Alonzo, a multi-disciplinary theatre artist,
interested in the collaborative creation of new work for the stage
and in the creation of image-based theatre. She is currently working
with deaf and hearing collaborators on a visual adaptation of A
Streetcar Named Desire for all audiences (including: deaf, hearing,
and non-English-speaking) in the D.C./Baltimore area.
Alonzo holds an MFA in Theatre from Towson University. Her thesis
focused on undergraduate training in the collaborative creation
of site-specific and image-based work. Additionally, Ms. Alonzo
has developed theatre workshops for professionals who wish to employ
the tools of the actor to strengthen their work in health care,
teaching, and law.
a director, Ms. Alonzo seeks to create collaborative opportunities
for designers and actors to work more closely together. Ms. Alonzos
current project is Aristophanes Birds at ODU, through which student
actors and designers will work in direct collaboration to create
CloudCuckooLand's Center'sinhabitants. Ms. Alonzo is also a designer;
her designs have appeared on the Towson University Stage, at the
Baltimore Theatre Project, and on The Kennedy Centers Millennium
Stage. Ms Alonzo wrote and performed Flying Blind, which she also
produced at Towson University, and she has performed in more than
30 productions since she began acting at the age of eight.
Alonzo teaches Experimental Theatre, Theatre History, Performance
and Script Analysis, the Theatre Experience, and the Creative Self.
As a teacher, Ms. Alonzo is interested in developing pedagogy that
encourages theatre-students to develop skills that allow them to
function as flexible artists and self-reliant professionals.
Hammond is currently the Director of Theatre at Old Dominion
University where she teaches performance, stage and production management,
documentary production and editing.
Her work has run the gamut from academic to commercial. As an actor,
she worked in regional theatre for ten years, performing in 39 states
and three countries. As a digital media
artist, Ms. Hammonds specialties include sensored, multi-media,
performance. Her work has appeared at several festivals including
Wilmington Fringe Festival and the New Orleans International Fringe
While she works mainly as a director, her work also includes documentary
filmmaking, digital editing and media design for live performance.
In both 2008 and 2009, she was awarded a Meritorious Achievement
Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
(KCACTF) for Excellence in Directing. In 2011, she was a member
creative team that was invited to the KCACTF Region IV festival.
Professionally, she has worked as a Production Manager on such television
events as the Academy Awards, the Emmy's, AFI Salutes, The Weird
Al Show and
The Rosie O'Donnell HBO Special. She also was Project Coordinator
Century Fox's Photo Archives. Ms. Hammond holds an MFA in Theatre
Media from the University of Georgia.
the Artistic Director of the Virginia Stage Company (LORT-C) in
residence at the historic Wells Theatre in downtown Norfolk, Christopher
Hanna's experience has encompassed both academic and professional
theatre, alternating assignments as director, teacher, and producer.
He began his career as an administrative intern at Hartford Stage
Company while earning a BA in Theatre and English from Trinity College,
Connecticut. His first New York assignment was as assistant to producer
Joseph Papp at the New York Shakespeare Festival; he worked in a
variety of capacities on the festival's Broadway productions of
"A Chorus Line" and "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide
when the Rainbow Is Enough," and on its productions of "Shakespeare
in Central Park."
received his MFA in Directing at the University of California, San
Diego, under the late Alan Schneider (original director of both "Waiting for Godot" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") and followed
Schneider to London as assistant director of the world premier of
Beckett's "Rockabye" (subsequently performed at both the National
Theatre of Great Britain and La Mama, etc.) in New York City. Hanna
stayed on in England to serve as a literary assistant at the prestigious
Royal Court Theatre, and toured to the Edinburgh Festival with the
avant garde British company, Lumiere and Son. Upon returning
to the United States, Hanna served as assistant director for John
Houseman's "The Acting Company" on nationally toured productions
of Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape," "Come and Go," and "Play." He
directed the premier of Frank Higgins' "Never Say Die" Off-Off Broadway,
and carried out support assignments for the Society of Stage Directors
1982, Hanna began an eight-year engagement as associate artistic
director of the Virginia Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre
in Norfolk. In addition to directing the plays of Williams, Shaw,
O'Neill, and Churchill on the main stage of the historic Wells Theatre,
Hanna also coordinated the theatre's well-known new plays program.
