The theatre program is made up of two full-time faculty members and several part-time faculty members. The two full-time faculty members are Rhett Luedtke, associate professor of theatre, who teaches directing, acting, voice and movement; and Bryan Boyd, professor of theatre, who teaches acting, design, and serves as director for University Players, our program's touring theatre troupe.
Kathleen Heininge, professor of writing/literature, teaches dramatic literature. In addition, there are adjunct (part-time) instructors who occasionally teach various courses as needed: Mark Eaton teaches playwriting, oral interpretation of literature and theatre as ministry; Andy Copeland teaches acting and music theatre performance. Kelly Zakis teaches theatre management; Laurel Schultz teaches costume design; and, finally, CarlosAlexis Cruz teaches advanced movement for the actor.
The University Theatre is the organizing body which produces all main stage productions at George Fox University. Debbie Hawblitzel is the administrative secretary for the Performing Arts Department and a valuable resource for faculty, guest artists, and students. The University Theatre has a costume shop, managed by Laurel Schultz. The University Box Office is managed by Hannah Irish. The University Theatre's scene shop is managed by Andy Copeland.
The University Theatre also regularly brings in professional guest artists as designers, directors, and lecturers.