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Rep Term 2013 Faculty

Meet the Rep Term 2013 Faculty

The special challenges that Repertory Theatre Term 2013 present are well-met by a talented and diverse theatre faculty. Below you will find their professional profiles with a link to their Knox faculty profile page for more information on their position at the college.

Neil BlackadderNeil Blackadder 
(Chair and Professor of Theatre, Producer, Seminar Instructor) teaches theatre history, dramaturgy, and playwriting, and directs mainstage productions, most recently the world premiere of Motti Lerner's At Night's End. He is the author of Performing Opposition: Modern Theater and the Scandalized Audience. Neil also translates contemporary drama from German and French. His translations have been presented on stage in London and in many US cities, and published in various journals. He directed at Knox the English-language world premiere of his own translation from German of Rebekka Kricheldorf's Rosa and Blanca. Last year, Neil received major grants from the Howard Foundation and PEN to support his work translating plays by the Swiss writer Lukas Bärfuss.


Liz Carlin MetzLiz Carlin Metz 
(Professor of Theatre, Director-The Green Bird, Conservatory Instructor of Voice) has been directing plays in academia and professionally for 25 years. She is the artistic director of Chicago's award winning Vitalist Theatre, co-founded with Robin Metz, and was the recipient of an After Dark Award for Excellence in Directing for the critically acclaimed Vitalist production of Mother Courage and Her Children. Vitalist Theatre is also the creative home of many Knox alumni and faculty, and has served numerous Knox graduates as their first rung on the professional ladder in Chicago Theatre. During Rep Term, Liz teaches the Voice for the Actor component of Conservatory.


Craig ChomaCraig Choma 
(Associate Professor of Theatre, Technical Director, Scenic and Videography Co-Designer, Lighting Designer) holds a BA in Theatre and Philosophy (Knox College) and MFA's in both scenic and lighting design (Carnegie Mellon University). Favorite Knox designs include Under Construction, Twelfth Night, A Lie of The Mind, Medea, Angels in America, The Skriker, As You Like It, and The Grapes of Wrath. Craig is also an inaugural member of Vitalist Theatre in Chicago, whose designs include the award winning productions of A Passage to India, and Mother Courage and Her Children. Craig thanks his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters for their boundless creativity and unconditional love.


Jeff GraceJeff Grace 
(Assistant Professor of Theatre, Director-Caucasian Chalk Circle) received both his M.S. in Education and his Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Literature from Indiana University. Having various productions to his credit, Jeff's work has been seen on stages at Indiana University, Brigham Young University, Brighton High, UHSAA Jordan, and Street Theatre Jab. Recent directing credits at Knox include: Under Construction, Medea, and The Serpent. Jeff is excited to present The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Knox, and is thankful to the entire company for their hard work. He would especially like to thank his partner, Zack, for the love and support through the many hours away from home. Jeff is originally from Pleasant Grove, Utah.


Samantha NewportSamantha Newport 
(Assistant Technical Director and Shop Foreman) graduated from Knox in 2010 with a degree in Theatre and Education. After graduation she spent a year working in technical theatre in Chicago before moving back to Galesburg and assuming the post she now holds. Sam is also enrolled in a limited residency masters program in arts administration with Goucher College and works at Cornucopia in downtown Galesburg. She enjoys spending her limited free time with her menagerie. Sam would like to thank you for supporting the Knox Theatre Department and hopes you enjoy the show.



Margo ShivelyMargo Shively 
(Director of Costume and Make-up, Costume Co-Designer-Caucasian Chalk Circle) graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in Fashion Design. Shortly after, she interned with designer Oleg Cassini and then designed women's ready wear. Her shift to costume design happened through her students here at Knox, where she has taught for over thirty years. Margo has designed or consulted for the Chicago City Ballet, Black Hills Playhouse, Utah Shakespeare, Santa Fe Opera, APT, Vitalist Theatre, and PBS. She is also active in United States Institute for Theatre Technology. Of all her accomplishments, Margo is most proud of her students and her ability to pass on the love of design.


Jennifer SmithJennifer Smith 
(Associate Professor of Dance, Conservatory Instructor of Movement) received her BA in Dance and her MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and holds and MFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jennifer is an Associate Professor at Knox College and is the Director of Dance, a program that is grounded in somatic-based movement studies. Along with teaching, Jennifer is the Artistic Director of Back & to the Left Productions, a modern dance company, and has presented her choreographic work both nationally and internationally, most recently at the New Orleans Fringe Festival in the fall of 2012.

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