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What was your previous position and where?I was a tenured, full professor at Florida State University for 25 years.
What brought you to LSU?I came to LSU because of the potential to create a training program aligned with a professional theatre.
What is your research interest?My main interests are Shakespeare and New Drama development.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I hope to establish a world class graduate theatre training program in alliance with a world class professional theatre at Swine Palace.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?That the arts are valued as part of the education experience, and the university's commitment to professional values and quality.
What are your major accomplishments?I am a member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, Society of Directors and Choreographers, and the Dramatist’s Guild. My credits as an actor, writer, director and educator include work with the Royal National Theatre Studio, London; The Asolo Theatre; Kentucky Shakespeare Festival; Pennsylvania Centre Stage; Illinois Shakespeare Festival; and 12 seasons with the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival where I performed such favorite roles as Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Sir Toby Belch in "Twelfth Night" and Polonius in "Hamlet," and was producer and director for USF’s Plays in Progress, which develops important new works and playwrights for the American theatre. Most recent credits include Falstaff in "Merry Wives of Windsor," Richelieu in "The Three Musketeers" and Alonso in "The Tempest" at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Deb Alley, and the title role in "King Lear" for Swine Palace. My many regional credits include musical roles such as Pseudolus in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," Joe in "Damn Yankees," Frederik in "A Little Night Music" and Mack the Knife in "Three Penny Opera," as well as a stint as a singing ringmaster with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey. I taught for more than 25 years at Florida State University before coming to LSU and my students are currently appearing on Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, and in the film and television industry. Undergraduate students who studied with me have been accepted into graduate programs at Julliard, Yale, NYU, Rutgers, Penn State, the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware and many other fine conservatory programs across the country.