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David Schram

Theatre Dept. Chair/ Professor of Stage Directing and Management/ Acting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Schram joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 1988. David holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Florida State University. He teaches Acting I, II, Acting VI, Directing, Senior Seminar for performance emphasis majors, and Public Speaking. He has also been involved with the First Year Experience, teaching a section of First Year Seminar for theatre majors for a number of years.
In Fall 2000, David received the Exemplary Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding service to students and his continued pursuit of excellence in teaching. In the Spring of 2003, David received the Moore Professor Award
Off-campus, David coordinates the auditions for the North Carolina Theatre Conference - the high school scholarship auditions and the Southeastern Theatre Conference, screening auditions for college students seeking summer theatre employment. He has served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Theatre Conference, including one year as the organization's president.

 

 


John Saari

Professor of Design/Technology/ Technical Direction/Lighting

John Saari is Professor of the Design and Technical Theatre Emphasis Program and teaches courses in Drafting and Color, Stage Design and Advanced Stage Design, Stage Craft and Advanced Stage Craft, Lighting Design, Period Styles of Design, Scene Painting, Production Lab, Special Topics courses in Properties and Casting, Masks, Mascots, Marionettes and Puppetry, Armor and Weaponry, Plastics Special Topics, Pneumatics, Welding, Intelligent Lighting, Advanced Design, Rendering Methods and Seminars (Portfolio Preparation)

He joined the faculty of Greensboro College in 1990. In 2006, John received the Moore Professorship at Greensboro College for his service to the Profession and the college. John Saari is the 2017 recipient of the Marian A. Smith Distinguished Career Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

After receiving his M.F.A., John was both Assistant to the Scenic Designer and Scenic Designer at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville as well as head Scenic Artist for this nationally known Regional Theatre.

He has over 500 Scenic Design credits and several hundred Lighting Design credits. He has also done Star touring productions for artists such as Donny and Marie Osmond, Children’s productions for PBS and Stage One. Mr. Saari has 59 world premieres to his credit including two shows that toured nationally before opening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

John moved his family to Greensboro, N.C. in mid 1987 when he accepted the position as Scene/ Lighting Designer for the Greensboro City Arts Drama Program which produced a host of Musicals and Children’s Theatre productions during his tenure there. Since 1987 he has consulted and overseen 5 major renovations of Performing Arts spaces in the Greensboro area, most recently completing a multimillion dollar project at Greensboro College. In addition to his Theatre work, Professor Saari also does Industrial Shows and Tradeshow booths for the Textile Industry. His designs have won “Best of Show” in an international venue for the past several decades.

John has also done a scores of video, film and tele-visual productions. Most recently he did the sets for 8 shows for the TCT networks and the studios of WXLI TV. Also in television work he did the stage decoration for MTV’s “Wanna Be a VJ 3” search which featured JayZee in Spencer, N.C.

Currently John is the Master Class Mentor for USITT-SE where he has served on the executive committee for 26 years, he also has been a sustaining sponsor of the organization for as long. John is also active in the North Carolina Theatre Conference, Southeastern Theatre Conference and now the Southern Institute of Outdoor Theatre. He has served as Technical Director for the American College Theatre Festival Regional Competition when it was held at Greensboro College. Annually he oversees the technical production and lighting as host to the North Carolina Theatre Conference State Final High School Play Festival as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference Regional Final Secondary Play Festival.

Mr. Saari is committed to the education and advancement of Theatre Students and to that end he and his wife’s company, sponsors the graduate and undergraduate Scene Design competition at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Through Sculptural Arts Coating, Inc. John is known around the United States and some of the world as the creator of the following scenic products:

  • Sculpt Or Coat - the versatile construction tool
  • Artist’s Choice - Saturated Scenic Paints
  • Sculptural Arts Plastic Varnishes
  • Tough’N White Primers.
  • Sculpt or Coat was named as one of the top ten new products of the 1990’s. He has been featured in numerous Theatre magazines and articles, and is referenced in a number of Theatre Texts related to the product creation. He has presented workshops locally, statewide, regionally and nationally with numerous groups and institutions such as: Yale University, The Studio School of Design in New Jersey, National Costumer’s of American, National Puppeteers of America, Pace University in Lower Manhattan, North Carolina Theatre ConferenceUnited States Institute of Theatre Technology – Southeast Region, North East Region, Ohio Region, Midwest Section and USITT – NationalSoutheastern Theatre Conference as well as workshops for various theatrical dealers around the country and impromptu workshops backstage at Disney Studios in Orlando, Florida. Several years ago he worked with the heads of Disney's Worlds of Entertainment and Imagineering and organized master classes for students from around the Southeast region at Disney Studios in Orlando, FL. Also with USA 829 and IATSE locals at First Flight Productions in Baltimore, and Staten Island Stages in New York.

    Most recently in Fall 2018 John presented at the USITT-SE Master Classes several scene painting workshops with Sean Saari also at the Staten Island Stages in New York for USA 829 and IATSE at the Scenic Materials Fair in May 2019. In the Fall 2019 John and adjunct faculty Sean Saari will be presenting several workshops for USITT-SE at UNC-G in Greensboro, NC.

     


    Josephine Hall

    Associate Professor of Acting and Voice

    Josephine Hall Acting

    Josephine Hall joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 2011.  She is originally from England where she received her B.A. (Hons) in Music, Drama and Dance from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting.  After working as a professional actor for over 20 years, she returned to school and received her M.F.A. in Theatre from Louisiana State University during which time she also taught Acting and Voice in the undergraduate program.  Prior to that she taught at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and has also taught a variety of workshops and courses at professional theatres.

    She has performed professionally throughout the U.K., Sweden, and the United States as part of the first Broadway production tour of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time", and with companies such as
    The American Shakespeare Center, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in the Park (TX), B Street Theatre (CA), New Stage Theatre (MS), Riverside Theatre (FL), the Arvada Center (CO), and four seasons as a resident company member at the Barter Theatre (VA). 

    Since joining Greensboro College, she has continued to work with regional professional companies such as Triad Stage, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, North Carolina Theatre, Ensemble Stage, and Charlotte's Off-Broadway. She is a proud member of both American and British Actor's Equity Association. Jo also works professionally as a voice and dialect coach and is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.



    Ashley Hyers

    Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Department Chair /Theatre Stage Movement / Musical Choreography

    Ashley Hyers teaches theatre movement and dance as well as choreographs for the Fine Arts Division at Greensboro College. She received a BS from Wofford College and an MED from UNC-Greensboro. She is a certified Pilates instructor and is a Certified Alexander Technique teacher. She is in her third year as full time faculty with Greensboro College.

    She also choreographed for community theatre programs and taught tap at City Arts Dance. Ashley specializes in tap, but also studies ballet and modern dance.

     

     

     

     

     


    Wm Perry Morgan - Hall

    Associate Professor/Musical Theatre/ Acting

    Perry Morgan

    Wm. Perry Morgan-Hall. Associate Professor of Theatre. Director of Musical Theatre Program. Fine Arts Recruiting.   Perry is a Mastery Graduate of the Actor's Institute in NYC. He earned his MFA in Contemporary Theatre Performance from Naropa University. He also holds a BFA and MS from Long Island University. Professor Morgan-Hall is a member of Actor's Equity Association and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. New Jersey's Theatre Awards are named "The Perry Awards" in his honor.

    Perry served five seasons as the Resident Musical Director at the Barter Theatre in Virginia, , and has directed for Playhouse On The Square, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Summerblue on Lake Superior,  and Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Directing credits closer to home include Kernersville Little Theatre, the Greensboro Playwright's Forum, and Open Space Cafe Theatre. Perry served as the Company Composer for Pyramid Productions and his ballet scores have premiered in New York,  Paris France and Nyon Switzerland. 

    As an Actor, Professor Morgan-Hall played Mark Dolson (twice on tour) in the play MASS APPEAL. His performance as Emory in THE BOYS IN THE BAND earned him multiple  Best Supporting Actor honors for the 1982-83  theatre season. In New York, Perry performed with the First Amendment Improv Company and was a member of the original cast of the musical revue SMOKE RINGS. Perry's one-man show IDENTITY  had its world premiere at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder.

    Professor Morgan-Hall continues to  teach and lead workshops at state and national conventions.   He regularly directs in the Greensboro College Theatre Department season.



    Marion Seaman

    Costume Shop Manager / Faculty - Costume

    Marion graduated from UNC-Greensboro, then moved to Raleigh where she designed costumes for Raleigh Little Theatre. She has since returned to Greensboro and has designed costumes for High Point University, CTG, and Weaver Education Center. While learning about areas of technical theatre, other than costuming, she met her husband Dan, a director and educator.

    In addition to working in the costume shop, Marion chauffeurs two teen-agers, plays hand bells, and enjoys scrap-booking.

