The faculty members listed below are scheduled to participate in the 2018 College Audition Prep Weekend.
Please note that this list is subject to change.
ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
Kari Hatfield, Associate Professor of Theatre
Lilly Balogh, Dance Director
OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY
Karen Coe Miller, director, is the Assistant Director of the Opera and Musical Theater program at Oklahoma City University. She has directed seventeen productions since joining the faculty in 2009 including Into the Woods, Violet, RENT, Jesus Christ Superstar, La Traviata, The Magic Flute,and Raskol, a new play inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. She teaches Acting in Music Theater, Opera Studio, Music Theater Workshop, and Graduate Acting for the program.
Ms. Miller developed a passion for working with the singing actor early in her career while on staff at The Minnesota Opera. Ms. Miller had a long association with the company, over the years serving as a stage director for the touring and education department, and artistic associate for a department developed to create new work.
She is a co-founder of Nautilus Music-Theater (formerly The New Music-Theater Ensemble), a professional company in St. Paul, Minnesota that creates and produces new music-theater. As co-artistic director for the Ensemble, she produced and directed world premieres and served as producer, director, or dramaturg for over 30 sessions of work-in-progress. During her tenure the company establishedRough Cuts!, a monthly performance series, and completed the National Residency Program, a project designed to encourage the development of the creators, performers, and audiences for new music-theater. Her directing work has been presented at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, PICA in Portland, Oregon, and District Curators, Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Miller is committed to performer training. She directed professional apprentice programs for the Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Sarasota Opera, and Tulsa Opera. As a guest artist, she presents performance workshops for universities around the country. Ms. Miller is a staff director and instructor for the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute and spent three years on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), in Graz, Austria.
Ms. Miller received a B.A. degree from Macalester College and an M.F.A. degree in directing from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).
SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Dr. Laura Avery is Head of Musical Theatre at Sam Houston State University. She holds level III certification in Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method specializing in training contemporary musical theatre singing styles. Dr. Avery serves as Vocal Coach and Music Director for the musical productions at SHSU as well as teaches Voice I and II for the Actor, Musical Theatre Workshop and History of the American Musical. Dr. Avery earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice science and pedagogy from the University of Houston. In 2007, she was a finalist in the American Traditions Vocal Competition, part of the Savannah Music Festival. Dr. Avery has presented masterclasses and workshops internationally including the Physiology and Acoustics of the Voice (PAS5) International Voice Conference in Stockholm, Sweden (2010), Heidelberg University, Germany (2011) and the VASTA Conference in Chicago (2011). Dr. Avery’s students perform regularly in Houston and Dallas as well as in New York, Chicago, and on national tours. She is a member of The Voice Foundation, The Voice & Speech Trainers Association and the Musical Theatre Educators Alliance.
TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
ALAN SHORTER Alan Shorter is a Professor on the Performance Faculty and the Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre at TCU. Alan attended Minnesota State University – Moorhead, received his B.A. in Theatre & Drama from Indiana University – Bloomington, and holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Minnesota State University – Mankato. Alan’s work as composer, music director, stage director, actor, conductor, and pianist has been seen at numerous regional theatres and in the national tours of The 1940’s Radio Hour, The Desert Song, A Christmas Carol, and The Student Prince. In 2011, he was a winner of TCU’s prestigious Deans’ Award for Creativity & Research and a year later was a finalist for the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community. He has provided music direction for well over 100 professional and academic productions ranging from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music to Elton John’s Aida. His music direction for TCU has included Sweeney Todd, Pippin, Guys and Dolls, Spring Awakening, Assassins, The Fantasticks, Oklahoma, Seussical: The Musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, We Need A little Christmas, Little Women: The Musical, and No, No, Nanette.
PENNY MAAS, Penny Mass is Associate Professor of Theatre for TCU. Penny has worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer in New York City for over 20 years. On Broadway she had long, successful runs in three Tony award winning shows: the original cast of Crazy for You, including singing on the cast album, the revival of Damn Yankees both with Victor Herber and Jerry Lewis, and the acclaimed revival of Cabaret at Studio 54 where she played multiple instruments and worked with such stars as Alan Cumming, Neil Patrick Harris, John Stamos and Brooke Shields. She is featured on the Off-Broadway cast album of Swingtime Canteen, a show she has performed and staged all over the country. She was a ballroom dancer in the movie The Stepford Wives and she made her television debut as “Joy” on the soap opera “Another World”. For Theatre TCU she has directed and choreographed Pippin, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Spring Awakening as well as providing choreography for Guys and Dolls, No, No, Nanette, the original revue We Need a Little Christmas and movement for the new plays Born on a Sunday and Everyman. Penny is a proud member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, ATME and an Associate member of SDC where she is currently participating in the Observership Program.
