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Interim Chair

ConnieLowery.jpgDr. Constance Rogers-Lowery

Office: SSB 203
Phone: (704) 645-4803

  • Acting Associate Provost for Faculty Development
  • Associate Professor
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University

Interests: Physiology of corals


Elizabeth Homan

Office: CCCANX
Phone: (704) 637-4409

  • Acting, Directing
  • B.F.A., University of Florida
  • M.A., Miami University of Ohio
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri - Columbia

Since coming to Catawba in 2003, Beth has been lucky enough to teach everything from theatre history and dramatic literature to acting, directing, period performance, and stage combat. Though she is proud to be a true theatre generalist, she is particularly interested in collaborative approaches to the production process; and, to this end, has studied Anne Bogart's Viewpoints and the performance techniques of the Tectonic Theatre Project.
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David_Pulliam.jpgDavid Pulliam
Office: CCC
Phone: (704) 637-4486

  • Scene Design, Arts Administration, Scenic and Visual Art
  • B.A., Mercer University
  • M.F.A., University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

A member of the Theatre Arts Department since 1986, David has designed scenery for over fifty plays ranging in period from new plays to Greek tragedy, and in style from postmodern children's playgrounds to traditional Victorian interiors. In addition to being the resident scenic designer, David coordinates the Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts Administration degree and the Studio Art minor.
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ChrisZink.jpgChristopher D. Zink
Office: CCC
Phone: (704) 637-4340

  • Lighting Design and Technical Theatre
  • B.F.A., Western Carolina University
  • M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi

Christopher has worked as Technical Director for over 40 productions and has designed lighting for over 30 productions, ranging from opera to dance. Production lighting designs include City of Angels, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little Shop of Horrors, and Death of a Salesman, just to name a few. Chris has also worked professionally for such companies as The Candlewood Playhouse, The Barter Theatre, Seaside Music Theatre, and Cape Fear Regional Theatre. He has worked in several road houses and large arenas and has worked on events ranging from dance to, of all things, a tractor pull.
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Associate Professors

Erin B. Dougherty

Office: CCCANX
Phone: (704) 637-4241

  • Costume Design and Associate Professor
  • B.A., Hartwick College
  • M.A., Northern Michigan University
  • M.F.A., University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Erin joined Catawba in 2007 and teaches Costume Design, Costume Construction, Stage Makeup, and Dramatic Literature. She also manages the costume shop and has worked professionally for several regional companies including Glimmerglass Opera Company and Trollwood Performing Arts School. Her production designs include costumes for Pirates of Penzance (Catawba), Seussical the Musical (UNCG), and Death of a Salesman (Tribhuvan University, Nepal) to name a few. While she considers herself a relative theatre generalist, she has a love for costume crafts and millinery.


Assistant Professors

tommyfoster.jpgTommy Foster

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan
  • M.F.A. in Classical Acting from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University

Tommy has been a professional actor in the regional theatre for over 20 years performing at Music Theatre of Connecticut, Ogunquit Playhouse, Gateway Playhouse, Kalliope Stage, Gorilla Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, and CPCC Summer Theatre among others.  He has appeared in commercials, television, and performed internationally on cruise ships. 
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MeredithFox.jpgMeredith Fox
Office: CCC 201
Phone: (704) 637-4430

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • B.F.A., Musical Theatre, Catawba College
  • M.F.A., Physical Theatre, Accademia dell’Arte in Partnership with Mississippi University for Women

Meredith's passion and heartbeat is dance. She has trained in ballet, modern, jazz, American-Style ballroom, latin, and swing, and Argentine tango. Meredith also loves pantomime, any type of mask work, such as Commedia dell'Arte, and creating theatre from physical, ensemble-based approaches. Meredith earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and minors in Dance and Music from Catawba in 2007. She earned her M.F.A in Physical Theatre at Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She joined the Theatre Arts Faculty in 2013, and has previously worked in Catawba's Admissions Office as a counselor for prospective students.
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Craig Kolkebeck

Office: CCC
Phone: (704) 637-4305

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Scene Shop Manager
  • Artistic Director, Lee Street Theatre
  • B.A. in music, St. Lawrence University
  • M.A. in Theatre Arts, University of Texas

Craig Kolkebeck holds a B.A. in music from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Texas. He is the former Artistic Director for Teatro Los Pobres and the Southwest Repertory Organization. He is a SAG/AFTRA/AEA member professional actor and has been a professional director for some 30 years. His productions have ranged from the smallest of warehouse stages to multi-million dollar venues in the theme park live action stunt show arena here in the U.S., as well as Holland, Germany, Japan and Russia. Read more »


ashleypierce.jpgAshley Pierce
Office: CCC
Phone: (704) 645-4523

  • Assistant Professor of Visual Art
  • B.A., M.F.A., East Carolina University

Pierce holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from East Carolina University. Pierce studied on site at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota Florida and studied abroad in Italy through Linda Darty’s “Travel through Tuscany” program. Pierce began teaching at Catawba Fall semester of 2010. She encourages an interactive and creative classroom environment. Pierce teaches Painting, Drawing and Intro to Visual Art in the Day Program as well as Intro to Visual Art in the Evening Program. She continues to make, show and sell her own visual artwork.