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Sean Saari

    Adjunct Faculty - Lighting Design, Computer Aided Design, Scenic Painting, Stage Craft & Design, Theatre History, Introduction to Theatre, Production Studio and Design/Technical student work call classes.- Theatre Scenic and Lighting Designer

    Sean Saari Lighting & Design Adjunct  Faculty

    Sean Saari is a returning member of Adjunct Faculty for the Greensboro College Theatre Department since he began in the Fall 2016. Sean holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Lighting Design with a secondary emphasis in Scenic Design from the Univeristy of Georgia, Athens’ Theatre and Film Studies program. He has been teaching Lighting Design I, Stagecraft I, Drafting and Color Media, and Computer Aided Design and labs and Theatre History, Introduction to Theatre as well as guest designs for lights for the musical, "Mamma Mia" this past year and "A Doll's House Part 2", and most recently "Listen! Tonin Too!", as well as set and lighting designs for"The Tricky Part" and "The Book of Will" and the Musical department's Opera for the past two years. In recent past seasons he did the set designs for "Tis Pity she's a Whore", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Far Away" and the lighting designs for "Sugar", "Disaster the Musical", the North Carolina Theatre Conference Festival Light Plot among other supervisory roles.

    For the 2015-2016 academic year, Sean was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Lighting and Scenic Design, and Scenic Painting for Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. In addition to designing lights and Scenery for the productions of A Catered Affair, Her Naked Skin, Orpheus Descending, and Lights for Dog Sees God, he taught Scenic Painting, Lighting and Scenic Painting Labs, an AutoCad and Adobe software course, Intro to Theatre and From Page to Stage.

    Sean has worked on over fifty nine theatrical and opera productions, thirty Lighting Designs, and sixteen Scenic Designs, worked as an ME/Electrician for fifteen, Scenic Artist for twelve, Properties Master for seven, Properties Assistant for eleven, Assistant Technical Director for nine, Technical Director for several, and as a Carpenter/Master Carpenter for almost all of them.

    Sean is a USITT-SE Lighting Design Exposition award winner for his productions of "Anna in the Tropics" and "The Rabbit Hole" and was a nominee to the KC -ACTF Regional Festival for his Lighting Design for "Little Shop of Horrors".

    He has recently presented scenic painting workshops at the USITT- SE Master Classes in 2018 at Coastal Carolina University, SC and presented with Prof. John Saari at the Staten Island Stages in May 2019 for Art Directors, and recent USA 829 and IATSE members and apprentice program participants. In the Fall 2019, Sean will present scenic painting workshops with John at the USITT-SE Master classes at UNC=G in Greensboro, NC.


    Juanita Ray

    Adjunct Faculty / Acting and Teacher Education/ Theatre Department

    Juanita Ray

    Juanita Ray is a retired public school educator of 32 years. She earned a  BA in Speech Communication Education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1984 and an MEd in Theatre Arts Education from UNC-Greensboro in 2000.  She is licensed in NC to teach K-12 Speech Communication, K-12 Theatre Arts, and Secondary Social Studies. She was also a  National Board Certified teacher from 2006-2016.
    Juanita coached Competitive Debate and Public Speaking for eight years, after having competed herself for seven years in both high school and college. While at UNC, she advanced to National Finals in Minnesota and was a quarter- finalist in Impromptu Speaking. She is a Member of the National Forensic League. She was named William Hudson Debate Coach of the Year in NC forensics twice.

     Juanita taught Theatre Arts for 18 years in Randolph County,  where she started with one class and built a full-time theatre position and program that is still active. She also chartered the Thespian Troupe at Trinity High School. Juanita was a finalist for Randolph County Teacher of the Year in 2006. She served as Lead Instructional Teacher and a Mentor Teacher at Randolph Early College HS prior to her retirement from public schools. 

    Juanita also works with the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the NC Council on the Holocaust to plan and facilitate teacher workshops and seminars. She is an appointed member of the NC Council on the Holocaust and a Museum Teacher Fellow of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

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    Dan Seaman

    Adjunct Faculty / Acting and Teacher Education/ Theatre Department Emeriti

    Dan Seaman

    Dan announced his retirement in the Spring 2019 after working with the college for 15 years as a regular adjunct with the Theatre Department.

    Dan Seaman joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 2004 after 30 years with the Guilford County Schools, having started and run the drama department at Weaver Education Center. 

    Dan earned his BA in Speech and Drama at UNCG in 1973 and an MeD in Drama in 1997. He has also studied at Northwestern and the Globe Theatre in London. 

    His performance groups at Weaver were awarded NCTC’s Best production awards a record 7 times and twice won at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. He is active in Community Theatre as a guest director for High Point and Greensboro. Dan met his wife of 17 years while both were working for the Community Theatre of Greensboro. They have two children, two dogs, a bird, a fish and a mini-van but no picket fence. In his spare time, Dan works with stained glass.