Department Staff and Faculty
Theatre and Communication
Dr. Marilyn Ellzey is a veteran broadcaster, public relations practitioner, and educator. She was an anchor and reporter for ten years at NBC affiliate WDAM-TV in Laurel / Hattiesburg, MS before moving into non-profit public relations and fundraising for four years. Following the completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Ellzey taught mass communication classes at The University of Southern Mississippi for ten years. She has been at William Carey since 2007.
Dr. Ellzey holds bachelor and master’s degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her Ph.D. is from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her research interests include television news and entertainment, especially in the context of social and civil rights analyses. Her most recent publications are a book chapter examining the portrayal of intelligence in reality television and an original screenplay treatment copyrighted by the Writer’s Guild of America.
Keone K. Fuqua
Keone Kaukawele Fuqua is a professional actor, director, producer, stage manager and production manager. As Assistant Professor of Theatre & Communication and the Department Chair, Mr. Fuqua heads the Theatre program, supervises the Theatre and Communication faculty, teaches various acting, directing, production, and oral interpretation courses, and directs productions within the WCU Theatre season. Prior to joining the Carey family, he served as Director of Film & Theatre at the University of Mobile, also serving the Center for Performing Arts as the production manager for the Performing Arts Series theatrical production season, and the live video director for the annual Christmas Spectacular. He has worked professionally in Miami, FL, Los Angeles, CA, and various regions in the southeast. Mr. Fuqua earned his MFA in acting & directing from the University of Southern Mississippi and BA from the University of South Alabama. He continues to work professionally in the theatre world and the film & TV industry. His acting credits include roles in recent films such as Yellow Day, Convergence, Phoenix Rising and Night Claws, and various stage roles such as Henry Harry in Brilliant Traces, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Stockman in An Enemy of the People, and more. Theatrical directing credits include Les Miserables, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Burial at Thebes, Singing in the Rain, The Women of Lockerbie, and more. Mr. Fuqua also works annually with the Southeastern Theatre Conference as Operations Assistant Manager, and is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Makalani Theatre Ensemble.
Obra Quave is professor emeritus at WCU, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2007. In 2005 he received the John F. Kennedy Center Gold Medallion of Excellence, a lifetime achievement award recognizing theatre educators. Five productions which he directed were finalists in the Region IV American College Theatre Festival, including And David Danced, which in 2001 was one of four productions selected nationally for performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington. During his tenure as department chair, WCU Theatre received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the only time a Mississippi collegiate theatre has been so honored. Recently he received the Maloney Award for service to Mississippi theatre. He is the founder of Carey Dinner Theatre which celebrated its 40th season in 2015.