Faculty / Staff

The Digital Arts Initiative utilizes a diverse group of faculty from all areas of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.
These teachers are professionally involved in their field of expertise, bringing wide-ranging knowledge to their classrooms.

Please select from the list below for more information on a specific faculty member:



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Steve Kolbe
Assistant Professor
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Office: Mary Riepma Ross 210
Email: skolbe2@unl.edu

Steve Kolbe (Assistant Professor) is the latest faculty member to join the Film and New Media faculty in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. His career in the television and film industry began 1992 when he interned on commercial film shoots for an advertising agency Omaha, Nebraska. Graduating from the University of Kansas in 1994 with a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design, Kolbe found that he enjoyed the production and post-production processes of making commercials more than the advertising side of the projects. Steve dabbled in 3D on his own as a freelancer in the Omaha market and soon joined the Omaha production company, North Sea Films where he evolved into an editor, compositor and 3D artist.

In 1998 he moved to Dallas, TX and attended the Art Institute to further develop his 3D talents. By 1999, he was actively involved in the Paramount Pictures film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Following the success of the film, Kolbe stayed in Dallas and worked for several years as Technical Director and Layout artist on the subsequent Jimmy Neutron television series. By 2001, Kolbe had moved to Los Angeles where he continued working on a wide range movies, television shows and commercials. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at UNL, Kolbe continues to work as Digital Supervisor and consultant for major Hollywood 3D animation studios.

Computer animation, motion graphics, visual effects



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Tom Larson
Assistant Professor of Composition (Emerging Media and Digital  Arts)
Glenn Korff School of Music

Email: tlarson3@unl.edu

At the GKSoM, Tom has taught courses in Jazz History, Rock History, Digital Audio Recording and Production, and Jazz Piano. His current course work includes teaching Orchestration and Digital Audio Recording/Production classes, and private Composition lessons. He also is a member of the UNL Faculty Jazz Ensemble, for which he serves as Music Director and Composer in Residence.

Prior to becoming a faculty member at UNL, Tom was the co-owner of Studio Q Recording in Lincoln, where he produced music for TV and radio advertising, industrial videos and documentary films. Among his credits are the scores for several PBS documentaries, including American Experience (a production of WGBH-TV, Boston), and American Masters (WNET-TV, New York).

As a recording engineer, Tom has worked on numerous projects as tracking, mixing, and/or mastering engineer for artists such as Paul Barnes, Jackie Allen, Hans Sturm, Diane Barger, Paul Haar, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, Brad Colerick, and others.

A Lincoln native, Tom received a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also an avid runner, and completed the Boston Marathon in 2005, 2006 and 2007.




Chris Irvin
Lecturer in Media Arts
Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film
Office: Temple 205
Email: cirvin@unl.edu