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Dominique Angel

Lecturer
Dance
Email: dangel@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Dominique is the primary ballet instructor for the Department. Her background includes study and performance with the Joffrey Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Before arriving at TROY she was a member of the dance faculty at The Miami Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts, and Randolph College. She finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all of her students and hopes that they too will continue this tradition.

Tori Lee Averett

Department Chair 
Coordinator of Theatre Education (P-12)
Email: vlee@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 131

Tori brings a strong and committed voice for all arts education. Currently, Tori heads up the Theatre Education program and teaches performance classes and first-year classes in the CHLC. Tori serves the Department as a director, choreographer, music director, and private vocal coach.

Joyce Bamman

Lecturer
Costume Shop Supervisor

Joyce Bamman is the Costume Shop Supervisor/Lecturer. She received a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA from the University of Memphis. She teaches courses in Costume Technology and Intro to Drama. Before moving to Alabama, she spent her time designing for numerous theatres in Memphis, TN. She has also designed several shows for the Hangar Theatre in New York working primarily on new plays. In 2011, she participated as a costume designer for the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre. She has worked with the Jean Ann Ryan Production company on cruise ships in Europe.

Jane Barwood

Departmental Secretary II
Email: jbarwood@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 132

Jane received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University, taught kindergarten for ten years and then was an Educational Administrator. Jane is entering her 10th year in her most recent adventure with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Brittany Dee Bodley

Assistant Professor
Costume Design
Email: bbodley@troy.edu 
Office: Smith Hall 166A

Brittany Dee Bodley is an award-winning costume and makeup designer. She earned a duel emphasis M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Theatre Arts -Costume Design and Art History. Brittany works in theatre, television, commercial, and film and is a proud Chicago Strawdog Theatre Ensemble Member. At TROY, Brittany is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance  where she teaches several courses including Theatre History I & II, Costume Design, Makeup Techniques, Rendering Techniques, Costume Techniques, Fundamentals of Costume and Makeup, and Practicum.  

James Boyd

Lecturer
Dance
Email: jboyd161757@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

James L. Boyd III is an artist born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten (10) professional styles of dance under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known
show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas.

James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of his community. He produced his first dance show for Northeast Florida in 2012 titled, “Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet”. James’ passion for community most notably is demonstrated through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight Inc. As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising in addition to and outside the Cultural Council on behalf of arts agencies throughout Greater Jacksonville. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally beloved, thought-leading city.

James L. Boyd III continues gaining experience to only share with others. James is currently obtaining his Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) with Jacksonville University. It’s only a matter of time before James is the Master of his own voice.

In addition to building Art in Flight, James is an international faculty member for the Manhattan Dance Project, a former Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University, a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission and blessed to be a new faculty member for Troy University.

Quinton Cockrell

Assistant Professor
Theatre
Email: qcockrell@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 145

Quinton brings a rich performance background to TROY – he has professional credits from theatres and companies across the US for both his acting and his playwriting. Quinton serves the Department as a Performance faculty member, teaching acting, voice and diction, audition techniques, and other related courses. He regularly directs productions and student showcases.

Jesse Graham

Lecturer, Performance Studies
Email: jgraham@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 144

A professional actor, director, and acting/movement professor, Ms. Graham enjoyed a thriving career based out of New York City before joining the dedicated team at Troy University. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Recent credits include:  The Three Musketeers (Porthos) - Birmingham Children's Theatre,  International Tours – My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce), Big League Productions (Singapore, China); The Odyssey Experience (Athena), Experiential Theatre Company, Ireland; National Tours – Guys & Dolls (General Cartwright), Big League Productions; New York Theatre – Henry IV, Part I (Mistress Quickly), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Troy University Summer Spotlight teaching workshops: Stage Combat, Audition techniques, Movement for Actors, Musical Theatre scene study, Acting I, Acting III, and Advanced Movement.  Troy University Classes: Fundamentals of Acting, Movement I, Acting III, Introduction to Theatre, Oral Interpretation, Audition and Portfolio Techniques, and Theatre Professional. Professor Graham is thrilled to announce that she has received her Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, and cannot wait to share this technique with her students!

