Visual and Performing Arts
Alison Pack’s work is based on telling stories through imagery that pursues stereotypes, misconceptions and clichés of womanhood. Often parts of the female anatomy morph with ordinary functional objects to create humorous fantasies with sexual overtones. As a traditional southern girl, tools were considered inappropriate and unfeminine. Ironically, the development of her hand-skills through sawing, filing and forming proved to be powerful expressions of her femininity and sexuality as well as commemorative pieces enabling her to re-live some of her life experiences. Her small copper and sterling silver sculptures are created by the traditional metal working processes of shell forming, raising, and fabrication. She employs color on metal techniques using Prismacolor pencils and acrylic paints to allude to decorative surfaces such as fabric and icings.
Her work has been displayed nationally and recently was featured in “Refined VII: Inspiration” 2012, The Seventh Biennial Exhibition and Competition for Artists working in the metalworking and jewelry field, at Stephen F. Austin University. She also received a Juror award for the 25th annual Materials: Hard & Soft exhibition 2012 at the Greater Denton Arts Council, in Denton Texas. The Juror was Monica Moses, editor in chief of American Craft magazine. Also her work has been featured in several books, Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today 3, Art Jewelry Today 2 and About Art. She is an associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry design at Radford University, where she has been since 2003. She is included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators. She is an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Southwest Virginia Metal Arts Guild. She holds a BS in art education with teaching certification form Appalachian State University and an MFA in metalsmithing from East Tennessee State University.
I am a professor at Radford University, where I have taught drawing and foundational courses for the last four years. I received my Bachelors and Masters in Fine Arts (concentration in oil painting) also from Radford University. A picture truly speaks a thousand words; and I teach that art is a visual language that supersedes spoken language or a specific tongue. I teach my students to analyze, translate and communicate using this language.
I am a collagist, illustrator, graphic artist, muralist and painter, who typically works in a serial format. I have been working in the arts constantly, since I was very young, as a matter of fact, about twenty years ago, I attended Governor's School myself, which I absolutely enjoyed. I have painted large scale murals, staged guerrilla art shows, designed/ painted scenery for stage shows, created installations and worked with groups of artists on large projects.
Typically I work in a serial format, and my recent work is no different. My current paintings are a meditation on the oil glazing process, popularized during the Northern Renaissance; mixed with the reality re-presented by photography and the looser more “expressive” mark making used by contemporary artists. The subject of these works are photos my wife took at the West Virginia state fair: before, during and after an Alice Cooper show.
When I am not teaching I enjoy working on my own art, playing music, gaming with my wife and friends, watching movies (horror, mystery and science fiction) and hanging out with my cat Bacco.
Dr. David Otis Castonguay
Dr. David Otis Castonguay is professor of music at Radford University. University choirs under him perform throughout the eastern region of the United States. The university choirs also regularly perform with professional orchestras including performances of Beethoven MissaSolemnis, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Brahms EinDeutches Requiem, DurufléRequiem, the Dvorak Te Deum, Orff’sCarminaBurana and Verdi Requiem.
Castonguay has conducted festival choirs throughout the United States and has presented workshops for the American Choral Directors Association and the Music Educators National Conference. Educated at the University of Connecticut and continuing with doctoral studies at the University of Illinois Castonguay held faculty positions at Bemidji State University (Minnesota), the University of Connecticut and Spaulding High School in Barre, Vermont. Castonguay’s choirs have toured Russia, Israel and most of Europe. Castonguay continues to serve as a juror and master class clinician for three international choral competitions: Christmas in Russia held in Ekaterinburg, Russia and the Martinu Festival in Pardubice, Czech Republic and the Cornwall International Male Choir Festival in Truro, United Kingdom. Castonguay returned to Russia in September of 2010 on a U.S. State Department Fulbright and McGlothlen Foundation grant presenting master classes and public concerts with university and professional choirs in the cities of Ryazan, Izhevsk, and Ekaterinburg. Professor Castonguay is also a soloist in recital and oratorio performing annual recitals of art songs. He studied voice and vocal literature in private lessons with distinguished American singers Blake Stern and William Warfield, as well as master classes with international singing stars EllyAmeling, Arleen Auger and Sherrill Milnes. Castonguay has a strong interest in contemporary music. He has premiered works by Milton Babbitt, Ned Rorem and Charles Whittenberg. Castonguay has also been selected to appear as a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Castonguay performs solo voice recitals and presents master classes in vocal technique, solo vocal literature and song interpretation.
