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

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.

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.

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

MFA in Performance/Choreography, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Teaching Experience: Professor, Dance and Theater, Macalester College; Professor, University of Minnesota; Chair of Dance Program, Macalester College; Instructor, Dance Education Initiative and Arts Courses for Educators, Perpich Center for Arts Education. Professional career accomplishments include the award winning dance company, The Flying Sisters Theater.  A Twin Cities based artist, Judith has also presented her work and workshops nationally and internationally. Judith is a somatics based choreographer and teacher whose early dance training included Erick Hawkins and Twyla Tharp. She has also studied BMC, Craniosacral Therapy, Laban Movement Analysis and Orthobionomy. Judith has received several Jerome Foundation Grants and a McKnight choreographic fellowship. She is a three time nominee for the Sage Award for “Outstanding Dance Educator” and a recipient of the Sage Award for “Outstanding Performance”.  Judith was selected “Best Choreographer” by the City Pages in 2005.

Jane Shockley
Jane Shockley Profile
Senior Lecturer in Dance

Jane Shockley, a noted modern dancer and founding member of the Zenon and New Dance Performance Laboratory, acts as an adjunct instructor in dance and assists in the direction of dance productions. Jane has been dancing for over twenty years, and counts among her movement influences modern dance, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais, and BMC.

Jennifer Bader
Jennifer Bader Profile
Lecturer in Dance

Jennifer A. Bader 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 at 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 Jennifer traveled to Yaroslavl 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. Jennifer also teaches ballet in the dance department at Saint Olaf College, and continues to teach ballet, modern, jazz and choreographs for independent schools in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.

Roger Bechtel
Roger Bechtel Profile
Associate 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.

 

Daphne McCoy
Daphne McCoy Profile
Visiting Instructor in Dance

Daphne McCoy received her MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Illinois, her BA in Music Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma and is also a certified Alexander Technique practitioner. Daphne has taught dance technique including modern, ballet, jazz and tap as well as dance history, composition, movement for the actor and the Alexander technique as full and part time faculty at many colleges and universities. Some of these institutions include, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, Miami University, Earlham College, Bowdoin College, Bates College and Colby College. Daphne choreographs for both the dance concert stage as well as the theatrical and musical theatre stage with credits ranging from professional, collegiate, high school productions and children's productions.

Emeriti Faculty

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.

Staff

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

Mary Ann Kelling is the costume designer and costume shop supervisor. She moved to Minnesota from Michigan, where she spent eight years as a costume designer and professor of theatre for the University of Michigan-Flint. She has designed costumes and make-up for theatre and dance in the Los Angeles area, Chicago and Detroit; Mary Ann's art work in photography, watercolor and drawing has been shown in galleries in Port Huron and Flint, Michigan. 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.

Ben Chadwick
Technical Director

Ben Chadwick is the technical director for the Weitz Center. He works closely with the faculty of Theater and Dance assisting with productions.

 

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.

Marla Erickson
Administrative Assistant in Cinema and Media Studies
Administrative Assistant, Theater and Dance