The faculty is devoted to crafting a student-centered environment that is collaborative, rigorous, and creative. We come from a diverse range of backgrounds in the theatre and entertainment industries. We are skilled mentors who continue our work in the profession. We are invested in the training and growth of our students.
D. Lance Marsh
Professor of Acting, Artistic Director of TheatreOCU and Head of Performance
D. Lance Marsh is pleased to be in his eighth year at TheatreOCU, where he serves as Artistic Director and Head of Performance, as well as a Professor in the School of Theatre. He directed Cosi, which was a Region VI Finalist production in the Kennedy center American College Theatre Festival, and was nominated (one of only 17 shows in the country) to go to the Kennedy Center. For the company, he has also directed Man and Superman, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Three Sisters, Dancing at Lughnasa (Stage II) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stage II). This year he will direct Othello (Stage II) and The House of Atreus, a massive four-play Greek tragic saga, for which Professor Marsh also did the adaptation. The Company will also be producing his adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" this season, for the fourth straight year. Lance also serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (where he directed Misalliance and acted in Hamlet in 2009 and directed A Comedy of Errors in 2010). Before coming to OCU, Lance taught at the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Arizona, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. He holds a BFA in Theatre (Acting) from Stephens College and an MFA in Acting from UW-Madison. Before becoming a teacher, Lance spent over fifteen years as a professional actor, primarily performing in classical plays. He has appeared at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Western Stage, the California Shakespeare Festival, the Okoboji Summer Theatre, Next Act Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the Wisconsin Shakespeare Festival, the Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, the Arizona Repertory Theatre and was a company member for 5 years at American Players Theatre. A proud member of Actors Equity, he recently he has performed at the Oklahoma City Rep in productions of Our Town, Hay Fever and Moonlight and Magnolias. His latest project is playing Bill Fordham in City Rep's upcoming production of August: Osage County. He has directed professionally in California, Missouri, Iowa, Arizona and Wisconsin and directed The Glass Menagerie for City Rep a few years ago. He is the giddily excited father of Lily, who just entered kindergarten and teaches him every day how to keep his inner child alive.
Associate Professor of Acting
Sarah dAngelo holds a BA degree in Drama from the University of Washington and a MFA in Acting from the University of Montana. She has performed across the country in theatres such as the Seattle Group Theatre, The New City Theatre, Freehold, Greenstage, Theatre Schmeatre Missoula Children's Theatre, Chattanooga Theatre Ensemble, Oklahoma City Rep and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles as well as in film, television and voice-overs. An educator since 2000, Sarah has taught at the University of Montana, Mission Mountain School, Chattanooga State and Friends University. Her creative and scholarly interests include Indigenous performance aesthetic, multi-media performance, and art as activism. She is a proud member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA.
Instructor in Movement and Acting
Luke Eddy is OCU Theatre's incoming instructor in movement and acting.
Dr. David Pasto
Professor of Theatre
Dr. Pasto is an actor, director, playwright, translator, and theatre historian. He has acted and directed for many theaters in Oklahoma, including Carpenter Square Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. His translation of a Spanish Golden Age play, The House of Trials by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, won the Franklin G. Smith Award for excellence in translation and has been published by Peter Lang Publishers. He teaches play analysis, theatre history, acting, and directing at OCU.
Jeanie Cooper Sholer has been teaching Acting, Improvisation and Makeup at OCU since 2007. She has taught at UCLA, OSU, and Webster University. She has been a proud member of Actor's Equity Association for 32 years and is also a member of SAG and AFTRA. Jeanie has performed title roles at Lyric Theatre which include SWEET CHARITY, MAME, IRENE,UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN AND ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Other roles include Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy and Boo in Last Night of Ballyhoo at City Rep. She has also performed at South Coast Rep, The Direct Theatre, St Louis Rep and Boulder Playhouse. She studied with Uta Hagen at the H B Studio in New York. Her improvisation training is from The Second City in Chicago. Her degree is from UCLA. Jeanie directed THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY at OCU. Jeanie is a Certified Acting Teacher with the National Michael Chekhov Association. She has done numerous voice overs for national and regional television commercials, has appeared in several feature films, television series and commercials. Jeanie lives in Edmond with her husband, Chris. They have one daughter, Jane.
