Cate Brewer received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Cate also trained at Michael Howard Studio in NYC. Recent DC acting credits include: (Theatre) Woman in Black in Woman in Black at Keegan Theatre; Kathy in The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard (reading) Spooky Action Theater, Sue Bayliss in All My Sons at Keegan Theatre, Claire in Waiting Lessons for The DC SWAN Day Festival, Mrs. Hasty Malone in The Ballad of a Sad Café at Arena Stage’s Edward Albee Festival, Beverly West in MAE at The Mead Theatre Lab. (Film/Television) The Good Listener, Twisted Fate, Who The Bleep Did I Marry?, and Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets. Favorite NYC credits include Young Jean Lee’s Church at PS 122, and Maria in Roland Schimmelpfennig’s Push Up 1-3. Recent directing credits include The Miss Firecracker Contest at UMW, Into The Woods for The City of Fairfax Theatre Co., Four Riffs For A Sailor (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage), and Gina and Her GPS for The DC SWAN Day Festival.
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Julie Hodge, a scenic and lighting designer at UMW, trained at Indiana University and has worked at numerous theatres and academic institutions. Julie’s design favorites include Sunday in the Park with George, The Secret Garden and Love of the Nightingale. Julie is an expert at fabric modification, having studied specific techniques with eminent artists throughout the country. Julie has branched out into television set design, culminating in a regional Emmy nomination for her work with Megahertz, a live music and video format production.
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Helen Housley received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland where she researched the role of the female director in the American Theatre. In addition to being an accomplished director (whose recent work at UMW includes Love’s Labour’s Lost, Antigone and Kindertransport), Helen is a specialist in the Lessac technique and serves the department as its primary vocal instructor and coach.
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Kevin McCluskey received his MFA in theatre design from Indiana University. Kevin’s career has taken him to professional theatres and universities around the country where he has designed costumes and makeup for over 100 productions, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Blithe Spirit and Godspell at the University of Mary Washington. Kevin’s specialties include costume history, period style and puppetry.
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Niffer Pflager earned her MFA in scenic design from University of Wisconsin, Madison. In the last 15 years, she has contributed to nearly one hundred productions as a designer or technician. Niffer most recently won the Regional Digital Design Competition through USITT for her work on A Cradle will Rock. Niffer specializes in digital aided designs and has great interest in immersive theatre.
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Gregg Stull is a director and arts manager who has worked extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Gregg has received the Grellett C. Simpson Award, UMW’s most prestigious award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, as well as the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty Award, the Outstanding Young Faculty Award and twice, the Academic Affairs Council Award for Teaching Excellence. The graduating class of 2003 honored him with the Mary W. Pinschmidt Award as the “faculty member who had the greatest impact on their lives.” Gregg directed the national tour of Crimes Against Nature, featuring Chris Kilmartin as well as the UMW productions of The Laramie Project, Shakespeare’s R&J, Sweeney Todd, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Forever Plaid, Cloud 9, and RENT, among many others. Gregg is the Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.
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Our adjunct faculty includes widely acclaimed playwrights Kristen LePine and Steve Spotswood, music director Christopher Wingert, theatre historian Natalie Tenner, choreographers Beverly Mendez, Roxann Rowley, and Vicky Wilder, fight director, Casey Kaleba, and AEA stage manager Brandon Prendergast.
David E. Hunt, Jr.
David E. Hunt, Jr. earned an MFA in Scene Design from UCLA. He has designed scenery and/or lighting for over 150 theatre and dance productions. Among his favorite designs are Quilters, Into the Woods, The Taming of the Shrew and The Trojan Women. David received an AMOCO Excellence in Scene Design Award for his production of Much Ado About Nothing. David is an accomplished artist whose work hangs in local galleries and is widely commissioned by private collectors.