Curriculum Vitae

Michael A. Rothmayer
E-mail: Michael.Rothmayer@drake.edu

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy (Theatre), University of Nebraska – Lincoln, conferred May 2002  Dissertation – “The Drama of Life Unfolding” – The Life and Work of Steve Tesich.  Steve Tesich (1942-1996) was perhaps best known as the Academy Award winning screenwriter of the 1979 film Breaking Away.  Tesich, however, was also the author of eleven plays including Division Street (1980) and The Speed of Darkness (1989) as well as two musicals.  The dissertation offers a brief biography of his life and explication and analysis of his plays, musicals, screenplays and novels with emphasis on the manner in which Tesich incorporated elements of his personal history in his writing.

Master of Arts (Theatre), Missouri State University, conferred August 1995 Thesis – Directing Choices, a production of John Patrick Shanley’s Italian American Reconciliation.  The thesis was based on my direction of Shanley’s comedy at Missouri State University in the spring of 1995.  The text includes character biography, through-line of action, technical specifications, a line-by-line analysis of character objectives and given circumstances as well as chronicling specific directing choices made during the production process.

Bachelor of Science in Education (Speech / Theatre) cum laude, Missouri State University, conferred December 1991 (Minor in History)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Tenured Associate Professor of Acting, Directing and Theatre History – Drake University (2007-present). 

  • Spring 2017 – Teaching Acting II (2 sections, Directing II
  • J-Term 2017 – Teaching Readings in Theatre
  • Fall 2016 – Teaching Theatre History I, Readings in Theatre and Directing I
  • J-Term 2016 – Taught Readings in Theatre
  • Fall 2015 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and Readings in Theatre
  • Summer 2015 – Taught Readings in Theatre
  • Spring 2015 – Sabbatical (Project: Play writing)
  • J-Term 2015 – Taught Readings in Theatre
  • Fall 2014 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I
  • Spring 2014 – Taught Acting II (2 sections)
  • Fall 2013 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and Special Topics in Acting: New Script Development
  • Spring 2013 – Taught Acting II, Acting III and Readings in Theatre
  • J-Term 2013 – Taught Introduction to Theatre
  • Fall 2012 – Taught Acting I, Directing I and Theatre History I
  • Spring 2012 – Taught Acting II, Acting III (2 sections)
  • Fall 2011 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and Special Topics in Acting: New Script Development
  • Summer 2011 – Taught Readings in Theatre as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.
  • Spring 2011 – Sabbatical (Project: Play writing)
  • Fall 2010 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and Readings in Theatre.
  • Summer 2010 – Taught Readings in Theatre as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.
  • Spring 2010 – Currently teaching Directing II and Theatre History II.
  • Fall 2009 – Taught Theatre History I and Directing I.
  • Summer 2009 – Taught Readings in Theatre as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.
  • Spring 2009 – Taught Acting II and Readings in Theatre.
  • Fall 2008 – Taught Directing I and Theatre History I.
  • Summer 2008 – Taught Readings in Theatre as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.
  • Spring 2008 – Taught Acting II and Readings in Theatre.
  • Fall 2007 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I, Introduction to Theatre and Acting IV.
  • Summer 2007 – Taught Readings in Theatre as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.

Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing and Theatre History – Drake University (2002-2007)

  • Spring 2007 – Taught Acting II, Playwriting I and Introduction to Theatre
  • Fall 2006 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and Acting IV.
  • Summer 2006 – Taught Readings in Theatre as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.
  • Spring 2006 – Taught Acting II, Readings in Theatre and Introduction to Theatre.
  • Fall 2005 – Taught Theatre History I, Acting III and Directing I.
  • Spring 2005 – Taught Acting II, Readings in Theatre and an Honors Course on Absurdist Drama.
  • Fall 2004 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and “Special Topics in Acting – Shakespeare.”
  • Summer 2004 – Taught Readings in Theatre on campus and Playwriting I as an online web course utilizing Blackboard.
  • Spring 2004 – Taught Acting II, Readings in Theatre and Playwriting I.
  • Fall 2003 – Taught Acting I, Theatre History I and a First Year Seminar course on drama based on real life events.
  • Spring 2003 – Taught Acting II, Introduction to Theatre and Playwriting I.
  • Fall 2002 – Taught Directing I, Theatre History I and Acting III.

