PhD, Education: Creativity and Cognition
MFA, Directing, Catholic University of America
Campus Theatre # 206
Campus Box 119
Karen Berman is excited to be here at Georgia College in her home state of Georgia. Karen holds a BA in Theater from George Washington University, an MFA in Directing from Catholic University of America, and received her Ph.D. in Professional Studies in Education with a dissertation on Creativity and Cognition. Prior to coming to GC Karen taught for 15 years at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she also served as Artistic Advisor to four Student Theater Groups and mentored 150 mainstage student directed projects.
In April 2008 Karen was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and she was elected to serve as Dean of the College from April 2016 to April 2018. She served as President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) from 2004 to 2007. At ATHE Karen brought together the nation's theatre organizations in a Summit which resulted in the formation of the Coalition for Theatre Education and also initiated a Katrina Project-Alliance formed by ATHE and Black Theatre Network to support devastated New Orleans high school drama programs. She received the Governor’s Award for the Arts on October 3, 2017 presented by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal at the State Capital.
Karen is co-founder and Artistic Director of Washington Women in Theatre (WWIT), a theatre company founded to give voice to women playwrights, and which has produced at the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. WWIT celebrated its 15th year in 2017 when it presented a festival of new plays.
Karen has directed over 100 productions for venues ranging from the Smithsonian to off- Broadway. Her off-Broadway directing credits include, at the American Theatre of Actors, Ziggy and Ballet Russes, which starred Twyla Tharp Company member Petter Jacobsson as Nijinsky, and Milledgeville Memoirs a new play based on oral histories performed by GC students off-Broadway. At Source Theatre in Washington, D.C. she directed numerous plays, including Cynthia Heimel's A Girl's Guide to Chaos. Prior to coming to GC, Karen directed many plays in the Washington, D.C. area, including Tony Kushner's new adaptation of Ansky's A Dybbuk, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, David Mamet's Revenge of the Space Pandas, The Country Wife, Sam Shepard's Chicago, her co-adaptation of Russell Baker's Growing Up, and the premiere of Polka Dot Conspiracy. She has assisted in the development of over 40 new plays.
Karen also directed numerous university theatre productions prior to coming Georgia College, including Woyzeck, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Ah! Wilderness, The Glass Menagerie, The Balcony and Dr. Korczak and the Children. Her teaching areas of focus include acting, Lessac voice-movement, directing, and theatre for social change. She partnered with health education and sociology faculty in order to develop a play in the lowest median income high school in Washington DC. through oral history and ethnography. Her keynote speech for the Association of Hispanic Classical Theatre (AHCT) was "Translations, Transgressions, and Reinterpretations: 21st Century Questions Regarding Zayas."
Since arriving at GC, she has directed Cabaret, A Streetcar Named Desire, Chicago, Much Ado About Nothing, The Birds, Hamlet, Sueno, and The Rover. In addition, she directed and co-wrote a quartet of new plays (The Vision of Čapek, The Women of Havel and Kafka, The Flights of Jan Wiener, and The Mystery of Mucha) about Czech heroes that were performed by GC students in Prague and at the international Theatre European Regions Festival in Hradac Králové, Czech Republic in the summers of 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.
Karen has recently published two book chapters. The first, “Translations and Transgressions: Twenty-First Century Questions Regarding Zayas” was published by Tamesis Press in March 2015 in the book Remaking the Comedia: Spanish Classical Theatre in Adaptation. The chapter discusses her unique Washington Women in Theatre production of the Spanish Golden Age comedy "Friendship Betrayed" by Maria de Zayas that she directed in Washington, D.C. The second, “Transformative Education Processes: Difficult Dialogues and Global Citizenry” was published by Intellect Books in the UK and University of Chicago Press in the US in April 2016 in the book Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change. The book chapter discusses her work on theatre for social change at both Georgia College and Georgetown University, including her community engagement work and performances in the Czech Republic.
