Department Faculty

Theatre Faculty  Dance Faculty 


David Charles, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Producing Director, Annie Russell Theatre

Professor of Improvisation, Acting

David Charles

Dr. Charles received his Ph.D. in theatre history, criticism and dramatic literature from Louisiana State University where he served as a Board of Regents and Graduate School Fellow. He also holds an MFA in theatre performance from Western Illinois University, a BA (Hons) in English and acting from Roosevelt University, and is a graduate of North America's oldest improvisational training center, Josephine Forsberg's Players Workshop of Second City. David has performed across North America with companies such as Wisdom Bridge, Shaw Chicago, the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Birmingham Children's Theatre, Summer Music Theatre and the Beechwood Theatre Company, and his performance as Colonel Winslow in Evangeline the Musical in Concert aired nationally on PBS. In addition to considerable experience in the scripted realm, David has performed extensively as an improvisational practitioner. As an improviser he has played with such companies as Dunedin Theatresports (in his birth nation, New Zealand), Chicago Comedysportz, Players Workshop, Astor's Beechwood, the School of Playback Theatre, Baton Rouge's The Improvisors, Orlando's SAK Comedy Lab, Jester Theater, Winter Park Playhouse and Walt Disney World's Comedy Warehouse. David's original directorial works include: Insta-Musical: Just Add Water, Scared Scriptless, The Lost Comedies of William Shakespeare: An Improvisational Romp Through the Land of the Bard, Championship Improv, Making It Up As We Go Along, E Pluribus Unum, Thou Shalt Not: A Postmodern Melodrama, The Renga, FourPlay: The Improvised Musical, (Your) Opera in a Trunk, Murder We Wrote: The Improvised Whodunit, Is This Seat Taken? and the soon-to-debut It’s All Greek to Me: An Aristophane-Slapping Comedy of Tragic Proportions. Currently, David acts as the artistic director of Rollins Improv Players (RIP), an on-campus group committed to service through performance, and is an associate artistic director of SAK Comedy Lab, Orlando’s premier improv venue. He is an active member of Actors’ Equity and served as a 2008-2009 Arthur Vining Davis Fellow.

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Missy Barnes

Musical Theatre

Missy Barnes

Missy Barnes joined the Rollins College Department of Theatre and Dance in 2013. She holds an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a B.A. in Drama from Loyola University New Orleans. In addition to her degrees, Missy is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique as well as a certified Somatic Movement Educator, trained at the School for Body-Mind Centering. In her life as a theatrician, Missy has been involved in more than 100 stage productions in a variety of locations, including New Orleans, Chicago, Boston, and several cities in North Carolina. She spent many years working as a performer, touring France and Russia with a New Orleans based dance company, and playing various musical roles such as Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Julie Jordan in Carousel, and Marian in The Music Man. Non-musical acting roles include Esther in Arthur Miller’s The Price and Alice in Shakespeare’s Henry V.   In addition, Missy has directed and choreographed a variety of musical and non-musical plays. Some recent favorites include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweeney Todd, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Missy is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Alexander Technique International.

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Lisa Cody-Rapport

Artist-In-Residence, Costume and Scenic Design

Lisa Cody-Rapport

Lisa holds an MFA in Theatre Design: Set and Costume from the University of Connecticut, and a BFA in Theatre Design/Tech from West Virginia University.  She has designed extensively in academic theatre, including over 50 productions here at the Annie Russell Theatre, where she has been teaching since 1995. Lisa previously taught theatrical design for six years at Tufts University in Boston, where she designed for the Balch Arena Theatre.

