Megan Burnett, B.S., M.F.A.
Director of Theatre Program, Assistant Professor

Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film Production from Texas Christian University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Louisville. She received graduate theatre training at Oklahoma City University, working under famed opera and music theatre director Carveth Osterhaus before moving to Louisville and receiving her MFA in 1991. Megan was an English Speaking Union Teacher Scholar, taking the “Teaching Shakespeare through Performance” course at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London in 2004. She served as a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund participant 2005, studying Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku as well as Japanese education practices in Tokyo and Hiroshima. Megan co-founded a theatre training school for adults: StageLab: Ongoing Training for Theatre Artists, and she was a co-founder and board member of The Pleiades Theatre Company. Ms Burnett received the Alice Lloyd College Campus Leadership and Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. She is a 2014 recipient of a Post-Doctoral Faculty Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association.

Megan has worked in all aspects of radio, video production, film and theatre. She produced three radio drama productions for WMMT, a division of Appalshop and WWJD, Alice Lloyd College’s radio station. She directs for Jenny Wiley Theatre and serves on their board of directors. She works as a Voice and Text coach for area Shakespeare companies. She was a Narrator at the American Printing House for the Blind for several years. She has acted for professional theatre companies in Kentucky, Indiana, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma, and she also performs in her nationally touring production of a one-woman show, Shame the Devil! An Audience with Fanny Kemble.

Megan’s research interests include women in theatre, children’s theatre, Teaching Shakespeare through Performance, Kabuki theatre, and researching women to create plays about them. Right now she is researching Mattie Griffith Browne, a Kentucky Abolitionist and Suffragist with the goal of presenting a one-woman play about her in 2016. Megan is on the Speaker’s Bureau for the Kentucky Humanities Council and has given talks about Mattie Griffith Browne, as well as the Women of the Settlement Schools of Eastern Kentucky. Megan has presented papers and panels at the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Ohio Valley History Conference: Mattie Griffith Browne, Kentucky Abolitionist, Women of the Settlement Schools of Eastern Kentucky, JFK and the Power of Speech, Kentucky Theatre Association, and the Shakespeare in Contemporary Performance Symposium at Appalachian State University: 2014 ALC’s Caudill Players: A Model for Performing Shakespeare in Appalachia.

Most recently Megan published, produced and directed the play Alice Lloyd College: A Light Unto the Mountains. This was a devised script based on oral archives at ALC. National premiere in Washington, D.C. in 2013. Performed there and in Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina.

Carol Stewart, M.A.

Education: B.F.A., Acting, Goodman School of Drama; M.A., Expressive Therapies, University of Louisville; currently pursuing Ph.D. studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities/Theatre, University of Louisville.

Scholarly interests: Actor training methods and techniques, the psychology of the actor, audiobook narration, radio drama, Japanese Shakespeare, and the theory and science of creativity as it applies to the theatre performer.

Carol teaches all levels of acting, as well as voice, theatre history, theories of theatre, introduction to theatre, radio drama, dramatic literature, audiobook narration, Freshman Focus, and other special theatre topics.

Carol is an award-winning audiobook narrator, who has recorded over 300 full-length books and many abridged titles for non-profit and commercial producers. In 1996, she was the winner of the Golden Headset award for Best Narration, Unabridged Fiction, from Audiobook World (for Hallowed Murder, published by Hall Closet Books). In 2000, she was a finalist for the Torgi Award for Best Narration, Fiction, from CNIB (for The Poisonwood Bible, produced by the American Printing House for the Blind), and in 1999 was a finalist for the Alexander Scourby Award for Best Narration, Fiction, from the American Foundation for the Blind (for Red, White and Blue, produced by the American Printing House for the Blind). She has performed in the studio as a narrator for almost 20 years, and during her five years as Studio Director for the American Printing House for the Blind, she oversaw the casting and production of over 2000 full-length audiobooks for the Library of Congress Talking Books program.

She is an active member of VASTA (the Voice and Speech Trainers Association), the Audiobook Publishers Association (APA), and the Association of Humanities Academics (AHA).

