Theatre: Faculty

David Schram

David J. Schram

Theatre Department Chair
Jefferson Pilot Professor of Stage Directing and Management/Acting

David Schram joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 1988. David holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from Florida State University. He teaches Acting I, II, Acting VI, Directing, Senior Seminar for performance-emphasis majors, and Public Speaking. He has also been involved with the First Year Experience, teaching a section of First Year Seminar for theatre majors for a number of years.

In Fall 2000, David received the Exemplary Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding service to students and his continued pursuit of excellence in teaching. In the spring of 2003, David received the Moore Professor Award for 2003-2004. Off-campus, David coordinates the auditions for the North Carolina Theatre Conference — the high-school scholarship auditions — and the Southeastern Theatre Conference, screening auditions for college students seeking summer-theatre employment. He has served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Theatre Conference, including one year as the organization’s president.


John Saari

Professor of the Design and Technical Theatre Emphasis Program.

John Saari is Professor of the Design and Technical Theatre Emphasis Program and teaches courses in Drafting and Color, Stage Design and Advanced Stage Design, Stage Craft and Advanced Stage Craft, Lighting Design, Period Styles of Design, Scene Painting, Production Lab, Special Topics courses in Properties and Casting, Masks, Mascots, Marionettes and Puppetry, Armor and Weaponry, Plastics Special Topics, Pneumatics, Welding, Intelligent Lighting, Advanced Design, Rendering Methods and Seminars (Portfolio Preparation).

He joined the faculty of Greensboro College in 1990. In 2006, John received the 2006-2007 Moore Professorship at Greensboro College for his service to the profession and the college. John Saari is the 2017 recipient of the Marian A. Smith Distinguished Career Award from the North Carolina Theatre Conference.

After receiving his M.F.A., John was both assistant to the scenic designer and scenic designer at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville as well as head scenic artist for this nationally-known regional theatre.

He has more than 500 Scenic Design credits and several hundred Lighting Design credits. He has also done star touring productions for artists such as Donny and Marie Osmond and children’s productions for PBS and Stage One. He has 59 world premieres to his credit, including two shows that toured nationally before opening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

John moved his family to Greensboro in mid-1987, when he accepted the position as scene/lighting designer for the Greensboro City Arts drama program, which produced a host of musicals and Children’s Theatre productions during his tenure there. Since 1987 he has consulted and overseen five major renovations of performing-arts spaces in the Greensboro area, including the multimillion-dollar project at Greensboro College. In addition to his theatre work, Professor Saari also does industrial shows and tradeshow booths for the textile industry. His designs have won “Best of Show” in an international venue for the past several decades.

John has also done scores of video, film and televisual productions. Most recently he did the sets for eight shows for the TCT networks and the studios of Greensboro’s WXLI-TV. Also in television work, he did the stage decoration for MTV’s “Wanna Be a VJ 3” search, which featured Jay Z in Spencer, N.C.

Currently John is the Master Class Mentor for the U.S. Institute of Theatre Technology-Southeast Region, where he has served on the executive committee for 26 years, during which period he also has been a sustanining sponsor of the organization. John also is active in the N.C. Theatre Conference, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Southern Institute of Outdoor Theatre. He has served as technical director for the American College Theatre Festival Regional Competition when it was held at Greensboro College. Annually he oversees the technical production and lighting as host to the N.C. Theatre Conference State Final High School Play Festival as well as the Southeastern Theatre Conference Regional Final Secondary Play Festival.

John is committed to the education and advancement of theatre students. To that end, he and his wife’s company, Sculptural Arts Coating, Inc., sponsors the graduate and undergraduate Scene Design competition at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Through the company, John is known around the United States and much of the world as the creator of the following scenic products:

Sculpt Or Coat – the versatile construction tool
Artist’s Choice – saturated scenic paints

Sculptural Arts plastic varnishes
Tough ’N White primers.

Sculpt or Coat was named as one of the top 10 new products of the 1990s.

