2014 Conference Program and Schedule


SCHEDULE INFORMATION (as of 09/24/14)*



[**Michigan teachers must be at ALL scheduled lecture sessions, discussions, performances, AND attend one offering during each “Open Session” in order to receive full SB-CEU.]  


Friday, September 26, 2014 – GVSU Allendale Campus

10:30AM - Registration Begins in Pere Marquette Room, 2204 Russell H. Kirkhof Center

11:00AM - Noon – Round Table forum for “Teaching Shakespeare” topics with Dr. Alli Metz, Pere Marquette Room, 2204 Kirkhof Center

Noon – 1:30 – Lunch on own (Campus Dining Centers will be most convenient)

1:30-3:00pm – Pigeon Creek workshop, Grand River Room, 2250 Kirkhof Center

3:00-3:15pm – Break

3:15-4:00pm – Greenshow, Grand River Room, 2250 Kirkhof Center

4:00-6:00pm - Keynote Speech & Discussion session with Tony Simotes,

                                              Grand River Room, 2250 Kirkhof Center

6:00-6:45pm - Break

6:45 – 7:15pm - Comedy of Errors “Informance” (brief lecture directly pertaining to performance of Comedy of Errors), presented by Jo Miller in Van Solkema Hall, Performing Arts Center

7:15-7:30pm - Break and find seats for performance

7:30 -10:00pm - Comedy of Errors Opening Night, Louis Armstrong Theatre

10:00-11:30pm - Opening Night Reception, Pere Marquette Room, 2204 Kirkhof Center


Saturday, September 27 – GVSU Downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus, Richard M. DeVos Center

9:00 – 9:30am - Registration and Coffee, Lubbers-Hagar Lobby of DeVos Center

9:30-9:45am - Welcome Remarks from Fred Antczak, GVSU Dean’s Office, Loosemore Auditorium

9:45-10:00am - Break

10:00 - 11:15am - Open (concurrent) Session 1, presenter offerings (See Chart)

11:15am – 11:30am - Break

11:30am-12:45pm – Open (concurrent) Session 2, presenter offerings (See Chart)

12:45-1:45 – All conference lunch, Loosemore Lobby, with Bard to Go performance excerpts from 1:15pm – 1:45pm

1:45pm - 3:00pm – All Conference Plenary Session with Pat Quigley, Loosemore Auditorium   

3:00-3:15pm – Break

3:15 – 4:30pm – Open (concurrent) Session 3, presenter offerings (See Chart)

4:30 - 7:15pm – Dinner Break (on own, downtown Grand Rapids – ENJOY ART PRIZE!)

7:30pm-10:00pm - Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Performance of Macbeth and talk back, Loosemore Auditorium





*NOTE: Michigan teachers MUST attend one offering in each time slot (in addition to other mandatory lectures, discussions, and performances during the conference) in order to receive SB-CEU.

10:00 am - 11:15 am

10:30 am - 12:45 pm

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

PANEL: Debut Panel

Jenna Grossman and Ryan Howland

Sunny Dickson

CHAIR – Dr. Kiara Pipino

PANEL: Diverse Audiences

Missy Maramara (paper delivered by Kiara Pipino)

Kate Busselle

Ashley Pierce

CHAIR – Kate Bode

Plenary Session with

Pat Quigley


“The Necessity of Including Theatre and Shakespeare on the Education




 Dr. Alli Metz


If Words Be Made of Breath: Exploring Shakespeare's Texts Through the Body's Connection to the Breath


Christopher Duval

Facilitator: Lisa Burgess

PANEL: (Pop) Culture in Performance

Dennis Henry

Paul Carbonell and CR Junkins

Israfil Shaheen

CHAIR – Katherine Mayberry

PANEL: Performance Techniques

Francis Boyle (and Pigeon Creek actors)

Manabendra Sarma (paper delivered by Karen Libman)

CHAIR – Dr. Jo Miller



"Staging Fights in Limited Time Frames"


