Jeanne Averill portrait
Murphy Hall, room 421


Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Murphy Hall, Room 206

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Theatre History and Criticism.
M.A., University of Texas at Austin. Theatre History and Criticism.
B.S., Highest Distinction, Northwestern University. Theatre and Women’s Studies.

Leslie Bennett headshot
Associate Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 228

M.F.A., Boston University
Movement, Acting

Henry Bial portrait
Professor, Senior Associate Director - University Honors Program
Nunemaker Center, Room 201

Ph.D., New York University
Theatre History and Criticism; Performance Theory; Religious Performance; Jewish Popular Culture

Jason Bohon portrait
Assistant Teaching Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 356-B

MFA, London International School of Performing Arts/ Naropa University
Movement, Acting

Dennis Christilles portrait
Associate Professor, Head of Scenography Program
Murphy Hall, Room 227

Ph.D., University of Kansas
Scenography and Greek Theatre

Janice Craft portrait
Murphy Hall, Room 421

Acting, Public Speaking as Performance

Rana Esfandiary photo
Visiting Assistant Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 223

B.A. in Playwriting, Theatre, University of Tehran, 2005; M.F.A. in Scenography, University of Kansas, 2013; Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Kansas, 2018
Design & Technology

Laura Kirk headshot
Assistant Teaching Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 300

Acting, Acting for the Camera, Screenwritng

Mechele Leon portrait
Associate Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 339
Ph.D., Cornell University; D.E.A. Université de Paris
Theatre History; French Theatre; Acting; Directing
Karen Paisley headshot
Murphy Hall, Room 300


Nicole Hodges Persley headshot
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Theatre Co-Director School of the Arts
Murphy Hall, Room 302

Ph.D. University of Southern California, Los Angeles
African-American theater and performance, popular culture, acting, Hip-hop Studies, American Studies, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Improvisation theory, Transnationalism and Solo Performance.

Mark Reaney portrait
Murphy Hall, Room 233

M.F.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Scenography, Technology, Computers

Rebecca Rovit portrait
Associate Professor
Murphy Hall, Room 200

Ph.D., Florida State University
Script Analysis, Theatre History, Modern European Drama, Jewish Artistic production in Nazi Germany, Theatre and Genocide.

Kelly Vogel portrait
Resident Artist, Academic Associate
Murphy Hall, Room 203


Peter Zazzali portrait
Associate Professor, Associate Chair, Artistic Director of Kansas Repertory Theatre
Murphy Hall, Room 214B
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center
M.F.A., University of Delaware
B.F.A., CalArts
Acting; Actor Training; Directing; Theatre History; Sociology of Theatre

Ph.D., University of Ife, Nigeria
Nigerian Theatre, Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism

Ph.D., University of Iowa
Theory, Criticism, Directing
Associate Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of Kansas
Cognitive Psychology, Reception Studies, K-12 Theatre

Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus

London's Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama; BA in English and American Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury; Int'l Phonetic Assoc. Certificate of Proficiency, University College, London.

Associate Professor Emerita

M.F.A., Pennsylvania State University
Scenography, Women's Theatre

Professor Emeritus

M.A., Northwestern University
Scenography, Design Theory

Jack Wright headshot
Professor Emeritus

B.A. in theatre from Otterbein College (Ohio)

M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from KU

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