Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

Welcome from the Dean

As Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, I am dedicated to the rigor and discipline of performing arts training that develops artistry on stage and values the significance of truly robust arts training.

At Stephens, we know the arts have the ability to challenge us to exceed and respect our similarities and differences in culture, age, class, gender and capabilities. In short, the power of the arts is unequivocal.

Stephens has a rich history in the performing arts, and it is a privilege to honor that legacy and expand the vision for the arts. The creative professionals who emerge from Stephens in the years to come undoubtedly will make significant contributions to the field and society.

Please take a moment to learn more about Stephens College and explore our programs.

                                                                                                                                                              Gail Humphries Mardirosian

“It is the artists of the world, the feelers and the thinkers, who will ultimately save us; who can articulate, educate, defy, insist, sing, and shout big dreams.” - Leonard Bernstein, composer

School of Creative and Performing Arts Faculty

Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian, Dean, School of Creative and Performing Arts; Artistic Director, Okoboji Summer Theatre; Fellow, College of Fellows of the American Theater
Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian is in her third year as dean of the Stephens College School of Performing Arts and the artistic director for Okoboji Summer Theatre. Last year at Stephens, she directed Cabaret on campus; To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank at Okoboj; and the original production Traces in the Wind. She is professor emerita at American University in Washington, D.C. Mardirosian’s broad experience encompasses academic administration, program development and fundraising and the direction of over 150 productions, including drama, musical theatre, children’s theatre, the classics and new works. She is also the past chair of the AU Department of Performing Arts, having opened both the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre and the Katzen Arts Center during her chairship. She has taught and directed in countries, including Greece, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and the Czech Republic, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She is also a recipient of the Likhachev/Yeltsin Cultural Fellowship at the St. Petersburg Performing Arts Academy in Russia. For over two decades, she was the team leader for an arts integration research project titled Imagination Quest (IQ), a collaboration between Imagination Stage and American University. Mardirosian has won several outstanding teaching, faculty and directing awards, and has published articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Teaching Artist Journal and Current Issues in Education. In 2013, she was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Her book, “Arts Integration in Education: Teachers as Agents of Change,” was published by Intellect, Ltd. in Spring 2016. She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from American University and a B.A. from Allegheny College.

Timuchin Aker, Assistant Professor of Theatre
Timuchin Aker is a resident actor/teacher at Stephens, where he teaches all levels of acting, directs, acts in various productions, and fight directs. Professionally, Aker has worked across the country at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, American Theater Company, Okoboji Summer Theatre, among others. He completed the acting apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, following which he lived and worked in N.Y.C. and Chicago. He also worked as an actor, director and writer on various world premieres while a member of The Ruckus, a Chicago-based theatre company. While in Chicago, he taught several classes based in Meisner Technique at Green Shirt Studio. While earning his M.F.A. at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he taught a variety of classes and also studied the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.

Tom Andes, Instructor of Music
Tom Andes is the co-director of the Velvetones, Stephens’ vocal jazz ensemble. Andes was the musical director for The Spitfire Grill and Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, Cabaret on campus in the spring and Winter Wonderettes in the fall semester. He composed an original score for Traces in the Wind, a tone poem by Stephens School of Performing Arts Dean Gail Humphries Mardirosian, which Stephens took to Washington, D.C. He recently submitted his original musical Color Blind to the New York Musical Festival for production. Andes performs as the house pianist at Murry’s Restaurant and performs there weekly with his jazz trio. He earned a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a 2-Year Certificate in Piano Performance from Berklee College of Music.