Adrienne Hicks

Lecturer Dance
Email: ahicks47983@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

After high school in 2006, Adrienne entered the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City. Approached by Dr. Jack Hawkins in 2007, she transferred to help bring dance to Troy University and became one of six who laid its foundation. Graduating Summa Cum Laude 2011, Adrienne moved to Atlanta, signing with Xcel Talent Agency, became a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company, and was cast in America’s Got Talent group, iLuminate. She performed in multiple world tours with the company before she danced off-Broadway in iLuminate’s Artist of Light for three years, where she served as dance captain. In 2015, Adrienne joined Bad Boys of Dance in their European Tour of Romeo and Juliet. So far, Adrienne’s dance career has taken her to 15 countries and 5 continents. She is on faculty for Manhattan Dance Project, Beyond the Stars, and Impact Dance Adjudicators, and is thrilled to have just joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University. She graduated May 2019 with her MFA in Choreography.

Deborah Chappell Hicks

Coordinator of Dance
Email: dhicks@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Deborah serves the Department in developing the new BFA Dance major and overall Dance program. Since 1987, Deborah has worked closely with the University’s theatre program. She has also been a professional storyteller and clinician, and has coached and judged for Junior Miss, DYW, and Miss Alabama preliminaries. She is also an instructor in the English Department.

Frank Marquette

Professor of Practice
Design and Technology
Production Manager
Email: fmarquette@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 166B

Frank Marquette is a designer and creative project manager with over 25 years experience delivering outcomes for the motion picture, television, museum, and amusement park industries. His clients included Walt Disney Imagineering, the producers of “The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring”, the national museum of New Zealand, and a host of commercial and private commissions related to "world creation". Frank is also a sculptor noted for his realistic faux bois furniture sold at the finest galleries in the South West.

Dave McGinnis

MFA
Technical Director
Email: dmcginnis@troy.edu 
Office: Smith Hall 166B

Dave is happy to call himself a true generalist within the theatre, one who keeps his hands in a bit of everything as the occasion warrants.  For Troy, he oversees the scene shop and instructs within the technical curriculum, but he has also taught at other institutions in Stagecraft, Acting, Playwriting, Speech, and even English.  There is simply something beautiful about tech, though, as Dave has been performing shop work for almost as long as he has been legal to drive an automobile.  His plays have appeared in print, onstage, or onscreen around the globe, and he has worked as an actor for thirty years or more.  He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University, and he earned his MFA in Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jenny Davis Meadows

Theatre Education
Email:  jdmeadows@troy.edu
Office: Malone Hall 145

As a theatre education instructor, Jenny is committed to teaching engaging, creative lessons that ensure preservice teachers leave TROY with a repertoire of skills and resources so that they can enjoy success in the classroom. She has over 10 years experience teaching and working with children in the Arts in various settings. Jenny graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Education.

Tommy Newman

Lecturer
Theatre
Email: tnewman8163@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 143

Tommy is an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter, lyricist and composer. He holds degrees from Troy University and NYU Tisch, and works regularly with collaborators in NYC and around the US. For the Department, Tommy works primarily with musical theatre performers in productions and studio classes, and teaches courses in playwriting, music fundamentals, and Intro to Drama.

Dominique Angel,

Lecturer
Dance
Email: dangel@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Dominique is the primary ballet instructor for the Department. Her background includes study and performance with the Joffrey Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Before arriving at TROY she was a member of the dance faculty at The Miami Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts, and Randolph College. She finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all of her students and hopes that they too will continue this tradition.

