Department Staff

Lauren Cushman

Assistant Technical Director/ Resident Prop Master

Lauren Cushman

Lauren Cushman received her BFA in Theare: Design/Technology in 2006 from the University of Central Florida. She has worked at theatres such as the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, Utah Shakespeare Theatre in Cedar City, UT, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the UCF Conservatory Theatre. She now serves as the Assistant Technical Director and Resident Prop Master for the Annie Russell Theatre.  Lauren is also the producer for the Second Stage Series held at the Fred Stone.  She has also Set Designed for the Annie Russell Theatre and WPI.

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Kevin Griffin

Production Manager

Kevin Griffin

Kevin E. Griffin 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.

 

Chelsea Hilend

Marketing Communications Coordinator / Box Office Manager

I'm new to my staff role, but not to the Department of Theatre and Dance. Upon graduation from Rollins in 2010, I traveled to Korea to teach English. After returning stateside, I served as Associate Director of Outreach and Prevention at The Grove Counseling Center, managing marketing and community outreach initiatives, donor relations, and the non-profit's school and community-based prevention programs. You can find me most weekends performing and teaching at SAK Comedy Lab, flexing the improvisational theatre muscles I developed as a member of Rollins Improv Players. I'm loving the opportunity to connect the campus community and the public with the magic that happens at the Annie Russell Theatre. 

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Blair Johnson

Administrative Assistant / House Manager

Blair Johnson

With passion and delight, Blair Johnson has recently returned to the position of Administrative Assistant for the Annie Russell Theatre, Department of Theatre and Dance. She first came to work for the department in 2002 from a background in Office Management and excelling as an Executive Assistant in Orlando's high-tech business community. Her devotion to the Rollins community and Annie family has spanned the past 23 years, with persistent involvement and devotion to both the department's faculty and staff as well as the students that bring the department to life. Blair lives in Maitland and dedicates her spare time to her grandson and the important task of autism education and advocacy.

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Seth Schrager

Costume Studio Manager

Seth Schrager

Seth Schrager joined the Annie Russell family in 2005 after three decades of experience in the entertainment industry. Performing professionally since he was a teen, Seth eventually ended up behind the scenes in television, helping to produce shows for ABC, CBS, MTV, VH-1, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel.

Seth began sewing at nine years old after his mom received a sewing machine for Mother’s Day (her most hated gift ever). During his years at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, Seth learned the art of costume design and construction from his dear friend and mentor, Patricia Seyller.

Seth looks forward to many years of sharing his knowledge and experience with the wonderful community of Rollins College students.

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Robert Miller

Technical Director / Sound Designer

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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