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Faculty Profiles

John Wolf
Professor and Chair
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-4273

John Wolf is a native Midwesterner raised in Kansas and Nebraska. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic and Lighting Design from the University of A...
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Blair Anderson
Associate Professor of Theatre
3225 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-3511

Blair Anderson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of theatre and served as Chair and Director of Theatres from 1999 to 2010. Notable directing credits at the undergraduate Bonstelle...
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Mary Elizabeth Anderson
Assistant Professor
3365 Old Main
Phone: (313) 577-7619

Director of Community Engagement...
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Michael J Barnes
Artistic Director of Theatre and Dance, Associate Professor
3225.7 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-0926

Michael J. Barnes, Associate Professor, serves as the Artistic Director of the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance. He is also the Voice & Speech Specialist for Hilb...
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Laura Bovenkerk
Part-time Faculty
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-4273
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Mary Elizabeth Cooney
Lecturer
Old Main 3225.8
Phone: 313-577-3508

Mary Elizabeth Pratt Cooney, Director of Undergraduate Recruiting and Retention, is a graduate of Wayne State University (MFA and PhD). She has conducted workshops, and taught and ...
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Mary Katherine Copenhagen
Lecturer
Phone: 313-577-7910

Mary Copenhagen, Bonstelle Theatre Costume Designer, received her BS and MFA degrees from Michigan State University and studied in London , in the costume college at the Victoria a...
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Brian Dambacher
Assistant Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-3508
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Frederick Florkowski
Associate Professor
Phone: 313-577-7901

Fred Florkowski, Associate Professor, Scenic Designer, and Bonstelle Technical Director is a graduate of WSU with a BS in Education and an MFA in Scenic Design.He has provided tech...
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Kenneth Freeman
Senior Lecturer
3207.3 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-7895

Ken joined the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance in 2013 as area head for the MFA Theatre Management program. Freeman’s career experience includes general dire...
kdfreeman@wayne.edu
Dana Gamarra
Senior Lecturer
3202 Old Main

Senior Lecturer /Production Stage Manager: Dana has been teaching (part time) at Wayne State for the past 5 years where hes had the opportunity to not only mentor Graduate stage m...
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Lavinia Hart
Associate Professor
Phone: 313-577-0961

Lavinia Hart, Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of the Acting MFA joined the department after teaching, acting and directing for three years in Minnesota.Ms. Hart was the Art...
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Nicholas Leichter
Lecturer
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-3508
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David Magidson
Professor
Phone: 313-577-5200

David Magidson, Professor of Theatre, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin (BA and MA) and the University of Utah (PhD). Magidson teaches directing and playwriting. He has ...
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Diana Mileski
Part-time Faculty
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-4273
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Ariel Osterweis
Assistant Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: (917) 209-8742

Ariel Osterweis, Assistant Professor of Dance, teaches courses in dance history and theory, performance studies, contemporary dance technique, and choreography. At Wayne State, sh...
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Meg Paul
Ballet Lecturer
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2143

Meg Paul grew up in Altamonte Springs, Florida and trained with Southern Ballet Theater. After winning the International Dance Competition of the Americas, she was invited under fu...
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Sarah Pearline
Assistant Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-7914
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Eva Powers
Associate Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-6155

Powers is a native of the Detroit area and holds a BS degree in Dance Education from the University of Michigan, and an MA in Theatre from Wayne State University.She served as Chai...
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Karen Prall
Lecturer
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-9792

Ms. Prall is the Founder and Director ofThe Art of Motion Dance Theatre. A native Detroiter, she began Classical Modern dance training under Ms. Kathryn G. Ellis. She studied Dunha...
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Jeff Michael Rebudal,
Dance Area Head and Associate Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-9446

Jeff Michael Rebudal is Dance Area Head and Associate Professor of Dance & Choreography at Wayne State University and received an MFA in Performing Arts/Arts Management from Th...
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Doug Risner
Professor of Dance
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-9879

Dr. Doug Risner, Professor, is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with BFA and MFA degrees. in Choreography & Dance Performance, and...
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Thomas Schraeder
Professor
Phone: 313-577-7908

Thomas H. Schraeder, Professor of Theatre and Head of the Lighting Design MFA program, holds a BA from Loyola University in Chicago and an MFA from Yale University...
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Linda Simmons
Senior Lecturer
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-6153

Director of the WSU Dance CompanyONE, Simmons is a WSU alumna and is president of the WSU Dance Alumni Association. She has worked as a consultant in creative dance in elementary e...
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James M. Thomas
Professor
3225.4 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-7907

Graduate Officer and Director, Study Abroad Intensive: WSU-Moscow Art Theatre School...
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Cheryl Turski
Assistant Professor

Cheryl Turski is an Assistant Professor of Theatre specializing in Voice and Movement. She has previously taught at the University of Notre Dame, the American Repertory Theatre Ins...
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John Woodland
Associate Professor
Phone: 313-577-7912

John D. Woodland, Associate Professor of Theatre and Costume Designer for the Hilberry Theatre, holds a BA degree from Otterbein College and an MFA from the Universit...
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