Tori Lee Averett

Department Chair 
Coordinator of Theatre Education (P-12)
Email: vlee@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 131

Tori brings a strong and committed voice for all arts education. Currently, Tori heads up the Theatre Education program and teaches performance classes and first-year classes in the CHLC. Tori serves the Department as a director, choreographer, music director, and private vocal coach.

Joyce Bamman

Lecturer
Costume Shop Supervisor

Joyce Bamman is the Costume Shop Supervisor/Lecturer. She received a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA from the University of Memphis. She teaches courses in Costume Technology and Intro to Drama. Before moving to Alabama, she spent her time designing for numerous theatres in Memphis, TN. She has also designed several shows for the Hangar Theatre in New York working primarily on new plays. In 2011, she participated as a costume designer for the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre. She has worked with the Jean Ann Ryan Production company on cruise ships in Europe.

Jane Barwood

Departmental Secretary II
Email: jbarwood@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 132

Jane received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University, taught kindergarten for ten years and then was an Educational Administrator. Jane is entering her 10th year in her most recent adventure with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Brittany Dee Bodley

Assistant Professor
Costume Design
Email: bbodley@troy.edu 
Office: Smith Hall 166A

Brittany Dee Bodley is an award-winning costume and makeup designer. She earned a duel emphasis M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Theatre Arts -Costume Design and Art History. Brittany works in theatre, television, commercial, and film and is a proud Chicago Strawdog Theatre Ensemble Member. At TROY, Brittany is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance  where she teaches several courses including Theatre History I & II, Costume Design, Makeup Techniques, Rendering Techniques, Costume Techniques, Fundamentals of Costume and Makeup, and Practicum.  

James Boyd

Lecturer
Dance
Email: jboyd161757@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

James L. Boyd III is an artist born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten (10) professional styles of dance under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known
show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas.

James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of his community. He produced his first dance show for Northeast Florida in 2012 titled, “Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet”. James’ passion for community most notably is demonstrated through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight Inc. As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising in addition to and outside the Cultural Council on behalf of arts agencies throughout Greater Jacksonville. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally beloved, thought-leading city.

James L. Boyd III continues gaining experience to only share with others. James is currently obtaining his Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) with Jacksonville University. It’s only a matter of time before James is the Master of his own voice.

In addition to building Art in Flight, James is an international faculty member for the Manhattan Dance Project, a former Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University, a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission and blessed to be a new faculty member for Troy University.

Quinton Cockrell

Assistant Professor
Theatre
Email: qcockrell@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 145

Quinton brings a rich performance background to TROY – he has professional credits from theatres and companies across the US for both his acting and his playwriting. Quinton serves the Department as a Performance faculty member, teaching acting, voice and diction, audition techniques, and other related courses. He regularly directs productions and student showcases.

Jesse Graham

Lecturer, Performance Studies
Email: jgraham@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 144

A professional actor, director, and acting/movement professor, Ms. Graham enjoyed a thriving career based out of New York City before joining the dedicated team at Troy University. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Recent credits include:  The Three Musketeers (Porthos) - Birmingham Children's Theatre,  International Tours – My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce), Big League Productions (Singapore, China); The Odyssey Experience (Athena), Experiential Theatre Company, Ireland; National Tours – Guys & Dolls (General Cartwright), Big League Productions; New York Theatre – Henry IV, Part I (Mistress Quickly), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Troy University Summer Spotlight teaching workshops: Stage Combat, Audition techniques, Movement for Actors, Musical Theatre scene study, Acting I, Acting III, and Advanced Movement.  Troy University Classes: Fundamentals of Acting, Movement I, Acting III, Introduction to Theatre, Oral Interpretation, Audition and Portfolio Techniques, and Theatre Professional. Professor Graham is thrilled to announce that she has received her Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, and cannot wait to share this technique with her students!

