Traci Ledford, Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, received her Master of Fine Arts in Directing as well as her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing and Design from Baylor University. In the interim between the two degrees, Traci served as the Education and Outreach Intern at the Dallas Theater Center before devoting nine years to teaching theatre in the public school systems of Texas and North Carolina.
As a director, Traci has helmed over forty productions. Among them are Our Town, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Three Musketeers, Black Comedy, The Voice of the Prairie, Moon Over the Brewery, Cyrano de Bergerac, All My Sons, The Dazzle, Sunday in the Park with George, and Eurydice. Traci also continues to perform as an actress; her roles have included such classics as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Viola in Twelfth Night, Mariane in Tartuffe, Andromache in The Trojan Women, and the Mother in Blood Wedding. Most recently, she appeared as Rosannah DeLuce in Brilliant Traces.
Traci’s interests also extend to playwriting. Her original work, Three In One, was honored as a finalist in the CITA playwriting competition.
M.F.A. (Directing), Baylor University;
Teaching Certification - Secondary Theatre Arts, Texas A&M University Commerce;
B.F.A. (Directing and Design), Baylor University
Sarah E. Bussard, Assistant Professor of Theatre, joined the ETBU Faculty in Fall 2012. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design and Production at the University of Cincinnati, from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she specialized in traditional wig-making and prosthetic makeup. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Liberal Studies (concentrations in Theatre, Literature, and Writing) from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. During the completion of both degrees and following, Sarah served as a makeup artist, wig-maker, and costumer for productions in film, opera, and theatre as well as commercials. She has designed makeup and wigs for such productions as Orpheus Descending; Anything Goes (thesis work); Promises, Promises; On the Verge (or: The Geography of Yearning); and Bittersweet. She served as key makeup for the independent film, Silk Trees (with Evermore Pictures), as well as Evaluating Kaitly and 177, award-winning short films with Runaway Pen Productions. Additionally, she has served as a "local" technician for several regional theatres including the Cincinnati Opera, Honeywell Center in Wabash, Indiana, and the Morris Performing Arts Center, in South Bend, Indiana. Sarah occasionally lectures on wig-making and theatrical makeup to various college and theatre groups. Recently, Sarah returned to her alma mater in Wabash, Indiana, to head up their high school drama program, where they produced Bye, Bye Birdie.
M.F.A. (Theatrical Design and Production), University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music;
B.A. (Theatre, Literature and Writing), Bethel College
Stacy Bone, the Technical Director for the Department of Theatre Arts, is a graduate of Bethel College in South Bend, Indiana, with a BA in Theatre Arts. After college, he went to work for a church and camping ministry acting as the Technical Director for both locations. He additionally took a position as design engineer for an Indiana-based steel manufacturing company while continuing to pursue his goal of education by working for two separate high school theatre programs in four years. Stacy later returned to his alma mater to work as an adjunct professor, director, and designer; he directed their Studio Classic Endgame; The Genesians (their touring acting company); Christ in the Concrete City; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Previously, Stacy directed The Laramie Project with New World Arts in Goshen, Indiana.
B.A. (Theatre Arts), Bethel College