Research Approach

The Department of Theatre offers many exciting and challenging opportunities to advance your interests in the development of new knowledge about theatre and performance in the 21st century. Through a combination of research, scholarship, teaching, publications, and productions, our faculty, students, and alumni share strengths in several areas of research and artistic engagement.


Areas of research expertise and inquiry comprise a wide range, from exploring the impact of political theatre and community-based performance to the role of theatre pedagogy in lifelong learning. From understanding the influence of race in the actor-audience relationship to the application of acting techniques to business and personal communication. Encounters with this scholarship can offer new capacities for discoveries and ideas of your own.

In addition to scholars, our department is home to many faculty who are creative practitioners and make theatre, both professionally and with our students. They are experienced and acclaimed actors, directors, designers, devisers, and playwrights who actively engage with the performing arts nationally and regionally. Our faculty practitioners create and interpret a diverse spectrum of dramatic forms and aesthetics such as classical theatre, modern drama, contemporary theatre practices, opera, musicals, devised theatre, movement-based theatre, and original work.


Our faculty are active in the professional theatre community. Recent productions include

Shakespeare in Love, directed by Scott Edmiston and acted by Jesse Hinson, Man of La Mancha, directed by Antonio Ocampo-Guzman and designed by Frances Nelson McSherry, and The Two Character Play, directed by Janet Bobcean

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Our professors have written books exploring important topics related to theatre. Recent publications include Artistic Literacy: Theatre Studies and a Contemporary Liberal Education by Nancy Kindelan and Theatre of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change by Dani Snyder-Young.

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Hilary Poriss

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Faculty and Research


Katherine Calzada

Assistant Dean for Research Development


Tammi Westgate

Senior Grants Administrator


Darren Evans

Theatre Operations Specialist


Marti McIntosh

Production Manager


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