AB Brown

Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Performance Art
  • Practice-Based Research
  • Directing and Devising
  • Queer and Trans Theory & Performance
  • South African Performance
  • Decolonial Theory & Performance

Addresses

Education

B.A., Muhlenberg College, Theatre & English Literature
M.A., Northwestern University, Performance Studies
Ph.D., Northwestern University, Performance Studies

Bio

AB is a transdisciplinary performance artist, writer, and performance studies scholar AB’s research-based practice looks at how transness, disability, and colonialism orient us to place and time and how embodied and material engagements might rearrange these modes of being and belonging…

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Shaina Cantino

Teaching Artist

Specialties

  • Choreography & Performance
  • Improvisation for performance
  • Contact improvisation/partnering
  • Contemporary/Modern Dance Technique Practices
  • Somatic therapy
  • Devised ensemble-based theater

Addresses

  • Telephone: (207) 859-4520 (Main Office)
  • E-mail: cantino@gmail.com
  • Website: shainacantino.com

Education

B.A., Distinction in Dance National Theatre Institute and Kenyon College
M.F.A., Smith College

Bio

SHAINA CANTINO’s embodied research queries how our bodies are vehicles for re-conceiving, through sensory perception and imagination, our dynamic relationship with our environments and ourselves. Cantino synthesizes somatic and compositional sensibilities in her choreography, teaching, and performance. She combines her dance training with theater studies, pursuing how each is integral to the other for performance that toggles between real and magical, and as a means to examine the specificity and honor the indescribable.

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Lynda Chilton

Academic Administrative Assistant

Specialties

  • Administrative support
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Book Design
  • Communications and social media

Addresses

Education

B.F.A. Graphic Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Bio

LYNDA CHILTON has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design and advertising and more than 20 years as a Theater Mom. In her previous job, she was the executive assistant to the superintendent of schools for her town. She is happy to bring that admin experience paired with her design skills to support the Theater and Dance Department of Colby College. She continues her side work as a book designer for her and her husband’s advertising company, Chilton Creative. Two out of three of her children are performing arts degree holders and Lynda spent years promoting and fundraising for their shows, which has come in handy in her admin position at Colby!

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 Design

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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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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Jessie Laurita-Spanglet

Teaching Artist

Specialties

  • Arts in Health
  • Creative Aging
  • Improvisation
  • Site-specific and site-adaptive choreography
  • Contemporary/modern dance technique practices
  • Dance performance and choreography
  • Pedagogy

Addresses

Education:

B.F.A., University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Modern Dance
M.F.A., University of Maryland, Dance

Bio

Jessie Laurita-Spanglet is a dance artist and educator based in Brunswick, ME. For the past four years, Jessie has worked as a Teaching Fellow and Research Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University, where in addition to teaching contemporary dance and choreography, Jessie engaged her local community through teaching IMPROVment®—a method of teaching improvisation to movers of all kinds that was developed by Wake Forest Associate Professor Christina Soriano. Jessie’s focus on arts in health and creative aging have led her to work with the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD, to teach improvisational movement classes to older adults and adults with neurodegenerative diseases, and to serve as an interventionist on the NIH-funded iMOVE study which uses the IMPROVment® method to test the effects of improvisational movement on people living with mild cognitive impairment.

Jessie has had teaching and creative engagements at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the University of Virginia, Davis and Elkins College, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Dance Exchange, among others. From 2015-2017, Jessie was an organizing artist for On Site/In Sight, a site-situated dance festival that brought artists to Winston-Salem NC, to dance in parks, on rooftops, and in the streets. Jessie’s latest choreographic work, Scale Models, was a site-specific investigation of the landscape and architecture in and around the Scales Fine Arts Center on the Wake Forest campus.

Since graduating with an MFA in dance from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014, Jessie has had the pleasure of dancing for Christina Soriano, Alexandra Beller, Maree ReMalia/merrygogo, Dance Exchange, Mansurdance, Heart Stück Bernie, and PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATRE. Jessie is a Stott-certified Pilates teacher through Balance Pilates in Richmond VA, and holds a BFA in modern dance from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

 

Dana Legawiec

House Manager

Education

  • B.A., Princeton University, English Literature with a Certificate in Theatre and Dance
  • Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Arts in Education
  • Physical Theatre Training Program, Dell’Arte International

Addresses

Bio

Dana Wieluns Legawiec (Luh-GAHV-yetz) is a theatre practitioner specializing in Physical Theatre and new work. She has over two decades’ experience as an actor, director, movement coach, teaching artist and arts educator working in Los Angeles, New York, Maine and internationally. Dana is co-Artistic Director and Director of Training for Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, Artistic Associate with the Bath and Camden Shakespeare Festivals, and an adjunct member of the faculty at the University of Southern Maine. In 2019 she was named a Creative Community Fellow by National Arts Strategies in recognition of her work making theatre with children in rural communities.

 

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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Gwyneth Shanks

Assistant Professor

 

Specialties

  • Performance Studies
  • Curatorial Practice
  • Museum Studies
  • Art History
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • Critical Race Theory

Addresses

Education

B.A., Macalester College, Theatre, magna cum laude
M.A., New York University, Performance Studies
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, Performance Studies

Bio

Gwyneth Shanks is a performance studies scholar, curator, and performance-maker. Her research and teaching focus on performance studies, curatorial practice, museum studies, critical race studies, queer theory, and art history. Her scholarship and exhibitions place contemporary performance, dance, and conceptual art practice in dialogue…

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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

  • Telephone: (207) 859-4523
  • E-mail: lweinbla@colby.edu
  • Office: Runnals 112
  • Web Site: www.besswelden.com

 

 

Sabbatical Information through Spring 2020

Faculty Member On Sabbatical
Annie Kloppenberg
Jim Thurston Spring 2020