FACULTY

Dr. Hank Willenbrink
Theatre Program Director and Associate Professor of Playwriting, Dramatic Literature and Theatre History

Hank Willenbrink is a playwright and scholar. His play The Boat in the Tiger Suit premiered at The Brick (NYC) in August 2013. It has been published by Original Works Publishing. He co-edited Palabras:  Dispatches from the Festival de la Palabra (NoPassport Press). He has published in Theatre Journal, Contemporary Theatre Review, and Theatre Forum. Hank’s monologues have been featured in Monologues for Men by Men, More Monologues for Men by Men, and Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2014. Hank has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Tulsa. www.hankwillenbrink.com.

 

Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History I, Theatre History II, Playwriting I, Solo Performance, American Drama 1914-1968, American Drama 1968-2001, Contemporary American Theatre, Continental European Drama 1880-1960, First Year Seminars.

Richard Larsen
Professor of Theatre Technology and Design

Rich's recent projects include scenic/lighting design for the world premiere of Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf  at the Scranton Cultural Center; and scenic/lighting design for The Scranton Shakespeare Festival (Summer ’14), featuring the world premiere of Fairycakes, written and directed by Douglas Carter Beane. Rich has done numerous scenic and lighting designs for The University of Scranton, Oklahoma State University, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), Performing Arts Institute/F.M. Kirby Center, University of Northern Colorado, Manhattanville College and the Scranton Civic Ballet. Rich also serves as Co-Vice Commissioner/Publications for Scene Design Commission for USITT and Associate Editor for Scene Design and Technology for TD&T Magazine. He holds a MFA in Theatre Design & Technology from San Diego State University and a BS in Theatre from Northern Arizona University.

 

Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Design for Theatre, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Scene Painting, Production Lab, First Year Seminar, Physics of Theatre.

Michael O'Steen
Associate Professor of Acting and Directing
Je Tellier
Affiliated Artist

Directing/Choreography : NYC; Hey God?, Just Feet From Broadway. Regional: Drowsy Chaperone, Sugar, Anything Goes, Sound of Music, Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Good Man Charlie Brown, Annie Get Your Gun others. University Players: From Shakespeare to Steve Martin. Performer: Broadway; Meet Me in St. Louis, Starlight Express. Nationally; Cats, Sayonara, Fame, Guys and Dolls. Regionally: Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodspeed Opera House, Papermill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, Studio Arena, Theatre Virginia, Geva Theatre, and countless others. Pgh and NJ Symphonies, Woody Allan’s Everyone Says I Love You. Teaching: Lee Strasburg Theater and Film Institute, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, MSU, Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, and its School of Music. BFA, MFA from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama. SDC, SAG-AFTRA, AEA.

 

Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Acting, Intermediate Acting, Advanced Acting, Directing I, Directing II, Stage Combat, Voice and Speech, Musical Theatre Performance.

For over two decades, Je Tellier has collaborated with the University Players as a costume and scenic designer, Technical Director, scenic artist, props artisan, adjunct faculty member, wiper of tears and band aid provider to scrapes both physical and emotional.  Locally, JT provides technical support and stage management for the Scranton Civic Ballet Company.  Prior to her collaboration in Scranton, Ms. Tellier has served as charge scenic artist at no fewer than 4 Tony-Award winning regional theatres including The Old Globe in San Diego, The Berkeley Repertory in the Bay Area, The Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Prior to her adventures in the west, JT painted productions at The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT and was a regular fixture in commercial professional theatre shops in the NYC area, producing high quality scenic art for a number of record-breaking Broadway shows. The artistic endeavors she is most enthusiastic about are her collaborators; Rich, Nathanael, Ezekael and Naome. Ms. Tellier holds a BFA in Technical Theatre/Painting from the PTTP (Professional Theatre Training Program) at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

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