Carlos M. Chavarria, M.A., M.F.A.
Director of Theatre Program, Assistant Professor

B.A., in Theatre and Dance & Spanish, Santa Clara University; M.A., Directing, The University of New Mexico; M.F.A., Playwriting, Arizona State University.

Scholarly interest: US/Latino Theatre, Latin American Theatre, Chicano Theatre, Gay and Lesbian Theatre, Theatre for Youth, Directing, Playwriting, Screenwriting, and Chicano Studies.

Carlos Chavarria’s current work focuses on Latino and Chicano Theatre development, as well as Gay Latino Theatre, and Theatre for Young Audiences. Carlos is a Playwright/ Director/ Performer, whose work has been seen internationally in both English and Spanish. As a freelance writer, Carlos has contributed to different Latino magazines, such as QV Magazine, Tentaciones, and Adelante Magazine, all based on Los Angeles, CA, Marginalia Magazine, based in Tempe, AZ, and CaliforniaWest and Mexico Vivo, electronic journals.

His plays have been produced in different venues and have received several awards. His one-man show, LA VIDA LOCA, has taken Carlos to national and international showcases, as well as different universities where he not only performs but also speaks about the importance of US/Latino Theatre, Bilingualism, Multiculturalism, LGBT issues, and offers workshops on playwriting and screenwriting. The play was recently published and can be obtain via amazon.com.

He’s the founder of “Teatro Latino Conversations,” a podcast dedicated to sharing information about US/Latino and Latin American theatre in the United States. In June 2011, Carlos was inducted into the Mexican Association of Theatre Artist, an honor that comes after a three year trial period. Carlos teaches classes in acting, directing, playwriting, screenwriting, movement, improvisation, theatre history, multicultural theatre, Chicano Theatre, and special theatre topics.

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.

J. Barrett Cooper, B.F.A., M.F.A.

Barrett holds an MFA from University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival Professional Actor Training Program, a BFA from Southern Methodist University, and is currently seeking a Graduate Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Louisville.   He is the Curator of Historic Interpretations at the Frazier History Museum, where he oversees the producing, writing, design, directing and research of the over 100 live Historic Interpretations and the historically accurate Staged Combat using reproduction period weapons, working from the manual’s of the time period.       

He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Savage Rose Classical Theatre Company, Louisville’s only theatre company devoted wholly to the classics. Barrett is also a freelance Director, Actor and Fight Director/Instructor for ATL, Necessary Theatre, Kentucky Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare, Walden Theatre among others. He has also done voice over work for numerous museums and documentaries including the voice of John Howard Griffin in Morgan Atkinson’s Uncommon Vision: The life and times of John Howard Griffin.  

For Walden Theatre, where he was Associate Director from 1996-2004, he directed more than forty productions, taught on all levels, and supervised the graduating seniors Unified Auditions in Chicago for nine years. He has taught at Wheaton College, Indiana University Southeast and lectured at Hanover University. Every summer Barrett chairs the Summer Theatre Festival at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild California, where he has teaches Shakespearean Text and directs. He has worked in theatres in NYC, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky and Utah.                          

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