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​​​​Education
MFA: 1984, University of Illinois, Urbana
BA: 1980, Western Illinois University

Service Responsibilities
Music Theatre Interdisciplinary Council
​​​ Courses Taught
• Acting I
• Acting II
• Acting III
• Audition Techniques
• Directing
• Advanced Directing

Research Interests
• Solo Performance


Biography

In my 30 years at Central Michigan University, I have directed over 50 productions, acted in a dozen, and have written and performed a solo performance piece that was presented at the Orlando International Fringe Festival.  I have served as Director of University Theatre, TID Area Coordinator, Interim CDA Department Chair, and Assistant to the Dean of Communication and Fine Arts.


Recent Scholarship

Directing:

One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black, CMU Summer Theatre, Mt. Pleasant, Beaver Island, Whitehall, MI  June/July 2015

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, CMU University Theatre, Mt. Pleasant, MI  April 2015

Buffalo Gal by A. R. Gurney, CMU University Theatre, Mt. Pleasant, MI October 2013

Criminals in Love by George F. Walker, CMU University Theatre, Mt. Pleasant, MI February 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, CMU University Theatre, Mt. Pleasant, MI, March 2012​​

​​​​Education

​​ Courses Taught
• Hip Hop

Biography


​​​​Education
MFA (Theatre Arts): 2011, University of Iowa
BFA (Theatre Design & Production): 1996, University of Michigan

Personal Website
paulmcollins.wixsite.com/pmcdesign​
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Scenic Design
• Lighting Design
• Stagecraft


Biography

Paul joins the Theatre faculty at CMU from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Paul is a scenic and lighting designer for theatre, musical theatre, dance and opera.


Recent Scholarship

​Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike: Lighting Design, Warehouse Theatre: Greenville, SC; The Realistic Joneses: Scenic & Lighting Design, PURE Theatre: Charleston, SC; By the Way, Meet Vera Stark: Lighting Design, College of Charleston.​​

​​​​Education
Ph.D: 1981, University of Kansas
MA: 1973, Central Missouri State University
BA: 1972, Culver-Stockton College

Research Interests
• American Vaudeville
Irish Theatre
Late 19th and early 20th Century American Theatre

Service Responsibilities
Faculty Association (past President, member of Board of Directors)
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Acting I
• D​irecting
• Contemporary Theatre
• History of Theatre
• Irish Theatre & Drama
• Playwrighting
• Stage Management
• Voice & Diction



Biography

Dr. Connors joined the faculty at CMU after 8 years at Northern Arizona University and 4 years at Midwestern State (TX) University.

 

Recent Scholarship

Recent research/conference presentations, etc., have dealt plays about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Team-Based Learning, and SoTL (including podcasts, faculty perceptions of technology, etc.).


​​​​Education
MFA: Michigan State University
BA: Michigan State University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Studi​o: Costuming
• Studio: Wardrobe Management
• Studio: Makeup
• Advanced Makeup


Biography


​​​​Education
MFA: 2010, Purdue University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Stag​ecraft & Stage Lighting
• Special Topics in Technical Theatre                        


​​​​Education


​Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation/Literature

Biography


​​​​Education
MFA: Purdue University
BFA: Ohio University

Service Responsibilities
Area Coordinator for the Theatre and Interpretation and Dance Area
Member, Music Theatre Council and the Language Arts Council
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Appreciation of the Theatre
• Oral Interpretation for Children
• Creative Dramatics
• Acting

Research Interests
• Theatre for Young Audiences
• Directing plays


Biography

Nancy is originally from Ohio and has lived in various cities such as New York, Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis working in the theatre.  She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and performed professionally before she turned to education.  For 11 years she worked as a Teaching Artist in the state of Indiana working with youth kindergarten through high school doing drama.  During this time she worked with many arts organizations in Indiana including the Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Symphony, and Very Special Arts Indiana. 


Recent Scholarship

Recently directed MOTHER HICKS for University Theatre

​​​​Education
Ph.D. (Theatre): Bowling Green State University
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation & Theatre

Biography

Stephen has taught Script Analysis, Performance Studies, Public Speaking and Writing classes.   He has published in Etudes, Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Theatre History Studies, and New England Theatre Journal, and has worked at professional theatres across the country.