Adrienne Hicks

Adjunct
Theatre
Email: ahicks47983@troy.edu
Office Long Hall 103

After high school in 2006, Adrienne entered the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City. Approached by Dr. Jack Hawkins in 2007, she transferred to help bring dance to Troy University and became one of six who laid its foundation. Graduating Summa Cum Laude 2011, Adrienne moved to Atlanta, signing with Xcel Talent Agency, became a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company, and was cast in America’s Got Talent group, iLuminate. She performed in multiple world tours with the company before she danced off-Broadway in iLuminate’s Artist of Light for three years, where she served as dance captain. In 2015, Adrienne joined Bad Boys of Dance in their European Tour of Romeo and Juliet. So far, Adrienne’s dance career has taken her to 15 countries and 5 continents. She is on faculty for Manhattan Dance Project, Beyond the Stars, and Impact Dance Adjudicators, and is thrilled to have just joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University. She graduated May 2019 with her MFA in Choreography.

Deborah Chappell Hicks

Coordinator of Dance
Email: dhicks@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Deborah serves the Department in developing the new BFA Dance major and overall Dance program. Since 1987, Deborah has worked closely with the University’s theatre program. She has also been a professional storyteller and clinician, and has coached and judged for Junior Miss, DYW, and Miss Alabama preliminaries. She is also an instructor in the English Department.

Frank Marquette

Professor of Practice
Design and Technology
Production Manager
Email: fmarquette@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 166B

Frank Marquette is a designer and creative project manager with over 25 years experience delivering outcomes for the motion picture, television, museum, and amusement park industries. His clients included Walt Disney Imagineering, the producers of “The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring”, the national museum of New Zealand, and a host of commercial and private commissions related to "world creation". Frank is also a sculptor noted for his realistic faux bois furniture sold at the finest galleries in the South West.

Dave McGinnis

MFA
Technical Director
Email: dmcginnis@troy.edu
Office: Smith Hall 166B

Dave is happy to call himself a true generalist within the theatre, one who keeps his hands in a bit of everything as the occasion warrants.  For Troy, he oversees the scene shop and instructs within the technical curriculum, but he has also taught at other institutions in Stagecraft, Acting, Playwriting, Speech, and even English.  There is simply something beautiful about tech, though, as Dave has been performing shop work for almost as long as he has been legal to drive an automobile.  His plays have appeared in print, onstage, or onscreen around the globe, and he has worked as an actor for thirty years or more.  He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University, and he earned his MFA in Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jenny Davis Meadows

Theatre Education
Email: jdmeadows@troy.edu
Office: Malone Hall 145

As a theatre education instructor, Jenny is committed to teaching engaging, creative lessons that ensure preservice teachers leave TROY with a repertoire of skills and resources so that they can enjoy success in the classroom. She has over 10 years experience teaching and working with children in the Arts in various settings. Jenny graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Education.

Tommy Newman

Lecturer
Theatre
Email: tnewman8163@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 143

Tommy is an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter, lyricist and composer. He holds degrees from Troy University and NYU Tisch, and works regularly with collaborators in NYC and around the US. For the Department, Tommy works primarily with musical theatre performers in productions and studio classes, and teaches courses in playwriting, music fundamentals, and Intro to Drama.

Dominique Angel,

Lecturer
Dance
Email: dangel@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Dominique is the primary ballet instructor for the Department. Her background includes study and performance with the Joffrey Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Before arriving at TROY she was a member of the dance faculty at The Miami Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts, and Randolph College. She finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all of her students and hopes that they too will continue this tradition.

Joyce Bamman

Lecturer
Costume Shop Supervisor

Joyce Bamman is the Costume Shop Supervisor/Lecturer. She received a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA from the University of Memphis. She teaches courses in Costume Technology and Intro to Drama. Before moving to Alabama, she spent her time designing for numerous theatres in Memphis, TN. She has also designed several shows for the Hangar Theatre in New York working primarily on new plays. In 2011, she participated as a costume designer for the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre. She has worked with the Jean Ann Ryan Production company on cruise ships in Europe.