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
Ronald Dean Nolen currently serves as Head of Acting/Directing for the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. Nolen received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Yale University (Constance Welch Scholar) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Music from Hardin-Simmons University. An award-winning actor, Nolen has originated roles in over a dozen new plays and musicals from Broadway, where he co-starred as Harry Bright in the original Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! to off-Broadway, creating the role of Terence in Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vasillaros’ critically-acclaimed Pulitzer-Prize finalist Omnium Gatherum, as well as the role of Jeffrey in Rob Ackerman’s Tabletop, for which he received a 2001 Drama Desk Award. Other New York credits include Manhattan Theatre Club, The Working Theatre, VOICETheatre (company member), and Naked Angels Theatre Company as well as major regional theatres including Yale Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre, The Wilma Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Lyric Stage, Virginia Stage Company, TheaterWorks, and New Stage Theatre, among others. Guest-starring roles in television series include Philip Montrose on “Law and Order: SVU,” Nigel Hammaker on “Mercy,” Dan Enright on “Law and Order,” among others. Also an accomplished director, he recently helmed a production of Kander & Ebb’s CABARET for Texas Tech University; the world premiere of Miki Bone’s Division Avenue for the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York City (MITF Award for Outstanding Direction/Production) and a subsequent production for Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, as well as the U.S. and International premieres of Shauna Kanter’s Birds On a Wire for the International Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland. As a writer, he collaborated on the book for, and directed, the Larry Gatlin musical TEXAS FLYER and will soon begin work on the 8th Edition of The Film Encyclopedia, published by HarperCollins. He co-produced the documentary “None Less than Heroes,” a film about the Honor Flight program which brings World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials built in their honor. Nolen serves as an elector for The Theatre Hall of Fame and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA), Society of Acting Teachers of America, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Musical Theatre Educators Alliance, Theatre Communications Group, Tau Alpha Phi, and Alpha Psi Omega – National Honorary Dramatic Fraternity.
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
Greg White is an actor, director, playwright, producer, presenter, who is the Director of Musical Theatre and Producer for Broadway Tonight at the University of Central Oklahoma. Greg has created original roles in productions in New York City, travelled the country performing in Broadway National Tours and countless regional productions, toured the globe as a vocalist on major cruise lines (38 countries to date), and directed award-winning productions all over the nation. At UCO’s Broadway Tonight series he frequently presents the industry’s living legends, including Olympia Dukakis, Tommy Tune, Hal Holbrook, and Betty Buckley just to name a few recent guest artists.
Greg premiered his critically acclaimed original musical Flipside: The Patti Page Story about Oklahoma’s Singing Rage, Miss Patti Page at UCO. He collaborated with Miss Page on the production that won 18 Awards at the National Kennedy Center Festival in Washington D.C. Flipside then played a limited engagement Off-Broadway at the prestigious 59 E. 59 theatre to standing ovations. Greg’s original production is currently on a National Tour. While he holds a PhD in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University, Greg also has two fine arts degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, and he is proud to call Edmond, Oklahoma his hometown.
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Dr. Harold R. Mortimer Harold is an actor, adjudicator, director, music director, teacher, and Fulbright Scholar. He directed the South African premiere of Spring Awakening and most recently Songs for a New World at the South Africa National Arts Festival. Harold’s director/music director or performance credits include Anything Goes; Batboy; Carousel; The Fantasticks!; The Full Monty; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; La Cage Aux Folles, The Music Man; My Fair Lady; Oklahoma!; Smokey Joe’s Café; The Sound of Music; Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd; Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Wild Party (Lippa); and The World Goes Round. Harold has taught at the University of Washington, University of Connecticut, Connecticut College, AMDA, and Ball State University (where he was coordinator of the musical theatre program for seven years). He has given presentations at the Fulbright International Convention, KCACTF Regions IV and VI, and thespian conferences. He has also served as guest artist/director/faculty at Tshwane University, Oakfields College, and the University of Pretoria (as guest artist/lecturer) in South Africa. He holds a Weitzenhoffer Endowed Professorship and received his Doctorate degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Washington. He has served on the faculty at OU since 2011.