Steven Schwall

Facilitator: Danielle Cope


PANEL: Alternative Staging

Katherine (Kate) Mendeloff

Tiffany Lewis

Steven Schwall

CHAIR – Dr. Jo Miller

PANEL:  Pedagogy

Caroline Womack

Katie Oliver

Bridgett Vanderhoof

CHAIR – Dr. Alli Metz



 Secondary Shakespeare Strategies with Romeo and Juliet


Becky Black

Facilitator: Kiara Pipino





Dr. James Bell (Managing Festival Director, Conference Committee) is a theatre scholar, playwright, and dramaturg and is currently continuing as festival managing director for his ninth season. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from Florida State University. Before coming to Grand Valley, he taught and was production dramaturg for numerous productions at Jacksonville University, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, and at Florida State University where he was also involved in university theatre administration. He worked with Jason Yancey from the Modern Languages Department to write the first English translation/adaptation of Tirso de Molina’s Spanish Golden Age classic Antona García. The subsequent production premiered at the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival at Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso, Texas and was subsequently performed at Grand Valley. His play, Autumn in the Valley, which was first developed at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, premiered at Grand Valley in 2006. He was also the 1994 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Student Playwriting Award winner for his play Prisoner, which was subsequently performed at the Kennedy Center and has been published by Samuel French. His other plays have been featured at the Mount Sequoyah New Play Retreat as well as the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Utah.

Becky Black  - teaches English and Theatre classes at Wayland Union High School. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. at GVSU, while participating in many of the Shakespeare festival activities. In her current position, she has taught and directed many of the Bard's plays, and feels that each revisit of a play is a new adventure.

Francis RTM Boyle – M.F.A., M.Litt. Co-founder of Good Grief Shakespeare, actor, director, teacher, and playwright.  Recently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at St. Andrews University, Francis has portrayed such roles as Doctor Faustus at the Blackfriars Playhouse and directed classics like The Crucible and A Midsummer Night’s DreamHe is currently researching a new play about the relationship between Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth.

Kerissa Bradley (Conference Committee) – Kerissa is finishing up her B.A. at GVSU in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Theatre.  She has been involved in the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival as an actor in the Greenshow and a multi-year recipient of a festival scholarship.  Kerissa is also an active member and past officio of GVSU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national honors society for Theatre students.

Kate Busselle - is pursuing her M.A. in Theatre Studies at University of Central Florida. Her thesis focuses on female-enacted violence in female minority American playwrights' works. Kate is also an Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors with certifications in Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, Single Sword, Broadsword, and Quarterstaff. She is also a member of the Equity Membership Candidacy Program through Actors Equity Association. 

Paul Carbonell - Polk State, Theatre Professor.  Carbonell holds a M.F.A in Acting/Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.   In between his undergraduate and graduate studies, he originated the roles of Bob in The Men’s Room, which was staged in New York City, and Dutch in Hejira. He also played principle roles on Matlock, and is featured in films like The Program, Days of Thunder, and The Wormkiller’s Last Spring.  Carbonell has also appeared in several commercials and taught theatre at Daytona State College, Seminole State College, and the University of Wisconsin.  Since joining Polk State in 2009, he has directed Richard III, The Star-Spangled Girl, To Be Young, Gifted & Black, You Can’t Take It With You, Proof,Beyond Therapy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Key Exchange, Girls We Have Known, and Once Upon a Mattress.

Danielle Cope (Conference Committee, Festival Graduate Assistant) - has a B.A. in English Literature from Miami University. She is currently seeking her graduate degree in English Literature at Grand Valley State University. She is the graduate assistant to the Shakespeare Festival and a facilitator for the Shakespeare Pedagogy Conference. In addition to her role as assistant, Danielle works as a research consultant in the Knowledge Market, a peer learning service offered at Grand Valley libraries. Although an Americanist, she is excited to assist the Shakespeare Festival and Conference.

