Guest Artists and Residencies

A major part of learning for students is becoming familiar with the work and styles of various artists. Because the industry is such a "tight-knit"; profession, career networking is of utmost importance for early career artists. For these reasons, we offer regular opportunities for students to interact with and observe visiting professional artists in master classes, artist residencies, and performances.

Guest artists make meaningful contributions to the development and growth of our students throughout the year. The Guest Artist Program at Middle Tennessee State University creates an environment that is supportive, substantive and inclusive of diversity. The guest artist series actively engages the theatre and dance program, campus and the community in special activities and programs that focus on multicultural issues within art and society. The extended residencies by innovative and acclaimed artists give students, faculty, and staff new materials and perspectives to integrate into their professional work and development.




Banning Bouldin - March 20 - 25, 2017 


Banning is a Nashville native and received her BFA in dance from the Juilliard School in 2002. She spent the next eight years working internationally with some of her field’s most renowned companies, dancers, and choreographers: She was a soloist, master teacher, and rehearsal assistant during her tenure with Aszure Barton and Artists from 2003-2010. In 2007 she began to develop and teach her own syllabus in Paris at the Theatre de la Danse and Studio Harmonic. In the Fall of 2010, Bouldin returned to Nashville, where she was engaged as a contemporary dance instructor and guest choreographer for the School of Nashville Ballet and Vanderbilt University. She has since been commissioned to create work for the Nashville Ballet, Visceral Dance Chicago, and Springboard Danse Montreal. Bouldin formed New Dialect in 2012 in response to the need in the Nashville community for a rich and relevant contemporary dance company that would allow dancers, teaching artists, and choreographers the opportunity to explore the wide variety of groundbreaking movement vocabularies that exist in the world of 21st Century dance. 


Tea For Three, written by Eric H. Weinberger and Elaine Bromka, Performed by Elaine Bromka - February 7th 2017


Particularly pertinent in an era of heightened politics, Tea For Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford.
Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom.
Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka, with over thirty years in film, television, Broadway and Off-Broadway, starred as eight First Ladies opposite Rich Little in the PBS show The Presidents. Intrigued by their stories, she went on with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create this one-woman show.
A tale of a remarkable trio in a most unusual job – and eighty minutes of heartwarming delight!

Carolyn Conn - Associate professor of Lighting/Sound Design at Stephen F. Austin University - Sound desginer for A Streetcar Named Desire and master class in Sound Design


CC Conn holds her MFA in Lighting Design from Indiana University. She has designed lighting and/or sound for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, New York; OutProud Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia; Brown County Playhouse, the Honeywell Foundation’s Ford Theatre, Indiana University, and Middle Tennessee State University. She has worked extensively as a Lighting Technician in Indianapolis, Indiana and Atlanta for IATSE Locals 30 and 927 as well as Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, Gwinnette Civic Center, Agnes Scott College, Full Circle, MAGNUM Companies, and other theatre and entertainment companies. 

Brandon Bruce - Artistic director of Birmingham Children's Theatre - Professional Mock Audition and Portfolio Screening

Robin Daugherty - Agent at Talent Trek Nashville - Acting for the camera workshop

FALL 2016


Windship Boyd  - October 17 - 21, 2016

Windship Boyd

Raised in the USA, Windship has a classical background.  She graduated High School from North Carolina School of the Arts then danced professionally with Kansas City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and with Mary Oslund in Portland, Oregon while attending Reed College.  In Europe, she received a Dance Diploma from the Laban Center in London before moving to France.  Between 2000 and 2014 she choreographed for the opening parade of the bi-annual Lyon dance festival, La Biennale de la Danse, which is the largest dance parade outside of Rio de Janeiro. Her most recent work was Papalagui , co-created in November 2015 with an actor, dancer and musician and performed in the city's library, retirement home, school and social/cultural center.  In recent years she has spent more time collaborating in Dance-Theatre works such as Papalagui and traveling to learn more about African dance in West Africa. Since her arrival in Nashville this fall, she has already invited two international musicians - Sory Diabate (Guinea Conakry) and Agathe Moubembe (France). She projects to re-invite them and others to help form musicians and dancers in Nashville, but also to promote African art as well as creating friendships and understanding between people of France, Africa and America.


