Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Fall 2013 Office Hours
Patrick Cronin  

Patrick Cronin

Office: 216 Campus Center Building 
Office Phone: 439-6513
Cell Phone: 943-0072 

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Rank: Program Director & Professor
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As a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of TV and Radio Artists) and AEA (Actors Equity), Mr. Cronin has appeared in over 200 TV shows, Films, and Stage Productions. Among these are recurring roles on Seinfeld, Home Improvement, All in The Family, Hill Street Blues, Alice and LA Law. Mr. Cronin's film credits include featured roles in Splash, Rocky V, Dr. Giggles and Sibling Rivalry.

Spring 2013 has Mr. Cronin starring as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at The Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork City, Ireland as part of The Gathering. He will reprise this role at the National Theatre of Serbia in Belgrade in June.

As a professor of Theatre at ETSU Mr. Cronin both acts and directs. He teaches all levels of acting and directing and is the former holder of the Basler Chair of Excellence. At ETSU Mr. Cronin has directed the following plays: You Can't Take It With You, Our Town, The Crucible, Forever Plaid and Beautiful Bodies. He has acted in Inherit The Wind, Death of a Salesman and Three The Hard Way. A complete list of credits can be found on Patrick's website

Karen Brewster  

Karen Brewster

Office: 116 Brooks Gym 
Phone: 439-5827 
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Rank: Professor 
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Karen Brewster serves the ETSU Department of Communication as Associate Chair, and the Division of Theatre & Dance as resident costume designer and costume shop supervisor. She teaches courses in Theatrical Design (Basic and Costume), Stagecraft, Stage Makeup and Theatre History.

Karen earned her MFA in Costume, Makeup, and Mask Design from Michigan State University in 1982. After working in numerous theatre companies from Nebraska to Maine, she joined Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia as costume shop supervisor and resident costume designer working full time for them for many years. She still maintains a working relationship with Barter Theatre as a freelance designer and to date has designed well over 50 shows for the company, including her most recent work Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps.

Karen is also an author, with a recent release (July 2011) co-authored with Melissa Shafer titled Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design published by Allworth Press. Brewster and Shafer are now working on their second book titled Theatrical Genre and Style: A Guide for Designers, Directors, and Performers, also by Allworth Press and due to be published in 2015.

Karen currently serves on the Board of SETC as Chair of the College and University Division.

Bobby Funk  

BobbyFunk

Office: 207-C Campus Center Building
Phone: 439-6512
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Rank: Professor
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Bobby Funk teaches a variety of performance classes: Directing, Acting I, Acting for Commercials and Industrial Films, Stage Combat, and The Audition Process. Bobby has two children, Kennedy and Duvall. He is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

He has taught at Southern Mississippi and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bobby did his undergraduate work at Western Carolina University. He then went on to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and then to receive his MFA Degree in Acting and Directing from UNC-Greensboro. He has worked professionally as an actor and director Off-Broadway and in regional theatres across the country.

He is the author of the book, The Audition Process: A Guide for Actors and has also written a number of plays including, Co. Aytch: Memoirs of a Confederate Soldier, Treasure Island, Robin Hood, The Dream Continues: The History of the Civil Rights Movement in America, The Brave and the Free, River Rising: TVA and the Town of Butler and Hear That Whistle Blow...Erwin Train A Coming. In 1999 Hear That Whistle Blow...Erwin Train A Coming was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center as part of the finals of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Delbert L. Hall  

DelbertHall

Office: 201-E Campus Center Building
Phone: 439-6525
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Rank: Professor
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Delbert Hall is a Professor of Theatre and Dance at East Tennessee State University and has been its scenic designer since 1986. He is also the Director of ETSU's Aerial Dance program. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is an ETCP Certified Rigger and an ETCP Recognized Trainer. Delbert is also the owner and president of D2 Flying Effects, LLC. He has flown performers in over 300 productions nationally, including productions at many of the major regional theatre companies in the US. He has worked with internationally known directors, such as Debbie Allen and Christopher Renshaw, and flown major performers and celebrities such as the Backstreet Boys. He has designed performer flying systems and equipment that is used by other flying effects companies and aerial groups.

Dr. Hall regularly does rigging for aerial dance productions and teaches rigging classes and workshops across the country. He is also the author of the book Rigging Math Made Simple, and RigCalc, an app (both iPhone/iPad and Android versions) that contains a comprehensive group of tools for entertainment riggers.

At ETSU, Dr. Hall teaches Introduction to Theatre, Scenic Design, Stage Rigging, and Theatre Management.

Cara L. Harker  

CaraHarker

Office: 207-B Campus Center
Building
Phone: 439-5687
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Rank: Associate Professor
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Cara Harker teaches Dance Repertory for Performance, Musical Theatre Dance, Jazz, Tap, Ballroom, Dance Improvisation, Dance Composition, and Dance as a Human Experience. Cara graduated from Thomas More College with a BA in Theatre and English in 1999 and from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University with an MFA in Theatre Performance in 2003.

