Steven Schepker - Professor of Theatre Design and Technical Directing
Steve Schepker is a Professor of Theatre for Southeastern Louisiana University, where he is also Director of Theatre. In addition to overseeing scenic and lighting design for all Theatre Department productions, Professor Schepker's classroom teaching includes Introduction to Theatre, Stagecraft, Scenic Design, Lighting Design and Play Production courses.
Additionally, he regularly designs scenery for SLU's Opera/Music Theatre Workshop productions. Professor Schepker's work outside of SLU includes scenery and lighting design for Pensacola Opera, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Shreveport Opera, Tennessee Williams Literary Festival, University of Missouri - Columbia and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Most recently, he has designed television sets for WYES and WLAE in New Orleans and the Southeastern Channel.
At Southeastern, he was awarded the Southeastern Louisiana University President's Award for Artistic Excellence. Steve has also received multiple American College Theatre Festival Excellence in Design Awards for both scenery and lighting. Professor Schepker holds an MFA in Scenic Design and Lighting Design from Western Illinois University and a BS in Theatre and Mass Communication from Lindenwood University.
Office: DVIC 127
James Winter - Associate Professor of Acting and Directing
Jim Winter teaches Acting and Theatre History for Southeastern Theatre. He is also a professional actor, director, playwright, and producer. Jim also serves as faculty advisor for Southeastern's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honorary. He is also the creator of Southeastern's annual Theatre Study Abroad program in London, England.
Jim is the author of three theatre textbooks, including the recently published Act One; Scene One: An Actor's Workbook. The royalties from these textbook sales help fund the James Winter Endowed Theatre Scholarship and The Hymel Falgoust, Jr Scholarship in Technical Theatre. In 2011, Jim was awarded The President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Achievement.
As an actor, Jim has performed at Madison Square Garden, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, The Hudson Guild, The Kennedy Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, The People's Republic of China and Edinburgh, Scotland. Four of Jim's plays have been published, including Dead Flowers, which was an alternate to the regional festival for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His plays have been produced in New York, Cleveland, Texas, Louisiana and Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2010, Jim directed the Southeastern Theatre production of the original play, Parking Lot Babies, which won seven national commendations for excellence.
Jim is a founding member of the award-winning InSideOut production company in New Orleans. He is the former Vice Chair of Region VI (Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico) for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. In addition to his full-time duties at Southeastern, Jim is the head of graduate playwriting for the University of New Orleans distance learning program. Jim holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College.
Office: DVIC 128
Chad Winters - Instructor of Acting and Directing
Chad Winters is an Instructor of Theatre at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he teaches Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Directing, and Children's Theatre. Among his professional credits, he has worked for The New Globe Theatre, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cain Park, The Dobama Theatre, and Theatre Studio. He studied Theatre at Baldwin-Wallace College, where he received his B.A. in Theatre. Chad holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School.
He is a proud associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Chad has also been recognized by the American College Theatre Festival for Excellence in Directing and Hosting. He is a strong advocate of developing new plays for the theatre. At Southeastern he has directed two original works, Dead Flowers and Only in Louisiana: The Not-Quite-True Story of the West Florida Revolt, to continue that mission.
In New York City he has helped develop new works such as Soup & Quackers, Crying for Masha, and The Godling. He also directed Tent City an original play written by a Southeastern student. Chad has directed God, Rodgers & Hart: A Celebration, The Servant of Two Masters, Fences, Down the Road, All My Sons and 'Night Mother for Southeastern Louisiana University. He also works as an actor in the Hollywood South region where he most recently worked on Nothing to Fear.
Office: DVIC 136
Emily Billington - Instructor of Costume Design & Make-up Technology
Emily Billiington is an Instructor of Theatre for Southeastern Louisiana University, where she teaches Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, and Makeup/Hair Design courses. She has enjoyed working across the country at such theatres as Jefferson Performing Arts Society, Jefferson Ballet Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Unto These Hills, Attic Chamber Theatre, Clinton Showboat Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and Cripple Creek Theatre Co.
Some of her favorite design credits include: Tarzan (JPAS), Suessical Jr.(JPAS), Twelfth Night (UA), The Lion in Winter (Attic), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UWSP).
She studied theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she received her B.F.A in Theatrical Design and Production with an emphasis in costume design. She is a proud alumnus of The University of Alabama where she received her MFA in Costume Design and Production.
Ms. Billington is a member of the United States Institute for Theatrical Technology as well as Southeastern Theatre Conference. She has received an American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Costume Design as well as several other mentions.
Visit www.emilymaedesigns.com to view her work.
Office: DVIC 142
Benjamin M. Norman - Technical Director and Adjunct Instructor of Theatre
Benjamin is a proud native of New Orleans, LA and received his M.F.A. in Lighting Design and Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi. His career has taken him from Louisiana to Mississippi, Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky, Las Vegas, and New York City, where he worked for The Flea Theater, Inside the Actors Studio, and Blue Man Group. Most recently, before returning to Louisiana, Benjamin was part of the install team for the night-time spectacular Rivers of Light at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom.
Benjamin's career has afforded him the opportunity to not just develop as a designer and entertainment technician, but to explore other aspects of theatre such as: performance, directing, script analysis, and stage combat. His current projects include combining original orchestrations, body movement, and lighting to create unique visual and aural experiences.
He is a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (Local 631), the United States Institute for Theatrical Technology, the Society of American Fight Directors, and is recognized as an Advanced Theatrical Combatant with Dueling Arts International.
Courses taught include: Introduction to Theatre, Lighting Design, Sound Design, Theatre Technology, and Stage Combat.
Visit www.benjamin-norman.com to view and listen to his design work.