Faculty

CANDACE TAYLOR 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 Theatreical’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 certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework.

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.

JERRY POPE is a professor of theare at Warren Wilson. He teaches Community Based Art.

JULIE BECTON GILLUM is founder of three modern dance companies and, most recently, Legacy Butoh. She has been creating, performing and teaching dance in the US, France, Cuba, and Mexico for over forty years. She currently teaches modern dance, musical theatre dance, performance art, and Butoh at Warren Wilson College, but her primary form of artistic expression is Butoh, a postmodern dance form originating in post-World War II Japan. Julie has been practicing, performing and teaching Butoh since 1998, creating and presenting major pieces in the genre at a variety of venues in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Mexico. www.ashevillebutoh.com.

CAROL HOWARD arrived at Warren Wilson in 1998, having earned her PhD from Columbia University.  She is a member of the English Department as well as the Theatre Department, and she teaches Introduction to Classical Theatre and Introduction to Modern Theatre in the Theatre Program; in addition, she is Associate Dean for Faculty Development.  She has published extensively, and her third book is due to be published soon.

DAVID MYCOFF arrived at Warren Wilson in 1986.  He earned a BA, MA, and PhD from Washington and Lee University and the University of Rochester.  A man of many talents and interests, Dr. Mycoff appears frequently on the Warren Wilson Theatre stage, appearing most recently as Captain Hook.  He currently serves as Chair of the English Department while also teaching Acting Shakespeare for the Theatre Department.  When not at Warren Wilson, Dr. Mycoff can frequently be found acting and directing for the Montford Park Players, Asheville’s long-running outdoor Shakespeare theatre.

JOHN CRUTCHFIELD is a poet, playwright, and performer based in Asheville. His plays The Songs of Robert, Ruth, And Other Stories, Jack-in-the-Park Tales, andTwelve Treatises on Memory have been produced regionally, as have various shorter works. A new play, Ivory, will premier this June in Asheville at the BeBe Theatre in a production by Corpus Theatre Collective. He has been Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina Governor’s School East, the Djerassi Artists’ Foundation, the Association d’art de La Napoule (France), and the Pädagogische Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany). He recently appeared on stage in Mac Wellman’s Description Beggared; or The Allegory of WHITENESS at Warren Wilson College, where he teaches Playwriting and other writing courses.

BETH ELLERS  has teaches Film Studies courses, including Introduction to Film Analysis and World Cinema.  She also teaches at the College for Seniors at University of North Carolina Asheville and Lifelong Learning Institute at Blue Ridge Community College. Before moving to Asheville, Beth taught Film Studies at the University of Southern Maine in the Media Studies Department. She has particular interests in film history, international cinema, American independent film and screenwriting.  Prior to her receiving a MFA in Film Studies at Boston University, Beth was trained as a physician and has experience in public health, behavioral medicine, and medical humanities.  She has worked on projects like a patient-centered care research and a Medical Humanities Program for rural physicians and health care providers. She has taught faculty development for clinicians at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.