Dr. Mark May,Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department
Ms. Shontelle Thrash, Director of Theatre
Ms. Candace Jones, Administrative Assistant, Phone:(678) 466-4750, Fax: (678) 466-4769
Shontelle Thrash has over 20 years of experience in professional theatre. She is also the acting professor here at Clayton. As an actress, her work has taken her from New York to Shanghai, China. In the Atlanta community, she has performed at the Alliance Theatre, 7 Stages, Horizon Theatre, Actor’s Express, just to name a few. She is an accomplished film, television and voice over artist. As a producer and director, she has worked in venues all across the US. She is also the creator/producer of the Artists Showcase of Atlanta, which through its actor showcases, opened the door to a number of actors receiving agent representation. Her work continues to receive critical acclaim and universal praise.
Originally from Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in choral music education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master of fine arts degree in musical theatre from the University of Central Florida. Prior to her arrival at Clayton State, Katie spent six years training performers and teaching shows at Walt Disney World resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. She has performed professionally as a singer, dancer, and actress for various companies such as Walt Disney World, Gaylord Entertainment, and VEE Corporation. She has also choreographed and directed shows for several community theatres and educational institutions in the Midwest. Katie is eager to share her talents with the Clayton State community and thankful for the opportunity to assist the students in developing their own talents!
Derrick Vanmeter holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Design from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has designed scenery, costumes, and lighting in various professional and university companies along the east coast. Derrick contributed an essay on the use of the Guy Fawkes mask in the Occupy Wall Street movement to Deb Bell’s recently published volume Masquerade: Essays on Tradition and Innovation Worldwide.