Lisa’s professional design experience in set and costumes includes regional work at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Rep.’s Nutmeg Theatre, The Worcester Foothills Theatre, The Underground Railway Theatre, The Barter Theatre, Florida Stage, and Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.  Her work in NY includes Off-Off Broadway costumes for The Blue Heron Theatre and summer stock sets at The Depot Theatre in Westport.  Lisa designed the costumes and ran wardrobe on location for the film “Who Wants to Marry My Husband” (Echelon Studios) and the 1990 national tour for The National Theatre of the Deaf’s “The Odyssey”, as well as BHT’s “Viva Cummings!” for the Caracas International Theatre Festival in 1992.  From 1981 to 86, she managed the costume shop and designed the costumes and sets for 14 shows each season at the Cedar Point Inc. theme park in Sandusky, Ohio.  Lisa has painted scenic and murals for The American Stage Festival, Disney/Hollywood Studios Scenic Shop, Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel, and the Orlando Science Center, as well as in New England and NYC.

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Kevin Griffin

Artist-in-Residence, Lighting Design
Production Manager, Annie Russell Theatre

Kevin Griffin

Kevin E. Griffin, current Chair of the department,  is the Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager for the Annie Russell Theatre.   Kevin received his B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University and his M.F.A. from Penn State University School of Theatre.  He has designed dozens of production at the Annie including Equus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Playhouse Creatures, Annie Get Your Gun, and Rollins Dance.  Kevin has served as lighting designer for local theatre companies such as The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Orlando Reparatory Theater, Mad Cow Theater, The Mellon Patch Players, Valencia Community College, and the former Civic Theaters of Central Florida.  He has also designed for Pennsylvania Centre Stage, The Allegheny Highlands Regional Theater, The Pennsylvania Dance Theater, and served as designer/consultant for the Bellefonte Historical Preservation Museum of Bellefonte, PA.  From 1998 to 2001 Kevin was the Assistant Head of Lighting and Head of Lighting at Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba! at Downtown Disney.  He is a former live action stage technician for Disney’s EPCOT and served as the Vice-President of I.A.T.S.E. Local 636 in State College, Pa.

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Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, Ph.D.

Winifred M. Warden Endowed Chair
Associate Dean of Faculty

Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh

Dr. Jennifer Jones Cavenaugh, current Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, received her Ph.D. in Theater History and Criticism from the University of Washington and her MFA in Dramatugy from Brooklyn College. Her book Medea's Daughters: Forming and Performing Women Who Kill  was published in 2003 by Ohio State University Press. She has published articles in theater journals such as Modern Drama, New England Journal of Theater, Theater Notebook and American Drama, and has chapters in several anthologies including Passing Performances: Queer Readings of Leading Players in American Theater History and Unsung Contributors: Women in the American Musical Theater . Her research interests include: Gender and performance, British and American 19th century theater, political theater and musical theater. In addition to her scholarly work Dr. Cavenaugh is a member of Actor's Equity and has performed and directed musical theater for over twenty years. At Rollins she teaches theater history, dramatic literature and script analysis. She is currently working on a book about working conditions for the chorus members in Golden Age American Musical Theater.

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Robert Miller

Sound Design
Technical Director, Annie Russell Theatre

Robert Miller

Robert received his MFA in Technical Direction and Sound Design from the University of Memphis.  He also holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and a BS in Criminology from the Florida State University.  From 2000 to 2007 he served as the Technical Director and Sound Designer for Linfield College in McMinnville, OR.  While there, he received a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for his Technical Direction of The Foreigner.  Robert has also served as Technical Director for the University of Rochester, Keystone Repertory Theatre and the University of Memphis.  Along with almost fifty designs for Rollins College and Linfield College, he has designed sound for The Never Ending Story at Orlando Repertory Theatre and Swimming After Dark for the Women’s Playwright Initiative.  As a designer and technician, Robert has worked for the Orlando Opera, Universal Studios Florida, Theatre Memphis and the former Civic Theatre of Central Florida.  He is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and served as an officer in the Northwest Section from 2003-2007.

