Department of Theatre & Dance

The Theatre and Dance Department’s mission emphasizes the value of performance as a vital means of working for social justice and personal transformation.

The Department mentors majors and non-majors alike in explorations of the many ways theatre and dance artists interpret and affect society. Students and faculty collaborate on creative research projects designed to raise awareness, create community, foster self-expression, challenge stereotypes, evoke compassion, and represent diverse perspectives. Advanced seminars and capstone experiences enable students to develop and articulate their own unique senses of vocation, purpose and creative vision for life and art beyond college.

Theatre and Dance Department performance events entertain and challenge Gustavus audiences with dynamic, innovative productions. The department also seeks to serve the greater St. Peter community with the artistic excellence and educational outreach so important to our work…

The program prepares students for graduate study and/or for professional work in the fields of Theatre and Dance. It also provides students with experience and confidence with collaboration, creative imagination, self-expression, problem-solving, critical analysis and empathy—abilities crucial to every walk of life.

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Name Title Phone Web
Micah Maatman Associate Professor and Chair 507-933-7344
Kiki Klun ’11 Visiting Instructor, Assistant Technical Director 507-933-7353
Michele Rusinko Professor 507-933-7351
Amy Seham Professor 507-933-7460 web
Henry MacCarthy Associate Professor 507-933-7352
Melissa Rolnick Associate Professor 507-933-7642
Sarah Hauss Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-6234
Jill Patterson Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7198
Sam Grace ’11 Visiting Instructor
Sue Gunness Visiting Instructor 507-933-7198
Jordan Klitzke ’10 Visiting Instructor 507-933-7353
Larissa McConnell Adjunct Instructor 507-933-7343
Terena Wilkens Adjunct Instructor 507-933-6280 web
Beth Winterfeldt Adjunct Instructor 507-933-7364
Kristi Borowy Administrative Assistant 507-933-7353
Robert Gardner Professor Emeritus