Fine Arts Department Faculty

School of Arts & Sciences

Fine Arts Faculty


Kimberly Weast

Kimberly WeastKimberly Weast, M.F.A.
Fine Arts Department Chair
Director of Theatre Arts
Professor of Theatre

Office: Fine Arts 330


  • M.F.A.  Lindenwood University
  • M.A. COMM.  Southwest Baptist Theological Seminar
  • B.S.  Southwestern Oklahoma State University


  • Oklahoma Teaching Certificate

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Leadership in the arts
  • X and Y Generation
  • Theatre for Young Adults


  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Attending live theatrical productions
  • ​Working out in the summer

Favorite Quote:

"Spectacular success in life is always and only preceded by unspectacular preperation"

-Dr. Kenneth Mcfarland

Favorite Motto:

"Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated"

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work:

Spend time with family and friends and volunteer with Samaritian's Purse Disaster Relief.

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Acting I
  • Acting II
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Design
  • Senior Capstone
  • Stage Makeup
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Theatre Practicum II
  • Theatre Production I
  • Theatre Production II
  • Theatrical Directing I
  • Theatrical Directing II

Michael Seth Cudd

Michael Seth CuddMichael Seth Cudd
Instructor of Music
Director of Bands

Office: Fine Arts 304



Favorite Quotes:

Favorite Things to Do Outside of Work:

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Ranger Marching Band
  • Symphony Band
  • Community Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Instrumental Music Education and Methods Courses
  • Instrumental Conducting

Meichen Hou

Meichen HouMeichen Hou, M.M.
Piano Instructor and Accompanist
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Office: Fine Arts 318


  • M.M.  University of Central Oklahoma
  • B.M.  Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, China

Classes Typically Taught:

  • Class Piano
  • Applied Piano
  • Choir Accompanist
  • Studio Accompanist 

Dineo Heilmann

Dineo HeilmannDineo Heilmann, M.E.
Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Music




Ken Kelsey

Ken KelseyKen Kelsey, M.A.
Instructor of History and Fine Arts

Office: Jesse Dunn 319A


  • M.A.  Oklahoma State University
  • B.A.  Oklahoma State University

Kyle Larson

Kyle LarsonKyle Larson, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Art

Office: Jesse Dunn Annex 326B


  • M.F.A. Boston University
  • M.A. California State University
  • B.A. California State University

Karsten Longhurst

Karsten LonghurstKarsten Longhurst, D.M.A. (ABD)
Director of Choral Studies
Instructor of Music

Office: Fine Arts 323


  • D.M.A. (ABD) University of Southern California
  • M.M.  University of Utah
  • B.A. Weber State University
  • B.M. Weber State University


  • State of Utah,  Vocal Music and German

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • 20th Century German Choral Composers/Music
  • Males and singing
  • Prosocial behavior and synchronization through singing


  • Traveling
  • Camping
  • Sports
  • Cooking

Favorite Quote:

"Music is the universal language of mankind"

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Favorite Motto:

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more."

("Lehre tut viel, aber Aufmunterung tut alles.")

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work:

Camping with my family

Courses Typically Taught:

  • University Concert Choir
  • University Chorale
  • University Singers
  • Principles of Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Choral Literature
  • Choral Methods & Materials - Secondary Schools
  • Aural Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Music in Life

Lawana Newell

Lawana NewellLawana Newell, M.M.
Director of Vocal Studies
Instructor of Music

Office: Fine Arts 315


  • M.M.  New England Conversatory of Music
  • B.A.  Pfeiffer College

Scholarly interests:

  • Art Song
  • Lieder
  • Mélodie

Career highlights:

Solo performances with orchestras; numerous performances with the Enid Symphony Orchestra including the soprano solos in Brahms, A German Requiem, Mendelssohn, Elijah, Mozart, Exsultate jubilate, Mahler, Symphony No. 2,Ressurection; with the Charlotte (NC) Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; with the New England Conservatory Orchestra, Menotti, Steal me, sweet thief. Choral highlights: singing soprano solos in Mozart, Vesperae solemnes de confessore with the Pfeiffer Choir in Europe (three-week tour); choral performance with Boston Symphony Orchestra, under Claudio Abbado in performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, soloists Jesse Norman and Barbara Hendricks. 

Family information:

Married to Douglas Newell; four children – Lauren, Lindsey, Leslie, and Christian; two grandchildren – Dane and Kyra. 

Motto I live by:

Do all the good you can, in every way you can, for everyone you can, for as long as you can. 

Favorite thing to do outside of work:

Relax and watch “The Big Bang Theory” 

Max Ridgway

Max Ridgway, M.E.Max Ridgway
Guitar and Strings Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Music


  • M.E.  Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.M.  Berklee College of Music
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