Department of Theatre Arts
Faculty & Staff
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.