John has been featured in numerous theatre magazines and articles and is referenced in a number of theatre texts related to the product creation. He has presented workshops locally, statewide, regionally and nationally with such groups and institutions as: Yale University, The Studio School of Design in New Jersey, National Costumers of American, National Puppeteers of America, Pace University in Lower Manhattan, N.C. Theatre Conference, United States Institute of Theatre Technology – Southeast Region, North East Region, Ohio Region, Midwest Section and USITT – National, and Southeastern Theatre Conference,  as well as workshops for various theatrical dealers around the country and impromptu workshops backstage at Disney Studios in Orlando, Fla. Several years ago he worked with the heads of Disney’s Worlds of Entertainment and Imagineering and organized master classes for students from around the Southeast region at Disney Studios in Orlando, Fla. He organized similar classes with USA 829 and IATSE locals at First Flight Productions in Baltimore, and at Staten Island Stages in New York.

In Fall 2018, John presented at the USITT-SE Master Classes several scene-painting workshops with his son, adjunct instructor Sean Saari. They also presented at the Staten Island Stages in New York for USA 829 and IATSE at the Scenic Materials Fair in May 2019. In Fall 2019, John and Sean will be presenting workshops for USITT-SE at UNC-Greensboro.


Josephine Hall

Josephine Hall

Associate Professor of Acting and Voice

Josephine Hall joined the Greensboro College Theatre Faculty in 2011. She is originally from England where she received her B.A. (Hons) in Music, Drama and Dance from the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate diploma in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting. After working as a professional actor for over 20 years, she returned to school and received her M.F.A. in Theatre from Louisiana State University during which time she also taught Acting and Voice in the undergraduate program. Prior to that she taught at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and has also taught a variety of workshops and courses at professional theatres.

She has performed professionally throughout the U.K., Sweden, and the United States as part of the first Broadway production tour of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, and with companies such as The American Shakespeare Center, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare in the Park (TX), B Street Theatre (CA), New Stage Theatre (MS), Riverside Theatre (FL), the Arvada Center (CO), and four seasons as a resident company member at the Barter Theatre (VA).

Since joining Greensboro College, she has continued to work with regional professional companies such as Triad Stage, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, North Carolina Theatre, Ensemble Stage, and Charlotte’s Off-Broadway. She is a proud member of both American and British Actor’s Equity Association. Jo also works professionally as a voice and dialect coach and is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.


Ashley Hyers

Ashley Hyers

Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Department Chair/Theatre Stage Movement/ Musical Choreography

Ashley Hyers teaches theatre movement and dance and choreographs for the School of the Arts at Greensboro College. She received a B.S. from Wofford College and an M.Ed. from UNC-Greensboro. She is a certified Pilates instructor and is a certified Alexander Technique teacher. She was an adjunct faculty member from 1997 to 2016, when she joined the full-time faculty.

She also has choreographed for community theatre programs and taught tap at City Arts Dance. Ashley specializes in tap, but also studies ballet and modern dance.


Wm. Perry Morgan-Hall

Wm. Perry Morgan-Hall

Associate Professor of Theatre. Director of Musical Theatre Program. Fine Arts Recruiting.

Perry is a Mastery Graduate of the Actor’s Institute in New York. He earned his M.F.A. in Contemporary Theatre Performance from Naropa University. He also holds a B.F.A. and M.S. from Long Island University. Professor Morgan-Hall is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. New Jersey’s regional theatre awards are named “The Perry Awards” in his honor.

Perry served five seasons as the resident musical director at the Barter Theatre in Virginia and has directed for Playhouse On The Square, the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Summerblue on Lake Superior, and Bigfork Summer Playhouse. Directing credits closer to home include Kernersville Little Theatre, the Greensboro Playwright’s Forum, and Open Space Cafe Theatre. Perry served as the company composer for Pyramid Productions, and his ballet scores have premiered in New York, Paris, and Nyon, Switzerland.

