Catawba College’s Blue Masque Hall of Fame to induct successful theater practitioners

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 13, 2018

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19

Catawba College’s Blue Masque will induct four accomplished theater professionals into its Hall of Fame at 8 p.m. Friday. This year’s ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held in Robertson College-Community Center’s Hedrick Little Theatre during the college’s homecoming weekend activities.

Tickets, which include a reception, are available through the Catawba College Alumni office at 704-637-4394 or at

Those to be inducted include David R. Latham, professional lighting designer, master electrician and technical director; Mia Self, current director of acting, directing and academics at North Carolina State University; Linda Kesler, former Catawba College professor of theater education and theater management; and David Pulliam, longtime Catawba College professor of scene design and visual art.

David R. Latham has worked in technical theater with theater, dance, music and opera companies for the past 32 years. A 1986 theater arts graduate from Catawba College, Latham’s technical theater expertise and design work have won acclaim in America and abroad.

Mia Self is a 1992 Catawba theater arts graduate. Also holding an MFA in directing from the University of Mississippi, Self has worked as a professional actor, playwright, director, and college professor.

Linda Kesler holds the 1983 BA in theater and BS in business administration from Catawba College. Also the recipient of an MFA degree in arts administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Kesler has worked professionally in both theater education and theatre management.

David Pulliam has been a member of the Catawba theater arts department faculty since 1986. With an MFA in theater design from the University of Alabama, Pulliam has designed scenery for more than 50 plays at Catawba.

Tickets to this year’s ceremony and reception are $30 each. At 7:30 p.m., preceding the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, current and former Catawba College theater arts students will present a talent showcase.

Admission includes the showcase.

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