Guest Artists and Lecturers

Every year the School of Theatre hosts international and national guest artists from every spectrum of professional and educational theatre to work closely with theatre majors and minors. Guest artists work on productions, develop new work, offer weekend workshops, or serve as semester long guest artist(s) in-residence. Recent guest artists include:

2020 – 2021

Stephanie

J. Block

  • Stephanie has established herself as one of the most relevant and versatile voices in contemporary musical theatre. She most recently won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, as well as winning The Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Award for her STAR turn in THE CHER SHOW.

Soshana

Bean

  • Shoshana is a veteran of the Broadway stage having made her debut in the original cast of Hairspray, starring as the very first replacement for Elphaba in Wicked and most recently as Jenna in Waitress.

Julia Murney

  • Julia Murney last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award.

Dr. Vanessa Cornett

  • Dr. Vanessa Cornett is an associate professor of music at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis–St. Paul. She is author of the book The Mindful Musician: Mental Skills for Peak Performance (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Lauren Haughton Gillis

  • Lauren Haughton Gillis is a performer, director, and choreographer. She performed on Broadway in Wicked. She was in the original casts of Turn of the Century directed by Tommy Tune.

Sebastian Arcelus

  • After taking on the role of Buddy in Elf, Fiyero in Wicked, Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys and Roger in Rent on Broadway, Sebastian Arcelus traded in his more lighthearted musical fare for the role of Jake Brigance in the new stage adaptation of A Time To Kill.

Murphy Taylor Smith

  • Students got to work closely with Smith on one of the Spartan New Musicals, Radio: A Musical Ghost Story. Murphy Taylor Smith is a trans woman musical theatre writer, performer, and musician.

Emerson Mae Smith

  • Students got to work closely with Smith on one of the Spartan New Musicals, Radio: A Musical Ghost Story. Emerson Mae Smith is a trans woman creator and writer interested in telling unusual stories about queer life in the 21st century.

Madeline Myers

  • Students got to work closely with Myers on Flatbush Avenue. Madeline Myers is a composer and lyricist for musical theater in New York City.

J. Quinton Johnson

  • Students got to work on One Week at Woolworths with Johnson. Johnson made his Broadway debut as HERCULES MULLIGAN/JAMES MADISON in Hamilton, completing 500 performances.

Melvin

Tunstall III

  • North Carolina native Melvin Tunstall is an Off Broadway Alliance Award Winning Playwright for his TYA Phenomenon Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical, currently on its first National Tour.

Betty Siegel

  • Betty Siegel has specialized in arts and disability issues for over 30 years starting at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and now as Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Laura Pappano

  • Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist, community leader and author of Inside School Turnarounds (2010), co-author of Playing With the Boys (2008) and author of The Connection Gap (2001).

Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

  • Kelvin Dinkins, Jr. is the Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Theater Management for Yale School of Drama and the General Manager of Yale Repertory Theatre. Kelvin frequently joins our Scaffolding for Change Committee meetings to help lead activities and facilitate conversations.

Amber Flores

  • Amber Flores (Director of Development and Foundation & Annual Giving) was the Gallo Center for the Arts intern in 2008, and officially started working for the Center two years later as its Development Manager.

Donna

Lynn Cooper Hilton

  • Donna Lynn Cooper Hilton (Producer) manages artistic efforts at the two-time Tony Award-winning theatre, where she’s been a creative force since 1988.

Richard

Whittington

  • Richard Whittington has served as Managing Director of Triad Stage since its inception. Rich has taught Theatre Management at Greensboro College and NC A&T University.

2019 – 2020

Dr. Joan

Herrington

  • Dr. Joan Herrington is chair of the Department of Theatre at Western Michigan University. Most recently, she served as dramaturg for Unison, a new theatre piece based on the unpublished poetry of August Wilson.

Richard

Whittington

  • Managing Director of Triad Stage. MFA in Theatre Management from the Yale School of Drama, BFA in Acting and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College. Member of the Executive Committee on the board of the NC Arts Council.

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Heather Young

  • Heather’s experience includes leadership roles with a variety of arts and heritage service organizations, theatre and dance production companies, galleries and museums, facilities, festivals and community organizations, in both professional and volunteer capacities.

