Mr. Butcher has 27 years of teaching experience. Currently he teaches theatre courses at Kickapoo High School and directs the schools musical and play productions. During the course of his career, Butcher has directed more than 40 full-length stage productions and many award winning performance pieces.
Dr. Lanette Cadle teaches rhetoric and creative writing at Missouri State University. A long-time editor for Computers and Composition Online, she does scholarship in the area of computers and writing, including her Kairos article "Why I Still Blog." She also has a chapter entitled "Shadow or the Self: Neil Gaiman and Social Media," which is in the edited collection, The Comics of Neil Gaiman, coming out in 2019 from University of Mississippi Press. Her chapter, "The Power of the Perky: The Feminist Rhetoric of Death." was included in Death, Desire, Fury, and Delirium: Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of literary journals, including TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics, Star*Line, Yellow Chair Review, Stirring, Menacing Hedge, and Flint Hills Review. Her poetry collection, The Tethered Ground, is forthcoming from Woodley Press in Fall 2019. When not writing, she also enjoys vinyasa yoga, singing (second sopranos unite!), and taking photos of her cats (don't judge).
Michele Guidry holds an MFA from Louisiana State University’s Professional Actor Training Program, and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Theatre from Penn State University. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge, LA, she worked extensively in Philadelphia, PA with many companies such as The Wilma, The Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival, The Lantern, Interact, and 1812 Productions, and was a part of the inaugural apprentice class for the Arden Theatre Company. Recent theatre credits include "Noises Off!" with Swine Palace Theatre Company, "Talley's Folly" with Bridge Nouveau Theatre Company, "Twelfth Night" with The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, and "August Osage County," with Swine Palace Theatre Company. Currently, she is the High School/Middle School Theatre Teacher at MSA West Academy, a magnet school dedicated to the best in STEAM education in Plaquemine, LA. She previously taught for Louisiana State University and Baton Rouge Community College. Guidry has been a proud member of the Actor's Equity Association since 2000.
Amanda Hadlock is a graduate assistant at Missouri State University, where she teaches creative nonfiction and composition courses. She also works for the Ozarks Writing Project Middle and High School Conferences. She won the 2018 Moon City Review student competition in nonfiction. She has also been published in the genres of fiction, prose poetry, and graphic narrative. When Hadlock is not reading or writing, you can usually find her playing with her (very excitable) dog.
Dr. Jason Hausback serves as the associate professor of trombone at Missouri State University. In addition to maintaining the trombone studio, he directs the Jazz Studies Ensemble II. Prior to his arrival at MSU, Hausback was an active teacher and performer in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, teaching low brass at Eastfield College (Mesquite, TX), and Brookhaven College (Farmer’s Branch, TX). While at North Texas he was both a classical and jazz Teaching Fellow and directed the U-Tubes, who won the 2010 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Jazz Trombone Ensemble Competition. He also issued their first CD entitled “The U-Tubes” in the spring of 2011. Additionally, Hausback was a member of the internationally-acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band and was on the recording “Lab 2009,” which was nominated for two Grammy awards. Hausback holds the BM in Trombone Performance degree from the University of Wisconsin: Madison, and the MM and DMA degrees in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas. His primary teachers include Rose Lewis, Dr. William Richardson, Dr. Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, and Tony Baker.
Jacob Hiser is a versatile pianist and violinist who performs and studies a variety of musical traditions. He was born and raised in southern Missouri, where he graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies. In 2014, he moved to Boston to attend New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation program, graduating with his master's degree in 2016. Currently, Hiser is an adjunct piano faculty member at University of Massachusetts Lowell, an accompanist for Boston Children's Chorus and New England Conservatory Preparatory School choirs, and also freelances around the Boston area. He has performed all over the United States, as well as France, Germany, and Hungary. During the summer, he is a faculty member of two arts programs: Missouri Fine Arts Academy (a two-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music), and NextGeneration, a week-long piano/strings camp in Joplin, Missouri, for middle school and high school students.
