Dr. Cynthia Allan joined the Department of Communication in 1999 as Director of Theatre. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in performance studies, directing, theatre history, dramatic criticism, critical theory and film, and intercultural communication.
Dr. Allan previously served as Director of Theatre at Dakota State University from 1993-99, where she taught acting, directing, theatre history, and arts management. She has over 30 years of directing experience in a variety of venues and is author of the performance pieces, The History of Laundry (1998), American Edit (2003), and Macaroni and Jello (2007).
Dr Allan has published in Theatre Topics, Theatre Studies, Midwest Quarterly, and The New England Theatre Journal. She has presented numerous papers at regional and national conferences. She has served on the executive boards of local and national organizations. Dr. Allan is a member of The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS), Theatre as a Liberal Art (TLA), and the National Communication Association (NCA).
“It is my firm conviction that the study of theatre and performance provides all the life skills necessary for success. Creative problem solving, appreciation for deadlines and budgets, a well-developed imagination, tenacity, stamina, critical thinking, and a solid respect for the collaborative process are all part of theatre training and they are attributes highly desired in many areas. Theatre students tend to do well in a variety of careers, including management, law, and administration.”
Ph.D., Theatre and Drama, University of Georgia, Georgia, U.S.A., 1992
M.A., Theatre Arts, Florida State University, Florida, U.S.A., 1976
B.A., Speech/Theatre, Florida Southern College, Florida, U.S.A., 1975
Directing, Theatre History, and Critical and Intercultural Theory.