Meet our newest theatre and dance faculty


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    Scott Olinger

    Professor of Theatre and Department Chair

    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, Cornell College, and on DirecTV’s Nick and Artie Show/The Dan Patrick Show and Iowa City Cable Television. He currently serves as the assistant to the vice president of conferences for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. M.F.A., design, Penn State University; B.A., theatre, University of Northern Iowa.

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    Caroline Price

    Assistant Professor

    Teaches Voice and Movement, Basic Acting, and Actors Studio. She has studied with Playwrights Theatre of New York, School for Film and Television, American Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Stratford Company, and The Moscow Art Theatre. Caroline received her MFA in Acting from Wayne State University in 2009 with the Hilberry Repertory Company. She is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild. B.A. in theatre, Keene State College, M.F.A. in acting, Wayne State University.

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    Alvon  Reed

    Dance Artist in Residence (4-year appointment)

    Teaches courses in Ballet, Contemporary Modern, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Tap, and Jazz. As the resident choreographer for all Cornell College productions, Alvon has also created works for Theatre Cedar Rapids, The University of Iowa Theatre Department, and Revival Theatre Company. He trained at The Ailey School in New York City, The Milwaukee Ballet School, and Inland Pacific Ballet. He is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. M.F.A., in Dance with an emphasis in choreography, University of Iowa; B.A., Spanish, Coe College.

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    Janeve West

    Associate Professor of Theatre

    Teaches courses in the areas of theatre history, devised theatre, and directing. Janeve spent three years as a director/actor for the Omaha Theatre Company. She has directed a variety of world premieres, devised pieces, and fully scripted productions for The Llano Estacado Institute for the Performing Arts, SPT Theatre Company, The Old Creamery Theatre, Theatre Cedar Rapids, and at multiple venues across the Midwest. Janeve is an Associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. M.F.A., theatre with a dual emphasis in directing and acting, Texas Tech University; B.A., theatre and English education, Southwestern College.

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    Jenny Nutting Kelchen

    Costume Shop Supervisor and Lecturer in Theatre

    Teaches costume design, stage make-up, and costume construction at Cornell. In addition to being the resident costume designer and supervisor for all Cornell productions, she has performed costume work for The University of Iowa, Iowa Summer Rep, Old Creamery Theatre, Riverside in the Park, Coe College, Grinnell College, and Riverside Theatre. M.F.A., costume design, University of Iowa; B.A., studio art, University of Northern Iowa.

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    Don Schneider

    Technical Director and Lecturer in Theatre

    Teaches courses in stagecraft and sound design. A.A., Kirkwood Community College; B.A., theatre arts, University of Iowa; M.F.A., theatre technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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    Cathy Schonhorst

    Academic Program Assistant

Additional instructors

  • Kristen Geisler, Projections Designer for GREEK and Theatre Department Dance Recital
  • Colleen Metzger, Lecturer