I teach a very specific graphic communication skill, and students often have difficulty understanding its relevance to the things they will do in the profession and in life beyond the obvious application. So, I teach that these skills, and the disciplines of seeing, doing, exploring, and problem solving, are applicable to many of life’s processes, not just Production Design.
I do not give in to the temptation to teach students a trade. I push them into becoming thinkers and creative problem solvers, helping them remain true to their calling as artists with voices and the abilities to tell their stories.
- Over forty years as an educator, teaching production and design courses at Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Evansville, and University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Design & Production and Filmmaking).
- Technical, set, lighting, and sound design for hundreds of productions in university settings, professional companies, film, and television, throughout my career.
- Director of the Graduate Program in Design & Production (UNCSA), overseeing the grown in programs from four disciplines to ten.
- First UNCSA Administrative Fellow and first Director of Faculty Enrichment Center at UNCSA.
- First Associate Dean on the UNCSA campus, in the School of Filmmaking.
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- NCSA Faculty Teaching Award
- UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
- Member, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
- Member, United States Institute for Theater Technology
- Member, American Institute of Steel Construction – Professional member (educator)
M.F.A. Theatrical ProductionCarnegie Mellon University
B.A. Music Theory and CompositionCornell University