Dell McLain, M.F.A.
Director of Theatre/Chair of Art, Communication, and Theatre/Professor of Theatre/Director of Chorvettes StageWorks Company
- Prof. McLain’s has been teaching at Southeastern Oklahoma State University for over a decade. Previous teaching posts include Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK and Austin College in Sherman, TX. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his BA from Southeastern. He’s a recipient of the Oklahoma College Theatre Teacher of the Year Award and Dell has been three times inducted into the Whose Who Among American Teachers. A member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, his professional credits include acting/ directing positions with the Louisiana Shakespeare Festival, Toulouse Cabaret, University of Oklahoma’s Summer Stage, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Portland Center Stage and the Dallas Theatre Center. He’s been a recent Oklahoma Chair of the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival, and was awarded the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Bronze Medallion in 2005 for service to that organization. Recently Dell was honored with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts National Fellowship in Directing.
Dell McLain receives
Excellence In Teaching Award
Professor Dell McLain, Chair of the Department of Art, Communication & Theatre at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is a recipient of the 2010 Oklahoma Higher Education Conference Excellence in Teaching Award.McLain joined other faculty members from across the state at the awards luncheon recently at the Conference at Northeastern State University.”Dell is very deserving of this recognition,” said Southeastern president Larry Minks. “His enthusiasm, coupled with his innovative teaching methods, have benefited many students over the years. He is indeed an outstanding representative of the University.”A graduate of Southeastern and the University of New Orleans, McLain joined the SE faculty in 1998. Previous teaching positions include Northeastern State University and Austin College.
Aaron Adair, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theatre
Dr. Adair’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music – Vocal Performance and Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Theatre Education, both from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He has done graduate work at California State University-Fullerton and received a Master’s degree in Theatre Arts from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Dr. Adair earned a Ph.D. in Humanities – Aesthetic Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas, and he has taken additional classes in acting and movement at KD Studio Actors Conservatory of the Southwest in Dallas and the famed Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York as part of his continuing education in performance and theatre studies. His professional experience includes leading roles in Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Annie Get Your Gun, Oklahoma!, Glengarry Glen Ross, Cabaret, and Our Town. He was Editor for the Fall 2008 edition of Mensa Research Journal on Artistic Intelligence.
For a more detailed listing of teaching and performance credits, please visit Dr. Adair’s Faculty Webpage
Riley Risso-Coker, M.F.A.
Director of Dance/Assistant Professor of Theatre
General manager of Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival and coordinator of dance for theatre at Southeastern. Prof. Coker has immersed herself in theatre arts, earning a BA in theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and an MFA in acting from California State University. She has also served the Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival as Educational director, Production Stage Manager, Choreographer, Administrative Assistant and Director.
Kathleen Hardgrove, M.F.A.
Advising and Curriculum Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Theatre
Kathleen Hardgrove taught theatre at University of Evansville in Indiana, University of Oklahoma, and Saint Gregory’s University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, where she was also the costume designer. She also taught theatre, directed numerous plays, and designed costumes at Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts, Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, Carroll Junior High School in Southlake, Texas, and Latta High School in Ada, Oklahoma. She also served as artistic director of the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre. For over twenty years, Kathleen has worked as a theatre professional for such companies as Hartford Stage Company, Repertory Theatre of America, Zena Group Theatre, Nevada Shakespeare Festival, Hartford Children’s Theatre, Human Race Theatre, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Cold Comfort Productions, OU SummerStage, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and Oklahoma Arts Institute. Kathleen designed the costumes for the world premier of Strangers on Earth by Mark O’Donnell at the Intar Theatre in New York City as well as the Off-Broadway production of Crackwalker at the One Dream Theatre in Tribeca. She has worked with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for years and served as a respondent to the Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Kathleen received her Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre from Louisiana State University and her Bachelors of Arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a major in Theatre and minors in Communication and Literature.
Will James Stacey, M.F.A.
Will James Stacey grew up in the great culture of Louisiana and is the proud son of an immigrant.
He started his theater career in 2005 at the Columbia Theater of the Performing Arts. He worked with great acts such as Gregg Allaman, War, Ronnie Kole, Maureen McGovern, Mike Rayburn, The Pointer Sisters, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other local New Orleans talents.
Will James earned a Bachelor’s Degree at Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Fine Arts at Western Illinois University in Theatrical Design. Will James has designed and/or installed lighting, scenery, graphic art, costumes, projections, and logistics for a variety of productions across the country.
Will James’s credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hair, Next to Normal, Tarzan the Musical, 9 to 5 the Musical, Thrill Me, Carousel, Chicago, Lend Me A Tenor, Smokey Joe’s Café, Cabaret, The Nutcracker, Take Me Out, Arabian Nights, Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano, Hairspray, Henry VI, Romeo and Juliet, Gianni Schicchi, Spring Awakening, All My Sons, Anything Goes, State Fair, Blythe Spirit, Big River, Parking Lot Babies, Ruthless!, Speed the Plow, Mary’s Wedding, Always Patsy Cline, On the Open Road, Oedipus Descending, Peter Pan, Legally Blonde the Musical, Fences, Breath Boom, Captive, Elektra and Guernica.
Will James Stacey is very honored to join Theatre at Southeastern and looks forward to help create great theatre in Oklahoma.
Ms. Judy Boone is the Theatre Secretary, Box Office Manager, and administrative assistant to the Office of Facilities Management. She is an alumnus of Southeastern with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Training & Development. She has received numerous awards for excellence in service, program coordination, and arts management from Southeastern, the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, and the Kennedy Center / American College Theatre Festival. She has been employed by Southeastern Oklahoma State University since 1997.
So Young Cho
Dr. Cho began her music career at an arts high school in Seoul, South Korea. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from KyungHee University in Seoul. Dr. Cho has performed several recitals and concerts, and has been a piano instructor for several years. After being awarded the Master of Music degree at the University of North Texas, So Young Cho continued her studies at the University of North Texas, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in December 2014.
Adjunct Instructor/Choreographer of Chorvettes StageWorks Company
Mrs. Rizzo serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Dance for Theatre at Southeastern. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.