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Fine Arts

Fine Arts and Inge Center Faculty and Staff

TERRI BARBERA is the Company Manger of the William Inge Center and Executive Associate of the ICC Fine Arts Department. Terri assists her colleagues, coordinate and facilitate the workings of productions and events throughout the year, while also participating in select groups within the Fine Arts programs.  Prior to ICC, Terri worked over twenty years in sales and marketing, where she practiced product education, quality assurance, regulatory FAA compliance and regulations as well as leadership in customer service and administration. She has become a local name when referring to the arts of Independence and Southeast Kansas. Terri is considered a well-balanced performing artist with over twenty years of experience performing with cover and touring groups at festivals, clubs and casinos.  All the while keeping refined skills for the classical stage intact, as Terri has also performed in over thirty-five theater productions including plays, musicals and operas.  She serves on local and national committees such as ASTRA, Chance Film Productions, Neewollah, and Montgomery County Theatre. Terri is a proud Kansas native and alumni of Independence Community College.

HARTY BLACKERT, is the Fine Arts Technical Director & Theater Manager of The William Inge Theater at Independence Community College.   He has been with ICC since 2011. He has been the driving force behind building the new Black Box Theater, the new light/sound booth, and the Inge Theater tech and stage upgrades.  For ICC, he has designed and production managed such shows as: Dog Sees God, The Skin Of Our Teeth, TEDx ICC, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Where’s Daddy?, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon A Mattress, South Pacific, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Spitfire Grill, Chekov’s Three Sisters, Tall Girls, Reading To Vegetables, The Emperor’s New Clothes, A Child’s Christmas In Wales, Oleanna, The Anna Plays, Laundry & Bourbon, Lone Star, Time Stands Still, The Nerd, The Princess Tea & Fairy Tale Revues, and various editions of The 24-Hour Plays.  He also designed the scenery for Neewollah’s Young Frankenstein (2013) and designed scenery and lighting for Honk! (2014).  Harty directed and conducted the music for the ICC musical, The Spitfire Grill, and was the Tech Director for the 2014 ASTRA Festival’s Say Goodnight Gracie, Hard Travelin’ with Woody, and Vincent. He’s currently designing for Night of the Living Dead Live coming to the Inge Theater, and Mary Poppins the Musical for Neewollah at Independence Memorial Hall.

MATT CARTER, is currently Associate Professor of Music at Independence Community College where he teaches trumpet, concert and athletic bands, and jazz ensemble.  He was previously the director of bands at Nemaha Central Schools in Seneca, Kansas and has served on the faculty of the Midwest Trumpet Festival. 
In addition to being an avid teacher, Matt has performed in a wide variety of genres.  He has performed as substitute principal trumpet with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, principal trumpet with the Northern Lights Music Festival, and has played with the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra.  He was a member of the University of Texas Jazz ensemble and can be heard on the album “Queenie Pie.”  He has also performed chamber music for the American Composer’s Forum, the Weisman Art Museum, as well as the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, TX.  Matt earned his B.M.E from Pittsburg State University, his M.M. in trumpet performance from The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently A.B.D. in his doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.   

BEN CORBETT is an Associate Professor of Voice and Acting Instructor at the Inge Center.  Ben Corbett is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher (Shakespeare & Co. '12).  He teaches Kristin Linklater’s vocal progression, phonetics and accents using Louis Colaianni’s Phonetic Pillows, and Uta Hagen's approach to acting. His professional vocal coaching credits include the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, CityRep, William Inge Theatre Festival, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Barter Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre Co., Bare Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.  His professional acting credits include two-and-a-half years as a resident actor at Barter Theatre, with additional roles at the William Inge Theatre Festival, City Rep, Blowing Rock Stage Co., Burning Coal Theatre Co., Light Opera Oklahoma, Shakespeare & Co., North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. He serves as both an actor and voice teacher at the Last Frontier Theatre Festival.  He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, and an Associate Editor for Oklahoma for the International Dialects of English Archive. He has launched his own voice practice,, and welcomes private clients who wish to explore the possibility and power of their speaking voices.

MEAGAN MOORE is the Inge Center Office Manager in the Fine Arts Department. She is a former ICC Theater student who went on to graduate from Pittsburg State University with a BA in Psychology and minor in Communication. Meagan is originally from Wichita, KS and transplanted to Independence to attend ICC on a full Theater scholarship in 2004. She was featured as “Annie Oakley” in Annie Get Your Gun and Lady Macbeth in A Macbeth while attending.
Meagan is a rural Cherryvale resident who has participated in many productions at the college as well as on the Neewollah stage over the years, such Marion in Music Man, and Ida in Honk!, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, as well as having been cast as the title role in Mary Poppins for Neewollah 2017. She is thankful for support from her loved ones, including husband, Alex, and daughter, Evie. 

