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OU Helmerich School of Drama Faculty & Staff

Seth Gordon

Director, Helmerich School of Drama

Seth Gordon received his BFA and MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and is in his second year as Director of the Helmerich School of Drama. Previously, he served as Associate Artistic Director at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and the Cleveland Play House, and Associate Producer at Primary Stages in New York. In St. Louis, he created Ignite!, a new play festival; at the Cleveland Play House, he created FusionFest, a multi-disciplinary arts festival that had a new play festival in it; and at Primary Stages, he created the New American Writers Group. He has directed plays at these three theatres, at Stages Repertory in Houston, TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AK, Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts, Syracuse Stage, the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, the St. Lou Fringe Festival, Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, American Stage in Florida, and in New York, at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theatre of the New City, and countless other places. He directed the Arabic premiere of Our Town in Cairo. He received the 2004 and 2006 Northern Ohio Live award, the 2014 Houston Theatre Award, and numerous nominations by the Houston Theatre Awards and the St. Louis Theatre Critics Circle Awards for his direction. He considers himself a lucky man. 

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Assistant Professor - Voice & Diction

Joe Alberti (PhD) attended the Yale School of Drama and wrote his dissertation as well as numerous books and peer-reviewed articles on the acting methodology of Earle R. Gister, former Associate Dean of YSD.  He is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher, a certified Colaianni Speech and Dialect teacher, a certified Alexander Technique (AmSAT) teacher, and is currently completing certification in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing.  He is the Editor of the AmSAT (Alexander Technique) Journal and has written many articles about the Alexander Technique. He is co-author of the interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed article, “The Other Side of Performance: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Listening for Voice and Speech Trainers,” published in the international Routledge Journal, the Voice and Speech Review.  

Dr. Alberti has worked extensively at Shakespeare & Company, served as text coach at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, and has been voice, speech, dialect, and text coach on many theatre productions and film projects.  He just completed co-authorship and world-premiere production of The Trial, a modern play based on the Kafka novel set in the context of surveillance capitalism. He is currently co-writing several new plays, including a play adaptation of Kafka’s MetamorphosisThe Transformation, and a two-character play about the life of John and Abigail Adams, My Dearest Friend. He has directed several plays at OU, including Men on Boats.

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Technical Director
Design and Production

Jeff Baldwin joined the School of Drama in 2017. He received a BSed in speech and theatre education from Missouri State University and an MFA in theatre technology from Indiana University. Prior to starting his career in the arts, Jeff served in the United State Marine Corps as part of an infantry boat unit.

In addition to serving as the University Theatre’s Technical Director, he teaches courses in Stagecraft, Technical Production, and Advanced Materials. Over the past 15+ years, he has held various roles such as master carpenter, assistant technical director, welder, and scenery automation tech.

Jeff has served as the technical director on numerous productions, for both indoor and outdoor venues, including Tent Theatre, Indiana Festival Theatre, and the Lyceum Theatre among others. His research interests are motion control systems and scenery automation. 

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Charge Scenic Artist
Design and Production

Sophie Block (She/Her/Hers) is currently in her second year as the Helmerich School of Drama’s Charge Scenic Artist. Sophie received her BFA in Theatre Arts, emphasizing in Scenic Art and Design, from Southern Oregon University. While studying in Oregon, Sophie trained with Emeritus Instructor Sean O’Skea from Cobalt Studios, and worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Masters of Theatre Studies at Southern Oregon University. She has also worked with the Oregon Cabaret Theatre (Ashland, Oregon), The Collaborative Theatre Project (Medford, Oregon), and Summer Rep Theatre Festival (Santa Rosa, California).

Sophie believes that clear communication and a strong sense of responsibility are integral to successful theatre and creating a safe learning environment. She works to empower her students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills that will make them an essential member of any company.

On the weekends, Sophie enjoys traveling, spending time with her houseplants, and visiting the public library.


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Design and Production

Stephanie Cirar has been with the Costume Studio since 2016. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts and Science in fashion merchandising and her Masters of Fine Arts in technical theater, emphasis costume design, from the University of Oklahoma.