MFA, Theatre Design, Virginia Tech
Campus Theatre #203
Campus Box 119
Beate M. Czogalla is delighted to be a part of the Department of Theatre at Georgia College as the Assistant Professor in Theatre Design since the Fall of 2000. She has a BA and MA degree in Theatre from Giessen University (Germany) and an MFA degree in Scenography and Lighting Design from Virginia Tech. Her credits at GC include A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Glass Menagerie, The Wild Duck, Quilters, The Beggar's Opera, On The Verge, Our Town, Julius Caesar, The Dining Room, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Taming Of The Shrew, An Evening of Pinter, Pippin and The Illusion.
Ms. Czogalla has designed internationally with credits at theatres in Giessen, Frankfurt, Bad Hersfeld and Stuttgart, Germany; Wroclaw and Warsaw, Poland; Lige, Belgium; Chepstow, Wales, Great Britain; Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, and in the United States, and she is a founding member of the monumental Canadian outdoor theatre production, And Wolf Shall Inherit The Moon, mounted in Haliburton, Ontario every August. Since the Fall of 2000 she has worked as a Scenographer and Lighting Designer at The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, South Carolina, and at 7 Stages in Atlanta, and since the summer of 2002 she has designed three shows per year for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Allentown/ Center Valley, Pennsylvania.
She was the Resident Lighting Designer for the New Harmony Theatre from 1990 until 1997. Prior to that she worked at Actors Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, The Road Company in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Playhouse 460 and the Studio Theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia. She has done concert and architectural lighting design and consulting for a variety of clients and has served as the Lighting Supervisor for the Lincoln Amphitheatre at Lincoln State Park, Indiana, from 1995 until 2000. As an active member of NASA's Teacher in Space/ Space Education Program she serves as a community volunteer conducting workshops for children and adults of all ages, and in late 2000 she was appointed as a Solar System Ambassador by JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory/ NASA), a position she plans to hold for many more years. She is also a certified Advanced Open Water Diver and a passionate hiker and kite builder.
Eric received his BA in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia, AR) and his MFA in Costume Design & Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS).
At SAU, Eric designed costumes for a number of productions including Buried Child, How I Learned to Drive, and See How They Run. Following his undergraduate work, Eric was the Associate Youth Director for the Jefferson Davis Parrish Arts Council's (Jennings, LA) youth theatre program and designed costumes and other technical aspects for their productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Bad Year for Tomatoes. In his time at USM, Eric designed costumes for Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar & Grille,Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Much Ado About Nothing (women's costumes), Moon Over Buffalo, and Fefu & Her Friends. In 2006, Eric assisted Costume Designer Peggy Stamper and her Assistant/husband Fred Lloyd as an Extras Costumer on the ABC/ESPN film Ruffian. Following that, Eric worked in the Wardrobe Department at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for the 2007- 2008 season. For GC, Eric has designed costumes for Eurydice, Yours, Anne, The Rover, The Smiles, RENT, and The 1940's Radio Hour. Other recent designs include South Pacific at the New London Barn Playhouse and the Southeastern premiere of Good Boys and True at Actor's Express.
Eric's areas of research include 20th century costumes, the symbolism of color, and computer rendering using Adobe Photoshop.
MFA, Dance, Arizona State University
Campus Box 119
Natalie King was born in Pell City, Alabama and studied as a teenager at the Alabama School of Fine Arts under the direction of Madame Sonia Arova. While at ASFA, she performed corps de ballet roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, La Bayadere, and Swan Lake, as well as,attended Joffrey Ballet and American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensives. Upon graduation, she attended Sweet Briar College where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Dance, Elementary Education Certification K-6 and Dance Education Certification K-12. Professors Mark and Ella Magruder afforded her opportunities to train with artists, such as, David Dorfman, Dan Froot, Meredith Monk, Lynn Neuman, Sarah Skaggs, Doug Varone, and Petrus Bosman.
