Carole Bellini-Sharp, Ph.D., Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Theatre

Areas of Expertise: directed 50 plus professional and college theatre productions, worked for the past 10 years with members of The Roy Hart International Theatre Institute in Malerargues, France and in the U.S. on various projects.
Carole Bellini-Sharp, who earned a Ph.D. in drama from Carnegie-Mellon University, began teaching at Kirkland College in 1973 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. More >>

Bellini-Sharp has directed over 50 professional and college theatre productions, including Conduct of Life at the Hispanic Theatre Festival in Miami, Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill in Syracuse and Soul Sisters, which toured colleges and universities in the U.S.  Some of the more recent productions she has directed with students include John O’Keefe’s All Night Long, Caryl Churchill’s Vinegar Tom, Marlane Mayer's Moe's Lucky Seven and contemporary stagings of Orestes, The Way of the World, and Love's Labors Lost.

In addition, Bellini-Sharp has worked for the past 10 years with members of The Roy Hart International Theatre Institute in Malerargues, France and in the U.S. on various projects including THE ORESTEIA PROJECT and is developing a new piece based on dreams.  In April, she created a site-specific performance piece in New Zealand at the Performance Studies International Conference. Bellini-Sharp served as director of Hamilton's program in New York City in fall, 2002.

Mark Cryer, M.F.A, Associate Professor of Theatre

Areas of Expertise: acting, Shakespeare, African American theatre, Sanford Meisner, Uta Hagen and August Wilson.
Mark Cryer earned a master of fine arts in acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow, Scotland and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Art, London. More >>

Cryer has appeared in the feature films Mighty Ducks 2, It Could Happen to You and The Peace Maker. Cryer wrote and performs a one-act play, 99 Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask an African American But Were Too Afraid to Ask, a look at what we think and what we know about African-Americans. The play has been performed at the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. and the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Theatre Festival. In 2004 Cryer performed in The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman at Swine Palace, the professional theatre at Louisiana State University.

Craig Latrell, D.F.A., Professor of Theatre

Areas of Expertise: Asian and intercultural performance, performance studies, and directing.
Craig T. Latrell is professor and chair of Theatre at Hamilton College. He has also taught at the National University of Singapore, University of Denver, and Cornish College of the Arts. More >>

A former Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Indonesia, Latrell holds a DFA from the Yale School of Drama. Publications have appeared in TDR, Asian Theatre Journal and Converging Interests: Traders, Travelers and Tourists in Southeast Asia, edited by J. Forshee (University of California, Berkeley, 1999). He also served on the Advisory Board and contributed entries to the Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre (Greenwood Press, 2007). Latrell has worked as a director in the Pacific Northwest and in Southeast Asia.

Andrew Holland, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

Areas of Expertise: design and technical theatre.
Andrew Holland comes to Hamilton from American University in Washington, D.C., where he was an assistant professor of design and technical theater. More >>

Prior to that, he spent two years as an interim professor at Ithaca College in the Theatrical Production Arts concentration. Holland received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University and his M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.

In addition to teaching a wide range of design, technical and general courses, he continues his career as a freelance scenic designer. Recent highlights include "Louise" at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. and "La Clemenza di Tito" for Chicago Opera Theater. He is teaching Visual Storytelling, a new course at Hamilton this fall.

Dave Stoughton, M.F.A. , Resident Designer/Production Manager

Areas of Expertise: Lighting Design and Technology; Theatrical Production
In addition to his duties as lighting designer and technical director, David Stoughton teaches courses in lighting design, sound design, technology and production. More >>

Stoughton teaches courses in lighting design, sound design, theatre technology and production.  He also serves as lighting designer and production manager for the department. Before coming to Hamilton, Stoughton taught and designed at the University of Texas El Paso and has also worked professionally as a freelance designer and technician. He has designed lighting and sound for a diverse array of productions in both academic and professional venues across the country. His recent design work includes lighting for The Good Person of Szechwan and Dark Play at Hamilton;  A Christmas Carol and Tigers Be Still at Theatre Squared in Fayetteville, Ark.;  Romeo and Juliet at the Michigan Shakespeare Festival; Mlle. Modiste at the Ohio Light Opera; and the Central and Near East Concert Series for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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James Hesla, Visiting Instructor of Theatre

James Hesla has a diverse background in theatre practice and research. He holds a BFA in acting from Cornish College (Seattle), a MFA in playwriting from the University of Hawaii, and will defend his doctorate in theatre studies at the University of Maryland this fall. More >>

Hesla's dissertation examines how spectators understand humor in a performance genre termed “clown theatre” or “contemporary clown.”  He is particularly interested in combining his knowledge and experience in contemporary clown with theories of humor emerging from the fields of experimental psychology and cognitive studies.  Most recently, he was a Fulbright researcher in Bali, Indonesia, where he conducted participant-observer research on clowns in traditional masked dance performances in a sacred context.