Visiting Professor / Acting, Directing, Theatre History, Drake University (2001-2002)

  • Spring 2002 – Taught Acting II and Introduction to Theatre.
  • Fall 2001 – Taught Acting II, Introduction to Theatre and “Special Topics in Acting  – Audition Techniques”.

Visiting Professor / Acting, Directing, Theatre History, Drake University (2000-2001)

  • Spring 2001 – Taught Acting I, Directing II and Readings in Theatre.  Supervised independent studies in theatre history.
  • Fall 2000 – Taught both Acting I and Acting III.

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Theatre, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (1995-2000)

  • Taught one section of Theatre History II spring semester 2000.  Focused on theatre history from the beginnings of the Modern Era to the present.  Approximately 30 students.  Utilized information technology via CourseInfo program and the Internet to supplement teaching.
  • Taught two sections per semester (20 sections total) of Introduction to the Performing Arts.  Survey course in theatre covering elements of theatrical production (play writing, directing, acting and design) as well as a general history of theatre.  Approximately 40 students per section.  Utilized information technology via CourseInfo program and the Internet to supplement teaching.

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Theatre, Missouri State University (1993-1995)

  • Taught two sections per semester (8 sections total) of Introduction to Theatre.
  • Approximately 40 students per section.

Theatre Teacher, Central Middle School, Galveston Texas (1992-1993)

  • Taught six sections per day of theatre at the 7th grade level.  Approximately 30 students per class.  Responsible for creating curriculum, preparation and presentation of material, classroom management, test construction and student evaluation.

Guest Lecturer

  • Lectured on both the secondary and university level on a variety of topics ranging from analyzing Shakespearean dramatic structure to the career and works of David Mamet.

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE                        

  • See Rock City and other destinations – April 2017
  • Doubt (a parable) – October 2016
  • The Taming of the Shrew – April 2016
  • Square One – October 2014
  • Italian American Reconciliation – May 2014
  • Childe Byron – April 2013
  • Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead – September 2011
  • Oleanna – December 2009
  • The Bacchae * – March 2009
  • Macbeth – April 2008
  • Autobahn – September 2007
  • Baby With The Bathwater – April 2007
  • The Duo Shakespeare – February 2006
  • Arts & Leisure * – October 2005
  • Overruled – July 2005
  • Proof – September 2004
  • Spike Heels – April 2004
  • Private Eyes * – December 2003
  • The Glass Menagerie – February 2003
  • The Crucible * – November 2002
  • All In The Timing – February 2002
  • Blithe Spirit – April 2001
  • Sylvia – February 2001
  • How I Learned To Drive – December 2000
  • The Dining Room * – October 1999
  • Dead Hamlet – February 1999
  • Minor Demons – October 1997
  • Six Degrees of Separation * – April 1997 (co-dir.)
  • Cold Journey in the Dark – March 1997
  • Macbeth – April 1996
  • Italian American Reconciliation – April 1995
  • Songs of Love – October 1994
  • Who Am I This Time? – November 1993
  • Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  – July 1992 (asst. dir.)

* Denotes American College Theatre Festival adjudication

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE 

  • Shelley “The Machine” Levineº / Glengarry Glenn Ross
  • Harryº / Love Song
  • Sidney Greenberg / Talk Radio
  • Tomº / Dinner With Friends
  • Charlemagne / Pippin
  • Constable / Fiddler On The Roof
  • Old Hamlet / Dead Hamlet
  • Dr. Fine / Six Degrees of Separation
  • Reuben / Men Dancing
  • Bobby Gould / Speed the Plow
  • Eddie Kurnitz * / Lost in Yonkers
  • Stepan Stepanovich / A Marriage Proposal
  • William Shakespeare / The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
  • William Henry Blore * / Ten Little Indians
  • Lord Escalus / Measure for Measure
  • Okuma / The Mask of Hiroshima
  • Father Ramon / The Last Victim
  • Warnock Waldgrave * / The Nerd
  • Jonathan White / The Monkey’s Paw
  • Patrick O’ Reilly – Dieter Wenzel – Tony Garibaldi /  The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
  • Captain Brackett * / South Pacific
  • Mr. Fox * / Mack and Mabel
  • Landlord – Captain * / The Robber Bridegroom
  • Ship’s Captain * / Anything Goes
  • Judge Thatcher – Harvey Wilkes * / Big River
  • Pirate Chorus / The Pirates of Penzance

* Denotes professional or semi-professional experience º Staged reading OTHER THEATRE EXPERIENCE  

  • Stagehand – Wells Fargo Arena (2005-present) / Civic Center of Greater Des Moines (2005-present)
  • Production Coordinator – Drake University Theatre (2001-2002)
  • Theatrical Poster Designer – Drake University Theatre (2000-present)
  • Theatre Camp Director – University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2000)
  • Carpenter – Nebraska Repertory Theatre  (2000)
  • Program Editor – Nebraska Repertory Theatre (1999)
  • Master Carpenter – Nebraska Repertory Theatre (1997)
  • Carpenter – Nebraska Repertory Theatre (1996)
  • Running Crew – Nebraska Repertory Theatre (1996)
  • Carpenter – Tent Theatre (1993-1994) (1989-1992)
  • Running Crew – Tent Theatre (1993-1994) (1989-1992)
  • House Manager – Coger Theatre (1994)
  • Box Office Staff – Tent Theatre (1993)

PUBLICATIONS / ORIGINAL WORKS / PRESENTATIONS

Publications –

  • Review of Daniel J. Watermeier’s “American Tragedian: The Life of Edwin Booth” to be published in Theatre History Studies, Volume 36 (Fall 2017)
  • “The Moral Tetralogy: American Social/Political/Cultural Commentary in the later writings of Steve Tesich.” published in Querying Difference in Theatre History, eds. Scott Magelssen and Ann Haugo, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
  • Review of Dorothy Chansky’s “Composing Ourselves: The Little Theatre Movement and the American Audience” published in Theatre History Studies, Volume 25  (January 2005)

Original Works –

  • Just Us – a full-length drama about a mother who takes the life of her autistic daughter. (8W, 5M) 87pgs.
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond – full-length comedy about the layers that separate theatricality from reality (4W, 4M) 81pgs.

Papers / Presentations –

  • Bed, Bath & Beyond received its premiere production at the Apollo Theatre in Chicago, (July 2012).  The play was produced by The Dirty Thatch Theatre Company and directed by Dan Haymes.  Twelve performances (July 5-8, 12-15, 19-22)
  • “Charting Direction: The ‘Beat Breakdown’ as a Tool for Directing and Script Analysis” presentation given at the 28th annual Mid-America Theatre Conference in Minneapolis – Directing Symposium (March 2007)
  • “The Moral Tetralogy: American Social/Political/Cultural Commentary in the later writings of Steve Tesich.” paper presented at the 27th annual Mid-America Theatre Conference in Chicago – Theatre History Symposium (March 2006)
  • Presentation of directorial concept at pre-show dinner entitled “Talk About” sponsored by the Friends of Drake Arts for productions of: The Crucible (2002), Macbeth (2008)

ADVISING / MENTORING EXPERIENCE

  • New Student Orientation, Drake University – (Summers 2005-present)
  • Participated in summer orientation sessions for incoming theatre students.  Helped students enroll in first semester courses.
  • Academic Adviser, Drake University – (2004-present)
  • Currently an academic adviser for 18 theatre major and minor students in Acting, Directing and Musical Theatre programs.
  • Independent Study, Drake University – (2000-present)
  • Worked with students on Independent Study projects including Dramatic Literature, Theatre History, Audition Techniques, Dramaturgy, Play Writing, Directing and Script Analysis.
  • Faculty Mentor – Student Projects, Drake University – (2000-present)
  • Worked as adviser of record / mentor for a variety of student acting and directing projects including Independent Study, Projects in Theatre and Senior Capstone experiences.
  • New Student Enrollment, University of Nebraska — Lincoln (1999)
  • Represented the Department of Theatre Arts at New Student Enrollment.  Responsible for advising incoming freshmen theatre majors.  Supervised course selection, class scheduling and enrolled students in first semester courses.

