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Professor Erika Guay hails from Virginia and holds a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a M.F.A. from University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a member of United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Association (KCACTF), Phi Beta Kappa,and Alpha Psi Omega. She has specialties in design and building puppets, mask making, and Asian theatre.
Erika’s love of puppets began while studying bunraku with the Tonda Ningyo Troupe in Biwa-cho, Japan. From this experience she performed with the Bunraku Bay puppet company at the Kennedy Center. She has designed and built puppets for many University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) productions including an award winning puppet for the opera Barnum’s Bird, and many innovate animal puppets for the children's tour show, Wiley and the Hairy Man.
Erika has also studied abroad in Italy, England, and Australia and traveled to several other countries. A highlight trip was attending the 2007 Prague Quadrennial with the USITT PQ tour which traveled and experienced theatre in Eastern Europe before attending the conference.
As a transplant to the North Country, Erika is very interested in community outreach. She is the current Lighting Designer for the North Country Ballet Ensemble production of The Nutcracker, has designed at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, and regularly presents at the KCACTF Region 1 conference. She is the VC of Programming for USITT Upstate NY region.
Erika is the faculty adviser for Alpha Psi Omega (APO), the Theatre Honors Society. If you want to know more about the organization and become a member, please stop by! For that matter, any student can stop by to chat, Erika's door is always open!
Office: Myers Fine Arts 0122B
Phone: (518) 564-2324