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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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George E. Grubb, PA 120

Sound Design and Technical Director


George Grubb received his BA in Theatre Arts from Minnesota State University, Moorhead and received his MFA in Technical Direction in December 2005 from Minnesota State Mankato. Before Mankato, he worked for many theatres in the Twin Cities including The Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune and Park Square Theatre. For the department, George teaches all theatrical sound and stagecraft classes as well as designing or supervising student designs for all sound in the department. He is part of the graduate faculty.


Heather E. Hamilton, PA 208


Acting & Directing


Heather E. Hamilton holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Plymouth State College (NH) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature and History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Heather was the Director of Theater at the Wolfeboro NH Area Creative Arts Center, served on the board of The Sandwich Players, and was an adjudicator and workshop leader for the NH Educational Theater Guild.  During the summer, she taught Shakespeare for the Graduate English program at PSU.  Heather has directed and acted in plays on both American coasts, playing major characters in close to forty productions over the last decade.  She was the recipient of the NH Theater Award for Best Professional Actress in 2004.  Her research interests include philosophy and theater, and the psychology of violence in performance.  Most recently, Heather has directed As You Like It (Feb. 2014), Blithe Spirit, And Then There Were None, Dracula, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Evil Dead: The Musical.


Paul Hustoles, PA 201

Chair, Acting & Directing


Paul J. Hustoles is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Minnesota State Mankato where he has also been Artistic Director of Highland Summer Theatre since his arrival in 1985. He earned his BFA from Wayne State University, his MA from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. A college instructor for over 42 years, he has taught in Missouri, Texas, Mississippi and Michigan. He has directed close to 216 plays and musicals and has produced over 570 productions. He is very active in and a past Chair of Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. He served on the KCACTF National Committee, the National Selection Team and he directed the prestigious Irene Ryan Evening of Scenes at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. four times. In 2011, he directed The Odyssey, one of 4 out of 1,300 collegiate productions selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center for Festival 43. He served as the Head National Judge for the Irene Ryan Classical Acting Award for Festival 44. Dr. Hustoles was acclaimed as a Distinguished Faculty Scholar in 2012. He served as the Acting Vice President for University Advancement for MSU in 1993-94 and again in 2015-16. He is on the Board of Directors for the Inter Faculty Organization for the Faculty Association, representing his fellow faculty at MSU. He has been heavily involved in Leadership Mankato Area and served on the Executive Committee and Board of the Greater Mankato Area United Way. He is currently working on his grand finale at MSU: as Co-Chair of the university’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.



Julie Kerr-Berry, PA 210

Director of Dance


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Julie A. Kerr-Berry, EdD, is a Professor and Dance Program Director at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her primary teaching responsibilities include both theory and practice. Julie coordinates the K-12 Dance Education license program. She is active in the Minneapolis-St. Paul dance community where she often lectures and presents master classes. A founding member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), she was Co-Editor-in-Chief of its official journal, the “Journal of Dance Education” (JODE) for its first decade. Her writing focuses on critical pedagogy in dance education aimed at issues of social justice. Nationally, she presents her work at various conferences. Julie earned an EdD and MEd in dance from Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2010, she was the recipient of NDEO’s Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2011, she received a Top Paper Citation from NDEO and it was later published in JODE in 2012.


Corrie Eggimann, PA 214

Director of Public Relations


Corrie started with the department in January 2019 and Corrie ten years of strategic communication experience to the department as well as a background in arts organization administration, photography and community relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Bev Gruenzner, PA 201

Office/Business Manager




David McCarl, PA 220

Costume Design


David McCarl received his MFA from Indiana University. Professor McCarl serves as Costume Designer and Production Area Head. He teaches stage makeup, advanced makeup, costume design and advanced costume design, costume history, costume construction, portfolio seminar, basic design and stage combat.


John David Paul, PA 222

Scenic Design


John Paul earned his MFA from the University of Minnesota and served most recently on the faculty of Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. He was technical director at the Cricket Theatre in Minneapolis and spent five years working at Scenery West, a popular scenic design company in Hollywood. His resume includes award-winning theatrical design credits, collaboration with Oscar award-winning artists, and work on seven feature films—including assistant art director for "Fargo" and "Grumpier Old Men," and set designer for "Jingle All the Way," "The Cure" and "Feeling Minnesota." He completed some of his education at Minnesota State Mankato and returned for the scenic design for Show Boat in Highland Summer Theatre 2004.