SERVICE AND COMMITTEE WORK

Drake University

  • Department of Theatre Arts, Chair (2013-2014)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee Chair (2013)
  • Drake University, Selection Committee for Arts & Sciences Teacher of the Year (2013)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Bachelor of Arts Degree Program, Head (2012-present)
  • University Curriculum Committee (2012-present)
  • Discussion Leader, 2012 Futures Conference (2012)
  • Drake University Planning Council (2011-2012)
  • J-Term Implementation Task Force Compensation Subcommittee (2011)
  • J-Term Implementation Task Force (2011-present)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Voice Faculty Search Committee (2010-2011)
  • J-Term Task Force (2010)
  • Friends of Drake Arts Faculty Representative (2008-2010)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Program Review (2008-2009)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre Faculty Search Committee (2007-2008)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Chair (2007-2010)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair (2007)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre Faculty Search Committee (2007-present)
  • Drake University Planning Council (2007-2008)
  • Drake University Planning Council Subcommittee on Academic Programs (2007)
  • Sheslow Prize Selection Committee (2006-present) 3 year term
  • Fine Arts Representative to the Arts and Sciences Council (2005-2007)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre Faculty Search Committee (2004-2005)
  • Faculty Representative for Library Liaisons – Cowles Library (2003-present)
  • Honors Program Advisory Board (2003-2005)
  • Board of Student Communications (2003-2004)
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre Faculty Search Committee (2002-2003)

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • Department of Theatre Arts, Nebraska New Plays Selection Committee
  • Department of Theatre Arts, THEA 112 Ad Hoc Committee
  • Department of Theatre Arts, Outreach Committee
  • Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Season Selection Committee
  • THEATRIX Council

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS – AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers – Associate Member (inactive)
  • Mid-American Theatre Conference (inactive)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees – Affiliated

RECENT AWARDS / HONORS

  • Invited and served as a judge for the 711 Theatre Project, a short play competition where groups have seven days to write, produce and perform an 11 minute play, June 2012
  • March 2009 production of The Bacchae scene was invited to be a part of the “Showcase of Scenes” at the American College Theatre Festival.
  • Promoted to Associate Professor of Theatre, April 2007.
  • Tenure conferred by Drake University, April 2007
  • Quoted in the 2006 First Amendment Calendar published by the Freedom Forum
  • October 2005 production of Arts and Leisure “held” for consideration for inclusion in the American College Theatre Festival
  • June 2005 production of Overruled selected as one of the “top five productions” of the Iowa Fringe Festival by Jeffrey Bruner, theatre critic for the Des Moines Register

COMPUTER AIDED INSTRUCTION

  • Readings in Theatre
  • Taught an online version of the dramatic literature course, Readings in Theatre, summer 2006 and summer 2007 utilizing Blackboard.
  • Playwriting
  • Taught a web course in playwriting at Drake University summer 2005 utilizing Blackboard.
  • Shakespeare in Art
  • Designed and built two web sites as a potential resource tool for theatre scholars, directors, designers and actors providing information on over 1100 paintings inspired by Shakespeare.
  • Theatre 112 Web Page
  • Created an interactive web site as a supplement to teaching Theatre 112 (Introduction to the Performing Arts) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  The site contained course information, syllabus and schedule of assignments; supplemental documents, handouts, pictures of relevant material, a basic chronology of theatre history; and links to other theatre sites on the World Wide Web.
  • Web Page Design
  • Co-designed and built an interactive web site for the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Theatre Arts.

– updated 22 May 2013 –