Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Faculty and Staff Details

Jon Barr

Title: Chair, Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking; Associate Professor of Digital Filmmaking

Office Location: Theatre Center (UTC), Room 106
Phone: 575.562.2229
Email: [email protected]


  • M.F.A., Film and Media Arts, Temple University (2012)
  • B.A., Film and Media Arts, Temple University (2008)


Jon Barr is a filmmaker from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has worn many hats throughout his career, including restaurant manager, corporate sales representative, and landscape gardener. Jon returned to school to study film making in his mid-30s and hasn't looked back since. He holds an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Jon's films encompass conventional narrative, experimental documentary and animation. Regardless of form, Jon's work often explores themes of power, mentor-ship, and tradition. Jon believes in film's ability to share stories and create emotional impact. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Film making at Eastern New Mexico University where he is privileged to teach screenwriting, directing, and editing to the Land of Enchantment's future storytellers.

Dr. Anne Beck

Title: Professor of Theatre

Office Location: Theatre Center (UTC), Room 111
Phone: 575.562.2476
Email: [email protected]


  • Ph.D., Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY (1998)
  • M.F.A., Directing, Columbia University (1989)
  • B.F.A., Acting, Cornish Institute (1980)


Anne Beck, Professor of Theatre, earned her doctorate in Theatre at the City University of New York, Graduate Center and her MFA in Directing from Columbia University. At ENMU she teaches theatre courses and directs plays. Additionally, Dr. Beck has written about one-act plays by and about American farm women of the early twentieth century.

Joshua Jenkins

Title: Instructor, Technical Theatre & Design, Technical Director

Office Location: Theatre Center (UTC), Room 109
Phone: 575.562.2720
Email: [email protected]


  • M.F.A., Technical Direction, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Pittsburgh, PA (2021)
  • B.S., Political Science and Theatre, SUNY-The College at Brockport
  • Brockport, NY (2013)


Josh Blackwood is a technical director, set and lighting designer, electrician, stagehand, and more. He has worked in some form of the performing arts for most of his career. Josh received his MFA in Technical Direction for Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in Theatre from the College at Brockport, SUNY. He is an avid artist who loves classical music, photography (ask him to see photos of headstones), painting, and the great outdoors. Josh loves to go on hikes deep into the woods to disconnect from the noise of the world and find inspiration in nature. He believes that learning the technical crafts are fundamental. It is his goal to teach and inspire the next generation of designers and technicians so that they may carry the torch to future generations.

Leonard Madrid

Title: Associate Professor of Theatre

Office Location: Theatre Center (UTC), Room 110
Phone: 575.562.2092
Email: [email protected]


  • M.F.A., Dramatic Writing, University of New Mexico (2008)
  • B.A., Design for Performance, University of New Mexico (2005)
  • B.F.A., Theatre, Eastern New Mexico University (1997)


Leonard Madrid is a New Mexican Theatre artist. He is currently the Artistic Director of Blackout Theatre in Albuquerque. His plays have received the Kennedy Centers award for Latinx playwrights three times. He has also participated in the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens in Chicago, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and the Colorado Play Summit at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

At ENMU, Leonard Teaches courses in acting and playwriting.

Shirlene Peters

Title: Administrative Assistant

Office Location: Theatre Center (UTC), Room 105
Phone: 575.562.2711
Email: [email protected]

Rick Shepardson

Title: Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking

Office Location: Theatre Center (UTC), Room 108
Phone: 575.562.2712
Email: [email protected]


  • M.F.A., Film and Television, Savannah College of Art and Design (2011)
  • B.A., Media Arts, University of New Mexico (2005)
  • B.S., Broadcast Production, Eastern New Mexico University (2000)


Decades ago, Rick Shepardson walked into a pitch-dark room to find a window into another world. It was his first encounter with the projected image; a frame from a Scooby Doo cartoon cast on the wall by his sisters toy magic lantern. Shepardson has been gazing out that window ever since. He looked in it while working on documentaries chronicling the lives of people and lands left cold by the industrialization of New Mexico. He reached through it and pulled out his short film She Saw Me: My Encounter with La Llorona. Every time he looks through the cameras viewfinder or engages with the moving image in any of its forms; Absolute Film, the Avant Garde, narrative, and all iterations undefined, Shepardson is looking out that window. From that window he culls the most important insights he shares with students. Out the window is where he goes in reveries and dreams.

Rick received a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Production from ENMU and a BA in Cinematic Arts from the University of New Mexico. He then received an MFA in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design followed by a few years hopscotching between documentary, commercial, and feature film productions across the U.S. Somehow, Rick landed back on the High Plains. If you ever see Scooby Doo projected on the side of Greyhound Arena, fear not, it just means Rick found that toy projector.