In her spare time she loves movies, books, and science fiction/ fantasy conventions. 


Lloyd Cracknell

Associate Professor - Costume Design
2020 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts

Lloyd Cracknell is originally from Cambridge, England. He is an Associate Professor of Costume Design and the resident Costume Designer at the University of Oklahoma. Lloyd’s career includes both costume and fashion design, and working for prestigious design houses including The Emanuels and Versace. Lloyd’s designs have been seen in London, New York, Paris, Milan, and South America. Lloyd was invited to exhibit his costume designs at the World Creativity Forum in Cardiff, Wales in 2010.

Lloyd has designed costumes in all genres of the performing arts which include Drama, Opera, Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Musical Theatre. He has designed for over a hundred productions, including over forty for OU’s University Theatre. Highlights include: Grand Hotel, The Musical; Swan Lake Act II; Harlequinade; The Nutcracker; Falstaff; Gianni Schicchi; Is he Dead?; Mary Stuart, and the USA premiere of Let the Right One In.

Regional design credits: Regional premiere of Heisenberg, Regional premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Biloxi Blues, The Music man (OKC City Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Oklahoma Shakespeare), Leonardo and his Flying Machine, Hedda Gabler (St Gregory’s University), Guys and Dolls (Texas Christian University), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, A Comedy of Error’s, A Winter’s Tale (Trinity Shakespeare festival), Sands (Puterbaugh Festival), World Creativity Forum (Hartel Dance Group). World premieres: Haydn’s The Seasons at Haydntage, Austria. Film and Television: P.B.S special Early Music Program, and film Distance Vision, Director: Francis Ford Coppola.

In 2020, Lloyd was awarded the USITT-SW Mildred and Glen Martin Jr award for outstanding service. Other awards and nominations include: DFW Theatre critics forum award - best design team for a season (2015 & 2017), Theatre Jones Best - costume design runner up (2015), Kennedy Center American College Theater award (2010), Region VI National Partners in American Theatre KCACTF award (2010).

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Professor Emeritus - Theatre History

PhD Indiana University, Bloomington
MA University of Wisconsin, Madison
BA University of Wisconsin, Madison

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Instructor - Acting for the Camera

Chris Freihofer (BFA University of Oklahoma) has worked in the film industry for over 25 years as primarily an actor and casting director. He has appeared on television in such series as Breaking Bad, Prison Break, and Friday Night Lights and in, among others, three films written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson. He will appear in 3 films set for release in 2021.

As the owner of Freihofer Casting, he has cast projects for Oscar winners Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Terrence Malick, Cameron Crowe, Tom McCarthy and Andrea Arnold, and first-time filmmakers Paul Dano and William H. Macy. He has cast for major studios like Paramount, Apple, Warner Brothers, Netflix and Amazon, as well as production companies like A24 and Plan B. He has also cast well over 1,000 commercials for such products as Nike, Gatorade, AT&T, American Airlines, Walmart, McDonald’s and even had a national commercial for Kia during the 2020 Super Bowl broadcast. He has cast a film in dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival for three consecutive years, including the 2020 Grand Jury and Audience winner Minari.

Chris has been an active member of SAG-AFTRA since 1999, and is Oklahoma’s only member of the Casting Society of America. With the booming film industry in Oklahoma, Freihofer Casting is now typically involved in 10-15 feature film productions per year.  

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Properties Director
Design and Production

This is Margot’s (She/ Her/ Hers) second year working with OU Drama. She received a BFA: Design Emphasis from Texas Christian University in 2013 and an MFA in Scenic Design from University of Oregon in 2016. Previously she worked with Oregon Contemporary Theatre in Eugene, OR as a Properties Master and served as the Resident Properties Designer at The Phoenix Theatre Company in Phoenix, AZ.  

