Faculty

Jeanne Averill portrait
Lecturer
Murphy Hall, room 421

M.A., Theatre, University of Kansas
Acting

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
785-864-6532
Murphy Hall, Room 206

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Theatre History and Criticism.
M.A., University of Texas at Austin. Theatre History and Criticism.
Dramaturgy, Theatre History

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Associate Professor
785-864-2679
Murphy Hall, Room 228

M.F.A., Boston University
Movement, Acting, Musical Theatre

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Professor, Senior Associate Director - University Honors Program
785-864-4225
Nunemaker Center, Room 201

Ph.D., New York University
Theatre History and Criticism; Performance Theory; Religious Performance; Jewish Popular Culture

Ashley Brittingham
Robinson Center, Room 153

B.F.A., University of Oklahoma
Ballet Technique

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Assistant Teaching Professor
785-864-0677
Murphy Hall, Room 356-B

MFA, London International School of Performing Arts/ Naropa University
Movement, Acting

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Associate Professor, Head of Scenography Program
785-864-2689
Murphy Hall, Room 227

Ph.D., University of Kansas
Scenography and Greek Theatre

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Lecturer
Murphy Hall, Room 421

Ed.D., Argosy University
Acting, Public Speaking as Performance

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Visiting Assistant Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 223

B.A. in Playwriting, Theatre, University of Tehran, 2005; M.F.A. in Scenography, University of Kansas, 2013; Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Kansas, 2018
Design & Technology

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Professor, Chair - Department of Theatre & Dance, Co-Director - School of the Arts
785-864-1098
Robinson Center, Room 251

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
Arts Administration, Modern Dance, Improvisation, Choreography, Dance History, Flamenco

Melinda Hedgecorth
Robinson Center, Room 153

B.F.A., University of Missouri - Kansas City
Flamenco

Jerel Hilding
Associate Professor, Dance Studies Coordinator
785-864-2588
Robinson Center, Room 251A

B.A. University of New Orleans
Ballet, Music for Dance

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Assistant Teaching Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 300

M.F.A., Screenwriting, Stephens College
Acting, Acting for the Camera, Improv

Willie Lenoir
Lecturer
785-864-1097
Robinson Center, Room 241

M.A., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, African dance, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Big Band Jazz, and Limón-based Modern Dance

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Associate Professor
785-864-2062
Murphy Hall, Room 339
Ph.D., Cornell University; D.E.A. Université de Paris
Theatre History; French Theatre; Acting; Directing
James Moreno
Associate Professor
785-864-2128
Robinson Center, Room 151

Ph.D., Performance Studies, Northwestern University
Critical Dance Studies, Modern Dance Technique, Choreography, Dance & Technology.

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Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
785-864-2820
Murphy Hall, Room 302

Ph.D., University of Southern California
African-American Theater & Performance, Popular Culture, Acting, Hip-hop Studies, American Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Improvisation Theory, Transnationalism, and Solo Performance.

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Assistant Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 356-A

M.F.A. Columbia University
B.A. San Francisco State University
Acting, Directing, Script Analysis

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Professor
785-864-2690
Murphy Hall, Room 233

M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scenography, Technology, Computers

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Associate Professor
785-864-6295
Murphy Hall, Room 200

Ph.D., Florida State University
Script Analysis, Theatre History, Modern European Drama, Jewish Artistic production in Nazi Germany, Theatre and Genocide.

Andie Stitt
Lecturer
Robinson Center, Room 153

B.F.A., Wichita State University
Hip-hop, Rhythm Tap

Patrick Suzeau
Professor
785-864-1099
Robinson Center, Room 253

M.A., Wesleyan University
C.M.A., Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies
Ballet, Modern Dance, East Indian Classical Dance, Ideokinesis, and Choreography

Maya Tillman-Rayton
Robinson Center, Room 153

B.S., University of Kansas
Hip-hop

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Resident Artist, Academic Associate
785-864-6531
Murphy Hall, Room 203

M.F.A., Scenography, University of Kansas
Scenography

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Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Artistic Director of Kansas Repertory Theatre
785-864-6893
Murphy Hall, Room 214B
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
M.F.A., University of Delaware
B.F.A., CalArts
Acting; Actor Training; Directing; Theatre History; Sociology of Theatre

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