​​​​Education
Ph.D.: 1996, Bowling Green State University
MA: 1993, Bowling Green State University
BS: 1991, Northern Michigan University

​​​ Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation

Research Interests
• Political theatre
• The representation of politics and government on stage and in film

Biography

Patrick Julian was born and raised in Concord, Michigan, the son of a librarian and a factory worker. He taught previously at Eastern New Mexico University, before spending the first fifteen years of the 21st century working as a freelance writer, actor and director in Los Angeles. He is the author of multiple screenplays and stage plays, and is currently working on a novel in which Shakespeare and Tycho Brahe save the world from invading aliens.​

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​​​​Education
Ph.D: Northwestern University
MA: Washington State University
BA: University of Washington

Service Responsibilities
Academic Senator
CDA Curriculum Committee

Personal Website
terezinsthefireflies.com​
​​​ Courses Taught
• Playwriting
• Theatre and the Holocaust
• Theatre History
• Directing

Research Interests
• Theatre
• Playwriting
• Opera
• The Holocaust & Genocide
• Eastern Europe
• Women/Gender Studies

Biography


Dr. McConnell's main project over the last several years has been researching and reconstructing the children's play with music Terezin's The Fireflies, originally put on in the Terezin Ghetto (essentially a concentration camp) during World War II. ​
​​​​Education
MA: 2012, Central Michigan University
MFA: 1998, Louisiana State University
BFA: 1995, Central Michigan University
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation of Literature

Research Interests
• Drama-Therapy

Biography

I am passionate about helping people, and I am fortunate to be able to do so through teaching, counseling, mentoring, and psychology based drama-therapy. In my free time I enjoy riding my horse, and being a positive advocate for social justice issues. I love animals and serve as faculty adviser for HATS of CMU (Humane Animal Treatment Society).


Recent Scholarship

Poetry Performer, Drama-Therapist for Adults With Disabilities, Drama-Therapy Research (ongoing). Nominee Teaching Excellence Award 2004-2005. Faculty Appreciation Award, 2001, 2003, and 2004.

​​​​Education
MFA: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
BS: Ball State University
Courses Taught

• Oral Interpretation/Literature​


Biography


​​​​Education

​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Ballet II

Biography


​​​​Education
MFA: American Conservatory Theatrem, San Francisco
MA: Western Connecticut University
BS: Central Michigan University

Service Responibilities
Advising, CCFA Grade Grievance Committee
CCFA Dean's Strategic Planning Committee
CDA Personnel Committee
TAI Costume Shop Manager Search Committee
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation/Literature
• Acting I, II, & III
• Directing
• Adv Directing
• Stage combat
• Dialects
• Voice & Diction
• Acting for the Camera

Research Interests
• Eastern European Theatre
• Fight Choreography/Movement
• Dialects

Biography

Keeley has worked as a professional actor and director at theatres across the nation.  Most notably in Los Angeles (winning the LA Dramalogue Award for Best Actress  for her work in NEVER IN MY LIFETIME), New York (Lincoln Center, Riverside Shakespeare, American Jewish Theatre), and San Francisco.  As a member of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre's repertory company she worked with many acclaimed directors including, Robert Woodruff and Tony Award-winning, Michael Smuin. Winner of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's National Directing Fellowship, Keeley was an Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., where she worked with such international artists as Ming Cho Lee and Viacheslav Dolgachev.  


Recent Scholarship

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Director, Theatre-on-the-Side, CMU.

Cabaret - Director, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI. (winner Best Director, Encore Awards)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - Director, Bush Theatre, CMU. (winner Best Production, Mask and Hammer Awards)

Dracula, the Musical - Director, Midland Center for the Arts, Midland MI. 

House of Several Stories - Director, Bush Theatre, CMU. (winner Best Production, Mask and Hammer Awards)

​​​​Education
Ph.D: University of California-Berkeley
MA: University of California-Berkeley
BA: University of California-Berkeley
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation/Literature
• Readers Theatre
• Dramatic Theory & Criticism

Publications, Award, & Exhibits

  • “A Berkeley Spring,” in The Times They Were A-Changing:  Women Remember the 60s & 70s, eds.  Kate Farrell, Linda Joy Myers, and Amber Lea Starfire,  Berkeley:  She Writes Press, 2013.
  • Excerpts from ‘The Waiting Room.'” (with Theresa Carilli),  Text and Performance Quarterly,  31 October, 2011, pp. 418-429.
  • “Perform/Ability:  Terry Galloway’s ‘Just the Funny Bits.’”  Liminalities:  A Journal of Performance Studies, 2  November, 2006, pp. 1-5.​
  • "A TPQ Interview: Tony Kushner on Theatre, Politics, and Culture." Text and Performance Quarterly, 24, January, 2004, pp. 38-54.
  • "Critical Claims, Critical Functions: Authoethnography and Postscholarship." The American Communication Journal, 4 Fall, 2000.​
​​​​Education
Ph.D: 2002, University of Colorado-Boulder
MA: 1994, Wichita State University
BAEd: 1976, Wichita State University

Service Responsibilities
Academic Senate
Music Theatre Interdisciplinary Council Member & Chair (2008-2015)
Department Curriculum Committee
Advisor for Music Theatre/TID
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Acting I
• Oral Interpretation of Literature
• Music Theatre History
• Music Theatre Performance
• Music Theatre Scene Study
• History of Dance
• Movement for the Actor
• Directing
• Music Theatre Capstone

