Gretchen Shoot (Production Stage Manager) - For the past 16 years, Gretchen Shoot has worked as a professional stage manager. Since graduating summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky with her B.A. in Theatre, she has stage managed over 50 productions. Favorite credits include Ragtime and Phantom of the Opera (UK Opera Theatre), 42nd Street (Lexington Theatre Company), and Lost in Lvov (Hollywood Fringe Festival). Aside from theatre, she has worked as a casting associate for the major motion pictures Seabiscuit and Dreamer. By day, she works as the Transylvania University Fine Arts Administrative Assistant.
Michael Sanders (Scenic & Lighting Designer) is a scenic and lighting designer, technical director, specialty fabricator, and instructor of all things theatre design and production related. He is a long-standing member of Project SEE—designing and constructing scenery and lighting for almost every production to date. Michael has also designed lighting, sound, multi-media, props, puppets, special FX makeup, and designed and constructed scenery for various theatres, churches and other performance groups throughout Kentucky and Middle Tennessee—including Transylvania University, Woodford Theatre, Studio Players of Lexington, Actors Guild of Lexington, AthensWest Theatre, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Project SEE Theatre, and People’s Branch Theatre. A sample of recent design credits include: Sense and Sensibility, Dying City, Translations, She Kills Monsters, Lonely Planet, boom, The Hot l Baltimore, Big Love, No Spring Chicken, and In the Next Room. Outside of theatre, Michael also works as a freelance artist and illustrator, an arts educator, and a consultant for artists, educators, and performance groups. Michael is thrilled to be working with Project SEE again and looks forward to many more collaborations. He would like to thank his wonderful wife EvEnder and their two daughters, Olivia and Audrey, for their support and continuing to allow him to keep such ridiculous hours.
Michael Bigelow Dixon (Publicity/Company Manager) joined the Transylvania University Theater faculty after three years at Goucher College in Baltimore. He has also been the Dayton-Hudson Distinguished Professor in the Theatre Department at Carleton College.
Prior to entering academe, Michael was Resident Director at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Literary Director at The Guthrie Theater, and for seventeen years Literary Manager and then Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Michael has directed productions of classical and contemporary works at The Guthrie, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Magic Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Illusion, Park Square Theatre, Commonweal Theatre, and Florida Stage.
In the area of new play development, Michael supervised the commissioning, development, and production of more than 800 new plays, including plays by Tony Kushner, Joyce Carol Oates, David Henry Hwang, and Julie Marie Myatt. Michael has co-edited 35 volumes of plays, criticism and social history, including The Moscow Art Theatre: Past, Present, Future; Anne Bogart: Viewpoints; and Second Lives: The Immigrant and Refugee Experience in Orange County.
In the past four years, he authored and edited four books published by Smith and Kraus Publishers and Dramatic Publishing Company, including Breaking from Realism: A Map/Quest for the Next Generation; Shakespeare in Mind; Evil Genius: Monsters on Stage; and My Mother#*^%#! College Life with Brooke Jennett and Jon Jory. Michael earned an AB degree at Brown University and MFA and LDA degrees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Melissa T. Hall (Poster Design) is an award winning fine art photographer based in Lexington, Kentucky. Feeling something was missing after starting a career in computer science, she returned to school in Florida to study studio art and photography. The past few years have seen a fundamental shift in the way she approaches her photography. Returning to Kentucky after 10 years of living in Florida, altered not only Melissa’s environment but also her muse. Her pieces are a combination of her conceptual photography with encaustic processes and oil paint. Melissa’s work has been exhibited nationally and can be found in private and institutional collections.
Missy Johnston (Costume Designer) holds a BA in Theatre from Converse College and an MFA in Theatre Design from Trinity University. She has designed costumes and/or sets for The Dallas Theater Center, The Oklahoma Theater Center, KET, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Project SEE, Athens West, and Woodford Theatre. Favorite costume design credits for Transy include Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, Rough Magic, The Liar, Lloyd’s Prayer, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, and She Kills Monsters.