Our Theatre Faculty & Staff
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 M.F.A. from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU and a B.F.A. 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.
J. Brent Morrison is the Theater Manager of the Clayton Performing Arts Center at Pellissippi State Community College. He is a “Theatre Enthusiast” who fills in any technical gaps that users of the CPAC may have, including staging, lighting design, sound mixing, and house management (as needed). He has a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Tech. Prior work experience includes the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Oak Park Festival Theatre, and the Apollo Chicago.
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 M.F.A. 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 M.F.A. 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.
Grechen Lynne Wingerter is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Pellissippi State Community College. Prior to arriving at Pellissippi State, she was the Instructor of Theatre/Theatre Director at BGSU Firelands in Huron, OH. Grechen is a founding member and Artistic Director of the Sandusky State Theatre Repertory Company in Sandusky, OH. She has also directed and stage managed for such theatres as Idaho Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, First Stage Milwaukee, Lifeline Theatre, Circle X Theatre Company, and Critical Mass Performance Group. Grechen is currently the Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and recently received the KCACTF Gold Medallion Award. She was a recipient of a 2009 KCACTF National Teaching Artist Grant, a 2008 KCACTF National Faculty Director Mentor, and a 2007 KCACTF/SDC Student Director Fellowship. Grechen is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. Grechen received her MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho, her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and her B.A. in Acting from Illinois State University.
Bob Borwick is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors. He received his B.F.A. in theatre from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a graduate of the Dell' Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, CA. He served as instructor, fight director and Associate Director for the Academy of the Sword in San Francisco for 10 years. He has taught thousands of students and choreographed over 100 productions throughout the Bay Area, Seattle Puget Sound region, and many points in between. He has been fortunate to work with Pellissippi State and its community since 2011 as instructor, movement designer and fight director for various productions.
Clarissa (Betts) Feldt holds a Master of Arts in Drama from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington. Credits as a dramaturg include Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Dallas); Oliver!, Boeing, Boeing, and Ragtime (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); Same Time, Next Year (Oklahoma City Theatre Co.); As You Like It and Misalliance (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park) and most recently, Pellissippi State’s 2015 production of The Tempest. As an actor, Clarissa has trained in singing performance with Betty Lynn Buckley, playwriting with Horton Foote, and dance with Ric Leal. While she held Actor’s Equity candidacy from 2006-2011, some of her favorite roles included Dolly Levi (The Matchmaker), Penelope Pennywise (Urinetown), and Electra (Gypsy). In addition to dramaturgy and performance, Clarissa has worked in many other aspects of theatre including marketing, house management, and box office. As a freelance researcher, Clarissa has worked for academic publishers, such as Gale & Cengage-Gale who produce the academic journals Contemporary Authors, Novels for Students, and Drama for Students. In 2010 she was awarded both a Kennedy Center & American College Theatre Festival Dramaturgy Finalist position and the Oscar Brockett Excellence in Dramaturgy Award.
Steven McBride, Instructor of Theatre. Since 2013, Steven has been the Director of the Actors Studio of Ohio in Chillicothe. During the 2014-15 Academic year, Steven was the Director of Theatre at Ohio University, Chillicothe campus. His regional directing credits include My Fair Lady, The Memory of Water, A Thousand Cranes, The Heidi Chronicles, Ibsen’s Ghosts, as well as productions for Pellissippi State Community College, including Handler, The Fantasticks, and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Steven assisted in instructing theatre movement at Harvard’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training as an intern for the American Repertory Theatre. He is a proponent of Anne Bogart’s Viewpoint Training and studied for three Summer Seasons at the Saratoga International Theatre Institute, co-directed by Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki. Steven taught ballet for three years with the internationally acclaimed Vaganova-based ballerina/teacher, Anna-Marie Holmes, and he has served as Choreographer for many musicals. He has composed the music for several University of Tennessee productions. Steven holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Tennessee and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Jason Ammons is a Scenic and Costume Designer hailing from Etowah, TN. Following an 8 year stint in Tokyo, Japan in the United States Navy, he returned to East Tennessee where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. He is a recent graduate of Tennessee’s M.F.A. Theatrical Design Program and has designed several plays for the Clarence Brown Theatre, including a critically acclaimed production of The Whipping Man. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Pellissippi State.