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 Jen-Scott Mobley

 Theatre History, Dramaturgy

 Jen-Scott Mobley

 Jen-Scott earned her Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She also holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Theatre Criticism from Brooklyn College. Her B.A. in Theatre is from the College of William and Mary. Recent publications include reviews in Theatre Journal, Ecumenica, and Shakespeare Bulletin as well as her article, “Tennessee Williams’s Ravenous Women: Fat Behavior Onstage” which appeared in the inaugural issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. Forthcoming in the collection Fat: Culture and Materiality (Berg Press 2013) is her article, “Fatsploitation: Disgust and the Performance of Weight Loss.”  Jen-Scott’s interdisciplinary research interests include American theatre, dramaturgy, feminist theatre, performance and cultural studies, fat studies, and women’s roles as playwrights, directors, and performers, especially with respect to the way meaning develops in and around women’s bodies in motion and across genres of performance. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores cultural constructions of fat and how they play out onstage and in various cultural texts. Jen-Scott is a member Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA), the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) and of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). She is the President of the Women and Theatre Program. She has served as the curator for the Student Jane Chambers Playwriting Award as well as an adjudicator for the professional Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. As a freelance dramaturg she has worked in various capacities for a variety of organizations including the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Los Angeles, The Public Theater and the Abingdon Theatre in NYC, and Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She is a company member of The White Horse Theater in NYC. Jen-Scott also enjoys performing and has appeared regionally as well as off-off Broadway in NYC.

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Thomas Ouellette

Acting, Directing

Thomas Ouellette

Thomas Ouellette received the Cornell Distinguished Faculty award in 2010. “It’s tough to find a speechless theatre professor, but, truly, I was floored when President Duncan called my name,” Ouellette said. “It’s exhilarating to be recognized by my peers, humbling too.” Ouellette plans to use the award money to build a series of courses that take junior and senior theater majors to London, New York, and Los Angeles in alternating semesters to audition, network with industry professionals, and help ease the transition to post-Rollins careers in the performing arts.

Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department and Producing Director of the Annie Russell Theatre from 2002-2008, Professor Ouellette has been a faculty member since 1996 and teaches courses in the acting and directing sequence. At Rollins, he has directed Main Stage productions of How I Learned to Drive, Equus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Macbeth, Noises Off, A Delicate Balance, Extremities, The Foreigner, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, among others. He inaugurated the Second Stage series in 1998 and has produced over 30 student-directed shows including Waiting for Godot, Closer, Keely and Du, The Triumph of the Golds, The Laramie Project, Necessary Targets, Spinning Into Butter, and a dozen original works. Thomas directs and performs in Orlando and around the country and is an active member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and The Association of Film, Television and Radio Actors (AFTRA). Recent credits include The Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando; St. Michael’s Playhouse in Burlington, VT; The Charles Playhouse in Boston; and The Mason Street Theatre in San Francisco. Recent national acting credits range from Montano/Duke of Venice in Othello to the record-breaking and still running production of Shear Madness. Recent national directing credits include All’s Well That Ends Well (co-directed with Jim Helsinger), Blithe Spirit, Educating Rita, Stop Kiss, Lobby Hero, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Thomas studied at Holy Cross College (B.A.), at the Catholic University of America (M.F.A./Acting), in New York City at the HB Studio, and in the Director’s Programme at The Royal National Theatre in London.

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Eric Zivot


Eric Zivot

Eric is an award winning Actor, Director and Writer. His work in film, television and on stage has taken him across both the US and Canada, and to England as well. His theatrical background includes: The Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, The American Conservatory Theater, Tour de Force, The Fountain Theater, the Alliance Theater and the Canadian company of Nicholas Nickleby. He has originated numerous roles for such plays as Them That's Got, Raising Caen and Declarations. Film and Television work includes: JAG, The Alarmist, Babylon 5, Two Voices, Sunset Beach and Mob Story. Eric has been on staff and guest lectured for some of the most distinguished actor training programs in North America including A.C.T., The University of Washington, Southern Methodist University, C.A.S.T., The University of Dallas, Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, and the National Theater Conservatory, but he is not only considered a master acting teacher. He is also a founding member of the Association of Theater Movement Trainers and has served as a Senior Mentor for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. Before coming to Rollins, Eric co-founded and ran the Gymnasia Theatrica, his own school, in Los Angeles. It was here that he created his break through actor training methodology; the Triune Brain Method. His students are now working actors, literally, around the world.

