Faculty & Staff
The Department of Theatre and Dance boasts a rich, diverse, and highly collaborative faculty of professionals and educators dedicated to serve the Arts and TROY students. Our Department strives to maintain an open door policy which means we welcome the opportunity to discuss your growth in class, rehearsals, and production.
To jump quickly to a particular Faculty/Staff member, simply click on their name below:
Lecturer, Costume DesignAngel, Dominique
Lecturer, DanceAverett, Tori Lee
Assistant Professor, Theatre Education, PerformanceBamman, Joyce
Lecturer, Intro to Drama, eTROY, and Costume Shop SupervisorBarwood, Jane
Departmental SecretaryClark, Trey
Lecturer, Assistant Technical Director, Scene Shop ForemanCockrell, Quinton
Assistant Professor, PerformanceDawson, David
Lecturer, Technical DirectorDye, David
Professor Emeritus, PerformanceGalas, John
Guest Artist in Residence, PerformanceGilland, Tracy
Assistant Professor, DanceGraham, Jessee
Adjunct, PerformanceHicks, Deborah Chappell
Coordinator of DanceKrach, Josh
Adjunct, eTROYLoud, Nicki
Lecturer, DanceMoree, Adena
Associate Professor, PerformanceNewman, Tommy
Lecturer, Musical Theatre, PlaywritingRich, Chris
Coordinator of Theatre, Associate Professor
Scott AndersonLecturer, Costume Design
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Scott comes to Troy University after freelancing for the last 7 years across the Greater North Eastern United States, Utah and California. He currently teaches courses in Costume Design & Technology and Stage Make-Up. Scott was awarded his BA in Theatre Design and Technology from DeSales University in 2003 and his MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University in 2009.
Dominique AngelLecturer, Dance
Dominique Angel, a native of Washington D.C., began her ballet training with Ballet Russe Premieur Danseur Oleg Tupine in Springfield, Va. At the age of fourteen she moved to New York City after receiving a full scholarship to continue her studies with The Joffrey Ballet School, Ms. Angel then joined the The Joffrey II Dancers under the direction of Sally Brayley Bliss and upon graduating high school was invited to become a member of The Joffrey Ballet directed by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino. While dancing with the company Ms. Angel performed works by renowned choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, John Cranko, Mark Morris, James Kudelka, Twyla Tharp, Frederick Ashton, Mark Morris, Paul Taylor and Pilobolus as well as works choreographed by Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey himself. In 1987 Ms. Angel was invited to join Edward Villella's new company, The Miami City Ballet. During her time in Miami Ms. Angel performed many works choreographed by George Balanchine including Apollo, Square Dance, Allegro Brilliante, Divertimento #15, Tarantella and Serenade. Ms. Angel began her teaching career in 2001, before arriving at Troy University she has been a member of the dance faculty at The Miami Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts in Miami, Fla., and Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. Ms. Angel finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all of her students and hopes that they too will continue this tradition.
Tori Lee AverettAssistant Professor, Theatre Education, Performance
Tori Lee Averett is a born listener and a lover of story who appreciates the arts’ ability to bring people together. A lifelong teacher, Tori brings a strong and committed voice for all arts education and collaboration. She holds the MFA in Playwriting from Georgia College and State University, and she is a graduate of Troy University with degrees in music education, theatre, and a Master’s in music education. Tori is an accomplished performer, director, choreographer, writer, musician, and educator. She received the national award for Outstanding Choreography for The Single Girl’s Guide (2014) from the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, and has been selected for various acting, directing, and writing honors through KCACTF Region IV, including merit achievements for Hamlet (directing, sound design), To Kill A Mockingbird (directing), Song for a Soldier (playwriting), and Top 16 Irene Ryan candidate (acting). She has presented at regional and national festivals and conferences (SETC, COPLAC, AAAES) in the areas of education, theatre, and creative writing, and regularly offers workshops and training for educators. Currently, Tori heads up the K-12 Theatre Education program and directs the Summer Spotlight program at TROY.
Joyce BammanLecturer, Intro to Drama, eTROY, and Costume Shop Supervisor
Joyce Bamman is the Costume Shop Supervisor/Lecturer. She received a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA from the University of Memphis. She teaches courses in Costume Technology and Intro to Drama. Before moving to Alabama, she spent her time designing for numerous theatres in Memphis, TN. She has also designed several shows for the Hangar Theatre in New York working primarily on new plays. In 2011, she participated as a costume designer for the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre. She has worked with the Jean Ann Ryan Production company on cruise ships in Europe.
Jane BarwoodDepartmental Secretary
Jane Barwood is the departmental secretary. She received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University, taught kindergarten for ten years and then was an Educational Administrator. Upon retiring from education, Jane was looking for a new career challenge when the opportunity to come to the Department of Theatre and Dance arose.