Emily Edgington Andrews, Visiting Guest Artist, Music
Emily Edgington Andrews conducts the Stephens Concert Choir, and teaches beginning piano classes and private voice lessons. In 2015, Andrews joined the music faculty at the University of Missouri and recently became the director of community outreach. She is in her eighth year as a vocal music teacher at Columbia Independent School, where she conducts two ensembles for students in grades 4-12. Andrews is in her 11th season as conductor at the historic Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where she maintains the music program and conducts a 45-member adult choir of musicians. In 2013, she was appointed artistic director for the Columbia Chorale, and has helped to expand the organization to include more than 350 singers, 10 staff members, and 10 additional choral ensembles under the umbrella Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri. Andrews is the assistant conductor for Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort, managing the ensemble and assisting in conducting the 12-member professional ensemble. She regularly serves as a guest clinician and adjudicator, and is the former Northeast Missouri High School choral vice president. Andrews is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. She earned an M.M. from the University of Missouri and an M.A. and a B.A. from Truman State University.


Steph Borklund, Assistant Professor 
Steph Borklund is an assistant professor of digital filmmaking. She has more than 15 years of experience as a producer, director and editor. Her works include documen­taries, narratives, and corporate and industrial videos. She previously worked as director of postproduction in Cali­fornia for Left Coast Productions, where she won several Telly, Aurora and Summit Creative awards (editing) for her corporate and industrial work. Her most recent short film, Chasing AllieCat is in postproduction. Other works include producing and directing I Am One (Citizen Jane Film Festi­val), a short educational film about bullying; co-producing and editing the documentary Hollywood East (Jacksonville Film Festival), a short documentary about the silent film era in Jacksonville, Fla.; and working as an assistant camera operator on Getting Away Together, a PBS television series. Her most rewarding job has been teaching at Stephens and having the opportunity to teach the next generation of fe­male filmmakers. She earned her M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. from the University of Kansas.


Dr. Ann Breidenbach, Assistant Professor
Dr. Ann Breidenbach is an assistant professor in the Women’s Studies and Creative Writing programs at Stephens. She earned her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology with a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While working on her dissertation, she rediscovered her passion for writing. Breidenbach began taking seminars in creative nonfiction writing and eventually enrolled in an M.F.A. program. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Boston in 2014. Breidenbach brings an interdisciplinary approach and her identity as a writer to her teaching. She is working on a manuscript titled Girlhood Cache, which is a memoir told through a series of flash non-fiction essays. Her current research project, “Feminist Activism and the Women’s Film Festival: a Site for Social Change,” explores the impact of women’s film festivals as a means of feminist activism.


Julie Douglass, Visiting Guest Artist, Costume Design
Julie Douglass teaches costume design and makeup at Stephens and designs for two productions a year at the college. Douglass has a diverse theatrical background with experiences, including roles as costume designer, music director, pianist, pit orchestra member, prop master and actor. She has worked with several theater companies in Lincoln, Neb., and designed for more than 40 productions at Belvoir Terrace, a summer arts camp for girls in Lenox, Mass. As a Hixson-Lied Graduate Fellow, Douglass was honored to be the first to design costumes for Agravio: Courage, Betrayal, and a Woman Scorned, a translation and adaptation of Ana Caro’s Valor, agravio y mujer. She also designed the costumes for Digs, a short film produced by the Johnny Carson School for Theatre & Film. Most recently, she served as costume designer for three music videos and for the Flatwater Shakespeare Company in Lincoln, Neb. She has an M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 


Robert Doyen, Professor of Theatre
Rob Doyen is a resident actor/teacher at Stephens, where he teaches Acting and Directing. He has spent the last 39 summers at Okoboji Summer Theatre. Last summer at Okoboji, Doyen was featured in There Goes the Bride, You Can’t Take it With You and The Odd Couple. This past year at the Playhouse, he was featured in Clybourne Park, Hay Fever, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike, and Cabaret. He earned an M.A. from Illinois State University and a B.F.A. from Stephens College.


