Faculty Research

The Department of Theatre and Dance provides a home for innovative research in theatre, dance, design, and technology that intersects with our active performance and production opportunities. Faculty are top scholars and practitioners who lead the way in national and international conversations on contemporary studies and trends in their field. Students at both the undergraduate and graduate are able to work alongside faculty on exciting research, as well as exploring their own areas of interest with departmental support. 

Research Areas

Dance

Contemporary technique; Improvisation; Composition

Choreography; Holistic dance training practices; Embodied applications of feminist theory and Theories of the Body

The benefits of dance in arts in education programs in K-12 schools and developmental markers in social the behavioral and cognitive effects of dance in schools

Dance studies; embodiment; critical race studies; early 20th century popular entertainment; musical theatre dance; cognitive studies

The rich multicultural, multiethnic traditions and histories that inform jazz dance; the comparative study of jazz dance techniques and styles; and the comparative socialization of jazz dance movement through vernacular time periods

Choreography; intersection of yogic philosophy, sports psychology and dance technique (ballet and modern)

Design and Technology

Sustainability in lighting installations and greener theatrical practices

Lynne Koscielniak MFA.

Scenography 

Theatre and Performance Studies

Theatre and Performance Studies; Cultural Studies; Popular Culture

 Shakespeare; America’s Nineteenth Century; Digital Humanities; Fight Direction

Methodology and Pedagogy of Acting, focusing on their intersection with Neuroscience and Cognition