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Alumni in the Field

Alumni in the Field

Theatre and Dance graduates work in a variety of institutions, fields and disciplines. The following is a sampling of alumni of the Performance as Public Practice program.

Angela Ahlgren, Ph.D. 2011, Assistant Professor, Theatre History, Department of Theatre and Film, Bowling Green State University

Oluwabukola Aluko-Kpotie, Ph.D. 2012, Executive Director, Lagos Museum and Research Centre; Director, Designs for Life Social Enterprises

Dotun Ayobade, Ph.D. 2016, Postdoctoral Fellow (until 2018) and Assistant Professor (starting 2019), Africana Studies, Brown University

Heather Barfield, Ph.D. 2012, Director of Finance and Operations, Austin Creative Alliance; Associate Artistic Director, VORTEX Repertory Theatre; Adjunct Professor, Drama, Austin Community College

Jane Barnette, Ph.D. 2003, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theatre, University of Kansas

Chase Bringardner, Ph.D. 2008, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, Auburn University

Margaret Brooker, M.F.A. 2009, Assistant Professor, Dance Department, Middle Tennessee University

Claire Canavan, M.F.A. 2010, Lecturer, Creative Drama, Department of Theatre and Dance, Texas State University

Zoë Crabtree, M.A. 2017, AmeriCorps VISTA member, Project Coach, Smith College (Campus Compact for Southern New England)

Clare Croft, Ph.D. 2010, Assistant Professor and Director of M.F.A. Program, Department of Dance, University of Michigan

Jessica Del Vecchio, M.A. 2010, Communication Fellow, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College

Christina Gutierrez Dennehy, Ph.D. 2013, Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Northern Arizona University

Zachary Dorsey, Ph.D. 2007, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Arts Coordinator, School of Theatre and Dance, James Madison University

Michelle Dvoskin, Ph.D. 2010, Associate Professor and Theatre Program Coordinator, Department of Theatre and Dance, Western Kentucky University

Christin Essin, Ph.D. 2006, Associate Professor, Theatre History, Department of Theatre, Vanderbilt University

Denise Forbes-Erickson, Ph.D. 2013, Senior Lecturer in Scenic Design, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica; Visiting Lecturer in African American Theatre (online), Rutgers University

Natalie Goodnow, M.F.A. 2015, Associate Program Director, Creative Action, Austin

Thomas Graves, M.F.A. 2008, Co-Producing Artistic Director, Rude Mechs, Austin

Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt, M.F.A. 2012, Performer; Communications Manager and Editor, Alternate Roots Journal

Rebecca Hewett, Ph.D. 2010, Senior Program Associate, Schubert Foundation, New York; 2011 ACLS Public Fellow

Lindsay Hockaday, M.A. 2010, Associate Producer, Elevator Repair Service, New York

Kelly Howe, Ph.D. 2010, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Loyola University Chicago; Former President of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (PTO)

Kelly Inderstrodt, M.A. 2009, Associate Professor, Ivy Tech Community College

Kristen Jackson, M.A. 2014, Connectivity Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Je Hye Kim, Ph.D. 2007, Assistant Professor, Ewha Womans University Center for General Education, Seoul, South Korea

Jennifer Kokai, Ph.D. 2008, Associate Professor and Theatre Program Coodinator, Weber State University

Kristin Leahey, Ph.D. 2012, Resident Dramaturg, Northlight Theater, Skokie, IL

Erica Lies, M.A. 2008, Oral Historian, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Natasha Lindsay, Ph.D. 2017, Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Central Washington University

Shelly Manis, Ph.D. 2010, Lecturer IV, Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan

Lindsey Mantoan, M.A. 2010, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Linfield College

Nicole Martin, Ph.D. 2015, Faculty/Instructional Consultant, University of Kentucky

Nikiko Masumoto, M.A. 2010, Organic peach farmer and author, Masumoto Family Farm

Marcus McQuirter, Ph.D. 2012, Chair and Professor of Drama, Department of Drama, Austin Community College

Sarah Meyers, M.F.A. 2009, Associate Professor and Chair of Theater Arts, Department of Theater, Augsburg College

Erica Nagel, M.F.A. 2011, Director of Education and Development, McCarter Theatre Center; Theater Advisor, Lewis Center, Princeton University

Chuyun Oh, Ph.D. 2015, Assistant Professor of Dance History, Dance Program, School of Music and Dance, San Diego State University (Former Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies, Hamilton College)

Eleanor Owicki, Ph.D. 2013, Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance, Indiana University

Jaclyn Pryor, Ph.D. 2012, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Haverford College

Ramón Rivera-Servera, Ph.D. 2003, Department Chair; Associate Professor; Director of Graduate Studies, Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Roén Salinas, Ph.D. 2016, Artistic Director, Aztlan Dance Company, Austin

Margaret Savilonis, Ph.D. 2004, Associate Professor, English and Theatre Arts, University of New Haven

Susanne Shawyer, Ph.D. 2008, Assistant Professor of Theater, Elon University

Fadi Skeiker, Ph.D. 2009, Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal; Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Tamara Smith, Ph.D. 2011, Competition Administrator, Nova Scotia Public Service Commission

Amy Steiger, Ph.D. 2006, Assistant Professor of Theater, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Mary Katherine Stickel, M.A. 2009, Drama Teacher, Linz International School, Austria

Meg Sullivan, M.F.A. 2007, Executive Artistic Director, The Manton Avenue Project, Providence

Susan Gayle Todd, Ph.D. 2009, Producing Artistic Director, Austin Scottish Rite Theatre

Beliza Torres-Narvaez, Ph.D. 2015, Assistant Professor, Department of Theater, Augsburg College

Katelyn Wood, Ph.D. 2014, Assistant Professor of Theatre History, Department of Drama, University of Virginia

This list constitutes a sampling of alumni for prospective students, and is not complete. We welcome updates from Performance as Public Practice (PPP), as well as alumni from our earlier Ph.D. program in Theatre History. You may send updates to