CUR Experts List

AATE College/University/Research Experts List, October 2015 

These AATE members are available for information and advice on their specialties.  Feel free to contact them with your questions. All AATE members are welcome to join this list which is curated by the College/University/Research Network.

Sally Bailey

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Drama Therapy, Playwriting, Creative Drama, Puppetry

Degree:  MFA Directing, Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center 1981 and MSW from University of Maryland at Baltimore 1998

Title:  Professor, Drama Therapy/Theater

Institution: Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Degrees available at institution:  BA or BS in Theatre, MA in Theatre with concentration in Drama Therapy

Work Phone: 785-532-6780

Work email: [email protected]    

Work website:    

Personal website:

Online Articles:

  • Drama for Life Enhancement in Pioneering Change: Activities for Residents with Dementia Education Module to Promote Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes, published by KSU Center on Aging, in 2008 at

  • Incorporating Multiple Intelligences into Advisement of Theatre Students. ATHE Seminar: Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Theatre, ATHE 2009. KREX

  • Intergenerational Theatre: Storytelling to Connect the Generations. ATHE 2009. KREX

  • The Process of Healing: Expression from Within, Insight, and Release through the Arts. International Creative Arts Therapies Conference, 2006. KREX

Katie Dawson

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Arts Integration, Drama-Based Pedagogy and Practice, Applied Drama/Theatre, Museum Theatre, Theatre-in-Education, Drama-in-Education, Research Methods, Teaching Artist Pedagogy and Practice, Professional Learning Models

Degrees:  MFA Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, UT Austin

Title: Assistant Professor, Arts Integration and Teaching Artist Pedagogy and Practice

Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Degrees available at institution:  BA in Theatre,

BFA Theatre Studies, MA/MFA/PhD in Performance as Public Practice, MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities

Work Phone: 512-232-5314

Work email: [email protected]

Work website:


Emily Freeman

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Community-Based Work, Applied Theatre, and Playmaking

Degree: MFA, Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities

Title: Community Engagement Director

Institution: Orlando Repertory Theatre in partnership with University of Central Florida (UCF)

Degrees available at institution: UCF: MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences, MFA in Acting, Undergraduate Degrees in Theatre

Work Phone: 407-896-7365 x202

Work email: [email protected]

Work website:

Jennifer Katona, Ph. D.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Curriculum Development in the Arts, Educational Policy, Directing and Choreography with Youth and Arts Integration and Creating non-fiction theatre

Degree:  Ph. D. Urban Education -Arts Education Policy

Title:  Director Graduate Program in Educational Theatre

Institution:  The City College of New York

Degrees available at the institution:  MSED Educational Theatre/P-12 Theatre Certification

Work Phone: 212-650-6290

Work email: [email protected]

Work website:

Jeanne Klein

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Theatre for Young Audiences, K-12 theatre education, US theatre history, childhood studies, child development, cognitive and media psychology, theatre pedagogy, reception studies with child audiences

DEGREES:  Ph.D. in Theatre, University of Kansas (+M.A. & B.A.)

TITLE: Associated Professor

INSTITUTION: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

DEGREES AVAILABLE FROM INSTITUTION: M.A. & Ph.D. in Theatre; B.A. & B.G.S. in Theatre; B.F.A. & M.F.A. in Scenography.

PHONE: (KU office) 785-864-5576; (home office) 785-843-3744

E-MAIL: [email protected]


PUBLICATIONS (since 1986) available a

On phased retirement Fall 2016-Spring 2019 and always available for mentoring.

Linda Krakaur

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Drama in education, arts integration, arts and equity, literacy, professional development, school partnerships, international programs

Degree: MSt. Drama in Education, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

     Doctoral Candidate, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Maryland

Title: Instructor/Project Manager: MA Teacher Leadership with a focus in Arts Integration

Institution: University of Maryland, College Park

Degrees available at institution: BA Theatre, MA Teacher Leadership with a Focus in Arts Integration

Work Phone: 301-580-2442

Work Email: [email protected]

Work website:


Matt Omasta, Ph.D.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Theatre for Young Audiences, K-12 Theatre Education, Teacher Preparation, Drama Across the Curriculum, Devising, Play Theory, Research Methods (Qualitative, Quantitative, Mixed), Research Design & Assessment

DEGREES:  Ph.D. in Theatre for Youth / Educational Drama, Arizona State University; M.A. in Theatre Education, Emerson College

TITLE:  Director of Theatre Education

INSTITUTION:  Utah State University

DEGREES AVAILABLE FROM INSTITUION:  B.F.A. degrees in: Theatre Education, Applied Theatre, Acting, Technology/Design, Stage Management; B.A. in Theatre Studies; M.F.A. in Theatre Design

PHONE: 435-797-3103

E-MAIL: [email protected]


Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Culturally Responsive Theatre Education; Cultural, Racial, Ethnic representation in TYA

Degree:  MFA Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities, University of Texas at Austin

Title:  Assistant Professor, Theatre Studies/ Theatre Education

Institution:  UT Austin

Degrees available at institution: BA in Theatre, BFA in Theatre Education (with K-12 certification), MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities  

Work Phone: 512-232-7345

Work email: [email protected]

Work website:

Personal website:


Johanna Smith

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Puppetry, Improvisation, Creative Drama, Service Learning in TYA

Degree:  MFA Theatre for Youth, Arizona State University

Title:  Professor, Theatre Education

Institution:  California State University, San Bernardino

Degrees available at institution:  BA in Theatre, Theatre Education Emphasis, Minor and Certificate in Puppetry

Work Phone: 909-537-5881

Work email: [email protected]

Work website:

Personal website:

Elena Velasco

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Directing, Choreography, Physical Theater, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Creative Drama, Theater Outreach

Degree:  MFA Directing, Catholic University of America (May 2015)

Title:  Graduate Assistant and Instructor, Theater

Institution:  Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

Degrees available at institution:  BA in Drama, MFA in Directing, Acting, and Playwrighting, MATE (Theatre Education)

Work Phone: 703-328-8868

Work email: [email protected]

Professional/Freelance email: [email protected]

Personal website:

Amanda Wager

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Drama in Education, Applied Theatre, Popular Theatre, ESL & Bilingual Education

Degree:  PhD, Language & Literacy Education with Specialization in Drama in Education

Title: Assistant Professor, TESOL

Institution:  Lesley University, Boston, MA

Degrees available at institution:  BA in Theatre, MA/Licensures in Arts in Education - Creative Arts in Learning - Community Arts & TESOL

Work Phone: 617-349-8965

Work email: [email protected]

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Personal website:


James Zager

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Directing, Playwriting, Devising

Degree:  MFA Theatre for Youth, directing & playwriting focus, Arizona State University

Title:  Head of VPA Theatre & Arts Management

Institution:  Carroll University, Waukesha WI

Degrees available at institution:  BA in Theatre Arts, Arts Management Minor

Work Phone: 262-524-7303

Work email: [email protected]

Work website:

Personal website: