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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


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


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​​

BA: Luther College
​​​ Courses Taught
• Dance Appreciation


Lynn Bowman grew up in Iowa and started her dance training at Ballet Quad Cities School of Dance. Lynn graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a B.A. in Theater/Dance and, while there, she also studied at London at Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance receiving a (DDS) Diploma in Dance Studies. Following graduation, Lynn attended the University of Iowa as an Iowa Arts Fellow and completed her MFA in Dance with a specialization in Choreography. Lynn danced professionally for several years in the Washington DC area and taught dance at The Catholic University of America, Dance Place, and for a variety of outreach dance programs for the DC public schools. Lynn directed the dance program at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa and was a University of Alabama Blount Teaching Fellow while also choreographing and developing new projects in Alabama and other parts of the south. While living in Minnesota, Lynn was on the dance faculty at Minnesota State University, Zenon Dance Company and School and Young Dance. Upon relocating to Michigan, Lynn has been on the faculty at Alma College and Grand Valley State University. In 2016, Lynn helped found Third Coast Dance Company, a thriving mid-Michigan professional dance company that performs locally and regionally. Lynn is also a 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor.

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

Personal Website
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Scenic Design
• Lighting Design
• Stagecraft


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.​​

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


Ann Dasen is a Costume Designer and Make-up Artist. She is the Costume Designer of the mainstage theatre and dance season at Central Michigan University, as well as the faculty of costume and make-up related courses. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design & Technology from Michigan State University. Ann’s areas of interest and continued practice focus on SFX make-up and integrating non-traditional technology, such as sound and light, into costume designs. Ann’s use of electroluminescent lighting in dance costuming was featured in Eric Limarenko’s film, Waiting in the Rain. She hopes to continue this work as well as exploring other new technologies in her designs. 

 Ann collaborates frequently with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues that bring to life new works of dance, composition and science. The group consists of choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee, composer Jay Batzner, and biologist Wiline Pangle. These works have been featured as part of presentations with the Regeneration Dance Festival of Detroit, the Great Lakes College Music Society Annual Conference, National Dance Educators Organization Conference, and Electroacoustic Barn Dance.

BA, Theatre (acting), University of Maine MA, Theatre (directing), University of Maine MFA, Theatre Pedagogy, University of Idaho, (anticipated Dec 2019)

​Courses Taught
• Oral Interpretation/Literature


Elaine has been teaching at CMU since 2010. Directing credits at CMU include Don't Dress for Dinner, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and a staged reading of Fostered Love, a new musical written and composed by CMU graduate Claire-Frances Sullivan. Locally, she has directed Peter and the Starcatcher and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Midland Center for the Arts, both of which won "Best Play of the Year" awards. She is currently writing a play based on the personal experience of a former student who lived through the 33-days war in Lebanon in 2006.

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


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

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


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.

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


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.​

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


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.

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

• Oral Interpretation/Literature​


In the 80s and 90s, Jody worked as an actor, writer, and illustrator for children. Jody's experience was diverse working as both a performer and behind the scenes in Chicago and Minneapolis. In Chicago, he worked two shows as floor crew at The Court Theatre. In Minneapolis, he worked for a year as a children's tv host for KMSP television's Fun TV. Jody also worked for the National Theatre for Children as an artist and assistant to the artistic director. He worked in nonunion industrial films for companies like Medtronic and Piggly Wiggly. Once was hired to perform as a host in an unreleased video project directed by Prince. Another time was hired to man a digital puppet in a live show at the E3 convention in Los Angeles with music legend Todd Rundgren. He has worked as an extra in the Mike Binder film Crossing The Bridge and performed Shakespeare at Theatre in The Round and spent about four years teaching improvisation at Stevie Ray's Comedy Theatre and Cabaret. While doing improvisation he had the good fortune to work with successful comics of note like Maria Bamford and Doug Stanhope. Jody also spent two years working in Stand-up comedy at clubs like The Comedy Gallery and Acme Comedy Company. All this was before going to grad school for playwriting at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Areas of interest include playwriting, acting, comedy, experimental theatre, cartooning, psychotronic film, and all things pop culture.