As a scholar, Castonguay’s articles on choral music, choral techniques and literature are published in professional journals in the US. Castonguay has published hundreds of editions of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic choral music by Brahms, Byrd, Gesualdo, Handel, Haydn, Ockeghem, Monteverdi, Schubert and dozens of other composers. Over the past few years Castonguay has been studying the manuscripts of Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces (Svadebka) which are held in the British Library in London and The Paul SacherStifftung in Basel, Switzerland. His new edition fixes the hundreds of errors found in the published score of this landmark ballet for four pianos, choir and percussion. Castonguay’s new edition will be published during the summer of 2011 by MusicaRussica in the United States.
Most of Castonguay’s professional career has focused on training generations of new choral conductors. He has concentrated on developing classroom materials to enhance the education of new musicians. In 2008 he published an innovative computer program to promote music literacy through individualized sight singing training Student Initiated Sight Singing. Due to its ease of use SISS gained wide acceptance and has been adopted for use by scores of school systems in Virginia and New England. A vastly enhanced program, SISS Version II was released in September of 2010. In 2011 he will publish a new computer program designed to revolutionize ear training and error detection training for young choral conductors.
Dr. David Allen
David Allen holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1998, Dr. Allen studied chamber music at the European Mozart Academy in Poland. An active freelance musician, he has performed with the Greensboro Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, and Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and has participated in recordings with the Keystone Winds. He has performed in chamber music concerts and recitals in Europe and the Middle East including a performance at the Usedomer Musikfestival in Germany with the Pan Wind Quintet. In July 2005, he performed at ClarinetFest in Japan as a member of the Una Voce Quartet. As a winner of the Annual Concerto Competition at UNCG in 2006, Dr. Allen performed the Hindemith Clarinet Concerto with the University Orchestra.
David Allen's teachers include Kelly Burke, John Kuehn, Edwin Riley and Thomas Thompson on clarinet and Susan Fancher on saxophone. In addition to Radford University, Dr. Allen has served on the faculties of Queens University of Charlotte and The University of North Carolina at Asheville. Dr. Allen has a strong interest in music psychology and his dissertation was on the connections between auditory imagery and motor behaviors in music performance.
Dr. Youngmi Kim
South Korean soprano, Youngmi Kim, holds a Doctoral degree in Vocal Performance at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati where she studied voice with Mary Stucky. Ms. Kim has previously served as the voice faculty member at Wilberforce University, OH and a member of the acclaimed St. Peter-in-Chains Cathedral Choir in Cincinnati, OH. She has taken part in master classes with Elly Ameling and Alan Smith and studied Baroque singing with Julianne Baird.
Dr. Kim is the recipient of numerous accolades including first prize at the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and third prize at the Louisville Bach Society Gerhard Herz Young Artist Competition. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut as a result of reaching the finals of The Lyndon Woodside Solo Competition where she won the Richard Westenberg Award for 18th Century Stylistic Interpretation. At CCM, Dr. Kim won the Emilie Dieterle Award and has been the recipient of numerous graduate scholarship awards and has been a featured soloist in numerous productions. Dr. Kim’s outstanding voice has been hailed by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “one of those silvery, "strand-of-pearls"-type voices.” The Columbus Dispatch complimented “the liveliness of her voice,” while The Flint Journal commented that, “From [Dr. Kim’s] petite frame and gentle presence bellowed a forceful, yet graceful and flowing voice.” The Music in Cincinnati also praised that “[Youngmi Kim’s] clear, flexible voice brought beauty and substance to everything she sang… Her coloratura was every bit as spectacular as his in their mutual cadenza, earning them a warm round of applause.”
