CANDACE TAYLOR, Chair of the Theatre Department, is an actress, teacher, vocal coach and director who has taught at Loyola University Chicago, University of Colorado, University at Albany, Southern Methodist University, University of Tennesse, Northwestern University, and University of Delaware. She has worked with the Acting Company, American Players Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Milwaukee Shakespeare, to name a few. Candace is also proud to have created Walt Disney Theatrical’s very first outreach project in tandem with their production of The Lion King. She has a BS in Theatre from Northwestern University, an MFA in Acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware, and is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework instructor.
DON BAKER has been the Theatre Department Technical Director and Scenic & Lighting Designer at Warren Wilson College since 1996. He teaches Technical Theatre, Scene Design, and Stage Lighting & Sound Design. Don designs the scenery and lighting for many Theatre Department productions and serves as the Theatre Crew Supervisor. He has been twice nominated for the staff teacher of the year. Before coming to Warren Wilson, Don taught for twelve years in both BA and BFA programs at several universities, and his experience includes more than one hundred scenery and lighting designs. After receiving a “Best in Show” for the 1986 USITT-Ohio Professional Design Exhibition, he served as Scene Design Commissioner from 1986-1991. While teaching in Ohio, Don served as the Designer/Technical Director for the 1987 and 1989 Ohio Thespian All-State Show. He holds a BFA from Wright State University and an MFA in Theatre Design and Technology from Case Western Reserve University.
BEVERLY OHLER has been at Warren Wilson College longer than anyone. After eight years studying theatre design at the first school of the arts in the Northeast, leaving a position as illustrator and designer at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City, she came with her husband to Warren Wilson College. The work she did at Bergdorf’s is now housed in the archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the early years at WWC, she taught art, designed costumes and sets, taught costume design and helped build the theatre program. Bev was responsible for coordinating and directing sixteen one and two week long college festivals over three decades, each on a different theme. She was advisor for ten years of literary publications, The Montage, before officially joining the Theatre staff as designer and teacher. Today, Bev runs the costume shop, designing the costumes for Warren Wilson Theatre productions (about 160 to date), and with a college crew, builds every show, while maintaining the sizable collection. She teaches courses in design and costume history.