B.A. in Liberal Arts, Alma College
​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Ballet II


Andrea Purrenhage is a faculty member of the Dance Program at Central Michigan University, and an instructor for the advanced ballet classes of Off Broadway Performing Arts Studio, as well as a master class teacher for schools across Michigan. Purrenhage began her training with the Metropolitan Ballet Center in Detroit, and went on to study at Alma College, dancing on scholarship to earn a B.A. in Liberal Arts. Purrenhage also studied at the Professional Ballet School under the direction of former Ukrainian Ballet Mistress Svetlana Khrin. Purrenhage has had the privilege of working with many dance greats including: Twyla Tharp, Arthur Mitchel, Laveen Naidu, and Fleur Isreal. 

 A particular passion of hers is collaboration across disciplines and "Chance Processes" in dance (adapted from Cunningham Technique) which incorporates the many voices of the dancers as the work comes into being.

BFA: Music Theatre & Dance
Leadership Advancement Scholar - Leadership Minor

​​​ ​Courses Taught
• DAN 104 Latin
•DAN 107 Swing
• DAN 127 Ballroom

Research Interests
• American Social Dancing
• Hispanic Social Dancing
• Ballroom Styles
• Latin Style Pair Dancing
• History of Dance in American Culture
• Culture of Swing/Dancing


A native of Michigan, born in Newberry, and spending most of his childhood in Sanford, Michigan, Damian was driven into the arts by a wonderful mentor by the name of Eddie K. Walling and parents that did not hinder him from doing what he felt fit his personal passions. After attending and graduating CMU, Damian left for Florida where he worked for Disney in Entertainment and started a decade long career as a professional Ballroom Dancer/Instructor/Consultant for Arthur Murray Dance Centers. While working for million dollar studios, he was able to teach with and train with the best dancers in the world in various styles of pair dancing. Along the way, Damian was able to then achieve accolades in the professional competitive circle as well as many teaching certifications and top teaching awards. Now an owner of a performance lounge and fine arts mecca in Alma, MI, Damian works to connect the arts in all its forms with local businesses and the community.  

Recent Scholarship

Coaches & Mentors

Nicolas & Lena Kosovich, Tonya Kosovich, Urs Geisenhainer & Agnes Kaszmierczak, Bob Powers & Julia Gorchakova, Bob Long, Peter Perzhu & Alexandra Perzhu, Stephen Smyth & Viktoria Kleyman, Patty Contenta, Anna Lukashova & Eugene Parhimovich, Hunter Liel, Hunter & Laura Johnson, Claudia Marshal, Kimberley Carroll, Leslie Spearin, Anna Borshch, Juan Garcia, Jayson Sandoval

Awards & Accomplishments

Certified Dance Instructor/Consultant -Arthur Murray Dance International, Full Bronze Rookie Instructor of the Year 2006 1st Place Top Dance Specialist in the World 2007 8th Instructor in the World 2008 Teacher of the Year 2009 2008 Winner’s Circle Award for Both Teacher & Specialist (New Students) 2nd Place International Instructor Award for 2008 Winner of Global Teaching Challenge 2009 1st Place Professional Hustle Competition TOC 2009 3rd Dance Specialist in the World 2010 Winner of Global Teaching Challenge 2010 Top Studio in the World (Out of 260 Studios) as Counselor (Management) Winner’s Circle Award for Dance Specialist in 2013 1st Place Top Dance Specialist Award, New Student Challenge 2017 *These are competitions based on new and established students and I face competition from nearly 2,500 Instructors and 260 studios worldwide.

All Star Dance Specialist & Counselor Multiple Years Between 2006-2017

All Star Dance Studio Counselor 2016, Palcing 5th in the world

Second Place Professional Rising Star at FlamingoRama Dance Competition

Third Place Professional Rising Star and Open at Jamlando Dance Competition

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

Service Responibilities
Advising, CAM Grade Grievance Committee
CAM 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


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)

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

Personal Website

​​ 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


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.

MFA, Theatre Production & Technology, Purdue University
BA, Theatre, University of Maine
​​​ Courses Taught
• Stag​ecraft & Stage Lighting
• Special Topics in Technical Theatre                        


Dan has been the Technical Director at CMU since 2010. Before completing his MFA at Purdue, he was the Technical Director for the School of Performing Arts at the University of Maine. He has worked at The Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE, and several theatres in Maine including Penobscot Theatre Company and Ten Bucks Theatre Company.

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


  • 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​


MFA, Costume Design and Production 
The University of Alabama

​Courses Taught


Joins us from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where he designed and executed costumes for theatre productions and taught courses in Costume design, Costume Technology, Stage Makeup, and Theatre Appreciation.