Gretta Berghammer teaches coursework in drama education and theatre for youth at the University of Northern Iowa. She serves as the Artistic Director for the Sturgis Youth Theatre, a community-based theatre providing class and production-related experiences for students ages 4-16. In 2010 she founded the Spectrum Theatre program for kids on and off the Autism Spectrum which provides in and after school drama based interventions that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction and non-verbal communication. The primary focus of Ms.
Jim Bray comes to UNI from Ohio where he received his M.F.A. in Acting from Kent State University. He is a certified instructor of the Sanford Meisner approach to acting, originally training for two years with Don Biehn (graduate of the William Alderson Studio and The Goodman School) in 1997, then receiving his certification to teach under the tutelage of renowned master teacher Larry Silverberg in 2017. Professor Bray has been a proud member of Actors' Equity Association since 2001 working as an actor in NYC, with various regional theatres around the country, as well as touring stateside and internationally. He is an award-winning actor and director and can be heard on multiple recordings including the new musical, Sympathy Jones. www.JimBray.net
Ron Koinzan started at the University of Northern Iowa in 2007. He earned his MFA in Technical Production at Humboldt State University in 2003. Prior to moving to Iowa he served as the Technical Director at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Professor Lange came to UNI from Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he worked as Technical Director for three years. He has also worked in such venues as The Alley Theatre in Houston, The Dallas Theatre Center, the Philadelphia Academy of Music and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
Katy McGlaughlin comes to UNI from Iowa City where she received her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Iowa. She is a proud member of both Actors Equity Association and USITT. Katy has worked regionally across the country from Colorado to Massachusetts. Favorite credits include The 39 Steps, Festival 56, Mary Poppins, The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company.
Amy Osatinski is a scholar, teacher, director, designer, and performer who holds a PhD. in Theatre from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MA in Education from the University of Colorado Denver. Amy has extensive experience as a performer and director including directing the Colorado regional premiere of Spring Awakening the Musical, and taking a new musical, At Buffalo, to the New York Musical Theatre Festival along with the show's creators.
For the past twelve years, Mark A. Parrott has worked as a designer and taught classes in theatrical design and production at the University of Northern Iowa, where he was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Theatre. During his tenure at UNI, Mark has designed scenery for productions of A Midsummer Nights Dream, Antigone, La Serva Pedrona, Gianni Schicchi, The Threepenny Opera, and lighting for A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine, Three Sisters, and The Music Lesson, among others.
Associate Professor, Costume Studio Technical Director
Professor RohrBerg's work as a costume designer has included engagements at Timber Lake Playhouse in Illinois; The Barn Theatre of Augusta, Michigan; Peoria Civic Opera in Illinois; and The Old Creamery Theatre in Iowa. She is an active member of USITT and her specialties include mask making, Kabuki Theatre, and millinery.
Steve Taft (B.S.E., M.A., Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor and faculty member in the Department of Theatre. Since arriving in Iowa he has worked as a guest actor and director at the Old Creamery Theatre and the Okoboji Summer Theatre over several seasons and elsewhere. He is the author of The Theatre in YOU published by Great River Learning and premiering in the fall of 2017. For more info go to: www.stevetaft.com
Matthew Weedman received his MFA from the School of Theatre Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. He worked extensively in film and television and as an actor and director in theatres around the US. Matt is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.
Jennifer Sheshko is originally from Montreal, Quebec and received her MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her scenic and costume design credits include Quills (MECCA nomination 2008 for best costume design), Fallen Angel Productions; The Elusive, Table d’Hote Productions; Anything Goes and Marat-Sade, Indiana University.