Feel the Drama!
Live the Drama!

 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.

Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

  • 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.

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For more Information please contact

Program Coordinator of Theatre Arts, Giuseppe Ritorto

at Theatre@ferrum.edu

Giuseppe Ritorto

Assistant Professor of Dramatic and Theatre Arts / Musical Theatre
School of Arts and Humanities

Coordinator of Theatre Arts


B.A., Catawba College
M.F.A., New York University

Office Phone: (540) 365-4355
Office: Schoolfield 203
Teaching at Ferrum since: 2014

Courses taught:

  • Directing
  • World Theatre
  • Auditions and Makeup
  • Musical Theatre


Giuseppe Ritorto was most recently seen as Scrooge in American Family Theatre’s National Tour of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

Other regional credits include Beadle Bamford in SWEENEY TODD and Mike in A LIE OF THE MIND, Pancho in CITY OF ANGELS. Giuseppe has also served as Musical Director at Catawba College as well as The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Being a true “swiss army knife” of theatre he has also worked professionally as a technical director, lighting and set designer and composer. He received his B.A. in Theatre Arts from Catawba College and his M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Directing credits at Ferrum College include:


Legally Blonde

Little Women

Twilight, LA: 1992

Emotional Creatures

The Women of Lockerbie

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare-Abridged

Giuseppe, as composer of musical theatre, is currently at work on a new musical entitled STONEWALL.

H. Wayne Bowman

Professor of Theatre Arts 

School of Arts and Humanities

M.F.A., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Cincinnati
B.A., Berea College

Email: wbowman@ferrum.edu
Office phone: (540) 365-4338
Office: Schoolfield 204
Teaching at Ferrum since: 1980

Professor H. Wayne Bowman, has a long and varied background in theatre. He holds the B.A. in Theatre Arts from Berea College, the M.A. in Acting and Directing from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and the M.F.A. in Directing and Play Writing from the University of Virginia.

H. Wayne Bowman has been a working director for forty years.  Productions include The Lion in WinterThe Elephant ManOf Mice and MenThe Grapes of WrathSouth PacificDeadman WalkingThe Laramie Project, and, most recently, The Crazy Quilt which he wrote and produced.

He had work published in The Exquisite CorpseEclecticaWriteThisNantahala, and 3 A.M. literary reviews.  His short story “Sour Milk” was included in the Pretend Genius Press print anthology, Fish Drink Like Us.  “Sour Milk” was also selected for inclusion in the Story South, Million Writers Notable Stories of 2004.

Kristina Stump

Technical Director for Theatre Arts, Instructor for Introduction to Theatre, Stagecraft, World Drama

Kristina Stump


BFA, Ferrum College – Theatre Major, Russian Minor

MFA, the University of Houston – Costume, Set and Lighting Design

E-mail: kstump@ferrum.edu

Office Phone: 540 365-4226

Office: 214 Schoolfield

Associated with the Theatre Department since 1990.


You can see Kristina portray many characters as one of the three-member team of The Jack Tale Storytellers. You will find them most often at The Blue Ridge Institute on the Ferrum Campus, at local library events, the children’s wing of hospitals, and churches. Her most recent theatrical role was as the narrator in the play “Too Free for Me,” the subject of which involves a Franklin County free African-American woman who took the fight for her freedom to court and won with Jubal A. Early as her lawyer. Other roles include Annelle in “Steel Magnolias,” Miss Pricket, the Duchess and the Mouse in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” Jenny Jones in “Tom Jones,” Smerldina in “A Servant of Two Masters,” and Beatrix Potter in her one-person show “Beatrix Potter: A Life’s Mingled Yarn.”

Kristina has been costume designer for productions such as “The Match Maker,” “The Skin of Our Teeth,” “Steel Magnolias,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Enchanted Cottage,” “Curious Savage,” “Heidi,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and “The Just So Stories.”

