Assistant Professor of Theatre
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I began work as Assistant Professor of Theatre here at Simpson College in the fall of 2013. I teach history, literature and directing classes, and I direct one production for Theatre Simpson each year. I also teach two new classes for our department—Theatre & Social Change and World Theatre—and I frequently work with student dramaturgs and assist students with their writing.
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 Denmark, South Africa and Canada, and my work has been published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and the journal Ecumenica. 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 Shakespeare; 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 and Writing from King’s College in my hometown, Wilkes-Barre, PA, where I first learned to love theatre and the arts. I live in West Des Moines with my husband, Kris.