Bios for Portfolio Reviews

& Interview Materials

Portfolio Reviews are staffed by numerous volunteers throughout the Institute. We thank them for their continued service to provide this valuable opportunity for conference attendees. These stalwart friends of the Institute include:


Matthew Allar (Scenic) See bio in conference listing


Jim Allen (Lighting) See bio on the Muskegon Community College website


Jonathon Allender-Zivic (PRIMP Education Commission Chair) See bio in conference listing


Roger Bardwell (Technical Production) See bio in conference listing

Andrea Bechert (Scenic) has designed scenery for over 300 productions across the country. Her numerous awards include Theatre Critics Circle Awards, a Denver Ovation Award, and her designs have been included in the 2005 World Design Expo and 1996 Prague Quadrennial. Andrea teaches Design at San Jose State University, and is an active member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.


La Beene (Costumes) See bio in conference listing


Tom Bliese (Scenic) See bio in conference listing


Emmett Buhmann (Lighting) See bio in conference listing


Tom Burch (Scenic) See bio in conference listing


Ann Cadaret (PRIMP Scenic Commission Chair)  


CC Conn (Lighting) is associate professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Conn designs lighting, sound, projections and sound mixes for radio plays. She also writes and researches on mentoring in the field of theatre. Conn is reviewing portfolios for the lighting commission.  Full c.v. and samples can be seen at


Amber Marisa Cook (Costumes) See bio in conference listing


John Copeland (Management) See bio in conference listing


Nykol DeDreu (Management)  


Marilyn Deighton (Costumes) Associate Professor of costume technology and costume Shop Director at Niagara University. Professionally, Marilyn has worked at Paper Mill Playhouse, Colorado Shakespeare Festival and tailor for The Shakespeare Theatre, Arena Stage and Wolf Trap Opera in D.C. and Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk designed by Paul Tazewell for Broadway.


Rich Dionne (Management) See bio in conference listing


Kathleen Donnelly (Costumes) received her MFA from Northwestern University.  She is the Costume Designer at UW Oshkosh, and serves as the Co Vice Commissioner of Expo, Exhibits and Experience for the Costume Commission. She has been Chair of the USITT Midwest Regional Section, and past DTM Chair for KCACTF Region III.


David Dwyer (Scenic) holds a Master of Fine Arts in production design from Michigan State University. As a free-lance scenic designer for theatre and film he has over one hundred and fifty designs to his credit. At Niagara University, he is the principal Scenic Designer and teaches courses in theatre design and technology. See his work


David Fillmore (Lighting) See bio in conference listing


Rich Fleming (Technical Production)  


Donna Flor (Management) See bio in conference listing


Jana Henry Funderburk (Costumes, Education) See bio in conference listing


Michael Giannitti (Lighting) has designed on Broadway & many resident theaters including Arkansas Rep, Capital Rep, Indiana Rep, Trinity Rep, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Studio (DC), Dorset, Portland Stage, Barrington Stage, Virginia Stage, Chautauqua, & Weston. He’s taught at Bennington College since 1992 and has lectured in China, New Zealand, & Romania.


Tom Grabowski (Lighting) graduated from the University of Illinois with an MFA in Design.  He taught at UTPA/UTRGV for 35 years, designing lights and/or sets for 260 shows and is now with SUNY Potsdam as the Facilities Manager for the PAC. He enjoys sunsets and sharing rainbows.


Lucas Granholm (Lighting) See bio in conference listing


Kevin Griffin (Lighting) is a professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. where he teaches lighting design and technical production courses.  A member of USA 839 and IATSE Local 631, Kevin has over 30 years of experience as a designer and technician in the entertainment industry.  See full bio at Rollins website.


J. Michael Griggs (Scenic) is the Chair of the Scene Design Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a member of United Scenic Artists 829. He has designed for The American Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, The Manhattan Theatre Club, Gloucester Stage Company and others.


John Grüber (Management) is the General Stage Manager for Cirque du Soleil’s JOYÀ in Riviera Maya, Mexico. John served in the same role with Cirque for Michael Jackson ONE and Zumanity. He has served as Production Manager for the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and on staffs at the Illinois and Utah Shakespearean Festivals, The Goodman Theatre, and Oberlin Dance Collective.