Jay Bushman

Jay Bushman

  • Multi-Emmy winning writer and producer of interactive entertainment and a pioneer of transmedia storytelling, with a track record of pushing the boundaries of next-generation entertainment.

Amy Da Luz

Amy Da Luz

  • Amy’s latest play, COMING BACK FOR ME, was selected for the 2019 UNCG New Theatre Concepts Lab. Amy joined UNCG Theatre for a 10 day residency in August of 2019.

Kelvin Dinkins

Kelvin Dinkins, Jr.

  • Assistant Dean and Lecturer in Theater Management for Yale School of Drama, General Manager of Yale Repertory Theatre, Co-Chair of LORT Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Committee.

Liz Rosier

Liz Rosier

  • Liz represents actors in projects such as Orange is the New Black, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Hairspray, The Following, Girls, Elementary, and Person of Interest.

Joseph Forbes

Joe Forbes

  • Founder of Scenic Art Studios, Inc., and The Studio and Forum of Scenic Arts in 2004. In May 2019, Forbes was selected as a recipient for the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre

Erica Jensen

Erica Jensen

  • Erica Jensen is a casting director at Calleri Casting. She teaches on camera audition technique, playwriting, and screenwriting. Erica directed Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood for the NYC Fringe Festival. Erica holds an MFA in Acting from Illinois State University.

Keith Martin

Keith Martin

  • Martin’s career spans over 35 years and includes producing, artistic direction, choreography, and management for professional theatre. Martin holds a BFA and MFA degree from UNC Greensboro.

BARRY KORNHAUSER

Barry

Kornhauser

  • Barry Kornhauser holds many honors. His work has taken him to many places, including The White House, the Children's Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse and more. Visit here to read more about his accomplishments.

CALANDRA HACKNEY

Calandra Hackney

  • Actors Equity Association, Agency Representative, NYC, Director

Cleage Pearl

Pearl Cleage

  • Pearl Cleage is an Atlanta-based writer and playwright. She’s a contributing writer to ESSENCE Magazine and in 1998 her novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was an Oprah Book Club pick.

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Fit for Broadway

  • Fit for Broadway’s mission is to inspire wellness as a way of life for performers. Founded in 2014 by Jane Jourdan, Fit for Broadway online is a collection of conversations discussing lifestyle, Broadway, and more.

Jeghetto Entertainment

Jeghetto

Entertainment

  • Tarish Pipkins a.k.a. Jeghetto, was born in Clairton, PA. He has worked with Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Missy Elliott, and on an Amazon Echo commercial.

Nancy Altschuler

  • Nancy Altschuler is the Director of Development for Godspeed Musicals. She is responsible for fundraising for this $11M Musical Theatre Company including major gifts, membership, foundation, corporation, planned giving, and events.

Laura Pappano

Laura Pappano

  • Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist, community leader, and author of Inside School Turnarounds, co-author of Playing with the Boys, and author of The Connection Gap.

Betty Siegel

Betty Siegel

  • Betty Siegel specializes in the arts and disability issues. She now is Director of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Jessica Vosk

  • Performer. Broadway: Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland,The Bridges of Madison County.

Drew Gehling

  • Broadway: Waitress, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, and Jersey Boys. Off-Broadway: A Minister’s Wife, and Anne of Green Gables. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Curtis Holbrook

  • Photographer and performer. Broadway: Spongebob Squarepants, If/Then, The Addams Family, West Side Story, Xanadu, All Shook Up, The Boy From Oz, Follies, Fosse, and Footloose.

Cortney Holbrook

  • Photographer and performer. Broadway/Tour: Kinky Boots, The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables.

2018 – 2019

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Chris Chalk

  • Chris Chalk is an actor known for his roles in Detroit, Central Park Five, The Newsroom, Homeland, Justified, Law & Order, 12 Years a Slave, Gotham, and the 2010 Broadway play Fences.

Bill Adams

Bill J. Adams, DMA

  • Bill J is an Estill Voice International and Acting with Archetypes Certified Master Teacher. Bill J. coordinates the performing arts programs at Nova Southeastern University.

