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Resident Staff

Elliot Wasserman

Producing Artistic Director

Wasserman teaches courses in acting, directing, and playwriting, and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the professional union for directorial stage artists. Wasserman has directed major musicals at professional venues around the country, including such favorites as Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music, Cabaret, Gigi, Man of La Mancha, and I Do! I Do!. During this career he has directed such Broadway stars as Kay McClelland, Tony award nominee Mark Baker, and Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Musical Donna Mckechnie. In June 2007, he directed a production of A Few Good Men starring film actor Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Young Guns) and television star Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, Dark Angel, Smallville), and in 2008, he directed a production of Damn Yankees starring Richard Kind (Mad About You, Spin City, A Serious Man, Toy Story 3). Most recently, he directed a production of Anything Goes at Kansas City Starlight Theatre starring Rachel York(Victor/Victoria, Kiss Me Kate, Lucy). From 1992-2005 he served as artistic director of the Lincoln Amphitheatre. Wasserman's University directing credits are diverse, ranging from Shakespeare and Chekhov to such contemporary playwrights as Samuel Beckett and Christopher Durang. He is an occasional actor, having performed such roles as Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun! and Joe Keller in All My Sons. In 2007, he appeared on the New Harmony Theatre stage in The Importance of Being Earnest. A writer, Wasserman has created a translation/adaptation of Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and his short play Outlaws received a New York premiere in 2003, after earlier productions in Los Angeles and at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. In April of 2005, he was selected as one of eight theatre educators nationally as a Directing Fellow of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, and in January of 2006 he was awarded the KCACTF Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in Theatre Education.


Shan Jensen

Costume Designer

NHT: Guys and Dolls, Harvey, A Streetcar Named Desire, My Fair Lady, Crimes of the Heart, Othello, The Importance of Being Earnest, Amadeus, A Moon to Dance By, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Cowgirls, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Anna Christie, Private Lives, Godspell, Twelfth Night, Sleuth, Noises Off, The Philadelphia Story, Always…Patsy Cline, You Never Know, The Cherry Orchard, Steel Magnolias, Dames at Sea, Death of a Salesman, She Loves Me, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stardust (also sets), The Golden Age, The Glass Menagerie, I Do! I Do!, Our Town, Born Yesterday, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Tintypes, and others.

NY and environs: The Whole Theatre, Samuel Beckett Theatre, Home for Contemporary Art and Theatre, American Jewish Theatre, Village Gate, Theatre in the Park.

Television/Film: Billy Bathgate, A League of Their Own, Rude Awakening, Five Corners, Brenda Starr, Goodfellas, McBain, Legal Eagles, The Accident, Incident in Baltimore, A Specific Friendship, and many commercials and industrials.

Member, Unites States Scenic Artists, Southeastern Theatre Conference, and design faculty at USI Theatre. MFA, University of Virginia.


Eric Altheide

Resident Associate Director

Altheide is a professional actor who has worked on stage in New York and across the country. Some of his theatre credits include: Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Westport Playhouse, Davey in the World Premiere of Fixed at the Hangar Theatre, Hal in the regional premiere of Proof at the Georgestreet Playhouse, Jack in Moonchild at FringeNYC 2004 and the Nazi Guard in Summit Conference Off-Broadway. His television and film credits include All MY Children and The Producers: The Movie Musical. His directing credits include Of Mice and Men with USI Theatre and The 39 Steps and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with New Harmony Theatre. He has studied with some of the most renowned theatre artists and directors in the country including Ron Van Lieu, Zelda Fichandler, Liviu Ciulei, and Ken Washington. Eric is a member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He received his BFA from the University of Evansville and his MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program.


Eric Cope

Resident Lighting Designer

Cope recently relocated from New York City and has designed professionally for the past 10 years. In addition to entertainment lighting design, Eric has worked as a freelance scenic designer, a theatre consultant for Cosler Theatre Design, and as a professional draftsman for both theatrical and non-theatrical disciplines, as well as architectural lighting design. Eric served as a resident designer for Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for one season before serving as a visiting professor at the University of Texas at El Paso for two years. Eric's own design work has been seen in Dallas, Texas; Creede, Colorado; Actors Theatre of Louisville; and in many venues in New York City. Eric has also served as an assistant on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, and corporate events for various designers such as, David Korins, Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, Brian Nason, and many others. Eric is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and holds an MFA in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University.