Professor of Performing Arts; Department Chair
M.F.A., Dallas Theater Center/Trinity University
B.A., Trinity University
Phone: 815-226-4108
Fax: 815-394-5167
E-mail: DMogford@rockford.edu
Deborah Mogford earned her bachelor's degree in theater from Trinity University, San Antonio Texas, and her master of fine arts in acting/directing from the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Texas. For 20 years, Ms. Mogford taught voice and acting technique to both graduate and undergraduate students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, preparing them for professional careers and advanced studies in all aspects of the performing arts. Her students are found in the top graduate programs in the United States and in England, including Harvard, Yale, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Cal Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. They have graced the stages of some of the most prestigious regional theaters, including Houston’s Alley Theater, Dallas Shakespeare, Seattle Repertory, The Guthrie in Minneapolis, Minn., Atlanta’s Alliance, Southern Repertory in New Orleans, The Goodman in Chicago and The Old Globe in San Diego. They have been seen in the Edinburg Theater Festival, London’s West End, the New York International Fringe Festival, the National Theatre of Great Britain and on Broadway both in front and behind the curtain. Her students have also found success in front of the camera, on TV in commercials, sit-coms, miniseries and in Feature and Independent Films.

Ms. Mogford is herself an accomplished actress and sought after director. She has won awards throughout the South for her innovative productions which are marked by naturalist acting and great attention to detail. She has directed throughout the South including Oklahoma Shakespeare, After-Dinner Players in Houston—where her production of The Importance of Being Ernest won awards for Best Play and Best Direction—and The Out-Of-The-Loop Festival in Dallas, Texas. As a director, she believes in the total vision of a work where all aspects perform together in a collaborative manner to enhance the overall impact of the theater. Her unique work in theater and education has been sought after by universities in Ecuador and Hong Kong. Currently, she has been heading an international team to develop the Paul Baker Idea Institute. This new institute is dedicated to infusing the integration of the arts and arts-based knowledge into the business, education and civic components of a community. This is an effort to develop more creative thought in today’s business and industry. The workshops and seminars demonstrate the international success that has been made by employing the innovative teaching techniques of theater pioneer, Paul Baker to the business, educational and civic entities. The purpose is to develop new ideas and directions for solving 21st century problems while fostering collaboration between artists, educators and CEOs of some of the world’s top companies.
Associate Professor of Music
M.M., Baylor University
B.S., Liberty University
Phone: 815-226-4102
Fax: 815-394-5167
E-mail: TAdams@rockford.edu

Timm Adams, Associate Professor of Music, joined the Rockford University Performing Arts Department in the fall of 2001 after living in Chicago for 6 years. A native of Shawnee Mission, Kan., Timm received a bachelor's degree in music education from Liberty University and a master of music (M.M.) degree in vocal performance from Baylor University, where he was awarded Graduate Teaching Assistantships in both Opera and Theater. As the Opera Teaching Assistant at Baylor, Adams had the opportunity to work with renowned Guest Directors from around the country and direct several one-act operas himself.

After graduating from Baylor, he pursued a professional career in theater and performed extensively throughout the Southeast and Midwest. His credits include Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph), Singin' in the Rain (Cosmo), Oklahoma (Will Parker), Foxfire (Dillard), Side By Side By Sondheim, and Annie (with Rue McClanahan). Other regional credits include Norman Petty in Buddy…the Buddy Holly Story (Apollo Theater); Ariel, the rollerblading robot, in Return to the Forbidden Planet (American Heartland Theatre); Johnny in The Cardigans (Plaza Dinner Playhouse, KC); and L.M. in several productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Timm has also entertained audiences throughout Alaska aboard Royal Caribbean's Legend of the Seas.

In 1997, after being nominated for a KC Drama Desk Award for Best Director, he settled into a corporate job in Chicago with Unum Life Insurance Company, first as a sales coordinator and then as an account consultant. During his 4 years in the corporate world, Timm continued to direct music, perform and teach private voice. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi (National Education Honors Society), Alpha Psi Omega (National Theater Arts Honors Society) and Pi Kappa Lambda (International Honors Society in Musicology). He is also a member of the professional actors union, Actors' Equity Association, and is currently the Artistic Director of the Chicago Chamber Choir. At Rockford University, Adams teaches private voice, music theory, musical theater style and lit., conducts the Women’s Ensemble, Regent Singers and the Vocal Collective, and directs the music portion of Rockford University's main-stage shows.

Phone: 815-394-5170
Phone: 815-226-4100
Fax: 815-394-5167
E-mail: BoxOffice@rockford.edu
Tickets may also be requested via email at boxoffice@rockford.edu.

Box Office opens at least one hour prior to showtime for all productions. Tickets: Adults $12, Seniors $9, Students $9 Group rates are available.

Fall/Spring Hours
Mon-Fri:  1  - 5:00 pm
Summer Hours
Mon-Thu - 1 - 5:00 pm
Costume Shop Supervisor
Phone: 815-226-4089
E-mail: EABurke@rockford.edu
Technical Director & Production Manager
Phone: 815-226-4122
E-mail: EDrog@rockford.edu

Drog is a Rockford native and graduated from Rockford College in 2002 with a bachelor of arts in theater and a bachelor of fine arts in art (emphasis in photography). After graduating, she was an equity stage manager at New American Theater and Artists’ Ensemble, teaching theater at Keith School and the assistant technical director of Rockford University. She has taken on the role of technical director at Rockford University and is very pleased to be working with such talented designers.

