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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff
  • Theatre Arts

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Carriere, Patrick
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 116C
    Phone: 218.477.4616
    Email: patrick.carriere@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Patrick Carriere is currently the Region V Chair for the National Playwriting Program with the Kennedy Center/ American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). He joined the faculty of Minnesota State University - Moorhead in 2012. Patrick’s studies of performance have taken him (among other places) to Japan, Russia, Stratford-upon-Avon (England), Greece and Cyprus. He has worked in over forty productions, and in five different languages (Japanese, Russian, Greek, Ojibwe and English). He has taught at the University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University and Bemidji State University. Patrick is member of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA), and he is currently pursuing teaching certification in the technique. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Theater History and Criticism in 2010, for which he was awarded honors for his groundbreaking dissertation that explored the mystical foundations of Stanislavski's system. While at KU he also studied performance, directing and scenography. He has an undergraduate degree (BA) from Carleton College in Biology, where he also did work in Asian Studies. He also has a BA and BS from Bemidji State University, in Theatre (with a Theatre Production minor) and Education with degrees in General Science and Life Science.

  • Ellingson, Craig
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 116A
    Phone: 218.477.4617
    Email: craig.ellingson@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Craig A. Ellingson is the Chair and Director of Theatre Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead where he teaches in the area of acting, directing, musical theatre, movement and dance. During his recent sabbatical he finished the Professional Training Program, a year-long study, with The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. As a founding member of Music Theatre Fargo-Moorhead, he has had the privilege of creating the roles of Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Jamie in The Last Five Years; Toad in A Year with Frog and Toad; Jeff in [title of show] and many others. Other musical theatre performance credits include Gordo in A New Brain, Emcee in Cabaret, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Albert in Bye, Bye Birdie, Che in Evita and Rutledge in 1776. He has also performed at the Kennedy Center with Signature Theatre’s production of Overtures. In addition to his musical theatre performance experience, Craig has danced and directed professionally including work with Ballet Omaha, Lincoln Contemporary Dance Theatre, Lincoln Midwest Ballet, the Omaha Dance Collective, the Lofte Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, the Star City Dinner Theatre, and Highland Summer Theatre to name a few. He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he focused in the areas of music, theatre and dance, and a M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Minnesota State University Mankato, where he continued to direct, perform and choreograph. Craig’s main areas of specialties are musical theatre performance and physical theatre.

  • Greenwell, Ricky
    Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 116F
    Phone: 218.477.5038
    Email: ricky.greenwell@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Ricky Greenwell is proud to serve as the Head of Design and Technology For Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). Since 2004, his designs have brought numerous productions to life on the Gaede and Hansen stages. Ricky also serves as advisor to the theater student organization Blackfriars. During the summer months, Ricky serves as the resident costume designer for the Straw Hat Players at MSUM. He holds an MFA from Wayne State University in Costume Design and Technology, where he was given the 2003 Detroit Free Press Designer of the Year Award, and a BS from Eastern Michigan University in Communication & Theatre Arts and English with a Secondary Education Teaching Certification.He is a licensed cosmetologist and holds a make-up certification from Joe Blasco School of Make-up. In addition to his work for MSUM, his designs can be seen throughout the Fargo/Moorhead area. He is active in both the Fargo/Moorhead Opera and various local film projects. He frequently conducts educational outreach programs for local schools drama departments.

  • Link, Kathryn
    Technical Director
    College of Arts, Media, and Communication

    Office: CA 176A
    Phone: 218.477.4620
    Email: kathryn.link@mnstate.edu
    Web Site:
    Katie Link is excited to be continuing her professional career here at MSUM. She has a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Technology and Design from MSUM and is a proud alum. After graduation she professionally free-lanced, including experiences with Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival where she worked with national and international dance companies, and toured with the Richmond Virginia Ballet company as a technical company member for their show The Nutcracker. In 2009 she accepted the position of Assistant Technical Director with Fargo Public Schools where she continued until accepting the Technical Director position at MSUM. In 2010 she participated in month-long workshop in scenic painting with Colbalt Studios in New York state, and continues her professional work in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Scenic Painting. With over 44 fully produced professional shows and over 100+ events in relation to theatre, dance, and concerts, she looks forward to working with the MSUM professors and staff to create exciting opportunities and experiences for our students both during the academic year, and in the summer with Straw Hat Players.

  • Pierce, Karly
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 116
    Phone: 218.477.2126
    Email: pierceka@mnstate.edu
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