Assistant Professor of Theatre
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- B.A., King’s College, 2000
M.A., Humboldt State University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2011
I began work as Assistant Professor here at Simpson College in the fall of 2013. I teach literature, history, and directing classes, and I direct one production for Theatre Simpson each year. I also teach in the Women’s and Gender Studies program, and I frequently assist students with their writing and research projects for our annual scholarship and creativity symposium.
I have been actively involved in theatre and dance since I was three years-old, and I have been very fortunate to teach and perform in America and abroad in Italy, Germany and St.Kitts/Nevis. I have also presented my research in national and international conferences in the U.S., Denmark, South Africa and Canada, and my work has been published in the journals Theatre Annual, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre/Practice, Ecumenica, and is forthcoming in the journals Shakespeare Bulletin and The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. I hold a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, where I completed my dissertation in ecocriticism and ecofeminism; a Master’s Degree and Collegiate Teaching Certificate from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA where I worked in the field of ecodrama; and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from King’s College in my hometown, Wilkes-Barre, PA, where I first learned to love literature, theatre, and the arts. I live in West Des Moines with my husband, Kris.