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October 12 (7:30-9:30pm)

Catawba Theatre will host CATchat on Thursday, October 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre of the Robertson College-Community Center.

This first-ever CATchat includes 10 talks for 10 minutes from 10 alumni. This event is free, but donations are welcome!


About the Alumni Speakers


Donna Foard Knorr '67
"O Pitiful Sight; and Other Reflections."

Donna Summers Foard Knorr, after graduating from Morganton High School in 1963, enrolled in Catawba College that Fall. In June, 1967 she graduated with a BA in Drama/Theatre Arts and left the same day for Tuscaloosa, Alabama to enter graduate school at the University of Alabama. Donna graduated from the University of Alabama with a Masters in Speech Pathology in January, 1969. In April that same year, she married John "Jack" Foard, Jr. who also graduated from Catawba College in 1966. Donna worked for 40 years in the Cabarrus County School system teaching Drama for 20 of those years to middle and high school students. Her one-act productions won numerous regional and state theatre awards. She also directed many major productions and dinner theatres while teaching at Concord Middle and Concord High schools, including My Fair Lady, Camelot, South Pacific, Hello Dolly, Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, Grease, Applause, Annie Get Your Gun, Wizard of Oz, Li'l Abner, You Can't Take It With You, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Our Town, and Up the Down Staircase – and the list goes on. She even directed Miss Cabarrus beauty pageant for several years.

While at Catawba, Donna received the "Best Supporting Actress" award in 1966 from the Blue Masque. Donna was a majorette and featured twirler with Catawba's band and performed at all the home football games. She had won numerous baton championships, including Miss World Majorette Queen '63, and Jr. and Sr. State Championships, '62-'63 and was a former Miss Morganton and Most Talented Non-Finalist in the Miss NC Pageant in '65. She also competed and won the local and state Public Speaking Award from the NC Federation of Women's Club in 1973.

Donna has been an active Catawba College alum by serving on the Alumni Board and as Alumni President in 1984 and by helping in several alumni activities and events over the years.

In 2010 Donna received certification in Etiquette training from the American School of Protocol in Atlanta, GA. She founded The Piedmont School of Etiquette in December, 2010 where she, and her husband Gerry as her assistant, now stay busy holding classes in their home as well as in schools and clubs - teaching children, adults, and families proper manners and social skills.

Donna met her late husband, Jack, her freshman year. They raised two children before Jack died in 2002 – just weeks before their first grandchild was born. Donna met Gerry later, and married him in 2003. Gerry hails from Indiana but now says he feels right "at home" in North Carolina.

Donna resides in Concord with her husband Gerry. She is active in church and community, a pastel artist, a scrapbook maker, a Certified Etiquette Consultant, a fun grandmother, and a true Florida "snowbird". Donna supports the Blue Masque activities – Go Myrtle!- and tries to never miss a Catawba Homecoming!



Mark Lingenfelter '96

 "_____, You're ____."

Since graduating from Catawba in 1996, Mark has worked as a performer, director, choreographer and teaching artist at the regional, touring, college, community, summer stock and off-off Broadway (yes, that's two "off"s) level.  Mark has done further study at the Paul Sills Theatre Game Center in Door County, WI and at Celebration Barn Theatre in South Paris, Maine.  More recently, he has shifted his focus on generating of his own solo performance pieces and he (sometimes) maintains a blog at www.adventuresfmark.com.  Mark is also a member of gold medal-winning synchronized swim team.



Mia Self '92
"Collaboration and Creative Conflict; The Process of Learning from Dissent."

Mia is the Assistant Director of Acting and Directing at University Theatre and coordinates the academic program. She has an MFA from the University of Mississippi (1999) and a BA from Catawba College (1992) with an emphasis in directing and performance. Her interests are focused on the educational benefits of theatre and drama across all disciplines particularly as expressed through play writing, devised theatre, and collaborative performance. Mia also serves on the board of directors for the North Carolina Theatre Association (NCTC) and works with K-12 and college programming for the organization.



Nancy Pipkin-Hutchinson '91
"My Life with Trivia; How I Need to Know Everything to Be a Brilliant Costumer."

M.F.A. University of California Davis (M.F.A - Dramatic Arts - emphasis Costume Design); B.A. Catawba College (Theatre Arts Major 1991-emphasis Technical Theatre); Blue Masque Hall of Fame Inductee 2013

Nancy has been working in professional theatre since 1989 (yes, she started during summers while she was still an undergraduate student). In her time in and out of Academia she has worked as: Costume Designer, Assistant Costume Designer, Costume Director, Costume Shop Manager, Cutter/Draper, First Hand, Stitcher, Wardrobe Supervisor, Dresser, Crafts, Shopper and other tasks as assigned.

She is currently Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Technology in the Department of Theater and Dance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.



Allison Turner Wilhelm '91
 "Theatre Major. How Do You Use That?"

Allison has over 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience in the Charlotte metro area. She has worked with companies such as Viacom, Paramount, and Microsoft. Her experience includes many aspects of the entertainment industry such as theme parks, television, radio and theatre. She graduated with a degree in Theatre from Catawba College and studied acting in New York City post-graduation. She still continues to perform today around the Charlotte area with local companies and theatres.