Catherine B. Rodgers
Director of Theatre,
Professor of Theatre
MFA in Acting and Directing, UNC-Greensboro
MA in Speech Communication and Theatre Arts, Wake Forest University
BA in Religion and American Civilization, Meredith College
Catherine B. Rodgers has acted professionally and directed regionally for the past 30 years. Recent stage roles include portraying Gloria Winwood in Right Place, Right Time for Stillwater Theatre, Joyce in Body Awareness for Deep Dish Theater Company, Mama Rose in Gypsy for Meredith Ensemble Theatre, and Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park for NC State's University Theatre.
Recent directing credits for Meredith Ensemble Theatre include The Sound of Music, Intimate Apparel (for which she received the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Directing Award), Playhouse Creatures, Kabuki Lady Macbeth, Ruthless the Musical, Schoolgirl Figure, and No, No Nanette.
Catherine was honored to receive the 2011 NCTC Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award in February of 2012. In June 2011, Rodgers was included in The Independent Weekly's annual best in regional theatre list.
Rodgers is a past President of the North Carolina Theatre Conference Board of Directors, having served proudly on that committee since 2002. Catherine is also fortunate to be the Director of Meredith's Summer Study Abroad Program in London. She is married to scenic designer William Rodgers and they have two wonderful children, Ginny and Chip, and a great son-in-law, Justin. Their crazy, but cuddly, bichon frise Keller rounds out the family.
Location: 133 Jones
Phone: (919) 760-8586
AFA in Drama, Wilkes Community College
Steven Roten is a professional actor and a member of the Actor's Equity Association. He is artistic director for Stillwater Theatre. He is also a proud member of the New River Dramatists, an organization that exists solely to support playwrights and screenwriters.
Some of his film / TV credits include Long and Winding, Follow the River, Jane and the Evil Spinstresses, Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Madox One Metal Skin Panic.
Stage credits include: George in Veronica Vavoom: Volcanologist, Players Club NYC; George in Suddenly Last Summer (starring Diane Kagan), Daisy in Baby with the Bathwater, and Ferlin Hamblin in Beautiful Star for Triad Stage; Jack Burden in All The King's Men (directed by Adrian Hall), Malcome McLaren in Lipstick Traces, and the Red Cross Representative in Way To Heaven for Burning Coal; Jean Francois Millet in Is He Dead for Deep Dish Theater Company; Malvolio in Twelfth Night or What You Will for the Koka Booth Amphitheatre; Guido Contini in Nine, and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music for Meredith Ensemble Theatre; and probably his favorite role, Frankenfurter in the Rocky Horror Show for UNCG.
Directing credits include Ether Steeds, The Grinning Man, and Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend for Stillwater Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How I learned To Drive, Trojan Women, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Flying Doctor and Two Precious Maidens Ridiculed (for which he recieved the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Directing), , and The Tempest for Meredith Ensemble Theatre; and Alice in Wonderland, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Dragonsong, and Perseus Bayou for Applause Cary youth theatre.
Steven has studied playwriting at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has had his works produced. In June 2011, Roten was included in The Independent Weekly's annual best in regional theatre list.
Location: 134 Jones
Phone: (919) 760-8719
Biographical info coming soon
LeGrande Smith joined the Meredith staff in 2007 after completing a second major in theatre at Meredith College. She has worked box office in the local area including Theatre In The Park, Cary Academy and Actors Comedy Lab. Smith has also designed costumes for Raleigh Ensemble Players, Theatre In The Park, Cary Applause Children’s Theatre and Justice Theatre Project.
At Meredith, she has designed costumes for Kabuki Lady Macbeth, Into the Woods, Gypsy, No, No, Nanette, Jerry's Girls and Top Girls. Smith is an adjunct instructor in the Dance and Theatre Department teaching box office, house management, and publicity classes. She also supervises the costume shop and theatre practicum students. She is married to Doug and has two children.
Phone: (919) 760-8834