Recognition & Service

USD Alumni Magazine, Winter 2004

Article link: USD Alumni Magazine, Winter 2004




  • Actors’ Equity Association as J. Colleen Kelly, 1998-present.
  • University Resident Theatre Association/Virginia Repertory Theatre, 2012-present:
    Established professional relationship between Virginia Repertory Theatre (Richmond, VA) and UVa Drama allowing MFA candidates AEA membership or EMC points. Recognized by U/RTA as an essential training component that determines membership within that organization.

  • Association of Theatre Movement Educators, 1992-present:
  • Society of American Fight Directors, 1983-present
    • Professional designation as a Fight Director and Certified Teacher (current).
    • Completion of SAFD Firearm Safety, 2011.
    • Vice-President, 1996-98: collaborated with SAFD officers to rewrite Bylaws and Policies
      and Procedures and to articulate codes of ethics and professionalism within the field:
    • President’s Award, SAFD, 1998.
    • Best Scene Award (w/Dale Girard) London International Stage Combat Conference, 1995.
  • University of Virginia
    • Leadership in Academic Matters (LAM), 2015.
    • Faculty Speaker Recognition UVa Engagement/Lifetime Learning Program, 2014-15.
    • Order of the Rook Recognition (non-traditional contribution to UVa), 1997:
      Rook Letter of Recognition and Cavalier Daily Announcement
    • The Seven Society (educator supporting Thomas Jefferson’s idea of the University),1991.
  • The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival
  • State of Alabama
  • International Documentary Association:
    • Best Documentary Series, 2000 nomination for Tell About the South (aired national PBS),
      1998. Fight Director: Absalom, Absalom! James Agee Film Project, Ross Spears, Director
  • Choreographic Achievement Award, 1994:
    • Choreographic Achievement Award nomination for the film Sommersby, Choreographers’
      Resource Center and L.A. Dance Magazine.


  • U.Va. Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts: Arts Enhancement Grant ($10,000) to support
    residency for Heather Raffo, playwright, 9 Parts of Desire, 2015.
  • U.Va. Offices of the President and the Provost, the Vice Provost for the Arts and the Hefner
    Collection: Berlin Wall Award ($5,000) to support the development of a presentation for the
    Commemoration of the Fall of the Berlin Wall Symposium, 2014.
  • U.Va. Arts Council Award ($10,000) for the creation of online resources, 2013.
  • U.Va. Challenge for Newly Hybrid Technology-Enhanced Course Grant ($10,000), 2012.
  • Junior League of Montgomery (ASF Project Grant), Montgomery, AL, 2000.
  • Southern Poverty Law Center (ASF Project Grant), Montgomery, AL, 1999.


  • “Instant Prince of Cats” by Ben Curns in The Fight Master (Fall Vol. 36, 1) 2014.
  • Healthy Self-i-tude by Robyn Hussa (White Elephant Enterprises) 2012.
  • “So You want to go to an MFA Program?” by Ray Paolino in Southern Theatre Magazine, 2003.
  • The Voice in Violence by Rocco Dal Vera (VASTA publication/Applause Books, 2001).
  • “Theatre Violence Techniques Explored” by Kathi Ellis in Southern Theatre Magazine,1999.
  • The Use and Training of the Human Voice by Arthur Lessac (MaGraw-Hill/Mayfield), 1997.
  • The Vocal Vision: Views on Voice by Marion Hampton/Barbara Acker (Applause Books, 1997).
  • Mask Improvisation for Actor Training & Performance: The Compelling Image by Sears Eldridge, (Northwestern University Press, 1996).
  • The Swords of Shakespeare by Joseph Martinez (McFarland Publishers, 1996).
  • Fight Directing for the Theatre by J. Allen Suddeth (Heinemann Publishers, 1996).
  • “Teaching Actors to Fight” in Theatre Week (February, 1996).
  • “Schoolbiz” Theatre Week (March, 1996).
  • “The Holistic 90’s” in Movement Theatre Quarterly (Winter, 1990).
  • Selected choreography included with the papers of Shirley Harbin: The Shirley Harbin Collection, Detroit Recreation Department Dance Program (1912-1992), Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs.


  • University of Virginia:
    • Alumni & Parent Engagement, Reunion Arts Grounds Tour, 2015.
    • College Mentors for Kids, Drama Workshop/Tour, 2015.
    • Days on the Lawn (Charlottesville, VA) 2012-2015.
    • University Council for the Arts (Berlin Wall), Lecture/Demo, 2014.
    • Student Arts Committee 1st Annual Arts Network Night, 2013.
    • Final Fridays: coordinated two performance events Art Museum/Arts Grounds 2013.
    • Cross-Grounds Synergies Committee: sub-committee of U.Va. Faculty Senate, 2012-13.
    • Event Participation: Second Year Dinner Series, 2015. / Women Faculty Dinner, 2011.
  • Department of Drama
    • Chair, Department of Drama, University of Virginia (beginning fall 2015).
    • Interim Chair and Interim Director of Graduate Programs, 2013-14.
    • As Interim Chair I also represented the Department of Drama on committees such as:
      • Arts and Sciences Council of Chairs and Directors.
      • Arts and Sciences, Arts and Humanities Chairs.
      • Arts Advisory Committee and U.Va. Arts Council, with Vice Provost for the Arts.
      • J. Sanford Miller Arts Scholars Committee.
      • Arts Groups Committee, with Associate Dean for Humanities and the Arts.
    • Director, MFA Professional Actor Training Program, 2011-present:
      Responsible for administration of program: recruiting, curriculum, course scheduling, faculty assignments, theses and securing professional experiences/transition to the field.
    • Department of Drama Committees:
      • Curriculum Committee, 2011-present.
      • Performance Committee, 2011-present.
      • Assessment Committee, 2011-present.
      • Peer Evaluation Committee, 2012-present / Chair, 2014-15.
      • Department Envisioning Retreat, 2015 participant.
      • Graduate/undergraduate advising / Thesis supervision.
      • Promotion/Retention Committees, 2013-15:
        • Holly Caitlin McLeod, Production Management (responded as Interim Chair).
        • Kim Brooks Mata, Director of Dance (Committee Chair).
  • Available upon request:
    • Mary Baldwin College/American Shakespeare Center (2005-2012).
    • University of San Diego (2002-2005).
    • University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1998-2002).
    • University of Virginia (1989-1998).
  • Southeastern Theatre Conference, 1990-1998:
    • Movement Committee Chair.
    • Virginia State Representative.
    • Finance Committee.
    • Committee on Participation of Women.
    • Associate Coordinator for Theatre and Violence Symposium.
  • Virginia Theatre Association
    • Vice- President, 1993-1995 / Secretary, 1990-1992.