Wayne State University

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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...
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...
Mary Elizabeth Anderson
Associate Professor
3365 Old Main
Phone: (313) 577-7619

Mary teaches courses within the performance and critical/theoretical tracks for students in the BA, BFA, MA and PhD programs. She is also the founding director of the Performanc...
Thomas Aulino
Assistant Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-3508

Tom Aulino is a professional actor, director and an assistant professor of theatre at Wayne State University. He has performed on Broadway in George C. Wolfe’s production o...
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...
Biba Bell
Phone: 313-577-4273

Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) is a writer, dancer, and choreographer. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where her research focused on contemporary c...
Mary Elizabeth Elizabeth Cooney
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 ...
Mary Katherine Copenhagen
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...
Brian Dambacher
Assistant Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-3508
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...
Dana Gamarra
Senior Lecturer
3347 Old Main

Senior Lecturer /Production Manager: Dana has been teaching at Wayne State for the past 11 years where he's had the opportunity to not only teach and mentor Graduate stage managers...
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...
Billicia Hines
Assistant Professor
3225 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-4614

Billicia Hines is an assistant professor and is director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University. Previously, she was director of theatre at Elizabeth City State Uni...
David Magidson
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 ...
Diana Mileski
Part-time Faculty
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-4273
Mary Paul
Ballet Lecturer
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-2143

Meg Paul received her early training with Southern Ballet Theatre in Orlando, Florida. After winning the International Dance Competition of the Americas, Meg was invited to train o...
Sarah Pearline
Assistant Professor
3226 Old Main
Phone: 313-577-7914
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...
Karen Prall
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...
Jeffrey 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.  He received an MFA in Performing Arts from The American Univ...
Douglas 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...
Thomas Schraeder
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...
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...
James M. Thomas
3225.4 Old Main

James Thomas, Professor, is a graduate of St. Ambrose College (BA), Villanova University (MA), and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD). He came to WSU from Florida State Univer...
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...
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 Collegeand an MFA from the Universityof Michigan...