He directed the premieres of work by Harry Kondoleon and Allan Havis,
which earned the theatre and its writers awards from the National
Endowment of the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller
Foundation of the Dramatist Guild, CBS Television, and HBO. Hanna
also headed the company's Professional Theatre School and taught
scene study to area actors.
began his association with the theatre program at Old Dominion University
in 1984, teaching adjunct classes in acting while in Norfolk with
the Virginia Stage Company. Between 1984 and 1991, he directed scripts
by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Synge, and Bond for the university. He
returned to Old Dominion as Assistant Professor of Theatre in 1993,
and has continued his directing there with works by Wilder, Gogol,
Guare, Moliere, and Kushner. He regularly teaches Advanced Acting
and Directing courses for the theatre program.
Pullen received his BA in theatre and film from Brigham Young Univesity
and his Advanced Certificate in Classical Acting from the London
Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. While in London, his original
play, "Hombre y Hombre" was selected by the Questor's
Theatre of Hammersmith as one of its "Best New Plays"
and received a production at this West End theatre under the patronage
of Dame Judi Dench. Following LAMDA, Stephen organized a theatre
company which produced two original plays at the Edinburgh Fringe
Festival in Scotland. Both plays found enthusiastic audiences and
received critical acclaim.
returned to the United States to undertake coursework in film and
television production at the University of Southern California which
culminated in an MFA. While at USC, he was the recipient of the
Jack Nicholson Award for Excellence in Directing. Stephen's first
script, SALLY LOVED ME, was optioned by producer David Wyler soon
after graduating from USC. His second script, ABSOLUTION, was optioned
by Howard "Hawk" Koch and Susan Sarandon. Over the ensuing
several years, Stephen continued to option and sell his original
work and also worked under contract at MGM, Paramount, Sony, Warner
Bros., and Fox.
joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in the Fall of 2004.
He teaches courses in Screenwriting, Film/Video Production, and
Acting for Film, Television and Stage. In addition to his teaching
duties, Stephen directs for the department's mainstage theatre season.
Winters is a Production Designer and Director of Technical Production
at Old Dominion University and teaches courses in Film and Theatre
Design and Production. Prior to his arrival at Old Dominion University
in 1986, Mr. Winters taught theatre design and technical production
at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (Tx.), Mankato State University
(Minn.), and Chadron State College (Nebr.).
Winters’ academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education
from Concordia Teachers College (Nebr.) with an emphasis in Speech
and Drama, a Master of Science in Theatre and a Master of Fine Arts
in Scenic Design (1982) from Illinois State University (Ill.). Mr.
Winters has been teaching design and technical production on the
college level since 1976 and has designed and constructed over 100
theatrical productions in both academic and commercial venues.
Winters’ professional credits include Producing Director of the
Houston Shaw Festival, Scenic and/or Lighting designs for: Magic
2000 at the Virginia International Waterfront Festival, The Virginia
Ballet Theatre, Contemporary Ballet Theatre of Williamsburg, Virginia,
High Frequency Wavelengths Dance Company, (New York City, NY), The
San Jacinto Ballet (Houston, Texas), The Houston Shaw Festival,
and the Opera and Theatre divisions of the Virginia Governor’s School
of the Arts.
Winters recently served as a member of the National Board of Directors
( Director at Large) for the United
States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) where he also
served as the immediate past National Commissioner for Education.
Mr. Winters is also a member of the Chesapeake Section of USITT.
Dr. Hendrix received her Ph.D. in Theatre from the University
of Missouri, where her emphases were on acting theory and experimental
theatre. She has also studied acting with Lee Worley, a founding
member of the internationally known Open Theatre company, and
Pablo Vela, an actor and co-director with Meredith Monk and Monk's
acclaimed experimental company, The House. Hendrix has published
articles on the Open Theatre, Meredith Monk, and Djuna Barnes,
and performance reviews for Theatre Journal. Her work on Joseph
Chaikin, Open Theatre director and author of The Presence of the
Actor, a major work of acting theory first published during the
1970s, is cited by Mr. Chaikin in Joseph Chaikin and Sam Shepard:
Letters and Texts, 1972-1984, and in Eileen Blumenthal's Joseph
Chaikin: Exploring the Boundaries of Theatre. She was invited
by Mr. Chaikin to be a presenter at the 1983 Open Theatre Conference,
celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the theatre's founding,
and at the 1987 Edwin Booth Award ceremony honoring Mr. Chaikin.
Old Dominion University, Dr. Hendrix served as Acting Chair and
then as Chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts
for five years, and as Theatre Coordinator for nine years. During
that time, she was instrumental in leading the theatre program
to develop a Guest Artist program of directors from the professional
theatre, to participate in the American College Theatre Festival,
and to receive accreditation by the National Association of Schools
of Theatre. She was also instrumental in introducing the experimental
acting techniques and performance styles of Tadashi Suzuki and
Anne Bogart to ODU students and the Hampton Roads community.
Hendrix has directed over forty plays, and received the 1998 Port
Folio award for Best Director in the Hampton Roads region. Early
in her theatre career she acted in a number of productions, appearing
as Hedda in Hedda Gabler, Antigone in Antigone, Rosalind in As
You Like It, Claire in The Maids, Jean Brodie in The Prime of
Miss Jean Brodie, among other roles. She presently teaches acting,
improvisation and collaborative creation, and history/theory classes
at Old Dominion University. She also advises all theatre majors
and minors about their academic programs.
Elwood Robinson is the Facilities Manager for the theatre complex at Old Dominion University . In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the theatre plant he designs (scenery and lighting) several shows each year for both the theatre and dance aspects of the Theatre Arts Program, the Governor's School of the Arts (Dance and Opera) and visiting Dance Companies who perform in the University Theatre performance space. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College in 1980 and has worked in New York at the Public Theatre and designed Off-Off Broadway. Prior to his position at ODU, Mr. Robinson has worked in San Francisco, North Carolina, Iowa, and Missouri. He served as a member of the staff at the Virginia Stage Company (LORT C) but is best known locally for his designs at the Generic Theatre where he was resident designer for six years. Mr. Robinson says of ODU, "The students here are great and their energy and creativity are what make this job a joy.
Bailey is a Costume
Designer and Costume Shop Manager for the Theatre and Film Program
Chris is a Lighting Designer and member of the adjunct faculty for
the Theatre and Film Program at ODU.
J. Earle is Chair of the Theatre Department at the Governor's School
for the Arts and the Associate Director of the Workshop Theatre
Group in Norfolk. He has been an actor and director for over twenty-five
credits include the Virginia Stage Company, Theatre IV, Swift Creek
Mill Playhouse, Richmond Triangle Players, and numerous other theatres.
credits include F.B.I. Files, Interpol, and commercial work. Directing
credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Whos Tommy,
Galileo, Boys in the Band, Marriage of Bette n Boo, Deranged
Durang, Tempest, Playboy of the Western World, Dracula, Heathen
Valley, 1984, The Investigation, and several others.
Earle holds an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and
a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has
also studied at the Gaiety School for Acting in Dublin, Ireland
and he studied "The Meisner Technique" with Jon Ruskin
of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and with Janet Wilson
of the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, VA.
coming to Norfolk., Mr. Earle taught at Longwood College, The Governors
School for Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Richmond,
Virginia Commonwealth University and the School for the Performing
Arts in the Richmond Community as well as other places. Steve is
a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Keith Flippen is a professional film, television,
and voiceover actor with 20 years of experience and teaches courses
in Voice, Dialects, and Acting for the Camera. Shortly
after he graduated from Virginia Tech with BA in Theatre Arts, Keith
Flippen participated in a Soviet-American Actor Exchange program
at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut in 1990. Upon his
return to Virginia Beach from the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre
Music and Film, Mr. Flippen appeared in a number of critically acclaimed
roles in local and regional theatre and in early 1992, booking his
first major television job on CBS's The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
fall , Mr. Flippen returned to Russia as the U.S. Administrator
of the Russian American Theatre for several months working in St.
Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk to produce plays for children in the
country of Byelorus. Mr. Flippen's film credits include The Wire
(HBO), American Gothic (CBS), Minority Report, Dawson's Creek (WB),
Surface (NBC), Virus , as well as the Emmy Award winning From the
Earth to the Moon (miniseries) and Iron Jawed Angels , both for
HBO. Recently, Mr. Flippen appeared in ABC's Same as it Never Was
with Lacey Chabert and Wendi Malik as well as in CBS's Heartless
with Melanie Griffith and Esai Morales. Mr. Flippen has just finished
shooting Ruffian for ABC/ESPN with Sam Shepard which will air on
ABC in July 2007. Over the years Mr. Flippen has been a talent agent,
produced television commercials, theatre administrator, professional
dialect coach, and is currently owner of The Actors' Place, Inc.,
a private acting school in VA Beach.
Angela has designed
costumes at Old Dominion University for over 25 years. She teaches
courses in Makeup, Costumes Crafts, and Stop-Motion Animation.