Faculty & Staff

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Faculty

Beki Baker

Chair, Theater
Assistant Professor

Beki Baker’s professional directing credits include Julius Caesar (starring Eddie George), Shakespeare’s Case, and Love Labor’s Lost (AD) for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, where she served as Education Director from 2010-2012. She directed Broadway star Eden Espinosa in Tarzan for the National Association for Music Education as well as Tony...

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615.966.5728 (ext. 5728)

Tom Bancroft

Artist in Residence

After attending the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, Tom Bancroft worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation (now known as Walt Disney Animation Studios) as a supervising animator for 12 years. During this time he worked on films like “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Lion King”, “Aladdin”, “Pocahontas”, “Mulan”, “Tarzan”...

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Assistant Professor of Music
Interim Director of the School of Music

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615.966.5761 (ext. 5761)

Andy Bleiler

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Andy Bleiler is a passionate arts educator whose career has spanned over thirty years as a teacher, designer, technician, director, and performer. He moved to Tennessee with his family from the Pacific Northwest in 2011, and has grown very fond of the people and places in Tennessee. He has served...

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Larry Brown

Professor

Larry Brown earned his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and began teaching at Lipscomb in 1989. He directed the theater program for 19 years. Now he teaches courses in history of theater, narrative film theory, world literature, and many online Bible classes. He has published two...

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615.966.5715 (ext. 5715)

Cliff Eanes Tierney

Chair, Visual Arts
Associate Professor

Cliff Tierney is an artist and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art at Lipscomb University where he chairs the Visual Arts Department. Professionally, his work has been shown both regionally and nationally in commercial and university galleries. Tierney received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah...

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615.966.6282 (ext. 6282)

David Hardy

Assistant Professor

David Hardy, Lipscomb Theatre’s resident Lighting Designer, is an Assistant Professor of Design, Production, and Management. He has taught audio / visual design, lighting practicum, technical theatre, and stage management at the university. Recent design projects include the lobby display at the GMA Honors (2016) and HALSTON—an exhibition in the...

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615.966.5692 (ext. 5692)

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Associate Professor

Rocky Horton received his undergraduate education at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. He received an MFA in studio art from West Virginia University in December of 2003. Since that time he has served as an Associate Professor of Art at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Horton is an internationally exhibiting...

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615.966.5266 (ext. 5266)

Donna King

Assistant Professor

Donna King, assistant professor of music, came to Lipscomb University as a piano instructor in 1987 and began full-time teaching in 1999. She teaches music history and music literature courses, class piano and beginning music theory. Professor King has a special interest in music for general education and collaborative learning...

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615.966.5774 (ext. 5774)

Angela Lee

Assistant Professor

Angela D. Lee’s specialty is graphic design, and her personal studio practice encompasses not only graphic design, but vector art, photography and video art dealing with themes of ancestry, identity and the search for a homeplace. In addition to work for Eli Lilly, Vanderbilt University and Mapco, Lee has also...

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615.966.5219 (ext. 5219)

Nat McIntyre

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Nat McIntyre grew up in Cape Cod, MA and received his B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA. Immediately following graduation, McIntyre spent a year running a theater program, youth group, and working in a local orphanage as a volunteer with Veritas. He then lived in Boston for six...

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Nathan Mickle

Visiting Professor of Music

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615.966.5754 (ext. 5754)

Jerome Reed

Professor

Jerome A. Reed is the Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Piano at Lipscomb University. He has performed extensively in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and South America, appearing in such venues as the Mendelssohnhaus in Leipzig, Germany; the Musikhochschule in Graz, Austria; and the Conservatoire Royale in Brussels, Belgium. Other...

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615.966.5809 (ext. 5809)

Steve Rhodes

Professor

Stephen L. Rhodes, professor of music, directs the University Wind Ensemble, University Jazz Band, University Chamber Orchestra, as well the orchestra for major music theatre productions. He teaches courses in conducting, secondary music education, instrumental methods, and orchestration. He received the D.A. degree in instrumental conducting and the M.M. degree...

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615.966.5811 (ext. 5811)

Fain Spray

Assistant Professor of Music

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Gary Wilson

Professor

Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting the A Cappella Singers and Chamber Men, directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and overseeing the vocal studio program. Choirs under...

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615.966.5750 (ext. 5750)

Staff

Scott Baker

Adjunct Faculty
Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator

Scott Baker wears many hats for Lipscomb Theatre. As the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach for the College of Entertainment and the Arts, he has a hand in promoting all the shows and activities the department does. As an adjunct professor he teaches classes on special skills and period...

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615.966.5229 (ext. 5229)

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Administrative Assistant

Mia Jaye Thomas serves as the gallery assistant for the John C. Hutcheson gallery and the administrative assistant for the School of Art and Design, which is comprised of the departments of Visual Arts and Fashion. In addition to managing the office, Thomas is currently working on earning her MBA...

