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Andrew Abrams

Musical Theater Coordinator / Voice

Andrew Abrams
Contact:

Office: Altgeld 243
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-5815
Email: andrew.abrams@siu.edu

Biography: Andrew Abrams has worked Off-Broadway, regionally and on tour as a professional director, musical director, conductor, composer and Equity actor. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from UW-Madison and a Master of Arts in Musical Theater from University of ...read full profile >>

Susan Benson

Associate Professor - Voice and Speech Specialist

Susan Patrick Benson
Contact:

Office: Room 2236 - Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-1892
Email: susanpb@siu.edu

Education: MFA Acting Mason Gross School of the Arts - Rutgers University, 1995 BFA Acting/Directing Kent State University, 1986 Union Affiliations: Actor's Equity Association, and SAG/AFTRAs Teaches: Voice, Movement, Speech/Dialects, Acting Biography Susan Patrick ...read full profile >>

Mary Bogumil

Associate Professor, English Literature

Mary Bogumil
Contact:

Office: Room 2243 - Faner
Office Telephone Number: 618/453-6861
Email: mbogumil@siu.edu

Education: BA/ MA SUNY at Buffalo PhD University of South Florida Teaches: Modern British and American Literature and Drama Research and Creative Interests: Contemporary British and African American Drama Biography Professor Bogumil teaches modern British and American literature, with a particular ...read full profile >>

Darryl Kent Clark

Assistant Professor, Musical Theater Dance

Darryl Kent Clark
Contact:

Office: ALT 303

Office Telephone Number: 417-414-9122(cell)

Email: darryl.clark@siu.edu

Education: MFA, SUNY College at Brockport; BA,Columbia College Chicago Union affiliations: Not Applicable Teaches: Movement for the Actor, Musical Theatre Dance I and II Research and Creative Interests: Choreography for both musical theater and the concert stage, dance as it represented in film, the role ...read full profile >>

Thomas Fagerholm

Associate Professor Technical Direction and Production Management

Thomas Fagerholm
Contact:

Office: Room 2243 – Communications
Office Number: 618/453-5747

Cell Number: 651/341-3926
Email: tfagerholm@siu.edu

Education: MFA Technical Direction - Minnesota State University BA Creative Drama and Theater Education - University of Northern Iowa Biography: Tom Fagerholm's career in theater started with a Bachelor of Arts in creative drama and theater education from the University of Northern Iowa. After ...read full profile >>

Anne Fletcher

Professor of Theatre History/Dramaturgy

Anne Fletcher
Contact:

Office: Room 1035A - Communications Building
Office Phone Number(s): 618-453-7594
Email: afletch@siu.edu

Education: AB Drama, Vassar College MA Theatre Education, Emerson College PhD Theatre History, Tufts University Teaches: Theatre History, Dramaturgy, American Theatre, American Political Theatre, Contemporary Developments Researches: American Theatre 1920s and 1930s, ...read full profile >>

Jacob Juntunen

Associate Professor of Dramatic Theory, Criticism, and Playwriting

Jacob Juntunen

Head of Playwriting MFA and PhD Programs
Director of Graduate Studies

Contact:

Office: Room 1033B - Communications Office Number: 618-453-5741
Email: jjuntunen@siu.edu
Website: www.JacobJuntunen.com
For short plays, see:
RiposteToTheWorld.blogspot.com

Education: A.A. Creative Writing, Clackamas Community College B.A. English, Reed College M.A. Theatre, Northwestern University M.A. Playwriting, Ohio University Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University Teaches: Playwriting, Play Analysis, Theater History, ...read full profile >>

James Kidd

Associate Professor of Directing/Acting

James Thomas Kidd
Contact:

Office: Room 1033c - Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-7583
Email: tkidd@siu.edu

Education: MFA in Theater/Directing, Southern Illinois University Carbondale B.S. Ed in Education; Major: Performing Arts Recreation, University of Georgia Union Affiliations: Associate Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Member, Society of American Fight Directors Teaches: Acting, ...read full profile >>

Gennie Neuman Lambert

Assistant Professor, Scenic Design

Gennie Neuman Lambert
Contact:

Office: Room 1033 – Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-5471

Education: MFA Scenic Design, Rutgers University BFA Fine Arts, Minnesota State University, Moorhead Biography Gennie Neuman Lambert is a set designer that works in both professional and academic organizations. She often designs for new plays and musically driven performances, including the ...read full profile >>

Lori Merrill-Fink

Associate Professor, Director, University Honors Program

Lori Merrill-Fink
Contact:

Office: Room 3341 - Faner 
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-2824
Email: lomerfi@siu.edu

Education: MFA Acting/Directing, University of Arizona BFA Musical Theater, University of Arizona Certifications: Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis, Columbia College Authentic Movement Certification, Naropa University Research and Creative Interests: Musical Theater, ...read full profile >>

OluSegun A. Ojewuyi - Department Chair

Professor/Head of Directing

OluSegun Ojewuyi

Managing Artistic Director, 
McLeod Summer Playhouse (MSP)

Contact:

Office: Room 1033 – Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-1893/618-453-5471
Email: sojewuyi@siu.edu

Education: BA Theater Arts, University of Ibadan, NigeriaMA in Theater Arts – Criticism, University of Ibadan, Nigeria MFA in Directing from Yale University Affiliations: Association for Theater in Higher EducationThe Black Theater Network Fellow of Theater Arts (FTA), National Association ...read full profile >>

Jane Pivovarnik

Assistant Professor Practice - Costume Design

Jane Pivovarnik
Contact:

Office: Room 0024 - Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-7592
Email: janepiv@siu.edu

Education: BS Fashion Design and Merchandising, Southern Illinois University Carbondale MFA Theater – Costume Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale Teaches: Beginning Stagecraft: Costumes; Patterning and Draping for Theater Research and Creative Interests: Costume ...read full profile >>

Mark Varns

Professor of Theater/Lighting Design

Mark Varns
Contact:

Office: Room 2032 – Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-5741
Email: varns@siu.edu

Education: MFA Theater Design and Technology, University of Missouri-Kansas City Teaches: Lighting Design, Sound Design, Structural Design for Theatre, Stagecraft, Technical Direction, Drafting for the Theater, Computer Aided Design Research and Creative Interests: Lighting Design, Human physiological ...read full profile >>

Wendi Zea

Associate Professor of Costume Design

Wendi Zea
Contact:

Office: Room 2238 - Communications Building
Office Telephone Number: 618-453-7592
Email: wzea@siu.edu

Education: MFA Kent State University, 2006 Teaches: Costume Design, Period Styles, Costume Crafts (including dyeing, fabric modification, wigs & millinery), Costume Construction, and Playreading Research and Creative Interests: Costume design and costume history Biography: Wendi R. Zea is an ...read full profile >>