Credits include directing and choreographing Quilters at ETSU and Girl's Eye View, a play which she co-wrote, choreographed, and performed in at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati. Her new play, Memoir of a Mythomaniac: the True Story of a Compulsive Liar (or Tallulah Dies) premiered at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival in June 2011, where it took home the Dr. Robert J. Thierauf Producer's Pick of the Fringe Award. Tallulah Dies was also performed at ETSU's Bud Frank Theatre in February 2012 and at the Southeastern Theatre Conference Fringe Festival in Chattanooga in March 2012.

Summers 2010 and 2011, she directed and choreographed The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, Virginia's longest running outdoor drama. She also recently presented The Art of the Solo Dance, which included a new solo performance, Memoir, at the International University Global Theatre Experience Conference in Leitring bei Leibnitz, Austria.

Herb Parker  

HerbParker

Office: 207-A Campus Center Building
Phone: 439-6514
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Rank: Associate Professor
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Herb Parker came to ETSU after an acting career that spanned more than 30 years in regional theatre, Off-Broadway, stock and national tour. For ETSU he has directed for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, Little Shop of Horrors, for which he was honored with a KCACTF Meritorious Service Award for "Excellence in Directing," Hamlet, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and his own adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Caesar 2012.

In 2009 he was named a Teaching Artist in the Performance Category by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He has acted on campus as Duncan and the Porter in Macbeth, Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind and as Mr. M in My Children! My Africa!, a co-production with Oldcastle Theatre Company of Bennington, Vermont.

He is a Respondent for KCACTF Region IV and a member of the Region IV Selection Team. His acting book, Bark Like a Dog! Outrageous Ideas for Actors, will be published in 2013. He holds an MFA from Ohio University's Professional Actor Training Program and he is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.

Melissa Shafer  

MelissaShafer

Office: 116 Brooks Gym
Phone: 439-5837
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Rank: Professor
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Melissa Shafer's areas of specialization are Scenic and Lighting Design and she also serves as the Theatre Program's Technical Director. A native of the St. Louis metropolitan area, Melissa received her MFA in Theatre Design in 1985 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her BA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She has taught theatre at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and Loyola University New Orleans.

Melissa is the co-author (with colleague Karen Brewster) of the book The Fundamentals of Theatrical Design: A Guide to the Basics of Scenic, Costume, and Lighting Design. Her freelance design credits include work with the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia; Manbites Dog Theatre in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; The Civic Theatre of Central Florida; The Birmingham Children's Theatre, Southern Danceworks; Milligan College; Kennesaw State University; Lambuth University; St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, and Western Nebraska College. She has also done freelance production work for such companies as The Mid-America Dance Company, The National Black Touring Circuit, and Tulane University.

Melissa is the immediate past-President of the Tennessee Theatre Association, and an active member of  the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

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Scott A. Koenig  

ScottKoenig

Office: 120 Brooks Gym
Phone: 439-5831
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Rank: Adjunct Faculty & Shop Supervisor

Scott began his theatre career over two decades ago when he worked as a Production Intern for then Off-Broadway producer Richard Frankel (Song of Singapore and Penn and Teller Rot in Hell). Quickly emerging as a talented technical theatre professional, a mere three years later Scott took the position of Resident Sound Designer at the world famous Barter Theatre, making Scott the youngest resident designer in the history of that Theatre. Continuing that trend Scott's design work, not only in sound but in scenery and lighting as well, has been enjoyed in well over 60 professional productions in 6 different states.

After the birth of his daughter, Scott shifted his focus from professional to Academic Theatre returning to ETSU in 2003 for a Master of Arts in Teaching Theatre. Scott worked the next five years at Northeast State Community College as an Adjunct Professor, Technical Director, Design Coordinator, and also directing plays including Frankenstein which was the premier show at the then brand new Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

Presently Scott is the Shop Supervisor/lab instructor for the ETSU Division of Theatre & Dance, as well as the Technical Director for the Mary B Martin School of the Arts.

Christine Waxstein  

ChristineWaxstein

Office: 201-F Campus Center Building
Phone: 439-6524
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Rank: Division Secretary & Box Office Manager | Webmaster
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Christine Waxstein is the Division Secretary and Box Office Manager. She received her MA in Professional Communication with an emphasis in Theatre Design from ETSU in 2012. She served as the Division's Graduate Assistant designing costumes for productions and managing the costume shop. Her thesis titled Digital Illustration: The Costume Designer's Process For East Tennessee State University's Spring Dance Concert 2012 was published in December 2012. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with her BS in Speech & Theatre in 2009.

Credits include Costume Designer for Treasure Island at Northeast State Community College, for ETSU's productions of Caesar 2012, Beautiful BodiesSpring Dance Concert 2012, Memoir of a Mythomaniac: The True Story of a Compulsive Liar (or Tallulah Dies), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Jake's Women, Robin Hood: Marian's Revenge, Spring Dance Concert 2011, and Assistant Costume Designer for A Midsummer Night's Dream. She was nominated several times for the KCACTF Barbizon Costume Design competition and received the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Creative Achievement Award for her work within the Division of Theatre & Dance. 

She has previously worked at the Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College, at the Historic Tennessee Theatre, and at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).