Theatre and Dance Faculty & Staff
Our faculty bring an array of expertise to the program ranging from design skills in costume, set construction, lighting, and sound to acting acumen in performance, auditioning, and career management; and in directing, devised theatre, and theatrical history.
Professor of Theatre
Teaches courses in scenic, lighting, and projection design. His work has been seen at Burning Coal Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Penn State Altoona, Theatre Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Juniata College, and on DirecTV’s Nick and Artie Show/The Dan Patrick Show. M.F.A., design, Penn State University.
Dance Artist in Residence
Teaches all of Cornell's dance movement classes. His dance expertise lies in answering the question: What can dance do for you? He enjoys teaching about injury prevention through proper technique. He was a professional ballet dancer for 18 years, and has collaborated with just about every type of dancer imaginable. Forehand has an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Iowa.
Shawn Ketchum Johnson
Jenny Nutting Kelchen
Costume Shop Supervisor and Lecturer in Theatre
Teaches costume design, stage makeup, and costume construction. She has performed costume work for The University of Iowa, Old Creamery Theatre, Coe College, Grinnell College, and Riverside Theatre. M.F.A., costume design, University of Iowa.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Teaches courses in basic and advanced acting such as Shakespeare in Performance, Auditioning, and Career Management. She has extensive professional experience as an actor and joined the faculty in 2016 after serving as assistant professor of performance at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. M.F.A., acting, Wayne State University.
Visiting Artist in Theatre
Acting: BROADWAY: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. CHICAGO: The Adding Machine (The Hypocrites), Cabaret (The Paramount Theatre). NATIONAL TOURS: Gypsy, A Christmas Carol. REGIONAL: Into the Woods, Our Town (Kansas City Rep), title roles in Macbeth and Floyd Collins. FOR RIVERSIDE: A View From the Bridge, Title of Show, Ears on a Beatle, and seven seasons with Riverside Shakespeare. Founding member of The Alaska Shakespeare festival. EDUCATION: MFA in Acting, The University of Missouri, Kansas City. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Directing: Regional: The Cake (Riverside Theatre), Seed (world premiere, The University of Iowa), Assassins, Lonely Planet (The Alaska Shakespeare Festival), Eleemosynary, Orson’s Shadow (iTheatre Collaborative), William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (City Circle Acting Company), The Sunshine Boys (Old Creamery Theatre), Endgame, Vinegar Tom.