Theater Dept


Phillip Grayson
Assistant Professor

Phillip S. Grayson, adjunct faculty member, is resident designer for the Theater Department at EMU. Mr. Grayson holds a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College in Philosophy, M.A. degree from Illinois State University in Speech, and an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Theatre Education. Phil is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) and has worked for all three television networks, major film studios and commercial theaters. He was on the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University for over 25 years where he designed scenery and lighting for over forty theatre and dance productions. Phillip has written articles and reviews for THEATRE CRAFTS, DRAMATICS, THEATRE DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY, THEATRE JOURNAL, and THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH THEATRE TECHNICIANS.

Mr. Grayson has served as Theatre Consultant for construction of The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center in Charlottesville and renovations to Wilson Auditorium and Latimer/Shaeffer Theatre at JMU as well as designing eight theater performance facilities including the Mainstage at EMU, The Playhouse in Harrisonburg and The Old Brick in Elkins, West Virginia.

Previous to his position at James Madison University, Mr. Grayson has credits in regional theatre at the Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.

Justin Poole
Assistant Professor

Justin Poole earned a BA in Communications with a Theater Emphasis at Eastern University. He holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. Poole spent time studying experimental performance in Europe thanks to the Ernst Mach Grant through the Austrian Academic Exchange Program. He and his wife founded Wanderlust Theatre Company ( and produced original work in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Harrisonburg. His research interests are devised theater/ensemble play development, contemporary European experimental performance, and contemporary performances of classical texts.

David Vogel
Assistant Professor

David Vogel, freelance theatre artist, technical director, and adjunct advisor, received his B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Minnesota and his M.F.A. in theatre production from Penn State University. He has taught lighting & sound design and theatre production at Washington University in St. Louis and at Huntington University in Indiana, as well as at Penn State. Designs included Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Cloud Nine, The Glass Menagerie, Twelfth Night, Big Love, Much Ado about Nothing, Falsettoland, and Godspell , among others. Professionally, David has designed for Children’s Theatre School (Pippin ), Illusion Theater (Family ) and others in Minneapolis, and served three years as resident lighting designer for the Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Master Harold and the boys, Foxfire, Groucho; A Life in Revue, Oklahoma! etc.). For the St. Louis Ballet, he designed The Nutcracker and the Contemporary Dance Festival, and was Production Coordinator for Swan Lake.
Mr. Vogel has designed lights for EMU Theater’s productions since 2006, has served as technical director since Fall of 2007, and advises lighting and sound design students in their creative projects.

Heidi Winters Vogel
Associate Professor
Heidi joined the EMU theater faculty in 2006 as the acting and directing faculty. Her theater scholarship also includes participatory and social justice theater. Prior to coming to EMU, Heidi served as visiting professor of directing at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She has also taught acting, directing and theatre studies at Pennsylvania State University University Park, St. Louis University, Shenandoah University’s Theatre Conservatory and Washington University in St. Louis. As a professional director, Heidi’s work includes, A Walk In The Woods (Avalon Theatre), Snakebit (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), Driving Miss Daisy (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Three Days of Rain (Next Stage), The Love of the Nightingale (Penn State), Macbeth (Shakespeare at the Palmer), Trojan Women (St. Louis University), and Master Harold…and the boys (Loaves and Fish Repertory). Heidi has also been active in new play development, working with such playwrights and dramaturges as KC Davis, Susan Gregg, Naomi Iizuka, Thomas Kincaid, Carter Lewis, and Marisa Wegrzyn. She has participated in the Wise Write Playwrighting Program at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, the A.E Hotchner Playwrighting Festival (Washington University in St. Louis) and was associate director of the Blue Sky Playwrighting program in State College, Pennsylvania. Her work in devising and collective theater began with Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and currently with local high school students in CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project (, co-founded with Pam Mandigo, playwright and EMU theater graduate. Heidi’s commitment to using theater as a tool for social justice has led her to co-found, with CJP graduate Roger Foster, Inside Out Playback Theater ( to facilitate re-entry for EMU cross-cultural participants and, more widely, build community and resilience through interactive story-telling. Inside Out has curated events in Virginia, Pennsylvania and California for conferences, colleges and therapeutic communities.

Adjunct Faculty


Gretchen Maust
Administrative Assistant
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