AB Brown

Assistant Professor (on sabbatical 2022-23)

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 (they/them) 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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Matthew Cumbie

Visiting Assistant Professor

Specialties

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

Addresses

Education

B.A., Texas Lutheran University, Communication Studies
B.S., Texas State University, Dance
M.F.A., 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…

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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

John Ervin’s (he/him) 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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Kimberly Fletcher-Stibal

Visiting Instructor

Specialties

  • Jazz Dance Technique
  • Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Dance Performance
  • Jazz and Contemporary Choreography

Addresses

 

Education

B.F.A. The University of the Arts, Jazz Dance Performance

Bio

Kimberly Fletcher-Stibal (she/her) graduated from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. with a BFA in jazz dance performance. While there, she received several scholarships and was selected as the outstanding senior artist and outstanding in jazz performance….

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Marjorie Gallant

Production Manager and Associate Chair

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 (she/her) came from Georgia 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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Kate Hunter

House Manager

Specialties

  • Sound Design/Mixing
  • Stage Management
  • Dramaturgy
  • Hospitality

Addresses

Education

B.A., University of Utah, Theatre Studies

Bio

Kate (she/her) is a sound designer/mixer and stage manager from Salt Lake City, Utah. After college, she came to Maine to be closer to her partner and build a home together. Kate has worked with Salt Lake Acting Company and with Maine’s site-specific theatre group, Bare Portland. For her side gigs, she does freelance voice-over work as well as live streams interactive video games for audiences all over the world. In the past, Kate has worked in radio advertising and currently serves as a DJ for her community radio station WXNZ-LP 98.1FM Skowhegan, HooSkow Radio.

 

Annie Kloppenberg

Associate Professor

Performance, 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 (she/her) 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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Ariana Karp

Visiting Instructor

Specialties

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Shakespeare and classical theatre performance (text, movement, voice)
  • Laban movement psychology
  • Ensemble building
  • Composing music for theatre

Addresses

Education

B.A., Reed College, Literature-Theatre
M.A., London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre

Bio

Ariana (she/her) is an actor, director, educator, and cellist. She is the Artistic Director of the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe. Ariana has made theatre in New York, London, Madison, WI, Portland, OR, Portsmouth, NH, Santa Fe, NM and across Japan. She is a member of The Shakespeare Ensemble…

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Meredith Labounty

Costume Shop Manager

Specialties

  • Sewing (industrial and home sewing machines
    and sergers)
  • Flat Sketching-Marker, Pastel, and
    Watercolor rendering
  • Fashion History
  • Pattern drafting and draping

Addresses

Education:

B.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design

Bachelor of Fine Art in Production Design: Costume Design

M.F.A., Florida State University

Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design

Bio

To come…

 

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 (she/her) 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 (on sabbatical 2022-23)

 

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 (she/her) 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…

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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 (she/her) 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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Raphi Soifer

Visiting Assistant Professor

Specialties

  • Street-based and site-specific performance
  • Contemporary Brazilian cultural history
  • Theatre of the Oppressed
  • Gentrification, “revitalization,” and resistance movements
  • Embodied memory and territoriality
  • Performance and activism

 

Addresses

Education

B.A., Yale University, Theatre Studies and Anthropology
M.A., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Art
Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Urban Planning

Bio

Raphi Soifer (he/they) is a performer, educator, and conceptual mess-maker whose work focuses on street-based activist performance. Raphi’s research examines relationships between embodied memory, territory, and community; competing notions of urban public space; and the aesthetics of power and protest in Brazil and the United States…

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James C. Thurston

Associate Professor

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 (he/him) is a professional scenographer and educator. He is the resident designer of the Department of Performance, 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 (she/her) 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…

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