Her ultimate goal as an instructor and mentor is to provide students with tools to analyze and think critically in an environment where they feel they can safely take risks to expand upon their believed limitations. She also hopes to provide them with a broader awareness of just how much awe and knowledge there is for them to explore in life. She believes theatre is built on rich traditions and influences that are important to know, but that openness and willingness to investigate new technology and ideas are equally important.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring all Oklahoma has to offer with her two dogs and getting to better know her vibrant community. 

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Assistant Technical Director
Design and Production

Alex is in his 4th year of working for the Helmerich School Of Drama.  He graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Theatre in 2017, and has also worked with Zilker Theatre productions and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre (UFOMT). 

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Master Stitcher
Design and Production

Amy has been with the School of Drama since the fall of 1996. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Oklahoma and is a long-term resident of Norman, Oklahoma. Amy teaches costume construction in addition to her duties as the master stitcher in the Costume Studio. 

Outside of work Amy is active in community festivals, such as the Norman Mardi Gras Parade and the Medieval Fair.


Professor Emerita - Theatre History and Dramaturgy
2015 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts

Kae Koger joined the faculty of the School of Drama in 1991 where she founded the B.F.A. program in Dramaturgy. She holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Drama from the University of Evansville. At OU, she served as Honors Coordinator, Graduate Liaison, and Curriculum Coordinator.

Dr. Koger was honored with the Provost’s Outstanding Advising Award in 2012 and by her peers in the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts with Faculty Recognition awards in 1997 and 2010. As a dramaturg, she collaborated on more than twenty School of Drama productions, including five world premieres. She also produced the annual Student Playwriting Festival for five years. Her professional credits include Oklahoma Shakespeare, Oklahoma City Theatre Company and Actors Theatre of Louisville. A scholar of nineteenth and twentieth century theatre history, she has published articles in The Chronicle of Higher EducationTheatre TopicsCollege Teaching, and The Journal of American and Drama and Theatre. She is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

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First Hand
Design and Production

Emma is excited to join the Helmerich School of Drama's Costume Studio team.  Born and raised in the PNW, she received her BFA in Costume Design and Production from Central Washington University. 

Immediately after finishing her schooling, Emma embarked on a cross country career path, choosing to forego her commencement ceremony in favor of taking up a stitcher position with the Lee's McRae Summer Theatre in North Carolina. From there, she moved along the east coast to work a season with the Florida Repertory Theatre and a summer season with Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts.   After finishing the east coast leg of her journey, she was able to return to Washington where she worked as an overhire stitcher with the Seattle Opera and Teatro ZinZanni before receiving an offer to join the OU family

Jessica Slusser

Adjunct Lecturer - Voice & Diction and Performing Shakespeare

Kathryn McGill is the Executive and Artistic Director for Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park.  Kathryn has both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting and directing from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from New York University.

Kathryn co-founded Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park (OSP) with the late Jack O'Meara in 1985. She has directed over 50 productions for OSP including Twelfth NightThe Merchant of VeniceRomeo and JulietHamletJulius CaesarRichard IIIMacbethAs You Like ItCyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing.  She has also directed The Rivals for Oklahoma City University, Spitfire Grill for the University of Central Oklahoma and co-founded the Detroit Women's Shakespeare Project and played the title role in their production of Henry V.  

Kathryn is a recipient of a Governor’s Arts award from the State of Oklahoma, the Harry A. Perry II Award for Non-Profit Leadership from the Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma and the Michi Susan Award for contributions in the arts from the Paseo Arts Association. She currently teaches at Oklahoma City University in the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership Program.

Jessica Slusser

Visiting Assistant Professor - Directing and Departures from Realism

Ashley is an alumni of the OU School of Drama. She currently works as the resident director of the first national tour of Hamilton. She is usually based in New York City and has taught and directed plays at Fordham University and Columbia University. Recent shows under her direction include Death Cruise (Access Theatre), Fun Home (Cape Rep), TheGoree All-Girl String Band (NYMF), Julius Caesar (CSC), and Orlando (Fordham). She also works as the associate director of Indecent for which Rebecca Taichman won the Tony for Best Director. Her other Broadway credits include the Tony-winning best musical Fun Home and the 2017 revival of The Glass Menagerie

Ashley spent two years teaching theater at The Allen-Stevenson School in NYC and seven years working for Shanti Bhavan in rural India. She is thrilled to be back on campus and inspired to be teaching the next generation of great theater artists coming out of OU. 

