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About the Program

Theatre Arts is a dynamic program that has a strong history of student success in acting, directing and in musical theatre production.
Experiential learning is the vibrant hallmark of the program. Students are immersed in exciting course work that is reinforced through a variety of production opportunities. The program, emphasizing process drama, gives students opportunities to develop competency as actors, directors, musical theatre performers, technicians, and teachers.

Emphasis Areas

  • Acting/Directing

  • Musical Theatre

  • Technical Theatre

Feel the Drama!
Live the Drama!

Our 2018-2019 Production Season

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For more Information please contact

Program Coordinator of Theatre Arts, Giuseppe Ritorto


  • Senior Seminar Productions: Senior majors research, develop and produce a one-person play as the culmination of their degree program.
  • Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.
  • Music Ensembles: Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of vibrant music ensembles, including the Concert Choir, Collegiates, or Handbells.
  • Student One-act Series: Majors are given the opportunity to develop one-act plays that are student directed for public performance.
  • Experiential Term: Students are exposed to innovative and creative hands on course work during our intense three week theatre experience. We produce a full production in three weeks!
  • Want to teach? You will have the opportunity to shadow and work with Ferrum Faculty to learn and put a variety of practical methods to apply to your future classroom.

Our successful graduates are enjoying satisfying careers and have excelled at advanced study in higher education. Our graduates have achieved success in a variety of areas within the field of theatre, film, television, and teaching. We boast a graduate who won an EMMY for makeup. Many of our graduates live and work in Hollywood while others prefer to use their talents to take up teaching careers at colleges and universities as well as in the public schools. Some graduates have pursued careers in arts management and others have followed the variety of career paths available to the liberal arts graduate. We have graduates who have used communication and self-expression to become everything from models to ministers, others are published writers, while still others have entered the political arena.

Mike McColl

Voice of the NFL, & featured on Homeland and Greys Anatomy. Check out his website!

Bobbi Guire

Bobbi Guire

Hometown: Gloucester, Virginia
Major: B.F.A., Acting and Directing
Graduation Date: 2017
I’ve become resident stage manager and I love it, no matter how many times I say “I quit” I know I never will. I’m sad to graduate this May but know everything will work out. I’m terrible at bios so this is what comes from having to do one.

Dean Gates

EMMY Award for makeup Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Check out his IMDb!

Morgan Julian

 Morgan Julian

Hometown: Catonsville, MD
Major: Theater Arts – Acting Directing
Expected Graduation Year: 2017
Morgan Julian is a 2nd semester senior here at Ferrum College and could last be seen performing on Ferrum’s stage as an exaggerated version of himself in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He has also been in several other productions at Ferrum such as Into the Woods, Legally Blonde, The Crazy Quilt, and Vanya, Sonia, Masha, & Spike. He also writes plays and performs stand up comedy.

Brian Robertson

Professional Director  and Educator- He has worked for Cincinnati Opera, Sarasota Opera, Bay View Music Festival, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Opera North, and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Jon Cohn

Jon is the Founding Artistic Director of Mutineer Theatre Company, a nonprofit organization dedicated to original work. He’s also an award-winning stage actor and serves on the Board of Directors of the Proteus Syndrome Foundation.

John Isner

John Isner  is originally from Richmond, Va., but found his artistic home with the AACCT and the staff many seasons ago. After graduating from Ferrum College and Bretton Hall Academy of Performance Arts in Yorkshire, England, John worked for various theatre companies throughout the United States. Some of John’s AACCT directing credits include The Odyssey, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Adventures of Peter Rabbit. John was recently seen on stage as the Miller in Rumpelstiltskin, the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit and as Little John in The Legend of Robin Hood. John was recently cast in the new HBO/Cinemax series Quarry. The first season is airing currently.

Cliff Todd

Writer and star of The Legend of Bobby Darin: An Unauthorized Autobiography

Cliff Smircina

Cliff Smircina is an independent film actor, director, and producer.

Check out his website here!

Willette Thompson

Actress Film/TV/Stage & AEA Stage manager.

Check out her IMDb!

Chuck Johnson

Najee band member

Lee Fields

Professional Clown and Novelist

Jonathan Sartell

Jonathan Sartell is an actor and producer, known for Family Problems (2013), Untitled Identity Crisis Film (2017) and The Girl in the Attic (2016)

Check out his IMDb!

