Guest Artists

In addition to the diverse talents and expertise of our faculty and staff, the Department of Theater & Dance augments the educational experience with an exciting array of professional guest artists.

Peter deKlerk
Peter de Klerk is a composer, performer and sound designer who works in a variety of stage and concert contexts. His theatrical work includes composing, musical direction, electronic and live accompaniment and sound design for American Humbug (Three Rivers Arts Festival), In the Garden of Live Flowers (Pitt Repertory Theatre), and Songs of a Smoky City (Heinz History Center/Stages in History Theater Company). Peter was the Sound Designer and Composer for the for the department’s production of Metamorphoses. His concert work includes numerous compositions in the jazz and modern classical idioms, including a suite for string orchestra which was recorded by Duquesne University’s orchestra. Peter’s current research is in the area of computer-aided and computer-generated composition and performance, and many of his recent works were created using the programs resulting from this research. He is also a jazz saxophonist and electric bassist with 30 years of performance experience in small ensembles and big bands.

Marjorie Gallant
Marjorie Gallant is a graduate of Georgia College & State University. A long way from home, Marjorie came to Maine by way of Portland Stage where, during an eight year period she stage-managed over twenty productions, including six seasons of A Christmas Carol. In addition to her work at Portland Stage, Marjorie has spent eight seasons at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. During the course of her professional career, Marjorie has deftly handled everything from one person shows to large musicals, gallons of real rain to gallons of fake blood, large casts of children and livestock, and the challenge of flying actors safely. In addition to Colby College, she has taught stage management workshops at Portland Players and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Currently, she works at Portland Stage as the Development Associate/Intern Coordinator. Marjorie is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union for professional actors and stage managers.

Dick Sewell
  An accomplished Playwright, Director and Actor, Colby legend Richard Sewell is a member of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors. He retired in 2002 after teaching and directing here at Colby College since 1974. He founded Camden Shakespeare Theater in 1960 and later co-founded The Theater at Monmouth (1970), a professional classical repertory company still in operation. He has directed or produced twenty-one plays from the Shakespearean cannon (some several times) and other plays from Aeschylus to Pinter, Ionesco and Tennessee Williams in both professional and academic theater. His own plays have been produced in union theaters in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the North Carolina Spoleto Festival, and in academic theater (including Colby College; from which he holds an honorary degree), and are published by the Quarterly Review of Literature and by Baker’s Plays. During his over twenty years on Colby’s faculty he directed plays and musicals by Sondheim, Brecht and others. He has also penned a book on modern war and Greek tragedy, In the Theater of Dionysos and his adaptation of The Phantom Lady by Calderón de la Barca had a public reading at The Shakespeare Theater in Washington D.C. in October 2007. In the spring of 2003, his drama The Maroni Notebook (which premiered at Colby) was the Maine state winner of the Clauder prize.


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