Jessica Slusser

Operations Manager

Jessica is an alumna of the Price College of Business at OU and has been with the School of Drama since 2015.  She loves visiting with students and celebrating their accomplishments! Jessica lives in Moore with her family and enjoys playing pickleball and reading.

Come visit Jessica and Christal in the office, they have candy and can answer your questions about the University and the School of Drama! 

Alissa Mortimer

Associate Professor - Performance

Alissa Mortimer serves as tenured Associate Professor of Drama in the Helmerich School of Drama, teaching acting at all undergraduate levels. Areas of special interest include: Shakespeare / heightened text, physical and emotional wellness for the actor, and diverse / equitable casting.

Directing credits: Phoenix Theatre: The Circumference of a Squirrel. Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew. Butler University: The Dreaming of The Bones(with subsequent tour of Southern Ireland). OU University Theatre: Twelfth NightArcadiaSummer and SmokeClybourne ParkMiss Evers’ Boys (KCACTF Region 6 Director’s Choice Award 2014, and 2014 Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa); Mary StuartAnna in the TropicsAs It Is In HeavenJulius Caesar9 Parts of Desire (KCACTF Region 6 Director’s Choice Award 2011.) Alissa also directed the regional premiere of the new play, Shakespeare’s Other Women by Scott Kaiser. That production received Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 6 awards for Outstanding Work with Heightened Text, and Excellence in Ensemble Acting and was selected to perform at the Region 6 festival, 2018.  

Favorite regional acting credits include: Titania / Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Emily in Bluff; Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing; Lady Percy in Henry IV, Part I; Hermione in The Winter’s Tale; and Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. Alissa can be seen in Terrence Malick’s film “To the Wonder”, and her voice has been heard on hundreds of regional and national television and radio commercials. 

Alissa is on the Fulbright Specialist roster (2019-2022).



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Costume Studio Director
Design and Production

Stephanie Orr is excited to be returning to OU as the Costume Studio Director. Stephanie received her BFA in Costume Design from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 and her MFA in Costume Technology from Indiana University in 2018.

Prior to returning to OU, Stephanie worked as the Tailors Firsthand at the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX.  Stephanie has worked in New York, most notably with the Radio City Rockettes, and in Los Angeles. She has also toured with the hip hop dance show Groovaloo and worked for the Houston Astros Shooting Stars. Her summer stock credits include: Draper at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival (2 seasons), Draper at Music Theatre Wichita (3 seasons), Stitcher at Goodspeed Opera House, and Stitcher at American Players Theatre. She has had her work displayed at the USITT National Conference in 2017 and 2018. Her research on Fashion, Politics, and the Modern Audience was presented at the SETC Theatre Symposium in 2017. Her research interests include Tailoring and Collection & Archive Management.

You can follow her work at or on Instagram @costumes_by_stephanie

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Professor - Performance
James Garner Chair

MFA University of Texas, Austin
BFA Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Tom Huston Orr is a professor of performance and holds the James Garner Chair in Acting at the Helmerich School of Drama. A veteran performer, director and producer of over 350 theatrical productions, he is currently appearing in theatres across the country in the award winning feature film, Wildlife, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan, directed by Paul Dano.

Tom is the only actor to have portrayed two of Oklahoma’s native legends, his award-winning performance in the feature film, Pearl,playing the aviation pioneer Wiley Post, and his numerous performances as “Oklahoma’s favorite son,” Will Rogers. Favorite New York and regional credits: The Will Rogers Follies; Hamlet; King Henry IV, Part I; The Taming of the Shrew; A Streetcar Named Desire; PVT Wars; Dracula; Sideman; Cabaret; Romeo and Juliet, and A Christmas Carol with the Lyric Theatre of OKC for over 250 performances!

Tom is represented by the BKTalent Agency and a proud AEA member since 1988.


Professor - Performance and Directing
Performance Area Coordinator
2007 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts

Judith Midyett Pender, Professor and Performance Area Coordinator, teaches Acting and Directing and directs a play each season.  She earned a PhD in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism and an MFA in Acting and Directing from the University of Georgia, and a BFA in Theatre and Interpretation from Missouri State University.  

While living and working in New York she studied Meisner Technique with Joanne Baron of the Neighborhood Playhouse.  She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.  She maintains a professional profile as actor and director and is professionally represented by Magna Talent Agency.  Her book, Acting: What to Do, published by Kendall Hunt in 2011, has been adopted by colleges and universities across the country.  


Visiting Assistant Professor - Combat & Movement

Scott Russell is an AEA actor, SDC fight choreographer, and a Full Instructor/Associate Fight Director with Dueling Arts International; he currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor at the OU Helmerich School of Drama at where he teaches Intro to Movement, Stage Movement, and Stage Combat.

Scott is recognized as an Advanced Actor Combatant with DAI and the Society of American Fight Directors and an Intermediate Actor Combatant with Fight Directors Canada, the Society of Australian Fight Directors, Inc., the Nordic Stage Fight Society, and the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.  He has previously served as instructor for the Indianapolis Opera’s Resident Artist program.

Scott is a graduate of The Conservatory at Act One Studios – Chicago, received his MFA from the University of Arkansas and received his BS in Biology from Belmont University.  He is also a Certified Teaching Candidate with the National Michael Chekhov Association.



Associate Professor - Stage & Theatre Management
Theatre Minor Adviser
Curriculum Coordinator
2019 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts

Associate Professor Chris Sadler has led the stage management emphasis in the Helmerich School of Drama since his arrival at OU in 2005. He teaches multiple courses in stage & theatre management and dramatic literature and is the adviser for the School's Theatre Minor. Professor Sadler holds an MFA in stage management from the University of California San Diego and a BFA from Ithaca College.

A proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 1999, Chris has a successful freelancing career having been part of stage management teams for over 100 productions at theatres nationwide, including Capital Repertory Theatre, Great River Shakespeare Festival, 7 Devils Playwrights Conference, the National Playwrights Conference, PCPA Theaterfest, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, La Jolla Playhouse, Theatre Rhinoceros, California Rep, Portland Stage Company, Great Lakes Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Hangar Theatre, and for seven seasons, was Production Stage Manager at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

Additionally, Chris participates with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as a stage management respondent at regional festivals since 2013 and was National Stage Management Coordinator from 2014-18.


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Assistant Professor - Scenic and Digital Media Design

Uldarico is originally from Lima, Peru and received his BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma and his MFA in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. Uldarico teaches courses in Media, Computer Aided Design, and Projections and is the School's International Exchange Coordinator.

As part of his commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Uldarico serves as Diversity Liaison for the College of Fine Arts and faculty adviser to a number of student organizations that work to promote a more inclusive and diverse environment and community.

Selected theatre credits include: scenic design Guadalupe in the Guest Room (Creede Repertory Theatre), Singin’ in the RainRock of Ages (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Journey’s End (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Number the Stars (Coterie Theatre); digital media design Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot the Musical (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Don Pasquale (University Theatre). Film credits include set designer for Nick Cassavetes’ Yellow; set designer for the film adaptation of August: Osage County; and set design and graphics for Gotti, starring John Travolta.

Uldarico's illustrations can be seen in the bilingual children's book Kutu the Tiny Inca Princess / La Ñusta Diminuta and the Spanish poetry book Poesia Alada: Poesia y arte para volar by Peruvian author Mariana Llanos.

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Visiting Assistant Professor - Dramaturgy and Theatre History

Dr. Kelli Shermeyer is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Dramaturgy and Theatre History, and she’s brand new to OU. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, where her research focused on global anglophone drama and critical theory. She’s also a theater director and freelance dramaturg.

