Meet The Faculty

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Program Director & Acting Coach

Morgan Hicks

Morgan serves as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas where she teaches Theatre History and Directing and recently directed shows such as Lysistrata, Eurydice, As You Like It, The Exonerated and Vinegar Tom. She is a co-founder of TheatreSquared where she serves as the Director of Education and Program Development and has directed numerous shows including A Christmas Carol, Noises Off, Boeing Boeing, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Fully Committed, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Murder For Two and The Dingdong. Previously she served as general manager of Writer’s Theatre in Chicago and company manager of BareStage in Missouri. She holds a BFA in Acting from Arkansas State University, an MA in Performance Studies from Missouri State University, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Arkansas and studied Political Theatre at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Each summer, Morgan directs the TheatreSquared Shakespeare Academy, where she has directed teens in productions of Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Hamlet, and Macbeth.

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Program Manager & Improv Coach

Jordan Haynes

An Arkansas native, Jordan spent over four years studying improvisation in Chicago. There he worked professionally as an actor and improviser for The Second City Works ensemble, as well as improvising with a Harold team at the IO Theater and two house ensembles with The Playground Theater. In the realm of sketch comedy, Jordan has performed at The Annoyance Theater, High Concept Laboratories, and with his sketch group, “Phat Beethoven”, in comedy festivals around the country. He’s been an active teaching Artist since 2010; leading teen workshops in Improvisation (TheatreSquared), Writing Through Improvisation, Creating Character From Physicality (Arkansas Thespian Festival), Team Building, and Character Development (Delta Summer Stages). He has also led adult workshops in sketch writing, improvisation, and corporate team building for multiple organizations since 2015. Jordan has a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Arkansas and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory.

Hall Director & Movement Coach

Emily Tomlinson

A University of Arkansas graduate, Emily has extensive experience both as a teaching artist and an actor. She has spent summers teaching at TheatreSquared’s Summer Shakespeare Academy, working with youth at Arts Live Theatre, and has toured Arkansas with Trike Theatre – Northwest Arkansas’ Professional Theatre for Youth. As an actor, Emily has appeared in numerous shows including Uncle, What God Hath Wrought, and Swimming with Van Gogh, Staging the Daffy Dame (TheatreSquared), Cinderella Confidential (Trike Theatre), As You Like It (Classical Edge Theatre Company),The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Macbeth. Emily holds a BA in Drama from the University of Arkansas and an MFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Resident Assistant & Movement Coach

Joe Binzer

Joseph is an actor and playwright from Savannah, GA. He has appeared in various productions including Cabaret, Legally Blonde, and God of Carnage. He has written and produced The People We’re Not, a one-man show. He has also appeared in Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything. Joseph holds a BA in Film, Television, and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame and an MFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Playwriting Coach

Rachel Lynette

Rachel Lynette graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Theatre from the University of Arkansas in 2015. She has taught at the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College, University of Arkansas-Upward Bound, and 2015 Summer Stages with Theatresquared. Rachel is an AIE rostered teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council and, in her free time, sometimes write plays. As a playwright, she's had plays produced across the country and she's received honorable mention for the 2017 Kilroy's List based in Los Angeles. She currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Arts Center of the Ozarks.  

Songwriting Coach

Marty Shutter

Marty Shutter is an actor, musician and writer from Chicago and Arkansas.  Shutter is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory, iO Improv Program, Annoyance Theater’s improv school and the University of Arkansas.  For two years, he improvised in Twisty, the Second City’s House Improv Ensemble.  An accomplished musician, Shutter has written, performed and recorded over 30 full-length rock and roll albums and scored several films and commercials.  His on-camera credits include national commercials, local commercials, films and TV series.  As a teacher, Shutter has taught improv for 10+ years and occasionally performs with Fayetteville’s Attractive Nuisance.  A trained journalist and marketer, Shutter currently splits his time between his own artistic endeavors and as Marketing Director for one of the most awarded breweries in the South.  Foods: Fried Chicken, Korean Fried Chicken, Nashville Hot Chicken, Pancakes, and Pizza.  

