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Mentoring & Advising

Our faculty, staff, and guest artists are some of the hardest working folks in show business and all of us are interested in helping our students pursue their interests and find their passion.

Jason Adkins is an adjunct professor with us who regularly works as an actor and fight choreographer, and has a background in K-12 Education. Jason is also a coach for Furman’s Mock Trial Team. He is a resource for involvement in the professional world and how to make it in the gig economy.

Maegan McNerney Azar is an actor, director, and advocate for theatre artists. She works regularly with The Warehouse Theatre, Centre Stage South Carolina, and Lean Ensemble Theater, as well as the South Carolina Theatre Association and Southeastern Theatre Conference. Her connections help students get work professionally in the summer and after graduation.

Alan Bryson is our Technical Director who also supervises the Scene Shop. Alan regularly employs 3 students in work study positions as Scene Shop Assistants. He designs sets and lights for our Main Stage Productions, as well as working along side student designers. You might also see Alan teaching juggling and unicycling in our Studio Theatre.

Rhett Bryson is a working magician in addition to his expertise as a scenic and lighting designer. He works regularly as the Greenville Drive’s game day magician. Rhett will also guide students who take on Main Stage design work for the department once they have had the design classes. Not only that, but he has helped students through independent studies in Advanced Scenic and Lighting Design, as well as taken on students as assistants for his design work.

Margaret Caterisano runs the Costume Shop in addition to her work as a Costume Designer. She regularly employs 3-4 Costume Shop Assistants in work study positions to learn more about costume construction and technology. Interested in Costume Designing a Main Stage production? Once you’ve had the Costume Crafts and Costume Design classes, she’ll help you every step of the way.

Caroline Jane Davis is a Visiting Lecturer who has experience in acting, directing, dramaturgy, stage management, and as a teaching artist for a variety of underrepresented communities. She graduated from Furman, so she knows just what the department can do to help students navigate the ins and outs of the professional world.

Jay Oney is our resident theatre historian who also is a skilled director and actor. His work in more traditional theatre research fields is the perfect avenue for students who have aspirations of academe one day. Another Furman alumnus, Jay is the perfect person to talk about graduate school steps post-grad.

In addition to these incredible mentors, Furman Theatre regularly brings guest artists to campus for specialized workshops and master classes in everything from playwriting to stage combat to clowning to scene painting to event safety.