Lesley Preston, Chair
Professor of Theatre
MFA in Theatre Design, University of Calgary
Classes Taught: Intro to Theatre, Design Process, Theatre History, African American Theatre, Intercultural Theatre
Lesley Preston serves as Professor of Theatre at Presbyterian College and Chair of the Department of Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Dalhousie University and her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from the University of Calgary. Before moving to the United States, Professor Preston worked professionally in Canada as a scenic artist and free-lance designer. Her latest professional work was with Centre Stage in Greenville, where she designed the set for Brighton Beach Memoires, Angel Street and Miracle on 34th Street. Professor Preston has always been interested in new work, either as a participant, such as her design for the world premiere of Step/Dance at Neptune Theatre in Halifax, or as a spectator attending the Edinburgh Theatre Festival to see world theatre and new works.
Professor of Theatre
MFA in Directing, University of Memphis
Classes Taught: Intro to Theatre, Acting Process, Movement Styles, Adaptation, Documentary Theatre
Professor Ragland attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate degree, where she studied both theatre and dance and combined them with her degree in Performance Studies. After graduation, she co-founded a theatre and dance company which presented acclaimed original works at TheatreWorks in Memphis, Tenn. While working in the professional theatre and dance world in Memphis, Professor Ragland earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Memphis in 1999. Upon graduation from her MFA, she moved to Seattle to study dance. While in Seattle Professor Ragland became a certified yoga instructor, choreographed and performed at Velocity Studios, and acted professionally. Upon leaving Seattle in 2001, she came to teach at PC. She received tenure in 2008. In her time at PC, Professor Ragland has received several awards for her directing, choreographed many productions, and taught numerous classes both on and off campus. Professor Ragland continues her studies in theatre and dance, recently earning her certification in Pilates and attending a summer workshop with Anne Bogart and the Bill T. Jones dance company.
Classes Team Taught by both professors: Theatre for Social Change, Devised Theatre, Capstones