New England School of Communications - 1 College Circle - Bangor, ME 04401 - Phone 1-800-448-7766

Entertainment Production Faculty

Kenneth Stack – EP Program Director

Trained at the Theatre Arts Conservatory at Webster College (now Webster University), Ken received his B.A. cum laude in 1974.  He first came to Maine that same year as an actor at the Acadia Repertory Theatre in Somesville on Mt. Desert Island.  This was succeeded by many years in the regional theatre circuit, working in theatres from Maine to Virginia to Kansas.   In 1982 he returned to the Acadia Repertory Theatre as artistic director and took over the business in 1988. Since that time, he has worked for most of the theatre organizations in central and eastern Maine, including the Acadia Rep, the Penobscot Theatre, The Grand Auditorium, Belfast Maskers and the Bangor Community Theatre.  Ken has appeared in over 400 professional productions as well as directing over 250 plays and musicals.

In 1990 Ken joined NESCom as a performance guest artist for a workshop session.  This led to a secondary career as an educator.  Ken has been teaching ever since and has also taught speech at Husson University.

Kenneth Stack

Brave Williams – EP Design Instructor

Brave holds his MFA in theatre set design from The University of Alabama and his BA in theatre from The University of Maine.  He has designed and constructed sets for the world’s sixth largest Shakespeare Festival, The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama.  At the University of Alabama he designed sets for THE THREEPENNY OPERA and ASSASSINS.  He spent five years as a technical director for Student Life, a touring and video production company in Birmingham, Alabama.  Brave oversees the design and scenic elements of the EP degree program and designed the sets for WEST SIDE STORY, the Gracie’s premiere production.

Brave Williams

Jeffrey Ferrell – EP Lighting Instructor 

Jeff started his theatrical life on stage, and slowly migrated his way backstage. Though he can still occasionally be found on-stage, the bulk of his time is spent designing lighting for local theatre and dance companies. He is also the Technical Director for Robinson Ballet Company. Jeff designed the lighting for WEST SIDE STORY, and THE WHO’S TOMMY, and teaches Fundamental and Advanced Lighting for EP.  Outside of theatre, he works in Bangor, in social services and lives in Bucksport with his wife Sylvia, and daughters, Hannah and Aliyah.

Jeff Ferrell

Litho Ruksznis – Audio Instructor

A professional Audio technician, Litho has worked as an audio specialist in the area for many years, designing, installing and operating audio systems for countless events and organizations. He has been an Audio Instructor since 2005.

Jeri Misler – Acting Instructor

Known throughout the local theatre community, Jeri has been a professional actor who has worked with the Penobscot Theatre Company and Winterport Open Stage. Jeri also serves as the Managing Director of the Gracie Theatre and is a member of NESCom’s Professional Advisory Committee.

Ed Hills – Shop Supervisor / Instructor

For the last three decades, Ed has worked in most areas of live production, beginning with an apprenticeship, at the age of 18, at the Concord Pavilion in California. During this apprenticeship, he worked on shows as small as local graduations to full scale touring rock n roll, including the concerts of Heart, Dire Straits, INXS, Metallica, KISS, Jackson Browne, Amy Grant, John Denver, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, Phil Collins, and Whitney Houston. Concurrently, he studied at San Francisco State and then at the University of Southern California, finishing with a B.A. in Drama and an MFA in Theatrical Design. Ed has worked as a designer of lighting, scenery, and sound for companies and venues of all sizes from California to the Caribbean. As a member of the IATSE he serves this organization as a job steward, call steward, vice president, and business agent. Ed has taught both lecture and labs in high schools, community colleges, and universities. Ed’s career as a designer and technician has always been focused on lighting and sound and the roles that these two elements play in live production, honoring the relationship between the two, and to find that path that moves the audience.