Karen Boyd Bethel Karen knew that she wanted to be a dancer before she knew that you could actually make a living at it. Karen attended Oklahoma City University on a Dance Performance scholarship completing a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree. She then obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Modern Dance from the University of Oklahoma. Karen is a founding member of the Hartel Dance Group – an Oklahoma City based contemporary dance company, where she performs regularly. Additionally, she is a faculty member of the Summer Wind Youth Ballet program at OU. When she is not teaching, performing or auditioning, Karen enjoys running, yoga, tai chi, swimming, biking, knitting, reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with her husband, Scott, and two daughters.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS ARLINGTON
Dr. Katherine Noone joined the faculty of the Theatre Department at the University of Texas – Arlington in the fall of 2016. Prior to this position, she was an Assistant Professor of Voice/Music Theatre at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. In her position at UTA she teaches Applied Musical Theatre Voice, Musical Theatre History, Singing for the Actor I & II, and music directs the mainstage theatre department musicals each year. Dr. Noone earned her doctorate from NDSU and her B.S.E. in Vocal Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also the coordinator for musical theatre at International Music Camp (IMC) in Canada and prior to NDSU, she taught at Minnesota State University Moorhead, (MN), Concordia College (MN), and Valley City State University (ND).
A diverse and active singer and actor as well as an educator, Dr. Noone has appeared with Act Up Theatre, Opera Omaha, Highland Summer Theatre, Fargo Moorhead Opera, Lofte Theatre, University of Nebraska’s Summer Repertory Theatre, and University of Nebraska Opera Theatre. Favorite roles include Guenevere in Camelot, Lizzie in 110 in the Shade, Agnes in I Do! I Do!, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, and Clorinda in La Cenerentola. Dr. Noone also enjoys both television and radio commercial work, having acted in regional commercials and radio spots throughout the United States. She is also a classical recitalist, cabaret singer, and pop and country performer performing numerous solo and chamber gigs throughout the Midwest. She has appeared as a soloist with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony, NDSU Baroque Festival, Fargo Moorhead Chamber Chorale, the Voices of Concord and served as the principal soloist at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Fargo for 12 years. She is a Nebraska First Place NATS and ND NATSAA winner.
Recent performances include appearing as a soloist in the Queens of Country with Dakota Air, the Adult Woman in Spring Awakening, which performed at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland with a 5 star review, and a soloist with Andrew Lippa, Live in Concert, a performance in which she was accompanied by the composer himself. She also currently performs as Karen Carpenter in The Shadows Tribute Band.
In addition to her performance and teaching activities, Dr. Noone has an extensive background as a musical and stage director. She has directed and/or music directed over forty musicals, and is also active in NATS, having served as the District Governor and past President of ND NATS. Dr. Noone is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS THIS YEAR KAITLIN HOPKINS WILL BE DOING A VIRTUAL PRESENTATION ABOUT THE MUSICAL THEATER BFA PROGRAM AT TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Kaitlin Hopkins currently heads the Musical Theater BFA program at Texas State University. As an actress, Kaitlin has performed in theatre, film, television and radio for over 25 years. Broadway credits include: Noises Off and Anything Goes. She has originated roles in multiple musicals including Bare, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Bat Boy, for which she received a Drama Desk and Ovation Award nomination. Kaitlin has recorded numerous award-winning radio plays for LA Theatre Works, and has made over 50 film and TV appearances. As a director she has been recognized for multiple productions by the Austin Critics’ Table Awards and the Kennedy Center ACTF.
DAVE CLEMMONS is an in demand teacher/lecturer having taught at every major music theatre training program in the country as well as Masterclasses in New York, LA, Chicago, Boston, Houston and Orlando. He is a visiting professor at the acclaimed Elon University Musical Theatre Program and is a permanent faculty member and musical director/conductor of The Performing Arts Project, faculty for the Making it On Broadway Intensive Series in New York and LA and is Advising Faculty member at The New York School of Film and Television’s Musical Theatre program.
