PhD: University of Colorado Boulder
• Mime Performers
• Physical Theatre
• Non-Western Traditions
• Musical Theatre
• 2020 National Conference Planning Committee, Association of Theatre in Higher Education
• CAM Grievance Committee member, 2018-2020
• Theatre and Dance Curriculum Committee member, 2018 to present
• Advisor, BA/BS, Music Theatre BFA
• Music Theatre Performance and History Courses
• Movement for the Actor
• Irish Theatre and Drama
• Oral Interpretation of Literature
• Theatre History
• Theory and Criticism
Annette Thornton is Associate Professor of Theatre, Interpretation, and Dance. She teaches Music Theatre Performance and History Courses, Acting, Movement for the Actor, Irish Theatre and Drama, and Oral Interpretation of Literature. Selected directing/ choreographing credits include: The Full Monty (Attic Theatre, WI), Carousel (Thunder Bay Theatre), Oedipus (Midland Center for the Arts); Blood Wedding and Oklahoma! (KC-ACTF Certificates of Merit for Directing); The Secret Garden, Into the Woods, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Scarlet Pimpernel, 42nd Street, Working, Hair, The Other Project (a devised work), for colored girls…, and Ragtime. In 2011 Thornton played the role of Vivian Bearing in Wit at Bethel College (KS) sharing the bill of Greer Visiting Artist Series with playwright Margaret Edson.
Thornton’s scholarly interests include mime, mime performers, physical theatre, non-Western traditions, and musical theatre. Her dissertation on Lotte Goslar, Grandma Always Danced: The Mime Theatre of Lotte Goslar, is the first full-length study of this important female clown/pantomime/ dancer. She co-edited Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field (2018, Routledge) with Jeff Casazza (Purdue University Fort Wayne) and Rachel Bowditch (Arizona State University). Thornton has studied mime with Marcel Marceau, Meyerhold's Theatrical Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, “Acting and Empathy” with Anna Deavere Smith, and is a certified yoga teacher. Thornton served on the executive board of Association of Theatre Movement Educators [ATME] for ten years and continues to serve as past-president. She is the recipient of ATME’s prestigious Outstanding Service Award. Prior to her life in academe, she taught high school French and was the owner and artistic director of a private dance studio in Kansas for 17 years.
Bowditch, Rachel, Jeffrey Casazza, and Annette Thornton, eds. Physical Dramaturgy: Perspectives from the Field. Routledge: 2018.
Thornton, Annette. “Book Review of When Broadway Went to Hollywood,” Studies in Musical Theatre, peer reviewed (in process; has been through editing)
“Book Review of Embodied Philosophy in Dance.” Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Vol. 7, No. 4 (Fall, 2019): 46-7.
“Playwright Choreographers.” Music Theatre Educators Alliance Digital Journal. Vol. 1, Jan. 2018: pp. 58-67.