JANELLE NULL is the Art Professor at Independence Community College teaching art since 1985.  Artistically she started out as a painter but in the past few years ceramics has become her artistic media of choice.  She teaches Drawing & Composition, Design I, Ceramics and Art Appreciation in the Fall Semesters.  And in the Spring Semesters, she teaches Painting , Commercial Art, Illustration, Design II and Art Appreciation.    She graduated from Kearney State College in Kearney, Nebraska (currently known as University of Nebraska at Kearney) and her master’s thesis was titled “Intertwining Nature and Faces”.  Janelle Null has exhibited across Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  Winning numerous awards for her paintings, drawings and ceramics.   She works with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create graphics and layouts for numerous community organizations.

BRUCE PETERSON, (Inge Center and Festival Managing Director) has a background in arts and entertainment journalism. He worked many years as marketing and development associate with the Inge Center prior to his appointment as Managing Director.  Bruce has aided growth of the Inge Center’s national stature and resource development, as reflected in national media coverage and numerous grant awards for support of the Inge Center’s artistic and educational programs.
Prior to the Inge Center, Bruce worked as Casting Editor with Back Stage publications in New York City, the development office of the International House in Philadelphia, and as arts editor for daily newspapers in his native California. Early in his career, Bruce was editor at weekly newspapers in such picturesque towns as Virginia City, Nev., and the intriguingly named Weed, Calif.-- communities much smaller than even Independence. He holds a Master of Science degree in Arts Administration from Drexel University (Philadelphia) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from San Francisco State University.

JOHN ERIC RUTHERFORD is the Associate Dean of the Fine Arts and head of the vocal music program at Independence Community College.  He is also currently serving as the Artistic Director for the William Inge Center for the Arts and Festival which is housed here at ICC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein University, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and is a current doctoral degree candidate at the University of Washington.  He has over 16 years of teaching experience in vocal and instrumental music at all levels. Rutherford has also served as a guest director for Kansas Music Educator’s Honors Choirs and Tri-League Honors Choir.  He has also served as an adjudicator for solo and ensemble contests through the state.  Eric is also an avid performer.  He has experience in numerous operatic scenes and also sung in several master classes, including a class with Renee Fleming in 2008.   He has also been a featured professional soloist in many concerts and performances at a variety of venues including Door County Music Festival, Puget Sound Opera, Piccini Theatre in Bari Italy, Seattle Opera, Elmhurst Symphony, and Columbus Opera Theatre. 

MICHELLE RUTHERFORD, Professor of Music, holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Otterbein University and a master’s from Kansas State University.   Along with teaching at ICC, She has maintained a private piano studio for 16 years. Michelle also has teaching experience in vocal and instrumental music in the public school classroom. She has also served as a clinician for several band festivals throughout Kansas and served as an adjudicator for solo and ensemble, and large group contests.  Along with teaching, Michelle is an accomplished piano accompanist.  She has accompanied for student juries at Northwestern University, numerous high school and college vocal concerts and musicals, and instrumental and vocalists in various competitions.  Michelle has also served as a church pianist and organist throughout her career.  She has served as the music director for many musical theater productions, most recently ICC’s upcoming show Les Miserables, South Pacific, Little Shop of Horrors, and Willy Wonka. 

Training and directing professional actors and performers for over 15 years, ERICK WOLFE continues to work with top rated performers and directors from all around the world. Working as a Director, Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Stunt Coordinator, Stuntman, Movement Coach, and Fight Director, his credits include Opera, Ballet, Theatre, Commercials, Television, and Film. Erick’s love for action and martial arts films led him to becoming an Internationally Certified Teacher with the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and the Academy of Performance Combat wherein he was able to pursue a career of fight directing and stunts. He has also held the position of National Representative of Stage Combat with the Association of Theatrical Movement Educators. Erick received his B.F.A. in performance from the University of Central Oklahoma, and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of New Orleans. Erick teaches Movement, Theatrical Combat, Directing, Stage Management, Improvisation, Theatre History, Theatre Appreciation, Mime, Clown, and Puppetry. In his spare time, he studies historical martial arts, loves to BBQ, and is a huge Star Wars and Batman geek.