ECC Theatre Faculty

Grace Austin

BFA, Directing- Texas State

MFA, Directing- Virginia Commonwealth University

Phone- 636 584 6695

Office: HH130

Grace joined the ECC Theatre faculty 15 years ago. She has directed over 50 shows here and around the United States. Grace also serves on the summer musical faculty at the Center of Creative Arts where she directed the 10year Anniversary production of Ragtime. Grace is also the assistant coach of the state award winning Pacific High School Speech Team and has coached several students to the Missouri State performance finals.  In addition to her directing work, Grace works in Wardrobe with Variety Children's Theatre, The Fox Theatre, The MUNY and OTSL.

Bess Moynihan

MA, Producing and Directing- Fontbonne University

Bess Moynihan has been a versatile Theatre Artist in the St. Louis region for over 12 years. Most recently she has worked as a Lighting and Scenic Designer and Technical Director for a number of professional companies including Mustard Seed Theatre, The Midnight Company (1 Nomination, Outstanding Lighting Design-St. Louis Theatre Circle),  COCA, and SATE Ensemble Theatre  (3 Nominations, Outstanding Lighting Design, 1 Best Production of a Comedy Award- St. Louis Theatre Circle). Previously she has held the titles of Production Manager- Ozark Actors Theatre, Managing Director -HotCity Theatre, and Executive Director- Mustard Seed Theatre. Bess has also Directed professionally (Death Tax- Mustard Seed, No Exit- SATE). Before joining the faculty here a East Central College, she was the Production Manager at Washington University as well as a Teaching Artist for COCAbiz. 

ECC Theatre Staff

Sylvia Sellers

BFA, Theatre Design and Technology- Lindenwood University

Office: HH114

Phone: 636 584 6720


Sylvia is a Scenic Designer/Artist based in St. Louis and originally from Cuba, MO. She serves as the in-house scenic designer and master carpenter for the Chesterfield Community Theater in the Chesterfield Family YMCA, recently producing Shrek Jr, Anne of Green Gables, and Suessical Jr. Previously, Sylvia worked for Lindenwood-Belleville University as Technical Production Manager of the Lindenwood Auditorium where she served as Technical Director and Scenic Designer for A Streetcar Named Desire, Medea, and Noises Off!  Sylvia has a passion for all things theatre and music as a proud alum of Missouri State Concert Chorale and Missouri State University, from which she holds a BFA in Theater Technology with an emphasis in scenic design. She is ecstatic to join the ECC Theatre family as the Performing Arts Center Manager.

Shannon Penrod

Phone: 636 584 6693
Shannon Penrod moved to the area in 2005 and has spent her time since then, being a mom of 6 and running her photography business. She has been involved in ECC Theatre productions for the last couple of years and is excited to be working with the theatre in a different aspect.

She has a background in Musical Performance and Theatre , and has been involved in theatrical and musical productions at Three Rivers College, Meramec College, Truman State University,  and various St. Louis area theatre companies. She also serves as our resident theatrical photographer.

ECC Theatre Guest Artists

Chris Page Sanders

Choreographer, 9-5

BFA Dance- UMKC Conservatory


Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Chris received his formal dance training from the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) and from the University of Missouri- Kansas City (Conservatory of Music and Dance). He currently serves as co-founder and co-artistic director of the Nu-World Contemporary Danse Theatre which he founded with Bashir Page-Sanders. For the past seven years he danced as a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver, CO), serving as both choreographic assistant to Ms. Cleo Parker Robinson and as the assistant rehearsal director. In the past he has been fortunate to dance with such companies as Wylliams\Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Owen\Cox Dance Group, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey as well as other theatre companies such as The St. Louis Black Repertory and the MUNY. He has served as resident choreographer at ECC for the past 10 years. His choreography has been presented on a national level twice at the International Associations of Blacks In Dance Conference. In 2013 and 2014, he was recognized and given the Leni Wylliams Award for choreography and innovation for the work that he has produced for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. 
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East Central College Theatre

East Central College

1964 Prairie Dell Rd

Union, MO 63084

Box Office- 636 584 6693