Carroll College, Helena Montana

Faculty

Chuck Driscoll - Director of Theatre


Director/Designer/Technical Director, Professor Carroll College, M.F.A. Theatre Design, University of Washington 1995, B.A. Speech/Theatre Washington State University, 1978.

Professor Driscoll is best described as a Theatre Generalist. He has worked in all forms of theatre, including educational, professional and community theatre. He has acted, directed, lit, designed, built and painted scenery for hundreds of productions. He has also designed and supervised the renovations of the Waterbarn Studios, The Old North Gym into the Carroll College Theatre, the layout of the Merton Acting Studio and the Arthur Vining Davis Dance Studio. His backstage work has included all of the performing arts from Rock Music to Grand Opera and Modern Dance to Ballet, but most of his focus is in Theatre. He is a former member of IATSE Local #15 in Seattle, and maintains an active  membership in the USITT- a professional organization for theatre technology.

Courses Taught: Stagecraft I & II, Scenic Art, Stage and Sound, Scene Design, Lighting Design, Play Direction,  Theatre History I & II, and Survey of Drama.

 


Nancy Harper


Theatre Faculty - Acting & Costumer, Ms. Harper graduated Summa Cum Laude with a fine arts degree from Rocky Mountain College. She has acted with: the Royal Shakespeare Company with Leon Rubin, the LA Public Theatre, the Los Angeles Shakespeare Festival, and toured with Colorado Chautauqua, as well as performing off Broadway in New York in OUTSIDE THE WALL. She has extensive musical training with Dale Moffitt at SMU, Kiva Lawrence Voiceovers in LA, and Elizabeth Rowan from the MET. Nancy has been a guest soloist with the Helena Symphony for the last 10 years. She was a recording artist in Nashville, and has taught workshops in costuming and musical theatre at numerous theatres across the country such as Belmont University and Colorado Women’s College. 

Courses Taught: Intro to Acting, Costuming, Make-up.


Michael McNeilly


Theatre Faculty - Acting & Improv Troupe Director, Mr. McNeilly graduated with a BFA from the Professional Acting Studio at Ohio University. He has been a Guest Artist in Theatre at UCLA, USC, Cal Poly: Pomona, UC: Santa Barbara, University of Washington and at LSU, and of course, at Carroll College. He was a professional actor in Hollywood acting in over 40 productions, with the Mark Taper Forum, the John Ford Theatre, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Theatre Exchange, and appeared in movies, television, commercials and was a Mighty Carson Art Player with Johnny Carson.

His company Mimeprov has performed his original works JUNGLE LIFE and THE LOST JOURNALS OF LEWIS AND CLARK, and still performs locally in the Helena area. He wrote THE PIRATE PLAY which premiered at Carroll in 2009, and was recently performed at Venture Theatre in Billings. 

Courses Taught: Acting: Improvisation, Acting: Advanced Methods, Stage Combat. 


Edward Noonan - Arts Managment


  Theatre Faculty, BA Speech (Theater) Lewis University, MA Speech (Theater/Film) Ball State University. Mr. Noonan is the Executive Director of the Myrna Loy Center; and a playwright, and is a winner of Montana Arts Council Fellowship for Playwriting. Mr. Noonan is the Administrator of the Arts Management Minor for Carroll College. He served as the Director of Student Activities at Carroll College for many years, and the current Student Activities center is named in his honor. He is truly a man of letters and significant accomplishments.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Arts Management, History of Film, Playwriting, Theatre Appreciation.


Theatre Student Staff

We value that our small program is student centered, and we are proud to acknowlege the contributions of these wonderful students, as well as many more that are not listed here. 

The magic of the theatre takes the work of many magicians. These students wave their wands, and paintbrushes, hammers, wrenches and cameras, then the magic can happen!

Student Staff members for Fall 2014

  • Scene Shop Crew
  • Samuel Carroll - lead carpenter
  • Dillon Boelman - lead carpenter
  • We need one or two more!
  • Scenic Artists
  • Vivian Cole 
  • Chelsea Stone - Lead painter
  • We need help next year!
  • Lighting Technicians, Audio & Video Crew
  • Michael Donnally
  • Phillip Lerum
  • Properties
  • Sabrina Harding
  • Publicity & Social Media
  • Jordie Blaine
  • Box Office
  • Lauren Snodgrass
  • Pete Kuzmack

 

  • We are looking for more staff members! If you would like to join our student staff, and have experience from High School or Community Theatre, contact Chuck Driscoll at 447-4309. Or take a class in Stagecraft, Scenic Art, Costuming, Lighting or Sound, and we will train you! Several of our staff members are seniors and we will need great people to fill their shoes next year!