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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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
  • Computer-Assisted (CNC) Woodworking
  • ETCP Certified Rigger-Theatre

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

B.A. Georgia College & State University, Theater with an emphasis in Technical Theater

Bio

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

Education

B.A., Middlebury College, Dance, and American Civilization
M.F.A., The Ohio State University, Choreography

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

Visiting Instructor

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 midcoast Maine. Jessie’s focus on arts in health and improvisational practices has led her to become a Creative Aging Teaching Artist with the Maine Arts Commission, to work closely with the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD, and to teach improvisational movement classes to adults with neurodegenerative diseases, healthy older adults, and blind and visually impaired movers.

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Dana Legawiec

Visiting Instructor / House Manager

Specialties

  • Physical Theatre
  • Physical Dramaturgy
  • Ensemble Devising
  • Teaching Artistry
  • Creative Facilitation

Addresses

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

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.

 

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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Nell Shipman

Visiting Instructor

Specialties

  • Ballet / Modern Dance Technique
  • Classical and Neo-Classical Choreography
  • Arts and Non-Profit Direction
  • Community Collaboration

Addresses

  • Telephone: (207) 859-4520
  • E-mail: nshipman@colby.edu
  • E-mail: nell.shipman@portlandballet.org
  • Office: Runnals 302
  • Web Site: www.portlandballet.org.com

Education

B.F.A. Butler University, Dance Performance

Bio

Nell Shipman joined Portland Ballet in 2004, before assuming the role of Artistic Director in 2015, and Director of Portland School of Ballet in 2016. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with High Honors from Butler University and has performed and shown choreography in Portland, New York, Chicago, Boulder, Indianapolis, and Tbilisi, The Republic of Georgia.

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James C. Thurston

Associate Professor of Theater and Dance

Specialties

  • Scenography and Environmental Scenography
  • Scenic/Light/Projection Design
  • Interactive Performance Media
  • Interdisciplinary Student-Driven Arts Incubators
  • Architecture, Site and Performance Space
  • Computer-Aided Design

Addresses

Education

B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, Theater Major, Art History Minor
M.F.A., Northwestern University, School of Communication, Stage Design

Bio

Jim Thurston is a professional scenographer and educator. He is the resident designer of the Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College, teaching courses in scenography, interactive digital media, and architectural imaging. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts in stage design from Northwestern University’s School of Communication.

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Bess Welden

Lecturer

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

Education

B.A., Oberlin College, Theater and Judaic/Near Eastern Studies
M.F.A., National Theater Conservatory, Acting

Bio

Bess has been teaching theater classes and workshops for adults and kids for over 20 years. Her major areas of focus are Voice for the Stage/Public Speaking, Performing Shakespeare, Solo Performance Development, and Playwriting. She is also the creator and facilitator of the Your Inner Critic as Character Workshop, the Big Mouth Collective Residency, and the Activist Storytelling Workshop. Currently, she teaches in Colby College’s Theater & Dance Department, is a Teaching Artist in Portland Stage Company’s Theater for Kids program, and on the Masterclass faculty of Acorn Productions. Over the last few years, Bess has directed several productions with young actors. She also offers private voice coaching for anyone who wants to connect confidently and authentically with an audience of any kind.