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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 Stage Design, Stage Craft, Lighting Design, Theatre History, Scene Painting, Production Lab, Special Topics courses in Properties, Plastics, 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.

After receiving his M.F.A., John was both Assistant to the Designer and 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 score 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. In the early 2000's he did the stage decoration for MTV’s “Wanna Be a VJ 3” search which featured JayZee and Korn in Spencer, N.C.

Currently John is the Master Class Mentor for USITT-SE where he has served on the executive committee for 24 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 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.

     


    Josephine Hall

    Assistant Professor of Acting and Voice

    Josephine Hall Acting

    Josephine Hall joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 2011.  Originally from England, she received her B.A. (Hons) in Music, Drama and Dance from the University of Birmingham and then spent a postgraduate year at 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 originally came to America in 1993 to teach and direct at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in NJ.  She has performed professionally throughout the UK, Sweden and the United States with companies such as Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, B Street Theatre (CA), New Stage Theatre (MS), Riverside Theatre (FL), Main Street Theatre (PA), Playhouse on the Square (TN), and Arvada Center (CO). 

    Regionally she has performed with Barter Theatre where she was a resident company member for 4 seasons, American Shakespeare Center and North Carolina Theatre.  She is a proud member of both American and British Actors’ Equity Association.
    Jo also works professionally as a voice and dialect coach and is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

    Most recently Jo spent a year plus with the National Tour of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time".



    Ashley Hyers

    Dance Department Chair / Stage Movement / 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.

     

     

     

     

     


    Perry Morgan

    Assistant Professor/Musical Theatre/ Acting

    Perry Morgan

    Wm. Perry Morgan began teaching at Greensboro College in the Fall of 2011. Here, he has directed The Robber Bridegroom, Carrie the musical, Cabaret and (title of show). Perry spent five seasons as the Resident Music Director and a member of the Resident Acting Company at the Historic Barter Theatre. He has also collaborated with some fine Artists at Summerblue Arts, Cane River Rep, Arkansas Rep, Bigfork Summer Playhouse, Texas Shakespeare Festival, and The Traveling Theatre of New York. 

    Perry is a Mastery Graduate of The Actor's Institute (NYC). He holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from Long Island University, and his MFA from Naropa University. A proud 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.

     

     

     

     


    Michael Kamtman

    Adjunct Faculty/ Acting / Acting for the Camera

    Michael Kamtman joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 2007. Michael has been a member of the North Carolina Theatre Shakespeare Festival for nearly 20 years, and is co-founder of The Blue Moon Theatre Company. The actor/director is also an expert in stage combat.

    Michael received his BA in Theatre from Bucknell University, MA in Acting from the University of Connecticut, and his MFA in Directing from UNC-G.

     

     

     

     

     

     


    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.

     

     

     

     

     


    Dan Seaman

    Adjunct Faculty / Acting and Teacher Education

    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.

     


    Sean Saari

    Adjunct Faculty/ Set & Lighting Design

    Sean Saari Lighting & Design Adjunct  Faculty

    Sean Saari is a new member among the 2016 Adjunct Faculty for the Greensboro College Theatre Department. 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, as well as guest designs for lights for the musical, "Sugar" this past year as well as set designs for "Much Ado About Nothing" and most recently "Far Away" and the lighting design for "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 forty four theatrical and opera productions, twenty five Lighting Designs, and fourteen Scenic Designs, worked as an ME/Electrician for twelve, Scenic Artist for nine, Properties Master for six, Properties Assistant for eleven, Assistant Technical Director for nine, Technical Director for one, and as a Carpenter/Master Carpenter for almost all of them.