Azaria Hogans holds an MFA in dance from Texas Woman’s University which expanded her research of dance as a means of social change with an emphasis on black modern dance. As the Artist in Residence at Missouri State University, Hogans teaches dance appreciation, contemporary, jazz, contact improvisation, and West African dance forms. She has presented her works at several conferences including the Symposium on Performance of the African Diaspora as Social Change Conference, American College Dance Association South-Central and South-East Conferences, the World Dance Alliance Conference Puebla, Mexico, the Denton Black Film Festival, among others. She has also performed at the Merge Concert at Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas, Collin College’s Dance Fusion in Plano, Texas, Sant’Agata Central Plaza in Sant’Agata, Italy, UNT’s Gospel Meets Jazz Concert in Denton, Texas to name a few. She also brought the art of dance to local schools including Putnam High School in Putnam, Georgia and Lee Elementary School in Denton, Texas through community outreach programs and residencies. Hogans' interests extend from performance and choreography to publications and community outreach in her process of making and presenting dance.
Dr. Heather R. Nelson, mezzo soprano, grew up in southwest Missouri in a small town near Joplin. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Business from Southwest Baptist University, a Master's in Vocal Performance from Truman State University, a Master's in Vocal Pedagogy from Missouri State University, and a PhD in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Education at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between acoustics, auditory reflexes, and singer behaviors. Nelson has been invited to present her research in voice science at over a dozen national and international conferences, and continues to build her line of research in vocal health and acoustics. In the summer of 2018, Nelson toured in Mongolia as a featured soloist, accompanied by the Mongolian National Military Orchestra and performing in venues such as the Military Performing Arts Center and the Mongolian National Opera House. In addition to maintaining a private voice and piano studio, she is a Singing Voice Specialist and has worked alongside voice doctors to develop and implement treatment plans for singers diagnosed with vocal injuries. She is the Director of Worship at First Baptist Church in Republic, Missouri. When she is not singing, teaching, or writing, Nelson can often be found reading, cooking, and attending to every wish and whim of Dooey the Dog and Sis the Cat.
J.D. McGuire was born in Lebanon, Missouri. He is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, BFA Painting, and the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, MFA Sculpture. His works have exhibited nationally and his focus is on drawing, collaboration, and community engagement through public art. McGuire's works were featured at the Newark Museum, the Kansas City Jewish Museum, and selected in 2007 for The Avenue of the Arts public art program in Kansas City. McGuire taught studio art and lecture courses for ten years in New Jersey and New York at Raritan Valley Community College, Centenary University, Rutgers University, and St. Thomas Aquinas College. He taught a college-level art appreciation course inside six New Jersey state prisons before returning to teach at Drury University and Missouri State University.
Meganne Rosen recently graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She completed a Master of Arts in Studio Art and Theory and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Drury University. Her recent projects include a thesis exhibition at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco (March-April, 2018); the publication of Isoluminance, Racial Trauma, and the Stamina of Perception: Amanda Wallace’s Field | House for the Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts (May, 2018); and her inclusion in group exhibitions in California, Missouri, New York, and Oregon. She is featured in issue 42 (October, 2018) of Studio Visit Magazine and issue 12 (December, 2018) of Create! Magazine. Rosen has served as the vice president of the board of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and is a co-founder of ideaXfactory among many other roles in local arts organizations and arts advocacy. She currently teaches in the Art & Design Department at Missouri State University and in the Fine Arts Department at Ozarks Technical Community college. Rosen previously taught in the Arts Administration Program at Drury University.
Erin Tyler is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and a Bachelor of Science in Education. She began making art her sophomore year of high school and attended Missouri Fine Arts Academy in the summer of 2012. Tyler began her art practice with detail-focused drawings in pencil and charcoal. Her current practice involves mixed media, installation, collage and often relies on found objects and experimentation. Last fall she was included in Likewise Magazine, and an interdisciplinary and experimental design project based out of Kansas City. Tyler currently works as a teaching artist through Springfield Art Museum and is an active part of Springfield’s art community.