Dell McLain, M.F.A.
Director of Theatre/Chair of Art, Communication, and Theatre/Professor of Theatre/Director of Chorvettes StageWorks Company
- This is Prof. McLain’s thirteenth year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. 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.
Corey King, M.B.A.
Corey graduated from Southeastern in 2004, receiving a double BA in Musical Theatre and Acting/Directing. While employed at Southeastern, Corey has designed over 200 events and productions held on campus. After working for a regional theatre in Washington, Corey earned an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology with an emphasis in Management. Corey has collaborated with the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival for nine years working as an actor, designer, shop foreman, and most recently, technical director. He currently holds a position on the Board of Directors for Ardmore Little Theatre in Ardmore, OK and serves as the Vice-President and the Chair of the Outreach Committee. Corey has also worked as Technical Director for the Claremore Performing Arts Center in Claremore, OK for several shows including a national tour concert of The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Page, and Asleep at the Wheel.
Barbara Alkofer, M.F.A.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Prof. Alkofer served on the Southeastern faculty for over ten years, designing costumes and directing for Theatre at Southeastern and the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. She has BA, MA, and MFA degrees. She has designed KC/ACTF Excellence Award-winning costumes for The Importance of Being Earnest, Good, Arms and the Man, and Forever Plaid. She has received the KC/ACTF Director’s Choice Award for Vatzlav and A Streetcar Named Desire, and the Respondent’s Award for Vatzlav, the Department of Communication and Theatre Award for Distinguished Directing, and was named OSTCA College Theatre Teacher of the Year in 2001. Her costume design credits include well over 150 productions. She is active in USITT and is secretary for USITT-Southwest. At Southeastern, Ms. Alkofer taught Costume Design, Makeup, Theatre History, and Playwriting. Though Barbara retired from Southeastern in 2007 she remains a vital consultant to the program, and continues to work professionally in the region.
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.
Reagan Fletcher has been a part of the Broadway theatre for over 20 years. In his position at the Shubert Organization, he has been an archivist, play scout, script reader, production liaison on four Broadway shows, dramaturg, production coordinator for the 75th anniversary of Shubert Alley, a consultant for a number of exhibits, guest lecturer at NYU, Hofstra, and Columbia universities, and a panelist for numerous academic conferences. He is co-author of THE SHUBERTS PRESENT: 100 YEARS OF AMERICAN THEATER. He has directed 14 productions, workshops, and showcases in NYC. He was on the strategic planning committee for CELEBRATE BROADWAY: 100 YEARS IN TIME SQUARE and curator of the exhibit THE BALLYHOO OF BROADWAY in Grand Central Station. He was a staff writer for THEATRE WEEK magazine and has provided archival research assistance for over a dozen books related to the theatre. For 20 years he has been a member of the Talent Division of the Tony Awards. You might recognize him as Old King Cole from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He is thrilled to be teaching at SOSU.
So Young Cho
Miss 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. Miss 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, Miss Cho is continuing her doctoral studies in Piano Performance and is studying in a related field for vocal collaborative accompaniment.
Adjunct Instructor/Choreographer of Chorvettes StageWorks Company
Mrs. Rizzo serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Dance for Theatre at Southeastern and is choreographer of the Chorvettes StageWorks Company. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.