Joseph Forbes

Joe Forbes

  • Founder of Scenic Art Studios, Inc., and The Studio and Forum of Scenic Arts in 2004. In May 2019, Forbes was selected as a recipient for the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre

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Erica Jensen

  • Erica Jensen is a casting director at Calleri Casting. She teaches on camera audition technique, playwriting, and screenwriting. Erica directed Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood for the NYC Fringe Festival. Erica holds an MFA in Acting from Illinois State University.

Michael Gennaro

Michael Gennaro

  • Executive Director, Goodspeed Musicals

Keith Martin

Keith Martin

  • Martin’s career spans over 35 years and includes producing, artistic direction, choreography, and management for professional theatre. Martin holds a BFA and MFA degree from UNC Greensboro.

Lily Ling

Lily Ling

  • Associate Conductor, Hamilton Philip Tour New York: John & Jen, Carousel, Atlantis (Reading dir. Chris Gattelli), Whiskeyland (Reading), The Lion King (Shanghai, Chinese language premiere), A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder(Shanghai, Asia and Chinese language premiere).

Amber Flores

Amber Flores

  • Director of Development – Foundation & Annual Giving, Gallo Center for the Arts, California

Stephanie Yankwitt CSA

  • Stephanie Yankwitt is known for her work on Rent (2005), Across the Universe (2007) and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014).

Suzan Zeder

Suzan Zeder

  • Multiple award-winning, internationally produced playwright, Medallion Award for Lifetime Achievement, Children's Theatre Foundation of America; Wiley and the Hairy Man, When She Had Wings, Step on a Crack.

ShawnSchepps

Shawn Schepps

  • Award-winning writer of film and television. You and I, Drumline, That Darn Cat, Encino Man; supervising producer of Showtime's Weeds

Sue Frost

Sue Frost

  • Tony Award winning producer of Come From Away, and Memphis. Also produced The Rink, and La Cage Aux Folles

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Calandra Hackney

  • Actors Equity Association, Agency Representative, NYC, Director

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

  • Award winning Actor, Director, and Screenwriter

Ben Holbrook

Ben Holbrook

  • Brooklyn-based playwright and filmmaker awarded the Edward Albee Foundation fellowship, and is the inaugural recipient of the Peter Shaffer Award for Excellence in Playwriting

Brian Quijada

  • Actor, playwright, musician, Jeff Award winner, two-time Drama Desk Nominee.

Ryan Moller

Ryan J. Moller

  • New York based award winning Costume Designer. Credits include The Metropolitan Opera, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, Sante Fe Opera, Norwegian Cruise Lines. Member: USA 829, IATSE 764

Tom Littrell

  • Tom started out as a theatre technician in college in the 1960’s. He went on to work as a technician and programmer for Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Genesis, and David Bowie among many others.

2017-2018

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Jane Unger

  • Founding Artistic Director Profile Theatre, Portland Oregon

Fred Abrahamse

  • Producer, Stage Director, Abrahamse and Meyer Productions

Lauren Warhol Caldwell

  • Artistic Director of the Hippodrome Theatre

Edurne Rankin García

  • Artistic Director, Actor, Designer, La Llave Maestra Visual Theatre, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Moses Goldberg

  • Producing Director, STAGE ONE: The Louisville Children’s Theatre (Louisville, KY), 1978- 2003 (retired); Author

Thomas Keith

  • Dramaturg, Advisor Tennessee Williams Festival, Pace University

James McManus

  • Playwright, Member New Dramatists

Alvaro Morales Lifschitz

  • Artistic Director, Producer, Actor, La Llave Maestra Visual Theatre, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Marcel Meyer

  • Producer, Actor, Designer, Abrahamse and Meyer Productions, South Africa

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Winston Sims

  • Theatre Arts Teacher, Actor, Director, Marvin Ridge High School, Union County Schools

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Scott Wojcik

  • Wojcik | Seay Casting LLC, New York

Beth Leavel

Beth Leavel

  • Stage and screen actress and singer. Recipient of the Tony Award for Drowsy Chaperone