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Faculty and Staff


Deborah McEniry

Professor and Chair of Theatre
Contact: 864-231-2153 

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Deborah McEniry has produced and directed theatrical productions in universities, churches and for the military 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 at the Actors' Center with Earle Gister, Michael Kahn, Slava Dolgachev, and Olympia Dukakis and at HB Studios in New York City. She is a member of Actors Equity and AFTRA; her favorite roles include Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Julie in Show Boat, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, 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 a one woman faculty showcase entitled Unexpected Rainbows in March of 2010.

Education: B.M., Westminster Choir College; M.A., Vocal Performance/Musical Theatre Ph.D., Educational Theatre, New York University


Cara Wood

Associate Professor of Theatre
Technical Direction/Design

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Cara Wood is the production manager and resident designer of the Anderson University theatre department. 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



Robert Homer-Drummond

Associate Professor of Theatre/Acting, Directing
Contact: 864-328-1419

page 6 - Robert Homer-DrummondRobert Homer-Drummond has been teaching theatre related courses since 1993 at the University of Louisville, The University of Illinois, Parkland College, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Anderson University. He has directed multiple productions, including The Piano Lesson, Hamlet, As It Is in Heaven, Macbeth, and The Hallelujah Girls. Most recently he directed Molière’s The Misanthrope for which he received an honorable mention from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. (Region IV) Highlights as a professional actor have included the roles of Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Morris in The Heiress and commercial work for Lowes Hardware and American Express. He is committed to fully investing in his students and remains, himself, a constant student of the creative process.

Education: B.A., Communication, Wheaton College; M.F.A., Performance/Acting University of Louisville



Terrie Poore

Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Terrie PooreTerrie 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



David Larson

Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
Professor of Theatre

page 6 - David LarsonBefore 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



Bryanne Barker

Production Assistant

Bryanne BarkerBryanne Barker received her B.A. from Anderson University in 2001. She studied communications, speech and theatre. Upon graduating, she worked for the national networking organization Christians in Theatre Arts for nine years. Bryanne directed the AU touring show Letters to Sala in 2009.

Education: B.A. ,communications, speech, theatre, Anderson University



Dalton Cole

Scene Shop Foreman

page 6 - Dalton ColeDalton 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

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