Ken is the Scenic & Lighting Designer for Macon Theatre productions and Lighting Designer and Production Manager for the Dance Department's annual Spring Dance concerts. Recent work includes The Rimers of Eldritch, As You Like It, The Children's Hour, and the Classics Department's production of The Bacchae.
His classes include Basics of Design, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, Design Portfolio, and Design Studio. He publishes the department's e-newsletter, the Macon Theatre News, and serves as webmaster for the Theatre Department website.
Adjunct Instructor in Theatre
B.A., Virginia Military Institute; Licensure Certificate in Theatre Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
Jim is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and comes to Randolph College after 32 years as the Director of the EC Glass High School Drama Department. During his tenure, the Glass Drama program was twice selected as the nation’s best, and was selected five times to represent the USA at the Edinburgh (Scotland) International Arts Festival. He directed the world amateur premieres of a number of plays including Big River, Cats, Children of Eden, The Civil War, Equus, and Les Miserables.
In 1991 he was one of 16 Americans selected to serve on the Committee of Secondary School and Collegiate Arts Educators, under the auspices of the United States Department of State, to travel to China to consult on ways to modernize their curriculum and teaching methods.
His play, Going Toward the Light, was the national winner of the Congressional Young Inventor’s and Creator’s Competition. Jim is the recipient of the James River Arts Council of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lynchburg Mayor’s Award of Excellence. Last February, he directed Randolph College’s acclaimed production of Avenue Q.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
B.A., M.F.A., University of Illinois
Assistant Professor of Theatre: Technical Production & Design
B.A., Albion College; M.F.A., Wayne State University
While earning his MFA in Scenic Design, Christopher worked closely with both the Hilberry and Bonstelle Theatres in Detroit. Christopher honed his technical skills through the rigors of repertory theatre serving as the Technical Director for such productions as Beaux Stratagem, A Christmas Carol, Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty.
Christopher’s design aesthetic often involves incorporating lighting features and silhouettes, ensuring close collaboration with his lighting designer. Some favorite scenic designs include: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Servant of Two Masters, The Talented Tenth, and Leading Ladies.
Christopher has worked with the Tibbits Opera House for several years, acting as both Master Carpenter and Scenic Designer. In addition, he nourished his inner child by designing children’s productions for their Popcorn Theatre Program.
Following its success at Stratford, Christopher was honored to have been chosen as Scenic Designer for the United States professional premiere of Joanna McClelland Glass’ Palmer Park.