Faculty and StaffBio
received an MFA in Stage Direction from Humboldt State University in Arcata,
California and a BA in theatre from San Diego State University.
Ms. McGeever has
worked professionally as a director and an actor. Ms. McGeever's scholarly
interests include mixing puppetry with live action, new plays, dramaturgy and
literary criticism. In 2001, Ms.
McGeever directed a production of The Art of Dining with the
distinguished, award winning playwright, Tina Howe, in residence. Her
relationship with Tina Howe has continued over the course of her career and in
2006 she collaborated with the renowned playwright once again to present a
course on the works of Eugene Ionesco and playwriting. The course, taught in
Paris and Georgia, culminated in a staged reading of student plays. In
2011, Ms. McGeever was selected as the Phi Kappa Phi, NAU Faculty Artist of the Year. In 2005, Ms. McGeever was selected as the
Region IV Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Critics
Institute Fellowship Nominee.
Ms. McGeever has
been involved with Arts Education for over 25 years. Early in her career she taught Theatre
Studies in a school for abused children in Colorado Springs, Colorado, junior
high and high school Drama on the Mojave Desert in Southern California and was
active as a teaching artist for the California Arts Project (TCAP).
Ms. McGeever has been on the faculty
of NAU Theatre from 1996-1998, at the University of Montevallo Department of
Communication Arts in Central Alabama from 1998-2004 and served as Chair of
Theatre for Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA from
Ms. McGeever is a native Californian but holds
dual citizenship with Ireland.
Mac Groves holds
a PhD in theatre from the University of Colorado, and teaches primarily in the
areas of theatre history and literature, management, and in performance areas like
acting Shakespeare and oral interpretation. He received his MA in theatre from
Stephen F. Austin University and his BA in English and Drama from East Texas
Baptist College. Dr. Groves has staged over 30 productions for Northern Arizona
University Theatre since joining the faculty in 1992.
Dr Groves was
named the College of Arts and Letters Teacher of the Year
in 2008. In addition to his nearly 40 years as a
director and artist scholar, Mac has worked in a variety of artistic
and administrative leadership positions in the American regional theatre. His
play, Route 66: A Celebration of America's Mainstreet, is an educational
initiative of the Department of the Interior/National Park Service and has
toured the eight-state Route 66 Corridor three times.
Bob Yowell received his PhD from Bowling Green State
University, His MA from St. Louis University, and his BA is from Southeast
Missouri State University.
He has directed over one hundred plays from a wide variety
of genres. His production of El
Paso Blue by Octavio Solis, was a national winner with the American
College Theater Festival, and it was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center
in Washington D.C. He has authored
articles on Theater as a Learning Medium, Theater Education, Directing, Acting,
and Dramatic Literature. His book, Stepping
Out: AnIntroduction to the Arts
is a text for an introductory course in the Arts. Dr. Yowell’s latest original play is entitled
A View to Die For, which is based on
the 1956 mid-air collision over the Grand Canyon. He has served in many leadership positions in
professional organizations and has served as the Chair of Theatre and Dance at
four universities. Professionally, he
has studied acting with Eric Morris in Hollywood, and worked with the late
motion picture casting director Mali Finn.
His wife Marsha is Emeritus professor of Communication at NAU, and a
retired attorney. The have two sons,
Bobby and Patrick, and a granddaughter, Noelle.
Darby Winterhalter Lofstrand received her MA from Stanford
University, her MFA from Arizona State University, and her BA from Santa Clara
As an actress she has worked in over one hundred productions
in film and stage in Los Angeles, the San Francisco/Bay Area, and Portland,
Oregon. She has also developed and
staged several performance art pieces, and she is the voice of Miss Kitty in
the Uncle Percy's Adventures in Space
educational shorts at Lowell Observatory.
She has directed one-person shows, festival plays, musicals, performance
pieces, and film shorts. Her 16mm short,
HeartSister, was featured at the New
York International Independent Film Festival.
Darby is also a writer.
Her collection of short stories, Elephant
Kisses: A Novel of Sweden Told in Five Stories, was released in Sweden to
acclaim, and she has an upcoming fiction novel in the final editing
stages. Her stage adaptation of Susan
Lowell's children's books, Josefina
Javelina, a Hairy Tale, and The Three Little Javelinas, was produced for
three years by Peaks Theatre Fest, and she has several full-length and short
plays which have been seen or heard in various venues.
