Dramatis Personae

Steve Burch, Reviewer

Steve Burch is an associate professor in theatre history at the University of Alabama, where he also teaches playwriting.  For nearly three decades he was a professional actor/director/playwright before he turned to teaching.  He is currently the artistic director of the Rude Mechanicals in Tuscaloosa, is featured in the recent indie film A Genesis Found (directed by Lee Fanning), and last spring his adaptation of Moby-Dick premiered at UA.  He is married to Deborah Parker and lives in Tuscaloosa.

Alexandra Ferretti, Reviewer

Alexandra Ferretti received a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. After spending four years as the Managing Editor of Pumps & Systems Magazine, she returned to school in 2010 to earn her Ph.D. in English from the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies at the University of Alabama.

Joey Gamble, Reviewer

Joey Gamble is a student at the University of Alabama majoring in English and French. In addition to writing reviews for Vanishing Sights, he writes a weekly blog about the art of theatre for The Dome, a Creative Campus initiative.

Nicholas Helms, Assistant Editor and Reviewer

Nicholas Helms is currently a Ph.D. student in the University of Alabama’s Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.  When he’s not contemplating the inner workings of Shakespeare’s brain or working with the Rude Mechanicals, a Tuscaloosa theatrical group, he enjoys playing the mandolin.

Alaina Jobe Pangburn, Editor-in-Chief and Reviewer

Alaina Jobe Pangburn is an alumna of the University of Alabama, where she received her M.A. in Renaissance Studies. She has been involved in a number of dramaturgy projects at UA as well as with Tuscaloosa’s The Rude Mechanicals and Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. She is the co-founder of Improbable Fictions, a staged reading series. A Georgia peach who recently moved west, she teaches English in Dallas, Texas.

H. Austin Whitver, Reviewer

H. Austin Whitver is a PhD student in the Hudson Strode program at the University of Alabama.  He is currently finishing up his dissertation on the cheery topic of tombs in Renaissance Drama.  He hopes that, once he finishes the diss, he will again allow him the time for hobbies.

Meredith Wiggins, Reviewer

Meredith Wiggins has been involved with the theatre in one way or another for most of her life, including minoring in Theatre Arts at her undergraduate institution.  An aspiring critic, she is currently working on her Master’s in Literature at the University of Alabama.

Guest Reviewers:

Alexandra Franklin

Michael Jackson

Matthew Kelley

Sean Randall

Shea Stripling


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