Rusty Elder, Program Coordinator for Music, Instructor of Music
Rusty Elder teaches courses in Music Theory, Music History, Music Fundamentals, World Music, Rock & Roll and Drum Set. As coordinator of the Stephens Music program, he is excited to work with faculty to expand musical opportunities for Stephens students with new classes and programs. Elder, a percussionist, performs for numerous musicals, revues and recitals throughout the year. He has received the Stephens College Distinguished Teaching Award. He earned an M.M. and a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Pamela Ellsworth-Smith, Associate Professor of Voice
Pamela Ellsworth-Smith teaches voice at Stephens and is the director of The Velvetones, Stephens’ vocal jazz ensemble, who recently performed at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tenn., and the Jazz Standard in New York. The group made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2004. She also directs Stephens’ A Class Act: Musical Theatre Troupe. Ellsworth-Smith is the artistic director of the Stephens Summer Musical Camps for middle school through high school students. She has performed roles with New Orleans Opera Company and Santa Barbara Civic Light Opera, as well as regional companies on the West Coast. Ellsworth-Smith has studied and performed at The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. She has been appointed as the Missouri District Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Ellsworth-Smith has been an active adjudicator for voice/choral festivals and taught master classes in various high schools in the Midwest. Her students have attained high honors in regional and national competitions, performing in professional companies and apprenticeship programs across the United States. She earned an M.M. from Loyola University and a B.M.E. from Arkansas State University.


Lamby Hedge, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Lamby Hedge hails from N.Y.C. and boasts a 30-year career as a professional director, actor and producer. Her directing credits include The Missouri Repertory Theatre, The American Heartland Theatre, Mount Baker Theatre, and the famed Unicorn Theatre where her direction/choreography won her a Kansas City Drama Desk Best of Theatre Award. She also served nine years as artistic director of the Marple Theatre; 10 years as artistic director of the Equity touring company Shakespeare-On-Stage; and artistic director for Okoboji Summer Theatre (65 productions). Hedge directed and choreographed the national tour of the newly revised musical Babes in Toyland. This summer, Hedge guest directed/choreographed Nunsense for Western Summer Theatre. Hedge is the recipient of both the Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Stephens College Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. from State University of New York, Fredonia.

Mimi Hedges, Associate Professor, Lighting, Scenic & Properties Design
Mimi Hedges has served as the interim dean of Performing Arts (2013-2014), director of advising and Liberal Arts (2012-2013), dean of Liberal Arts (2008-2012) and interim chair of Psychology (2009-2012). She was a resident scenic designer/scenic artist at Stephens from 2002-2006 and resident and guest designer for over 50 productions at the Okoboji Summer Theatre. She has taught and designed at the University of Wyoming and Montana State University, and acted as the head of design and technology for theatre and dance at the University of Montana. Hedges has judged for the Iowa Skills/USA VICA competition in graphic design, taught drawing and design in the art department, and designed productions for the music department at Iowa Lakes Community College. Her professional credits include designs for the Unicorn Theatre and Young Audiences in Kansas City, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Tri-Cities Opera, The Montana Rep, Shakespeare in the Parks, and Okoboji Summer Theatre, as well as art direction for the Stephens Summer Film Institute. Last fall, Hedges was the scenic designer for Clybourne Park. She has taught and designed for the Summer Theatre Institute. She earned an M.F.A. from Case Western Reserve University, a B.A. from The College of Wooster and an A.S. from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Lee Heinz, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre
Lee Heinz has performed on Broadway as “Tiger Lily” in Peter Pan and in national and international tours of Dancin’, Once Upon a Mattress, West Side Story, Cabaret and A Chorus Line. Regionally, some of her favorite roles have been “Annie” in Annie Get Your Gun, “Drood” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, “Hermia” in Dead Man’s Cell Phone, “Charlotta” in The Cherry Orchard, “Ruth” in Blithe Spirit, and “Puck” in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has also been a frequent guest artist with the Chautauqua Opera, has worked in film, and was a regular on two soap operas. Heinz started her professional acting career at the age of eight on the Kenley Circuit, performing with such stars as Jo Anne Worley, Paul Lynde, Brenda Lee and Juliet Prowse, among others. She has directed at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and at the Triad Theatre, and choreographed and directed a number of off-Broadway, regional and international shows. Heinz served as the assistant director for the original production of Zombie Prom at the Variety Arts Theatre. Heinz has a M.F.A. from George Washington University, an M.A. from Wayne State University and a B.A. from Vassar College.