A versatile artist, Youngmi Kim is an accomplished interpreter of early music. She is a regularly featured vocalist with the Catacoustic Consort, an acclaimed Cincinnati based early music chamber ensemble. Ms. Kim has also performed with other important period performance ensembles including La Donna Musicale and Apollo’s Cabinet and she is featured on the released recording, "Le Stagioni (The Seasons): Virtuoso Italian Madrigals," with the early music ensemble, Gravitación. Dr. Kim has participated at the Vancouver Early Music Festival, and at L’Accademia D’amore in Seattle where she worked with celebrated early music specialist, Stephen Stubbs.
Dr. Kim is a frequent performer in her native Seoul and has appeared in concert as a soloist with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, notably with conductor, James Judd. Dr. Kim was also featured as soprano soloist in Brahms’s "German Requiem" with the Seoul Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Myung-Whun Chung.
Kwan Yi has been praised by audiences and critics alike as a pianist of "lyrical elegance" and "ravishing, pitch-perfect clarity". He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks (Germany), Auditorium du Louvre (France), Teatro Principal de Alicante (Spain), Suntory Hall (Japan), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea).
In recent seasons, Mr. Yi has appeared as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia, Trondheim, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Castleton Festivals. He is a founding member of the Madison Piano Trio, a top prizewinner of the Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition (Norway). As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at the Bowdoin College, University of Arkansas, East Carolina University, Marylhurst University, Michigan State University, Ouchita Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin University, Randolph College, Cleveland Museum of Art, Theatre de Vevey (Switzerland), and Sendai Cultural Center (Japan). His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WHYY, KUHF, Radio France and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for Hänssler label with Violinist Itamar Zorman.
A recipient of many honors and prizes, Mr. Yi's awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and top prizes in the Sendai International Piano Competition (Japan), and the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition (Italy).
Mr. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival.
Cellist Benjamin Wyatt enjoyed an active career as a freelance musician in Los Angeles and New York, and has performed extensively abroad as well as at home, including performances in Italy, Germany, Austria, The Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. In addition to solo, chamber and orchestral work, he has worked in popular and commercial idioms, including film and television sound tracks and for Broadway musicals. He has been a guest artist the past three summers at the Aspen Music Festival. Other festival performances have included those at Spoleto (Italy), Corona Del Mar (CA), and Sarasota (FL). His chamber music performances have been broadcast live in New York and Los Angeles, and he has been hailed as "virtuosic" by the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Wyatt completed his education at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Ronald Leonard and received the award for the Outstanding Doctoral Graduate and the String Department Award in 2003. His undergraduate studies were at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Stephen Geber. Prior to that he studied with Dr. Robert Jesselson. Mr. Wyatt has completed Suzuki pedagogy training at the School for Strings with Pamela Devenport. Mr. Wyatt is an experienced teacher of students of all ages. In New York, he taught at Third Street Music School Settlement and the Thurnauer School. As a teaching assistant during graduate school he taught both undergraduate and graduate students, and while in Los Angeles he was on the faculty at the Seoul Academy of Music. During the summer of 2003 he was on faculty at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities teaching cello and music theory. Mr. Wyatt is also active as a Baroque cellist, performing with numerous period instrument ensembles as both soloist and continuo cellist. As a Baroque cellist, Mr. Wyatt has played with such ensembles as Musica Angelica, The American Classical Orchestra, Angeles Consort, Con Gioia, and Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra. He has been fortunate to perform with numerous leading artists, including Renée Fleming, Harry Bicket, Martin Haselbück, Giovanni Antonini, Paul Goodwin, Nicholas Kraemer, Elizabeth Futral, Rachel Podger, and Elizabeth Blumenstock. Ben joined the Renaissance Music Academy in 2007, where he teaches cello, Suzuki cello group classes, and chamber music. He is a member of the Avanti Ensemble and is also a faculty member with Virginia Tech's Fine Arts Initiative.
