Dr. Londré is a theatre historian specializing in American, French, and Russian theatre plus Shakespeare. She is Honorary Co-Founder of the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. In 2006 she received the Inspirational UMKC Faculty award. In 1998 she received a University of Montana Distinguished Alumna Award, having earned her B.A. in French there. She earned her M.A. at the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin. In 1999, she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and has served twice as secretary of the board and a 2012-14 term as Dean of the College. In 2001, she was elected to the National Theatre Conference. That year she also received the Association for Theatre in Higher Education’s national award for 2001 as Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education. Ten years later, she received the 2011 Betty Jean Jones Award for Outstanding Teacher of American Theatre and Drama. She was the founding secretary of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, and has served as president of the American Theatre and Drama Society. Dr. Londré has held visiting professorships at Hosei University in Tokyo and at Marquette University in Milwaukee. She has lectured internationally, including Beijing, Nanjing, Tokyo, Osaka, Venice, Rouen, Caen, Paris (Sorbonne), Brussels, Moscow, and a lecture tour of Hungary. For 22 years (1978-2000), she was dramaturg for Missouri Repertory Theatre. Of her fourteen books, her favorite is the twelfth one, The Enchanted Years of the Stage: Kansas City at the Crossroads of American Theatre, 1870-1930, which won the George Freedley Memorial Book Award presented by the Theatre Library Association in 2008. Photo: Manon Halliburton, Natural Light Photography.
Dr. Gil Lazier is Dean Emeritus of the Florida State University School of Theatre, Former Associate Artistic Director of the Asolo Rep, and Director Emeritus of the FSU/Asolo MFA Conservatory. Past President of ATHE, Past Vice President of ITI/US, Education Committee of ITI Worldwide, Commissioner for NAST, Board of Trustees for NTC, Past Dean of the College of Fellows of the American Theater. Over 30 refereed research articles. Directed over 80 productions in the U. S. and abroad, served as Artistic Director of the Banyan Theater and currently directs for the FUSION THEATER COMPANY in Albuquerque. Acted on stage, in films and television.
R. Keith Michael’s professional career began as an actor with the Barter Theatre in Virginia. Having received an undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he received his M.F.A from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, England. In 1971 he was asked to serve as the first Chair of the newly created Department of Theatre and Drama at Indiana University. He continued on as Chair and Artistic Director of the Department until his retirement in 1996.
During the course of his career Dr. Michael has produced over 400 plays and served as an office of numerous professional organizations including the presidency of NAST. In 1997 Dr. Michael was the recipient of the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award; in 1999 he was honored by being made a Fellow of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre; and in 2002 he received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Indiana University.
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