Brittany Dee Bodley

Assistant Professor
Costume Design
Email: bbodley@troy.edu 
Office: Smith Hall 166A

Brittany Dee Bodley is an award-winning costume and makeup designer. She earned a duel emphasis M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Theatre Arts -Costume Design and Art History. Brittany works in theatre, television, commercial, and film and is a proud Chicago Strawdog Theatre Ensemble Member. At TROY, Brittany is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance  where she teaches several courses including Theatre History I & II, Costume Design, Makeup Techniques, Rendering Techniques, Costume Techniques, Fundamentals of Costume and Makeup, and Practicum.  

Quinton Cockrell

Assistant Professor
Theatre
Email: qcockrell@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 145

Quinton brings a rich performance background to TROY – he has professional credits from theatres and companies across the US for both his acting and his playwriting. Quinton serves the Department as a Performance faculty member, teaching acting, voice and diction, audition techniques, and other related courses. He regularly directs productions and student showcases.

Adrienne Hicks

Adjunct
Theatre
Email: ahicks47983@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

After high school in 2006, Adrienne entered the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City. Approached by Dr. Jack Hawkins in 2007, she transferred to help bring dance to Troy University and became one of six who laid its foundation. Graduating Summa Cum Laude 2011, Adrienne moved to Atlanta, signing with Xcel Talent Agency, became a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company, and was cast in America’s Got Talent group, iLuminate. She performed in multiple world tours with the company before she danced off-Broadway in iLuminate’s Artist of Light for three years, where she served as dance captain. In 2015, Adrienne joined Bad Boys of Dance in their European Tour of Romeo and Juliet. So far, Adrienne’s dance career has taken her to 15 countries and 5 continents. She is on faculty for Manhattan Dance Project, Beyond the Stars, and Impact Dance Adjudicators, and is thrilled to have just joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University. She graduated May 2019 with her MFA in Choreography.

Frank Marquette

Professor of Practice
Design and Technology
Production Manager
Email: fmarquette@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 166B

Frank Marquette is a designer and creative project manager with over 25 years experience delivering outcomes for the motion picture, television, museum, and amusement park industries. His clients included Walt Disney Imagineering, the producers of “The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring”, the national museum of New Zealand, and a host of commercial and private commissions related to "world creation". Frank is also a sculptor noted for his realistic faux bois furniture sold at the finest galleries in the South West.

Jenny Davis Meadows

Theatre Education
Email: jdmeadows@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 145

As a theatre education instructor, Jenny is committed to teaching engaging, creative lessons that ensure preservice teachers leave TROY with a repertoire of skills and resources so that they can enjoy success in the classroom. She has over 10 years experience teaching and working with children in the Arts in various settings. Jenny graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Education.

Tori Lee Averett

Department Chair 
Coordinator of Theatre Education (P-12)
Email: vlee@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 131

Tori brings a strong and committed voice for all arts education. Currently, Tori heads up the Theatre Education program and teaches performance classes and first-year classes in the CHLC. Tori serves the Department as a director, choreographer, music director, and private vocal coach.

Jane Barwood

Departmental Secretary II
Email: jbarwood@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 132

Jane received a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University, taught kindergarten for ten years and then was an Educational Administrator. Jane is entering her 10th year in her most recent adventure with the Department of Theatre and Dance.

James Boyd

Lecturer
Dance
Email: jboyd161757@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

James L. Boyd III is an artist born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten (10) professional styles of dance under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known
show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas.

James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of his community. He produced his first dance show for Northeast Florida in 2012 titled, “Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet”. James’ passion for community most notably is demonstrated through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight Inc. As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising in addition to and outside the Cultural Council on behalf of arts agencies throughout Greater Jacksonville. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally beloved, thought-leading city.

James L. Boyd III continues gaining experience to only share with others. James is currently obtaining his Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) with Jacksonville University. It’s only a matter of time before James is the Master of his own voice.

