Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

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Roger Bechtel Profile
Professor of Theater

Roger Bechtel teaches a variety of courses including Beginning Acting, Performing Shakespeare, Theater History and Theory, Live Performance and Digital Media, and Creativity and Aesthetics.  He is active as both a theater artist and a scholar, and has directed and acted Off-Broadway and at a number of regional theaters, including Theater for a New Audience in New York, the Yale Repertory Theatre, the McCarter Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Snowmass Aspen Repertory Theater, and the Attic Theater.  He is currently the artistic director of Big Picture Group, a theater company based in Chicago that creates multimedia performances exploring contemporary culture.  Among his directorial credits for BPG are .duck, which was named one of the ten best productions of 2005 by the Chicago Tribune, and True + False, which won the critic’s choice award at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival.  His scholarly work includes Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination, published by Bucknell University Press in 2007; “Drama and Technology since 1945,” forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of American Drama; and a variety of other book chapters and journal articles.

Roger holds his B.A. from Depauw University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law and an M.F.A. Yale School of Drama, Ph.D. Cornell University.


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Judith Howard Profile
Associate Professor of Dance
Chair of Theater and Dance

Judith Howard is the Director of the Dance Program at Carleton College and teaches various courses including Fields of Performance, The Body As Choreographer, Meaning In Motion, Reading the Dancing Body: Topics in Dance History and Cultures of Dance as well as co-directs the Semaphore Repertory Dance Company. Before coming to Carleton she taught at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota and served as a visiting artist and K-12 consultant for the Dance Education Initiative, and Arts Courses for Educators at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Minnesota.

Judith has made dances, performed and taught in the Twin Cities for 30 years. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally and in Twin Cities venues such as the Walker Art Center, The Southern Theater, the Tek Box, and 9 x 22 Dance Lab. In 2006, she performed and taught in Yaroslavl, Russia where her work was presented by Link Vostak. Judith was selected "Twin Cities Best Choreographer" in 2005 and is the recipient of several Jerome Foundation Grants, a McKnight Choreographic Fellowship, a Sage Award for "Outstanding Performance" with April Sellers (2006), and a Sage Award for "Outstanding Dance Educator" (2014). In 2016 she was honored with a Sage Award for "Outstanding Performer." Her professional career accomplishments include co-founding and directing the award-winning dance company, The Flying Sisters Theater. Judith's early dance training included studying with Erik Hawkins and Twyla Tharp. Her dance training also includes Body Mind Centering, release technique, Laban Movement Analysis, Contact Improvisation, Mask (Sears Eldredge/Lecoq), Authentic Movement and Craniosacral Therapy.

Judith holds an MFA in Performance/Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

David Wiles
David Wiles Profile
Associate Professor of Theater

David Wiles teaches Acting, Voice, Dramatic Literature, Argument and Inquiry Seminars and directs Carleton Players productions. His productions include Polaroid Stories, The Exonerated, Romeo and Juliet, Going to St. Ives, Angels in America and Race.

His acting credits include appearances at Yale Rep, Shakespeare & Company, the Aquila Theatre Company, The Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things and Park Square Theater.  He studies with Patsy Rodenburg. His article, "Burdens of Representation: The Method and the Audience," appears in Method Acting Reconsidered. "Beyond Race and Gender: Reframing Diversity in Actor Training Programs" appears in The Politics of American Actor Training.

He holds a BA in History from the University of Cincinnati and a MFA in Acting from Yale.

Jane Shockley
Jane Shockley Profile
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Jane Shockley holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Dance at Carleton College.  She has also been on faculty at St. Olaf College, Macalester College and Zenon Dance School. In 2005, she became a certified movement educator and in 2009 received a Sage Award for Outstanding Dance Educator.

Some of the highlights of her 30-year career include dancing with Zenon Dance Company, JazzDance, Doug Elkins Dance Company and New Dance Performance Lab. She has worked with a range of local and national artists including Bebe Miller, Douglas Dunn, Bill T. Jones, Stuart Pimsler, Linda Shapiro, David Dorfman, Shawn McConneloug , Morgan Thorson, Donna Uchizono Ralph Lemon and Chris Aiken.  Jane has performed with the Minnesota Opera in the productions of Macbeth and Transatlantic, well as, Beth Corning’s Glue Factory Project.  Jane is also the rehearsal director for Arena Dances of Minneapolis.

Jennifer Bader
Jennifer Bader Profile
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Jennifer A. Bader is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Carleton College, and was a 2014 guest choreographer for the Carleton College Semaphore Dance Company. In 2016 and 2017 Jennifer received two separate grants from Carleton College to create a web-based ballet book for college students that will be launched in the fall of 2017.