Vladimir Kromin was born and raised in the Ukraine, where he received his training as a violinist and pedagogue. He received his Master of Music degree from Odessa State Conservatory in 1993. His special background as a musician includes training as a violin performer and teacher, as well as a solid background in piano studies, chamber music, and theory. He received numerous prizes in Russia, including several invitations for performance on radio and television. He moved to Israel in 1995. He is an experienced teacher of children for more than 24 years, and studied the Suzuki method of teaching in Israel as well as in the United States. Vladimir joined the Renaissance Music Academy in February 1999. He teaches violin, viola, chamber music, and suzuki violin group classes in the Renaissance Music Academy. Vladimir Kromin is currently an adjunct faculty member at Radford University. He performs often with Roanoke Symphony and Roanoke Opera.
Dr. W. Dayl Burnett is a native of Falls Church Virginia, and holds a BA and MA in Music from Virginia Tech, and a DMA from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy band and director of the “Shades of Blue” jazz ensemble at the Military Airlift Command Band, Scott Air Force Base Illinois. Dayl has also been a featured soloist with the Virginia Symphony and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras. For nearly twenty years he was principal trombonist of Opera Roanoke and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Dayl has performed with the Atlantic Coast Orchestra, the Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Pops. In addition to teaching at Radford University, Dayl has served on the faculties of Arkansas Tech, Virginia Tech, Roanoke College, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, and the College of William and Mary. Some notable musicians and personalities that Dayl has performed with include Bruce Hornsby, Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett, David Sandborn, Doc Severinsen, Billy Taylor, the Moody Blues, and has recorded with Ray Charles. In addition, Dayl has performed with the internationally acclaimed Empire Brass Quintet.
Classical Guitar soloist, performer of chamber music and concerti, Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe. Dr. Trent performs on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, on an original French guitar from the early 19th c. and a reproduction of a 10-string double-necked Romantic guitar of J.G. Scherzer.
He has been a first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (which includes all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy.
Crystal Lewis (Director)
Crystal Lewis is a freelance dance artist specializing in modern and contemporary dance and is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for Conversion Dance Project. As a dancer she has studied Limón technique, Release Technique, including Safety Release, and Graham Technique. She holds an MFA in performance and choreography from Sam Houston State University, where she was the recipient of the Graduate Choreography Award and holds a BFA in dance from Southeast Missouri State University. Lewis is a seasoned performer and has enjoyed performing the works of such notable choreographers as Robert Battle, Sean Curran, Astrid von Ussar, Erin Reck, Meghan-Durham Wall, Meghan Bingle, Delma Iles, Jennifer Walker, and Andy and Dionne Noble. Lewis has also performed in such venues as the Dance Gallery Festival Houston, Miami Open Stage and at the ODC Theater in San Francisco performing in an evening length work in collaboration with Flux Dance Project. Lewis is a 2014 MCLI grant recipient and has had her choreography commissioned and showcased in various festivals such as the Beta Dance Festival, Arizona Dance Festival, The Genesis Dance Project, BLEND:Phoenix Meets Houston, Miami Open Stage, ACDA, and the Dance Gathering at the Barn in Houston, Texas. She has also set work on dance students at college and universities located in Virginia, Arizona, Texas and Missouri and had her work "Accumulate" recognized regionally at the 2014 ACDA West Regional Conference Gala concert held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She has had the privilege of serving as dance faculty at Paradise Valley Community College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Miami Dade College, Barry University and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Sam Houston State University. This past academic year Crystal has been serving as an Assistant Professor of dance at Radford University.
Katie earned her M.F.A. in Dance and Physical Theater from Colorado University at Boulder and her B.A. in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Last year Katie toured Europe, Hawaii, and the West Coast performing solo improvisations and teaching Movement Meditation. Katie is currently serving as Adjunct Dance Faculty at Radford University.
To learn more about Katie, visit www.KatieWells.us.
Amy VanKirk is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Radford University where she teaches jazz, tap, modern, musical theatre, composition, dance appreciation, and senior seminar. While at Radford she has created numerous original pieces of choreography and her work has been showcased at the American College Dance Association Mid-Atlantic Region, the New York Jazz Choreography Project, and at various other universities. Her most recent project was the creation and direction of a full length musical, Keep This For Me: Memories of the Last World War. In addition to her teaching and creative work, Amy is a company member of d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks.
