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Michael C. Hardy; Director

Michael Hardy

Prior to serving as Director of the Institute of Outdoor Theatre at East Carolina University, Hardy was General Manager of The Lost Colony in Roanoke Island, and served in executive roles in non-profit arts organizations for 40 years in addition to his consulting work and volunteer services to the field.  He has been President of three major performing arts centers,  the International Society for the Performing Arts and one of the nation’s largest historic preservation/adaptive re-use projects in New York City.

Based with the Institute at East Carolina University, he teaches honors sections of theatre and theatre management in addition to his work with the Institute of Outdoor Theatre.

 

Susan D. Phillips; Business Manager

Susan D. Phillips

Susan has been with the Institute of Outdoor Theatre since May of 2006. She spent the previous four years with the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-CH supporting the Marketing Faculty. She received a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Susan has spent more than 30 years performing on stage, including four summers with outdoor theatre. She is a founding member of ART Station, a non-profit theatre and contemporary arts center in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
She has over 15 years in entertainment administration. While employed by Turner Home Entertainment, she worked for both the Home Video department in Atlanta and the Licensing and Merchandising department in New York. One of her favorite jobs was working for Children’s Television Workshop (aka Sesame Street).

The board works with the executive staff to determine the goals and policies of the organization.

Marina Hunley-Graham, Artistic Director, "Unto These Hills," Cherokee, NC

Marina Hunley-Graham, Artistic Director, “Unto These Hills,” Cherokee, NC

Jackie Mills, Founder Salado Legends, Salado, TX

Jackie Mills, Founder Salado Legends, Salado, TX

J. Scott Phillips, Executive Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, UT

J. Scott Phillips, Executive Director, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cedar City, UT

Dr. J. Christopher Buddo

Dr. J. Christopher Buddo, Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

David Weiss, Professor Emeritus, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville

David Weiss, Professor Emeritus, Univ of Virginia, Charlottesville

Dr. Patrick Long, Director, Center for Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Dr. Patrick Long, Director, Center for Sustainable Tourism, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

John Shearin, Director, School of Theatre and Dance, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Mike Graham, Producer-Director, Power and Light Productions, Wauchula, FL

 

Michael Crane, Associate Dean of Research, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Michael C. Hardy

Dr. Michael C. Hardy, Director, Institute of Outdoor Theatre, College of Fine Arts and Communication, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

The advisory council is composed of eminent American theatre professionals, who are valued consultants and assist in research and planning.

Fred C. Adams, Executive Producer Emeritus, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Cedar City, UT

Dr. Laurence Avery, Professor Emeritus, English Department, UNC-CH

Mr. William Ivey Long, Costume Designer, New York, NY

Mr. Christian Moe, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL

Mr.  Scott J. Parker

Mr. Scott J. Parker, Director Emeritus, Institute of Outdoor Theatre, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC

Mr. Mark R. Sumner

Mr. Mark R. Sumner, Director Emeritus, Institute of Outdoor Theatre, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Jim Volz,

Dr. Jim Volz, Professor, California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA