B.A. - Stanford University
M.F.A. - University of Portland
Ph.D. - University of Oregon
Dr. Rebecca Daniels, Birdsong Associate Professor of Theatre, is currently serving a three-year term as Associate Dean of the First Year. This means that while she is no longer teaching theatre/performance courses in PCA, she will be teaching her regular First Year Seminar [FYS] called Performing Diversity each spring. Starting in the fall of 2012, she also began team-teaching a performance/communication-oriented FYP college with Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Traci Fordham.
Currently, I am working collaboratively with Dr. Richard Carp, Appalachia State University, on a new play, titled Weaving Penelope, based on the legendary wife of Odysseus from Homer’s The Odyssey. My other major research project in process is a memoir based on letters my father wrote and photos he took while stationed overseas during World War II, currently titled The War: A Love Story.
My book, Women Stage Directors Speak: Exploring the Influence of Gender on Their Work was published by McFarland in 1996 (hardback) and in 2001 (paperback). Excerpts from this book have also been published in American Theatre Magazine, On-Stage Studies, and Theatre InSight. I am is also a playwright and directed my original play, The Famous Mrs. Beach, at St. Lawrence in 2002. The script was also given a professional staged reading in December of 2003 at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR.
I was the founding artistic/producing director for Artists Repertory Theatre (ART), a small professional theatre in Portland, OR (1981-1988). I have directed over 50 plays and acted in over 40. Here at SLU I directed regularly in the PCA/University Theatre production system until becoming the Associate Dean of the First Year in 2011. I have served as the director for many stage productions in Gulick Theatre, including How I Learned to Drive, Twelfth Night, Fortinbras, The Famous Mrs. Beach, Cloud Nine, Romeo and Juliet, Dancing at Lughnasa and others.
List of Professional Associations Membership:
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)