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!

Matthew Cumbie

Visiting Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Community-Engaged Choreography & Performance
  • Intergenerational Collaboration
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Improvisation
  • Modern/Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Pedagogy

Addresses

Education

BA, Texas Lutheran University, Communication Studies

BS, Texas State University, Dance

MFA, Texas Woman’s University, Dance

Bio

Matthew Cumbie (he/him) is a collaborative dancemaker, writer, and artist educator. His artistic research cultivates processes and experiences that are participatory and intergenerational, moving through known and unknown, and bring a poetic lens to a specifically queer experience. His choreography and dancemaking- considered “a blend of risk-taking with reliability, [and] a combination of uncertainty and wisdom,”- weaves together a physical vocabulary of momentum and clarity, revelatory moments, and a belief in a body’s capacity to meet each moment…

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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

  • Telephone: (207) 859-4523
  • E-mail: [email protected]
  • Fax: (207) 859-4533
  • Office: Runnals 104b

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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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 an Assistant Professor at Colby College. Prior to that, she held curatorial positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art through the Independent Study Program and at the Walker Art Center.

Broadly, her research considers how performance can propose strategies for revealing and dismantling colonial and racialized histories of representation in contemporary art. At Colby, she teaches courses that introduce students to performance studies, explore art institutions, and contextualize contemporary art and performance through race, gender, labor, and sexuality…

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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

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

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.