Theatre Faculty

Associate Professor W. Douglas Powers, department head, holds an M.F.A. in acting from Ohio University, an M.A. in theatre history and dramatic literature from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, and a Ph.D. in theatre with an emphasis in ritual and performance studies from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He serves as artistic director for the Department of Theatre and teaches courses in acting, theatre history, dramatic theory and criticism, and directing. His research interests include identity and representation in dramatic literature and performance. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

Associate Professor Andrew Rich holds an M.F.A. in theatre from Indiana University (Indiana). He serves as scenographer to all departmental theatre productions and teaches courses in technical theatre, including, lighting and scenic design, scenic painting, theatrical design history and play analysis. His research interests are scene painting and the history of scene design.

Associate Professor Erik Viker holds an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the faculty technical director for theatre department productions and teaches courses in theatre operations, stage management and dramatic literature. His research interests include theatre production management and the role of technical theatre in liberal arts education.

Assistant Professor Karen J. Gilmer holds an M.F.A. from Boston University. She is the costume designer for theatre department productions and teaches courses in costume production and design, as well as stage makeup. Her research interests include costume history; fabric dyeing, painting, and modification; millinery; and mask making.