Caroline Dodge Latta began at Columbia in 1981 as a part time faculty member in the Theater Department, became an Artist in Residence, and in 1986 joined the ranks of the full time tenured faculty. She teaches acting at various skill levels: basic skills, scene study, advanced scene study and the acting III styles Shakespeare; she is also a director. For the past four years she has led a summer student trip to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario. She is the Director of the Liberace scholarship competition and the internship coordinator for the Theater Department. She is also a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission.
Professor Latta received her B.A. in Theater from the University of Maine at Orono in 1969 and her M.A.(1971) and Ph.D. (1973) in Theater from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. She has taught at Case Western Reserve University, Worcester Polytechnic, the University of Illinois Chicago, and Northwestern University among others.
She is a professional actress in Chicago as well and has worked with such companies as Journeymen Theater, Citadel Theatre, City Lit Theater Company and Remy Bumppo. She recently performed as Mercedes in Adam Bock’s Thugs at Profiles Theater.
Dr. Latta was Dean of Columbia from 1994-2001 and was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor of Theater by the President for her service to the College.