He began his career as a performer on Broadway with roles in Les Miserables (Valjean), The Civil War( original company), The Scarlet Pimpernel (original company and Chaeuvelin on original concept recording). He was featured as Corin/Amiens/Hymen in As You Like It at the Tony Award winning Alley Theatre. He was seen as Jean Valjean in the National tour of Les Miserable (2 years) and the National tours of Jekyll and Hyde as well as regional the pre Broadway productions of Whistle Down the Wind (by Andrew Lloyd Weber, directed by Hal Prince at The National Theatre in DC) and Jekyll and Hyde (The Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, Seattle’s 5th Ave. Theatre). Other roles have included Richard in The Lion in Winter, Che in Evita, Freddie in Chess.
Dave Clemmons is the founder/owner of Dave Clemmons Casting, whose projects have included the Broadway revival of Driving Miss Daisy, Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland, Grumpy Old Men and Tears of Heaven by Frank Wildhorn. Dave Clemmons Casting has cast Broadway shows including The Boy from Oz (starring Hugh Jackman), Brooklyn (starring Eden Espinoza), Ring of Fire, In My Life, Dracula, The Civil War, Cinderella starring Eartha Kitt and Jamie Lynn Sigler. Off-Broadway shows including the New York revival of Charles Mee’s play, Big Love, Bare, Bat Boy, Altar Boyz, Zanna Don’t!, the 2000 revival of Godspell and the National Tours of Cinderella, Evita(directed by Hal Prince), Dr. Doolittle (directed by and starring Tommy Tune), Millie, Cats, Fosse, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Joseph…, Saturday Night Fever, and Moving Out (choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp). Also, International tours (Europe, Asia and Moscow) of Fosse (starring Ben Vereen), 42nd. St (directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner) and The Sound of Music. Regional plays include History of the Word at the Tony Award winning Crossroads Theatre, Making Tracks at San Jose Rep. and The Great Game (directed by Randal Milam) at The Duke Univ. Theatre Co. Other recent projects include the new National tour of Fiddler On the Roofstarring Topol/Harvey Firestein, the new Frank Wildhorn musical Wonderland, the new national tour of the musical version of 101 Dalmatians (dir Jerry Zaks, music by Dennis DeYoung) and the national tour of The Wizard of Oz.
As a Producer he serves as a Producing Partner for StylesFour Entertainment recently serving as producer/investors for the Broadway production of Once (Tony Award for Best Musical), Driving Miss Daisy (starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave) and Pee-Wee Herman on Broadway. They have produced/invested in the Tony Award winning Spring Awakening, Talk Radio, the critically acclaimed New York production of Bat Boy and an Intimate Evening with Frank Wildhorn and Friends (starring Frank Wildhorn, Linda Eder and Douglas Sills) and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (starring Judy Gold). StylesFour is currently the lead producer for acclaimed composer Scott Alan’s Broadway bound musical HOME and will be a part of the producing teams for Hand To God (named Best Theatrical event in New York by Time Out) and Orphans which will star Alec Baldwin.
As a music/vocal director or supervisor Dave has worked on the Broadway production of The Civil War, National Tours of Jekyll and Hyde and The Civil War, Little Shop at The Alley Theatre, vocal director arranger of The Civil War at The Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and casting director/vocal director/arranger for The Presidential Gala performance of The Civil War at The National Theatre in D.C. starring Trisha Yearwood, Clay Aiken, Larry Gatlin and Hal Holbrook.
MARY ANNA DENNARD is a nationally recognized college audition coach and is the author of, I GOT IN! The Ultimate College Audition Guide For Acting And Musical Theatre. She has been a special contributor to the New York Times Theatre Section and Theatermania, and is a frequent master teacher and guest speaker for workshops, professional organizations and schools nation wide. Since 2000, she has been a college audition coach for programs in acting and musical theatre. In 2012, Mary Anna launched the first-ever Online Prep for performing arts applicants called College Audition Coach Online. Her Online Prep is being used by hundreds of students, high school counselors and independent college advisors across the country. Educators have dubbed her coaching “The Princeton Review for theatre auditions”. And the New York Times has called her an “expert in the field of college theatre education”.www.collegeauditioncoach.com