Department of Theatre Arts

Faculty & Staff

Dr. King David Godwin:

Educator/Administrator with 27years of experience and strong knowledge of instructional strategies, in curriculum, educational planning, and education issues relating to teaching and learning.

Interim Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Phone: 318-274-2732

Education Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Cognate Area: Theatre Education Dissertation Topic: The Impact of Administrative Support, Curriculum, Student Retention. Population and Production Activity on Theatre Programs at Historically Black Institutions: A Case Study Perspective (unpublished) University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Administration in Higher Education. Grambling State University, Educational Administration, Bowie State University, M.Ed., South Carolina State University B.A, Theatre and Speech Arts Education, Nova University Certificate, Fischer School of Education and Human Services Institute for Public Policy and Executive Leadership in Higher Education Salzburg Fellow to Salzburg Austria, “Freeman Foundation Symposium” Salzburg Fellow to Salzburg Austria “American Drama: Text and Performance” Fulbright Scholar to Egypt (Middle Eastern Studies) C-Span Seminar for Professors Scholar John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (Directing Symposium Fellow) Selected Fellow to the Oxford Theatre Round Table, Oxford England


Mrs. Diane Maroney Grigsby: Coordinator of Dance / Faculty Instructor / Choreographer/ Artistic Director of ORCHESIS Dance Company

Phone: 318-274-2889

MA – Louisiana Tech BA - Grambling State University

Experience & accomplishments: A native of Norfolk, VA, Mrs. Grigsby moved to New York City in 1973 where she joined the Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Ensemble. She toured extensively with Alvin Ailey performing in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Artistic Associate of Louisiana Dance Theater, honor company in Regional Dance America Southwest. Winner of the prestigious “Silver Leo Award” for choreography of “Red” at the 1994 Jazz Dance World Congress held in Chicago. In 1995, the Nina Widemann Foundation of Shreveport presented her with the “Living Legend Award”. She returned to perform at The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble in tribute to famed Dancer and Choreographer, Ulysses Dove.



Mr. Karl Norman:Coordinator of Acting & Directing / Director / Forensic Debate Director

Phone: 318-274-2733

MA – University of South Carolina BA - Grambling State University

Experience & accomplishments: Assistant Director of Floyd L. Sandle Theatre having directed hundreds of plays over eighteen years at GSU. Some directorial productions include: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”, “Groovy” (the musical), “It Ain’t Misbehavin”, “A Star Ain’t Nothing But A Hole In Heaven”, “Antigone”. Director of Debate for GSU. President of National Association of Dramatic Speech Arts (NASDA). Proud of many former students who pursued a professional career in entertainment, which includes: Recording Artist/Actress Erykah Badu (Music: Baduizm 1997, Erykah Badu LIVE 1997, Mama’s Gun 2000, World Wide Underground 2003, Movies: Blues Brothers 2002, Cider House Rules, House of D). Also actress Natalie DeSalle (B.A.P. starring Halle Berry 1997) , and others.


Mrs. Duffie Modest: Administrative Assistant / House Manager F.L Sandle Theatre

Phone: 318-274-2201

Experience & accomplishments: Twenty years of secretarial experience with over seventeen years in Speech and Theatre Department. She is the House Manager for the F.L Sandle “Little” Theatre located in Dunbar Hall. Mrs. Modest’s greatest accomplishment in life is being a wife, and a proud mother of two children: Sharon Denise, alumni of Grambling State University is a Loan Consultant at Capital One in Richardson, Texas while Donovan, alumni of Southern Arkansas University is in graduate school at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock . Mrs. Modest has one grandson, Shandon Marcel Ludley.


John Shadowind: Sound Designer / Shop Foreman

Phone: 318-274-2201

Experience & accomplishments: John Shadowinds is a solid lead & rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist, keyboardist, back-up vocalist, songwriter, and producer, born in Shreveport, LA, June 26, 1967. This outstanding guitarist has been playing nationaly for 20 years. At age 40, he is represented on 5 albums, 4 instrumental albums, and a 6 episode television special nationwide. He is a well-experienced studio musician and producer.