Department of Theatre and Dance

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


JACOB G. ALLEN,Associate Professor, M. Mus. (2009), The Eastman School of Music/University of Rochester [2020]

SARAH BROWN, Associate Professor, MFA (1994), Yale School of Drama [2023]

STEPHEN HANCOCK, Professor, MFA (1984), The Pennsylvania State University [2020]

HOLLY C. LAU, Professor, MFA (1991), The Ohio State University [2020]

ANITA J. LENHART, Professor, MFA (1985), Florida State University [2022]

MICHAEL O'NELE, Associate Professor, MFA (1998), The University of Missouri-K.C. [2022]

ANTHONY S. PELLECCHIA, Assistant Professor, MFA (2009), The Ohio State University [2021]

MICHAEL MEDCALF, Assistant Professor, MFA (2013), University of Iowa [2025]


HOLLY DERR, Assistant Professor, MFA (2002), Columbia University [2024]

JILL G. NEE, Assistant Professor, MFA (2014), The Ohio State University [2020]


RICHARD C. MAYFIELD, MFA (1996), University of Tennessee [2020]

CAROLYN M. WALKER, MFA (2019), University of North Carolina School of the Arts [2022]



JOHN YORKE, Instructor, MFA (1997), The University of Memphis [2019] 

 NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets.

*Adjunct teaching only status no longer requires the submission of the Graduate Faculty Status application.*