Guest Artists

Productions often present unique challenges but we view these demands as wonderful opportunities to learn and grow by inviting leading artists, artisans and technicians to serve as Guest Artists for USD’s Department of Theatre. From Tony Award winning choreographers to master puppeteers to cutting edge automation, we celebrate the amazing wealth of knowledge our fellow artists from across the country and around the world bring to Vermillion and our students!

Past Guest Artists include:

  • Chet Walker, Tony Award winning choreographer
  • Joe Price, Casting Director, New York City
  • John Basil, Artistic Director of the American Globe Theatre, New York City
  • Jonathan Becker, Movement Professor and Mask Maker from Ball State University, Indiana
  • Niels Peter Underland, Mask Performance and Mask Making, Oslo Universtiy College, Norway
  • Jason Banks, Lighting, Sound, and Projection Designer, the University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Paul Finocchiaro, Associate Professor, University of Minn., Mankato, Jazz, Tap, and Dance Auditions
  • Colleen Olsen, Voice Over Artist
  • Matt Jensen, Marketing Executive, Vance Thompson Vision
  • Tony Nation, Professional Television and Stage Actor and Singer
  • Scott Wojcik, Casting Director, New York City
  • Bryan Wade, Musical Director and Coach, New York City
  • Robert Dunn, Wig Master at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN
  • Kimberly Vaughn, Acting Coach, New York City
  • Doug Strich, Master Puppeteer, New York City