Faculty and Staff
Professor and Chair of Theatre
A graduate of New York University's Steinhardt program in Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre as well as Westminster Choir College, Deborah McEniry has produced and directed theatrical productions in universities, churches and on military posts and has taught at New York University, University of Maryland's University College, Armstrong Atlantic University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, the University of Maryland's European Division in Nurnburg, Grafenwohr and Vilseck, Germany and Anderson University. She has studied acting with The Barrow Group (Seth Barrish and Lee Brock), the Actors' Center with Earle Gister, Michael Kahn, Slava Dolgachev, and Olympia Dukakis and at HB Studios in New York City; she is currently learning the Laban method in New York City and will be studying Alexander Technique as well this semester. She is currently becoming more familiar with on-camera techniques in classes with Caymichael Patton in New York City. A member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, her favorite roles include Emily in Running, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Julie in Show Boat, Fraulein Schneider in Caberet, Gillian in To Gillian on her 37th Birthday, Catherine in Pippin, and Maria in The Sound of Music. Most recently, in the winter of 2011, Dr. McEniry performed as Dr. Annie Dove Denmark in the play The Denmark Story which commemorated the centennial of Anderson University. She also produced and performed in several one woman showcases: Unexpected Rainbows, Kaleidoscopes, Solo Plus Kid and others.
Education: B.M., Westminster Choir College; M.A., Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre Ph.D., Educational Theatre, New York University
Associate Professor of Theatre
Cara Wood is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Production Manager and Resident Designer at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. She has designed at several local universities and regional theaters. Ms. Wood teaches Theatre Forms, Stagecraft, Stage Management, Fundamentals of Design, Set Design, Light Design, Periods and Styles, and Theatre Practicum at AU.
Education: B.A., Theatre, Converse College; M.F.A., Lighting Design, University of Mississippi
Associate Professor of Theatre/Acting, Directing
Robert Homer-Drummond is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University where he teaches acting and directing related courses. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Wheaton College and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Louisville. In his twenty years as a theatre educator, he has directed extensively including recent productions of Molière's The Misanthrope and Brecht's Mother Courage for both of which he received Faculty Direction nominations from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region IV). Most recently, he directed Sondheim and Lapine's Into the Woods. He has also acted many roles including those of Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Morris in The Heiress, and Stephen in Arlene Hutton's recent play Running. Robert has done commercial work for clients including Lowe's Home Improvement and American Express. He is currently the Chair of the Acting/Directing Committee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC).
Education: B.A., Communication, Wheaton College; M.F.A., Performance/Acting University of Louisville
Adjunct Instructor of Dance
Terrie West Poore has been teaching and choreographing on the university level since 1992. She has worked with many Universities in the South such as: Texas Christian University, Winthrop University, Columbia College, and Anderson University. In 1994 she was selected as the first Department Chair of Dance at the University of the Americas in Puebla, México where she developed their BA degree program for dance. Terrie also served as an International Mission Board missionary while living with her family in México. She currently teaches ballet, modern, tap, musical theatre jazz and choreography for Anderson University's Theatre Department and serves as the resident choreographer. She continues to teach, choreograph, and offer dance workshops for many organizations in the Upstate.
Education: B.A., Ballet and Modern Dance, Columbia College; B.A., Education, Columbia College; M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance, Texas Christian University
Dean of the South Carolina School of the Arts
Professor of Theatre
Before coming to Anderson University in 1985, Dr. Larson was Associate Professor of Theatre at Judson University, in Elgin, Illinois. During his tenure at Anderson, he has directed over thirty productions and administered the development of the CVPA. During the fall of 2011, he served as a visiting professor at Hokuriku Gakuin University, in Kanazawa, Japan, focusing on drama as an enhancement for EFL training. Dr. Larson teaches theatre history classes for the Department of Theatre.
Education: B.F.A. in Theatre Arts, Illinois Wesleyan University; M.A. in Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota; Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Illinois
Jessie Davis is a recent graduate of Anderson University. She received her BA in Theatre in May 2013. In addition to performing in many AU Playhouse productions, Jessie has also worked with the AU Summer Repertory Theatre and The Upstate Shakespeare Festival. She teaches acting classes at CYT Upstate. Acting is her passion, and she enjoys being part of all kinds of creative and artistic projects.
Education: B.A. In Theatre, Anderson University
Scene Shop Foreman
Dalton Cole has worked at Anderson University since graduating in 2010. He is a talented designer, carpenter, and actor, whose set designs have been showcased at AU in, Harvey, The Halleujah Girls, and As it is in Heaven. He was recently given the opportunity to design and build for the company "Kradeaux", at the downtown Hilton in Charlotte, where his set was the backdrop for the Shift convention in January 2012. He has also worked for Strickland Fine Art and Elsie Bee Originals as a custom framer.
Education: B.A. in Theatre, Anderson University