Research Interests
• Musical Theatre
• Dance History
• Mime
• Mime Performances                    


Biography

Selected directing/choreographing credits include: The Full Monty (Attic Theatre), Blood Wedding (KC-ACTF Certificate of Merit for Directing), The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Hair, Oklahoma!, Working, and Edges. She also directed Taps Are Talking: Women in Tap, an original production choreographed by Ellie Sciarra about the history of women in tap dancing. Thornton performed the role of Vivian Bearing in Wit at Bethel College (KS) sharing the bill of Greer Visiting Artist Series with playwright Margaret Edson. Thornton is current president of Association of Theatre Movement Educators, an international organization of and for theatre practitioners who specialize in physical training.

 

Recent Scholarship

Bowditch, Rachel, Jeffrey Casazza, and Annette Thornton, eds. Physical Dramaturgy. Under contract with Routledge.

Thornton, Annette. "Jane and Jerusha: Finding a Voice on the Musical Stage." Studies in Musical Theatre 9:1 (Fall 2015). (Blind peer review) 

Director, "Sirens of the Sea: The Explorer's Muse," YARA Ensemble, Mt. Pleasant, MI, 2015

"How Mime Saved My Life," Invited Keynote Speaker, "Making the Invisible Visible: Mime's Contemporary Legacy," Symposium, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2014

"Negotiating the Divide: An Interdisciplinary Process to Music Theatre Training," Song, Stage & Screen VIII – What We Do When We Do What We Do: Process and Performance in Musical Theatre Conference, University of London, Central School, 2013 (blind peer review selection process)


​​​​Education

​​ ​Courses Taught
• Swing Dance

Biography


​​​​Education
MFA: 2015, Goddard College
MA: 2003, Central Michigan University
BS: 2001, Central Michigan University

Personal Website
www.trommerbeardslee.com

​​ Courses Taught
• Tap Dance
• Jazz Dance
• Modern Dance
• Danc​e Production
• Dance Composition
• Dance Appreciation
• Fundamental Movement

Research Interests
• Interdisciplinary collaborations
• Choreography
• Screendance
• Dance production

Biography

Heather Trommer-Beardslee is a choreographer, dancer, interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator and educator. She presented her work on Transitions at the 2014 annual National Dance Educators Organization conference and the dance piece was performed live at the 2015 Barn Dance Electroacoustic Music Festival in Fredericksburg, VA (Mary Washington College). Additional conference presentations include papers on technology and dance and interdisciplinary teaching at the 2015 Great Lakes Conference on Teaching and Learning and the 2015 NDEO Conference. From 2004 until 2014, Heather was the Booking Manager for the Chicago-based, Emmy award winning dance company, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project.

Recent Scholarship

Transitions, an exploration in dance, music, film and conversation with military veterans ; Music in Motion, a multi-media collaborative production involving live music, dance, fabric, film and light and research; a dance film, Waiting in the Rain, directed by Eric Limarenko; and Sand Dunes an interdisciplinary performance involving biology, original music, dance and costumes. Sand Dunes was chosen to be presented as part of the 2016 Regeneration concert in Detroit, MI.

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Staff​
​​​​Education
Ph.D: Northwestern University
MA: University of Colorado at Denver
BS: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
​​​ Courses Taught
• Intercultural Communication
• Oral Comm Online Environment


Biography

Dr. Dailey's basic interests are in the areas of conflict, bargaining and negotiating, and debate as a form of conflict. Currently, Dr. Dailey is in the process of working on a book project with his colleagues Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck on how face saving and face threatening strategies shape audience's perceptions of candidates in presidential and vice presidential debate. He is also involved in research into family conflict as well as research into the way in which feelings of embarrassment are affected by one's relationship attachment style.


Selected Scholarship

  • Politeness over Forty Five Years of Presidential Debates, Roman and Littlefield, with Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck, in press.
  • Politeness in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Debates, Argumentation & Advocacy, Co-authored with Edward A. Hinck and Shelly Hinck, forthcoming.
  • Do parenting newsletters really work: A true experiment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, November 2004.


Education​
BS (Journalism), Bowling Green State University

Biography
Bernie grew up in Cleveland,OH attended Bowling Green State University before moving to California to work in the Silicon Valley. She has been a Michigan resident for 22 years and in Mt.Pleasant with her three sons, for the last 17. ​

Education
BBA (Marketing and Management): 1986, Northwood University
AA (Business Management): 1984, Delta College


Biography

  • Served for 17 years as Director of Admissions for Northwood University's Cedar Hill, Texas, Campus
  • 5 years experience in theatre management with United Artists, Inc. and Plitt Theatres, Inc.
  • Additional experience in Human Resources Management and Hospitality industry​

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