Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty Directory

Art Faculty

Anne Beffel

  • Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Links of Interest

Lisa Gordillo

  • Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
Susanne Kilpela
"This above all: To thine own self be true"
—Shakespeare

Music Faculty

Jared Anderson

  • Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts
  • 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

  • Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Director of Bands

Libby Meyer

  • Lecturer, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Director, Music Composition Program

Links of Interest

Specialties/Activities

  • Classical music composition
  • Violin/viola performance, instruction

Joel Neves

  • Associate Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Links of Interest

Sound and Film Faculty

Anna Ehl

  • Instructor, Visual and Performing Arts

Josh Loar

  • Professor of Practice, Visual and Performing Arts

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

Christopher Plummer

  • Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Specialties/Activities

  • Sound Design
  • Sound System Consultation
  • Sound Mixing
  • Sound Studies
Erin Smith
"Also, you'll find a pair of safety glasses and some earplugs under your seats. Please feel free to use them."
—Max Fischer, Rushmore

Erin Smith

  • Director, Humanities Digital Media Zone
  • Principal Lecturer in Digital Media and Cinema, Humanities
  • Faculty Advisor, Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise

Specialties

  • Digital Media Production
  • Documentary Production and Theory
  • Film Theory and Criticism
  • Academic Technology Administration
  • British Literature

Theatre Faculty

Kent Cyr

  • Assistant Professor, Visual and Performing Arts

Mary Cyr

  • Instructor, Visual and Performing Arts
  • Costume Shop Supervisor

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

Specialties/Activities

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

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 Emeritus

Specialties/Activities

  • Watercolor
  • Watermedia art
  • Experimental texture and media techniques

Michael Irish

  • Professor Emeritus

Specialties/Activities

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

Milton Olsson

  • Professor Emeritus