In addition to building Art in Flight, James is an international faculty member for the Manhattan Dance Project, a former Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University, a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission and blessed to be a new faculty member for Troy University.

Jesse Graham

Lecturer, Performance Studies
Email: jgraham@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 144

A professional actor, director, and acting/movement professor, Ms. Graham enjoyed a thriving career based out of New York City before joining the dedicated team at Troy University. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Recent credits include:  The Three Musketeers (Porthos) - Birmingham Children's Theatre,  International Tours – My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce), Big League Productions (Singapore, China); The Odyssey Experience (Athena), Experiential Theatre Company, Ireland; National Tours – Guys & Dolls (General Cartwright), Big League Productions; New York Theatre – Henry IV, Part I (Mistress Quickly), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Troy University Summer Spotlight teaching workshops: Stage Combat, Audition techniques, Movement for Actors, Musical Theatre scene study, Acting I, Acting III, and Advanced Movement.  Troy University Classes: Fundamentals of Acting, Movement I, Acting III, Introduction to Theatre, Oral Interpretation, Audition and Portfolio Techniques, and Theatre Professional. Professor Graham is thrilled to announce that she has received her Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, and cannot wait to share this technique with her students!

Deborah Chappell Hicks

Coordinator of Dance
Email: dhicks@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Deborah serves the Department in developing the new BFA Dance major and overall Dance program. Since 1987, Deborah has worked closely with the University’s theatre program. She has also been a professional storyteller and clinician, and has coached and judged for Junior Miss, DYW, and Miss Alabama preliminaries. She is also an instructor in the English Department.

Dave McGinnis

MFA
Technical Director
Email: dmcginnis@troy.edu 
Office: Smith Hall 166B

Dave is happy to call himself a true generalist within the theatre, one who keeps his hands in a bit of everything as the occasion warrants.  For Troy, he oversees the scene shop and instructs within the technical curriculum, but he has also taught at other institutions in Stagecraft, Acting, Playwriting, Speech, and even English.  There is simply something beautiful about tech, though, as Dave has been performing shop work for almost as long as he has been legal to drive an automobile.  His plays have appeared in print, onstage, or onscreen around the globe, and he has worked as an actor for thirty years or more.  He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University, and he earned his MFA in Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Tommy Newman

Lecturer
Theatre
Email: tnewman8163@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 143

Tommy is an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter, lyricist and composer. He holds degrees from Troy University and NYU Tisch, and works regularly with collaborators in NYC and around the US. For the Department, Tommy works primarily with musical theatre performers in productions and studio classes, and teaches courses in playwriting, music fundamentals, and Intro to Drama.

Dominique Angel,

Lecturer
Dance
Email: dangel@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Dominique is the primary ballet instructor for the Department. Her background includes study and performance with the Joffrey Ballet and Miami City Ballet. Before arriving at TROY she was a member of the dance faculty at The Miami Conservatory, The New World School of the Arts, and Randolph College. She finds great pleasure in sharing her knowledge and love of dance with all of her students and hopes that they too will continue this tradition.

Tori Lee Averett

Department Chair 
Coordinator of Theatre Education (P-12)
Email: vlee@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 131

Tori brings a strong and committed voice for all arts education. Currently, Tori heads up the Theatre Education program and teaches performance classes and first-year classes in the CHLC. Tori serves the Department as a director, choreographer, music director, and private vocal coach.

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Joyce Bamman

Lecturer
Costume Shop Supervisor

Joyce Bamman is the Costume Shop Supervisor/Lecturer. She received a B.S. in Textiles, Merchandising and Design from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA from the University of Memphis. She teaches courses in Costume Technology and Intro to Drama. Before moving to Alabama, she spent her time designing for numerous theatres in Memphis, TN. She has also designed several shows for the Hangar Theatre in New York working primarily on new plays. In 2011, she participated as a costume designer for the Directors Lab at the Lincoln Center Theatre. She has worked with the Jean Ann Ryan Production company on cruise ships in Europe.

