ANDREA BECKSVOORT teaches in the History Department at Girls Preparatory School. A passionate supporter of interdisciplinary education, she designed her own undergraduate major at Vanderbilt and then continued her education at Yale where she earned a PhD in American Studies. An active supporter of public arts and education, she is a 2013 graduate of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute.
ROBERT BOYER is the Director of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Patten Performances Series. He is also the founding President and current Executive Director of Tennessee Presenters, a consortium of performing arts presenting organizations across Tennessee which is dedicated to bringing more and higher quality performing artists to venues across the state. Previously, Boyer operated a successful Chattanooga-based architectural and advertising photography business with clients across the Southeastern United States, in addition to documenting the process of Chattanooga’s renaissance throughout the 1990s and early in this decade.
ANNE BRIGHT is the director of the Proprioceptive Writing Center, Southeast. She has taught Proprioceptive Writing®, (PW), for over twenty years and works closely with Drs. Metcalf and Simon, the originators of the process and authors of Writing the Mind Alive, The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice. Anne holds a BA in Literature form Kenyon College and an MFA in Writing form Vermont College. As well as teaching PW, Anne writes fiction, essays, and performance pieces.
MARCUS ELLSWORTH is a Chattanooga based poet/spoken word artist and is the host and organizer of The Floor is Yours at Barking Legs Theater. He has two self-published books of poetry, Harlequin Fires and When the World was Round, and is often involved with organizing eclectic collaborative work with other performing artists in the Chattanooga area. Marcus is also a writer for MTV News Politics.
TIM HINCK is a concert pianist, composer, and a former Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands. His musical compositions and multimedia performances have been presented regionally across the Southeast and abroad in Spain and the Netherlands. Exploration and discovery are the fundamental elements of Hinck’s performances. His passion for wine and the culinary world combine with his discipline as an athlete and rock climber to inspire his multi-sensory performance experiences in unexpected place. Hinck is a musical coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, frequent music director at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, and a teacher at St Peter’s School and the McCallie School. His recent commissions have included multimedia works and original compositions for CreateHere, the Chattanooga Public Library, EPB’s GigTank Demo Day, and the River Rocks Festival in Chattanooga; and Hinck’s latest opera Eve Apart premiered in Pittsburgh, PA in 2015.
EVANS JARNFELDT is Assistant Professor in Theater Arts at Chattanooga State Community College and Instructor at The Playhouse. He studied acting at the University of California, Irvine and University of Texas in Austin and Shakespeare at Winedale. Institutions other than Chattanooga State, Evans taught at UT Chattanooga, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, UC Irvine, St. Mary’s University, Allan Hancock College, Northwest Vista College, Magik Theatre Academy, The Playhouse Conservatory, Southwest Preparatory School, Hill Country Arts Foundation, Elite Educational Institute.
JOE LANCE has a Master’s degree in Music Composition and theory from Andrews University. He has performed with ETC and other theaters playing guitar and compositing original scores. Joe is a political writer at TennesseeTicket and former columnist at The Pulse.
BRUCE SHAW is a lifelong performing arts advocate and professional. Bruce retired from his 28-year “day job” as an IT professional in service to the cable and satellite television industry in 2007 and founded ShawNuff Productions, whose objective is to develop, produce and promote theatrical and film works by regional artists. Bruce has performed most recently with the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, Opera Tennessee, and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree at UTC with concentrations in Communications and Theatre. Bruce is a 2013 graduate of the Bill Holmberg Institute for Arts Leadership. He plays guitar, composes songs on occasion.
RICH WAXLER has served as a volunteer in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chattanooga for the last two years; working with staff and administrators developing Performance Measurements as part of the BFO (Budgeting for Outcomes) initiative. Before retiring in 2011, his primary professional career was as a Hospital Administrator and CEO of Federal and Corporately owned psychiatric hospitals, including the Greenleaf Hospital System in Chattanooga, TN. Much of this work involved setting goals and objectives for the facilities, and the training of management teams on how to measure and implement their plans and outcomes. Since then, as President of Lookout Consulting, Richard has focused on preparing feasibility and development studies for companies and health care practioners desiring to stabilize and increase the size of their businesses. He has owned and operated a number of small businesses. Richard graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, was awarded an MBA in Management from Indiana University, and earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration from George Washington University. He served as a Navy FMF Corpsman on both Active and Reserve duty.