Monday Night Guest Speaker Series

  • Recurring weekly on Monday
  • Dates: June 27, 2022 to July 25, 2022
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Hollins University
    7916 Williamson Road
    Roanoke, VA 24019
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June 27, July 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:30 p.m.

Mill Mountain Theatre, Waldron Stage

Each Monday night the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University and Mill Mountain Theatre present a talk by a prominent working professional theatre artist.

            June 27: Dale Savidge

Dale Savidge – director, educator, entrepreneur

Savidge holds a Ph.D. in English and theatre from the University of South Carolina and is a registered drama therapist under the guidelines of the North American Drama Therapy Association. He is the executive director of the Applied Theatre Center in Greenville, SC. Savidge also coauthored the book Performing the Sacred.


            July 4: Chris Rich and Megan Gogerty

Chris Rich – technical director, lighting, scenic, sound designer

Rich works as technical director for Riverside Theatre overseeing the completion of their new theatre in downtown Iowa City and managing the design teams for the inaugural season in the Crescent Building. He also works in production and design with Theatre Cedar Rapids and Pyramid Theatre Company of Des Moines.


Megan Gogerty – playwright, comedian, educator

Gogerty’s solo show Lady Macbeth and Her Pal, Megan played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the Audience Pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. A WordBRIDGE alum, Gogerty earned her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa and is a regularly returning visiting faculty for the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins.


            July 11: Katie Coleman

Katie Coleman – playwright, composer, director

Coleman’s work has been produced or developed at Mill Mountain Theatre, Rising Sun Performance Company, Tesseract Theatre Company, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Rose of Athens Theatre, Auburn University, and The New Coordinates. She was the director of the 2021 Hollins Trans [Play] of Remembrance Festival and hosts a podcast (Totally Trans) about trans representation in media. She lives in Chicago and has an M.F.A. in playwriting from the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins.


            July 18: Shaun Landry and Hans Summers

Shaun Landry – performer, director, producer

Landry is a native of Chicago currently living in Los Angeles and is highly respected for her work in the field of improvisation. She produces and performs with The Seniors Improv and is a current company member of Company of Angels with Angel City Improv. Landry is the founder and CEO of The Ledge Theatre: A nonprofit theatre and organization producing and performing improvisational, sketch, and classic theatre reimaged by voices of color.


Hans Summers – performer, director, producer

Summers is a graduate of Indiana University and a Second City Training Alumnus. He created the ensembles Fooglewoogle, The Underground Theatre Conspiracy, and was an original member of Oui Be Negroes with Shaun Landry. With Landry, he also has produced The Seniors Improv Comedy, and during the pandemic also performed and served as technical consultant creating Theatre in The Home.


            July 25: Edward B. Smith

Edward B. Smith – director, actor, producer

Smith is currently the director of artistic inclusion for the Cleveland Play House. He holds a B.F.A. in performance and an M.A. in leadership/administration from Ohio University. Over the course of his career, he has performed and directed across North America at theatres such as The Cleveland Play House, Canadian Stage, and The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. With over 20 years of experience in the worlds of theatre, print, film, and television, Smith has always approached his work with an eye to developing strategies to eradicate oppressive practices.

Due to Hollins University’s Culture of Care protocols regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, all audience members will be required to show proof of full vaccination (either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson) and at least one booster AT THE DOOR to attend a performance. Everyone is also required to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times while in the theatre. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Go to for additional information.

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Monday Night Guest Speaker Series
  • 7916 Williamson Road
  • Roanoke, VA 24019
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  • Hollins University
  • Free
  • Recurring weekly on Monday