Guest Artists

Kelly O'Laughlin wrote:
David, thank you so much for bringing Jim here to work with us. I have yet to work with him in my Styles II class (or see him in Heartbreak House), but every time I watch him coach my classmates I want nothing more than to work on my own scene imediately. I become excited to work and grow both as an actor and as a teacher (I teach yoga and I also work as an acting coach for pre-college kids in Denver). Everyone of my classmates that I've spoken to about this seem to feel the same way. He has a wonderful way of making us forget that we are struggling so that we are open to a plethora of new choices. Thank you so much for bringing us this inspiring teacher.

The UNC School of Theatre Arts and Dance has a long and illustrious history of bringing talented individuals and groups to campus to work hand in hand with our students and faculty. Each year the School of Theatre Arts and Dance sponsors a wide variety of special events.

These events include master classes with industry professionals, workshops with NYC and LA casting agents, equity guest actors, visiting scholars, guest designers / choreographers / directors / playwrights / craftspeople, touring productions, and guest lectures.

Guest Artist Deirdre Goodwin, Broadway actress, and the students in her dance workshop

Guest Artist Deirdre Goodwin, Broadway actress, and the students in her dance workshop

Guest Artist Deirdre Goodwin, Broadway actress, and the students in her dance workshop

Guest Artist Deirdre Goodwin & Aisha Jackson (Student)

Guest Artist Deirdre Goodwin & John Leonard (Director)

Jim Mezon, Heartbreak House

Henry (Kevin) Haggard as Prospero in the Tempest

Brian O'Neill

Anna Stone

Greg Germann, actor & UNC Alumnus

Bill Bowers - Mime Artist works in a workshop with performance majors

Laurence Curry - Workshop

Leonard Crofoot conducts a masterclass for musical theatre majors

David Fillmore-Lighting Designer for Titanic-The Musical

Fight Master Michael Chin with students from the 2010 Stage Combat Intensive

Guest Artists to Date

  • Aaron Galligan-Stierle – Acting Teacher, New York Film Academy
  • Rachel Hoffman ­– NYC Theatrical Casting Agent (Telsey & Company)
  • Frank Chavez – Scenic and Costume Designer
  • Steven Hauck – AEA Broadway and Film Actor
  • Michael Donavan – LA Casting Director
  • Victoria Morris – LA Manager/Producer for Lexicat - Former Agent & Senior Vice President of KSR
  • Rachel Hoffman - NYC Theatrical Casting Agent (Telsey & Company)
  • Aaron Galligan-Stierle – Acting Teacher, New York Film Academy
  • Matthew Edwards – Singing Pop/Rock Techniques Master Class
  • Judy Bejarno - Choreographer
  • Krista Leons - Choreographer
  • Katie McSwain - Choreographer
  • Jacob Mora - Choreographer
  • Jenny Schiff - Choreographer
  • Michael Donavan – LA Casting Director
  • Frank Chavez – Scenic and Costume Designer
  • Victoria Morris – LA Agent/manager for Lexicat - Former Agent & Senior Vice President of KSR
  • Gary Marshall - Film, Television, Broadway Producer, Director, Playwright
  • Patrick Welborn - Agent and owner of Allegory Creative Management in LA
  • Megan Van De Hey - Actor AEA
  • Billie McBride - Actor AEA
  • Katie Gruenhagen - Lighting Designer
  • Brian Yorkey – Tony Award-winning playwright and lyricist Next to Normal and If/Then
  • Rachel Hoffman – NYC Theatrical Casting Agent (Telsey & Company)
  • Goeff Kent - Stage Combat
  • Aaron Galligan-Stierle – Acting Teacher, New York Film Academy
  • Concrete Temple – Devised theatre and puppetry
  • Jeff Whiting – Broadway Director/Choreographer
  • Dave Clemmons – NYC Casting Director/Broadway Producer
  • Lawrence Hecht – Head of Acting for Denver Center for the Arts Education Program
  • Katie Gruenhagen - Lighting Designer
  • Kate Bryer – Associate Artistic Director Imagination Stage
  • Suzan Zeder – Playwright/Educator/Author
  • Matthew Edwards – Singing Pop/Rock Techniques Master Class
  • Liz Eckert – Designated Linklater Voice Teacher
  • Michael Donavan – LA Casting Director
  • Frank Chavez – Scenic and Costume Designer
  • Victoria Morris – LA Agent/ Former Senior Vice President of KSR
  • Eric Ladin – LA Actor
  • Tracy Salter – Actor
  • Tetrianna Silas – Actor and UNC Alumna
  • DJ Selmeyer - Lighting Designer
  • Steven McDonald - Sound Designer