Trey ClarkLecturer, Assistant Technical Director, Scene Shop Foreman
A native of Northeastern Oklahoma, Trey Clark brings an unrivaled dedication to the arts. He received his B.A from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma and his Master of Arts from Louisiana tech. Trey has worked fabricating Theatre all across the United States some of the institutions for which he has worked include The Sequoyah Institute, Stagedoor Manor, Production Resource Group, Arts Collision Theatre, Pacific Conservatory for the Preforming Arts, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, Heritage Theatre Festival, and the Stars in the Summer Production Series just to name a few. Aside from Technical Theatre Trey also has a deep love for stage combat, having studied with Mark Guinn one of the seventeen recognized Fight Masters through the Society of American Fight Directors. During his time with Louisiana Tech Trey earned certification in Small Sword, Single Sword, Quarterstaff, Unarmed, Broadsword, Rapier and Dagger, and Knife.
Quinton CockrellAssistant Professor, Performance
Quinton Cockrell is a native of Birmingham Alabama and brings a rich history of performance to TROY. He received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham -Southern College and the MFA degree from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Professional Actor Training Program. He has worked with numerous theatre companies in New York City and throughout the United States, including Riverside Shakespeare Company, Westbeth Theatre, John Houseman Theatre, Playwright's Horizons, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Studio Arena Theatre, Heritage Repertory Company, Birmingham Children's Theatre, and City Equity Theatre. Additionally, Quinton has worked extensively with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Southern Writer's Project since 2002. He is a recipient of the Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship in playwriting for his plays Low Life and Shot House. Shot House premiered in Paris at L’Ogresse Theatre in July 2007.
David DawsonLecturer, Technical Director
David Dawson is the new technical director instructor at Troy University. Prior to coming to Alabama, he was a scenic and lighting designer as well as the technical director for Theatre Jacksonville. David received his MFA (Master of Fine Arts-Theatre with an emphasis Design/Technical Direction) from The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Also, he has a BFA-Theatre with an emphasis in Design/Technical Theatre from Texas Christian University (TCU). He has worked professionally for Black Hills Community Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Findlay Summer Stock, Tyer Company and Dance, Oxford Shakespeare Festival, and Southern Arena Theatre. Prior to working for Theatre Jacksonville, David was a professor for twelve years, having taught at Coker College, Millikin University, Lees-McRae College, and Coastal Carolina University.
David DyeProfessor Emeritus, Performance
John GalasGuest Artist in Residence, Performance
John is an actor originally from Granby, CT. A graduate of Syracuse University’s BFA Musical Theater Program, John has been living and working as an actor for the past six years. Most recently John finished the National Tour of Guys and Dolls playing “Big Jule”. Previous credits include: National/InternationalTours: My Fair Lady (Cockney Quartet), Music Man (Oliver Hix), The Aventures of Perseus (Lead Pupeteer) Regional: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Asher), Fiddler on the Roof (Avram), and The Mikado (Pooh-Bah). John is thrilled to be joining the staff and lending his skills to future artists.
Tracy GillandEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Gilland holds a BA from The University of Alabama and a MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist with Ad Deum Dance Company of Houston, Texas. As a company member, she was selected to assist the director in teaching Modern classes to the Houston Ballet. While living in New York City she performed with The Second Avenue Dance Company, Brooke Notary and Dancers, Deborah Jowitt, Jim Martin Dance Company, and was a soloist, with Hee Ra Yoo and Dancers. She has also performed works for Dancespace Project at St. Mark's Cathedral and performed in the "Field" and "Traditions in Transition" festivals. As a participate of the American Dance Festival, Gilland, was selected to perform repertory works by David Dorfman, Lisa Race and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She was also chosen to perform with Indonesian choreographer, Sukarji Sriman, for the International Choreographers Commissioning Project. Teaching credits include Vicky Simegiatos Dance Company in Brooklyn, DEMA Dance Company and Hee Ra Yoo and Dancers in New York City. Gilland owned and operated a successful dance school in Alabama before venturing off to New York to continue her career in performance and teaching.
Jesse GrahamAdjunct, Performance
Originally from Crossville, TN, Professor Graham is an actor and teaching artist that has lived and worked in and around New York City for the past 5 years. Before joining the team at Troy, she received her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Recent credits include: International Tours – My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce), Big League Productions, Singapore; The Odyssey Experience (Athena), Experiential Theatre Company, Baboro International Children’s Festival, Ireland; National Tours – Guys & Dolls (General Cartwright), Big League Productions; New York Theatre – The Rover (Callis), New York Classical Theatre; Henry IV, Part I (Mistress Quickly), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Teaching workshops include: Stage Combat, Audition techniques, Movement for Actors, and Musical Theatre scene study. Professor Graham has received her Teaching Certification in Module One of the Michael Chekhov Training Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, with full certification in 2017.