Jenna Grossman - is earning her M.A. in Theatre Education at Emerson College. Jenna earned her B.A. in Drama from Ithaca College, where she founded Much Ado About Outreach, an organization that brings Shakespeare to schools in Tompkins County, New York. Jenna has worked with the education departments of several theatre companies, including Israeli Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Children's Theatre Company, The California Shakespeare Theater, and the Portland Stage Company. Jenna has presented workshops at conferences throughout New England.

Dennis Henry - Dennis Henry is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also recently completed his MFA in Directing for Stage and Screen. He is a member of Actors’ Equity and has toured extensively with National Theater for Arts and Education (Bridgeport, CT) and American Shakespeare Center (ASC, Staunton, VA).  He was also the education director for ASC on Tour for six years.

Ryan Howland - is entering his second year as an M.A. Theatre Education student at Emerson College and a native Vermonter where he earned his B.A. in Theatre. Ryan has worked professionally as a director, performer, technician, and teaching artist in multiple schools, festivals, and theatre companies including the Vermont Children's Theater, the Barre Opera House, Kingdom County Productions, Lyric Theatre Company, Vermont Stage Company, and the Ruotalibera Teatro in Rome, Italy.

CR Junkins - graduated from Mercer University in 1990 with a bachelors in philosophy and English literature.  Graduate work was completed at  the University of South Florida in 2007 with a masters in English literature.  His master’s thesis on the role of beards in performance in Tudor-era theater has led to his continued research in early modern masculinity.  By far, the highlight of his career has been doing the dramaturgical work for and working alongside Polk State’s student actors in Richard III and Romeo and Juliet.  Currently, CR is a Professor of English at Polk State in Winter Haven, Florida, where he began teaching in 2008.

Sally Langa (Conference Committee) - is currently the Costume Shop Manager for the theatre program at Grand Valley State University and is a member of Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Committee. Sally has designed for Heritage Theatre in Grand Rapids and built costumes for GVSU Theatre program, West Ottawa Public Schools, Hope College Theatre and Dance, Mason Street Warehouse and Muskegon’s Children Theatre.

Tiffany Lewis - is currently a doctoral candidate at The Ohio State University studying arts policy and administration. Lewis works as a Research Associate for Measurement Resources Company and as a Teaching Artist for Columbus Children’s Theatre. She has constructed and implemented evaluations for the King Arts Complex and Phoenix Theatre for Children.  Lewis’s participation in OSU’s Program for Arts & Humanities Development and Summer Research Opportunities Program enabled her to address the issue of effective arts evaluation.  She received a B.F.A. in theatre from DePaul University.  Her Masters thesis investigated Ohio arts program evaluation tools and their relationship to public value. Lewis’s current doctoral inquiry focuses on cultural diplomacy and cultural outcomes of the Olympics.

Missy Maramara - (Philippines) is a Fulbright Scholar, professional theatre and television actor, and a fulltime instructor at the Ateneo de Manila University. In the United States, she performed for TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR) and Alea Iacta Est (Grand Rapids, MI), the United Solo Festival (New York, NY) and the New York Improv Festival (New York, NY).  Missy earned both her B.F.A. in Theater (2002) and M.A. in English Literature and Cultural Studies (2009) from the Ateneo de Manila University, and her M.F.A. in Performance (2014) from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville).

Katherine Mayberry (Panel Chair, Conference Committee) – Katherine Mayberry is a professional actor and director and the executive director of the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company.  She also teaches as an adjunct professor of English and Theatre at Grand Valley State University, and as the Shakespeare Major instructor at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  She received her undergraduate degree at GVSU, and holds Master of Letters and M.F.A. degrees in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance from Mary Baldwin College in Partnership with the American Shakespeare Center.  She has also received actor training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, the London Theatre Exchange, and the Chekhov Institute.