Her community work in the Louisville area is extensive, and includes seven years as Director of the Drepung Gomang Institute, an organization dedicated to the study and preservation of Tibetan culture. She currently serves on the board of the Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company and is active in local animal rescue activities, including animal transport  education and outreach, and foster care and training. 

Angela Miller, B.S., M.S., M.C.A (MFA) 

B.S. Psychology, Xavier University; M.S. Forensic Science; M.C.A. in Theatre (Directing & Digital Media Design) University of Tasmania, Australia. Scholarly interest: Directing, Acing, Technical Theatre, Theatrical Design, Digital Media, Social Networking and Marketing.

For a decade Angela worked backstage at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. She also worked as the Assistant Director for Seret Scott (I Just Stopped by to See The Man), Brendon Fox (Private Eyes), and Kirsten Brandt (Lobby Hero) among others. Since her time at the Globe, Angela directed numerous productions for Actors Alliance of San Diego (Winner “Best of Fest”), and Plutonium Productions as well as worked with Mo’olelo Performing Arts Theatre.

Angela has taught at the University of Tasmania and Launceston College, and directed for Mudlark Productions and CentrStage Theatre. She also had the honor of being a guest speaker for the annual Drama Tasmania Teacher Conference. 

Angela combines her interests in theatrical design and digital media by developing the concept of the Playler® (Play + [Movie] Trailer). The goal behind a playler is to use theatrical design methodologies to translate the directorial vision and apply it to a video medium. By creating playlers which maintains theatrical integrity and intrigue, Angela hopes to provide a unique and financially viable tool for theatres to reach new audiences. In addition to teaching and directing,

Angela is a Flying Producer for ZFX Flying Effects. ZFX is a complete service provider for all flying effects. Clients range from theatrical performances (Peter Pan, Wicked) to concerts (Taylor Swift) to corporate and international events (2010 Winter Olympics). Recently, Angela had the pleasure of directing Complete Works of William Shakespeare at The Little Colonel Players here in Kentucky.

This spring, Angela will be returning to Australia to participate as an Artist-In-Residence at the University of Tasmania where she will direct Terminus for CentrStage Theatre. While in Australia, she will also be teaching Australian Culture through Playwrights, Performance, Design and Art in Sydney and Melbourne through Bellarmine University’s and CCSA’s Study Abroad program.

Madison Dunaway, B.F.A., M.F.A.

B.F.A, Acting/Directing, University of Colorado; M.F.A, Classical Acting, The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University  

Scholarly Interests: Actor Training and Methodology, On-Camera Acting, Voice and Diction for the Actor, Mask Work, Stage Combat, Classical Acting and Script Analysis and how that translates to the work of the Modern Actor.  

Madison has had the privilege of performing with some of our nation’s most well respected artists and production companies. She is the proud recipient of the LA Drama Critic’s Award for Lead Performer for her portrayal of Agnes in Agnes of God at International City Theatre as well as A Backstage Garland Award for her role as Curley’s Wife in Of Mice and Men at The Pasadena Playhouse. Madison has also received several other nominations for her acting work including Ovation, Robbie, and Denver Critic’s Circle Awards for various productions at regional theatre companies including The Falcon Theatre, La Mirada Theatre, The Denver Civic Theatre, and Curious Theatre Company.  She has appeared on-camera in films including Disney’s Princess Diaries 2, Hallmark’s Final Approach, and award winning independent films such as LBD Production’s Behind the Mask as well as on several television series and commercials. Madison was most recently seen in Louisville as Rosalind in Kentucky Shakespeare’s production of As You Like It.

She is an active member of the Screen Actor’s Guild, Actor’s Equity Association, and the American Film Television and Radio Association.   

Madison’s training includes LeCoq Mask and Clown, American Stage Dialect, Fitzmaurice and Linklater Voice Methods, Modern and Classical Dance, and she is certified by the SCFD in 8 weapons as well as hand to hand stage combat.

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