Kelli’s book project, Ecologies of SufferingTragedy in the Anthropocene, explores how the structures of tragic drama enable dramatists to articulate the consequences of colonial and ecological trauma and to imagine vital forms of solidarity that extend into the more-than-human world. Her writing can be found in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtThe Journal of Contemporary Drama in EnglishThe Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, and various other places around the internet and in print. She also co-convenes the Ecology & Performance Working Group for the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR). She has won grants to study the work of twentieth-century literary managers in London and Dublin. Kelli’s favorite recent projects include The Wolves and The Electric Baby (as director), and She Kills Monsters and Sweat (as production dramaturg). She has also worked with the American High School Theater Festival/International Collegiate Theater Festival to help schools and universities stage their productions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Kelli teaches courses in dramaturgy, playwriting, and dramatic literature in the School of Drama.

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Associate Professor - Lighting and Sound Design

Richard has been a proud member of the School of Drama faculty since 2013.  Richard received his BA in Theatre Design and Technology (Magna Cum Laude) from Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He received an MFA in Lighting and Sound Design from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  Richard created the Sound Design Emphasis for the School of Drama, and he teaches multiple courses in Lighting Design and Sound Design, as well as 3D Computer Aided Design and Voice Acting.  Richard serves as the IT coordinator for the department.  Richard is a member of USITT and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

Richard’s lighting and sound students have won numerous awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Events, and at the Winter Symposium ran by the Southwest chapter of USITT.  Several of his lighting students have presented their work at the prestigious Hemsley Portfolio Review in New York City.

Professionally, Richard has designed lighting, sound and projections for numerous productions.  Richard has been the Resident Sound Designer and Composer for the Weathervane Playhouse, Heritage Theatre Festival and Texas Shakespeare Festival.  Richard is the lighting designer for The Summit, a touring joint concert featuring Take 6 and The Manhattan Transfer.  

Past credits include:

Lighting Design: A Very Joan Crawford Christmas (Unicorn Theatre), Oh What a Lovely War! (Kansas City Actors Theatre/UMKC Co-Production), The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 (Touring Production, 2015-Present)

Sound Design: Into The Woods, Born Yesterday (Texas Shakespeare Festival), I Hate Hamlet, Peter and the Star Catcher, A Comedy of Tenors, Jekyll and Hyde (Weathervane Playhouse), Tuna Does Vegas, Shear Madness, Sunday in the Park with George, A Light in the Piazza, Avenue Q (Heritage Theatre Festival), Time Stands Still (Unicorn Theatre), Freedom Sisters (Coterie Theatre)

Music Composition: As You Like It, Othello (Texas Shakespeare Festival), I Hate Hamlet, Baskerville(Weathervane Playhouse), Almost Maine, The 39 Steps (Heritage Theatre Festival)

Projections Design: Hungry, The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge, Distracted (Unicorn Theatre), Whipping Man (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Weathervane Playhouse)

Richard is recently married, and enjoys music and cooking.  Richard’s tech weekend munchies are very popular.

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Master Electrician
Design and Production

Eric Stehl is a Lighting technician and designer. Eric came to OU in 2007 and loves the family of Faculty, Staff, and Students here.  He got a BFA in Lighting from the University of Nebraska, and has worked in various educational and professional regional theaters in Michigan and Illinois. 

Eric is a certified Vari-Lite moving light repair technician.  He has designed lighting for several shows here at the Helmerich School of Drama, but his main focus is on teaching the backstage practicalities of the Lighting world, incorporating evolving technology into our art.

In addition to being the School's Master Electrician, Eric also teaches Stage Lighting.

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Adjunct Instructor - Scene Study for the Actor and Character Study

W. Jerome Stevenson is thrilled to join the OU family in his first year as adjunct faculty. Jerome serves as the Producing Artistic Director for the Pollard Theatre Company with over two decades of experience in professional theatre. A graduate of Langston University, Stevenson has established himself as a diverse theatre artist displaying his talents as an actor, director, designer, and teacher.

