Faculty & Staff

Full-time Faculty

Braden Blauser

Braden Blauser

Assistant Professor, Technical Director

Phone: (502) 852-8688
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Nefertiti Burton

Nefertiti Burton

Department Chair, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: (502) 852-8444
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Ariadne Calvano

J. Ariadne Calvano

Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement

Phone: (502) 852-8447
Email:

www.ariadnecalvano.com

Sidney Edwards

Sidney Edwards

Assistant Professor, Head of the African American Theatre Program

Phone: (502) 852-8526
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Kevin Gawley

Kevin Gawley

Associate Professor, Resident Scenic, Lighting and Projection Designer

Phone: (502) 852-8444
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Zhanna Goldentul

Zhanna Goldentul

Associate Professor (Term), Resident Costume and Makeup Designer

Phone: (502) 852-8579
Email:

www.zhannagoldentul.com

	Rachel Carter

Rachel Carter

Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice

Phone: (502) 852-8446
Email: rachel.hillmer@louisville.edu

Sidney Monroe

Sidney Monroe

Assistant Professor, Director of the Repertory Company

Phone: (502) 852 8443

Geoffrey Nelson

Geoffrey Nelson

Instructor

Email: geoffrey.nelson@louisville.edu

Jennifer Pennington

Assistant Professor (Term) of Acting

Phone: (502) 852-8576
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Janna Segal

Janna Segal

Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Dramaturgy

Phone: (502) 852-8445
Email:janna.segal@louisville.edu

	Russell Vandenbroucke

Russell Vandenbroucke

Professor, Theatre Arts department
Founding Director, Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Program

Phone: (502) 852-8448
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	Jerome Wills

Jerome Wills

Assistant Professor Term, Technology and Design

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Staff

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Miranda Cisneros

Technical Production Manager, Shop Supervisor

Miranda Cisneros (she/her/hers) is a graduate from the University of Louisville.  She earned her Bachelor's of Science in Theatre Arts in 2017. Since graduating, she has continued to work professionally at places like Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, The Rev Theatre Company (formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) in Auburn, NY, and Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, FL. She is passionate about creating environments where people can learn, grow, and contribute their talents and skills to a collaborative and diverse team of professional theatre artists. 

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Jessica Key

Program Coordinator, Sr.

Jessica Key is a native of Danville, KY and currently resides in Frankfort, KY. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Music from Campbellsville University. She also earned her Master’s in Facility and Event Management from Western Kentucky University. Jessica has a passion for event coordinating, community outreach projects, volunteering and music.

Phone: 502-852-5922
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Blair Boyd Potter

Program Coordinator, Box Office Manager

Blair Boyd is a Louisville native and a Graduate of the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Louisville. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Theatre Arts in 2013. Since then she has enjoyed working with Sylvan Learning and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. She has also worked with local companies such as Pandora Productions and Bottoms Up! Productions. She loves to combine her passion for theatre with her love of education and the educational environment.

Phone: 502-852-7682
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Melissa Kenney Shepherd

Melissa Kenney Shepherd

Costume Shop Manager, Part-Time Faculty

Melissa Kenney Shepherd is a graduate of UofL's Theatre Arts Department. She received an MFA in Performance in 2001. Currently, Melissa is the Costume Shop Manager, part- time Faculty, and serves as the costume designer for the traveling Repertory Company. She also is one of the directors for the Rep Company, where they work with existing scripts or devise their own work to travel into local elementary schools all year. The rewards of working as the Costume Shop Manager give Melissa the opportunity to guide and work with a crew of undergraduate students daily. They create all the costumes for all Main Stage and Rep Company productions and learn in an environment outside the confines of a normal classroom setting. When not at UofL, Shepherd works as a performer for local theater groups; Stage One Children’s Theater and Center Stage at the JCC. Shepherd's professional costume design credits include work for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Melodrama Musical Theatre, Center Stage, Prather Entertainment, and Argosy Entertainment. Production credits in costume design include: Oliver!, Parade, Sweeney Todd, Once on this Island, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Steel Magnolias, Wonderland!,A Doll’s House, Other Desert Cities, and Smokey Joe’s Café.

