Creative and scholarly activities I engage in include: Producer, Faculty Designer, and Technical Director for the UNI Interpreters Theatre; Creative writing, including plays, poetry, songs, and comics; Theory and criticism related to the history of comic books, graphic novels, pulp fiction, and other similar popular culture artifacts; Theory and criticism related to film and video production; and relationships that exist between technology and human communication.
My teaching specialties and interests include: graduate and undergraduate courses in the analysis and performance of literature, scripting and directing literature for the stage, theory and criticism related to the history of comic books, graphic novels, pulp fiction, and other similar popular culture artifacts, film analysis and criticism, human communication and technology, interpersonal and nonverbal communication, communication theory and pedagogy, and the basic communication course. My pedagogical style centers round relating course theories and concepts to the everyday lives and experiences of my students, providing them with ways to interpret and understand the world round them. The influence of performance and drama in our everyday lives also plays a large part in this process.
(Ph.D., 1989, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale)
I've been active in professional, educational and community theatre throughout the Midwest for over forty years. I've owned and operated a theatre and multi-media production company, and also have professional experience in film and video production, including cinematography, film editing and audio production.
I'm professionally trained and experienced in virtually all aspects of technical theatre including technical direction; scenic, lighting, audio and makeup design; scenic and properties construction; setting and focusing lights; and audio and multi-media engineering. Some of the productions I've worked on in these areas include: A Streetcar Named Desire, A View from the Bridge, The Chinese Nightingale, The Vagina Monologues, Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus, Grand Isle Stories, Barbie Undone, Beat: A Play on Words and Daddy's Little Girl.
I'm also professionally trained and experienced as an arts administrator, producer, director, writer and adapter, and actor. Some of the productions I've worked on in these areas include: Fahrenheit 451, Frankenstein, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Rhinoceros, A Day No Pigs Would Die, Tuck Everlasting, The Mad Dog Blues, Writing Against Your Text: Exploring the Self Through Original Texts, Barry Gifford's Wild at Heart, and The Summoning.
I am the recipient of the UNI College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award (2011) and the Regents Faculty Excellence Award (2013) -- the highest honor from the State Board of Regents of Iowa, for "sustaining a record of excellence across the spectrum of faculty endeavors.”