Communication, Theatre Arts and Innovative Media

Faculty

Lacy Klinger, is the Director of Theatre at Henderson State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Henderson, Professor Klinger served as the Theatre Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Theatre at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. After earning her MFA in Acting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Professor Klinger worked in New York City as an actor, educator, and choreographer. She has acted in plays and musicals across the country, including New York, Arkansas, Maine, and Utah and continues to direct and act professionally today. She also has extensive training in Theatrical Intimacy Choreography and most recently choreographed John Cariani’s Love/Sick. Professor Klinger's areas of expertise are in Acting (Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagan, Michael Chekhov), Movement (Williamson Technique, Dance and Choreography), and Voice and Speech (Fitzmaurice, IPA, Dialect Work). Favorite Directing credits include The Cover of Life, Translations, The Foreigner, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Evil Dead: The Musical, and Chicago. Favorite Acting roles include Susan in Wait Until Dark, Mrs. Kendall in The Elephant Man, Adelaide Pension in Tryst, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Catharine in Suddenly Last Summer, and Mae in Last Train to Nibroc. In addition to theatre training, Professor Klinger has 24 years of dance training including but not limited to tap, jazz, musical theatre, and clogging. She taught dance for over 15 years to children and adults of all ages and her choreography has won several awards and received recognition at both the regional and national level. Professor Klinger is also the Co-Founder of Illyria Theatre Company, a non-profit professional theatre company, and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Randy Duncan, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication and Director of the Comics Studies Program at Henderson State University. He is co-editor of the Eisner-nominated (and Rollins Book Award winning) Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods (Routledge 2011), co-author, with Smith and Paul Levtiz, of the widely used textbook The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture (Bloomsbury, 2015) and co-author, with Michael Ray Taylor and David Stoddard, of Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction (Routledge 2015). Dr. Duncan is co-founder, with Peter Coogan, of the Comics Arts Conference, held each summer in San Diego. In 2009 Duncan received the Inge Award for Outstanding Comics Scholarship and in 2012 he received the Inkpot Award for Achievement in Comics Arts. Duncan and Matthew J. Smith are editors of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies series. He helped develop a touring exhibit on the Marvel Comics universe that premiered in Seattle in 2018 and will be on display in Philadelphia in 2019.

Victoria “Torri” Ellison holds a Master of Arts in Communication Studies, a graduate certificate in Health Communication, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Arkansas State University. She serves as the Oral Communication course director at Henderson and supervises the Communication Center on campus. Ellison instructs oral communication, gender communication, and productive discourse. In addition to instructing her own courses, she enjoys collaborating with various departments and programs on campus as a guest lecturer.

Darrel Farmer, Ph.D., is a rhetorical theorist who studies political discourse in the networked public sphere and is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Henderson State University. His academic work focuses on how people connect and work toward civic engagement online as well as studies about the effects of debate training on undergraduate students. Dr. Farmer received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Communication Studies at Central Michigan University and his doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to his professorial work, Dr. Farmer is the Director of Debate at Henderson State University and has coached state, regional, and national champions in various formats of debate.

Douglas Gilpin is Professor of Theatre and the Designer and Technical Director for Henderson State University Theatre and Dance. He earned an MFA in Design from Texas Tech University in 1988. He is a USITT and USITT/SW member, former ACTF Region VI Design Chair and former USITT National Design Expo Exhibition Chair. Organizational memberships include the Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association and Arkansas Thespians. His scenic design for Other Desert Cities was selected for the 2016 USITT Design Expo Exhibition, a biennial juried design exhibition and was featured in the national journal TD&T. Previous designs were featured in 2014 and 2006 USITT Design Expo catalogues. He was the 2013 Memphis Ostrander Nominee for designing Time Stands Still at the Circuit Playhouse, a 2007 Ostrander Nominee for Noises Off at the University of Memphis, and a 2007 Individual Artist Fellowships recipient from the Arkansas Arts Council. Examples of his design work appear in the 2008 edition of Scene Design and Stage Lighting, a textbook published by Cengage.

Paul Glover, Professor of Communication, holds an MFA in Digital Filmmaking from the University of Central Arkansas and an M.A. in Communications Systems Management from Angelo State University. He is a member of Associate Collegiate Press, College Media Association, College Broadcasters Inc., and the Arkansas College Media Association. He was named 4-year distinguished adviser by CMA in 2018. His broadcasting experience includes NPR, ABC, Fox and CBS. He advises the award-winning stations, Henderson Television and KSWH-LP 102.5 FM The Pulse, and has produced two documentaries, Good Luck, Ray and An Extraordinary Chance, for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. His thesis film, On My Trail, is a narrative based on the early life of blues musician Robert Johnson.

William Henshaw, Professor of Theatre, received his MFA in Drama from San Diego State University in 1996. He has served as the Resident Costume Designer at Henderson since 2000. He has designed costumes for Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Houston Children’s Theatre Festival, San Diego University Opera and designed make-up for Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre and Houston Children’s Theatre Festival. He has been a costume technician at Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Santa Fe Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, and ran the costume shop for Trinity Shakespeare Festival in Ft. Worth, Texas. He is a member of the USITT Costume Commission and his designs have been recognized by Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He has also contributed to the books Developing and Maintaining a Design Tech Portfolio and Show Case by Raphael Jaen.