A strong advocate for diversity in theatre, Jerome has garnered critical praise for his direction of both plays and musicals of the American stage including Crowns and 21 Chump Street (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma), The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre), Fences (University of Central Oklahoma), Dinner with Friends, Godspell, La Cage aux Folles, The Diary of Anne Frank, In The Heights, To Kill a Mockingbird, and American Idiot. Jerome acting credits including Thomas B. Collins in RENT, Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple, Adam in Someone Who'll Watch Over Me, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Othello in Othello, Dr. Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop, Prospero in The Tempest, The Narrator in Passing Strange.

Jerome is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and thrilled to be able to create art in Oklahoma.

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Business and Accounting Associate

Christal is from the Tulsa area, but spent her college career here at OU graduating from the Price College of Business with a BBA. After receiving her degree, she began working for the OU College of Continuing Education in the Business and Accounting Operations department. In 2016, she transferred to the Helmerich School of Drama as their Account and Budget Rep. 

Christal received the award for Outstanding Staff in the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts in 2019, and a White Buffalo Mask for her service to the School of Drama in 2017. In her spare time, Christal enjoys spending time with her partner and their two girls. 



Adjunct Lecturer - Acting for Non-Majors and Character Study

Elizabeth Ann Townsend has performed in New York City on stage, television, film, and in regional theatres across the country. She appeared on The Sopranos and Law & Order and many national commercials.

Elizabeth received Best Supporting Actress awards from the St. Louis Theatre Critics Circle (Good People at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and from the Houston Press (Stupid Fucking Bird at Stages Repertory Theatre). She wrote and continues to perform her one-woman performance piece: COUNT TIME! The Life and Times of Patricia Prewitt which won the Fringemeister Award for best production in the 2016 St. Lou Fringe Festival. Elizabeth is a member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA

As an educator, Elizabeth is an Alba Method Master Teacher and has been a board member of the International Alba Method Association since 2014.  She is a Michael Chekhov Technique Instructor certified by the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. Elizabeth is a member of the Michael Chekhov Association.


Professor - Scenic Design
Design & Production Area Coordinator
2016 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts

Jon Young is a Full Professor of Scenic Design at the University of Oklahoma and a proud member of USA 829. Young is a 2020 inductee to the membership of the National Theatre Conference, a recipient of the 2016 Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts from the University of Oklahoma, and a 2015 recipient of the Gold Medallion from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Young has designed professionally for Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Black Hills Playhouse, Unicorn Theatre, Late Night Theatre, and Coterie Theatre. Young has designed over 30 productions at the University of Oklahoma for Dance, Drama, Opera and Musical Theatre. His design for Stupid F##king Bird at Stages Repertory Theatre was published in the Summer 2016 issue TD & T. Designs for Sunday in the Park with George and The Odyssey were published in the Summer 2012 issue TD & T. His scenic design for After Juliet was invited to be a part of the World Stage Design 2009 exhibit in Seoul Korea. 

You can follow his work on his work on the following social media sites: and @youngscenicstudio 


Design & Production

Cat Yost has returned to OU for her first season as Cutter/Draper. She earned her BFA in Costume Design at OU in 2014. After graduating, she attended Penn State University and earned her MFA in Costume Technology. While in graduate school she taught several sections of Introduction to Costume Construction and earned both the PSU President's Medal of Excellence and the USITT Barbra Matera Award in Costume Technology. She then worked at Florida State University for 2 1/2 years. While there she was the Staff Draper and Associate Shop Manager, and taught Wigs and Advance Makeup for both Graduate and Undergraduates.

During the summers while Cat was earning her degrees, she worked for various summer stocks including, Music Theatre Witchita, Trinity Shakespeare Festival hosted at TCU, and Glimmerglass Opera Festival holding positions such as a Stitcher, Wardrobe Assistant, Craftsartisan and Firsthand.

Cat is excited to have returned to OU School of Drama, and Norman with her black belt in Taekwondo and three cats.