ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Current Faculty

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

Nicole Broughton, M.F.A.

Interim Department Chair, Lecturer IV & Stage Management Advisor & Director of Arts Administration Graduate Program

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

Email:
jehaley@umich.edu
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Janet Haley, M.F.A.

Associate Professor & Chair (on sabbatical until January 2021)

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.

Email:
bwielins@umich.edu
Theatre & Dance

Beth Freiman, M.F.A.

Director of Dance & Lecturer IV

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 UM-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®. 

Email:
bortonli@umich.edu
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Lisa Borton, M.F.A.

Managing Producer, Lecturer IV & Resident Scenic Designer

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

Works as a scenic artist at professional theaters including Santa Fe Opera, Cleveland Play House and Great River Shakespeare Festival (Winona, MN). Her professional design work has been seen at Hope Summer Repertory, Tipping Point Theatre and Flint Youth Theatre. 

http://www.lisaborton.com

Email:
emmada@umich.edu
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Emma Davis

Lecturer II & Dance Instructor

Education: M.A. Liberal Studies, American Theatre; B.A. Journalism; B.A. English with a specialization in writing, and dance minor from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Emma Davis teaches Introduction to Dance, Dance Ensemble, modern dance, tap, ballet, hip hop, and is certified in Giordano jazz dance. Her research and practice emphasize dance and civic engagement, including work with incarcerated youth, persons with disabilities, and the elderly. Davis performs nationally and internationally as a back-up dancer with music artist Tunde Olaniran. Davis currently serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Dance Council.

Phone:
810.237.6546
Email:
scdean@umich.edu
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Stephanie Dean, M.F.A.

Associate 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.

Email:
wirwin@umich.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. 

Email:
kendricj@umich.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.

Email:
dmueller@umich.edu
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Doug Mueller, M.F.A.

Technical Director & Resident Lighting Designer & Lecturer Adjunct

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.

Email:
jfialko@umich.edu
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Jessica Fialko

Lecturer I

Email:
jlafleu@umich.edu
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Janae Lafleur

Costume Shop Supervisor

Email:
djft@umich.edu
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Dave Thompson

Scene Shop Manager

Education: B.A, University of Michigan-Flint

Retired Faculty

Email:
lfriesen@umich.edu
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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@umich.edu
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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.