stunt performer, and designer. Nicholas holds a BA, MA, and MFA in Theatre. He studied at Lindenwood University, University of Mississippi, and University of Virginia. Nicholas Kelly toured throughout the South performing improvisation with The Hooligans.  Nick has worked with Second City Chicago and The Groundlings in LA.  He has taught for International Modeling and Talent Association as a National Director in New York and Los Angeles.  His students have been seen in films and television shows such as Superman Returns, Drake and Josh, Dream Boy, Scrubs, Pushing Daisies, Alias, Anchorman, The George Lopez Show, The Island, National Treasure 2, The Bernie Mac Show, Commander and Chief, Heroes, Madmen, Saving Grace, and CSI Miami. He has choreographed fights for more than 30 productions and has been the resident fight choreographer for New Line Theater the past 8 years. He was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical in the Kevin Kline Awards for performance as William Barfee and won Best New Play or Musical for writing So To Speak with Washington Avenue Players Project. Nick teaches Acting I, Fundamentals of Acting, Stage Combat, Meisner, Audition studio, and Improv.

Donna Northcott Donna Northcott received her BA in Theatre from Saint Louis University and an MA in Theatre from Northwestern University; she completed the summer Shakespeare workshop at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and served an internship in Artistic Administration at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Ms. Northcott is the founding Artistic Director of St. Louis Shakespeare and Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre, producing 5-6 productions annually. She has worked professionally as an actor, voiceover actor, director, playwright, and costume designer. Ms. Northcott has directed over 100 stage productions (including over half of Shakespeare’s works) and an award-winning independent film. Donna teaches Acting II, Fundamentals of Acting, Advanced Directing, Shakespeare, Audition studio, and Period Styles.

Deborah Phillips Deborah Phillips has compiled many years of experience as an instructor, actor, director, costume designer, hair & make-up artist, and consultant in both professional and educational theatre.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Theatre Arts and Speech Communication from Northwestern University.  She has worked in a variety of areas across the United States and abroad. Along with directing numerous stage productions, Ms. Phillips was the Unit Director for the internationally televised Miss Egypt Universe Competitions and the Miss Egypt World Pageants.  Her acting accomplishments include performances in stage productions, training films, voiceovers and theatrical events, as well as national and international commercials that have aired in Europe and the Middle East.  She has been Spokesperson for national and international products, Mistress of Ceremonies for International fashion shows, and Hostess at the Cleo Awards.  She has taught Acting I and II, Introduction to Theatre, History of Theatre, and Speech Communication at the College level.  She also teaches Stage Makeup

Tim PoertnerTim Poertner, a St. Charles native who grew up just a few blocks from campus, is an Associate Professor of Theatre who joined Lindenwood University in 2008.  Currently he also serves as the Lighting Director for the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, supervising the lighting design and equipment for all productions in the center.  Mr. Poertner’s career, spanning the past 20 years, includes close to 200 academic and professional productions in theatre and dance consisting of lighting design, scenic design, technical direction, and scenic construction.  Previously Mr. Poertner served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre for five-and-a-half years at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and prior to that taught and designed at McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas.  Mr. Poertner holds an MFA in theatrical design from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in technical theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  Past Texas design work includes many seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Johnson/Long Dance Co., and Baylor University’s CASPER outreach program. Recent St. Louis area professional design work has included companies such as ACT INC., Gitana Productions, Shooting Star Productions, CITILITES, HotCity Theatre, St. Louis Science Center, Modern American Dance Company, and STAGES Performing Arts Academy; as well as Incarnate Word Academy and Visitation Academy.  Mr. Poertner has received three St. Louis Kevin Kline Award nominations: two in 2007 (scenic and lighting design for Gitana’s Complacency of Silence: Darfur) and one in 2006 (scenic design for HotCity’s Last Days of Judas Iscariot).  Tim teaches Lighting Design, Advanced Lighting Design, and graduate lighting courses.

Larry D. Quiggins Larry D. Quiggins has been involved in theatre for over 40 years. He has an associate’s degree in communications, a bachelor’s degree in theatre, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing, Playwriting, and Children’s Theatre from Lindenwood University. Larry’s background in theatre includes participation as an actor, director, stage manager, playwright, costume designer, set designer, shop foreman, dramaturge, production stage manager, tour director, and technical director. He has directed over 50 productions and performed in over 50 productions as well. Larry started at Lindenwood as the shop foreman, was hired as the production stage manager, and became a professor in 2001. He is a member of The Institute for Comic Studies and also teaches The History of Sequential Art for the Art Department and is one of the few comic book historians in the St. Louis region. Larry has an extensive background in children’s theatre and has worked as tour director for a variety of theatres including Florissant Valley Community College for 10 years and Piwacket Theatre. He was a member of the professional improv troupe named Nightshift here in St. Louis and does storytelling for organizations like the Arborist Society in Lake St. Louis. He has written and produced many productions, most notably an adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” that has been produced by companies out of state. He has also written scripts for corporations and charity organizations like Teen Parenting to use in educational or instructional videos. He is also only five degrees from Kevin Bacon.  Larry teaches Script Analysis, Group Dynamics, Fundamentals of Acting, Children’s Theatre, and Directing II.

Chad Snider Chad Snider is currently the Director of Marketing for Lindenwood University’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on the campus of Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.  Before joining the Lindenwood community, he worked as the Concert & Special Events Coordinator at Six Flags St. Louis, the Production Assistant/Stage Manager for Bear Stage, the Production Coordinator/On-Location Talent Coordinator for the international PBS production of Marvin Hamlisch Presents: The ‘70s, The Way We Were, and in the box office of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede in Branson, Mo.. He has worked directly with the national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar (2009) and CATS (2010) as the Production Assistant and local Head of Properties (respectively) for their tech periods. He has also worked with the national tours of Annie, The Drowsy Chaperone, Movin’ Out, and Liza Minnelli during their performances in the Greater St. Louis Area.  Chad has a Master of Arts in Arts and Entertainment Management and currently sits on the Board of Directors for two local professional theatre companies, Bear Stage and ACT INC., as well as on Lindenwood University’s Arts Council, Arts Endowment Council, and the School of Fine & Performing Arts Leadership Team.

Joe Stoltman received his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Kalamazoo College in 1991.  From 1992 to 1997, he worked in scenery and rigging in the Washington, D.C., area at organizations such as the Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, the Studio Theatre, and the Signature Theatre.  From 1997 to 2002, he was the Stage Supervisor for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.  From 2002 to 2009, he was the Stage Supervisor at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.  From 2009 to 2012, he attended graduate school at the Yale University School of Drama and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Production Management.  During the summer seasons in 2009 and 2010 he was the Production Manager for the Chautauqua Theater Company in Chautauqua, N.Y.  In July, he became the Production Manager for Lindenwood University. In his not so copious spare time, he enjoys backpacking, ballroom dance, travel, and walking his dog (which she enjoys as well). Joe teaches Producer’s Apprenticeship and Stage Management.

Donnell Walsh

Donnell Walsh worked for 18 years as a professional Scenic Designer before joining LU in 1991. This included work at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, Sadlers Wells Opera, London, Public Television KQED channel 9 in San Francisco, Lyric Opera, Kansas City, Norwegian Royal Viking Lines cruises to Alaska and the Caribbean, guest designer at Florissant Valley College for nine years, display design for the May Corporation, St. Louis, and extra work in feature films. He has contributed significant technical aspects of the Scheidegger Center with the architects and engineers and designed the set for the first nationally broadcast production in the Bezemes Family Theater, Marvin Hamlisch Presents the 70s: The Way We Were. Ascended in rank from Assistant to Associate and now full Professor of Theatre, he was Dean of Fine and Performing Arts for several years before assuming the current position of Academic Production Manager.  He was published twice in 2011 in the international journal Theatre Design and Technology with a story on building the Scheidegger Center and a book review of a new text for undergraduate designers.  Walsh has traveled to 13 foreign countries and brings a truly global perspective to students studying the visual theatre arts and performance styles, and he continues to explore the boundaries of live production at LU and professionally. He’s currently working on a screenplay about iconic British Designer Gordon Craig. Donnell teaches Scenic Design, Scenography, Theatre History, and History of Décor.



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