Darrell J. Jordan, Visiting Guest Artist, Music
Darrell J. Jordan, a lyric baritone, has been praised for his “resplendent presence” (Chicago Classical Review) and his “shinning, beautiful voice” (Broadway World), as well as called the “star of the show” (Columbia Heartbeat). A St. Louis native, Jordan’s recent solo engagements include J.S. Bach’s Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, Vaughan Williams’ Hodie, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. He recently was a resident opera artist with the Missouri Symphony Society. Jordan has also appeared with Winter Opera Saint Louis, Haymarket Opera Company, Gateway Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival, the Institute for 17th Century Music, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri, and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series. Jordan will make his debut with the St. Louis Opera Collective this fall. He has been selected as a national semifinalist for the Orpheus Vocal Competition, and has been a national finalist in The American Prize Vocal Competition. Jordan is a member and co-founder of Vox Nova, a nationally recognized vocal chamber ensemble. In addition to Stephens, he is also on the faculty at Columbia College and Central Methodist University. He earned an M.M. and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut, Associate Professor
Dr. Kate Berneking Kogut is an associate professor of English and creative writing. She specializes in scriptwriting and new script development. She is a playwright, a screenwriter and a script consultant. Her plays have been produced, showcased and workshopped in California, New York, Chicago and in venues in the South and the Midwest. Kogut also writes, directs and produces short films through her production company, Envelope Sky Productions. One of her current research projects is the examination of "below the line" career opportunities for women working in the film industry. Another research interest is transmedia storytelling, which is ways in which a story unfolds through various media. She looks forward to the release of her transmedia storytelling project and the accompanying web series. She earned her Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Dr. Sean Livengood-Clouse, Associate Professor 
Dr. Sean Livengood-Clouse is director of The Children's School at Stephens College. He teaches education, psychology and counseling courses in the Education programs at Stephens, where he’s been on faculty since 2006. He also serves as the certification officer for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies’ educational programs. Livengood-Clouse has a B.A. in Psychology and master's degrees in Counseling Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. As of this summer, he will also be a licensed psychologist. He is an expert in life span and child development, counseling psychology, multicultural issues in psychology. In addition to his faculty position, Livengood-Clouse provides therapy for clients at a non-profit, no-fee family mental health clinic in Columbia. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Psychological Association.


Kerri S. Packard 
Kerri is supervisor of the costume shop at Stephens. Kerri has more than 30 years of experience as a costume designer/technician. She received a B.F.A. in Costume Design from Arizona State University and a M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Iowa. She taught for 23 years at the University of Missouri. Her work has been seen at MU, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, Maples Repertory Theatre and Southeast Missouri State University.  


Dr. Tina Parke-Sutherland, Professor
Dr. Tina Parke-Sutherland is a professor of literature, creative writing and women's studies. She has been on the faculty at Stephens since 1991. Parke-Sutherland, a former Fulbright Professor, holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Northern Michigan University, has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska and earned a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Michigan. She is also a published poet, with her latest collection, "The Dream Latitudes," in press.