Melissa Rosenberger, PA 212A

Acting & Directing, Choreography


Melissa Rosenberger holds a MFA in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, NYC.  Melissa is a founding member of the LabRats Theater Company in NYC where she contributes as a writer, director and actress. Most recently she was awarded Best Female Performance in the 2013 NY Int’l Fringe for originating the lead role of Angelica in Carroll Gardens, an original LabRats production. Melissa’s career began in Dance and has continued in Theatre, Musical Theatre and Film as an actress, dancer, singer, choreographer, director, producer and writer.  She has trained and worked professionally in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Austin, Minneapolis and New York with Edge Performing Arts, Mia Michaels, Desmond Richards, Labyrinth Theatre Company and more.


Steven Smith, PA 218

Lighting Design


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Steven Smith received his MFA in Technical Direction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and now serves as the Lighting Designer for the department, responsible for designing or supervising students' designing of lighting for all MSU Theatre productions. Since leaving graduate school, he has served as lighting designer for more than 100 productions, as technical director for more than 50 productions and as resident scenic designer for Torchlight Theatrics for three years. He is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and USITT. Steve won the KCACTF National Teaching Artist Grant in lighting design in 2009. He teaches introduction to theatre, basic design, theatre drafting, lighting technology, lighting design and advanced lighting design.


Daniel Stark, PA 212

Dance Technique

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Daniel Stark, Assistant Professor of Dance, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa. As an instructor he has taught at the Beijing Dance Academy, Zenon in Minneapolis and most recently at the University of Iowa for three years as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He will teach Introduction to Dance, contemporary dance technique, ballet, jazz, conditioning, dance improvisation, dance composition and dance in technology.


Nick Wayne, PA 208

Music Director


Nick Wayne is a 2002 graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, where he majored in Music. In May 2004 he earned his Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Minnesota State Mankato, and has taught as an adjunct faculty at Minnesota State Mankato, Gustavus Adolphus College and Bethany Lutheran College. In addition, he served as Musical Director for MSU’s Mainstage productions of Man of La Mancha, Urinetown and Beauty and the Beast plus Highland Summer Theatre productions including Nunsense, Grease, The Robber Bridegroom and Bye Bye Birdie.


Adjunct Faculty

Christina Dyrland Smith

Vocal Instruction

Christina Dyrland Smith is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. Her life-long performing career includes theatre, opera, musical theatre, concerts, recitals and more. She teaches voice at Gustavus Adolphus College as well as at Minnesota State Mankato, where her husband Steve is the Lighting Designer (their two daughters also love to perform!). Christi appeared in Highland Summer Theatre 2010 as "Rona Lisa Peretti" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 2008 in the ensemble of Smokey Joe’s Café and as “Eulalie Shinn” in The Music Man, HST 2007 as “Mae Peterson” in Bye Bye Birdie, HST 2006 as “Sister Mary Amnesia” in Nunsense, HST 2005 in Master Class, Beehive and Cinderella after making her HST debut in 2000 as one of Jerry’s Girls.



Allison Doughty

Allison Doughty



Allison is a proud Twin Cities native. A diverse performer, Allison’s stage experience ranges from principal ballet roles to dancing alongside comic Louie Anderson in musical theater review. After spending years training and performing in New York City and Chicago, she returned to Minneapolis to continue her performing career, and earn her BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Locally, Allison was a founding member and principal dancer of the Saint Paul City Ballet Company from 2007-14, and served as Interim Artistic Director in 2012/13. She has also been a soloist with Eclectic Edge Ensemble, a Minneapolis-based jazz company, since 2006.

As a dance educator, Allison is blessed to have taught and choreographed both nationally and internationally. In 2010, she spent 8 months working with the Chiang Mai Ballet, and was honored by the U.S. Consulate in Thailand for her choreographic work. In addition to being adjunct faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato since January 2014, she also currently teaches in the Twin Cities.

In 2013, Allison completed an MA in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University. She balances her time spent in the dance studio with her work as a holistic nutrition and health coach, and has a passion for working with dancers and other inspired movers to create balance and wellness through whole foods and other holistic modalities. She will be teaching Beginning and Intermediate Ballet classes.



Bruce Jones


Bruce is a 1977 graduate of Mankato State University, where his original play Round Trip Ticket was invited to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  Bruce received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop in 1980.  His other plays include The Wrong Box; Noel, Dr. Naismith; The Candle Ceeper; Virginia Reel; and Along for the Ride.  Bruce has taught playwriting at Minnesota State Mankato since 2012, and also works as an attorney in Minneapolis.