Ph.D. Theatre History and Directing
University of Michigan l976 M.A. Theatre
University of Michigan 1972 B.S. Language Arts Education
University of Kansas l968
CHAIR (1986-1995)/PROFESSOR (1995-Present)
Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance, Cornell University 1986-present
Provide leadership for the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance comprised of twenty-seven full-time faculty, thirty-two staff, and numerous guest artists annually. Consult in the construction and equipping of a new twenty-four million dollar theatre center. Develop programming to match new facilities including the Resident Professional Theatre Program, an in-residence core company of professional actors, designers and technicians to work in a mentoring model with liberal arts undergraduates. Extend existing outreach program into local and regional area. Develop corporate programs and training to address workplace issues through the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble. Supervise the Director of Cornell Cinema, second largest film exhibition program in the United States. Evolve annual Department budgets, appointments, course schedules and production calendars. Function as producer for events in the Center for Theatre Arts. Serve as liaison between individual, corporate and foundation donors and the Center for Theatre Arts.
Courses taught: Acting, Directing, Modern Drama, Text Analysis,
Playwriting, Community Based Arts, Solo Performance
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/ PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR (1996-2001) Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, Kansas City, Mo.
Direct productions for professional outdoor Shakespeare festival. Engage actors and artistic staff. Assist in long range planning, fundraising, donor and community relations. Participate in negotiations with city agencies that provide services to the Festival. Represent the Festival to civic organizations, community groups, and the press.
MFA DIRECTING PROGRAM COORDINATOR 1980-1985
Established curriculum and taught MFA directing workshop. Supervised
instructional activities of guest artists. Designed and supervised new play festival. Supervised graduate thesis productions. Participated in professional internship program.
Courses taught: MFA Directing Workshop, Script Analysis,
Approaches to Production, Advanced Directing,
Seminar, Acting III and IV.
Productions supervised: Our Town, The Miracle Worker, Enchanted Night, Prometheus Bound, The Lark, Edmond, The
Ruling Class, Woyzeck, Dreams in the Night, Bent.
VISITING GUEST PROFESSOR OF DIRECTING 1983-1984
Supported MFA directing projects. Advised theatre faculty on curriculum revisions for graduate course work.
Courses Taught: Advanced Script Analysis, Directing Seminar,
Advanced Directing Workshop.
Productions supervised: American Buffalo, Our Town.
HEAD OF MFA ACTING/DIRECTING PROGRAMS 1977-1980
University of Iowa
Established curriculum for MFA acting and directing students. Supervised instruction of undergraduate acting classes. Advised directing projects of graduate directing students. Coordinated instruction of voice and movement
specialists. Assisted development of Playwrights Workshop.
Courses taught: MFA Acting Workshop, Opera Workshop,
Directing Tutorial, Directing Thesis Preparation,
Productions supervised: Three Sisters, Peer Gynt, Company, Equus, Poor
FREE LANCE DIRECTOR/ACTOR 1975-1977
New York, NY
Staff Director for the Direct Theatre. Consultant for Creative Resources Institute —designed creative dramatics programs for Long Island Public Schools.
Directed plays by emerging writers.
GUEST ARTIST 1975 Grand Valley State Colleges - Grand Rapids, MI
Courses taught: Intro. to the Theatre, Styles of Acting, Improvisation,
Contemporary Directing —Theory and Practice.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR 1974
Camelot Dinner Theatre - Midland, MI
Coordinated public relations and business management. Hired resident company and staff. Directed productions. Supervised design and technical work.
NEA Panel: Shakespeare in American Communities--October 2003
New York State Council for the Arts Theatre Panel Member 1994-97; Panel Chair
National Advisory Board member, The Spencer Cherashore Fund
British American Drama Academy: Academic Chair for Midsummer at Stanford
Department of Theatre, University of Virginia: On site external tenure evaluation.
Department of Theatre, University of Maryland: External Review Committee
Georgetown University: Planning Consultant for new theatre department and facility
Theatre Communications Group Roundtable on Actor Training
Editorial Board of Theatre Studies Journal
Associate Producer of Susceptible to Kindness: ‘Miss Evers’ Boys’ and the Tuskegee Syphillis Study, winner of:
- The 1994 CINE Golden Eagle, recognized worldwide as a
mark of excellence
- Best of Category “Issues and Ethics” in the International
Health and Medical Film Festival
A Gold Plaque award in the “Politics, Society and Government” category of Intercom `94 International Film and Video Festival
- A Silver
Faculty Chair, Cornell Council for the Arts
Faculty Committee on Tenure and Appointments—Advisory to the Provost
Cornell Assembly Budget Review Committee
Faculty Advisory Committee to Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee
President’s Council on Public and Voluntary Service
Search Committee for Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
President’s Host Committee for His Holiness, the Dali Lama
Cornell Council for the Performing Arts
Search Committee for Writer/Editor, Cornell News Service
Search Committee for Director of Alumni Relations, College of Arts and Sciences
Cornell Cinema Review Committee
Elected by Cornell Board of Trustees as the Albert C. and Molly Phelps Bean, Jr.
Faculty Fellow for a three-year term, 1993-1996.
Two Faculty Fellow In Service Grants
Superintendent’s Educational Achievement Committee, Ithaca City School District
Co-Chair: Special Needs Advisory Committee, Ithaca City School District
Budget Steering Committee, Ithaca City School District
Superintendent’s Roundtable Advisory Group, Ithaca City School District
Board Member, The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY
Alternative Community School, Ithaca, NY, Site Based Council
Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
American Theatre in Higher Education
American Association of University Professors