Tsiambwom “T” Akuchu

Visiting Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Acting
  • Dance
  • Physical Theatre
  • Choreography
  • Experimental Theatre

Addresses

Education

MFA in Acting, University of Montana

Bio

Tsiambwom “T” Akuchu is is a hip-hop and theatre performance artist based in Atlanta, Ga. His work lives at the intersection of dance, physical theatre and acting. He earned his MFA in Acting from the University of Montana and has studied multiple dance and movement forms such as hip-hop…

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Vanessa Anspaugh

Visiting Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Choreography & Performance
  • Dance History
  • Queer & Feminist Performance
  • Trauma informed Somatic Research
  • Improvisation
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Technique Practices
  • Ballet Technique

Addresses

Education

MFA, Smith College

Bio

Vanessa Anspaugh is a New England artist who works in choreography, dance and performance. She was born and raised in Los Angles, CA amongst an eclectic family of film and performing artists. After a childhood spent between the ballet studio and the psychedelic beaches of Venice beach, Anspaugh found…

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John D. Ervin

Technical Director

Specialties

  • Theater Technology
  • Scenic, Lighting, and Sound Design
  • Scene Painting
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • MIDI and Show Control
  • Computer Assisted (CNC) Woodworking

Addresses

Education

M.A., The University of Maine, 1992.
B.A., Trenton State College, 1987.
(Now known as The College of New Jersey)

Bio

Professional Design and Technical Direction experiences include scenery for The Public Theatre in Lewiston, Maine and six seasons as Technical Director, Scenery, Lighting, and/or Sound Designer for The Theater At Monmouth. Elsewhere, John’s designs and technical direction have been seen at…

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Marjorie Gallant

Production Manager

Specialties

  • Production Management
  • Stage Management
  • Graphic Arts

Addresses

Education

Georgia College & State University.

Bio

Marjorie Gallant is a graduate of Georgia College & State University. A long way from home, Marjorie came to Maine by way of Portland Stage where, during an eight year period she stage-managed over twenty productions, including six seasons of A Christmas Carol. In addition to her work at

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Mandela Gardner

Administrative Assistant

Specialties

  • Musical Theater
  • Administrative Coordination
  • Public Service
  • Patronage of the Performing Arts

Addresses

  • Telephone: (207) 859-4520
  • E-mail: mgardner@colby.edu
  • Fax: (207) 859-4533
  • Office: Runnals 104a

Education

B.A., Santa Clara University, 2008.

Bio

A native of Seattle, Washington, Mandela joins the Department of Theater and Dance after six years at Catholic Charities Maine in Portland. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. An occasional actor, his memorable

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Annie Kloppenberg

Associate Professor of Theater and Dance, Chair

Specialties

  • Dance History and Theory
  • Contemporary Choreographic Practice
  • Improvisation
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Technique Practices
  • Dance Performance
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Addresses

Bio

Annie Kloppenberg’s creative and theoretical research hinges on improvisation and investigates pedagogies of choreography. She teaches and performs nationally with the Improvisational trio Like You Mean It (www.lymitrio.com) and has presented her collaborative performance, workshop…

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Christine Nilles

Costume Shop Manager

Specialties

  • Costuming
  • Costume Design
  • Illustration
  • Fiber Art

Addresses

Bio

Christine is a costume designer, fiber artist and illustrator. She has exhibited her cloth sculptures and fiber art in galleries across the United States and has won many awards, most notably twice for The Arkansas Arts Center’s ‘Toys Designed by Artists’ competition. Her work is in…

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Thomas A. Oldham

Visiting Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Performance History
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Dramaturgy
  • Playwriting

Addresses

Education

Ph.D. in Theatre (History/Theory/Literature), Indiana University-Bloomington, 2012.
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts (Dramaturgy/Script Development), Columbia, 2007.
B.A in English and History, University of Nebraska, 2004.

Bio

Tom is a scholar whose focus is violence in the tragedies of Elizabethan/Jacobean/Caroline England and the In-Yer-Face Theater of the 1990s. Other interests include religion and performance, contemporary American drama, and contemporary Irish drama. His writing…

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James C. Thurston

Associate Professor of Theater and Dance

Specialties

  • Scenography
  • Scene Design
  • Light Design
  • Projection Design
  • Theater Architetcture and Performance Space
  • Computer Aided Design for Theater
  • Live Performance and Digital Media

Addresses

 

Bess Welden

Teaching Artist

Specialties

  • Voice and Speech
  • Acting
  • Solo Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Audition Coaching
  • Theater/Arts Administration

Addresses

 

 

Sabbatical Information through Spring 2018

Faculty Member On Sabbatical
Annie Kloppenberg
Jim Thurston