Darrian Marshall

Darrian Marshall

Hometown: Gloucester, Virginia
Major: B.F.A.,  Musical Theatre
Graduation Date: 2020

Darrian Marshall was created to perform. His light shines brighter when he steps on stage. His passion for theatre and performing arts was discovered when he was 12 years old. Ever since then, Darrian has performed over 15 shows and has completed over 10 theatre courses to improve his abilities. Whatever skill he doesn’t have he will grind to perfect his skill until he owns it. Darrian believes that he is a workaholic when it comes to his career as performing. Only a freshman in Ferrum, Darrian has experienced the professional college theatre and is excited to continue his career as a successful actor for Ferrum’s Theatre.

Mariah Banks

Mariah Banks

Hometown – Rocky Mount VA
Major : BFA in Musical Theatre
Graduation: 2019
Mariah is sophomore majoring in Musical theatre from the little town of Franklin County. She plans to move to different cities around the country and work in professional theatre and maybe even one day be on Broadway! If business happens to ever slow down in her acting career she would like to become either a theatre or choir director at a high school while getting her masters in music and theatre to maybe teach at a college level. She has only been in theatre for a few years, but has learned and developed so much through the short time. She cant wait to be involved with many more shows in the future and cant wait to see where the future will take her.

Seleste Cowie

Seleste Cowie

Hometown: Louisa, Va.
Major: B.F.A., Acting & Directing
Graduation Date: 2018
Seleste Cowie is currently a member of APO, Theta Gamma Omega, and the Black Mask Improv team. She has portrayed characters such as Karen in August: Osage County, Sonia in Vanya, Sonia, Masha, &  Spike, Eva in Absurd Person Singular, Woman #2 in The Women of Lockerbie, and she has also made appearances in Little Women, and Legally Blonde: The Musical.

Malcolm Alexander McRae

 Malcolm Alexander McRae

Hometown: Stafford, VA
Major: Musical Theatre
Expected Graduation Year: 2019
Malcolm Alexander McRae is a sophomore at Ferrum college and is majoring in Musical Theatre. He has been in two performances here at Ferrum, he was Male #1 in Emotional Creature and Steve Heidebrecht in August: Osage County. He hopes you have a fantastic viewing of the show and welcomes you to the Cabaret.

Jamie Marie Gilbert

Jamie Marie Gilbert

Hometown: Williamsburg, Virginia
Major: B.F.A., Musical Theatre
Graduation Date: Class of 2020
Jamie Gilbert is a Musical Theatre Major here at Ferrum, and in High School was apart of eight musicals and four plays. Jamie likes to call herself a “trans-sectional” because she sings anywhere from Soprano to Tenor. When not on stage, she enjoys her time outdoors hunting and camping. Jamie’s ultimate goal is to perform on Broadway…or some other big stage someday, but her fall back is to be a teacher to inspire young minds like her previous theatre and music teachers, she would not be who she is today without their help and guidance.

Fox Yates

Fox Yates

Hometown: Richmond, VA
Major: B.F.A., Musical Theatre & B.A., Religion
Graduation Date: 2019
Fox Yates is a Musical Theatre and Religion double major at Ferrum College. She has been seen on the Sale Theatre stage numerous times in recent roles such as “Masha” from Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike; “Jo” from Little Women; and “Rosie” from Caberet. In addition to her roles on stage, she has also done her fair share of backstage work. Her most recent job as a technician was during the Fall performance of August: Osage County where she tackled the assistant director’s duties alongside actor and director, Wayne Bowman. She hopes to continue to perform both onstage and offstage work as her collegiate career continues and will hopefully move on from this school to the next stage of her life: graduate school. She would like to thank her family, friends and Cary Nothnagel for their unending support and inspiration.

Kathryn Bonner

Kathryn Bonner

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA
Major: B.F.A., Acting and Directing
Graduation Date: 2020

Kathryn Bonner is an Acting and Directing Major here at Ferrum College and lives for the stage. Ever since she first joined as a freshman in high school, theatre has been a focal point in her life. Her love and passion for theatre runs deep, and there is nothing that brings her more enthusiasm or joy than bringing a character to life. She has been in many productions in the past, in positions of tech, directing, and acting, although acting is her true love. Her most recent role is that of Texas in Ferrum’s production Cabaret.