Hal Kohlman teaches acting and directing at OCU and has done so since 2009. Previously he taught acting, play analysis, and makeup at UCO. He holds a BA in English Literature from Rice University and a MFA in Directing for the Stage from the University of Texas at Austin. He also spent three additional years studying theatre history, theory and criticism at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Between degree programs he spent a summer working with and learning from the National Theatre of Great Britain. Hal works locally as a director and actor for the many community theatres in the area but most especially, he has worked continuously with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park since 1998 where he has performed in over 35 productions and directed three. Notable roles include Macbeth, Scrooge, Prospero, Leontes, Lord Capulet, Shylock, and currently, King Lear. Hal was recently inducted into Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park's Hall of Honor. He has been married to Lou Ann for over twenty years and has a son that he can't stop talking about named Ivan.
Professor of Scenic Design, Head of Design & Production
Jason Foreman is the Professor of Scenic Design and the Head of Design and Production at the OCU College of Performing Arts. His recent designs include TheatreOCU:
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bomb Project, Jackie and Me, Metamorphoses; The Grapes of Wrath
(w/City Rep); and
. OCU Opera & Music Theatre Company:
L’Enfant et les Sortileges; Suor Angelica; South Pacific; 9 to 5
. Reduxion Theatre Company:
. Canterbury Choral Society/OCU:
Professor Foreman has also worked as a designer and scenic artist for Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, Houston Shakespeare Festival, and Southern Repertory Theatre. He previously taught at Rice University, Sam Houston State University, and the University of New Orleans. He holds his MFA in Scenic Design from California State University, Long Beach and he is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829. Check out Professor Foreman's design work at:
Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology
Rachel Barnett is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology at Oklahoma City University. She earned her MFA in Costume Design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BS in Theatre Design/Production from Illinois State University. Recently, Rachel designed costumes for Phoenix at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at the Watertower Theatre in Dallas. Rachel previously taught costume design and construction at Baylor University in Waco, Texas were she also designed and draped costumes for productions such as Arabian Nights, Legally Blonde:The Musical, The 39 Steps, Thoroughly Modern Mille and many more. Rachel has also worked at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival as a technician and assistant costume designer (Pericles and Taming of the Shrew) and at Walt Disney World in Florida as a costumer's assistant. Rachel is interested in draping, historical garments, costume crafts and dyeing and painting for the stage.
Associate Professor of Stage and Production Management
Jeff Cochran is the Associate Professor of Stage and Production Management at Oklahoma City University. As the head of the Stage and Production Management Program, Jeff oversees both the academic and production components of the program for both the School of Theatre and the Bass School of Music. In addition to his work at OCU, Jeff stays active in the industry. Serving as the Production Stage Manager with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Jeff has worked on productions ranging from King and I to Sweet Charity to Disney’s Tarzan. Through the partnership with OCU and Lyric Theatre, Jeff has served as the Stage Management Mentor for his students serving as Stage Manager for productions such as Spring Awakening and The Rocky Horror Show. Prior to his time at OCU, Jeff was an active member in the D/FW arts community. Jeff has staged managed for such companies as WaterTower Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, the Greater Tuna Corporation and Dallas Black Dance. In addition to his background in stage management, Jeff has served in a variety of roles in the performing arts. As an arts administrator, Jeff served as the Director of the Murchison Performing Arts Center at the University of North Texas. In 1996 he served as a Lighting Designer during the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Jeff is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the International Association of Venue Managers and is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Adjunct Professor of Stage Management
Courtney DiBello is an adjunct faculty member in Stage and Production Management and is pleased to be a part of the TheatreOCU faculty. Courtney is currently fortunate to be Resident Stage Manager for Oklahoma City Ballet, Canterbury Choral Society, and Norman Ballet Company. In addition to these local performance groups, she has also stage managed for Yale Repertory Theatre, Montana Repertory Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Yale Cabaret, Tulsa Opera, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, & Antelope Valley Ballet. Furthermore, she has directed and/or choreographed for Ardmore Little Theatre, Carpenter Square Theatre, The Chocolate Factory, Spotlight Youth Theatre, and the University of Oklahoma. Courtney has a BFA from the University of Oklahoma in Technical Theatre and an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Stage Management. Her most important role is wife to husband, Joe, and mother to daughter, Waverly, and son, Weston. Courtney is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Technical Director
LukE Hadsall is the Technical Director and Assistant Professor of Theatre, joining the OCU Theatre Faculty in 2012. He received AA degrees in Speech-Theatre and Music from Northern Oklahoma College, a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA in Theatre Design and Production from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. While most of his career has been based in Oklahoma, LukE has built scenery, toured and worked rigging jobs throughout the Midwest and Florida. One fun job was hanging an Indy car from the side of a skyscraper for the Indy 500. His Portable Intricate Theatrical Assembly, a compact scenic system, can be seen touring the country with the production of A Jew Grows in Brooklyn. He is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and has been published three times for his Tech Expo papers in the USITT Tech Expo Catalogs; winning the juried award at Tech Expo 2011. Locally, LukE has freelanced for several theatre companies in the Oklahoma City Metro area as well as designed and built pieces for the State Fair of Oklahoma. When he is not in a scene shop, he can be found playing ice hockey, brewing beer or customizing old Volkswagens.
