Faculty and Staff Directory

Art Faculty

Anne Beffel

Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

906-487-1732
aebeffel@mtu.edu
Walker 209C

Links of Interest

Lisa Johnson

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

906-487-3096
lijohnso@mtu.edu
Walker 209B

Links of Interest

Susanne Kilpela
"This above all: To thine own self be true"
—Shakespeare

Music Faculty

Jared Anderson

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Choral Singing
  • Contemporary Choral Music
  • Musical Theater
  • Skill Acquisition in the Large Group Rehearsal
  • Ear-Training

Michael Christianson

Visiting Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Director of Bands

Michael Irish

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Jazz Studies
  • Jazz Guitar
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Clinician/Adjudicator/Performer
  • Rhythm Section Specialist

Elizabeth Meyer

Instructor, Visual and Performing Arts

Community String Program Director

906-487-3606
ecmeyer@mtu.edu
Rozsa 206

Specialties/Activities

  • Classical music composition
  • Violin/viola performance, instruction

Joel Neves

Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

906-487-2859
jbneves@mtu.edu
Rozsa 205

Links of Interest

Sound Faculty

Josh Loar

Professor of Practice, Visual and Performing Arts

906-487-1714
jloar@mtu.edu
Rozsa 112

Specialties/Activities

  • Sound Systems Design and Engineering
  • Multimedia Production and Control Systems Design and Consultation
  • Production Management, Technical Direction
  • Stage Direction
  • Film and Video Production and Post-Production
  • Lighting Design
  • Video/Projection Design
  • Drums/Percussion
  • Acoustics and Acoustic/Soundsystem Modeling
  • Technical Drawing

Denny McKaig

Instructor, Visual and Performing Arts

Sound Technician

906-487-3118
dmmckaig@mtu.edu
Rozsa 111

Christopher Plummer

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Sound Design
  • Sound System Consultation
  • Sound Mixing
  • Sound Studies

Theatre Faculty

Mary Carol "M.C." Friedrich

Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Costume Design & Construction
  • Lighting Design
  • Scene Design
  • Color Science for Designers in Theatre

Roger Held

Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Directing
  • Acting: Period Styles
  • History and Literature
  • Leadership and Management
  • Play Writing

Patricia Helsel

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

906-487-3283
helsel@mtu.edu
Walker 209E

Links of Interest

Specialties/Activities

  • Acting
  • Voice and Articulation
  • Musical Theatre
  • Audition Techniques
  • Vocal Techniques for Media and Theatre
  • Presentation

Kalen Larson

Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Technical Theatre Production
  • Scenic Design
  • Stage Mechanics
  • Rigging
  • Metal Working

Emeriti Faculty

Mary Ann Beckwith
"Artistry is not bounded by the arts. I tell my students that as they become more confident in their own creativity it will make them a better engineer, mathematician, or forester."

Mary Ann Beckwith

Professor Emerita

Specialties/Activities

  • Watercolor
  • Watermedia art
  • Experimental texture and media techniques

Milton Olsson

Emeritus Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

906-487-5707
miolsson@mtu.edu

Staff

Juli Martin

Juli Martin

Administrative Aide

906-487-2067
julim@mtu.edu
Walker 209