2018-2019 Guest Artists

Talon Beeson

Voice Techniques and Dialect Workshops

August 30 & 31, 2018

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Thursday, August 30
2:00 – 4:00 pm Feldenkrais Voice Workshop
5:00 – 7:00 pm Dialect as Music Workshop
Friday, August 31
2:00 – 4:00 pm Voice-Over Workshop





Talon Beeson has been a working stage, screen and voice-over actor since 2000. He currently lives in Clarksville, TN where he is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing at Austin Peay State University.

The first workshop will focus on Feldenkrais body alignment and some Suzuki work toward a healthy and effective speaking voice. Next participants will learn a dialect as music instead of through the technical International Phonetic Alphabet based approach. Lastly, Beeson will go over the basics of commercial voice-over work and how to perform it while also touching on some promo, narration, and animation/video graphic work.

Workshops are free and open to the public. They will take place in the Black Box Theatre, room 210, of the Snow Fine Arts Center.

In addition to the workshops, Beeson will be a guest artist in the following classes: Voice and Movement, Acting I, and Acting for Non-Majors.

This guest artists is funded in part by the Student Activity Fee Allocation through the Student Government Association requested by Alpha Psi Omega.

Tonia Sina

Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International

September 27 & 28, 2018


Thursday, September 27
5:00 – 7:00 pm Workshop Part I
Friday, September 28
4:00 – 6:00 pm Workshop Part II


Tonia Sina is the founder and Executive Director of Intimacy Directors International (IDI) along with co founders, Alicia Rodis and Siobhan Richardson. Tonia has been studying Intimacy for the Stage and Sexual Harassment in the industry since she began research for her Master’s thesis in 2004 when she created the term, Intimacy Choreography. Originally an actress and stunt woman, after eight years in academia as a movement professor, Tonia wrote the article: Safe Sex: A Look at the Intimacy Choreographer for the Fight Master periodical, and is continuing to publish her work in the form of a book.

Tonia will be offering a two part workshop series on Intimacy Choreography and working with the cast of ‘Tis Pity by John Ford. Workshops are free and open. They will take place in the Bridges Larson Theatre of the Snow Fine Arts Center. In addition to the workshops, Sina will be a guest artist in some of the theatre classes.

This guest artists is funded by the Bridges Larson Student Support Fund.

Mark Blashford

Actor, Puppeteer, & Musician

October 5 & 6, 2018

Mark Blashford is an actor, puppeteer, and musician from Pennsylvania. He holds an MFA in puppetry from the University of Connecticut. With national and international touring experience Blashford specializes in marionette, rod, hand, and object puppetry. His current touring show, Jack & Jill, was inspired by his experiences growing up near the Appalachian Mountains and listening to family stories.

Jack & Jill is a one-man puppet show featuring hand-carved, folk-toy-inspired puppets and live music. Presented in the style of an Appalachian Jack Tale, the story addresses water conservation and water rights. A young coal miner and his companion go ‘up a hill to fetch a pail of water’ then they take on a selfish giant and save a whole neighborhood! Travel by train with Jack and Jill to meet a colorful cast of characters in a world created solely from wood, steel and leather. Everyone is welcome to a big ol’, heapin’ helpin’ of this good-natured, heartland American story of teaming up and looking out for the little guy.

A masterclass will be Friday, October 5, from 1:30-3:30 in the Black Box Theatre of UCA Snow Fine Arts Center.

Performances of Jack & Jill will be Saturday, October 6, from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Faulkner County Library Main Stage and 5:30-6:30 PM at the UCA Farris Hall Presentation Room.

Mr. Blashford’s workshops and master classes are part of “The Water About Us,” a collaborative arts project of the UCA College of Fine Arts, Conway EcoFest, and Conway ArtsFest. Presented and funded by UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication, Schedler Honors College, and Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre.

Christopher Rhoton

Scenic Designer

Guest Scenic Designer for ‘Tis Pity

October 18 & 25, 2018


Thursday, October 18
1:40 – 2:30 pm Working as a Freelance Designer
Thursday, October 25
7:30 – 10:00 pm Opening Performance & Talkback


Christopher Rhoton is an award winning scenic designer based in the Chicago area. In 2017, he was nominated for a Jeff Award in Scenic Design, Chicago’s equivalent of the Tony’s. He has designed scenery for the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Playhouse on the Square (Memphis), Porchlight Musical Theatre (Chicago), Bloomington Playwrights Project (Illinois), just to name a few. He has also won scenic design awards at USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology), and SETC (Southeastern Theatre Conference), both of which are highly regarded competitions for theatre design and technology.

Rhoton will be involved in all of the design meetings starting in May 2018 through the opening performance on October 25, 2018. From October 15-24, he will work with the students and Technical Director on final details of set dressing, scenic painting, and properties, as well as attend all technical and dress rehearsals.

A public lecture will be offered on working as a professional freelance scenic designer on October 18, in the Bridges Larson Theatre. A talkback and reception will be available after the opening night performance on October 25.

‘Tis Pity will run October 25, 26, November 1, & 2, at 7:30 pm, and October 27, at 2:00 pm. Click here to find out more about the UCA Theatre 2018-2019 Season. 

In addition to the scenic design and lecture, Rhoton will be a guest artist in the following classes: Professional Issues and Stagecraft.

This guest artists is funded in part by the College of Fine Arts and Communication Artist in Residency Program and by the Bridges Larson Student Support Fund.

& More

Registration for the Southeastern Theatre Conference Pre-Screening Auditions is funded in part by the Student Activity Fee Allocation through the Student Government Association requested by Alpha Psi Omega.

The day trip to TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, AR to see “Once” costs approximately $50 per person. Students were responsible for $5 towards tickets and their own meals. This is funded by the Bridges Larson Student Support Fund.


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