Adjunct Professor of Properties Design & Fabrication
Larry holds an MFA in prop design and production from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in scene design from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Larry has worked researching, designing, procuring and fabricating props in places like The LaJolla Playhouse, The Goodman Theatre, The Huntington Theatre, and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. He has also worked as a freelance set decorator, set dresser and greensman on feature films that include The Crucible, To Jillian on her 37th Birthday, Rushmore, Hope Floats, Varsity Blues, and Pearl Harbor. His work has also been seen in the art departments of trade shows for Mercedes Benz USA, and Toyota. Larry understands that to produce convincing props and set decoration requires a specific skill set and understanding of history, technology, design and crafts. He is very excited to share what he knows about his craft with students in the TheatreOCU program. He and his family have recently relocated to Oklahoma from Houston where Larry spent time honing his educational skills working for the Houston Independent School District as an instructional technologist and media specialist. When he’s not working he can be found designing and building furniture, cooking, and spending time with his wife and their three children.
Assistant Professor of Lighting Design
Aaron is the Resident Lighting Designer and Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at OCU. He joined the faculty at OCU in 2012. Previously, Aaron served as an adjunct professor for Queens College in New York City. Aaron holds an MFA in Theatre Design from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Theatre Education from The University of Tulsa. Aaron has lit events in spaces as large as Radio City Music Hall (NYC), the Beacon Theatre (NYC), and The Joint at the Hard Rock Casino (Tulsa) as well as spaces so small that they barely deserve to be called theatres. Recent design credits include: Carmen for OKC Ballet and King Lear for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park. Previous Lighting Designs for OCU include: South Pacific, Street Scene, 9 to 5: The Musical, Bernstein's MASS, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Legally Blonde: The Musical. Aaron serves as the Resident Lighting Designer for OKC Ballet. In addition to all of his theatrical design work, Aaron has worked on exhibition lighting at the S.R. Guggenheim Museum, the National Academy of Design, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the National Museum of the Native American (NYC), and the Morgan Museum & Library. Fashion lighting in New York City includes: Barneys New York, Prada, Armani, and Dolce + Gabbana. He lives close to campus with his wife and son.
Lyn is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Children's Theatre. She has a Diploma of Education from Deakin University in Australia as well as a BFA and MFA in Theatre/Directing from the University of Oklahoma. She has taught elementary school in Australia and has been an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma City Community College, OCU School of Dance and Arts Management and is currently an adjunct professor with the School of Theatre. Lyn volunteers in the community with Harding Fine Arts Center, Leadership Oklahoma City, A+ Arts, OKCPSF Project Kids, Septemberfest, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City Arts Council, RedBud Classic Run and Rotary International Club 29. She teaches courses such as Acting I, Script Analysis and The Theatre Experience. She also directs OCT and OCU Theatre for Young Audience productions. Lyn believes her greatest challenge is to convince us that real Aussies don't throw shrimps on the barby and that she doesn't carry a real knife in her purse.
Elin Mac an Bhaird
Elin is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and has been Artistic Director for Oklahoma Children's Theatre since 1997 and an adjunct professor for OCU Department of Theatre for the past three years. Her directing credits for TheatreOCU include And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, The Outsiders, and Stage Door. Elin also appeared in TheatreOCU production of A Christmas Carol and Holes. She has an eclectic resume as an actress and director accumulated over the past 30 years. Her acting credits include Desiree in A Little Night Music at Lyric Theatre, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at The Pollard Theatre, Latrelle in Sordid Lives at Carpenter Square Theatre, Mistress Ford in Merry Wives of Windsor for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park and Betty Blake in Will Rogers Follies for Jewel Box Theatre. As director her credits span from A Christmas Story at Oklahoma Children's Theatre to The Rocky Horror Show for Carpenter Square Theatre.