Mrs. King was then accepted into Arizona State University Graduate Dance Program where she coordinated the university’s community dance program, Moving Inventors, and was selected to teach major and non-major courses including, Dance for the Regular Education Classroom and Modern Dance Technique. In partnership with Arizona State University alumni Erica Neilson, she co-designed content for a web based E-book to enhance the scholarship of the online dance community and provide dance pedagogists with technology based solutions for content delivery. She has presented her curricula for national organizations, including Congress on Research in Dance, Popular Culture Association and National Dance Education Organization. Previously, Mrs. King taught dance for seven years in an inner city high school located in Phoenix, Arizona. There she fulfilled many roles as the dance director, professional learning community facilitator, instructional leader for the performing arts department and summer arts program director. Most recently, she has come full circle back into collegiate academia as the newest dance instructor within Georgia College State University’s Dance Minor Program where she teaches dance technique and theory courses.
MFA, University of Washington
Campus Box 119
Affectionately known as "V" critically acclaimed artist Valeka J Holt is a graduate of the prestigious University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program (PATP). While obtaining her MFA in Acting, Valeka began her professional career with roles in many award-winning shorts and independent features including "Attachments," and "So Many Options" among others. Adept in theater, film, acting, coaching, writing, and producing, Valeka is an artist with some serious promise. She stars as Eileen in the film "The Runaways," working with award winning cinematographer, Mike Wilson. In addition to being a Jet Beauty of the Week, Valeka is the Atlanta Co-Captain of Ava DuVernay’s distribution company ARRAY. Additionally, her documentary film "Non- Critical" premiered at Cannes in the Short Film Documentary Corner, and it received the 2015 Jury Award. Valeka’s one-woman show Did You Take Your CLOMID? Will have its first international workshop and performance as a part of The Fertility Fest in London, England. She’s excited to continue her research on how infertility affects the African-American Community.
She is the founder of The V Network. A company that connects and mentors’ young artists in the entertainment industry. As well as producing and creating original content for the stage, TV and Film. Most recently, The V Network partnered with Rhavynn Drummer, casting director for Tyler Perry Studios, STRAZ, and YouTube Red and presented a Master TV and Film Acting Workshop in DC.
Valeka teaches acting, content creation, solo show writing, and theatre for social change. Previous credits include: Nina in acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau's "Sunset Baby." Broadway World stated "...Valeka J. Holt is astonishing. I predict a great future is ahead of her. One gets to see her transformation from the hardened criminal to that of a young woman who has just lost her mother, when she strips herself from her make-up, wig, and clothes into a bathrobe, sits on her couch, covers herself in a wrap which was covering the couch and weeps. It's a powerful moment." Penny in the Regional Premiere of Suzan Lori Parks “Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1,2, &3” at Roundhouse Theatre. Peter Marks of The Washington Post’s states “Early receives stalwart support from an ensemble that includes, most notably, Valeka J. Holt as Penny, who, like Odysseus’s Penelope, perseveres valiantly while her man is away. Jonelle Walker of DCist states, Holt is so emotionally invested in her character that by play’s end you feel that you might be watching a very real moment of personal unraveling. A dead ringer for Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba in artistic skill, Holt is a pleasure to watch. Other praised performances include her work as Ruth in The Tony Award Winning Arena Stage’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun.”
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MFA, Dance, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Campus Box 119
Amelia Pelton has been a choreographer and dance instructor for more than 20 years. She holds a BFA in dance from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was named Most Outstanding Dance Major, and a MFA in dance from the Florida State University, where she was a finalist for the Most Outstanding Dance Major Award. At USM Amelia was Lt. Captain of the Dixie Darlings, the precision dance team. At FSU she was awarded a full teaching assistantship in ballet and tap dance. She wrote and implemented the dance program at Wallace College in Dothan, Alabama, a program that was adopted by the state of Alabama for it's junior college system. In Dothan she served as assistant director of the Southeast Alabama Dance Company. Her choreography was performed by that company in the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association's annual concert. Amelia developed and implemented the dance minor program at Georgia College and has directed the university's Community Dance Program since it began in 1995.