Kate Mendeloff - Kate Mendeloff, a graduate of Princeton University and the Yale School of Drama, has been on the Residential College Drama Faculty of the University of Michigan since 1990. She initiated and is Artistic Director of “Shakespeare in the Arb,” now in it’s 14th season, directing productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Love’s Labors Lost, The Tempest,Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Dr. Allison Manville Metz (Conference Chair, Panel Chair) - Assistant Professor of Theatre Education and Theatre Research. “Dr. Alli” holds a Ph.D. in Theatre Research, and a B.A. in Theatre and English, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, as well as an M.F.A. in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas – Austin.  Dr. Metz has led teacher training workshops all over the United States and co-authored two editions of Introduction to Integrating Music, Art, and Theatre in Elementary Education, an arts integration textbook from Kendall Hunt Publishing.  In addition to teaching classes at GVSU, Alli works in the GVSU Women's Center as the Director of "ReACT!," a peer theatre education troupe which produces interactive theatre programming to help prevent incidents of violence against women on campus.  She is honored and thrilled to be chairing the 2014 conference after serving as Teacher Liaison in 2012.

Dr. Jo Miller (Panel chair, Conference Committee) - Associate Professor, Department of English in Language and Literature at Grand Valley State University.  B.A., University of Oregon; M.A., Colorado State University; Ph.D., University of Utah.

Kathleen Oliver  - Katie is a second-year Ph.D. student studying Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has an M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Her primary research interests include Performance Studies and Tourism. 

Ashley Pierce - is a current M.F.A. Graduate student in her final year at Mary Baldwin College in their Shakespeare and Performance program. Having obtained her M.A. recently she looks forward to presenting at the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference.

Manabendra  Sarma – from Assam, India.  He holds a M.A. in English Literature (Literary Theory as Specialization) from Gauhati University (2004).  Sarma is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, B. Borooah College, Guwahati – 7, Assam, India.  His area(s) of interest include Shakespearean Studies, Theatre and Body, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies.  Sarma’s primary research area deals with Shakespeare and Cultural Proxemics (in an Indian context).

Steven M. Schwall - Fight Choreographer Steven Schwall has been staging fights professionally since 2006. He holds the rank of Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is recognized as Proficient in all eight weapons in which the SAFD tests, with the higher Recommended status in five forms. He is also a practitioner of Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA), and Ko-Ryu Kabudo (Okinawan weapons). He holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Fine Art and did his graduate work in Theater/Performance Studies at Eastern Michigan University. He has been an instructor at several SAFD regional workshops and has presented workshops for the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM) and at the South East Theater Conference (SETC) twice.

Dr. Mohammad Israfil (Israfil Shaheen) - is a Dhaka based theatre-director, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Theatre, University of Dhaka, India.  He received an M.A from the National School of Drama (New Delhi) and obtained a Ph.D. on Street Theatre in Bangladesh and India from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. He has taught at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, Rajasthan University in India, and has also conducted numerous workshops on Theatre in Bangladesh, India and United Kingdom. He has published over 20 research essays in Bengali and in various academic journals in Bangladesh and India.  He has edited Performing Arts in Bangladesh (published by Bangladesh Asiatic Society, Dhaka 2007) and written a book titled Street Theatre in Bangladesh and India(Bangladesh National Academy for Performing and Fine Arts, Dhaka 2008).  Israfil’s performance credits include direction of over 30 plays, mostly as a Shakespearean director in the domain of Bangladeshi theatre.

Dr. Kiara Pipino (Panel Chair, Conference Committee) - joined the School of Communication at GVSU in 2012. She is an Italian director and architect. She is interested in classic theatre, acting and directing for the stage. She has directed over 22 productions including You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Tempest, The XII Night, A Number, The Unseen, Anon(ymous).

Bridgett Vanderhoof - is currently a second-year Masters student in Theatre Research/Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main research interests are contemporary American theatre practices, American television, and young adult popular culture. She also has a love for Shakespeare studies that was cultivated during her time as an undergraduate theatre major at Grand Valley State University, and as a member of the GVSF board.

Caroline Womack  - Caroline has a diverse educational background which includes studying abroad in Japan and England. She holds a M.A. degree from the University of Leeds and a B.A. degree from Michigan State University. Part of her dissertation on chivalry in T.H. White’s The Once and Future King was published in 2008 through Edwin Mellen Press. She currently teaches Pre-AP English II in Richardson, Texas.

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