Meet our newest theatre and dance faculty


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    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.

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    Scott Olinger

    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.

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    Caroline Price

    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.

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    Alvon  Reed


    Teaches classes in dance and movement-based acting, as well as Cornell’s new performance ensemble. Reed has extensive professional dance experience and was an Allistair Fellowship Recipient at The Ailey School, the official school of the world renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, located in midtown Manhattan. M.F.A., dance with emphasis in choreography, University of Iowa.

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    Don Schneider

    Technical Director and Lecturer in Theatre

    Teaches courses in stagecraft and sound design. M.F.A., theatre technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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    Janeve West

    Associate Professor of Theatre

    Teaches courses in theatre history, devised theatre, and directing. She spent three years as a director and actor for the Omaha Theatre Company, and has directed a variety of world premieres, devised pieces, and fully scripted productions for The Llano Estacado Institute for the Performing Arts, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and at multiple other venues. M.F.A., theatre with a dual emphasis in directing and acting, Texas Tech University.

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