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Deborah Chappell Hicks

Coordinator of Dance
Email: dhicks@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Deborah serves the Department in developing the new BFA Dance major and overall Dance program. Since 1987, Deborah has worked closely with the University’s theatre program. She has also been a professional storyteller and clinician, and has coached and judged for Junior Miss, DYW, and Miss Alabama preliminaries. She is also an instructor in the English Department.

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Brittany Dee Bodley

Assistant Professor
Costume Design
Email: bbodley@troy.edu 
Office: Smith Hall 166A

Brittany Dee Bodley is an award-winning costume and makeup designer. She earned a duel emphasis M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Theatre Arts -Costume Design and Art History. Brittany works in theatre, television, commercial, and film and is a proud Chicago Strawdog Theatre Ensemble Member. At TROY, Brittany is an Assistant Professor in Theatre and Dance  where she teaches several courses including Theatre History I & II, Costume Design, Makeup Techniques, Rendering Techniques, Costume Techniques, Fundamentals of Costume and Makeup, and Practicum.  

James Boyd

Lecturer
Dance
Email: jboyd161757@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

James L. Boyd III is an artist born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured and entertained the world with the knowledge of ten (10) professional styles of dance under his belt. James is a Douglas Anderson School of the Arts graduate and received his B.F.A from SUNY Purchase College in 2010 in Dance and Choreography. Since graduation he performed with Elton John, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and Bruce Springsteen. James was a guest artist with the hit dance show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and a semi-finalist on the well-known
show, “America’s Got Talent”. While performing around the world, entertaining in 30 countries and over 80 cities with the Bad Boys of Dance and Bad Boys of Ballet, he shared the stage with greats such as Misty Copeland, Joseph Gatti and Rasta Thomas.

James strives to be successful in dance, business and on behalf of his community. He produced his first dance show for Northeast Florida in 2012 titled, “Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet”. James’ passion for community most notably is demonstrated through his recently incorporated not-for-profit endeavor known as Art In Flight Inc. As Founder and CEO, he activated its mission in 2016 and begun fundraising in addition to and outside the Cultural Council on behalf of arts agencies throughout Greater Jacksonville. Art in Flight’s mission is to enhance the development and sustainability of arts organizations in Northeast Florida in order to educate our citizens, increase arts appreciation and support, foster an arts rich culture and, in turn, help grow Jacksonville into a nationally beloved, thought-leading city.

James L. Boyd III continues gaining experience to only share with others. James is currently obtaining his Masters of Fine Arts degree (MFA) with Jacksonville University. It’s only a matter of time before James is the Master of his own voice.

In addition to building Art in Flight, James is an international faculty member for the Manhattan Dance Project, a former Artist In Residence at Jacksonville University, a Trustee level member of the JAX Chamber, currently serving two local arts boards including Players By The Sea and the JIA Arts Commission and blessed to be a new faculty member for Troy University.

Quinton Cockrell

Assistant Professor
Theatre
Email: qcockrell@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 145

Quinton brings a rich performance background to TROY – he has professional credits from theatres and companies across the US for both his acting and his playwriting. Quinton serves the Department as a Performance faculty member, teaching acting, voice and diction, audition techniques, and other related courses. He regularly directs productions and student showcases.

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Jesse Graham

Lecturer, Performance Studies
Email: jgraham@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 144

A professional actor, director, and acting/movement professor, Ms. Graham enjoyed a thriving career based out of New York City before joining the dedicated team at Troy University. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her MFA in Acting from Ohio University. Recent credits include:  The Three Musketeers (Porthos) - Birmingham Children's Theatre,  International Tours – My Fair Lady (Mrs. Pearce), Big League Productions (Singapore, China); The Odyssey Experience (Athena), Experiential Theatre Company, Ireland; National Tours – Guys & Dolls (General Cartwright), Big League Productions; New York Theatre – Henry IV, Part I (Mistress Quickly), Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Troy University Summer Spotlight teaching workshops: Stage Combat, Audition techniques, Movement for Actors, Musical Theatre scene study, Acting I, Acting III, and Advanced Movement.  Troy University Classes: Fundamentals of Acting, Movement I, Acting III, Introduction to Theatre, Oral Interpretation, Audition and Portfolio Techniques, and Theatre Professional. Professor Graham is thrilled to announce that she has received her Teaching Certificate in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, and cannot wait to share this technique with her students!

