Theatre Faculty Biographies

John Carver Sullivan

john carver sullivanJohn Carver Sullivan has worked on many different productions, both on Broadway and off.  Most recently he was a design associate for Peter Harvey-Balanchine's The Jewels at the New York City Ballet.  He has also designed for The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music.

Some regional theaters he has worked at are the Alley Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Folger Library Theater, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, GeVa Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, the Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Stagewest and the Studio Arena Theater of Buffalo.

Professor Sullivan was also a design associate for Louise Nevelson on the production of Orfeo at the Opera Theater of Saint Louis and a product manager for the Lion King at Parsons-Meares Limited.

Professor Sullivan is associated with Webster University of Saint Louis, Hunter College of New York City and Southern Connecticut State University.

Dr. Sheila Hickey Garvey

sheila hickey garveySheila Hickey Garvey is a Professor of Theater at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and the Resident Director of the Greater Middletown Chorale where she recently staged Felix Mendelssohn's ELIJAH.  In the spring of 2013 she will be staging the world premiere of the GMAC's commissioned production of "Letters from Italy 1944:  War's End" in the spring of 2013.  Dr. Garvey has directed 25 productions for SCSU's Department of Theatre and was awarded a John F. Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Directing Fellowship in 1995.

In the summer of 2011 she was invited to teach master classes in Acting and Directing on the stage of the National Theatre of the Republika Srpska for the Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Banja Luka in Bosnia.  

Dr. Garvey's 2006 production of the American Premiere of Ellen Kaplan's Pulling Apart received the prestigious Moss Hart Award and her spring 2008 production of "A Piece of My Heart" received the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region I award for Outstanding Women's Initiative Production.  Dr. Garvey directed and acted in many of the award winning one-act plays selected for Short and Neat staged at New Haven's Lincoln Theatre during New Haven Connecticut's International Festival of the Arts.  She has also acted with Long Wharf Theatre, The Kitchen Playwright's Theatre, The Weathervane Theatre, The Allenberry Playhouse and The Williamstown Theatre Festival among others.  

Her articles on theatrical performance have appeared in The Eugene O'Neill Review, Theatre Survey, The New England Theatre Journal, The Recorder and Coup de Theatre, a journal of the Sorbonne.  She is a Past President of the Eugene O'Neill Society (2001-2003), a co-editor and a contributor to the book "Jason Robards Remembered" (MacFarland Inc., 2001) and a contributor to "A Critical Companion to Eugene O'Neill: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work" (New York:  Facts on File, Inc., 2009).   In 2011 she collaborated on the creation of a guidebook titled "Eugene O'Neill's New York" with Arthur and Barbara Gelb.  

She hold a B.S. from Emerson College (Theatre), an M.A. from Northwestern University (Directing), a Ph.D. from New York University (TISCH) Performance Studies and is also a graduate of Broadway's Circle in the Square Professional Acting School.

Kaia Monroe Rarick


Kaia is an Equity actor/singer/dancer with over 20 years of professional work behind her.  Her many regional credits include the Geva Theatre, The Fulton Opera House, Theatre 4, Missouri Rep, Weston Playhouse, Texas Shakespeare Festival and the Kennedy Center as well as national tourse of Swingtime Canteen and Joseph.  Her solo singing can be heard on the CD "Sacred Harp" with the New York-based folk music eensemble, Ephraim's Harp.

As a director and choreographer, Kaia has worked at the Glasslight Theatre, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts camp and--most recently--Goodspeed Musicals.  Previously she taught at The School for Film and Television in NYC, Cornell College and Long Wharf Theatre.

Besides an MFA in acting from the professional training program at University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kaia also has studied at the Del Arte School of Physical Theatre and is a certified yoga instructor.  Her creative and scholarly pursuits outside of SCSU are focused on vocal pedagogy and directing.  Kaia's current projects are editing an historical manuscript on bel canto vocal training and Artistic Director of the Second Sex Play Fest.

Larry Nye

larry nyeLarry Nye is currently an Associate Professor of Children's and Musical Theatre and Dance in the Department of Theatre at Southern Connecticut State University.  While at SCSU he has directed and choreographed productions of Bat Boy, Cabaret, Pippin, Anything Goes, Chicago (for which he received a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Award for Outstanding Dance Ensemble) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (for which he received a KCACTF Meritorious Award for Dance Choreography).  He has also directed In One Basket, Foibled Fables and The Villain and The Toy Shop for the Theatre for Young People.

He recently choreographed the opening number for the 85th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  At the Barn Theatre in Michigan, Larry directed and choreographed the first regional release of The Producers and choreographed the Disney original Geppetto and Son.  He also directed and choreographed the classic Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and choreographed Nunsense: The Mega Musical and an original production of Old Timer.

In 2008 he directed and choreographed The Full Monty for the Ivoryton Playhouse in CT.  Larry is currently the Director of Dance at Stagedoor Manor where he directed and choreographed the world premiere of Disney's High School Musical and recent productions of 9 to 5, Curtains and Big: The Musical with Richard Maltby Jr.

He has been a member of Actor's Equity Association since 1986 performing productions of A Chorus Line, Evita, Showboat, Annie, Sugar Babies, Irma La Douce, South Pacific, The King and I and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  While in New Haven, he has choreographed for Hopkins School and the Connecticut and the Connecticut Gay Men's Chorus.