Our faculty comprises working professionals who bring their experience to the art, craft and business of the theater. As a Theatre major, you’ll learn from faculty members who have worked on all kinds of theatre, from Tony Award-winning plays to jaw-dropping black-box and devised theatrical events. Your teachers and mentors share a creative but pragmatic approach that prepares you to face the challenging realities of making a life in the performing arts.
Paul Amandes Associate Professor
Paul has been teaching for Columbia College Chicago for the 30 years. His favorite subjects include: Playwriting, Writing for Musical Theatre, and Acting.
Karen Berger-Nolte Adjunct
Stage Makeup, Multi-Media Makeup, Wig Dressing
Kristi Bramlett Adjunct
Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Foundations, Theatre Making, Physical Approaches, Ensemble Building, Laban, and Stanislavsky
Justin Brill Assistant Professor of Instruction
Acting, Musical Theatre Performance, Musical Theatre Scene Study, Audition Techniques for Musical Theatre, direction of Departmental Productions
Michael Brown Associate Professor
Physical Theatre; Devised Theatre; Collaborative Creation; Clown and Comic Theatre; Movement; Mask Performance; Lecoq-based approaches to Actor Training
Jesse Carlo Assistant Professor
Acting, Musical Theatre, Theatre Studies
Heather Gilbert Associate Professor
Live Entertainment Lighting, focused in theatre and dance, additional interest in Concert. Collaboration for Theatre Designers and Directors, Period Styles, Intro to Design.
JulieAnn Graham Adjunct
JulieAnn's classes are a unique blend of Bartenieff Fundamentals ( a movement re-education looking at patterns of ease and connectivity), Improvisation, Laban, Yoga, meditation, and devised theatre.
John Green Director Graduate Program
Guided Reading and Research in the MFA in European Devised Performance Practice.
Stage Directing in the BFA/BA undergraduate programs in Directing.
Jermaine Hill Assistant Professor
Acting for the Musical Theatre Stage, Musical Theatre Performance Practice, Music Direction for the Musical Stage, Vocal Pedagogy, Voice for the Actor
Sami Ismat Adjunct
Directing, Devising, Performance Art, Acting, Writing, Installation, Photography, Film.
Lori Klinka Adjunct
I love teaching many different acting classes. A also teach Speaking Out which is a public speaking class.
Anne Libera Assistant Professor
Comedy Writing and Performance, Improvisation
Khalid Long Assistant Professor
THEA106: Global Drama
THEA107: American Drama
THEA201: Theatre History and Inquiry
THEA202: Traditions of World Theatre
THEA211: African American Theatre and Performance
THEA180: Introduction to Theatre Studies
THEA280: Theories of Performance Studies
Cyndi Maxey Adjunct
I teach a presentation (speaking) and communicating course in the Theater Department called Speaking Out. I designed the course and it is the only area I am interested in teaching .
Timothy McCain Adjunct
Playwriting--Theater Arts--Physical Theater--Devised Theatre--Text Analysis--Dramaturgy--Acting
Grace Overbeke Assistant Professor
Comedy Studies, Theatre for Social Change, Jewish Performance, Theatre History
Brian Shaw Professor
Acting, Community Arts Practice, Theater Research
Carin Silkaitis Allen and Lynn Turner Chair
Carin has been teaching in Chicagoland for the past 23 years. Her favorite subjects include: Acting on Camera, Realism/Naturalism, and Acting Shakespeare.
Catherine Slade Adjunct
Voice and Performance
Vocal Education Through Poetry
Sound Sense And Text
Memories and Breath
Kendra Thulin Associate Professor
Voice for the Actor, Voice and Language, Voice and Text, Shakespeare, Theatre Foundations, Shaw/Coward/Wilde, Accents and Dialects
Amy Uhl Associate Professor
Theatre, Music, Dance, Service Learning, New Works, Devised work
Richard Walker Assistant Professor
Albert Williams Associate Professor of Instruction
Theatre history, text analysis, musical theatre history, Chicago theatre history, theatre in Chicago, musical theatre
David Woolley Professor of Instruction
Stage Combat, Shakespeare, History