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Florence Neubauer, Ph.D.

Dance History, Dance of Other Cultures


Dr. Neubauer received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in modern dance from the University of Utah, completed her Masters of Arts in dance at Brigham Young University, and completed her Ph.D. in dance and related arts at Texas Woman's University. Teaching credits include classes with Virginia Commonwealth University, Brigham Young University, Stetson University's Community School of the the Arts in addition to various dance studios around the United States. She has performed as a modern dancer with Bat Dor Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel, and was a soloist with the California Ballet Company and Broward Civic Ballet. Dr. Neubauer specializes in dance history with certification in Labanotation. She has produced workshops for Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and the Orlando Ballet as well as presenting at both NFO and IOV. Her publications include "Understanding Dance as Cultural Language," and the recent article "Let's Dance." Dr. Neubauer is an honorary member of the Rollins College chapter of Theta Alpha Phi. She was a director of the Early Dance Ensemble at Valencia Community College where she also holds a position as an adjunct professor.  Dr. Neubauer is currently the Vice President for the US Section of IOV in operational relations with the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).  She is on the UNESCO consultant list for "Dance as Art, Ritual, and Traditional."

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Suzanne Salapa, Ph.D.

Ballet, Choreography

   Suzanne Salapa, Ph.D.

Dr. Salapa began her training with the Annandale Dance Theatre under direction of Patricia Nicholson, Kathleen Brown, and Kay Hearton. Her training continued with the Maryland Youth Ballet and the Columbia City Ballet. Dr. Salapa received her Bachelors degree in dance from Shenandoah University, her Masters of Fine Arts degree in dance from Florida State University, and was recently awarded her Doctorate of Education from the University of Central Florida. While attending Florida State, she was awarded the Florida State University Friends of Dance Scholarship and a Teaching Assistantship. In addition, she has served on the faculty of George Mason University and Shennandoah University. She is a member of the dance faculty at Valencia Community College and Rollins College.

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W. Robert Sherry, J.D.

Director of Dance
Tap, Dance Technique, Dance in America, Compostion, Dance for Actors, Choreography

   W. Robert Sherry, J.D.

A member of the Rollins community since 1984, Dr. Sherry received his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, his Masters of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University where he received a full scholarship, and his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Stetson University College of Law.   In addition, he received dance/theatre training in New York, Los Angeles, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.  

His performance credits include: Broadway Salutes the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, with Mickey Rooney, Ruby Keeler & Lee Roy Reams, the national  tours of Pal Joey, with Joel Grey, Alexis Smith, Kelly Bishop & Ron Perlman, Annie Get Your Gun, with  Florence Henderson, and Flower Drum Song, with  Pat Suzuki.  He also performed in Hollywood Magic, at El Centro in Acapulco, Mexico and with Indiana’s professional modern dance company, Dance Kaleidoscope.

He has directed and/or choreographed a broad variety of musicals, plays, industrial shows, and concert dance works in both professional and academic settings including: Show Director for Hollywood’s Pretty Woman at the Disney/MGM Studios and NBA All-Star Game Opening Cermony Show at the Orlando Oreena.  He was also the choreographer for Joshua Logan’s last musical Huck & Jim on the Mississippi.

He is the former president of the Florida Dance Association, based in Miami and the former Chair of the Orange County Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section. 

Dr. Sherry teaches classes in dance technique, dance history, movement for actors, theatre, and musical theatre.   He also teaches Employee Relations in Rollins Masters of Humans Resources Program.

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