Meet the Theatre Faculty

The theatre program offers small class sizes that facilitate individualized attention and collaboration with faculty.  Limestone's student/teacher ratio of 10.5:1 allows students a unique flexibility in pursuing their specific interests. So whether your place is the star of the show or the star of the stage design, you will find the Limestone faculty is dedicated to making your dreams come true!

Tim Baxter-Ferguson, Ph.D.

Theatre Department Chair
Professor of Theatre & English
Office: Limestone Center
Phone: (864) 488-4502 or 1-800-795-7151 X4502
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Ph.D., English, University of South Dakota
M.A., Theatre, University of South Dakota
M.A., English, University of South Dakota
B.A., Theatre, University of Oregon

Playwriting, Scenic Design, Directing, Improvisation, creative writing and 20th century American fiction

Teaching Awards:
Two time winner of the Fullerton Excellence in Teaching Award, Winner of the South Carolina Governor's Distinguished Professor Award

Published works:
"I have had several poems and some fiction published in small literary journals across the U.S.  Along with my English background, I am a prolific and oft-produced playwright. My plays have won awards from the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival in three different regions.  I have had plays run in university theatres in Oregon, Washington, Montana, South Dakota and Louisiana.  A play of mine toured the U.S. and Canada last year, and I was lucky enough to have a staged-reading done at the prestigious BoarsHead Theater in Lansing, MI."

Courses Taught at Limestone:
Acting: Basics (TH 102), Acting: Performance, Auditioning and Voice (TH 202), Acting: Style (TH 302), Drama Appreciation (TH 101), Studies in Contemporary Drama (EN 331), Fundamentals of Play Production (TH 110), Experiential Theatre (TH 111), Playwriting (TH 308), Directing (TH 307), Advanced Stage Design (TH 309), Advanced Directing (TH407), Freshman Composition (EN 101), Expository Prose (EN 102), Experiences in Literature (EN 201), Studies in African-American Literature (EN 311).

Productions Directed at Limestone:
Select productions include, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, White Christmas, The 39 Steps, Arsenic and Old Lace, Avenue Q, Lend Me a Tenor, The Diviners,

Additional Duties:
Dr. Baxter-Ferguson is active in the world of scenic design.  His work appears frequently with such theatre companies as Queen City Theatre, Spartanburg Repertory Theatre, and CAST Theatre.  He has designed over 100 productions.

Past Acting Roles:
Multiple roles in Greater Tuna, Ensemble in Some Enchanted Evening, Lyman in Redwood Curtain, Jim in Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, Greg in Sylvia, Berenger in The Killer, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Lewd Fingers in Angry Housewives , Joshua/Edward in Cloud 9, Daddy in American Dream , Juvenile Lead in Six Characters in Search of an Author, Amanda in The Glass Menagerie, Alice in The Secret Garden.

Favorite part of teaching:
"I enjoy challenging students and witnessing their own surprise when they succeed beyond their expectations."

Carrie Ameling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theatre & English
Office: 219 Limestone Center
Phone: (864) 488-8234 or 1-800-795-7151 X8234
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Ph.D., Theatre, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Theatre, Bowling Green State University
B.F.A., Theatre, Southwestern University

In 1997, Dr. Ameling attended The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City.   At LSTI, she studied acting, vocal performance, dance, dialects, and directing.   Alumni of LSTI include such actors as Al Pacino, Alec Baldwin, and Marilyn Monroe.

Courses Taught at Limestone:
Acting: Basics (TH 102), Theatre History (TH 103), Drama Appreciation (TH 101), Contemporary Drama (EN 331), Fundamentals of Play Production (TH 110), Performance Studies (TH 201), Acting: Performance, Auditioning, and Voice (TH202), Acting: Style (TH302), Dramatic Criticism (TH401)Public Speaking (EN 105), Fine Arts for the Elementary Education Teacher (ED352).

Productions Directed at Limestone:
Dancing at Lughnasa, A Dolls House, Faustus, Art, Eli and the Lost Women, How I Learned to Drive, Meet Me Under the Peach, The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Stop Kiss, Vinegar Tom, The Bald Soprano, The Lesson, The Spitfire Grill, Art, Stop Kiss, Barefoot in the Park, and Tartuffe.

Teaching Specialties:
American Method Acting, Oral History Acting Method, Dialect and Accent Reduction Techniques.

Professional and Educational Organizations:
ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education)
NCA (National Communication Association)
Alpha Psi Omega Honorary Theatre Fraternity

Past Teaching Experience:
Dr. Ameling was an Instructor of Theatre at Bowling Green State University from 1999-2002.   While at BGSU, she taught Performance Studies, Acting, and Cultural Diversity in Performance.   Dr. Ameling directed Arthur Schnitzler's La Ronde , Susan Glaspell's Trifles, and a reader's theatre production of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery."   She also instructed and directed students in BGSU's Horizon Youth Theatre.   In this summer theatre program, Ameling taught creative dramatics, including improvisation and script exploration.  Dr. Ameling directed students in The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute's youth program.   The students wrote and performed an original play, created through improvisation and story telling.

Past Acting Roles:
Ariel in The Tempest, Pam/Adele in The Story of Susanna, Mae in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Ellen Terry in The Actor's Nightmare, Arlene in Getting Out, Gabrielle in The Madwoman of Chaillot, and Chrissie in Dancing at Lughnasa.

Playwriting Experience:
Dr. Ameling is passionate about writing plays based on the extraordinary stories of ordinary individuals.   She conducts ethnographic studies on people with shared experiences and creates plays using verbatim interviews.   She recently created a play for Gaffney's Bicentennial celebration in 2004 called Meet Me Under the Peach.   While at Southwestern University, Dr. Ameling wrote Milk, based on her experiences at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Dr. Ameling's research interests include contemporary feminist drama, acting methods, directing theories, oral history performance, gender and performance theories, and sport as performance.   She has presented research papers at numerous regional conferences, including the Comparative Drama Conference at Ohio State University and the Far West Popular and American Culture Associations' Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.   Dr. Ameling wrote a book review on Amelia Jones and Andrew Stephenson 's   Performing the Body/Performing the Text, published in Theatre Journal.

In between "Las Vegas, Nevada" and "Dr. Ameling wrote a book review" insert the following sentence: She has also presented her research at national conferences such as ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and NCA (National Communication Association).

Favorite part of teaching:
"I like to share my passion for the theatre and inspire students to appreciate and sometimes even love theatre as an art form."