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Theatre

Faculty

  • Martin McClendon

    Chair, Theatre Department; Associate Professor of Theatre

    Professor McClendon worked as a professional actor in Chicago and Los Angeles for 10 years before getting involved in teaching, appearing onstage at Chicago’s Steppenwolf, Northlight, Organic and Victory Gardens theatres, among others. He also acted in independent movies, commercials, and television shows. TV credits include episodes of ER and Early Edition.  He has also pursued scenic design for many years, working in Chicago, Los Angeles, and most recently First Stage Children’s Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. 

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  • Herschel Kruger

    Professor of Theatre

    Professor Kruger teaches both acting and directing classes, as well as a variety of other theatre classes. He has also led four separate J-Term trips to Greece, New York City (2), and Germany to study theatre.

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  • Maria Carrig

    Associate Professor of English, Theatre, and Great Ideas

    Prof. Carrig’s teaching and research focus on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, as well as the religion and magic beliefs of the early modern period. She loves to take students to theater in Chicago and Milwaukee, and on Carthage’s annual trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario.

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  • Kimberly Instenes

    Assistant Professor of Theatre, Costume Designer

    Professor Kim Instenes teaches courses in theatre and costuming at Carthage and oversees Carthage’s costume shop. She works as a freelance costume and makeup designer in the Milwaukee/Chicago area. 

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  • John Maclay

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre

    John Maclay is an actor, director, voice and text coach, and fight choreographer who has spent the past 15 years working professionally in Milwaukee and Chicago. When not teaching at Carthage, he has spent the past ten years serving as Associate Artistic Director at First Stage, one of the nation’s largest and most respected theatres for young audiences.

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  • William Newcomb

    Carthage Theatre Technical Director, Assistant Professor of Theatre

    William Newcomb was assistant manager of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre for two years before coming to Carthage in 2009. He teaches Play Production I: Stagecraft in addition to managing the scene shop.

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  • Stacy Pottinger

    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Stacy Pottinger directs Carthage’s dance minor and teaches courses in modern and jazz dance, dance history, and dance theory and composition. She has performed professionally since 1996, working with many independent dance artists and companies based in Minnesota, New York, Wisconsin, and beyond.

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  • Neil Kristian Scharnick

    Assistant Professor of Theatre

    Dr. Neil Scharnick, a Carthage graduate, has been teaching Theatre at Carthage since 2003. He teaches Play Reading & Analysis, the cycle of theatre history courses, Ensemble & Experimental Acting, and directs one production each season. Scharnick also serves as Director of Carthage’s one-of-a-kind New Play Initiative, commissioning new work by award-winning playwrights to develop and premiere at Carthage.

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Additional Faculty

Anna Antaramian
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
aantaramian@carthage.edu

Faith Halaska
Adjunct Faculty, Dance
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
fhalaska@carthage.edu

Morgan Michele Hayes
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre
Johnson Arts Center 211
262-551-5859
mhayes1@carthage.edu

Marcella Kearns
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
mkearns@carthage.edu

Maureen Kruger
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
mchavezkruger@carthage.edu

Courtney Kramer Petrocci
Adjunct Faculty, Dance
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
cpetrocci@carthage.edu

Donald Thomas Russel
Adjunct Faculty, Theatre and Western Heritage
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
drussell1@carthage.edu

Zackary Simonini
Master Carpenter
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
zsimonini@carthage.edu

Nicole Thompson
Costume Shop Supervisor
Johnson Arts Center
262-551-5859
nthompson4@carthage.edu

  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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