Jennifer holds a B.F.A from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she had extensive training and performing opportunities. She augmented her training in New York and in San Diego. In 1992, she returned to Minneapolis and joined the Minnesota Dance Theatre Company. While performing she also taught the Young Children’s, Adult, and Performing Arts Divisions, and was Assistant to the Artistic Director of MDT for ten years. Jennifer has also taught and performed at the Children’s Theatre, and has performed with Independent Choreographers in Minneapolis. In August of 2002 and 2004 she traveled to Yaroslavl, Russia to participate in Link Vostok’s “International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga.” There, she was Assistant to the Executive Director and taught ballet and modern. For eighteen years, Jennifer also taught ballet, and choreographed for First Year Dance Project at St. Olaf College. She has also taught ballet and variations at Mankato State College and taught ballet and choreographed for the St. Cloud State University dance department. In addition to teaching at Carleton College, Jennifer teaches ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and choreographs for independent schools in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

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Daphne McCoy Profile
Instructor in Dance

Daphne McCoy has been dancing and teaching dance for most of her life. She has a BA in Music Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a certified Alexander technique teacher. Currently, Daphne is a member of the dance faculty at Carleton College where she teaches Modern dance technique and choreographs for Semaphore Dance Company.

For the past 18 years Daphne has been teaching dance technique and theory at many colleges and universities across the nation including, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, Miami University, Earlham College, Bowdoin College, Colby College and Bates College. Daphne has taught all techniques including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, movement for the actor, dance history, dance appreciation, the Alexander technique, improvisation and composition.  

After graduate school, Daphne was the co-Artistic director of Impact III a modern dance company in Champagne, IL for 3 years.  Some of her professional, and collegiate choreographic credits in theatre, music theatre and opera choreography include “Wild Duck”, “Good Person of Szechwan.” “Cabaret,” “Big Love,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Music Man,” 42nd Street,” “Anything Goes,” “HAIR,”  “Metamorphosis,” “Attempts on her life,” “Hamletmachine,” “La Traviata,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Venus,” ”Top Girls,” ”Tartuffe,” “Putting it Together,” ”Skriker,” “Godspell,” “Tarzan,” “Man of La Mancha,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” ”Spelling Bee,” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.

Throughout her career as a professor of dance, Daphne has had her modern dance choreography represented at the American College Dance festivals in many regions of the nation including here in Minnesota at the Mankato ACDFA in 2013.


Whitney McClusky
Whitney McClusky Profile
Instructor in Dance

Emeriti Faculty

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Ruth Weiner Profile
Class of 1944 Professor of English, Theater and the Liberal Arts, Emerita

Ruth Weiner is the Class of 1944 Professor of Theater and the Liberal Arts.  She earned her B.S. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin. Ruth teaches acting, directing and contemporary theater, and is also a faculty director of Players productions.

Mary Easter
Mary Easter Profile
Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts, Emerita

Mary Easter, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts, is a poet and writer as well as a dancer and choreographer. Mary received a bachelor of arts degree in music and French in 1962 from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of Arts from Goddard College, and studied at the Eastman School of Music. She has presented her dance work in Minnesota and nationally for over 25 years, receiving a Bush Artist Fellowship in Choreography, a Minnesota Dance Alliance McKnight Fellowship, a Diverse Visions Video award from Intermedia Arts, and a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Artists. She has also served as director of Carleton’s African-American studies program.


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Mary Ann Kelling Profile
Costume Designer and Shop Supervisor
Lecturer in Theater

Mary Ann Kelling's costume designs have been seen in Minneapolis at Park Square Theater, The Illusion Theater and Pangea World Theater.  She is the resident Costume Designer at Carleton College, Northfield, MN where she is also the Supervisor for the costume shop and a Lecturer in the Department of Theater and Dance.  She has taught and designed for theater &/or dance at The University of Tulsa, The University of Michigan-Flint and California State University, Long Beach. 

Mary Ann has designed costumes and make-up for theatre and dance in the Los Angeles area; Chicago, IL; Harrisonburg, VA; Northfield, MN; Detroit, MI and Flint, MI. Mary Ann’s liturgical textiles work can be seen throughout Minnesota. Her art work in photography, watercolor and drawing has been shown in galleries in Port Huron, MI and Flint, MI. Mary Ann has a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College, MN, and an MFA in costume design from California State University in Long Beach.

Jeff Bartlett
Jeffrey Bartlett
Weitz Center Production Manager

Jeff Bartlett, Weitz Center Production manager, assists faculty of Theater and Dance in a variety of ways during preparation and presentation of productions.

Sally Bell Pierce
Sally Pierce Profile
Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Arts
Administrative Assistant, Theater and Dance
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Christine Esterl
Weitz Center Technical Director