The Importance of Being Earnest Creative

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Carolyn Conover
is Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing and joined the JSU Theatre and Film faculty in fall 2020. She teaches Acting, Directing, Voice for the Stage, Play Analysis, and Intro to Theatre, directs departmental productions, and serves as the faculty coordinator for the Scripted Studio. She most recently directed the Spring 2020 production of Boy Gets Girl by Rebecca Gilman. Carolyn has been a professional actor and dramaturg for almost 20 years. Her primary research areas include improving and expanding traditional theatre pedagogy to make the creative classroom a more inclusive, supportive, and consent-driven environment for all types of actors. Her first book, The Introverted Actor, came out in 2020 and was nominated for Outstanding Book of the Year by The Association for Theatre in Higher Education. She is currently working to complete her Intimacy Director Certification and is collaborating on programming to address issues of bullying, discrimination, and microaggressions in theatrical training and educational theatre. She has also written and hosted three seasons of Investigate the History, a monthly podcast exploring the mythology, folklore, and history used in tabletop RPGs featured on The Critshow. Carolyn received her MA in Drama from Indiana State University and her MFA in Acting from Michigan State University.
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Randy Blades
(Cutter/draper, Department Head, Associate Professor - Costume Technology) has built costumes for theatres around the country including the Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. His designs have appeared at Penn State, Auburn University-Montgomery, and the Maples Repertory Theatre. His recent costume design of The Normal Giant appeared at the St. Louis Fringe festival, The Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival, and The Hollins Playwright’s Lab. Costume Designs at JSU include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Into the Woods, and Antigone. Randy has an MFA from Penn State in Costume Design, and a BA from Jacksonville State in Drama. Before coming to JSU, he was a faculty member at the University of Central Florida
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Stage Manager
Ellen Marie Peck
is a Professor of Theatre and Film at Jacksonville State University, where she teaches theatre history, dramatic literature, musical theatre history, and stage management. As a historian, she specializes in musical theatre with an emphasis on the early twentieth century. Her book Sweet Mystery: The Musical Works of Rida Johnson Young is now available from Oxford University Press. She has presented at several national theatre conferences and published articles in Studies in Musical Theatre and Contemporary Theatre Review. Ellen has also worked as a freelance Stage Manager for several theatres and opera companies around the country, including Michigan Opera Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Spoleto Festival USA, and Utah Opera. She has been a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) since 2000. Ellen received her BA in Theatre from Oakland University, and MA and PhD in Theatre History from the University of Illinois.
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Lighting Designer/ Scenic Designer
Jennifer Luck
an Alabama native, has worked as a designer across the United States. Her credits range from Assistant Lighting Designer for Creflo Dollar's Los Angeles Revival while in graduate school to developing new works with Title:Point, an experimental theatre company started in New York City with friend and colleague Theresa Buchheister. Over the course of her career she has worked for theatre companies in New York, Wyoming, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. A graduate of the Scenography program at the University of Kansas, Jennifer has dabbled in all aspects of theatrical design, as well as technical direction. Her favorite past projects include: Lighting/Projection/Sound Design for She Kills Monsters, Scenic Design for MACBETH is the New Black, Lighting Design for The Woman in Black, and Costume Design for Lysistrata. Exploring design through new technologies and new works is of particular interest as she finds it challenging and rewarding to learn new skills that can be utilized in storytelling through theatre. She enjoys working in a variety of spaces and with new collaborators, particularly her students. Sharing her love and passion for the art of theatre is where she finds the most joy. In addition to her work as a designer, Professor Luck is an advocate for broadening the voices of women and minorities in the theatre. She began a panel discussion at the SouthEastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in 2018 which explored the topic of how to address antiquated works within the theatrical canon, which included several academic panelists including Dr. Ellen Peck. This conversation, Fire the Canon!, has continued for the past three years and resulted in a website of resources and a Facebook group which allows members to continue sharing resources and discussions year-round. Including diverse stories in our theatrical repertoire is of vital importance to efforts of diversity and inclusion in the theatre profession both onstage and offstage. Additionally, seeing more diverse voices and stories portrayed on stage allows audiences a window into human lives and a space to further develop and exercise empathy for all.
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Assistant Stage Manager
Grayson Singleton
is thankful to be working as the Assistant Stage Manager on The Importance of Being Earnest. She is a sophomore at Jacksonville State University pursuing a degree in Theatre Production. She had previously been the Assistant Stage Manager on JSU’s Boy Gets Girl and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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Technical Director
is an Alabama native, born in Birmingham. He attended Troy University where he studied technical theatre before graduating from Auburn University at Montgomery with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He completed his Master of Fine Arts in Technical Production at Florida State University. JD has experience in technical direction, management, and carpentry with Utah Shakespeare Festival and The Lost Colony, as well as numerous production credits through union and other private contracts across the Southeast. He has been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) since 2018 and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) since 2016. He is passionate about the roles of inter-departmental coordination and collaboration in Theatre, as well as forwarding an industry-wide commitment to safety and equality in employment practices.
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Costume Designer
Briar Edwards
is 21-years-old and a theatre production major here at JSU. He has a focus in costuming and is glad to be designing his first show. Briar wants to thank his family and friends for their support.
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Asst. Scenic Designer/Props
Addie Zaner
is 19 years old and a Production major here at JSU. She's enjoyed this great opportunity to be part of the production team for The Importance of Being Earnest, and is excited to show the community what they've been working hard on! Addie wants to thank her parents and her grandparents for helping her become the woman she is today, and all the first responders and teachers who have put their own lives on hold in order to help others in these hard times.
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Costume Designer
Jessica Collier
is ecstatic to co-design costumes alongside Briar Edwards for JSU’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Jessica is a junior at Jacksonville State University, with a major in theatre production. She has sound designed for The JSU’s online production of The Laramie Project, and scenic designed A Midsummer Night’s Dream with APO and The Shakespeare Project.

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