More often than not, Kristina pulls double duty in Costume and Set Design for the Theatre Department. Some of those productions include “Aida,” “Urine Towne,” “Into the Woods,” “Androcles and the Lion,” “All in the Timing,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” “ The Long Christmas Dinner,” “Frankenstein,” “Taming of the Shrew,” “A Man for All Seasons,” “A Servant of Two Masters,” “Working,” “Baby,” “Witt,” “Greater Tuna,” “Seusical the Musical,” “Legally Blonde,” “Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike,” “Emotional Creature,” “Little Women, the Musical,” “Women of Lockerbie,” “The Crazy Quilt,” “A Love Story,” and most recently “August: Osage County.” Her current project is costume designer for Ferrum College’s spring musical, “Cabaret.”

Susan Spataro


Assistant Professor of Music
School of Arts and Humanities

BA, Moravian College
MM, Temple University

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

Ms. Spataro joined the Ferrum faculty in 2002, and became Music Department Coordinator in 2005. She teaches theory, history, and Music for Children, as well as directing the Collegiates and the Handbell Ensemble.  She also served as musical director/accompanist for the college’s productions of Ahmahl and the Night Visitors, Godspell, The Long Christmas Dinner,  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, Aida, Seussical the Musical, Into the Woods, Little Women, and currently Caberet.

Course Work:

Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
Harmony and Musicianship I and II

Aural Theory
Music History
Music for Children
Piano Class I and II
Voice Class I and II

Music Seminar: Advanced Topics
Private Lessons

Performing Ensembles:We have several instrumental and choral ensembles in which to participate, and received college credit for doing so:

Concert Choir: This vocal group is open to anyone who enjoys singing! A variety of musical literature is explored, including sacred, contemporary, popular, and Broadway. This ensemble performs several times each semester for a variety of college functions. In addition to concert performances, the members of the concert choir often participate in the yearly musical.

Collegiates: This womens vocal group is selected by audition only. A variety of musical literature is learned for performances both on and off campus. This ensemble has developed an excellent reputation for its music ministry throughout the greater area. In addition, many of the singers win leading roles in the Theater/Music Department’s musical productions.

Handbell Ensemble: Ferrum College is privileged to own a five-octave set of handbells, and three-octave set of handchimes! Anyone with a basic knowledge of rhythm can participate in this instrumental group. This ensemble performs concerts both on campus and is a highlight at several area churches.

 Marching/Pep Band: This ensemble is relatively new to Ferrum College and is developing its membership, but enthusiastically supports the college’s athletic activities!

Adam McAllister

Adjunct in Music


B.A., Bluefield College

M. A., Liberty University

M. A., Radford University



Office: Grousbeck 110

Office Phone: (540) 365-4307


Adam McAllister currently conducts the Concert Choir at Ferrum as well as teaches Voice and Diction and Private Voice Lessons.  His musical theater credits include, Marcus Lycus in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Uncle Max in THE SOUND OF MUSIC and has participated in two Ferrum College productions as Mr. Laurence in LITTLE WOMEN and Schultz in the upcoming production of CABARET.  He has balanced his performing career between musical theater and opera. As a graduate of Opera Roanoke’s Apprentice Artist Program, he has performed the roles of Samuel in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Monostatos in THE MAGIC FLUTE, Pedrillo (cover) in THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, Beadle Bamford in SWEENEY TODD where his performance was named “splendid”, Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC, where his performance was called a “tour de force.”  He will be returning to Opera Roanoke in their production of Carlisle Floyd’s SUSANNAH as Elder Gleaton.

Ashley Cundiff

Music & Musical Theatre

Ashley Cundiff


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! www.mikemccoll.com

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.

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!

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.

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

Angelia Hazzard

Angelia Hazzard

Hometown: King and Queen, Va
Major: Theater Education
Graduation Date: 2020

Alyssa Herman

Alyssa Herman 

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

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.

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!  

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Here are some helpful links for Theatre Arts Majors!

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