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Assistant Professor of Theatre and Cinema
Office: Potter Hall 206
Education: B.A. University of Saint Mary / M.F.A. Wayne State University
Dallas has fully enriched and dedicated his life to both sides of the professional worlds of Theatre & Cinema. This makes him a perfect fit and completely at home as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Cinema at Missouri Western. Hence, why you may see a burst of energy and enthusiasm when experiencing him on set, on stage or in the classroom. He truly has a passion for the process of learning and the power and vision to advance student achievement.
Dallas received his BA in Theatre from the University of Saint Mary and a MFA in Theatre from Wayne State University and the prestigious Hilberry Repertory Theatre Program in Detroit, Michigan. While in graduate school, he received additional theatrical training from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Festival of Canada and Second City of Chicago. While performing professionally on-stage, Dallas won numerous awards including a Backstage Regional Theatre Award and an Oakland Free Press Award. He was also part of the Fountain Theatre’s long running production of Master Class that won a Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Production. Some of his most memorable professional on-stage credits include Orlando in As You Like It, Torvald in A Doll’s House, Simon Stimson in Our Town, Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in The Rain and fast-talking Harold Hill in The Music Man.
On the Cinema side and a complete 180 shift, Dallas successfully owned and operated his own production company, Wheatfield Productions, in Los Angeles for 8 years. He directed and produced numerous award winning films, network television shows, music videos and national commercial campaigns. His direction on Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” music video was 2008 CMT Top 20 Video of the Year. In 2009, Dallas directed a national commercial campaign for Tennisset.com, which was a winner of 3 Golden Addy Awards. His film, Relapse, was a multiple festival winner and a red carpet screening at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2010.
Under the umbrella of Wheatfield Productions, he then created WebHoundGang Digital Media. This company produced over 50 cutting edge digital media shorts and viral videos. These too have also received national awards and merit. One of which led to a pilot production with NBC.
He is very familiar on the other side of the camera having starred in numerous television shows, films and commercials. Dallas showed his dog whispering skills in a very popular Budlight Commercial spot that aired during the Super bowl in 2008 or you might have caught him as a goofy guest star on the last episode of “That’s so Raven.” Don’t ask him to recreate that character! Dallas continues to be an avid member of Actors Equity, SAG and AFTRA.
Recently, he directed Laughter on the 23rd Floor last fall on the Mainstage at Missouri Western. He adds this to Twelfth Night, Carousel, and Lucky Stiff as his most memorable as a Theatre Director and looks forward to some new memories with the upcoming season.
Dallas shares and brings his level of professional experience to the classroom and in the field of applied learning. Last year, Dallas gave the cinema students opportunities to work with professional “real world” clients on commercials and music videos. He utilizes his professional contacts with having multiple guest speakers and artists visit the classroom along with taking field trips to studios, agencies and professional theatrical productions. At the University, Dallas is in charge of marketing for the Theatre and Cinema and develops the commercials, brochures, websites and publications.
Currently, he is working with students and Admissions to develop viral marketing videos and a new University app for your phone.
He is excited about the future growth of Missouri Western and the department of Communications, Theatre & Cinema along with working next to his sidekick, Professor Tee Quillin. Putting these two together in a room is like an open mic comedy hour, so prepare yourself as you have been warned! He also looks forward to working more in and around the community of Saint Joseph as this is truly is a great place to hang your hat and raise a family!
Resident Lighting Designer
Russell Langdon is a lighting designer based in Kansas City, MO. Over the last decade he has contributed lighting designs for Theater and Dance pieces, Operas, Concerts, Performance Art, and Events. He has guest lectured or been a designer in residence at Johnson County Community College, Oak Park Theatre, Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park, One Time Productions and many others. He is on the faculty of the Theatre Department at Johnson County Community College, and is proud to be an alumni of Northwest Missouri State University.
Russell’s work has been seen in most Kansas City Theaters as well as on Local television broadcasts, most recently in the 81st Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony. In 2006 Russell joined Harvest Productions Inc., and most recently joined Digital Sound Systems Inc as a Lighting Designer and Project Manager - continuing his focus on bringing a progressive visual aesthetic to non-theater markets such as Live Music, Corporate Events and Private Parties. For more information about Russell and his designs visit www.RussellLangdon.com.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Office: Murphy Hall, 207
Education: B.A., M.A. Morehead State University
Don is a graduate of Morehead State University and a Professor of Theatre and Cinema at Missouri Western State University where he has served as designer, playwright and fight choreographer for the past 20 years. As a freelance theatre practitioner he has contributed to over 300 scenery designs for companies around the United States as well as Asia. Audiences around the world have seen his work for companies such as Stage East Repertory (Daytona Beach, FL), Clinton Area Showboat (Clinton, LA) , Henry Street Playhouse (Lexington, VA), Jenny Wiley Theatre (Prestonsburg, KY), La Commedia Dinner Theatre (Dayton, OH), Palm Canyon Theatre (Palm Beach, CA) and Okoboji Summer Theatre. He has also designed scenery for over 35 productions for the Hong Kong International School in China.
Don is the founder, coach and fight coordinator of THE GRIFFON EGDE DUALIST SOCIETY with representative shows choreographed including stage productions of ROMEO AND JULIET, MARLOWE, LION IN WINTER, THE PASSION OF DRACULA and the Independent film HAMMOND as well as classical and competitive fencing coach in rapier, rapier dagger, small sword, epee, foil and saber.