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615.966.5813 (ext. 5813)

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Publicity Coord Office Asst

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615.966.5932 (ext. 5932)

Marilyn Smith

Administrative Assistant

Marilyn Smith is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Music. She manages the departmental office and supervises many of the department's programs and operations.

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Kym Yates

Administrative Assistant

Kym Yates, born and raised in Tennessee’s Cheatham County, serves as the School of Theatre and Cinematic Arts Administrative Assistant. Yates has worked in administrative capacities for 20+ years and serves the departments well, helping us to stay organized and efficient. She also always keeps the office decorated for the...

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Adjunct Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty

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Christine Dente

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Scott Dente

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Leigh Anne Ervin

Adjunct Faculty

In addition to serving on the teaching faculty at Lipscomb University and St. Cecilia Academy, Leigh Anne Ervin is director of SCA's Seasons Dance Company and co-director/choreographer for Lipscomb's Foundation Dance Theatre. Ervin is also a musical theatre choreographer, most recently for Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Lipscomb University....

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Marcus Finnie

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Lori Fischer is the “2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting” recipient and a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. Fischer received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department in 2008 and she received her B.A. degree from Belmont University. Recent Playwriting Credits: In 2017, Fischer's comedy Greener...

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Vali Forrister

Adjunct Faculty

Vali Forrister is the Producing Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble, a professional theater company and actor training program which she co-founded in 1995. She has produced over 90 productions for the company, has acted and directed over 30, and authored six. She founded and leads Act Like a...

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Mark Godwin

Mark Godwin holds a degree in guitar performance from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. He has attended and performed in numerous master classes with Michael Newman, Christian Kieser and Oscar Ghiglia. Godwin has taught private and classroom instruction since 1979. He has served on the faculty of Lipscomb since 1990...

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Ike Harris

Adjunct Faculty

Nashville native and bassist Ike Harris serves as adjunct instructor of string bass and electric bass guitar. He holds a BME from Austin Peay State University where he was also on the faculty for several years. He is a professional bassist in the Nashville area and tours extensively playing jazz...

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John Hill graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. Later he got married and lived all over the country, but mostly in Los Angeles. Currently he’s finishing his thesis to receive his MFA from the Academy of Art University. Hill worked on a variety of projects, such as a reality...

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David Hobbs

Adjunct Faculty

David Hobbs is the trumpet teacher at Lipscomb and is also beginning his twelfth season as the principal trumpeter of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra. A native of Mississippi, he grew up in northern Alabama and pursued his musical education at Louisiana State University, receiving his B.M. degree in 1984.. While...

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Janet Holeman

Adjunct Faculty

Janet Holeman returns to her beloved Alma Mater as an adjunct faculty member. During her early days at Lipscomb, Janet performed in various recitals and musical shows, such as in the role of Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!, Musical Director and Hostess of Singarama, and member of Acappella Singers and...

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Adjunct Faculty

Earning her MFA from American University in Washington D.C., Mandy Rogers Horton also studied at Anderson University, (Indiana), The Queen’s University of Belfast and The Chautauqua Institute (New York). Her work has been exhibited in Nashville, Louisville, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Madison, Wis. and elsewhere. She is the recipient of Tennessee...

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Marcia Hughes

Professor

Marcia A. Hughes, professor of music, teaches private piano and elementary music methods courses in addition to performing and accompanying for students and faculty recitals. Hughes served as department chair for eight years and presently serves as associate chair. She holds the D.M.E. and M.M.E. degrees in music education from...

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Brian Russell Jobe is an American artist working in sculpture, installation, and public art. His solo exhibitions/projects have been on view at venues such as Mixed Greens Gallery (New York), Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, the University of Wyoming, the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and...

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Mandy Jones

Mandy Jones grew up as Amanda Joy Brown in Michigan. Escaping the cold winters, she moved to the South and studied painting at Harding University, continuing on to earn an MFA in the painting program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently works out of her studio...

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Julia Kwak

Adjunct Faculty

Julia Kwak has taught piano as an adjunct faculty at Lipscomb University since 2012. Currently, she is working as a staff accompanist. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995 from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Music degree in 1999 from Southern Methodist University in Texas. Kwak...

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Bee Laupp

Adjunct Faculty

Belinda (Bee) Laupp has been teaching for 35 of the 41+ years she has played flute. Laupp earned her BME from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and has done postgraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Before moving from St. Louis to the Nashville area in 1979, she...

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Dan Lochrie

Lochrie received degrees from The University of Michigan, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and The Ohio State University, where he studied with James Pyne. Other teachers included Paul Schaller, Brian Schweickhardt, John Mohler, Franklin Cohen and bass clarinetist, Oliver Green. Before entering graduate school, he joined the National Orchestra of...

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Russ Long

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Judy Mahone

Adjunct Faculty

Judy Mahone began teaching piano at Lipscomb in 1995. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from George Peabody College for Teachers in 1968 where she studied with Lucien Stark. Mahone has maintained a private studio in her home from 1970 to the present. She was the...

