Faculty

Eric Harrell, MFA

Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Producing Artistic Director of Tidewater Stage

Bio

Eric Harrell is the founding Producing Artistic Director of Tidewater Stage, the professional theatre company of Regent University. Prior to founding Tidewater Stage, he served as the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts and head of the MFA Program in Acting. He is an associate professor specializing in integrated voice and movement training for actors. Advocating a psycho-physical approach to the acting process, he draws from such contemporary methodologies as the Linklater and Alexander Techniques and the Lugering Method.

Harrell maintains an active profile as a professional actor, director and occasional playwright. He is a member of both Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA with professional credits in theatre, film and television. As a director, he enjoys working in contemporary literature, musical theatre and Comedy of Manners. He regularly teaches workshops across the country in kinesthetic awareness for both professional and student actors. At Regent, he teaches a four-semester voice and movement studio for MFA actors as well as Advanced Scene Study: Major Playwrights of the 20th Century and Acting in Periods and Styles.
Professor Harrell is a Texas native now living in Norfolk, VA with his wife and two children.

Awards

Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Regent University, 2015


Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Direction, American College Theatre Festival

Publications

CREATIVE WORKS:
Director, 1619: When Destinies Collide, GVI Productions, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 2018


Director, Dial M for Murder, Tidewater Stage, Virginia Beach, VA, 2018


Director, The Telling Project, Virginia Arts Festival, Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach, VA, 2017


Actor (SAG), In-Lawfully Yours (“Jim Newford”), Home Theatre Films/Regent Pictures, 2016


Actor (AEA), The Hampton Years (“Malcolm MacLean”), Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk, VA, 2016


Actor (SAG), Legends & Lies: Patriots, (“John Paulding”), Fox News Channel, 2016


Actor (AEA), All My Sons (“George Deever”), Virginia Stage Company, Norfolk, VA, 2016


Actor (AEA), An Inch of Rope, original solo performance piece, Water Tower Theatre, Dallas, TX

Actor (AEA), The Foreigner (“David Lee”), Tidewater Regional Repertory Theatre, Newport News, VA

Actor (AEA), Indiscretions (“Michael”), Knightsbridge Theatre, Los Angeles, CA


ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS:
“From Disparate to Indivisible: The Integration of Contemporary Actor Training,” Mid-America Theatre Conference, 2017


Actor-Dramatist’s Lab, Playwriting Symposium, Mid-America Theatre Conference, 2017


“The Actor’s Barre,” Virginia Theatre Association, 2015


“Thinking Knees and Laughing Fingers,” Virginia Theatre Association, 2014


“The Kinesthetic Actor: Integrating Mind, Breath and Body,” Southeastern Theatre Conference, 2013


“Quo Vadis: A Panel Discussion,” Southeastern Theatre Conference,2013

Affiliations

Actors Equity Association
Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Southeastern Theatre Conference
Virginia Theatre Association

Meet Our Faculty

William J. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor & Research Fellow, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4216 willbro@regent.edu
Kevin R. Crawford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

Undergraduate Communication Studies Program Coordinator

757.352.4254 kevicra@regent.edu
Michael Crews, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4333 mcrews@regent.edu
Michael D. Elam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4878 melam@regent.edu
Peter Fraser, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4562 pfraser@regent.edu
Michael Hill-Kirkland, Ph.D., MFA

Professor, Performing Arts & Music

Supervisor for MFA in Acting Program

757.352.4730 michhil@regent.edu
John Keeler, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4248 johnkee@regent.edu
Don Krudop, DMA

Professional in Residence, Performing Arts & Music

Director of Choral Activities

757.352.4204 donkrud@regent.edu
Jeremy Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4221 jlarson@regent.edu
Micah Mattix, Ph.D.

Department Chair; Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4464 mmattix@regent.edu
Stephen Perry, Ph.D.

Professor, English & Communication Studies

Director of Graduate Programs in Communication

757.352.4203 sperry@regent.edu
Peggy Southerland, B.A.

Department Chair; Professional-in-Residence, Media & Visual Arts and Performing Arts & Music

757.352.4698 peggys@regent.edu
Megan Weaver-Seitz, MFA

Assistant Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757.352.4561 mweaver@regent.edu
Caramine White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies

757.352.4614 cwhite@regent.edu
Vincent Williams, MFA

Associate Professor, Media & Visual Arts

757-352-4373 vwilliams@regent.edu
David Xu, MFA

Associate Professor of Animation

757.352.4235 dxu@regent.edu

Adjunct

Alexis Akridge, B.A.
Jayson Akridge, MFA
Blair Allen, M.A.
Stuart Bennett, MFA
J. Dennis Bounds, Ph.D.
Adam Bova, MFA
Chester Branch, Ph.D.
David Brush, M.A.
Alison Bugg, MFA
Kara Burk, B.A.
Michael Burnett, MFA
Heidi Campbell
Bethany Cragin-Day, MFA
Jonathan Cyprowski, M.A.
Gillette Elvgren, Ph.D.
Nelson Fong, J.D.
Craig Forrest, Ph.D.
David Foster, MFA
Joseph Frost, MFA
Terilyn Goins, Ph.D.
Judith Gooch, M.A.
Michael Graves, Ph.D.
Courtney Jackson, M.A.
Stanley Jeter, M.A.
Edward Johnson, Ph.D.
Peter Kenny, Ph.D.
Mark Keuthan, Ph.D.
Richard Klein, M.A.
Andrew Lease, MFA
Leon Leonidoff, B.A.
John McClary, M.A.
Rebecca McCoy-Reese, M.A.
Delceno Miles, M.A.
Stacey Miller, MPW
Robert Millett, MFA
Renee Mitchell, B.M.
Marc Newman, Ph.D.
Macayla Nicolaison, J.D.
Ryan Pace, MFA
Lionello Partible, A.A.
Kay Lynn Perry, MFA
Markus Pfeiffer, Ph.D.
April Poland, MFA
Cheryl Price, M.A.
Nancy Prodnuk, Ph.D.
Charles Reese, MFA
Jason Rodriguez, MFA
Michael Salsbury, MFA
Katharine Salsbury, MFA
Clyde Santana, MFA
Michael Smith, Ph.D.
Michael Stahl, M.A.
Kristie Stahl, M.A.
Sarah Turney, M.A.
James Ward, Ph.D.
Kathryn Wilson, B.M.
Gorman Woodfin, MFA