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photo of faculty memberRobin Stephens, Associate Professor, Director of Dance 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 for their Musical Theater division.

She currently directs the ULM Dance Department and serves as one of the resident choreographers for the ULM's Opera and Musical Theater program.  Her most recent successes include the following musicals: Chicago (the first production to be sold out at ULM), Guys & Dolls, Into the Woods, West Side Story, Rent and this spring's Pippin. 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, Faculty Adviser for the Lambda Chapter of Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society, Dance Specialist for Louisiana A Plus Schools
Professor 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 Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, she performed and taught for JAADE Dance Theater, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth and Beckles Dancing Company. 

Prof. Mullone has 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 & Company: Traditions and Bianca Harris Dance Ensemble (Philadelphia, PA). After receiving a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, Prof. 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, Prof. Mullone served as assistant choreographer for the following musicals: Guys & DollsInto the WoodsWest Side Storyand RENT!  She also enjoys collaborating with faculty and other artists.  One of these collaborations was with fellow music professor, 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.  Prof. Mullone established the Lambda Chapter of Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society in the Spring 2012 as a way to invite all who share a passion for dance regardless of technical experience.  She proudly served two three-year terms as board member for the South Region of the American College Dance Association. She is also a certified Balanced Body University Pilates mat instructor.  Prof. Mullone is a dance specialist for Louisiana A+ Schools and a certified M'Singha Wuti level in the Umfundalai contemporary African dance technique. She was one of 8 selected mentees for the 2017 class of Dance/USA Institute on Leadership Training (DILT). She attended the 2017 American Dance Festival at Duke University and the Katherine Dunham Summer Institute in Chicago. Prof. Mullone is also a board member and dance specialist for the New Music on the Bayou Festival (NMB). She sits on the Arts Advocacy Committee under the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She is also a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD), Dance/USA and Women of Color in the Arts. Beginning September 1, she begins her term as Dance Education Specialist for the 2019 IABD Conference, January 22-27 to be hosted by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

Besides teaching dance at ULM, Prof. Mullone continues to work with Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth as Associate Artistic Director, Beckles Dancing Company (Dallas), and with independent artists in her spare time.  She and Dr. Mobley are co-directors M2(m squared), a performance art duo.  They have premiered their work at the Modern Dance Festival at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Houston Fringe Festival, Mind the Gap (Houston), South Dallas Dance Festival and Nautschmusik Festival series (Alexandria, LA). M2 recently conducted a residencey and performance of their work at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Prof. Mullone continues to study dance under a number of dance professionals, teach as well present research 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