Our Theatre Faculty
Charles R. Miller is a Professor and Director of Theatre at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, TN. He was the co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Smoky Mountain Shakespeare Festival. He has worked as an actor and director at American Stage, Asolo Theater, Porthouse Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. He has worked as voice and movement coach for the University of Tennessee and the Clarence Brown Theatre. He is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He has also studied under Cecily Berry, Margaret Loft, and Jim Hancock. Charles is a member of the SAFD, SSDC, and VASTA. Charles holds an MFA from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and a BFA from the University of Idaho.
Claude Hardy (Technical Director) was born in rural Indiana and received his undergraduate degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Claude's graduate studies took him to Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan, where he received his M.F.A. While at Wayne State, he began a love affair with Russian theatre. Since graduate school, Claude worked as a carpenter at Penn State and then taught at Lycoming College at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His goal is to start a study abroad program at the Moscow Art Theatre specializing in scenic design. He is delighted to be the first resident Technical Director and Lighting Designer for the Pellissippi State Theatre program and to live in the Knoxville area with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Cora. View his work at www.claudehardydesigns.com.
Lisa Soland's plays Waiting, Cabo San Lucas, Truth Be Told, The Man in the Gray Suit & Other Short Plays and The Name Game are published by Samuel French Inc., but her work can also be found in "best of" anthologies published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Applause Books and Dramatic Publishing. She has produced and/or directed over 80 productions and play readings, 55 of which have been original, and founded The Fellowship Theatre in North Hollywood and Theatre Encino in Encino, California. Her production company, Rose's Name Game Productions, has been producing original works since 1993, with Ms. Soland still at the helm. She is the founder of The All Original Playwright Workshop, where she works as Artistic Director and teacher, producing workshops throughout the United States and online. Ms. Soland comes to us having most recently served as a playwright-in-residence at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville, where she had the opportunity to work with Pulitzer prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley.
Steve Fitchpatrick has been acting and teaching for almost thirty years. He spent ten years in Los Angeles working as an actor in film and television. His film and television credits are many and can be viewed on IMDB. He took his first acting class at a local community college and has not stopped since. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his MFA in Acting from the Theater School at Depaul University. In 2002 Steve moved back to Tennessee to raise his two sons and began teaching professionally. He is a regular on the Clarence Brown stage and also teaches at the University of Tennessee.
Tony Cedeño has performed in theatres from Knoxville to Hungary, from Michigan to Bratislava. He holds an MFA in Theatre from The University of Tennessee, which provided him the opportunity to work with artists from Hungary, Romania, Germany, Korea, and France. As a CBT artist-in-residence, Tony taught and performed on a regular basis on the CBT stage. He performs with both area professional and community theatres, as well as working as a director and acting coach.
Kali Meister is an award-winning writer, actor, and filmmaker. She served as the Jack E. Reese Writer in Residence of the University of Tennessee Libraries for 2008-09. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing with special emphasis on playwriting from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Her full-length play was a featured finalist of the 2010 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. Primarily a confessional writer and performance artist, Meister is an outspoken activist who focuses on theatre for social change. She co-founded She Wonder Productions, whose primary mission is to create films and opportunities in film that strengthen the image of what it is to be female. She Wonder's short films have been official selections of several East Tennessee regional film festivals.