Jana Jones, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre Art teaching Humanities Theatre and Oral Communication courses. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. She was selected as a member of the Screen Actors Guild Television Nomination Committee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her professional acting credits include The Guiding Light on CBS, Broadway productions at Lincoln Center, Off-Broadway productions at The Theatre for the New City, 13th Theatre, and The American Theatre for Actors. She has presented at international and national conferences and was named “Best College Professor in Clark County.” She produced, directed, and performed at Silver Dollar City and 76 Music Hall in Branson, Missouri, where was chosen as the “Best MC.” She is the author of the book Onstage with God and wrote the musical Ugs.

Steven Listopad is a Lecturer in Communication, media adviser, and the internship coordinator for the Communication and Theatre Arts department. He advises the student newspaper, yearbook, website and advertising agency. He’s received honors from the Hefner Foundation, AEJMC, JEA, and SCJ for his work with New Voices USA and currently coordinates the New Voices USA website and the national campaign in conjunction with SPLC. Listopad has been an assistant professor and student media director at two North Dakota universities prior to Henderson. His converged student media center at the University of Jamestown, was a finalist in North Dakota’s annual professional entrepreneurial competition, InnovateND, and he was a Scripps Fellow for Entrepreneurial Journalism. He has taught journalism in China, France, Italy, and Norway. Listopad was honored with CMA’s Distinguished Multimedia Adviser Award in 2010 and has received two CMA Presidential Citations. He currently serves on the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Pro-Chapter Board of Directors and is completing his Ph.D. at North Dakota State University.

Jennifer Maddox, Instructor of Dance, has worked diligently and passionately since 1987 to build one of the state’s outstanding dance programs, in the roles of program director, instructor for the dance minor courses, Dance Company Director and Faculty Choreographer. She is also currently Instructor of Dance at nearby Ouachita Baptist University, teaching the dance technique courses for the BFA Musical Theatre degree program; and she is Movement Instructor for The Arkansas Arts Center Theatre Academy, where she helped to develop the movement class curriculum for the academy. Maddox was honored with The Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in choreography. She has received several grants from the Arkansas Arts Council, and was instrumental in HSU receiving the NEA Choreography Initiative Grant for Arkansas. She has devoted much of her career promoting the art of dance throughout the state of Arkansas, serving as board member and volunteer for many art organizations. She has taught numerous workshops for students, educators, and professionals across the state and the region.

Jonathon “Scott” McKinnon, Lecturer of Communication, holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Art History and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Henderson, and he has been accepted into the Design Thinking MFA program at Radford University. He is a member of the College Media Association and the Arkansas College Media Association and is an FAA certified commercial UAS (drone) operator. As instructor of Innovative Media, he leads project courses in addition to teaching news writing and reporting, alternative videography and oral communication. He frequently collaborates with Henderson Television and KSWH radio students on interdisciplinary media projects. He is an active documentary filmmaker who enjoys incorporating alternative methods such as phone, 360 VR, and drone videography into his work.

John Price, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Communications whose research focuses on organizational communication and political rhetoric. His work has been published by the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) and has been presented at the National Communication Association (NCA) and other regional conferences. John Price holds an MA in Communications from Central Michigan University, a BA in Economics from Central Michigan University, and is finishing his Ph.D. in Communications Studies at The University of Kansas. Professor Price is researching online brand communities and their connection to originating organizations, in particular, the relationship between esports gaming communities and the variety of stakeholders associated with them. In addition to his ongoing research, Professor Price is coordinating Henderson’s new esports initiative. The esports program will provide students with the opportunity to compete in collegiate competitions and receive scholarship support while pursuing their studies.

David Stoddard is Director of the Innovative Media Program, and teaches courses within both the Communications and Theatre Arts and Art departments as a full professor in graphic and media design. He has illustrated book covers for major publishers and produced posters and illustrations for magazines relating to popular culture and comics, including the cover for the first edition of The Power of Comics and the 20th anniversary Comics Art Conference poster in the Comic-Con souvenir annual. His artwork has appeared in juried exhibitions from coast to coast, including the prestigious Fl3cth3r Exhibition on social awareness in 2016. He coproduced a documentary on private prison and prisoner transport abuse which was accepted by the Hot Spring Documentary Film Festival, and he coauthored the book Creating Comics for Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction with Randy Duncan and Michael Ray Taylor. He has presented papers and participated in panels on comics and pop culture at conferences such as Comic-Con San Diego, Wissenschaftstagung der Gesellschaft für Comicforschung (ComFor) in Passau Germany, The College Media Association in New York, as well as conferences on media and art in Athens, Greece, SECAC in Nashville, Tennessee, and Mobile, Alabama. He received a fellowship to a teacher’s technology conference sponsored by the National Gallery in Washington DC.

Michael Ray Taylor, M.F.A., Professor of Communication, chairs the Communication and Theatre Department and teaches journalism and innovative media courses and served many years as faculty adviser to The Oracle, Henderson’s student newspaper. He is author of several books, including Cave Passages (Scribner 1996), Dark Life (Scribner 1998), Caves: Exploring Hidden Realms (National Geographic Press 2000) and a humorous ebook, The Cat Manual (Amazon 2012). With department members Dr. Randy Duncan and David Stoddard, he co-authored a 2015 textbook on nonfiction comics published by Routledge. His articles have appeared in Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Wired, Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outside, and many other print and digital publications. He has worked on documentaries for National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, and the PBS series Nova, as well as a theatrical IMAX film, Journey Into Amazing Caves. He coauthored several scientific papers related to cave microbiology with scientists from NASA and various universities. With David Stoddard co-created the Innovative Media major launched in 2015. He has received numerous grants and awards. He is currently working on Hidden Nature, to be published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2020 and is developing a documentary television series.