Trent Rash, Assistant Professor of Music
Trent Rash teaches applied private voice lessons and the musical theatre repertory class at Stephens. He is also the director of A Dicken’s Victorian Christmas and the musical theatre coordinator for the Summer Theatre Institute. Rash has directed, music directed, or been onstage in more than 40 musicals. Outside of Stephens, he is the assistant director of music ministry at the St. Thomas More Newman Center and teaches a handful of students of all ages through RashMusik, his private voice studio. Rash is also one of the co-founders and singers in the mixed vocal ensemble Elan, which performs a varied repertoire of choral music. He worked with Jerry Herman in an auditioned master class as an undergraduate. Other solo engagements include concert appearances at The Missouri Theatre, in the Odyssey Chamber Music Series, with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and as the tenor soloist in Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Messiah. In 2014, his musical, Starting With My Voice, written with friend and colleague Audra Sergel, was selected and featured in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. He earned an M.M. and a B.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Kristine Somerville, Assistant Professor
Kristine Somerville teaches contemporary literature, advanced composition, language ethics, nonfiction workshop, fiction workshop, and the Harbinger publishing internship at Stephens College. Her short stories and prose poems have been published in various magazines, including The North American ReviewPassages NorthRiver CityZone 3The South Carolina Review and Quarterly West. Her essay "Katie Suber" received notable mention in Best American Essays, and her fiction has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. Her visual and “Found Text” features and omnibus reviews appear regularly in The Missouri Review.


Chase Thompson, Assistant Professor
Chase Thompson is an assistant professor of digital filmmaking at Stephens. Thompson, an independent filmmaker, is a fourth-generation teacher with a passion for helping students find their creative voice through digital filmmaking and photography. His feature length documentary Zielinski was selected into Slamdance, True/False Film Fest and Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival, and it received Best Political Doc at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Golden Reel Award at the Nevada Film Festival. Thompson is a screener for Slamdance and is working on his next feature, The Legend of Sir Lattimore Brown. In the meantime, he wrote and directed Threshold (Fargo Film Fest) and Flat Black (2014). In 2014, Thompson led a student group to Haiti to create a short documentary for the buildOn organization; photos from the trip appeared in Photographer’s Forum Best of 2014 and 2016 publications. He is pursuing his M.F.A. in Screenwriting and Television at Stephens. He earned a B.S. from Columbia College.


Dr. Mark Thompson, Associate Professor 
Dr. Mark Thompson is an associate professor of history and global studies. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Toronto. Thompson teaches modern European, U.S. and world history, as well as the sophomore core courses, Government and Economics and Global Village. His research interests include the Indochina War, as well as the intersection of European integration and decolonization. His article "Defending the Rhine in Asia: France’s 1951 Reinforcement Debate and French International Ambitions" is forthcoming with the journal French Historical Studies.


Jill Womack, Executive Artistic Director, TRYPS Institute at Stephens College; Assistant Professor of Children’s Theatre
Jill Womack is the founder and executive artistic director of the TRYPS Institute (Theatre Reaching Young People & Schools) and has directed over 60 children’s theatre productions. TRYPS Institute celebrates its 17th season and its second year at Stephens. The Institute produces a year-round education program for young people ages 10 months through college. In 2002, TRYPS’ original play The Selfish Giant was chosen as one of eight new plays for the Kennedy Center’s New Visions/New Voices Festival. Womack has worked professionally in L.A. and N.Y.C. and was a member of SAG and AFTRA. She studied at British American Drama Academy and is an alumna of the FSU/Asolo State Theatre. She has received the Kennedy Center’s Coolfont Scholarship and the Kennedy Center’s Award of Excellence. She earned an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Kerri Yost, Associate Professor
Kerri Yost is an associate professor of digital filmmaking at Stephens. She is an independent filmmaker who learned filmmaking overseas while teaching abroad. After returning home to Missouri, she focused on films about the people in the Midwest. Her feature film Neither Here Nor There documents Bosnian refugees starting new lives in Missouri, which played on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy. Her short documentary films Billy and X-Ray Man focus on soldiers who had extraordinary lives. Committed to helping women gain more access to the film industry, Yost founded the Citizen Jane Film Festival at Stephens in 2008. The festival has grown ever since, providing opportunities for female filmmakers to showcase their work to our local community and Stephens film students to learn about the film industry firsthand. She earned her M.A. from Central Missouri State University and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. (Sabbatical Spring 2018)


Dr. Tegan Zimmerman, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tegan Zimmerman is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing. She specializes in contemporary women’s historical fiction, contemporary gender studies and literary theory. She has master’s degrees in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia) and Philosophy (University of Calgary) and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Alberta). Her book “Matria Redux: Caribbean Women’s Historical Fiction,” forthcoming from Northwestern UP, examines the concepts of maternal history and maternal genealogy.