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Sean Martin

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Jean Miller

Following her graduation with a B.A. in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Pepperdine University (1978), Jean Miller began teaching voice part-time at Lipscomb in the fall of 1979. She taught class voice at Illinois State University from 1981 to 1982 while completing her Master of Music degree in Vocal...

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Jeanne Newton

Adjunct Faculty

Jeanne Newton teaches Woodwind Methods, Integrated Music & History, and Music Theory. Prior to coming to Lipscomb in 2009, she taught instrumental and general music for 19 years. While a majority of her teaching was in award-winning middle school and high school band/string programs, her classroom experience spans grades K-12....

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Maureen O'Brien

Maureen O'Brien studied illustration and visual design at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Michigan, and the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Working out of her home studio in Franklin, O'Brien provides illustration and design for corporate, editorial and advertising...

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Maggie Pelton grew up in the New Jersey Ballet Company. Her studies expanded to other disciplines while attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Martha Graham and Jose Limon schools in New York City. After receiving her BFA in dance from the Juilliard School and a scholarship...

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Jennifer Pepper

Adjunct Faculty

Originally from Louisville, Ky., Jennifer Pepper calls Franklin, Tennessee home after 13 years in Dallas, Texas. She is a professional artist that exhibits her mixed media work (including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and video) in group and solo shows nationally. Pepper has worked in the visual arts her entire adult...

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Colleen Phelps

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Matt Phelps

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John Pomeroy is an American animator, producer, writer, and painter. He attended Art Center College of Design from 1971-73, majoring in illustration. He was hired by the Walt Disney Company in 1973 as an animation trainee. After six months in the training program, he was assigned to animate on the...

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Sari Reist

Adjunct Faculty

Sari DeLeon Reist performs regularly with some of Nashville’s finest musicians and ensembles on stage and in the recording studio. She has played with the Nashville Symphony on many occasions, and appeared as a soloist with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In the popular realm, Sari can be heard on recordings...

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Patricia Roberts

Patricia Roberts earned her BM in music from Texas Christian University in 1988, where she studied voice and was a Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient. She received a MM from Baylor University in 1991, where her studies also included vocal performance and opera. She studied with Dr. J. Arden Hopkins...

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Radu Rusu

Adjunct Faculty

Rusu received his Master of Music from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and his Bachelor of Music degree from 'C. Porumbesu' National Music Conservatory, Bucharest, Romania. He has also completed numerous doctoral courses at the University of Alabama in the Doctor of Musical Arts program. Rusu has received additional coaching...

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Marian Shaffer

Adjunct Faculty

Marian Shaffer is Principal Harpist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the Iris Orchestra, in residence at the Germantown Performing Arts Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephens College, graduating summa cum laude with a concentration in both harp and piano. She studied both instruments for one...

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Professor Robby Shankle is a Nashville studio musician with a broad range of musical credits, including performances with Aretha Franklin, Branford Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, The Nashville Symphony, The Four Tops, Barry Manilow, Rod Steward, Ray Charles, Ann Hampton Callaway, Patti Austin, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Rosemary...

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Kari Smith

Adjunct Faculty

Kari Cherie Smith, a native of Nashville, has enjoyed teaching theatre and dance for over 17 years in the Middle Tennessee area. With a background in performance, dance, directing, education and choreography, Smith holds a Theatre and English Education degree from Lipscomb University and was a four-year member of the...

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Santiago Sosa

Santiago Sosa earned a B.F.A. from Texas State University and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an actor, teaching artist, and/or voice & text coach, Sosa has worked at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muse of Fire Shakespeare, Door Shakespeare,...

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GraceAnn Visser

Adjunct Faculty

GraceAnn Visser serves as the current vice president for Tennessee Art Therapy Association, and earned her Master of Arts in art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Currently, she is in her sixth year as an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University. She also acts...

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Anne L. Willingham received a Bachelor of Interior Design from the School of Architecture at Auburn University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama in Set and Lighting Design. After a year at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Willingham moved to Nashville and joined the local theater...

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Adjunct Faculty

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Donna Woodley is a painter whose most recent works merge the examination of black culture and fine art. She decided to pursue her life goal of a working visual artist after 20 years of working as an accountant. This journey has sparked her passion for painting currently informed by discourse...

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Clare Yang

Adjunct Faculty

Violist Clare Yang joined the Nashville Symphony in 1995. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she moved to the “Hoosier” state at age four and grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University, where her principal teachers were Abraham Skernick, Atar Arad and Stanley Ritchie....

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Contact Us

Mike Fernandez
Dean
Associate Professor of Theatre

615.966.5186
800.333.4358, x. 5186
mike.fernandez@lipscomb.edu

Scott Baker
Director of Marketing and Recruiting
615.966.5229
800.333.4358, x. 5229
scott.baker@lipscomb.edu