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Department of Theatre and Dance Staff


Donna Conklin

Donna Conklin, MSM, CAP
Academic Assistant to the Chair 
Trahern 205

(931) 221-6767

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Donna Conklin is the Academic Assistant to the Chair. Donna is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee and a USAF military wife who has lived in several states throughout the 20 years of Air Force life. Before moving back to Donna’s hometown, she was the Human Resources Director at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson in Tucson, Arizona. Donna is a member of SHRM and IAAP. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Touro University and Master of Science in Management from APSU.

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Charlie Krantz
Technical Director
Trahern 240
(931) 221-1076

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Charlie Krantz is a proud alumni of APSU. They graduated (2020) with a BFA in Acting/Directing and a passion for technical work. During their studies at Austin Peay they would perform in shows and serve in various crew positions (sometimes simultaneously). Charlie has always valued the ability to be well rounded in whatever field you find yourself in, and they believe that APSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance gives students the tools to do just that. 

They have worked for such companies as: Little Theatre on the Square and Maples Repertory Theatre. They were also offered an internship at Lexington Children’s Theatre before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled their 2020-2021 season. 

One of Charlie’s main goals is to create a comfortable and affirming space for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty. 

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Austin Shaw
Collabrative Pianist                            Trahern 240
(931) 221-6765

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Austin Shaw is a versatile multi-instrumentalist with a passion for many different musical styles. Originally from Central Illinois, he was incredibly active in the musical theatre scene, having played for over 40 regional, community, and academic productions. He received his bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Piano Performance where he was the recipient of many competitive awards including the MDSO Concerto Competition, the ISMTA Competition, and the Hollis Prize, Millikin's highest musical honor. Afterwards, he received his master's degree in Piano Performance from Northern Arizona University. Upon moving, he became incredibly active as a jazz musician in the Flagstaff and Phoenix areas. His music has taken him all over the country as he has had the opportunity to perform at many high-profile venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, the House of Blues in New Orleans and Disney's Hollywood Studios.