Sharing a lifetime of theater with students
Trine University - Jannen School of Arts & Sciences
B.A., Kalamazoo College; M.A., Ball State University; Ph.D., Indiana State University
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My initial interest in speech and theatre rests with my early childhood. My father and his twin brother had a vaudeville-like act in the late 1940s, and they allowed me to be a part of it. All I did was walk on the stage and deliver the punch lines to a couple jokes, but that got me started! After that, I participated in speech contests during junior high and high school. The real inspiration for my interest in theatre came during high school, where I had a teacher who was enthusiastic about live theatre and dedicated to his students. He was the best possible role model.
After graduating college, I taught high school speech, debate, drama and English for ten years before moving into faculty, administrative and dean positions at Vincennes University, Indiana State University, Eastern Kentucky University and Eastern Michigan University. I also appeared in numerous theatrical productions in Indiana, Michigan and Colorado, and have directed productions including: Flowers for Algernon; The Crucible; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Cyrano de Bergerac; The Miser; Our Town; Carousel; and The Bald Soprano. I was an extra in the films A League of Their Own, Out to Sea, Home for the Holidays and The Fugitive.
I hope my students gain confidence and skills through a variety of meaningful academic and practical experiences in theatre. I also hope to nurture their creative spirit and provide them an artistic venue for self-expression. Beyond this, I hope to augment Trine University's cultural community through the presentation of plays with social, historical, contemporary, literary and theatrical value.