She is married to Tobias Lofstrand, the President of the Arizona chapter
of the Swedish/American Chamber of Commerce, and enjoys travel and golf.
Christina Gutierrez holds a Ph.D. in Performance as Public
Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on
representations of the Middle Ages in contemporary performance. Christina also
holds an MA in Theatre HIstory from the University of Colorado at Boulder where
she spent time as a production dramaturg for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
In addition to her scholarship, Christina is a director and the Artistic
Director of the 7 Towers Theatre Company in Austin, Texas. Recent productions
Christina has directed with 7 Towers and other Austin companies include Martin
McDonagh’s The Pillowman,
Shakespeare’s Richard II, and John
Ford’s Renaissance Revenge Tragedy ‘Tis
Pity She’s a Whore. Her current research projects include an examination of
doubling practices in Renaissance and contemporary productions of Richard II, and an analysis of
contemporary theatrical re-tellings of the medieval Grail quest.
Production and Design FacultyBio
Kate Ellis (Associate Professor of
Theatre) has an emphasis in costume design and technology, and also teaches
theatre literature and puppetry. She
received her undergraduate theatre degree from Northwestern University in
Evanston, IL, and her M.F.A. in theatrical design at the University of Texas,
Austin. She has worked several summer
seasons as a cutter/draper at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Kate is the chair of the Desert State
Section of USITT and has presented workshops in costume design, technology, and
stage makeup at local, state, and regional conferences. In addition to designing costumes, masks, and
scenery, she also directs. Most
recently, she spent a month studying Wayang Kulit, or shadow puppetry, with a
puppet master (Dalang) in Bali.
Ben Alexander earned his BFA from the University of Evansville and his MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Some of Ben’s professional credits include: TD and Sound Designer for Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA; ATD for Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA; ATD for the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, UT; Master carpenter for Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, FL and Sacramento Theatre Company in Sacramento, CA. Ben has also worked numerous IATSE calls for touring shows.Bio
Jennifer has an MFA in Costume Design and
Technology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and a BFA in Costume
Design and Technology from the University of Wyoming. Through out Jennifer’s career she has worked for
NAU Theatre as an adjunct professor, the Costume Designer for Marshall
University and the Costume Technologist at Webster University’s Conservatory of
Fine Arts. Her professional credits
include Peaks Theatre Fest, The Santa Fe Opera, Sullivan’s Little Theatre on
the Square, Louisiana State University and Swine Palace Productions, The Utah
Shakespearean Festival, The Sacramento Theater Company and Utah Opera. Some of her
costume design credits include: Pride and
Prejudice,The Servant of Two Masters,
The Elixir of Love, Psychopathia
Sexualis, The Magic Flute, The Rape of Lucretia, The Odd Couple, The Fantasticks, I Hate
Hamlet, Driving Miss Daisy, Hair!, The Taming of the Shrew, 42nd Street, I Do! I Do!, Home,
The Green Bird, In The Blood, and Cinderella.
Nancy Parr holds
an MFA in theatre (costume design) from Illinois State University, earned after
undergraduate studies at the College of Du Page and Lewis University. After
receiving her MFA, she completed doctoral course work in theatrical costume
design at Michigan State University.
At Michigan State, Nancy managed the Theatre
Department's costume shop. Wanting to pursue work in TV and film, Nancy and her
singer/actor husband George, moved to Los Angeles. Nancy worked on the TV
series Bone Chillers. Her commercial work includes ads for Budweiser and
Hertz. In film, Nancy worked on Batman & Robin, Warriors of Virtue,
and the American Film Institute's production of Stepping on the Cracks.
In theatre, Nancy won a Drama-Logue award for costume design for her work on Club
Benjamin Grohs, Technical Director for the NAU Theatre
Department, graduated from Anderson University, in Anderson, Indiana, with a
B.A. in educational theatre with emphasis in technical theatre. Ben then became the Technical Director of the
Polk Theatre in Lakeland, FL. There he
was able to have the privilege to work with such artists as: Mickey Rooney, Red
Hot Chili Peppers, Cab Calloway, Willie Nelson, and many more. Ben is very glad to call Flagstaff, AZ his