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Chelsea Anderson, Adjunct Faculty, Theatre Department

Chelsea Anderson

Adjunct Faculty
Theatre

  • Expertise in acting, directing and text analysis
  • MFA, Acting/Directing

Areas of Expertise
acting, directing, text analysis

Background
I have enjoyed many opportunities to work as an actor, director, playwright and educator throughout the Midwest including work with Forward Theater Company, Children's Theatre of Madison, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Madison Opera and Theatre LILA as well the University of Indianapolis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am the artistic director of Nova Theatre, a group I founded in graduate school to produce my thesis production, All the Best, Jack, a play I wrote and directed. Currently, I teach at UIndy and Butler University as well as with the Artist in the Classroom program at Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Research Interests
an actor's preparation for performance, audience engagement, Shakespearean language and interpretation, playwriting for social issues

Education
MFA, Theatre, Acting/Directing, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS, Theatre, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
I have worked as a motion capture actor for Raven Software on the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video game, Call of Duty: Online, and other games to be announced.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The smaller class size allows students and professors to interact more effectively and encourages students to take responsibility for their own education.

Contact Information
andersonc@uindy.edu

 

Laura E. Glover

Adjunct Faculty
Theatre

  • Expertise in lighting design and production management
  • MFA, Lighting Design

Areas of Expertise
lighting design, production management

Background
Owner of Laura E. Glover Design, 25 years; resident lighting director/production manager, Dance Kaleidoscope, 23 years; lighting designer/stage director, Time for Three, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 5 years.

Research Interests
LED technology, moving light technology

Education
MFA, Lighting Design, SUNY Purchase (now Purchase College)
BA, Visual Media, American University

Fun fact
I love hanging with my husband and cats, cooking yummy, healthy food, gardening and reading.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The student-to-teacher ratio makes the classroom experience a very personal one.

Contact Information
lglover@uindy.edu

James Leagre, Associate Adjunct Professor, Theatre Department

James Leagre

Assistant Professor
Theatre

  • Expertise in acting, acting for the camera, stage combat, children's theatre, theatre teaching
  • MFA, Acting

Areas of Expertise
acting: stage and film, arts administration, stage combat, public relations

Background
Professional Equity (union) actor in Los Angeles, Chicago and Indianapolis and seen in more than 100 television commercials and films throughout the country. Founder and executive director of Chicago TheatreWorks and Children's Theatre Institute from 1993 to 2010.

Research Interests
–Impact of teaching elementary educators on the use of theatre games/programs/projects incorporating State Academic Standards
–Use of fine arts in experiential learning concepts for all types of children
–Utilizing theatre arts as a teaching tool for children on the autism spectrum

Education
MFA, Acting, UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)
BA, Theatre, Public Relations, Ohio Northern University

Fun fact
I adopted a beautiful little girl (Anna Li) from China in 2005, who is now nine years old and is an amazing athlete.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The intimate setting for not only students but faculty as well.

Contact Information
leagrej@uindy.edu
317-788-2067
Esch Hall 065C

Robert Neal, adjunct professor of theatre arts

Robert Neal

Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts
Theatre

  • Expertise in acting, voice and movement
  • MFA, Acting and Theatre Arts

Areas of Expertise
acting, voice, movement

Background
Nearly 30 years working as an actor, director and teacher in the professional theatre and am currently in my 13th season as an actor and teacher with the Indiana Repertory Theatre. I have worked in regional theatres across the United States, including Lincoln Center in New York City and theatres in Chicago as well as touring Germany playing Shakespeare. I was awarded a Creative Renewal Grant from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2007. I have taught at Penn State University, DePauw University, Anderson University, IUPUI and Marian University. Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA).

Research Interests
acting, Shakespeare, language and literature

Education
MFA, Acting and Theatre Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Shakespeare Certificate, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England
BA, English Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Fun fact
I've been married for 25 years, have two children and three cats. I enjoy reading, listening to and playing music, nature and art.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The tightly-knit community of the Theatre Department

Contact Information
rneal@uindy.edu

Jim Ream, Associate Professor of Theatre

James Ream

Associate Professor
Theatre

  • Expertise in theatre design and technology
  • MFA, Theatre Design

Areas of Expertise
theatre design and technology

Background
For more than 40 years, I have had the privilege to teach and learn from thousands of wonderful students and enjoyed the opportunity to design scenery and lighting for hundreds of productions at the University, community theatres and professional theatres in the Midwest. In addition to receiving a gold medallion from the Kennedy Center for service to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, I am proud to have served as designer for UIndy commencement ceremonies and three UIndy Presidential Inaugurations.

Research Interests
theatre technology, computer-aided design (CAD) and CAD computer programming

Education
MFA, Theatre Design, Purdue University
MSR, Communication, Christian Theological Seminary
BA, Sociology/Psychology, Culver-Stockton College

Fun fact
I once worked in broadcasting and still miss it.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Every day is filled with new opportunities and interesting people.

Contact Information
ream@uindy.edu
317-788-3265
Esch Hall 065B

Penny Sornberger, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Penny Sornberger

Assistant Professor
Theatre

  • Expertise in costume design, hair and makeup
  • MFA, Theatre-Costume Design

Areas of Expertise
costume design, hair and makeup

Background
I have been designing professionally for nearly 15 years and a professor of theatre for 10 years. Some of my favorite shows have included: Titanic, Blood Wedding, Urinetown, The Laramie Project, Comedy of Errors, Taming of the Shrew, I Hate Hamlet, Little Shop of Horrors, and, most recently, Private Lives. I received a Certificate of Merit for the Private Lives costumes designs from KC/ACTF and two of the designs were chosen to participate at the Region III festival's Costume Parade.

Research Interests
costume design, costume/fashion history, eco design and recycling, upcycling clothing

Education
MFA, Theatre–Costume Design, Western Illinois University
BA, Individual Studies–Fashion & Advertising, Western Illinois University
AA, Liberal Studies–Fine Arts, Carl Sandburg College

Fun fact
I have been active in various forms of Middle Eastern dancing for seven years. I love all forms of dance, but the camaraderie and collaboration amongst Middle Eastern dance performers is wonderful to experience.

Favorite things about UIndy
One of my favorite things about UIndy is the pleasant atmosphere and friendly people. It is a very welcoming environment that makes it easy to be yourself. Another favorite I have is the lovely campus. It's clean, well-kept and picturesque.

Contact Information
sornbergerp@uindy.edu
317-788-3455
Esch Hall 065

Dr. Brad Wright, Associate Professor of Theatre & Department Chair, Director of Theatre

Dr. Brad Wright

Associate Professor & Department Chair
Director of Theatre

  • Expertise in acting, directing, play analysis and theatre history
  • PhD, Theatre History

Areas of Expertise
acting, directing, play analysis, theatre history

Background
I have directed more than 40 productions at UIndy, Wilkes University, Cornell University and other venues. Two of my productions, Endgame and Spike Heels, were invited to be performed at Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Region III festivals. I wrote the book for the new musical SHAME, an adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, which premiered at UIndy in October 2010.

Research Interests
acting, critical theory and analysis, directing, performance studies (focus on 1950s and 60s avant-garde), theatre history

Education
PhD, Theatre History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
MS, Theatre, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
BS, Theatre, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Fun fact
I've done solo free-fall skydiving. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
Like all of us, I love how close we are–faculty, staff and students. It really is like a family. We're very informal and our students quickly become more like colleagues. 

Contact Information
bwright@uindy.edu
317-788-3226
Esch Hall 065A