My Father's War, written and performed by Carol Ponder and Robert Keifer - September 13, 2016


Carol Ponder and Robert Keiffer have been theater and music professionals for over 40 years. Carol has been onstage since she was eight years old.  A professional actress with a long resume of all kinds of theater, she is also an award-winning concert and recording artist that has appeared on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage; at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh, Northern Ireland; and  the Ryman Auditorium to name a few!  Robert began his performing career in ballet. A knee injury led him to theater as a multifaceted actor. Then he turned to directing, with a specialty in developing one-person shows. His co-creations include The Diary of Opal Whitely, starring Nan Gurley, author and Dove Award Winner. They toured the show for nine years, including three weeks at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. Roberts other works have been seen in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and in arts centers around the country. 


Past Theatre and Dance Guest Artist:

  • Allan Barlow, MTSU alumnus and veteran stage actor, performance of his one-man version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
  • Bill Bowers, mime artist and Broadway actor in THE LION KING, performance of IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING
  • Lane Davies, MTSU Theatre alumnus, TV/film and stage actor, performance and residency for ROMEO & JULIET
  • Brian O'Neil, author of ACTING AS A BUSINESS, workshop in CAREER PLANNING STRATEGIES
  • Anthony Rapp, actor in RENT (stage and film), CAREER DISCUSSION session
  • Nick Roesler, associate Director of Theatremakers at the National Theatre Institute of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center
  • Ron Hubbard, film Maker, workshop on ACTING FOR THE CAMERA
  • Liz Warren, storyteller, teacher, and award-winning recording artist; performance of AN EVENING OF IRISH FOLKS TALES
  • Craig Wroe, author of AN ACTOR PREPARES TO LIVE IN NYC, master class on STARTING A CAREER IN NEW YORK


  • Christopher K. Morgan 
  • Michael Lugering, master teacher of voice, movement, and acting; author of THE EXPRESSIVE ACTOR.
  • Windship Boyd, professional dancer and choreographer with a classical background, recent specialist in West African dance, creator of Papalagui
  • Carol Ponder, professional actress and award-winning recording artist, co-writer and performer for My Father's War
  • Robert Keifer, multifaceted actor and director with a specialty for developing one-person shows, co-writer and director for My Father's War


  • Lindsay Pierce
  • Amanda K Miller
  • Analia Alegre-Femenias
  • Jessica Lindberg-Coxe 


  • T. Lang 
  • Teena Marie Custer 
  • Jessie Zaritt


  • Angie Simmons and Amy Shelly
  • Shannon Robert, scenic designer; recipient of Atlanta's 2014 Suzi Bass Award for best set design for a musical for Mary Poppins at Aurora Theatre.
  • Stafanie Batten-Bland
  • Heidi Schill Clemmens


  • Aaron McGloin
  • T. Lang
  • Cynthia Gutierrez Garner
  • Kanta Kochhar- Lindgren


  • Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner
  • Holly Handman Lopez
  • Tina Marie Custer


  • Alwin Nikolais Residency, Alberto Del Saz, Director
  • Claire Porter
  • Laurie Merriman
  • E.E. Balcos
  • Stefanie Batten-Bland


  • Wendy Allen
  • Stefanie Batten-Bland


  • Ivan Pulinkala
  • Mari Jo Irbe
  • Sara Semonis
  • Zelma Badu-Younge
  • Travis Gatling
  • Erica Wilson-Perkins


  • Zelma Badu-Younge
  • Travis Gatling
  • Ursula Payne
  • Wrica Wilson-Perkins


  • Chung Fu-Chang
  • Tina Marie Custer
  • Ivan Pulinkala
  • Zelma Badu-Younge 


  • Heidi Clemmens
  • Tina Marie Custer
  • Travis Gatling
  • Ivan Pulinkala
  • Chung Fu-Chang
  • Zelma Badu-Younge


  • Heidi Clemmens
  • Travis Gatling
  • Zelma Badu-Younge


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