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Candidates for Member-at-Large Positions
For Member-at-Large, Liaison to the Focus Group Representatives
Norman Bert teaches playwriting at Texas Tech University. His scripts include Scenes from a Romance, showcased by ATHE’s PlayWorks program, and Haboob, a part of the 2014 edition of ATHE PACT’s New Play Development Workshop. Bert’s published books include Theatre Alive! and a 3-book series of One-Act Plays for Acting Students. He assisted Sam Smiley in the revision of Smiley’s classic Playwriting: The Structure of Action. He is a past Conference Planner and FGR for PACT and founded the New Play Development Workshop. Bert taught theatre in colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and Montana before moving to Texas.
Vision Statement: I want to support and develop ATHE’s major strength—its union of all aspects of theatre study and production. As an active member of Playwrights and Creative Teams (PACT)—itself a focus group that unites playwrights with actors, directors, dramaturgs, and designers—, as a participant in Religion and Theatre, and as one who has taught performance, design, and theatre history as well as playwriting, I have a broad and unifying view of focus groups across ATHE. I have frequently heard praxis-based colleagues opine that ATHE primarily serves theorists and historians, and I would like to help broaden ATHE’s image.
Kathleen M. McGeever, Professor and Chair of Theatre with Northern Arizona University, is a long-time member of ATHE. During her association, she has held leadership positions (currently she is completing a second term as DP Secretary), participated as an actor, director, and a dramaturg for New Play Development, presented papers/panels for a wide-range of Focus Groups, planned Acting/Directing workshops, and in Orlando, co-Chaired the Acting/Directing Pre-Conference. Professor McGeever attended the ATHE Leadership Conference, and has been a member of the Directing, Acting, and Playwriting Focus Groups. She holds an MFA in Stage Direction, and has directed educationally and professionally.
Vision Statement: ATHE’s goal of serving the “membership and organization in [developing] strategic and sustainable partnerships”, and advocating for and advancing “the study of theatre and performance in higher education” is the heart of the work of the Focus Groups. As a Member at Large, I will serve as an advocate for the groups in their work advancing the scholarship, practice, and teaching of theatre by enthusiastic commitment to the process, active listening, effective communication, and collaborative engagement with the ATHE leadership and the Focus Groups.
Becky Prophet, professor of theatre at Alfred University, firmly believes in the teaching of theatre as the foundation to create excellent theatre artists. She has participated in ATHE since its foundation, having served as Conference Planner for Directing, Directing Focus Group Chair, joined others to write the original guidelines for T and P for Directors, and served as Nominations Committee chair. Very active in the Directing Program, Theatre as a Liberal Art, and the Playwrights and Creative Teams Focus Groups, Becky is working with others on revising tenure and promotion guidelines for the organization.
Vision Statement: Always a passionate advocate for theatre as an essential aspect of any society, I will work to represent to the Governing Council the power and value of the large number of approaches to theatre and the teaching of theatre that ATHE makes possible through the essential focus groups. In the shared work between the focus groups and the Governing Council, ATHE is well-poised to continue to support theatre’s vast variety of possibilities on campuses and throughout our society and to expand that influence in farther reaches of academe and our broader world culture.