Deborah Chappell HicksCoordinator of Dance
Deborah Chappell Hicks coordinates the TROY Dance program. She holds undergraduate degrees in English, speech, and theatre, and a graduate degree in English, with an emphasis in children’s literature. Since 1987, Deborah has worked closely with the University’s theatre program, having served as choreographer for productions such as City of Angels; West Side Story; Music Man; New Moon; Barnum; and Oliver. Deborah is also a professional storyteller and enjoys presenting workshops for teachers and librarians across the state but enjoys much more performing for children of all ages. Deborah has coached both Junior Miss and Miss Alabama contestants, specializing in voice and diction, interview, and talent. She is also an instructor in the English Department.
Josh KrachAdjunct, eTROY
Josh Krach is an adjunct at eTroy, teaching Introduction to Drama. He has also taught at the Troy and Montgomery campuses, teaching Introduction to Drama and Script Analysis. He received both his undergraduate degree and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from the University of Georgia. An all-purpose writer, he’s worked on plays, books, comic books, newspapers, and more.
Nicki LoudLecturer, Dance
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Nicki trained in all styles dance at Turning Pointe Dance Centre. She has worked on "So You Think You Can Dance", Seasons 2 and 8, as assistant choreographer to Tyce Diorio and also assisted Mark Meismer with his choreography for "Dancing With The Stars" guest artist, Martina McBride. In 2007, her choreography debuted at the Joyce Theater in NYC in the Rock n' Roll show, "REVOLUTION", which toured North America through the Spring of 2009. Nicki received an "Outstanding Choreographer" award at Youth American Grand Prix for her piece "The Hills", performed by SYTYCD Canada finalist, Kirsten Wicklund. Her work has also been showcased at 'Nvitational' in LA and 'Dancing Under The Stars' in Utah. Most recently, Nicki was awarded Best Choreographer at the 2012 Dance Awards and invited to be a finalist at the 2013 Capezio A.C.E. Awards. That same year, Nicki's choreography premiered in Paris on the famous French television show, 'Vivement Dimanche'.
Adena MoreeAssociate Professor, Performance
Adena Moree received the M.F.A in directing from the University of Southern Mississippi where she received awards for outstanding work in directing and musical theatre and came to TROY as Director of Theatre in 1998. A native Floridian and TROY alum, Moree brought a strong vision of theatre, a commitment to excellence, and has since directed plays, musicals, and children’s theatre productions, along with College and University events. Six productions have brought acclaim to the University from the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Rooms, Antigone, and A Lesson Before Dying (Region IV Showcases); When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? and The Guys (Region IV Showcase-first alternates). On the TROY stage she appeared as Berthe in Pippin and Mother Superior in Nunsense. She has served the Alabama Conference of Theatre Board of Directors as secretary and president and KC-ACTF Region IV as the graduate auditions coordinator. In the spring of 2008 Adena was honored by the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival with a National Directing Fellowship.
Tommy NewmanLecturer, Musical Theatre, Playwriting
Tommy Newman (Musical Theatre Voice & Writing), currently part of the TROY Theatre faculty, is a bookwriter, lyricist and composer. He is most recently the ASCAP Cole Porter Award Recipient and has also been an O¹Neill Theatre Center Fellow, a recipient of a Frederick Loewe Award 2007 (Tinyard Hill), a Lois Garren Regional Award winner (Antigone), and an ACTF People¹s Choice Award winner, Kennedy Center, 2004. Recent projects include book, music and lyrics for Band Geeks! (Goodspeed Musicals, NAMT 2009), Tinyard Hill (Theatreworks‹Silicon Valley, Red Mountain Theatre, Human Race Theatre, Goodspeed, NAMT 2007). Off Broadway: We the People (Theatreworks, USA) Lortel Nomination 2010, The Yellow Brick Road,Theatreworks, USA), and 29 with Gaby Alter. He holds the BS in Music Education, Theatre and Business, Troy University, and the MFA in Musical Theatre Writing, NYU Tisch.
Chris RichCoordinator of Theatre, Associate Professor
Chris Rich is a designer and the Department's production manager. His work in lighting and sound design has received numerous regional and national recognitions as well as regional recognition for scene design from the Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, including work on Antigone, Two Rooms, Hamlet, and The Women of Lockerbie. A Floridian, Chris received his undergraduate degree from TROY and his M.F.A. from the University of Alabama in lighting design and technical direction. He is a past president of the Alabama Conference of Theatre and sits on the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, where he chairs the Keynote Emerging Artist of Promise Award, giving him another opportunity to mentor young theatre students across the Southeast.