Amelia was named to Outstanding Young Women of America. She has been active in community theatre in numerous locations for many years, having choreographed, danced, and starred in such musicals as: Oklahoma, Funny Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, South Pacific, Mame, Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Annie, The Music Man, Anything Goes, and numerous children's musicals. Amelia is also the director of the liturgical dance group at First United Methodist. She has three children.
PhD, Performance Studies, Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University
Campus Theatre #201
Campus Box 119
Dr. Amy Pinney received her MA in Theatre from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and her PhD in Performance Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She teaches Acting II, III, and IV, as well as Directing and Theatre History. Dr. Pinney has published essays in Theatre Topics, Qualitative Inquiry, and Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies. Her research interests include Performance Ethnography; Women in Performance History; and Performance Pedagogy.
Dr. Pinney is currently active in multiple academic organizations. GC productions include Coyote Point,Eurydice, RENT, To Kill a Mockingbird and The 1940's Radio Hour.
Isaac received his BA in Theatre from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and his MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT).
Since arriving at Georgia College Isaac has designed productions including A Streetcar Named Desire, American Idiot, Big Love, Cabaret and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other notable design credits: Macbeth, The Arabian Nights, The Threepenny Opera, The Skin of Our Teeth, Psych (Off-Off Broadway), Street Scene. He has been Scenic Charge Artist at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and has painted for Glimmerglass Opera at Mystic Scenic Studios, and MGM’s The Zookeeper. Isaac co-designed an interactive installation titled “Keys” on Atlanta’s Beltline Trail with fellow designer Misao Cates. Recently, Isaac has been painting murals across middle Georgia with projects that include the Macon Transit Authority Bus Terminal, and Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen.
Before joining Georgia College, Isaac taught and designed at the Galloway School in Atlanta. He also serves as scenic designer for Miami University Opera Theatre and is the Quarterly Review Editor for the United States Institute of Theatre Technology Southeast Section. Isaac is active in USITT and SETC and has presented research on 3D Printing in Scenic Design to the SETC Annual Conference. He also lead the 2018 Theatre Department Study Abroad Course to the Czech Republic and Directed GC students in a new play, The Devil’s Eye, at the European Regions Open Air Theatre Festival in Hradec Kralove, as well as in Prague.
Isaac teaches classes in Set Design, Stagecraft, Scenic Painting, Production Drafting, and Theatrical Heritage.
MFA, Technical Direction, Northern Illinois University
Campus Box 119
Jesse received his MFA in Theatre Design and Technology with a Technical Direction focus at Northern Illinois University, Communications, and Media Arts with a Design/Tech focus at Georgia Southwestern State University, and his AA in Dramatic Arts at Darton College.
Jesse has worked as a professional Master Carpenter and Technical Director all over the country. He has worked as the Master Carpenter at the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Grand Lake, Colorado where he worked on large scale musicals such as 42nd Street and The Addams Family Musical. He was also the Technical Director for the Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio where he worked on shows like Little Shop of Horrors and A Chorus Line.
Since coming to Georgia College, he has had the pleasure of working on some great projects such as Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Big Love.
He teaches the labs for Stagecraft and Intro to Design, as we as an Advanced Stagecraft course.
MFA, Costume Design & Technology, University of Alabama
Porter Hall #106, 113
Campus Box 119
Cathleen came to Georgia College in the fall of 2017 from Virginia where she had been working at her alma mater Radford University as their costume shop manager. She graduated from RU in 2011 with a B.S. in Theatre and went on to attend graduate school at The University of Alabama. Cathleen earned her MFA in Costume Design and Production in spring of 2014.
She enjoys working as a freelance costume designer as well as an educator and has worked for various professional theatre companies including The Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp, and Aurora Theatre. This past spring Cathleen had the opportunity to design The Little Prince for Holy Innocence Episcopal School in Atlanta. Cathleen loves all elements of the costuming and enjoys learning new techniques and expanding her knowledge in the industry. She enjoys working on sewing projects at home for friends and family as well as herself. She and her husband Andrew live in Covington, GA with their dog Dixie and cat Carpenter.
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