Theater Dept. Welcomes New Professor

Kevin Dudley has joined the Emory & Henry College Theatre Department.

Dudley is on campus to teach production and design. He was drawn to Emory & Henry College’s active theater program. He is trained as a scenic, lighting, and production designer and oversees the “production arm” of the theater department. Dudley started in

Dudley started in theatre in the 1970s. “I found that I really liked design in high school [so] I started my formal theater education in 1983 at the University of Utah where I held an assistantship as a sound controller. In 1985 I took a “short” sabbatical and returned to finish my degree in 2011, after working for 25 years in law enforcement.”

Dudley returned to theatre after his involvement in a community theater production of The Wizard of Oz. “[My] involvement reignited my passion for theater. As a result, I co-founded Daybreak Community Theatre, which now operates under the name of Kensington Theatre Company, in South Jordan, Utah. I was the resident technical director and scenic designer for five seasons and 20 productions.”

Dudley plans to teach anything related to design and will design the sets and lighting for most of the shows performed this year on campus. He is very excited to be teaching. “I wanted to earn a terminal degree so I could teach. This desire developed after working with young volunteers at the Kensington Theatre Company,” said Dudley.

Dudley has loved his experience at Emory & Henry College so far. “There has been a few cultural adjustments. I am from a more metropolitan area and rural living has some pros and cons [but] I find the community to be very welcoming. The faculty at E&H are so kind and positive. I really enjoy coming to work. The Virginia countryside is beautiful!” said Dudley.

– Kelsey Hubbard

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