Connie Hecker (Scenic) is a Scenic Designer based in Central Virginia.  She is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Program at Liberty University.  Since becoming involved in academic and professional theatre in 2009, Connie has worked on over 60 shows as a Scenic Designer, Scenic Artist, Props Artist and Projection Designer.


Trish Hausmann (Management) See bio in conference listing


Melissa Johnston (Management)  


Brian Jones (Education, Scenic) See bio in conference listing


Ellen Jones (Lighting, Scenic) See bio in conference listing


T.J. Kearney (Management) is a New York City based stage manager whose work includes regional theatres on the west and east coast as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway.  Selected credits include the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening; Leap of Faith (LA/Broadway); As You Like It (Bay Street/CSC); Disney’s Newsies and Hairspray (Maltz Jupiter).


Hyun Sook Kim (Costumes) is a professional costume designer and professor at Cal State Fullerton. Internationally recognized: NYC Lincoln Ctr., LA Kodak Theatre, Schubert Theatre, Toronto Hummingbird Ctr., London’s West End. National: Capital Rep, Pan Asian Rep, Human Race Theatre. MFA: U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MA: U of Illinois at Chicago. See full bio at Cal State Fullerton.


David R. Krajec (Lighting) See bio in conference listing


Darren Levin (PRIMP Lighting Commission Chair) See bio in conference listing


Laura Love (Costumes, Scenic)  


Claudia Lynch (Management) Broadway: Rock of Ages, A Catered Affair, Company, Little Shop of Horrors, The Light in the Piazza, The Rivals, Dinner at Eight, Contact. Nine Productions with NY City Center Encores!, Classic Stage Company, Alley, Old Globe, Cleveland Playhouse, Arena Stage.  Coordinator of the BFA SM program at UCF.


Ouida Maedel (Management) See bio in conference listing


Ashley Martin (Management)  


Molly McCarter (Management) See bio in conference listing


Alan McEwen (Lighting) See bio in conference listing


Colleen Metzger (Costumes) See bio in conference listing


Tyler Micheel (Lighting) is an Instructor and Master Electrician at The University of Arkansas Theatre Department at Fayetteville. Past lighting design credits include Mary Poppins, Bus Stop, Seussical the Musical, and The Servant of Two Masters.


Heather Milam (Costumes) is on the faculty at Indiana University, heading the M.F.A. Costume Technology program. She recently traveled to Moscow Russia to research at the Moscow Arts Theatre School. Heather is USITT’s costume vice commissioner for archives. She is also involved as a curator for the emerging artists’ exhibit for the Prague Quadrennial 2019.


Matthew Miller (Management, Scenic, Technical Production) is a freelance lighting & scenic designer, Equity stage manager, and is on the faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia where he teaches in the Design & Production area, mentors stage managers, and heads the Theater Education program.  Samples of his work can be seen at


Christopher Montpetit (Management) See bio in conference listing


James Moody (Lighting) See bio in conference listing


Elizabeth Moreau (Management) See bio in conference listing


Christianne Myers (Costumes, Education) See bio in conference listing


Shelby Newport (Costumes, Education) See bio in conference listing


Christy Ney (Management)  


Dan Ozminkowski (Lighting) is the Head of Lighting at Illinois State University.  Recent design credits include nine LORT stages, three North American tours and the US premiere of Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity.  Associate & Assistant credits include productions on Broadway and in Vegas.  BFA Purchase College, MFA Parsons The New School.


Anthony Phelps (Scenic) See bio in conference listing


Jason Prichard (Technical Production) See bio in conference listing


P. Gibson Ralph (Scenic) See bio in conference listing


David “Ross” Rauschkolb (Management)  


Megan Reilly (Lighting) is an Assistant Professor of Design at Macalester College and a freelance lighting and media designer. Her professional work has been seen in many productions in the Twin Cities and all over Texas. Last summer she designed the mixed reality piece Transmission at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and her work can be seen this summer in Dublin with Collaborative Artists Company.


