Always Coming Home

Professional Staff

Cathy Brookshire  (Artistic Director)

Cathy Brookshire holds a MFA in Directing and a MLitt in Renaissance Studies and Shakespeare in Performance. She is a long time member of Actors Equity Association and the Society of American Fight Directors. She is the founder and artistic director of the Virginia-based theatre touring company, Organized Chaos, and has directed numerous productions including As You Like It, At The Water’s Edge, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, This Close, and Cymbeline. She is the author of several plays that have been produced in Virginia, West Virginia, and South Carolina. Ms. Brookshire is currently an instructor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia in the Speech, Communication, and Rhetoric Program.

Hunter Gardner (Director of Research)

Hunter Gardner is Assistant Professor of Classics in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and an affiliate of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She received her PhD from the University of North Carolina (2005), with a dissertation entitled, “The Waiting Game: Gender and Time in Latin Love Elegy.” Her publications on Ovid and Catullus are readings inspired in part by Julia Kristeva’s concept of the semiotic chora, and its applications to female subjectivity.

James Henderson  (Cinematographer)

James Henderson received a Master of Media Arts in 2001 from the University of South Carolina where he currently teaches an adjunct professor. He is the producer and director ofTroxler's Truckers: Memories of Vietnam (2009) which aired over South Carolina Educational Television and was the technical advisor for The Four Children of Tander Welch (2007).Mr. Henderson is the recipient of the 2006 Refried Films Distinguished Faculty Appreciation Award.

Charlene Spearen (Textual Consultant)

Dr. Spearen holds a MFA degree in Poetry and a Ph.D in Rhetoric and Composition. Her chapbook Without Possessions won the 2006 Stepping Stone Press Editors Series Award. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies and currently a full length manuscript of her work titled A Book of Exquisite Disasters is under review with Salmon Press. Dr. Spearen is the associate director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative and program coordinator for the University of South Carolina's Arts Institute. .

Undergraduate Staff

Tori Brown (Researcher, Writer, Transcriber, & Interviewer)

Alexandria Cherry (Researcher)

Zoe Cope   (Editor)

Joel Iliff (Researcher & Translator)

Erin Farrar (Cinematographer)

Darren Martins (Researcher & Trascriber)

Devon McGee (Transcriber)

Patrick McManus (Researcher & Transcriber)

Elisabeth Oliver (Researcher & Interviewer)