bradstephenson.jpgBradley Stephenson
Office: CCC 206
Phone: (704) 645-4583

  • Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri
  • M.A., Northwestern University
  • M.Div., M.A.Ed., B.A., Wake Forest University

Brad earned his Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Missouri where his research explored topics from musicals and metatheatre to disability and dramatic criticism. He was the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Applied Theatre and Drama Research at Mizzou, where he also taught classes in acting, playwriting, storytelling, and script analysis. Brad is a director, actor, and playwright. His play Truffles and Nougat received its world premiere at Talking Horse Theatre in 2016. His work has been published in Theatre Topics, Studies in Musical Theatre, Ecumenica, Journal of American Theatre and Drama, and Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.
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Adjunct Instructors

davidhagy.jpgDavid Hagy 

  • Adjunct Instructor in Musical Theatre
  • B.M., Indiana University
  • M.M., M.M.A, D.M., Yale University

Conductor of the Salisbury Symphony, David has a special love for musical theatre. He has served as music director for many of Catawba's musical theatre productions during the past fifteen years, such as A Little Night Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof, City of Angels, The Threepenny Opera, Sunday in the Park with George, and Closer Than Ever among many others. David also has assisted in the teaching of musical theatre performance classes and works with students on musical theatre senior recitals. 


tedkubo.jpgTod Kubo

  • Adjunct Instructor in Dance




John Stafford

  • Adjunct Instructor of Musical Theatre
  • B.A., Catawba College

John has been music director or co-music director for every musical theater production at Catawba since 1998. A graduate of Catawba College in music performance, he began working with the theater beginning in the orchestra his freshman year and ended up as co-music director and conductor his senior year. That began a history of musical theater directing that has taken him all over North and South Carolina. He has worked on musicals with two high schools, two colleges and ten different community theaters. In 2001 John stage directed his first musical with Godspell in Albemarle, NC. While usually serving as pianist for the orchestra at Catawba, John switched rolls and conducted the orchestra in 2002 for Into the Woods.
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Theater Staff

Lisabeth Slate

Office: CCC

  • Administrative Assistant for Theatre Arts Department

Faculty Emeriti

Dayna Anderson

  • Professor Emerita of Theatre Arts
  • B.S., M.S., M.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi

Anderson, a faculty emerita of Theatre Arts, joined the College in 1981, as a specialist in performance theory. During her tenure, she became most recognized for her work with actors who were just beginning their performance art, particularly women. She earned her bachelor's degree in theatre and public address, a master's degree in communication and a master of fine arts degree in acting/directing and design, all from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed post-graduate study at a variety of institutions, including University of Illinois, University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Minnesota, Oxford University and in New York thanks to a grant she received from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her other post graduate acting studies have been in the Alexander Technique, including her graduation from the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia. Anderson retired in 2015 after 34 years of service to the College.
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Dr. Kurt Corriher

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Acting, Dramatic Literature, Film Criticism
  • M.F.A., UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. in German

"I am an actor, director, and creative writer of prose fiction. My hope is always to bring a high-quality theatre experience to audiences through my work in that medium. As a writer, I hope to leave to serious and thoughtful readers prose works that will offer a glimpse of the enduring fountain of hope and joy that exists, eternal, in human life. As the product of a family farm, I maintain an active interest in the outdoors, in gardening and hiking. I run or swim almost daily."
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Jim Epperson

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Recent past Theatre Arts Department Chair; previously the Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Theatre
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • B.A., M.A., University of Arkansas.

Epperson is faculty emeritus at Catawba College. A graduate of Florida State University (Ph.D.) and the University of Arkansas (B.A. and M.A.), Epperson taught theatre arts at Catawba for twenty-six years. Serving first as chair of the theatre arts department and then dean of the school of performing arts, Epperson’s contributions were honored by the college when he was presented with the "Trustee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Catawba College." His abilities were also acknowledged when he was selected as Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Theatre, with his induction into the Blue Masque/Theatre Arts Department Hall of Fame, and with the naming of the The McCachren-Epperson Theatre Arts Office Facility (the "McEpp House") in his honor. The "Jim Epperson Outstanding Student Director Award" was also named in his honor.
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Hoyt M. McCachren

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Recent past Theatre Arts Department Chair
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • M.A., University of Oregon
  • B.A., Catawba College

Hoyt McCachren joined the Catawba College faculty in 1957 and retired in 1994. He studied as an undergraduate at Catawba (Class of '54) as a double major in Drama and Mathematics. His Master's Degree in Technical Theatre is from the University of Oregon and is Ph.D. is from the University of Georgia. Dr. McCachren became chair of the Drama Department in 1974 and the department experienced significant growth during his tenure.
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James Parker

  • Professor Emeritus
  • B.A., Ithaca College
  • M.F.A, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Although retired, Professor James Parker is still going strong, continuing beyond his 40 years of professional and educational theatre.Parker has worked as resident designer at the Washington (D.C.) Theatre Club and the Equity Library Theatre, plus a total of 25 summers of one- and two-week stock productions in various capacities. Parker has studied professionally at the Lester Polokov Studio of Stage Design in New York, and has worked with such then-fledgling actors as Alan Alda, Christopher Reeve, John Hillerman, Christopher Lloyd, Dixie Carter, Ned Beatty, and Tom Hulce.Parker was originally hired as set designer and technical director, to which costume design duties were soon added.