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The Faculty

Michelle Ney, Major Professor in Scenic Design

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Michelle has designed scenery and costumes for numerous theatre and opera companies, including Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre, The Colony Theatre (Los Angeles, Austin Lyric Opera and Austin Shakespeare. Michelle is Head of Design & Technology at Texas State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas State, she was on the design faculties at University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and St. Edward’s University. www.michelleneydesigns.com.

Sarah EC Maines, Major Professor in Lighting Design

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Sarah EC Maines is a Lighting Designer and teacher who has valuable experience, knowledge and passion for theatre. She has worked primarily in commercial theatre, enjoying the high paced atmosphere of Broadway and First National Tours. She earned her MFA in Theatrical Design with a concentration in Lighting from the University of California, San Diego under the mentorship of Chris Parry. Her BA in Theatre and BS in Telecommunications Production were earned from the University of Florida. UF recognized her achievements with the College of Fine Arts’s “Outstanding Young Alumnus” Award in 2006. She is a member of United Scenic Artists – Local 829.

Brandon R. McWilliams, Major Professor in Costume Design

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Designer, Brandon R. McWilliams holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. He has designed regionally for the past fifteen years and is the recipient of the Zelma H. Weisfeld USITT Costume Design Award and two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Shrader Kimberly Award in Costume Design. His work has been on display at the Prague Quadrennial ’07, as well as at the Carnegie Mellon University campus in Qatar. He has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Salisbury University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Louisiana State University and currently heads the costume design program and serves as head of graduate studies at Texas State University. www.brmcwilliams.com