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Emily A Rollie

Academic Biography:
If you asked my parents, they would tell you that I have been performing and directing theatre since I was a child. From dancing and singing along with The Sound of Music in front of our bay windows to organizing and performing (and charging admission to) short plays in our basement, I have long been drawn to theatre, particularly directing, performing and teaching it. As an artist, I have directed productions across the country, and as an instructor, I have taught students of all ages - form the very young to the young at heart - in a variety of theatres, elementary and high schools, and universities.

I love the collaborative nature of theatre, and as a graduate of St. Olaf College - another small,, ACM-affiliated liberal arts institution much like Monmouth - I am drawn to and energized by our liberal arts environment. I believe that in order to "do" theatre, one should study it, and in order to best study theatre, one should also be involved in producing and doing it. That in mind, Monmouth's dedication to integrated studies means that my students and I can take our theatre performance and study even further, actively drawing from and connecting our theatre work to multiple disciplines - a form of active, interdisciplinary learning that ultimately enriches and strengthens our theatrical practice and scholarship.

Research Interests:
Women in/and theatre, Directing (theory, history, & pedagogy), Transnational feminist performance & drama, Children's theatre & TYA, Acting pedagogy

Courses Taught:
THEA 175 Beginning Acting
THEA 176 Principles of Acting
THEA 271 Children's Theatre & Creative Dramatics
THEA 275 Script Analysis & Dramatic Literature
THEA 297 Topics: Playwriting & Dramaturgy
THEA 370 Voice, Movement, Modern Styles
THEA 371 Period Styles of Acting
THEA 377 Principles of Directing
WOST 201 Intro to Women's Studies

BA St. Olaf College 2001
MA Central Washington University 2006
PhD University of Missouri 2013

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 314 McMichael Academic