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Faculty and Staff
Chair and Director of Summer Institute
Scott R. Robinson
George W. Bellah, III
Brenda Hubbard, performance head, acting, directing, literature, M.F.A .
Scott R. Robinson, resident costume designer, M.F.A.
George W. Bellah, III, graduate coordinator, movement, stage combat, acting, M.F.A.
Michael J. Smith, acting, directing, voice, literature, musical theatre, M.F.A.
Christina Barrigan, resident lighting designer, M.F.A.
Terri Brown, musical theatre director, history, Ph.D.
Elise Forier, theatre education, youth theatre, playwriting, M.F.A.
David Barnett, scenic technology, M.F.A.
and additional guest instructors
David Barnett, McConnell stage manager/technical director
Paulette Bond, costume shop manager
Leslee Caul, director of marketing and development
Mary Makins, senior department secretary
Linda Waters, fiscal technician II
The department works in two theatres and various studios and shops.
Most graduate courses are offered over three summer sessions. Many are intensive workshops and meet from three to 10 hours per day. Most candidates can complete approximately 16-20 credits per summer. The theatre arts department offers graduate courses through the Summer Institute for Theatre Arts. Qualified students in the institute may enroll in the master’s degree courses if room permits, and master’s candidates enroll in selected courses from the institute listings.
Housing for master’s candidates and summer institute participants is available in nearby university accommodations. A limited number of teaching or research assistantships are available to qualified candidates for the academic year.
Incoming candidates are expected to meet the requirements for admission to the graduate school at Central and the following program requirements: two years of teaching experience or two years of professional theatre experience earned in preparation for teaching; permission of the faculty, which may include prerequisite courses if the candidate does not hold a bachelor’s degree in theatre and basic course work in theatre history. (Prerequisite courses may often be taken in the Summer Institute for Theatre Arts.) An assessment entry exam is required and is taken shortly after classes begin. Neither the GRE nor a foreign language is required for the program.
Teaching or service assistantships are assigned to second or third candidates. A limited number are available. Assistantships are appointed by the dean of Graduate Studies upon recommendation of the department chair.
Assistantship applications must be completed by Feb. 16 in order to insure consideration. Applicants should submit all materials required by the university graduate office. Registrar Services at (509) 963-3001 to receive application materials.