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.
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
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 Population and Production Activity on Theatre Programs at Historically Black Institutions: A Case Study Perspective (unpublished) University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Administration in Higher Education.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
Mary Fran Crook - (Moderator) Assistant Professor
Mary Fran Crook is an Assistant Professor of Stage and Theatre Management in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Grambling State University in Grambling, LA. She received her MFA in Stage Management from the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival, after completing her BA in Dance at the University of Alabama. In addition to teaching at Grambling, Crook also directs for the University, including recent productions of A Lesson Before Dying, How I Learned to Drive, and Snoopy! The Musical. Professionally, Mary Fran has choreographed and stage managed for companies in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and North Carolina. She and her husband, Paul, are the co-founders of the B&B Theatre in Ruston, LA, where she directed Oleanna, RFK, and The Christmas Cabaret. For the past two summers she has had the privilege of returning “home” to Alabama as the Production Stage Manager for SummerTide Theatre. An active member of Southeastern Theatre (SETC), she is currently serving as Chair of the College/University Division.
Mrs. Diane Maroney Grigsby: Coordinator of Dance / Faculty Instructor / Choreographer/ Artistic Director of ORCHESIS Dance Company
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
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.
John Shadowind: Sound Designer / Shop Foreman
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.