Poetry Coach

NaTosha De'Von

Na'Tosha De'Von is a writer and performer whose recent one woman show, "Ain't I A Woman" was featured at TheatreSquared's Arkansas New Play Fest.  Other regional credits include As You Like It, with The Classical Edge Theatre, and The Good People of South Fayetteville at Artists Lab Theatre. She has written, performed and toured her poetry shows “Unaccompanied” and "Microphones and Magic” and is set to release her debut poetry book Quiet As its Kept in April. Television credits include the TBN series Chase the Lion. At the University of Arkansas she has appeared in Macbeth, Life is a Dream, Clybourne Park, Avenue Q, Lysistrata, and The Metal Children. She holds a BA in theatre from Jackson State University and an MFA in acting from the University of Arkansas.

Devising Coach

Kholoud Sawaf

Kholoud, an artist in residence at TheatreSquared, has assistant directed numerous productions over the course of four seasons at TheatreSquared, and is directing Vietgone as part of T2 Season 12. She is a recipient of the 2017 Classical Directing Fellowship from the Drama League in New York. Most recently, she assistant directed Vietgone at the Manhattan Theatre Club (Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow) and at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, both under the direction of May Adrales; was a Lab Company Fellow at Hangar Theatre; and collaborated on four productions with Shakespeare & Co. in Massachusetts and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in New York . She was instrumental in TheatreSquared’s three-year $250,000 grant award from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and is developing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet with T2 that will be set in contemporary Damascus. Born and raised in Damascus, Syria, she worked with the Al Qabbani and Al-Hamra theatres at an early age and attended the Performing Arts Program at American University in Sharjah, where she also collaborated with Skyline Theatre. She is a member of the Nihna Cultural Group in Damascus and holds an MFA in Directing from University of Arkansas.

Acting Coach

Rebecca Rivas

Rebecca Rivas is an Assistant Professor in UTEP’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where she teaches Voice and Movement, Acting, Dialects and Accents as well as Musical Theatre. Rebecca just finished directing this season's production of The House on Mango Street and Old Scrooge in the department's holiday production of Humbug & Sugar Plum. She is a co-founder of the department’s annual Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series, where her play Colitas de Rana was produced this May. Other directing credits include Labyrinth of Desire,Esperanza Rising, The Arabian Nights, Electricidad & Alicia in Wonder Tierra. Her El Paso acting credits include Frontera Repertory Theatre’s one-woman show Highway 47 and Grace Note. When she is not teaching at UTEP, Rebecca often works with the regional professional company, TheatreSquared, appearing as Carly in Reasons to be Pretty, The Ding Dong and in a wide array of roles in their annual New Play Fesitvals. She is a native El Pasoan. She holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas.​

Activities Coordinator

Trey Smith

Trey is an actor, a Fayetteville native, and a very recent graduate of the University of Arkansas where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He has appeared in productions at the Arts Center of the Ozarks, TheatreSquared's Arkansas New Play Fest, and at the University of Arkansas in The Mountaintop, Avenue Q, American Idiot, Angels in America, Twelfth Night, Rise, Topdog/Underdog and She Kills Monsters. He recently directing an undergraduate production of Dream of the Burning Boy.  In the fall, Trey will be joining the cast of The Poe Show for the TheatreSquared Schools Tour, which will visit over 70 schools across Arkansas.  

Activities Coordinator

Anna Grace Estes

Anna Grace Estes is from Little Rock, AR. She is a senior at the University of Arkansas, where and her performance credits include: Bad Idea Bear, Mrs. Thistletwat, Ensemble in Avenue Q, Ensemble in Assassins and Agnes in She Kills Monsters.  Other credits include, Elle in Legally Blonde: The Musical, and Kitty in The Drowsy Chaperone. She attended Arkansas Governor’s School
for Drama, and has been involved in productions at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. She hopes to pursue a career in acting after graduating, and move to New York City. She also hopes to
attend Graduate School to further her training in theatre at some point in the future.