Amy received her MFA in Dance with a dual emphasis in choreography and performance from the University of Arizona. While in Arizona she enjoyed performing, choreographing, and directing and was able to train with James Clouser, Douglas Nielsen, Michael Williams, and Sam Watson. Amy also had the opportunity to serve as the rehearsal assistant for Ann Reinking and Gary Chryst, and as the assistant to the director for the Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase. Before pursuing a graduate degree Amy worked for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines as a dancer, dance captain, and rehearsal director. During her tenure with Royal Caribbean she performed in numerous shows and traveled to Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. Amy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University at Buffalo and was a member of the celebrated Zodiaque Dance Company. Amy has been a dance educator for over fifteen years, and her multifaceted teaching credentials include jazz, modern, tap, theatre dance, ballet, and ballroom. She is also a certified Ultra Barre℠ Instructor. Amy continues to work as a freelance performer and choreographer throughout the United States.
Dr. Salvador Barajas
Salvador Barajas is a researcher and artist (b. 1970) based in Appalachia. His work explores social memory, visual culture, experimental sound, globalization and decolonial thought. His work has been exhibited and presented at festivals, conferences and galleries throughout the United States. Salvador is visiting assistant professor in the Department of Global Politics and Societies at Hollins University.
Ms. Walker originally from Yorktown, Virginia began her training at the Academy of Dance with Patricia Sorrell and further continued her training with Ballet Virginia International. She spent several summers training with the Allegheny Ballet Company, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. With BVI her repertoire includes The Nutcracker, Serenade, Firebird, Coppelia, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Pas de Quatre, Swan Lake, Il Distratto, Petrouchka, Fractured Fairy Tales, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and La Sylphide.
This past May she graduated from Radford University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her work with the Radford University Dance Department includes Queen of the Dryads from Don Quixote, Raymonda, Esmeralda, Frescoes, Clara, Ballerina Doll, Spanish, and Crystal in Inessa Plekhanova’s The Nutcracker, Mikhail Ronnikov’s Heads or Tails, Christopher K. Morgan’s Encountering the Shadow, Wesley William’s Face to Face, Deborah McLaughlin’s Sounds of Stories Dancing and The Shadow Waltz, and Bob Boross’s Mercy Street, Magic, and Get With It.
Kiera R. Amison
Kiera R. Amison is currently serving as the Director of the dance program at Tarrant County College South Campus in Fort Worth, Texas. She began her dance training at Dallas’s infamous Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She later earned her Bachelors of Arts in Dance (Cum Laude) with teacher certification from Texas Woman's University and her Master of Fine Arts in performance & choreography from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. Ms. Amison is currently a company member in Muscle Memory Dance Theatre (M2DT) based out of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. As a company member Ms. Amison performed, choreographed, taught, and assisted with advancing the creative vision of the company. Additionally, Ms. Amison has been invited as a guest for residencies throughout Texas and in Arizona teaching Modern, Afro-Modern, Horton Technique, Ballet and Jazz technique master classes.
Named one of the Houston Press’ 100 Creatives and Top 10 Choreographers in 2013, Amy Elizabeth, artistic director and choreographer of Aimed Dance, holds a B.F.A and a M.F.A. in dance from Sam Houston State University. Amy currently serves as adjunct dance professor for Lone Star College, Houston Community College and recently joined the faculty of Rowland Ballard's School of Ballet. Through her work with the local colleges and her former company, Rednerrus Feil Dance Company, Amy has built a collection of over 30 works in her repertory that have been showcased at ACDF, Dance Houston, Dance Gallery: Houston, Brazos Contemporary Dance Festival and numerous venues throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arizona. Amy Elizabeth had the privilege of producing additional work as a residency with Rice University, Lamar High School, and Hope Stone Studio with a HopeWerks space grant. Amy is currently an artist-in-residency with Dance Source Houston in Houston, TX.