Professor of Theatre & Theatre for Young Audiences
Judith Palladino, full professor of theatre and children's theatre, has been at OCU since 1992, teaching, directing, coordinating the theater teacher education program, and serving as the Program Director for Children's Theatre, director of the Let's Pretend Players touring company -- completing over 300, closer to 400 tours -- for fourteen of those years, and Chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre for ten. Her adult theatre career (as opposed to her entire theatre career --- she began performing when she was 9!) includes directing: more than 50 full length production and nearly 80 one-acts; performing: 39 featured roles in theatre, musical theatre, and made-for-TV movies, as well as voice-overs, promotional films, and a national puppet touring company; playwriting: 9 plays performed by the Let's Pretend Players' touring company; and, that which has been most gratifying, serving as an artist/teacher. She has also researched, designed, and written 75 theatre Study Guides. Her recent accomplishments include having an article published in Incite/Insight, an AATE (American Alliance for Theatre and Education) journal, being awarded a Priddy Fellowship at OCU, and serving as a member of an Arts Integration Faculty Learning Community. She has been a member of the editorial staff for the theatre for young audiences juried journal Stage of the Art, is a Past President of the Oklahoma City Professional Chapter of Zeta Phi Eta (the National Professional Fraternity in Communication Arts and Sciences since 1893), and has been the AATE State Representative for Oklahoma. Professor Palladino was named "Ruth Arrington Outstanding College Theatre Educator" in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma Speech, Theatre, and Communication Association in 2006 and two years earlier, in 2004, received the Presidential Citation for Outstanding Service as Oklahoma State Representative from AATE. In the decade prior, Professor Palladino received an MFA in Drama/Theatre for the Young from Eastern Michigan University. Her undergraduate years, a triple major and teacher's certification in Drama/Theatre, Speech, and Reading, all happened at Ashland University in Ohio. She was, however, born and raised in New York City and attended high school on Long Island, where theatre first became a part of her very fiber.
As stated in our mission statement "TheatreOCU's extensive production program reflects our value of producing live theatre as an integral part of the education of our students." In order to provide support to this statement, professional staff members support both our scene shop and costume shop. TheatreOCU students work side by side with these professionals in order to further their education.
Student Services & Marketing Coordinator
Ashley is very excited to join the School of Theatre staff at Oklahoma City University. She has worked as an administrator in higher education for a little over four years to date. She is passionate about assisting students in paving paths to their own success. Ashley is a graduate from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in International Business and minors in Marketing and Management. While at Oklahoma State University, Ashley was extremely involved in Greek Life and directed and performed in many of the shows on campus. She is thrilled to bring her affection for both theatre and students into a career at OCU.
Angela Polk holds a BA and MM in Music Theater from Oklahoma City University. She recently moved from NYC where she was a Talent Agent at The Mine working with 200+ clients in TV, Film, and Theatre. She has had clients in Broadway shows such as Motown, Once, Newsies, Evita, Ghost, and television series such as Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, and SVU to name a few. Prior to working at The Mine, she worked for Leading Artists, DGRW, and Dave Clemmons Casting and taught workshops at One on One and Actors Connection. She has worked for many years as a director, actor, stage manager, box office manager and marketing coordinator. The theatres she has worked for include: Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Theatre, CityRep Theatre, Poteet Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, and Red Carpet Theatre. Angela currently teaches On Camera Acting for the School of Theatre, as well as Acting for Poteet Theatre and works as the administrative assistant for TheatreOCU.
James A. Stuhlmiller
Technical Operations Manager
Jim has worked in the professional, regional, and educational theatre fields since 1979. His experiences range from technical director and lighting design at the Perot Theatre to filling a variety of technical roles for Lyric Theatre, to serving as a technical director and master scenic artist. Jim also supports the performance programs at OCU as a scene designer, lighting designer, and sound designer, while serving as a full time staff member.
