Faculty

Carrie Baker

Carrie Baker
Associate Professor of Theatre/ Acting
Chair, Department of Theatre & Film
ccbaker@alaska.edu

Carrie Baker is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild-American/Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and a founding company member of New York City’s Coyote REP. New York Theatre acting credits include: New Age Classics, New Perspectives Theatre Company, NYU Festival of New Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, Coyote REP. Regional Theatre: Utah Shakespearean Festival, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Potomac Theatre Project, Washington Stage Guild, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. TV: Guiding Light, Ed, commercial voiceovers. Film: Mining for Ruby, The Messenger, AlaskaLandChronic Town, Eat Me. Directing credits include: Speech & Debate,How I learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Three Days of Rain (Theatre UAF), The Taming of the Shrew (Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre), Verdi and the Bard and The Telephone (Opera Fairbanks). Carrie holds a B.A. in Theatre/English from Middlebury College and an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.

Brian Cook

Brian Cook
Assistant Professor of Theatre/ Directing

bcook25@alaska.edu

Brian Cook received his PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon in 2012, and his MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and King’s College, London in 2005. He has directed Nickel and Dimed and Tartuffe for Theatre UAF. Other recent theatre credits include directing April de Angelis’ Playhouse Creatures, Phil Morton’sPeppermint Mocha, Caryl Churchill’s Far Away and Doug Wright’s Wildwood Park; stage managing Shakespeare’s As You Like It; dramaturging Burning Vision by Marie Clements, and sound and video designer for Shakespeare’s Love’s Labors Lost.  Brian previously ran the untitled theatre company which toured a short play dealing with interpersonal violence to schools and volunteer organizations, and he has worked at professional theatres in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, Florida and the United Kingdom. His research focuses on contemporary British theatre, particularly on the work of the Cherub Company in the UK and abroad between 1978 and 2003.  Brian has presented at conferences including “Subsidy, Patronage and Sponsorship” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Mid America Theatre Conference and the American Society for Theatre Research conference on subjects related to British alternative theatre, North American indigenous drama, playwriting, and stage management.  He has published papers in Performing Arts Resources and the LMDA Sourcebook.

Bethany Marx

Bethany Marx
Assistant Professor of Theatre/ Costume Design

bmarx2@alaska.edu

Bethany Marx has an MFA in Costume Design and multiple design credits from the University of Massachusetts and a BFA in Costume Design and Technology from the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. She teaches costume design, costume construction and makeup classes for UAF, as well as theatre history. She also designs costumes and sometimes scenery for most mainstage productions produced by the department. Locally, she also designs occasional productions with the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre. Professional design credits include the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg, the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, the Chester Theater Company in Massachusetts, and others. Favorite productions include Tartuffe (UAF), Two Gentlemen of Verona (VSF), Vinegar Tom (UAF), Rent (FLOT) and Gum (UMass). Bethany has worked in costume shops across the country and enjoys costume construction and crafts as well as design. Prior to UAF, she worked in the costume shop at the Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. Portfolio at bethmarxcostumedesigns.com

Kade Mendelowitz

Kade Mendelowitz
Professor of Theatre & Film/ Lighting Design
Technical Director

Kade@alaska.edu

Originally from New York, Kade served as lighting supervisor for The Acting Company's national tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream and taught at Smith College in Massachusetts. An award-winning lighting designer, Kade has designed numerous productions for the stage, television news, dance, and the United States Olympic Ice Sculptures trials. He teaches courses in Lighting and Technical Theatre. Hobbies include photography and multimedia presentations; he is the owner of Multimakers Multimedia design company. Kade has completed the second version of his multimedia CD / textbook replacement: Theatrical Lighting Design Interactive which is on sale internationally and on Amazon.com, as well as version 1 of Theatrical Sound Design Interactive, a DVD. In 2009 Kade received an Outstanding Advisor Award at UAF. He was honored to receive a 2004 Aurora Award: Platinum Best of Show 2004: Entertainment for his interactive sci-fi DVD adventure Water Stealers. In 2004 he won the distinguished Usibelli Award for Service - UAF's highest honor. kade.TheatricalDesign.com/

Maya Salganek

Maya Salganek
Assistant Professor of Film
Director of Film Program
Maya@alaska.edu

Maya has been involved with the UAF theatre department since 2001. Having recently completed her MA in Anthropology with a thesis film project, she is currently teaching “Let’s Make a Movie” and completing video projects for a number of UAF departments and State agencies. She was recently co-producer for the independent feature film, Chronic Town, to be released by Grey Jumper Productions in 2008.

Staff

Kim Eames

Kim Eames
Department Coordinator & Box Office Manager

kkeames@alaska.edu

Kim began performing musically in grade school. She continued singing and playing trumpet through junior high, adding Drama and Forensics in high school. She had her community theatre debut in FDA’s The Runner Stumbles in 1988, the same year she began college at UAF as a Theatre minor. She was a Nun in Marat/Sade, Ms. Jocelyn in A Betrothal in the very first production of Winter Shorts, Stage Manager for Little Shop of Horrors, and Assistant Stage Manager for Turandot. Most recently she worked in the Art Department of the joint UAF/Lock & Monkey Productions film, Mining for Ruby, had a small role in the UAF Film/Theatre-produced The Messenger, and was an extra in the independent film, alaskaLand. She manages the departmental financial and academic paperwork, runs publicity for the Theatre & Film Department’s various performances, and generally keeps the department "moving right along." 

Adam Gillette

Adam Gillette
Scene Shop Manager
ajgillette@alaska.edu

Adam Gillette started his foray into the theater as an actor, though quickly found his niche behind the scenes building sets, designing, and hanging lights. His most recent work was seen as carpenter and master electrician for Caligari: Alaska, and as lighting designer for The Laramie Project, as well as in many design and construction aspects for SDA’s Winter Shorts.  After two years working with Leighton Nunez in the Theater UAF scene shop, he is excited to move into his new position as Manager.

Jerene Mosier

Jerene Mosier
Costume Shop Manager
jmosier@alaska.edu

Costumes and Theatre have been with Jerene since she was young, through her mother’s influences and school plays continuing on through her own children’s events. She has created costumes for Valley Performing Arts in Wasilla and for ten years was steadily involved in Denali Arts Council, Elementary and High School plays, the Talkeetna Greenlight Circus, and various community skit plays and shorts. Jerene loves costume challenges in theatre art and any occasion for having costume fun.

  • "Nickel and Dimed" production photo, directed by Brian EG Cook.  Scenery & Lighting by Kade Mendelowitz, Costumes by Bethany Marx.

    "Nickel and Dimed" production photo, directed by Brian EG Cook. Scenery & Lighting by Kade Mendelowitz, Costumes by Bethany Marx.

  • "Three Days of Rain" production photo, directed by Carrie Baker.  Lighting by Kade Mendelowitz.

    "Three Days of Rain" production photo, directed by Carrie Baker. Lighting by Kade Mendelowitz.

  • "Tartuffe" production photo, directed by Brian EG Cook (who also designed the set), costumes designed by Bethany Marx.  Lighting design by Adam Gillette.

    "Tartuffe" production photo, directed by Brian EG Cook (who also designed the set), costumes designed by Bethany Marx. Lighting design by Adam Gillette.

  • "The Laramie Project" production photo, directed by Carrie Baker.  Scenic design by Kade Mendelowitz, Lighting Design by Adam Gillette.

    "The Laramie Project" production photo, directed by Carrie Baker. Scenic design by Kade Mendelowitz, Lighting Design by Adam Gillette.

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