Theater and Dance

Theater and Dance Faculty

Ronald Dean Bashford
Assistant Professor of Theater & Dance
Interests: I teach courses in directing, ensemble collaboration, dramatic literature and script analysis, and the craft of speaking (voice and speech). I also direct and advise senior thesis projects. In addition to teaching, I work as a professional freelance theater director. My work includes more than fifty professional projects, including plays, musicals and multidisciplinary collaborations, regionally and in New York City.
Connie Congdon
Interests: My interest in RPG had to stop after Kingdom Hearts took over my life. I did NOT do WOW, knowing that would be the end of all useful activity from me. However, I continue to go movies that celebrate fantasy, even when these movies are unspeakably bad. I also love indie film and music. Since I know people in the movie industry, having written for film, I go to mainstream movies all the time. I hated The Notebook and loved Tropic Thunder, just to give you an idea of my tastes in popular movies. One of my favorite films of all time? RYAN'S DAUGHTER by David Lean. I have never lost my connection to blues and rock from my era, so, of course, I own Buddy Guy recordings and Eric Clapton, of course. I'm an amateur musician and getting better on my baritone ukelele. I collect rocks and make hippie jewelry. I write poetry and songs. My life centers on my granddaughter Corabella, my grandson Calvin, meditation, coffee, jazz, new music, and my students, past and present. Of course, I still write poetry, my first genre, and continue to write plays, some of which you can read on this website or find my collection and individual playscripts at bookstores or online. I've done quite a lot of work with adaptation: (S. by John Updike. He liked it and gave us the rights. I got to talk to to "Up" when he came to the opera); Moliere's Tartuffe, new verse version (published in its own critical edition by Norton), The Misanthrope (published by Broadway Plays Publishing), The Imaginary Invalid (this is an adaptation, since it's in prose and has been produced quite a bit). I did an adaptation of The Mother by Gorky, based on his Vassa Zelezhnova, and this was produced by American Conservatory in San Francisco. My version of Goldoni's THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS has played in several major cities and was brought to new life by Chris Bayes and Steve Epp, comedia masters. But it's my totally original work to which I'm devoted, most recently, Take Me to the River, about the water crisis in the west and No Little Rebellion, about the Daniel Shays Rebellion.
Suzanne P. Dougan
Stanley King '03 Professor of Theater and Dance and Director of Theatrical Productions
Peter T. Lobdell
Senior Resident Artist in the Department of Theater and Dance; Chair of Theater and Dance
Interests: Stage magic, puppetry, and performance poetry
Paul D. Matteson
Five College Assistant Professor of Dance
Wendy Woodson
Roger C. Holden 1919 Professor of Theater and Dance (On Leave 1/1/2015 - 6/30/2015)

Contributing Faculty

Kathy C. Couch
Hang and Focus Supervisor
Jodi Falk
5C Coordinator of Community Outreach & Dance in Education
Jennifer C. Nugent
Visiting Lecturer
Stephanie L. Robinson
Visiting Lecturer in Theater and Dance
Marilyn M. Sylla
Five College Lecturer in Dance.
Constance Valis Hill
Five College Professor of Dance


Linda T. Celi
Casual Business Manager
Jonathan M. Doyle
Technical Director/Production Coordinator
Carla G. Froeberg
Costume Shop Supervisor
Emily K. Hoem
Expert Costumer
Reilly A. Horan
Graduate Assistant
Gina L. Siepel
Assistant Technical Director/Master Carpenter
Stephanie A. Vieira
Academic Department Coordinator/Business Manager
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