Dayna A. Anderson
Acting and Stage Management - B.S., M.A., M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi
Phone: (704) 637-4489
With Catawba since 1981, Dayna's teaching in Theatre Arts covers many specialty areas in acting over thirty years of directing. Over the years she has watched the programs in theatre grow and develop; currently she is the chair of the B.F.A. in Performance. Indeed, Dayna is an excellent example of turning opportunity into advantage for Catawba's students. Internationally trained in various acting approaches such as Stanislavski, Method, and Meisner, her directing experiences are multi-national too, having studied at Oxford University and the International Directing Colloquium. Read more »
Dr. Kurt Corriher
Acting, Dramatic Literature, Film Criticism - M.F.A., UNC-Chapel Hill, Ph.D. in German.
"I am an actor, director, and creative writer of prose fiction. My hope is always to bring a high-quality theatre experience to audiences through my work in that medium. As a writer, I hope to leave to serious and thoughtful readers prose works that will offer a glimpse of the enduring fountain of hope and joy that exists, eternal, in human life. As the product of a family farm, I maintain an active interest in the outdoors, in gardening and hiking. I run or swim almost daily." Read more »
Scene Design, Arts Administration, Scenic and Visual Art - B.A., Mercer University; M.F.A., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
Phone: (704) 637-4486
A member of the Theatre Arts Department since 1986, David has designed scenery for over fifty plays ranging in period from new plays to Greek tragedy, and in style from postmodern children's playgrounds to traditional Victorian interiors. In addition to being the resident scenic designer, David coordinates the Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Administration degree and the Studio Art minor. Read more »
Christopher D. Zink
CHAIR of Theatre Arts; Lighting Design and Technical Theatre - B.F.A., Western Carolina University; M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi
Phone: (704) 637-4340
Christopher has worked as Technical Director for over 40 productions and has designed lighting for over 30 productions, ranging from opera to dance. Production lighting designs include City of Angels, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little Shop of Horrors, and Death of a Salesman, just to name a few. Chris has also worked professionally for such companies as The Candlewood Playhouse, The Barter Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He has worked in several road houses and large arenas and has worked on events ranging from dance to ,of all things, a tractor pull.
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Erin B. Dougherty
Costume Design and Associate Professor - B.A., Hartwick College; M.A., Northern Michigan University; M.F.A., University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Phone: (704) 637-4241
Erin joined Catawba in 2007 and teaches Costume Design, Costume Construction, Stage Makeup, and Dramatic Literature. She also manages the costume shop and has worked professionally for several regional companies including Glimmerglass Opera Company and Trollwood Performing Arts School. Her production designs include costumes for Pirates of Penzance (Catawba), Seussical the Musical (UNCG), and Death of a Salesman (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) to name a few. While she considers herself a relative theatre generalist, she has a love for costume crafts and millinery.
Acting, Directing - B.F.A., University of Florida; M.A., Miami University of Ohio; Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia
Phone: (704) 637-4409
Since coming to Catawba in 2003, Beth has been lucky enough to teach everything from theatre history and dramatic literature to acting, directing, period performance, and stage combat. Though she is proud to be a true theatre generalist, she is particularly interested in collaborative approaches to the production process; and, to this end, has studied Anne Bogart's Viewpoints and the performance techniques of the Tectonic Theatre Project. Read more »
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts; B.F.A., Musical Theatre, Catawba College; M.F.A., Physical Theatre, Accademia dell’Arte in Partnership with Mississippi University for Women
Office: CCC 201
Phone: (704) 637-4430
Meredith's passion and heartbeat is dance. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, American-Style ballroom, latin, and swing, and Argentine tango. Meredith also loves pantomime, any type of mask work, such as Commedia dell'Arte, and creating theatre from physical, ensemble-based approaches. Meredith earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance and Music from Catawba in 2007. She earned her M.F.A in Physical Theatre at Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She joined the Theatre Arts Faculty in 2013, and has previously worked in Catawba's Admissions Office as a counselor for prospective students. Read more »
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts - B.A., University of Mobile; M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi
Phone: (704) 637-4417
Joe recently finished his Master of Fine Arts in Directing at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While there he directed, acted and stage managed in various projects as well as taught as an instructor for the theatre department. During his time at Southern Miss he was actively involved in the KCACTF competition and was nominated for the Region IV SDC Student Direction for Rumors, the Irene Ryan for the role of Tateh in Ragtime and for stage management for Pride and Prejudice. Read more »
Adjunct Instructor of Dance - B.A., Washington University in St. Louis; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Formerly the Director of the Dance Program and Guest Artist in Dance at Murry State University in Kentucky, Lisa has performed as a principal dancer with the Gamble/Van Dyke Dance Company and taught at the Governor's School for the Arts in Kentucky. Well versed in Modern and Ballet, she also has extensive training in Yoga. Lisa currently teaches introduction to dance classes for the department.
Adjunct Instructor in Musical Theatre - B.M., Indiana University; M.M., M.M.A, D.M., Yale University
Conductor of the Salisbury Symphony, David has a special love for musical theatre. He has served as music director for many of Catawba's musical theatre productions during the past fifteen years, such as A Little Night Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, City of Angels, The Threepenny Opera, Sunday in the Park with George, and Closer Than Ever among many others. David also has assisted in the teaching of musical theatre performance classes and works with students on musical theatre senior recitals.
