Faculty & Staff
Through the UAF Art Department
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Miho studied at the Advanced Computing Center or Arts and Design and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University in 1998. She is currently teaching digital art at University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a joint faculty of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center . Her art works have been exhibited at Well Street Art Gallery (Fairbanks, AK), MTS Gallery (Anchorage, AK), Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Japan), University of Alaska Museum of the North and Aichi Prefecture Ceramics Museum (Japan). Her computer generated images received the Grand Prize of TORAY Digital Creation Awards 2007. Miho participated in multimedia performances and created computer generated graphics for collaborative projects. Recently, she has been involved in Another Language Performing Arts Company's long-distance, collaborative InterPlay performances. Her computer generated animation is shown on on PBS Alaska One and also in PBS NOVA (WGBH Boston) television broadcasts.
The career of award-winning documentary filmmaker Robert Prince started when he went to work for Emmy-award-winning television personality Bill Kurtis in Chicago. He continued on as a producer/director for Public Television and then as Video Producer for Calvin College. His experience includes work with ABC Sports, Investigative Reports and other nationally syndicated programs.
Rob has an M.A. in Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media from Michigan State University. His Master's thesis documentary Making Choices: The Dutch Resistance during World War II was picked up for DVD and broadcast distribution and is available on Amazon.com and Netflix.com. John Douglas, Television Critic for The Grand Rapids Press, called the documentary “…wonderful…a quality production whose stories will keep you on the edge of your seat.” Making Choices won the Audience Award at the 2005 Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival in Newburyport, Massachusetts and was an official selection for a number of other film festivals.
Prince’s latest documentary, Finding their own Dance, tells the story of the Alutiiq Natives of Alaska who have begun creating and performing
their traditional dances again after centuries of persecution destroyed this key element
of their culture. Finding their own Dance won the 2009 Native Sprit award at the Southern Winds Film Festival and was selected
for the American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.
Learn more about his current projects at www.professorprince.com
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Theatre & Film
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, AlaskaLand, Chronic Town, Eat Me. Directing credits include: Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Stop Kiss, Speech & Debate, How I learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Three Days of Rain (Theatre UAF), Turandot (Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra), 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.
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 has been involved with the UAF theatre department since 2001. Her courses include, "Previsulization and Pre-Production for Film", "Let's Make a Movie", "Fundamentals of Film Directing", "Movies and Film", Advanced Film Directing", and "Cross-Cultural Filmmaking". Feature-Film production credits include co-Producer for Chronic Town (2008) featured at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Associate Producer for Dear Lemon Lima (2009), Producer for Alaskaland (2011) Director of Photography for The Messenger, and executive producer of Mining for Ruby (2013). The publication "Field Techniques for Sea Ice Research" manual and multimedia DVD features the video work of Salganek and her students. She also served as a section editor and contributor for the book North by 2020: Perspectives on Alaska's Changing Social-Ecological Systems.
Director and Adjunct Faculty
Rebecca recently directed Macbeth for Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. Other directing credits include Opera Fairbanks’ Trouble in Tahiti, Rumpelstiltskin, Pizza Con Funghi and Verdi and the Bard, Theatre UAF’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Winter Bear Project, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s Misalliance, and Hyperion Theatre Company’s Manahattanpotamia, NEM and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) at Gotham Comedy Club, NYC. Rebecca has performed with Perseverance Theatre, Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre, Hyperion Theatre Company, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Vermont Stage Company, and The Clarence Brown Theatre. Rebecca has an MFA in performance from the University of Tennessee, is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and is a Hatha Yoga instructor.
Tom Robenolt is the Artistic Associate at Perseverance Theatre (PT) in Juneau, Alaska. Along with his duties as Artistic Associate, he is the Director of Education and Casting for the theatre. While at PT, Tom has directed Mainstage shows including Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Othello, the Juneau production of NNPN’s rolling world premiere of Not Medea, and PT’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Tom has acted in six Mainstage shows at PT, Treasure Island, the world premiere of Rush at Everlasting, A Christmas Carol, To Kill A Mockingbird, Treadwell Gold and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. For the Education department, Tom has directed three productions as well as supervised all of the theatre’s Education programs. Before his time as Artistic Associate, he served as the theatre’s Box Office Manager and Marketing Associate, as well as other administrative duties assigned by the Artistic Director. Prior to PT, Tom served as the Education Director and Artistic Associate for Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (FST). While at FST, he directed The Tempest, Of Mice and Men, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged, The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Campaign The Spectacle, Lear Khehkwaii (tour), Verdi and the Bard (co-produced with Opera Fairbanks), As You Like It, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (tour). Of these productions, the highlights for Tom was directing and co-conceiving with friend and artist Allan Hayton, two Alaska Native inspired Shakespeare productions, Lear Khehkwaii (King Lear) and Ch’eet’eegwiniindkan Haa Ch’ijak Iltsaii (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). These productions served as language revitalization projects. Lear Khehkwaii was translated into Gwich’in, an Alaska Native language spoken in Alaska and Canada, while Ch’eet’eegwiniindkan Haa Ch’ijak Iltsaii (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), was translated into Gwich’in, Tlingit and Yupik languages. Both of these productions toured to remote villages across the state made possible by NEA’s Shakespeare in American Communities grant. Prior to his work in Alaska, Tom acted and directed in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, New York City and New Jersey.
Amanda “Mandy” Casterline (Costume Designer/Department Admin) is a graduate from the UAF Theatre & Film Department with a concentration in Design and Technical Theatre. She has worked in all fields of theatre: wig and makeup age effects for Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra opera Turandot, Opera Fairbanks Hansel and Gretel (First Hand) and Pagliacci (Costume Designer), Costume Design for Theatre UAFs Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Head Costume Designer for Festival 56 in Princeton, IL where she designed for Guys and Dolls, Violet, and The Fantasticks. She has also worked on various other productions as a director, box office manager, and publicity.
Costume Shop Manager
Theatre and film have been a big part of Stephanie's life ever since returning to college in 2011 to study acting. As a student, she performed this department's productions of All In The Timing and The Flu Season. Stephanie's interest in costuming blossomed when she became a student worker in the the costume shop in 2014 and began learning not just about costume construction but also the design process from Bethany Marx and Jerene Mosier. This knowledge led her costume design Theatre UAF's Stop Kiss and Titus Andronicus with Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. In 2018, Stephanie was hired as Costume Shop Manager and she couldn't be more thrilled to continue making costumes and working with such fabulous people.
Scene Shop Manager
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.