Faculty & Staff


Courtney Bailey, Rhetoric and media studies. B.S.C., Ohio University; M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University

River Branch, Media production; new technology. B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., M.F.A., University of Iowa

Mark Cosdon, Theatre history and Performance studies. B.A., Colby College; M.A., Ph.D., Tufts University

Heather Curtis, Assistant Technical Director. B.A., Pennsylvania State University

Michael Keeley, Media Production, Documentary and Film History. B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Marquette University; M.F.A., Brooklyn College

Michael Mehler, Fall ’20 Department Chair, Scenic and Lighting Design, Management, Sustainable Design and Production. B.S. Northwestern University; M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Lynette Passilla, Vukovich Building Coordinator & Playshop Theatre Box Office Manager

Miriam Patterson, Costume Shop Supervisor. B.A., University of Memphis; M.F.A., University of Memphis; Costume Design Concentration

Vesta Silva, Rhetoric and speech studies. B.A., Indiana University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Ishita Sinha Roy, Media studies. B.A., M.A., University of Bombay; M.A., Ph.D., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California

Joe Tompkins,Media studies, Political Economy. B.A., University of Minnesota; PhD., Universtiy of Minnesota

Beth Watkins, Directing, acting, devising and adaptation. B.A., Moorhead State University; M.F.A., University of Texas

Jon Wiebel, Rhetoric, Political Communication. B.A., Baylor University; M.A., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill); Ph.D., University of Iowa

Julie Wilson, Media and Cultural studies, Community and Justice Studies. B.A., Macalester College; M.A., University of Minnesota, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

LeeAnn Yeckley, Technical Director. B.A. Grove City College; M.F.A., University of Iowa

Emily Chivers Yochim, Spring ’21 Department Chair, Media studies. B.A., Allegheny College; Ph.D. University of Michigan