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Faculty Profiles

photo of faculty memberRobin Stephens, Associate Professor, Director of Dance and Theatre Program
Dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Robin Stephens has enjoyed a distinguished career in the American Musical Theater. Handpicked by the Broadway legends Gower Champion, Alan J. Lerner, and Charles Strouse, Ms. Stephens has performed as a featured dancer in the original companies of the Broadway musicals, 42nd Street and Dance a Little Closer.

While on Broadway she has worked with such luminaries as Jerry Orbach, Tammy Grimes, Delores Gray, Leroy Reems, Len Carou, and George Rose. Ms. Stephens's professional associations with important regional theaters are Oklahoma City's Lyric Theater, Music Theater of Wichita, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Casa Manana of Fort Worth, Texas.  Ms. Stephens has trained regionally with such luminaries as Miguel Terechov and Yvonne Chouteau of the Ballet Ruse de Monte Carlo, Ko Yukuhuiro of Martha Graham Company and Conrad Ludlow principal dancer with the New York City Ballet.

While in New York she studied with Finis Young(ballet), Lynn Simonson (jazz), Randy Skinner (tap), and Lea Theodore (musical theater).

Recently, Ms. Stephens has been on the faculty at Coastal CarolinaUniversity were she served asdance instructor and resident choreographer fortheir Musical Theater division.

She currently directs the ULM dance department and serves as resident choreographer for the ULM's Opera and Musical Theater program.  Her most recent successes include the first ever sold out musical at ULM, Chicago, Spring 2012 and Guys & Dolls, Spring 2013.  Ms. Stephens holds a BFA from Oklahoma City University, a Masters Degree from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and is a registered yoga instructor.

Office: Brown Annex 116    Phone: 318.342.1312    Email: stephens@ulm.edu


Faculty ProfilesTina Mullone, Associate Professor of Dance
Ms. Mullone began her dance training in ballet under Fernando Schaffenburg.  She continued to study at Dallas Black Dance Theatre while attending the University of Oklahoma.  After completing a degree in Art History, she performed and taught for JAADE Dance Theater, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Beckles Dancing Company. 

She also taught for the Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex area, the School of Texas Ballet Theater, and Texas Christian University.  Additionally she has taught at Freedom Theater and Temple University as a graduate assistant in Philadelphia, PA.    She also performed with Kariamu and Company and Bianca Harris Dance Ensemble (Philadelphia, PA).

After receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, Ms. Mullone taught at several Fort Worth/Dallas metroplex community colleges including the Dancing Classrooms program (which the movie Mad Hot Ballroom documents about).  Her performances have taken her to Germany, Mexico, New York, Philadelphia and Texas.

Besides assisting Ms. Stephens on the musical, Chicago, Ms. Mullone served as choreographer for the "Crapshooters' Dance" in Guys & Dollsand Cinderella's birds in Into the Woods.  Most recently she collaborated with fellow music faculty, Dr. Mel Mobley in a multi-media work entitled Babel.  This work featured live percussion, original choreography and multi-media video all contributed by students.  

She is a proud board member for the South Region of the American College Dance Association.

Besides teaching dance at ULM, Ms. Mullone continues to work with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, Beckles Dancing Company, on her Pilates certification and independent artists in her spare time.  She also continues to study dance under a number of dance professionals, teach at conferences and attend workshops whenever possible.

Office: Brown Annex 114    Phone: 318.342.3194    Email: mullone@ulm.edu


Faculty Profiles

Gretchen Jones, Instructor of Dance

Gretchen Jones can be seen just about anywhere on the dance scene in Northeast Louisiana.  She is on dance faculty at the University of Louisiana at Monroe specializing in ballet and tap.  In addition to this teaching post, Gretchen is on faculty at the Linda Lavender School of Dance and dually serves the Twin City Ballet Company as Artist in Residence and Associate Artistic Director.  She is also the co-founder of LG studio located in Ruston, LA. 

Gretchen received her dance training primarily from Linda Ford along with Master Class training from elite instructors from all over the world.  As a performer with TCB Gretchen has appeared in countless ballets, from classical to modern to Broadway to contemporary.  She has been featured in roles such as The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Dew Drop Fairy as well as soloist in original works.

While attending Louisiana Tech University, ultimately earning her Master’s of Science degree, Gretchen was a regular on the LTU stage.  Her theatre credits include Anything Goes, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Bye Bye BirdieShe also worked as choreographer with ULM’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar and Ruston Community Theatre’s Once Upon a MattressGretchen has been the recipient of numerous choreography awards, most notably from the industry-leading publication Dance Magazine

Gretchen has been seen performing at such esteemed events as the International Ballet Competition, Regional Dance America’s National Festival, many regional dance festivals, pageants, charity and other gala events.  Her teaching has taken her to various locales, serving as guest teacher in several states including Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Texas, Florida and Mississippi. 

Gretchen feels privileged to serve north Louisiana’s artistic community by working with such great students, colleagues and organizations. Gretchen and her husband, Tram are the proud parents of an adorable red-haired daughter named Charlotte.  The Jones' are happy to call Ruston their home.

Office: Brown Annex 114     Phone: 318-342-5305     Email: gjones@ulm.edu



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