Faculty & Staff
- Nancy Aubrey, Administrative Assistant
Nancy Aubrey has worked as Administrative Assistant for the Theatre and Dance Department at Keene State College since 1995. Previous to Keene State College she worked in Public Relations at Franklin Pierce College for nine years. She began her Career in New York City where she worked in the Wall Street Business District for several years before relocating with her family to New Hampshire!
- PeggyRae Johnson, Adjunct faculty
PeggyRae Johnson was the Founding Artistic Director of The Monticello Theatre Association, a regional theatre group in Illinois which started rehearsals in her garage and after 8 years moved into their own building where they enjoyed a twenty-eight year run prior to it being destroyed by a fire. Still a freelance actor and director with more than 200 theatre and television productions, voice-overs, commercials, and industrials to her credit, PeggyRae is also a member of Surviving Jesse Productions Company with William Seigh.
She received her Master’s in Theatre at the University of Illinois, summa-cum-laude. PeggyRae studied acting with David Knight of the BBC and Voice and Diction with Cicely Berry of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Additional training includes Acting for the Camera, Michael Chekhov Master Classes, Alexander Technique, Lessac, Linklater, and Fitzmaurice voice workshops, and a Director’s Colloquium with Arvin Brown and Andrei Serban.
A past Associate Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 1, she was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion and was similarly honored by the New Hampshire Educational Theatre Guild with a Lifetime Member Award for service and leadership in theatre. PeggyRae currently teaches Voice and Diction and Oral Interpretation at Franklin Pierce College. At Keene State, she teaches Theatre History and Acting and also directs. Her favorite production process at KSC was working with student Steven Gravelle on a political satire they co-wrote, Empires Fall.
- Craig R. Lindsay, technical director, PAT/teaching staff
Craig has been the Technical Director for the Theatre and Dance department since 1995. As T.D. he has managed the development and realization of over forty Keene State Theatre and Dance productions. Craig has designed lighting for three K.S.C. productions and is a regular contributing lighting designer to the annual dance concert. Craig has also designed sound for three K.S.C. productions. On behalf of Keene State, Craig accepted the Golden Hammer Award at The Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival for Servant of Two Masters. At Keene State Craig teaches courses in lighting, sound, and technical theatre. He teaches “Theatre Lab” in the scene-shop with Céline Perron that produces scenery, props and lighting for K.S.C. productions. Craig also teaches the “Production Process” classes for all K.S.C. faculty directed shows.
Craig’s career in theatre started in Canada where he worked at The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa), the Saidye Bronfman Center (Montreal), Youth Theatre (Montreal), Centaur Theatre (Montreal), Piggery Theatre (Quebec), and The National Arts Center (Ottawa). Craig has worked professionally as a lighting designer, sound designer, scenic designer, production manager, technical director, stage manager, and carpenter/technician. Craig has been a guest scenic and lighting designer at Bishop’s University. He also worked on productions at Concordia University in Montreal.
Since arriving in Keene in December 1994, Craig has designed lighting at the Peterborough Players, the Actors Theatre Playhouse, and The Putney School. He also designed the lighting for the Mable Brown Room (KSC Student Center). Craig has worked for Franklyn Pierce College theatre department.
Craig holds a B.A. with Honors from Bishop’s University in Quebec, and a graduate diploma in Communication from Concordia University (Montreal).
- Marcia Murdock, artist in residence, dance
Marcia Murdock is director of the dance program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Keene State College, where she has taught and choreographed for over twenty five years. Finding professional challenge and delight in collaboration, Murdock choreographs for musical theatre and evening-length music concerts, as well as directing and choreographing annual modern dance perfomances for Keene State Dance. An alumna of Brandeis University and past company member of The Performing Arts Ensemble, Murdock currently finds her dance passion directed towards the arts in public education, adaptive dance, and teacher preparation (Keene State offers the only K-12 undergraduate teacher preparation program in New Hampshire). Murdock has served on the NH Department of Education's Dance Teacher Certification Standards Committee and has worked with the NH Healing Arts Initiative under the auspices of the NH State Council on the Arts.
- Daniel L. Patterson, professor, acting and directing
Professor Daniel L Patterson has directed at Keene State College in New Hampshire for the last thirty-four years including his “Premiere Series”, a new play competition he began in 1989. Professor Patterson is the chair of the National Critics Institute for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and his work as a respondent/adjudicator for that organization takes him all over the United States. He is also the executive producer of the David Mark Cohen national playwriting award which is a joint venture between the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the KCACTF. Professor Patterson has acted in numerous Shakespeare companies around the country and is proud to count fifteen of the Bards’ works in his repertoire. He is currently on the Board of the Actor’s Theatre of West chesterfield and frequently acts for that community group. He was awarded the Kennedy Center Medallion in 2003 for his work as co-chair and co-host of the New England Regional of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He received his BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Texas at Austin where his primary focus was the study of directing under the tutelage of Dr. Francis Hodge.
- Céline Perron, professor, design and technical, Chair
Céline Perron is a professor for the Theatre and Dance Department at Keene State College. She holds an MFA in scenic design from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BFA Honors in Scenography from Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. Her greatest passion for design is to have the ability to create environments that can evoke emotions; through her work as a scenic and lighting designer for the theatre, she has discovered the world of puppetry. She recently wrote, designed and produced a play called The Rolling Collection with over 55 puppets ranging from shadow, hand, rod, and marionette. Her recent design work also includes lighting and set design for Threepenny Opera, set design for A Lie of the Mind, and The Rocky Horror Show.
- Mary Robarge, costume shop foreman
- Elisabeth Tobey Roos, professor, design and technical
Elisabeth Roos, Professor of Theatre and Dance, has taught Design for the past 25 years at Keene State College. She has been Chair of the department as well as Co-chair of Design for Region One of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Her teaching focuses on costume design and construction in courses for majors as well as the ISP program. Her areas of special interest include fashion history, art to wear, millinery, and felting. In addition, she is the Assistant Dean for the School of Arts and Humanities. She holds an AB degree from Smith College and an MFA from Northwestern University.
- William R. Seigh, professor, dance
William Seigh is a Professor of Dance at Keene State College. A modern dancer and choreographer, he performs, choreographs, and teaches throughout the United States and Europe. After receiving his M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Colorado-Boulder, William taught on the faculties of several universities including Wesleyan University, James Madison University, and University of California, Irvine. William is a founding partner in Surviving Jessie Productions where he is a choreographer and director of video art and multi-disciplinary theatrical works. He currently serves as President of the American College Dance Festival Association, an organization that supports and affirms the role of dance in higher education.
- Ronald B. Spangler, associate professor, acting and directing
Ron Spangler has served as Chair of the Theatre and Dance department and Co-Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for New England. He has also taught at Kent State University in Ohio, and at California State University in Northridge. With training from Wittenberg University, Kent State College, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Drama Centre in London, Ron primarily teaches acting, directing, and voice and diction at Keene. In a place long ago and far away Ron started out wanting to be an actor - here on campus he appeared as Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, and has also appeared in productions for PeggyRae Johnson, and for Bob Lawson at Franklin Pierce College. While Ron is still a hoofer at heart and loves musical theatre (he has directed Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, A Day in Hollywood-A Night in the Ukraine, Urinetown, and most recently The Rocky Horror Show at KSC), his directing efforts have also covered a wide range of genres including Angels in America, Agamemnon, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Private Lives.