Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor Scot J. Mann presently serves as Director of Theatre for Mercer University. Along with directing productions, he teaches acting, playwriting, directing, theatre history, and special topics in stage combat, improvisation, and movement. Professor Mann is an internationally recognized and award winning Fight Master, President of the Society of American Fight Directors and certified teacher through the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat. He has choreographed, performed and coached theatrical violence with such companies as The Steppenwolf Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Theatrical Outfit, Georgia Shakespeare, and The North Carolina School of the Arts. He has also served as an instructor for the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat in London, and Stage Combat Deutschland in Germany.
As an actor, Scot has appeared with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, New American Theater, New American Shakespeare Theatre, Atlanta Opera, motion capture talent for digital media, and various voice-over recordings for radio, T.V. and the Internet. Scot appeared as a stunt-player and served as tactical choreographer and gun wrangler for the newly released SciFi movie, Eyeborgs, as well as on-set Swordmaster and stunt double for the “Bollywood” epic, Drona. He co-choreographed violence, stunts and gunplay for the world premier of the Stephen King, John Mellon, and T. Bone Burnett collaboration, Ghost Brothers of Darkling County, and the world premier of Tuck Everlasting at the Alliance Theatre. Scot is an alumnus of the MFA/PAT program at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Frani Rollins earned her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon in theatre design and technology, and her B.A. in theatre at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Her current research interests focus on new technologies in theatrical design, and the scholarship of learning and teaching theatre in higher education. She has designed scenery, lighting, projections, and props for shows including the musical “Anything Goes” and Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at Georgia College. Frani is also an active participating member of the Education Commission with the United States Institute of Technical Theatre (USITT), and an active member of the American Associate of University Women (AAUW).
Shelley joined Mercer Theatre's creative team as costume designer and costume shop supervisor in the fall of 1996. In the past 18 years she has designed 67 productions for The Mercer Players as well as 27 productions for Mercer Opera.
Prior to joining us at Mercer her early training included working as a tailor's assistant from 1974-1983 in Boca Raton Florida. She has also been the costume designer/shop supervisor for Theatre Macon since 1988 and has executed 156 mainstage productions as well as 27 Youth Actors Company productions. From 1990-2002 she worked with the Impromptu Players at Macon State College, overseeing 46 productions. In addition to local productions she was a costume assistant on two movies, The Rose and the Jackel and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Her experience also includes costume design for summer stock at Shawnee Theatre in 1993 in Bloomfield, Indiana and in 2009 for a professional stage production of The Missouri Waltz, written and produced by Karen Black. In 1997 she received the Macon Arts Alliance Cultural Award.
As Technical Director, Todd is tasked with set construction, light installation and general technical operations. Following graduation from Mercer University, he worked professionally as a broadcast journalist, videographer and actor. Todd remains active in local theatre and film/television including roles in “42”, “The Crazies”, “Anchorman II”, “Blood Ridge”, “Brockmire” and the soon to be released “Escape Room”. When not involved with acting and set design/construction, he does play-by-play for several Mercer University Sports programs on ESPN 3 and the SoCon Digital Network.
Marian Zielinski was Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia from 1982 until her recent retirement in 2016. She earned her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her M.F.A. from Illinois State University. She designed scenery, lighting, (and in earlier years, costumes) for over 175 theatre productions. She directed several productions for Mercer Theatre, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Waiting for Godot, The Illusion, The Three Sisters, and a tour of The Good Doctor to Japan. She is an award-winning fiber artist and a juried member of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Her art has appeared in international juried exhibits and has been published in Quilt National ’13: The Best of Contemporary Quilts, 1000 Artisan Textiles, Incite 3, the Art of Storytelling: The Best in Mixed Media, Fiber Art Now, Studio Art Quilt Associates’Journal, Quilting Arts Magazine, and on the covers of Communicology: The New Science of Embodied Discourse, and her husband, Dr. Frank Macke’s new book, The Experience of Human Communication: Body, Flesh, and Relationship. She has presented conference papers about the arts around the world, including Germany, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Poland, British Columbia and Great Britain, and has published articles in The American Journal of Semiotics.