Kayla Messenger

Kayla Messenger

Hometown: Callaway
Major: B.A., Theatre Arts/ Minor in Education
Graduation date: May 2019

Kayla Messenger is a Theatre Arts major with a minor in education. She has many dreams for on stage and off stage. Her previous roles at Ferrum include Meg in Little Women and Helga in Cabaret. Being in the education program has provided many opportunities for internships at all levels of education. Her previous internships including 9th grade math and 6th grade art. Words cannot express how thankful she is for her time at Ferrum College

Alyssa Herman

Alyssa Herman 

Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Major: B.F.A. Acting and Directing and History Major
Graduation Date: 2019

LaShonda Graves

LaShonda Graves

Hometown: Danville, VA
Major: B.F.A., Musical Theatre
Graduation Date: 2018


LaShonda Graves is a musical theatre major in Ferrum College. She is known as a sorority member and crazy cat lady from Legally Blonde and hag from Little Women. LaShonda has three goals to achieved: audition at the VTA and SETC, getting an a  theatre internship, and performing onstage.

Marquis Lee

Marquis Lee

Hometown:  Sterling, VA

Major: Acting and Directing/ Criminal Justice

Graduation Date: 2020

When I first came here, I was one of the main roles in August Osage County. This was my first production. Ferrum college has taught me a lot, I especially learned a lot from Wayne Bowman and Giuseppe Ritorto.  

Precious Leonard

Precious Leonard

Hometown:  Sterling, VA

Major: Acting and Directing

Graduation Date: 2019

Precious is a third year student and majoring in Theatre Arts. She has a love for tech and can always find her the booth! She has worked on shows such as The Crazy quilt, Little Women, and Legally Blonde: The Musical. After graduating, she plans on working with for a professional theatre company and lighting up the worrld with her talent!  

Box Office and Tickets


Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead

by Bert V. Royal

May 23rd & 24th at 7 pm & May 25th at 2 pm

Flex Theatre, Ferrum College

Schoolfield Hall, 1st Floor

Adults $10

Non- Ferrum Students $5

Seniors (65+) $5

Free for all Ferrum Students, Faculty, and Staff

Cash only at the door. To pay by credit card and to order your tickets online, click here!

Want to bring a group of 10 or more, please call the Theatre Arts Box Office 540-365-4355



We at Ferrum College Theatre Arts are committed to our military (active, reserve, guard and veterans) and first responders. We offer access to our great theatre at no charge.  Appropriate ID must be presented when picking up your tickets.

Box Office Information

The Ferrum College Theatre Box Office is located in:
Schoolfield Hall
-Sale Theatre

Lobby Box Office

The Lobby Box Office is located in the lobby of the theatre hosting the show and opens one hour before show time and remains open until the show begins.

Door Time

Doors open and audience seating begins thirty minutes before show time.



Ferrum College music and theatre  performances and special events will only be canceled for inclement weather in extreme cases. Please note that Ferrum College performances do not always follow the same closing procedures as Ferrum College. Inclement weather announcements are communicated via e-blastsFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

All purchased tickets will be refunded through for any canceled performance.


Find us! Sale Theatre, Ferrum College

Giuseppe Ritorto

M.F.A., New York University

B.A., Catawba College

Assistant Professor of Dramatic and Theatre Arts/Musical Theatre
School of Arts and Humanities
Coordinator of Theatre Arts
Office Phone: (540) 365-4355
Office: Schoolfield 203

Rebecca Crocker

Assistant Professor of  Theatre Arts
School of Arts and Humanities

Office Phone: (540) 365-4355
Office: Schoolfield 203

Rob Neukirch
Visiting Guest Artist
School of Arts and Humanities

Office Phone: (540) 365-4355
Office: Schoolfield 203







Assistant Professor of Music
School of Arts and Humanities

Office phone: (540) 365-4351
Office: Grousbeck Hall Room 108
Teaching at Ferrum since: 2001

Adjunct in Music

Office: Grousbeck 110
Office Phone: (540) 365-4307

Find Out More

Here are some helpful links for Theatre Arts Majors!

  • Stay informed about what is happening in theatre. has information about current Broadway shows, Internships, Jobs, and MORE!
  • Has great info on casting for FILM & Broadway!
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