Phone: 502-852-8441
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Part-Time Faculty

Melony Caulder

Melony Caulder

Melony Caulder teaches online Enjoyment of Theatre classes. She received her B.A. in Speech and Theatre with a minor in Telecommunications from Fayetteville State University in May 2007, an M.F.A in Performance and Acting with a Certificate in African American Theatre from the University of Louisville in May 2010, and an M.Ed. in Adult and Continuing Education from Strayer University in June 2014. Melony has taught courses on a part-time basis in previous years at U of L and also at Kentucky State University.

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Carol Stewart

Lecturer

Carol has been teaching courses in theatre and the humanities for the past ten years, including classes in Acting, Voice, Radio Drama, Theatre History, Performance Theory, Script Analysis, Creativity in the Arts, Shakespeare, and Prison Theatre. An award-winning audiobook narrator with twenty years experience in the studio, Carol has recorded over 300 titles for the Talking Book Program of the National Library Service (a division of the Library of Congress) as well as full-length and abridged texts for commercial audiobook publishers. Carol earned her BFA at the Goodman School of Drama and an MA at the University of Louisville; she is currently a doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities at UofL. She has trained with New York’s SITI Company. Her areas of research and artistic practice are focused on the training and creative experience of the actor; SITI Company training and productions; devised theatre; Shakespeare in translation; and Shakespeare with non-traditional artists, including the incarcerated and the aging. She is one of the conference organizers for Stage the Future, an international conference on science fiction and theatre, and is co-producer of Parallax, a new science fiction theatre festival in Louisville. She is co-artistic director of Here There Be Monsters & Co.


Emeritus Faculty

Rinda Frye holds a Ph.D. in theatre from University of Oregon and is a member of VASTA (the Voice and Speech Trainers Association) and an associate editor for IDEA, the International Dialects of English Archive.

Bert Harris was the founding Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and Speech at the University of Louisville. He founded the UofL Repertory Company in 1976, and served as its Artistic Director for thirty years.  

Michael F. Hottois was the Production Designer for the UofL Theatre Department and has designed for most of the theatres in the area.  He was a scenic artist in the films Boris and Natasha and Closetland, and Soul of the Game for HBO.  He is a member of the United Scenic Artists Union, Local 829. 

Lundeana Thomas
Dr. Lundeana M. Thomas, a University of Louisville Faculty Emeritus, and Full Professor earned her Ph. D. and Master’s from the University of Michigan and is the author of Barbara Ann Teer and the National Black Theatre: Transformational Forces in Harlem. Dr. Thomas became a Co-Director of the African American Theatre Program in 1996 and became Director in 2003. Major Accomplishments include: 1) recruiting many African American students; 2) securing minimum enrollments in all AATP classes; 3) securing a local, national, and international reputation for the program (Major trip to China in 2007); 4) securing finances for the program, including a Ford Foundation Grant in 2004; 5) securing high profile Practitioners and Academicians of theatre for students including Broadway Director, Kenny Leon; Carson-Adler Agent, Shirley Faison; Broadway Directors, Paul Carter Harrison and Clinton Turner Davis; Broadway Scenic Designer, Felix Cochren; and 6) created many standing courses and oversaw the Archives of the AATP. Additionally, Dr. Thomas was a founder and President of the Black Theatre Network a well as founder mof the

Thomas has also presented papers in Ghana, Australia, China and Spain, and performed at the Grahamstown Festival in South Africa with U of L students. She has directed over 75 productions including a 13thC. Chinese play adapted to a Hip Hop Play that has been presented at the National Black Theatre Festival and Singapore. Since retirement Dr. Thomas has directed Mason-Dixon and Harriet Tubman Visits a Therapist by Carolyn Gage for the The Victorian Players of Youngstown, Ohio; The Ballad of Emmett Till at New Heritage Theatre in Pittsburgh, Flyin’ West at the North Georgia State University and wrote and directed a Dinner Mystery Theatre for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in Youngstown.

James Tompkins