Zac Buser, M.F.A.
Chair of the Department of Art
Professor of Art
Zac Buser has the privilege of interacting daily with artists and seeks the goal of developing their conceptual, technical, and spiritual maturity at NGU. Buser studied both ceramics and music theory at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, S.C. He received a bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston in studio art and classical guitar performance and his Master of Fine Arts from Clemson University. Buser's works are held in collections in both Europe and the United States.
Office Location: Runion 206
Hayley De Gonzalez, M.F.A.
Instructor of Art
Hayley De Gonzalez teaches graphic art and ceramics at NGU. She received her Bachelor of Arts in studio art, with a focus on graphic design, at Francis Marion University. Douglas attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina (USC) and received her Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in ceramics. She has previously taught at USC and Anderson University. She has also exhibited at Francis Marion University, USC, Limestone College, and the Spartanburg Art Museum, as well as in other exhibitions along the East Coast.
Office Location: Runion 209
Blake Smith, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Art
Blake Smith received his bachelor's degree in visual art from Lander University and his master's from Clemson University with an emphasis in photography. His work has appeared in B&W Magazine and TOWN Magazine, and it's included in public and private collections. Smith is also a member of the ArtBomb Studios, a cooperative art studio in Greenville, S.C.
Office Location: Runion 208
Amy Dunlap, M.F.A.
Associate Dean of the School of the Arts
Chair of the Department of Theatre
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Amy Dunlap, assistant professor, serves as the chair of the Theatre Department at NGU. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Regent University. At NGU, she teaches acting, camera acting, voice, movement, dance, playwriting, and auditioning. Favorite acting credits include Saltworks Theatre Company, Naples Arts Festival, and Virginia Shakespeare Festival. She also previously worked in Virginia as a talent agent and casting director. Dunlap is a married mother of three active teenagers and an avid reader.
Office Location: SOT 201
Cyndi Lohrmann, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Theatre
Cyndi Lohrmann serves as an assistant professor of theatre costume design at NGU. She holds a Bachelor
of Science in Clothing and Textiles, and Master of Fine Arts in theatre
from Western Illinois University with an emphasis in costume design.
Before moving to South Carolina, she was the costume shop manager,
taught stagecraft and costume design at Western Illinois University. She
has designed professionally for Max and Louie Productions in St. Louis.
Her love of sewing extends beyond making costumes; she enjoys sewing
dolls and their clothing, soft sculpture, piecing quilts., and making a garment or two.
Office Location: Billingsly Theatre 201
Dale Savidge, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre
Dr. Dale Savidge serves as a professor of theatre at NGU, teaching courses in applied theatre, theatre history, theatre theory and criticism, and directing. In addition to teaching, he regularly directs shows in the NGU season. Savidge founded and continues to direct Christians in Theatre Arts and the Applied Theatre Center. He is the co-author of Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue. In his spare time, he enjoys leading drama therapy groups for at-risk youth.
Office Location: SOT 206
Jamison Rhoads, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Design
Jamison Rhoads serves as an assistant professor of design in the Theatre department at NGU. Rhoads holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wichita State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University. Prior to coming to NGU, Rhoads was a professor of design at Newman University in Wichita Kansas. Rhoads is excited and grateful that the Lord has brought him to NGU and blessed him with this opportunity. Rhoads has been married to Kate for the last 2 years and enjoys woodworking in his spare time.
Office Location: SOT 203