Professor of Performing Arts
M.F.A., University of Massachusetts
B.F.A., University of Arizona
Phone: 815-226-4089
Fax: 815-394-5167
E-mail: JHendry@rockford.edu

Jeff Hendry, Professor of Performing Arts and Costume Designer, came to Rockford in the fall of 1982. Originally from Arizona, where he received a bachelor of fine arts in theatre production from the University of Arizona, he moved to the east coast to study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and received his master of fine arts in costume design.

Throughout his career, Hendry has worked at a variety of regional theatres on both coasts including the Old Globe Theatre, Champlain Shakespeare Festival, Tennessee Williams Arts Center, and New London Barn Playhouse. Here at Rockford University, besides teaching the courses in costume design and designing costumes for all the mainstage productions, he teaches in the musical theater program in addition to teaching a variety of other courses such as Introduction to Theatre, Performing Arts Seminar and Senior Seminar, as well as directing a production each year. Some of the favorite productions which he has directed include, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pericles, Rashomon, A Little Night Music, Phantom and Angels in America Part 1.

Besides his costuming work at the university, Hendry has designed for the University of Wisconsin at both Stevens Point and Madison where he collaborated with nationally syndicated cartoonist Nicole Hollander on a musical version of her comic strip Sylvia’s Real Good Advice. Regionally, Hendry has designed costumes for the Fireside Theatre, Circa’ 21 Dinner Playhouse and Little Theatre on the Square, (where he received a Herald Award for his designs for Babes in Arms). In the Chicago area, his designs have appeared on the stages of Northlight Theater (Everything’s Ducky, It Ain’t Nothing But the Blues- with Broadway director Randal Mlyer), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (The Little Mermaid), Theatre at the Center (Gypsy, Grand Hotel), Drury Lane Water Tower Place (Grand Hotel), and Drury Lane Evergreen Park, where he designed 29 productions including; Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Sophisticated Ladies, Phantom and West Side Story and received two prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award nominations, (Chicago’s Tony Award) for his designs for Jerry’s Girls and Singin’ in the Rain.

Summer 2015, Maine State Music Theatre, A conversation with costume designer Jeff Hendry

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts
M.F.A., University of Utah
B.F.A., University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Phone: 815-226-4189
E-mail: AO'Dierno@rockford.edu

Angelo O’Dierno came to Rockford University in 2012, as an assistant professor of the performing arts with an emphasis in scenic and lighting design. He finds his greatest enjoyment as an educator is the mentoring of young designers and helping them to develop into thoughtful, caring, and artistic individuals.

Angelo earned his MFA in lighting design from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, and his BFA in technical theatre with from the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay, Wis. 

Prior to graduating from UW-Green Bay, Angelo began working professionally, during the summers, as the Lighting Designer for Rock Valley College’s musical theatre venue Starlight Theatre in Rockford. Upon graduating from the University of Utah, he accepted the full-time position of administrator of technical direction and lighting design for Rock Valley College’s Starlight and Studio Theatres. During his time there, along with his technical direction and teaching responsibilities, with a little performing as well, he designed the lighting for more than 112 shows.

After leaving Rock Valley, Angelo worked as the Shop Supervisor at Elgin Community College in Elgin. There he oversaw the lighting for the ECC Arts Center’s Touring Artist series, taught technical theatre classes, designed lighting and scenery for productions in both the Second Space and Blizzard Theatre, and designed lighting for multiple dance companies. 

Angelo is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) and is on the Light Lab Committee.  He is also the coordinator of equipment and educational challenges for USITT’s Light Lab Studio.  He loves this opportunity to learn about the newest lighting equipment on the market and develop skill challenges for students and professionals who want to improve their knowledge of modern stage lighting.

Since 2007, he has regularly designed the lighting and scenery for Artists’ Ensemble Theatre, where he will bring his design students to assist him.  This has often resulted in his students being offered their first professional design contract with Artists’ Ensemble, and he couldn’t be happier.

Assistant Technical Director
Phone: 815-226-4122
E-mail: JTaylor@rockford.edu


Box Office Manager
Phone: 815-226-4032
E-mail: RWallgren@rockford.edu
Assistant Professor of Dance
M.F.A., Sam Houston State University
B.A., Sam Houston State University
Phone: 815-226-4106
E-mail: AWright@rockford.edu
Amy A. Wright holds both a BFA (2007) and MFA (2013) in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Since 2007, she has performed in national and international venues with numerous companies, including the Kista Tucker Dance Company, as a soloist at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, Missouri, with Princess Cruise Line, and as a guest artist with Houston’s NobleMotion Dance.

Amy’s choreography has been seen in many concerts at SHSU and in her hometown, Lubbock, TX, as well as at Houston’s Dance Gathering and Venturing Out and Corpus Christi’s Bailando festival, where her work was featured in the gala performance.  While in graduate school, she also served as the choreographer for the SHSU Opera Workshop, taking part in productions of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Die Fledermaus, all under the direction of Rebecca Grimes.

Amy also has a number of production credits to her name including concert direction, lighting and costume design, and stage management. Between 2010 and 2013, she served as the Production/Stage Manager for the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre and Rednerrus Feil Dance Company and worked on the production team for NobleMotion Dance.