Robyn Berg is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Radford University, where she teaches in the Performance Area. A Chicago native, Robyn also spent many years in New York City and Nashville as an actor, director, professor and teaching artist. She holds a BA in Theatre Performance from Bradley University (where she also studied abroad in London) and an MFA in Acting from the University of Florida (which provided her the unique opportunity to perform Lysistrata in Greece).
Favorite acting credits include Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Julius Caesar (along side NFL legend Eddie George), Treasure Island with Manhattan Children’s Theatre, Romeo & Juliet and Amadeus (opposite Tony nominated star Robert Cuccioli) at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, A Christmas Carol, Night of the Living Dead and Alice in Wonderland at The Hippodrome in Florida, The Merchant of Venice with Chicago’s Tinfish Theatre, and the title role in the musical Cinderella with Chicago Kids Company. She has also appeared on screen in multiple commercials, industrials and independent films.
As a director, Robyn was honored to receive the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Directing Award for Shrek at Lipscomb University, where she also directed Death of a Salesman, The Servant of Two Masters and Leading Ladies. Other experiences at the helm are Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat at Radford University, Proof at Belmont University, Lil’ Abner and Goodnight Desdemona at Ballibay Fine Arts Camp in Pennsylvania and an original production entitled Hamlite: Half the Length, Half the Verse, Double the Laughs for Windsor Mountain in New Hampshire. She and 13 international teens toured the show as The New England Traveling Minstrels, playing venues such as Boston’s Faneuil Hall and at The Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont (even getting the chance to perform with their First World Insurrection Circus).
Robyn has been active as a teaching artist for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (in the Art Smart program, Disney Musicals in the Schools program and as a leader of multiple Arts Integration Institutes for teachers), Stages on the Sound, IDEAS Drama and Marquis Studios in NYC, Greenlight Performing Company, Appletree Theatre and Pegasus (Players) Theatre in Chicago, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in MI and more. For more even more information, see robynberg.com.
Ms. Price is an actress, director, and educator originally from New England. She has studied with The Playwrights Theatre of New York, The School for Film and Television, American Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Stratford Company, and The Moscow Art Theatre. Caroline received her MFA in Acting from Wayne State University in 2009 with the Hilberry Repertory Company. Having worked regionally in Boston, New York City, and Detroit over the past ten years some of her favorite roles include Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), As You Like It (Rosalind), Hamlet (Gertrude), Eurydice (Eurydice), Stage Beauty (Nell Gwynn), Translations (Sarah), Margery (Vinegar Tom), and Isabella (Top Girls).
Favorite directing credits include; “Beyond the Horizon” (TSI Studios), “Soul Mates” (Boston Actors Theater), “Romeo and Juliet (LA Summer Arts), “The Bacchae” (Jacksonville State University), and “The Little Prince” (College of Ripon and York, St. John, UK).
Over the past two years she has served as an Assistant Professor of Drama at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville AL where she taught Acting, Voice and Speech, and The Business of Acting. Starting this fall she will be heading the acting program at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA and directing “Greek” by Steven Berkoff.
She is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity.
Zak Bacon has just graduated from Radford University with a B.A in Theatre, with concentrations in Acting and Directing. Some of his most memorable roles include Clyde in “Jack Goes Boating”, Sir Andrew in “Twelfth Night or What You Will,” Larry in “The Waiting Room” and the Cat in “Dr. Seuss’ The Cat and the Hat.” His most recent credit was Luke, in “Anything Goes!” Zak was chosen as the director of the spring production of “Dog Sees God.” Over the years, he’s become involved with various activities and projects in and outside of the theatre department, such as being a brother of Pi Lambda Phi. Zak is thrilled and humbled to be a teaching assistant at the Governor School of Virginia this summer at Radford University. Let’s “theatre” people!
Scott Price is the Sales Manager at Sapsis Rigging Inc. Originally from Southern Maine, Scott earned a BFA from the University of Connecticut and an MFA from San Diego State University. He has worked for a diverse range of organizations ranging from the summer stock theaters of New England to Opera Australia, The Old Globe Theater, and The La Jolla Playhouse. He has also worked for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco Production Managing over 150 events. He has had the honor of working and teaching at Ashland University, Long Beach State University, and currently at Contra Costa College.