Current Faculty & Staff

Phone:
810-424-5307
Email:
snewport@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Shelby Newport, M.F.A.

Department Chair, Associate Professor and Resident Costume Designer

Education: M.F.A, Purdue University, B.S.S, Cornell College

Professionally designs costumes for productions at Purple Rose Theatre Company, Tipping Point Theatre, and Flint Youth Theatre. www.shelbynewport.com

Phone:
810.762.3442
Email:
jehaley@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Janet Haley, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Education: M.F.A., University of Texas-Austin B.A., Theatre and English, University of Michigan-Flint

Janet is an Artistic Associate at Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and an active member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the professional union for performers and stage managers.  Civic Engagement is a primary value for Janet, and she specializes in original, site-specific works made with students, alumni and community partners, such as Flint Farmers' Market, Glenwood Cemetery, and Riverbank Park.

Phone:
810.237.6521
Email:
wirwin@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

William Irwin, M.F.A.

Associate Professor

Education: M.F.A., Acting, University of Florida B.A., Theatre, University of Michigan-Flint

William is a working member of the Actors' Equity Association with numerous credits in classical, contemporary, and musical theatre. His concentration at UM-Flint is professional actor training, directing, stage combat, voice for professional and occupational users, and comedic technique. 

Phone:
810.237.6546
Email:
scdean@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Stephanie Dean, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor

Education: M.F.A. in Theatre and Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University, B.A. in Theatre, Emerson College

 

Stephanie has worked internationally and regionally as a performer and director.  Most recently she worked with The Other Mirror Theatre Company, based in New York.  She is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and is a certified teacher of Somatic Voicework (sm).  She teaches musical theatre, acting, voice and movement.

Phone:
810.762.3428
Email:
bortonli@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Lisa Borton, M.F.A.

Lecturer III & Resident Scenic Designer

Education: M.F.A, University of Iowa, B.A, Hope College

Works as a scenic artist at professional theaters including Cleveland Play House and Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN)

http://www.lisaborton.com

Phone:
810.237.3315
Email:
broughn@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Nicole Broughton, M.F.A.

Lecturer III & Stage Management Advisor

Education: M.F.A., Production Management, Carnegie Mellon University B.A., Theatre, Albion College

Phone:
810.238.7771
Email:
bwielins@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Beth Freiman, M.F.A.

Lecturer III & Director of Dance

Education: M.F.A., Dance- University of Michigan; B.F.A., Photography- University of Toledo, A.S., Graphic Design- Art Academy of Cincinnati

Beth serves as Director of Dance at U of M Flint where she has been teaching since 2002.   Her teaching focuses on ballet, modern dance, and choreography. Aside from traditional dance forms, she also teaches yoga, pilates mat, and GYROTONIC®. 

Phone:
810.238.7771
Email:
adesola@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Adesola Akinleye, Ph.D

Lecturer of Dance

Education: Ph.D, Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, MA, Middlesex University, UK

Phone:
810.238.7771
Email:
emmada@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Emma Davis

Lecturer I & Dance Instructor

Education: B.A. Journalism, B.A. English with a specialization in writing, and dance minor from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Emma Davis is a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She currently performs with musical artist Tunde Olaniran and is the founder and director of the Flint Dance Collaborative. She is an Apprentice Artist with Shop Floor Theater Company and has performed with companies that include Ann Arbor Dance Works, Vertical Ambition Dance Company and the University of Michigan-Flint. Ms. Davis is currently pursuing an MA in theatre culture with an emphasis on community dance.

Phone:
810-762-3449
Email:
adamdill@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Adam Dill, M.F.A.

Costume Shop Supervisor & Lecturer I

Education: M.F.A, University of Arizona, B.F.A, University of Texas-Arlington

Adam has worked for PlayMakers Repertory Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Children's Theatre, and Dallas Theatre Center. Adam is well versed in Costume Design, Costume Shop Management, Cutting/Draping, Tailoring, Costume Crafts, and Costume Education.

A sample of Adam’s design and construction work is available at www.adammdill.com

 

Phone:
810.762.3316
Email:
dmueller@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Doug Mueller, M.F.A.

Technical Director & Resident Lighting Designer

Education: M.F.A., Theatrical Design, University of Michigan, B.A., Theatre, University of Michigan-Flint

In addition to Doug's many roles at UM-Flint, he annually oversees all technical elements for Flint Institute of Music’s The Nutcracker.

Phone:
810.931.8090
Email:
kendricj@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Kendrick Jones, M.L.S.

Lecturer II

Education: M.L.S., Theatre, University of Michigan-Flint, B.B.A., Management, Northwood University, A.A.S., Marketing Management & Business Management

Kendrick serves as the Executive Director of Shop Floor Theatre Company and CEO at SFTC Nonprofit. His work is largely dedicated to providing expressive opportunities in under-served communities.

A graduate of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, Jones obtained a Masters of Liberal Studies in Theatre and Community.

Phone:
810.424.5554
Email:
anmorton@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Andrew Morton, M.A.

Lecturer II & Director

Education: MA, Goldsmith’s College, University of London: Cross-Sectoral and Community Arts, B.A. University of Michigan-Flint

Andrew is an award-winning playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild. Prior to his return to UM-Flint, he was the Education Officer at the Blue Elephant Theatre in London, England and worked as a teaching artist and practitioner for several UK-based theatre companies. Andrew is currently the Playwright-in-Residence at Flint Youth Theatre.
Phone:
810.237.6522
Email:
samrich@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Samuel J. Richardson, M.F.A.

Lecturer I

Education: M.F.A., Eastern Michigan University, B.S., Lees-McRae College

Currently serves as the Education Manager at Flint Youth Theatre and teaching Directing for Young Audiences (THE 321) in the department of Theatre & Dance. 

Phone:
810.237.6522
Email:
lkletts@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Linda Letts

Administrative Assistant

Retired Faculty

Phone:
810.762.3349
Email:
lfriesen@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Lauren Friesen, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus & David M. French Professor

Education: Ph.D., Philosophy and Theatre M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Playwriting B.A., Bethel College (Kansas), History, Psychology and Philosophy

He is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for "Excellence in Theatre" and the Indiana Theatre Association's award for his "Outstanding Contribution to University Theatre." His recent publications include a translation of Hermann Sudermann's The Storm Komrade Sokrates (University Press of America) and the essay "Ritual, Race and Reconciliation in Anna Deavere Smith's Play Fires in the Mirror," (Munster: LIT Verlag). His monologue "Still Waiting for Rachel" was published in Monologues for Men by Heinneman Press. He just completed the translation of a novel...But Stones Can't Speak by the holocaust survivor Carlo Ross. In April 2007, Vertigo Productions in Flint produced his latest 2-act play Rothko.

Email:
cmgil@umflint.edu
Theatre & Dance

Carolyn M. Gillespie , M.F.A.

Professor Emerita

Education: M.F.A., Acting, Stanford University; B.A. Speech Education, Marquette University

Carolyn joined the UM-Flint faculty in 1987 after a dozen years at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is the recipient of a number of awards for her creative output, as well as for her teaching and service to the university and to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She is a member of Actors' Equity and continues a freelance career as actor and director.