Adjunct Instructor in Tap and Dance
Ashley Hyers joined Catawba in 2007 as Adjunct Instructor. Ashley coordinates the dance program at Greensboro College, and she teaches in the theatre and physical education departments. She also choreographs for the theatre department at Greensboro College and various local community theatres. Ashley has taught dance at City Arts since 1991. Currently, she focuses on tap and the Alexander Technique. Ashley is a certified Alexander Technique teacher and Pilates mat instructor.
Adjunct Instructor of Dance
Heather Nabors joined Catawba in 2007 as Adjunct Instructor. Heather received her MFA in Choreography from The University of North Carolina Greensboro and her BA in Dance from Coker College in Hartsville, SC. For two years, Heather taught technique and theory courses at Louisburg College in Louisburg, NC, where she also served as the Dance Director. She has been an adjunct dance faculty member at Greensboro College since 2005 where she teaches jazz, modern and choreography and dance ensemble. Her work has been presented at The Saturday Series and Greensboro Fringe Festival and the American Dance Festival's "Acts To Follow".
Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre - M.M., Western Carolina University; B.A., Huntingdon College
Emily joined Catawba in 2007. She is equally adept behind the keys or acting and singing on stage. She has performed classical piano as soloist and accompanist for countless choirs and recitals. She has played piano for many community, educational, and professional theatres in their musical performances including Cats, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and Footloose and also served as rehearsal pianist & vocal coach in opera and theatre productions such as Hay Fever and Die Fledermaus. Recent roles on stage include Mother Divine (at the NYC Fringe Festival), The World Goes Round, and The Mikado. As a vocalist, Emily has been cantor and soloist for various organizations, most recently singing with the Knoxville Opera Chorus. Additionally, she has enjoyed teaching piano, voice, and musical theatre to all ages.
Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre - B.A., Catawba College
John has been music director or co-music director for every musical theater production at Catawba since 1998. A graduate of Catawba College in music performance, he began working with the theater beginning in the orchestra his freshman year and ended up as co-music director and conductor his senior year. That began a history of musical theater directing that has taken him all over North and South Carolina. He has worked on musicals with two high schools, two colleges and ten different community theaters. In 2001 John stage directed his first musical with Godspell in Albemarle, NC. While usually serving as pianist for the orchestra at Catawba, John switched rolls and conducted the orchestra in 2002 for Into the Woods.
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Scene Shop Mananger and adjunct Theatre instructor; B.A. in music, St. Lawrence University; M.A. in Theatre Arts, University of Texas
Phone: (704) 637-4305
Catawba's Scene Shop Manager and Resident Teaching Artist, Craig Kolkebeck is the former Artistic Director for Teatro Los Pobres and the Southwest Repertory Organization. He is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA member professional actor and has been a professional director for some 28 years. His productions have ranged from the smallest of warehouse stages to one million dollar venues in the theme park live action stunt show arena here in the U.S., as well as Holland, Germany, Japan and Russia. Read more »
Lisabeth is office manager for the Department of Theatre Arts.
Professor Emeritus; Recent past Theatre Arts Department Chair; previously the Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Theatre - Ph.D., Florida State University; B.A., M.A., University of Arkansas.
Epperson is faculty emeritus at Catawba College. A graduate of Florida State University (Ph.D.) and the University of Arkansas (B.A. and M.A.), Epperson taught theatre arts at Catawba for twenty-six years. Serving first as chair of the theatre arts department and then dean of the school of performing arts, Epperson’s contributions were honored by the college when he was presented with the "Trustee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Catawba College." His abilities were also acknowledged when he was selected as Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Theatre, with his induction into the Blue Masque/Theatre Arts Department Hall of Fame, and with the naming of the The McCachren-Epperson Theatre Arts Office Facility (the "McEpp House") in his honor. The "Jim Epperson Outstanding Student Director Award" was also named in his honor. Read more »
Hoyt M. McCachren
Professor Emeritus, Recent past Theatre Arts Department Chair - Ph.D., University of Georgia; M.A., University of Oregon; B.A., Catawba College.
Hoyt McCachren joined the Catawba College faculty in 1957 and retired in 1994. He studied as an undergraduate at Catawba (Class of '54) as a double major in Drama and Mathematics. His Master's Degree in Technical Theatre is from the University of Oregon and is Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia. Dr. McCachren became chair of the Drama Department in 1974 and the department experienced significant growth during his tenure. Read more »
Professor Emeritus - B.A., Ithaca College; M.F.A, University of
North Carolina at Greensboro
Although retired, Professor James Parker is still going strong, continuing beyond his 40 years of professional and educational theatre.Parker has worked as resident designer at the Washington (D.C.) Theatre Club and the Equity Library Theatre, plus a total of 25 summers of one- and two-week stock productions in various capacities. Parker has studied professionally at the Lester Polokov Studio of Stage Design in New York, and has worked with such then-fledgling actors as Alan Alda, Christopher Reeve, John Hillerman, Christopher Lloyd, Dixie Carter, Ned Beatty, and Tom Hulce.Parker was originally hired as set designer and technical director, to which costume design duties were soon added.