As an actor, Perry played Mark Dolson (twice on tour) in the play “Mass Appeal.” His performance as Emory in “The Boys in the Band” earned him multiple Best Supporting Actor honors for the 1982-83 theatre season. In New York, Perry performed with the First Amendment Improv Company and was a member of the original cast of the musical revue “Smoke Rings.” Perry’s one-man show “Identity” had its world premiere at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colo.

He continues to teach and lead workshops at state and national conventions, and he regularly directs in the Greensboro College Theatre Department season.


Sean Saari ’12

Sean Saari '12

Adjunct Faculty – Theatre Scenic and Lighting Design

Sean Saari ’12 returned to Greensboro College as an adjunct faculty member in 2016. Sean holds a M.F.A. in Lighting Design with a secondary emphasis in Scenic Design from the University of Georgia’s Theatre and Film Studies program. He has been teaching Lighting Design I, Stagecraft I, Drafting and Color Media, Computer Aided Design and labs, Theatre History, and Introduction to Theatre.

In 2018-2019, he guest-designed lighting for the musical “Mamma Mia,” “A Doll’s House, Part 2,” and “Listen! Tonin Too!”, as well as set and lighting designs for “The Tricky Part” and “The Book of Will.” He also has done lighting for the Music Department’s Opera Workshop productoin for the past two years. In recent seasons he designed the sets for “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and “Far Away” and the lighting designs for “Sugar,” “Disaster! The Musical,” and the N.C. Theatre Conference Festival Light Plot, among other supervisory roles.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, Sean was a visiting assistant professor of Lighting and Scenic Design and Scenic Painting for Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania. In addition to designing lights and scenery for productions of “A Catered Affair,” “Her Naked Skin,” “Orpheus Descending,” and lights for “Dog Sees God,” he taught scenic painting, lighting, and scenic painting labs, an AutoCad and Adobe software course, Intro to Theatre, and From Page to Stage.

Sean has worked on more than 60 theatrical and opera productions, 30 lighting designs, and 16 scenic designs. He has worked as an ME/Electrician for 15 productions, scenic artist for 12, properties master for seven, properties assistant for 11, Assistant Technical Director for nine, Technical Director for several, and as a Carpenter/Master Carpenter for almost all of them.

Sean is a USITT-SE Lighting Design Exposition award winner for his productions of “Anna in the Tropics” and “The Rabbit Hole” and was a nominee to the KC-ACTF Regional Festival for his Lighting Design for “Little Shop of Horrors.”

He has recently presented scenic painting workshops at the USITT-SE Master Classes in 2018 at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina and presented with his father, Prof. John Saari, at the Staten Island Stages in May 2019 for art directors and recent USA 829 and IATSE members and apprentice-program participants. In Fall 2019, Sean will present scenic painting workshops with John at the USITT-SE Master classes at UNC-Greensboro.


Juanita Ray

Juanita Ray

Adjunct Faculty/Acting and Teacher Education

Juanita Ray is a retired public school educator of 32 years. She earned a B.A. in Speech Communication Education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1984 and an M.Ed. in Theatre Arts Education from UNC-Greensboro in 2000. She is licensed in N.C. to teach K-12 Speech Communication, K-12 Theatre Arts, and Secondary Social Studies. She was also a National Board Certified teacher from 2006 to 2016.

Juanita coached competitive debate and public speaking for eight years, after having competed herself for seven years in both high school and college. While at UNC, she advanced to the national finals in Minnesota and was a quarter-finalist in Impromptu Speaking. She is a member of the National Forensic League. She was twice named William Hudson Debate Coach of the Year in North Carolina.

Juanita taught Theatre Arts for 18 years in Randolph County, where she started with one class and built a full-time theatre position and program that is still active. She also chartered the Thespian Troupe at Trinity High School. Juanita was a finalist for Randolph County Teacher of the Year in 2006. She served as Lead Instructional Teacher and a mentor teacher at Randolph Early College High School prior to her retirement from public schools. Juanita also works with the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the N.C. Council on the Holocaust to plan and facilitate teacher workshops and seminars. She is an appointed member of the N.C. Council on the Holocaust and a Museum Teacher Fellow of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.


 

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