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Adrienne Hicks

Lecturer Dance
Email: ahicks47983@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

After high school in 2006, Adrienne entered the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in New York City. Approached by Dr. Jack Hawkins in 2007, she transferred to help bring dance to Troy University and became one of six who laid its foundation. Graduating Summa Cum Laude 2011, Adrienne moved to Atlanta, signing with Xcel Talent Agency, became a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company, and was cast in America’s Got Talent group, iLuminate. She performed in multiple world tours with the company before she danced off-Broadway in iLuminate’s Artist of Light for three years, where she served as dance captain. In 2015, Adrienne joined Bad Boys of Dance in their European Tour of Romeo and Juliet. So far, Adrienne’s dance career has taken her to 15 countries and 5 continents. She is on faculty for Manhattan Dance Project, Beyond the Stars, and Impact Dance Adjudicators, and is thrilled to have just joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Troy University. She graduated May 2019 with her MFA in Choreography.

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Deborah Chappell Hicks

Coordinator of Dance
Email: dhicks@troy.edu 
Office: Long Hall 103

Deborah serves the Department in developing the new BFA Dance major and overall Dance program. Since 1987, Deborah has worked closely with the University’s theatre program. She has also been a professional storyteller and clinician, and has coached and judged for Junior Miss, DYW, and Miss Alabama preliminaries. She is also an instructor in the English Department.

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Frank Marquette

Professor of Practice
Design and Technology
Production Manager
Email: fmarquette@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 166B

Frank Marquette is a designer and creative project manager with over 25 years experience delivering outcomes for the motion picture, television, museum, and amusement park industries. His clients included Walt Disney Imagineering, the producers of “The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring”, the national museum of New Zealand, and a host of commercial and private commissions related to "world creation". Frank is also a sculptor noted for his realistic faux bois furniture sold at the finest galleries in the South West.

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Dave McGinnis

MFA
Technical Director
Email: dmcginnis@troy.edu
Office: Smith Hall 166B

Dave is happy to call himself a true generalist within the theatre, one who keeps his hands in a bit of everything as the occasion warrants.  For Troy, he oversees the scene shop and instructs within the technical curriculum, but he has also taught at other institutions in Stagecraft, Acting, Playwriting, Speech, and even English.  There is simply something beautiful about tech, though, as Dave has been performing shop work for almost as long as he has been legal to drive an automobile.  His plays have appeared in print, onstage, or onscreen around the globe, and he has worked as an actor for thirty years or more.  He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from West Texas A&M University, and he earned his MFA in Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Jenny Davis Meadows

Theatre Education
Email: jdmeadows@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 145

As a theatre education instructor, Jenny is committed to teaching engaging, creative lessons that ensure preservice teachers leave TROY with a repertoire of skills and resources so that they can enjoy success in the classroom. She has over 10 years experience teaching and working with children in the Arts in various settings. Jenny graduated from Troy University with a B.S. in Theatre and a Master’s Degree in Education.

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Tommy Newman

Lecturer
Theatre
Email: tnewman8163@troy.edu 
Office: Malone Hall 143

Tommy is an award-winning musical theatre bookwriter, lyricist and composer. He holds degrees from Troy University and NYU Tisch, and works regularly with collaborators in NYC and around the US. For the Department, Tommy works primarily with musical theatre performers in productions and studio classes, and teaches courses in playwriting, music fundamentals, and Intro to Drama.