Phillip S. Grayson, adjunct faculty member, is resident designer for the Theater Department at EMU. Mr. Grayson holds a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in Philosophy, M.A. degree from Illinois State University in Speech, and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Theatre Education. Phil is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and has worked for all three television networks, major film studios and commercial theaters. He was on the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University for over 25 years where he designed scenery and lighting for over forty theatre and dance productions. Phillip has written articles and reviews for THEATRE CRAFTS, DRAMATICS, THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, THEATRE JOURNAL, and THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH THEATRE TECHNICIANS.
Mr. Grayson has served as Theatre Consultant for construction of The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville and renovations to Wilson Auditorium and Latimer/Shaeffer Theatre at JMU as well as designing eight theater performance facilities including the Mainstage at EMU, The Playhouse in Harrisonburg and The Old Brick in Elkins, West Virginia.
Previous to his position at James Madison University, Mr. Grayson has credits in regional theatre at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.
Justin Poole earned a BA in Communications with a Theater Emphasis at Eastern University. He holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. Poole spent time studying experimental performance in Europe thanks to the Ernst Mach Grant through the Austrian Academic Exchange Program. He and his wife founded Wanderlust Theatre Company (www.wanderlusttheatre.org) and produced original work in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Harrisonburg. His research interests are devised theater/ensemble play development, contemporary European experimental performance, and contemporary performances of classical texts.
David Vogel, freelance theatre artist, technical director, and adjunct advisor, received his B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota and his M.F.A. in theatre production from Penn State University. He has taught lighting & sound design and theatre production at Washington University in St. Louis and at Huntington University in Indiana, as well as at Penn State. Designs included Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Cloud Nine, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, Big Love, Much Ado about Nothing, Falsettoland, and Godspell , among others. Professionally, David has designed for Children’s Theatre School (Pippin ), Illusion Theater (Family ) and others in Minneapolis, and served three years as resident lighting designer for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Master Harold and the boys, Foxfire, Groucho; A Life in Revue, Oklahoma! etc.). For the St. Louis Ballet, he designed The Nutcracker and the Contemporary Dance Festival, and was Production Coordinator for Swan Lake.
Mr. Vogel has designed lights for EMU Theater’s productions since 2006, has served as technical director since Fall of 2007, and advises lighting and sound design students in their creative projects.