Travis Richardson (Technical Production) See bio in conference listing


Batul Rizvi (Scenic) is a freelance multi-disciplinary designer, scenic artist and creative consultant. She has worked as the Entertainment and Production Designer for Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. Additional credits include the Heritage Theatre Festival, Pacific Conservatory for Performing Arts, Totem Pole Playhouse, and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. BFA (Scene Design): University of North Carolina School of the Arts,


Michael Rolleri (PRIMP Technical Production Commission Chair) is in his 31st season with PlayMakers Repertory Company and Associate Professor/Head of the Technical Production Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. He has been Technical Director, Project Manager, Exhibition Technician and Lighting Designer for industrial shows and a rigger in the Southeast region, as well as lead carpenter for films, the U.S. Olympic Festival and scenic studios. Member: IATSE (30 year Gold Pin, Local 417 past President/Executive Board), USITT (three-time Tech Expo winner); see full bio on Playmakers website.


Anthony Rosas (Technical Production) See bio in conference listing


Kristi Ross-Clausen (Management) is an Equity Stage Manager and VP of IATSE local 470. She's toured with Mamma Mia!, War Horse, and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. After a lengthy career teaching K-college, she's now Quality and Customer Advocate for Arrow AV Group.


DeAnna Rowe (Costumes), the Costume Shop Supervisor at University of Memphis, received an MFA in Costume Design/Technology at University of Missouri. She was on faculty at DeSales University and Ohio University. She has been Costume Designer, Cutter/Draper and Crafts Artisan at numerous professional and academic theatre companies throughout the U.S.


Mary Jean (MJ) Sedlock (Management) See bio in conference listing


Deb Sherrer (PRIMP Management Commission Assistant Chair) See bio in conference listing


Victor E. Shonk (Scenic) See bio in conference listing


Jane Stein (Costumes) See bio in conference listing


Maureen Stevens (Costumes) Associate Professor of Theatre and Costume Designer at Niagara University where she teaches costuming and make-up classes. MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Professional credits include: the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Stage, San Francisco Opera and the Walt Disney World Company


Steven Stines (Costumes) See bio in conference listing


Erin Joy Swank (PRIMP Coordinator & Management Commission Chair) See bio in conference listing


Stacy Taylor (Management) See bio in conference listing


Juan Torres (Management), Stage Manager, is alumni of Theater UCF and has been with Disney Entertainment for the last 10 years. Juan has called shows within the Magic Kingdom® Park. He is the Director of Production for Encore! Performing Arts in partnership with the Dr. Phillips Center. He is also the Stage Management Advisor for Theatre UCF.


Tom Tutino (Scenic) Scenic Design professor, Western Kentucky University. Actors Theatre of Louisville: 35th & 36th Humana Festivals, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. Bunbury: RED, THREE TALL WOMEN, AGES OF THE MOON. Stage One: CASSIUS CLAY (world premiere). Cumberland County Playhouse, Prather Entertainment Group, Metropolis PAC, Off-Square Theatre. Member USA 829.


Scott Vandenberg (Lighting) is faculty at Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance.  He is the Resident LD for Merge Dance Company, Opening Door Dance Theatre and Texas State Opera Theatre.  Notable designs: ARCOS Dance, Summer Stock Austin, FSU and the 2017 COCO Dance Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad.


Esther Van Eek (Costumes) See bio in conference listing


Bill Wallace (Education, Scenic) is the Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Hamline University. He is the Designer/TD for the Department. He designs sets, lights and/or costumes for departmental shows across a given season often working with a combination of professional staff, student and guest designers. 


Mary Wayne-Thomas (Costumes, Education) has been set and costume designer for Wake Forest University since 1980 where she also served as department chair. She has designed for numerous theatres mostly in North Carolina and her professional credits include the Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, St. Louis Rep, Utah Shakespeare Festival.


Dominic Yeager (Management) See bio in conference listing


Stephanie Young (Education, Management) recently retired from 30 years as Head of the CalArts SM program. Active in USITT since 1975, she was recently elected as a Fellow of the Institute. She served as production manager for eight years at Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theater and at Colorado Shakespeare Festival for sixteen years.


Wendi Zea (PRIMP Costume Commission Chair)


* Reviewers listed volunteered by February 22, 2018, for a minimum of an hour commitment.

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