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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
• Voice and Diction

Research Interests
• Intimacy Choreography
• New Play Development
• Farce
• Dialects


Elaine DiFalco Daugherty is an educator, director, writer, and intimacy choreographer who taught previously at The University of Maine. She has presented on cultural appropriation in casting at the national ATHE conference and on intimacy choreography for Casper College (WY), The University of Idaho, Millersville University (PA) and the KCACTF Region III festival. Elaine has studied best practices in staging intimacy with Theatrical Intimacy Education and Intimacy Directors International, and has worked as the intimacy director for In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, and Punk Rock at CMU. Outside of academia, she directs at the Midland Center for the Arts, is a member of their programming committee and co-hosts the center's podcast, Full Circle. Currently, she is researching the efficacy of consent-based low- or no- touch instruction in the university dance classroom environment and writing about the potential applications of the foundational principles of intimacy choreography in backstage facets of theatrical production.

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.: 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.

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)

PhD: University of Colorado Boulder

Research Interests
• Mime
• Mime Performers
• Physical Theatre
• Non-Western Traditions
• Musical Theatre

Service Responsibilities
• 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
​​​​ ​Courses Taught
• Music Theatre Performance and History Courses
• Acting
• 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.

Recent Scholarship

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.

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.