Department Chairs

  • Cheryl Hayes | Chair, Department of Fine Arts
    Phone:(504) 280-6414

  • David Hoover | Chair, Department of Film and Theatre
    Phone:(504) 280-6813

    In addition to being chair, Professor Hoover is the Director of the MFA Performance Program. His directorial credits at UNO include a tropical A Midsummer Night's Dream, Of Mice and Men, The Imaginary Invalid, Candida, Ghosts, Assassins, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Educating Rita, The Merchant of Venice, and the Big Easy award winning productions of Blood Brothers and Metamorphoses. For the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival he has directed Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Ashley, John Goodman, Stephanie Zimbalist, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson.

    In New Orleans his work has been seen at Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival, Rivertown Rep, Le Chat Noir, Southern Rep, and Tulane Summer Lyric. He has worked at several other prestigious theatres including The Guthrie, the Dallas Theatre Center, American Southwest Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, and The Lyceum. Professor Hoover is the recipient of the Big Easy, Marquee, and Storer Boone awards, having been recognized recently for acting work in The History Boys. He has directed four original scripts for KCACTF, two of which received National recognition. He is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, ATHE, and the Southwest Theatre Association.

    Productions he has directed have been invited five times to the Regional Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and his MFA Directing students have been invited three times and were all later invited to the Kennedy Center. Three of his acting students have won the Irene Ryan Acting Competition and represented Region VI at the Kennedy Center. Internationally he has been an adjudicator in London, lectured at the Universite de Sorbonne in Paris and has taught extensively in Italy and Mexico. Professor Hoover is the recipient of the Artist Fellowship award from the Louisiana Division of the Arts; the first award of its kind made to a director. He was recognized recently by the University of New Orleans Alumni Association with an award for Career Achievement for Excellence in Research.

  • James Charles Marchant | Director Arts Administration Program
    Phone: (504) 280-6264

    Dr. James Charles Marchant is the Director of the Arts Administration graduate program in the School of the Arts at the University of New Orleans. He has taught and run arts administration programs at Southern Utah University, Elon University, and the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is an attorney and arts administrator and has a background in nonprofit administration in both the arts and social service sectors. He will be teaching various classes within the Arts Administration program as well as supervising internships, directing the graduate program, and continuing to build relations with professional arts organizations.
    Dr. Marchant earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice with a concentration in Theatre from The American University in Washington, D.C. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Art Education focusing in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration with a minor in Theatre & Performance Studies from The Ohio State University where he researched how theatres can successfully produce controversial and provocative work.

  • Charles Taylor | Chair, Department of Music
    Phone:(504) 280-6381

    Dr. Charles Taylor is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music Dr. Taylor holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Music Education and Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He studied conducting with Rodney Winther and Terence Milligan and clarinet with Carmine Campione and Emil Schmactenberg. Prior to his appointment at the University of New Orleans, Dr. Taylor taught middle school and high school instrumental music in Ohio. Dr. Taylor also serves as the conductor of the New Orleans Concert Band and the New Orleans Civic Symphony Orchestra.

    Dr. Taylor has been a guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada and a guest clinician at the Mid-West Clinic, the International Conference of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the Southern Division Conference of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Louisiana Music Educators Association. Under his direction, the New Orleans Concert Band performed at the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands in Houston, Texas and the University of New Orleans Wind Ensemble performed at the Louisiana Music Educators Association State Conference. As an advocate for new music, Dr. Taylor has premiered over 50 works in various media and has worked collaboratively with many composers and performers, including Michael Torke, Steven Bryant, John Mackey, James Syler, Lisa Kaplan, Brad Garner, Mark Babbitt, and Helen Kim.