Performing Arts Staff 

Sarah Aker, Staff Artist, Lighting Design
Sarah Aker teaches, designs, serves as the master electrician, and advises students at Stephens. This past year at the College, she designed Clybourne Park, Hay Fever, Senior Dance Concert, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Spring Dance Concert and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. This past summer, Aker designed The Spitfire Grill and A Murder is Announced at Okoboji Summer Theatre. Before Stephens, Aker was the staff space coordinator and lighting designer for the University of Illinois Department of Dance. Other recent lighting design credits include Black Comedy (Bristol Valley Theatre); Wintertime, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and White People (Station Theatre); The Fantasticks, The Sparrow and Around the World in 80 Days (Parkland College); Frankenstein (South Bend Civic Theatre); and seven summer seasons at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. She has an M.F.A. from Florida State University with a major in Lighting Design. Her B.A. is from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., with a double major in Theatre and Psychology. 

Michael Burke, Director of Production, School of Performing Arts; Director of Production & Operations, Okoboji Summer Theatre
Michael Burke returns to campus following the successful 59th season at Okoboji Summer Theatre. At Stephens, he oversees all production departments for the School of Performing Arts; is the resident sound designer; supervises all student stage managers and sound designers; and teaches Introduction to Stage Management, Stage Management II and Sound Design. Burke is also an adviser to the Warehouse Theatre Company. Prior to his return to Stephens in 2007, he spent 15 seasons at the 5th Avenue Musical Theatre in Seattle as a stage manager and as the company manager, working on more than 35 productions, including the pre-Broadway runs of Jeckle & Hyde, Hairspray and The Wedding Singer. Other regional credits include the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City and The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. Burke is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Production Managers’ Forum and a graduate of Stephens College. He earned a B.FA. from Stephens.

Ruth Ann Burke, Executive Director, Okoboji Summer Theatre; Business Manager, School of Performing Arts
Ruth Ann Burke serves as the executive director for the Okoboji Summer Theatre, where she recently completed her 18th summer. During the school year, she is the business manager, overseeing box office operations, marketing and corporate sponsorships for the School of Performing Arts. Before returning to Columbia in 2007, Burke worked in marketing and public relations in Seattle. She is also a proud alumna of the Stephens College School of Performing Arts. She earned her M.B.A. from Stephens College, an M.A. from Drake University and a B.F.A. from Stephens.

Ken George, Visiting Guest Artist, Scenic Designer
Ken George works as a freelance scenic/entertainment designer in Southern California and the Midwest. He teaches design courses at Stephens, designs for the theatre program’s mainstage productions and mentors student designers. George has served as a scenic designer for various theaters and schools in the Midwest over the last 18 years, earning him the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2005 Performing Arts Fellowship Award. He is also a professional member of the United State Institute for Theatre Technology. His design credits include California State University, Los Angeles; Deaf West Theater, Los Angeles; Oklahoma State University’s Department of Theater, Stillwater, Okla.; Casper College’s Theatre and Dance program, Casper, Wyo.; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and PBS of Missouri. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.S. from Northwest Missouri State University and an A.A. from Coffeyville Community College.

Herbert Moore, Scene Shop Foreman
A 2008 Stephens College graduate, Herbert Moore just completed his ninth summer at the Okoboji Summer Theatre, which includes several years as the assistant to the director of production, lighting supervisor and facilities manager. His previous work includes stage staff for Royal Caribbean International and as an electrician for Dallas Theater Center and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. He earned a B.F.A. from Stephens College. 

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