As a playwright, Don premiered his new play MARLOWE in London as well as performing invited scenes from MARLOWE at Shakespeare’s birthday celebration in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Don has also written a historical drama-musical based on the history of Saint Joseph entitled: TRAILS WEST -THE PONY EXPRESS. His hopes are for this musical to become the foundation of a professional outdoor drama in Saint Joseph.
Assistant Professor of Theatre and Cinema
Office: Potter Hall 206
Education: B.A. University of Alabama / M.F.A. Southern Methodist Univ.
Tee Quillin, is a classically trained professional actor & Assistant Professor of Theatre & Cinema. He holds his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and his Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Meadows School for the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Tee started out by working his way through his undergraduate program as on-air talent for several professional and public radio stations. During his time at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), he co-founded Guerilla Theatre, an evening of scenes, monologues, and one-act plays. Conceived as an arena for students to fully explore their potential and experiment with various theatrical form, it was and still is managed completely by students, including conception, production, direction, house management, and publicity. Guerilla Theatre is still an active part of campus life at the University of Alabama today.
While at Southern Methodist University, Tee organized professional auditions and showcases that were held in New York City and Los Angeles. It was during his time at SMU that his passion for Shakespeare ignited.
His professional on-stage credits include performances with the Dallas Theater Center, Kitchen Dog Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, as well as the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Tee has also stared in various national television commercials, (7-Eleven, Krystal, Tn. Lottery, & CMT to name a few) and voice-over spots including audiobooks for Audible.com with American Entrepreneur by Larry Schweikart. Tee has had the pleasure of working with Barbara Somerville, Ben Furey, Cecil O’Neal, Michael Connolly, and Patsy Rodenburg. While working with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tee taught acting workshops and during his tenure with the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival, he served as Director of Education working in partnership with television star, Lane Davies.
Tee has been an active member of the Southeastern Theatre Conference by participating on various discussion panels and conducting workshops. He has also participated as a production respondent for Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF). Tee was actively involved with the Tennessee Governors School for the Arts as Auditions Coordinator, Adjudicator and Interviewer.
Tee is the co-host of the weekly theatre podcast, The Inexplicable Dumb Show. He has also been an invited guest of The Humana Festival of New American Plays (2008-present) at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Louisville, KY where he has been a part of interviewing playwrights and professional actors for this weekly podcast. The website also plays host to Tee’s partnership with Shakespeare Monologues, where he created and hosts scansion-ready, printable PDF files of all of the major monologues from the Shakespearean canon.
Recently, Tee was invited to present a paper at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (MLA) Conference. He presented his paper, “Some Things Never Change: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and American Politics in the 21st Century.” Tee has been a member of the Actors Equity Association and has been recognized by the Society of American Fight Directors as an Actor Combatant on multiple occasions.
Among the productions Tee has stared in, he counts Hamlet in Hamlet, Decius Brutus in Julius Caesar, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, George Tessman in Hedda Gabler, Peter in the musical Company, as well as Billy Crocker in the musical Anything Goes among his most memorable. His favorite production he has directed includes, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Oliver! and Phantom.
Tee has been playing the banjo and other instruments since he was 6 years old. He is also an avid hiker and geocacher. In his spare time, Tee is also an amateur radio operator and storm spotter.
Assistant Theatre Professor and Technical Director
Education: B.A. Theatre Arts - University of Nevada-Las Vegas (1997), M.F.A. Arts & Technology - University of Texas-Dallas (2008)
Originally from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Jeff worked as a professional designer both locally and nationally and has received numerous awards for his design work. He also served as Technical Director for UT-Dallas from 1999-2008. After receiving his MFA, Jeff was promoted to Director of T heatre and Dance in 2008. In his years at UT-Dallas, Jeff turned the performance space into one of the most technb ologically advanced spaces in the area. Automated lighting, projection and a custom sound system were implemented as well as new lighting and sound control.
Jeff has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as part of the KCACTF program. He has worked with Water Tower Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Plano Repertory Theatre, as well as numerous dance and experimental theatre companies.
Jeff has worked and trained with many industry professionals and has attended classes in Projection, Vectorworks (computer assisted drafting), Studio sound engineering, digital audio work stations and light board programming. Jeff’s’ expertise are sought out for consultation by theatre professionals of various design backgrounds.
Jeff has served productions in many capacities. He has worked as Set, Lighting, Sound, Projection, Properties, Stage Management, and Technical Director for many shows, sometimes in multiple roles. When he is not backstage, you might find him on stage performing.
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Theatre and Cinema
Office: Potter Hall 206
Education: B.A. University of Nevada Reno / M.F.A. Syracuse University
Kelly Wittenberg is an Assistant Professor at Missouri Western State University (MWSU) in the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Cinema. Appointed as graduate faculty, she also collaborates with colleagues from the Art, Journalism, and Music departments to teach interdisciplinary courses for the Master of Applied Arts degree in Digital Media. She has taught a wide range of courses in film production, digital video, and interdisciplinary media, including screenwriting, cinematography, and nonlinear editing using both Final Cut Pro and Avid systems.
Kelly began her academic career as a studio art major with an emphasis on photography, which fueled a lifelong passion for communication through the means of visual language. Never satisfied to stay put in one medium, her work continues to cross disciplines ranging from short films, video art installations and traditional photographs, to small hand-illustrated book objects and 'zines. Her work has been encouraged by such varied organizations as the Savannah College of Art and Design, the Saint Louis International Film Festival, the Association for Independent Film and Video, and the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon. Kelly received the Bachelor of Art degree in Art from the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Film from Syracuse University.