Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Visual and Performing Arts

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Director of Visual & Performing Arts Professor of Music
Ford 217

Adam Hayes is an internationally recognized performer, educator and clinician.

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Associate Professor of Art
Moon 109
Visual and Performing Arts Department Assistant
Ford 215

April Allen is the Visual and Performing Arts Department Assistant where she strives every day to keep things running smoothly.

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Senior Lecturer of Music (voice)
Ford 203

Ruth Powell Baker is a Senior Lecturer of Music.

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre
Blackstone Hall, 205

Jennifer Bradford is a performer, teacher, and project manager from the Bay Area in California. She is a member of the Actors Reading Collective and previously taught theatre at her alma mater, Santa Clara University. Her focus is on acting, voice, and musical theatre. She is currently a visiting assistant professor in theatre at Berry.

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Associate Professor and Director of Theatre
Blackstone Costume Production Studio

Alice Bristow received her MFA in Costume Design from Indiana University and her B.F.A. from Missouri State University. She has produced costumes for various theatres including La Jolla Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, University of Michigan, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Indianapolis Opera, University of Colorado at Boulder. Nationally and internationally, Alice’s designs have appeared on stage at the Pittsburg Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Central City Opera, Vancouver Opera, Shreveport Opera, and most recently Utah Opera’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.

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Professor of Music (piano)
Ford 201

Kris Carlisle is a professional pianist and educator. A native of California, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

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Associate Professor of Music; Director of Music Education
Ford 218

Dr. Stefanie Cash is Director of Music Education at Berry College. Dr. Cash is responsible for teaching methods and techniques classes, conducting the Berry Women's Choir as well as supervising student teachers.

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Artist-in-residence: Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies
Ford 317

John David is Artist-in-Residence and Director of Jazz and Percussion Studies at Berry College in Rome, GA.  Appointed to this position in Fall 2013, Mr. David is the director of the Berry Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Percussion Ensemble, Steel Band and Viking Drumline.

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Artist Affiliate in Low Brass
Ford 205D

Joining the faculty at Berry College in the Fall of 2022, Dr. Michael DeSousa is excited to be returning home to the North Georgia area. He has earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree from the University of Kentucky.

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Associate Professor of Theatre
Blackstone 208

Peter Friedrich's acting credits include the national tour of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig, Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street and an LA Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Best Featured Actor in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

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Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education; Director of Wind Studies
Ford 216

Dr. Alyssa Grey is an active musician, educator, and conductor. She completed undergraduate degrees in Music Education and Music Theory & Composition from the University of Miami where she studied with GRAMMY-Award Winning composer Lansing McLoskey.

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Artist Affiliate, low strings; Director of the Berry College Symphony Orchestra
Ford 206

Eric Hanson has been a member of the Chattanooga Symphony since 1994. Prior to coming to Chattanooga Mr. Hanson served as Principal Bassist with the Huntsville Symphony and was an active musician in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, performing frequently as a substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony.

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Artist Affiliate, horn
Ford 206

A native of coastal Georgia, Ellie Jenkins (horn) has been visiting Berry College since she was seven years old, and joined the faculty in 2009. She is an active performer, playing principal horn in the Carroll Symphony, second horn with the Rome Symphony, and performing frequently with the Chamber Players of the South.

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Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities
Ford 220

A native of Louisiana, Dr. Paul Neal is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Berry College where he oversees the choral program and serves as Associate Professor of Music.

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Adjunct Instructor of Music (piano); Director of Kindermusik
Ford 306

Kathryn Nobles holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Berry College, and did graduate studies at Georgia State University in Piano Pedagogy. She has been an Adjunct Lecturer in the Berry music department since August 1986, teaching class piano and private lessons. She birthed the Kindermusik program at Berry in 1989 where she serves as director.

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Artist Affiliate, saxophone
Ford 210

Gary Paulo is Artist Affiliate of Saxophones at Berry College. Gary is a D'Addario Reserve Method Artist. He has performed with artists spanning many different genres of music. He is regularly called to play saxophone in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony and Albany Symphony.

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Lecturer of Dance; Director of Dance
Richards 264

Sara Pecina received her MFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a BA in Dance and minor in Arts Administration from Western Kentucky University. She has taught a variety of forms of dance in the university system and private sector in Indiana, Kentucky and Oklahoma, and guest taught at the American College Dance Association Regional Conference.

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Assistant Professor
Moon 104

Dennis Ritter received his MFA from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and his BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. His work has been shown throughout the United States, including at MOCA Georgia, The Wassaic Project, The Clay Studio,and Kennedy Museum of Art, and is held in numerous private collections throughout the country.

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Artist-in-Residence, Voice
Ford 208

She serves as Artist in Residence in Voice at Berry College in Rome, GA.

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Artist-in-Residence, Theatre
Blackstone 101

Mandy Thomas serves as Artist in Residence in Theatre.

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Artist Affiliate - Guitar
Ford 205C

Sean Thrower is a guitarist with interest and versatility in an eclectic mix of playing styles and genres, which has led him to perform in a wide variety of settings and venues across the world.

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Professor of Art History
Moon 204B

Virginia Gardner Troy is a scholar of twentieth century art and design. She has a secondary field of expertise in Pre-Columbian art and architecture. She is particularly interested in textiles; her scholarship examines the role and significance of textiles, including non-Western textiles, in shaping modernism.

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Artist Affiliate, organ; Staff Accompanist; Instructor in Music Technology
Ford 215
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