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Theatre Department Head Search Committee

 For nominations or confidential inquires, please contact Nicholas Morrison, Executive Associate Dean and search manager. nicholas.morrison@usu.edu or (435) 797-3506.

Christopher T. Terry, Search Committee Chair

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Christopher T. Terry was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1956. He attended Rhode Island College in Providence, RI where he earned a BA in Studio Art in 1978. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981. After moving back to Connecticut, he began exhibiting his paintings in and around the New York area in 1982. Accepting a teaching position at California State University, Long Beach in 1984 brought him to the west coast where he exhibited his work at galleries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1988 he accepted a position at Utah State University and began teaching painting and drawing there.

Professor Terry is the recipient of numerous awards as a painter including the Utah Visual Artist Fellowship, and a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Painting. He has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Germany and in 2000 was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. He continues to exhibit his paintings at galleries in the United States and Germany.

Scott Bates

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Scott Bates is a social psychologist by training and a generalist by heart. In 2019, Scott began serving as the department head for the Department of Psychology. Prior to serving as a department head, Scott served as an Associate Vice President and Associate Dean in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies where he directed USU’s undergraduate and graduate research program.

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitman College, a master’s in psychology from Western Washington University, and a doctorate in social psychology from Colorado State University. He has conducted externally-funded research in three areas including higher education teaching and learning, environmental psychology, and problem behavior intervention. He is also the co-author of a textbook, Methods in Behavioral Research (McGraw-Hill; 12e, 2015), with Chris Crozby. 

Leslie Brott

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Leslie Brott is an Associate Professor and Head of Actor Training for the BFA-Acting program. She continues to work professionally as an actor, director, and vocal/text/dialect coach. Her credits include: 16 seasons with the Utah Shakespeare Festival; the Great River, Idaho, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, PCPA Theaterfest, GeVa Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Sacramento Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, and the Southwest Shakespeare Company. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and is from Northern California

Richie Call

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Richie is an Associate Professor in the BFA Acting Program at Utah State University. He is also the artistic director of the Lyric Repertory Company. Professional acting credits include work for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake Shakespeare, Mile Square Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Gorilla Rep, and 17 seasons with the Lyric Repertory Company. Richie has film and television credits with CBS Daytime, Walt Disney Pictures, and LDS Motion Picture Studios. He holds an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts and a BFA in Performance from Utah State University.

Nancy Hills

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Nancy Hills was born in a Studebaker in San Mateo, California. She is a Full Professor at Utah State University where she is head of the Theatre Costume Design program.

Her favorite plays to design are period pieces which include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Miser, Enchanted April, Our Country’s Good, Emma, Much Ado About Nothing Anna Karenina and Pericles.  She has also designed at the Artist Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon including Next to NormalAnd So It GoesThe Playboy of the Western World and Blithe Spirit and the Salt Lake Acting Company productions of Streetlight Woodpecker, Winter, Fun Home and Silent Dancer.

In 2013, Nancy gave a TEDxTalk, on the impact of WWII on clothing called Make Do and Mend. Also 2013 Nancy was the recipient of the Janet Arnold Award from the Society of Antiquaries in London, UK where she was funded to take patterns from two historic clothing collections in Herefordshire, UK.   In July 2018 she is invited to present her historic pattern research at the Society of Antiquaries at Unearthing the Past Society of Antiquaries Research Showcase.This project has grown into a collection of white replicas of dresses taken from the patterns and shown in the United Kingdom and the United States in exhibits called Symphony in White and Shades of White.  Last year the exhibit More Shades of White was on display in the USU Tippets gallery including 39 gowns from 1735-1954. 

Nancy is the mother of twin sons, Douglas and Tristan.

Brent Innes

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Brent worked several summers and countless hours at the Lyric while he earned his MFA in technical production and design (2007). He is currently an associate professor of Theatre Tech and Design at Utah State University Eastern in Price. At USUE he is responsible for all design and tech in the small but rapidly growing theatre program. He describes himself as a visual storyteller, and speaks through his designs and production work.

Before rejoining the USU family in Price (2013), he taught in southern Utah while designing pyrotechnics and special effects for Tuachan. Some of his productions and design credits include, Disney’s Aladdin and Starlight Express at Tuacahn, The Rabbit Hole, Les Miserables, Rumors, Blithe Spirit, and The Game’s Afoot at USUE, and Big Fish at The Carriage House Theatre in southern Alberta.

Brent is grateful for the unwavering support of his family as he Peter Pans though life.

Griffin Satoda

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Griffin is a Senior in the undergraduate Stage Management BFA program. He has worked professionally as a stage manager in Utah, and abroad in San Diego, California. During his time at Utah State he has worked closely with both faculty and students from the acting and design/tech programs. He hopes to contribute a meaningful voice for current and future students throughout the selection process. 

Kelly Simons

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Kelly is a new hire to USU who serves as an Assistant Professor as well as the Technical Director. An Albuquerque raised theatre lover she holds a BFA in Theatre Design from The University of Kansas, a BGS in Film and Media Studies from The University of Kansas, as well as an MFA in Technical Direction from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a member of the United State Institute of Theatre Technology, is a CMET Certified Hoist Technician, and is certified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.