Heidi is an Oklahoma City native and has been an active professional in Oklahoma City theatre since 1987. She currently serves as the Master Electrician for the College of Performing Arts. Heidi has also worked in every major venue in Oklahoma City as a master electrician for the IATSE Local 112. She has also installed lighting control systems in theaters throughout the nation as a factory trained field service technician for ETC.
Larry has been working as a Theatre Technician at OCU and in the Oklahoma City area since 2002. Striving to one day be a technical theatre teacher, he works with students at both OCU and Lyric Academy. Larry has held such titles as Head Carpenter, Effects Flyman and Head Flyman at Lyric Theatre. His current job duties in the OCU scene shop include welding, rigging, flying and carpentry. He is also an Instructor for the Stagecraft labs.
Jessica is originally from Michigan, but has been working at OCU since 2005. She has served in the past as the occasional technical director and lighting designer, but spends most of her time in the scene shop building scenery. She also works with the Oklahoma City Ballet and serves as an instructor for the Stagecraft Labs at OCU.
Scenic Charge Artist
Debra holds a B.A. in Theatre from Centenary College of Louisiana and M.P.A in Technical Theatre from Oklahoma City University. Since 1975, Debra has worked in professional, educational, film, and Regional Theatre. She served as Technical Director, Scenic and Lighting Designer and Faculty at Centenary College. For Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, she served in various positions. These include Scenic Designer, Assistant Technical Director, Scenic Artist, and Properties Master, over a 15 year time span. In regional theatre she held the position of Charge Artist/Scenic Artist for The Alley Theatre of Houston, Texas for 10 years, with which she shares the Tony Award for Regional Theatre. Debra supports the performance programs at OCU as Scenic Charge Artist, Scenic Artist, and Scenic Designer, while serving as a full time staff member. She also works with Oklahoma City Repertory Company, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Oklahoma Children's Theatre.
Costume Shop Supervisor
Jo Anne Kotlowski
Stitcher/Costume Rental Coordinator
The administration of the School of Theatre is sharply focused on creating success in both the classroom and the stage. In addition, the administration has a proved track record in supporting student growth and they are active members within the Oklahoma City community.
Dean, Schools of Music and Theatre
Mark Edward Parker, Ann Hundley Hoover chair and Dean of the Bass School of Music and the School of Theatre at Oklahoma City University, specializes in building arts education partnerships between academia, business, and communities and across international borders.
He is the recipient of Oklahoma's highest honor in the arts, the Governor's Arts Award. He is a member of the board of directors of Creative Oklahoma and of the National Association of Schools of Music, as well as founding president of the DaVinci Institute, an interdisciplinary arts and education think tank.
Parker is an authority on using technology to enhance creativity; he was the first academic dean in the world to be selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader here and abroad. He conducted the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra for two decades, and conducts honor, regional, and All-State ensembles across the county.
He earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Eastern Michigan University, which has honored him as an outstanding alumnus. Graduate work includes his master's of music from the University of Michigan and doctoral work in music education at the Eastman School of Music.
Under Parker's leadership, Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music has doubled its size, became an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School, an Apple Digital Campus, and an Apple Training Center. He oversaw the design and construction of the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center. Since its opening in 2006, the Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world.
The Bass School has partnership agreements with local and regional entities as well as with the Tianjin Conservatory in China, the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, and the Hed School: Israeli College of Contemporary Music in Tel Aviv.
Associate Dean, School of Theatre
Brian Parsons studied at Bristol University and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He has worked extensively in the UK, Europe and USA at leading conservatories and university theatre departments. He was Director of Undergraduate Acting and Professor of Theatre Practice at the University of Southern California; Lecturer in Acting at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London; Director of Drama at Shrewsbury School; Guest Scholar at New York University's Center for Ancient Studies and the Tisch School of the Arts; and Lecturer in Drama at the University of Hull.
He has extensive professional theatre directing credits that include award-winning productions at, amongst others, the Royal National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre in London; the Bristol Old Vic; BAC and the Edinburgh Fringe; and the Aquila Theatre Company in NYC. He has directed numerous guest productions for professional actor training programs in the US and UK, most notably at Rose Bruford College, NYU, Carroll College, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and The Arden School of Theatre.
Associate Dean Parsons is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of England, a member of British Actors' Equity and a Board Member of the Aquila Theatre Company in New York City. He has published on the subject of Greek Drama and initiated numerous Drama projects in high-security prisons in the United Kingdom.