Meet Our Staff

Doc Rainbow

Don “Doc” Rainbow received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Rainbow joined the University of Northwestern faculty as Professor of Theatre and Artistic Director in 2004. Before coming to Northwestern, Rainbow taught in three other Christian liberal arts colleges. Throughout his career, he directed well over 100 theatre productions. His special interests include drama and the church, creative dramatics and touring. Rainbow’s performing troupes have traveled throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East.


Nathan Cousins

Nathan Cousins joined the theatre program staff as Production Manager in 2009 after graduating from the program and being heavily involved in the on stage department during his 4 years at Northwestern. Also wearing the hat of Technical Director, Cousins oversees all production elements, forms, organizes and assigns student crews and coordinates things behind the scenes. He greatly enjoys making art through the lens of faith, and working at Northwestern where he is encouraged and inspired by a department full of incredible staff, faculty and wonderful students. Cousins lives in Northeast Minneapolis with his beautiful wife, Stephanie.


Kari Steinbach has worked as both a director and instructor for the University of Northwestern Theatre prorgram. Steinbach earned both her B.A. and M. Ed. from the University of Minnesota and has been a freelance director in the Twin Cities area for 20 years, working in academic, community and church settings. Kari and her husband Ken live in Shoreview and are parents to two fantastic daughters.


Brian Grandison

Brian Grandison has worked as an actor, director, writer and artist-in-residence in the Twin Cities and around the country and has his BFA from Missouri State and his MFA from the University of Georgia. Brian has worked as an actor at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. As a writer he was asked to develop Don Cheadle’s play Groomed and turn it into a movie for Showtime Cable Network. His most recent play, Adrift on the Mississippi, premiered in February 2011 at Concordia University and will be produced by the History Theatre. As an educator and artist-in-residence, Brian has taught classes and lead workshops in writing and performing at colleges and universities across the country. He is currently working with Children’s Theatre Company as a teaching artist and is excited to be on the University of Northwestern Theatre teaching faculty.


Bob Graff has designed costumes and sets for over 100 shows over the course of the last 30 years. He has worked with numerous theatre companies including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Lincoln Center in New York, the Ford Theatre and Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Old Vic Theatre in England. Bob is also a former faculty member of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he served as Director of Costuming. He is delighted to be serving on the Theatre Department faculty here at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul.