Communication and Performance Studies Faculty

Ms. Donna Graves

Donna Graves
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 113, 580-559-5503

Instructor of Communication & Performance Studies
Director of Intercollegiate Forensics & Speech Teacher Certification



Ms. Graves earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Speech Communication (1980) and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication (1988) from Texas State University, San Marcos. Ms. Graves has taught communication courses at East Central University since 2009 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Communication and Performance Studies program, serving as the Costume Shop Manager/designer for the Theatre program.  She joined East Central University as a full-time instructor of communication in 2013.   In addition, she taught communication and composition as an Adjunct Instructor at Murray State College from 1995 to 2012, as well as serving MSC as the Public Information Officer from 2007 to 2009. Previous experiences as a public school teacher and forensics coach include work at Gonzales and Del Valle High School in Texas and Dickson High School in Oklahoma. 

Professional affiliations include Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association (serving as secretary), Central States Communication Association, National Educational Theatre Association, and the National Communication Association. 

Courses Ms. Graves teaches:  Fundamentals of Human Communication, Communication in the Workplace, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Communication, Forensics, Argumentation and Debate, Presentational Communication, Theatre in Life, Intro to Communication and Performance Studies, Career Preparation in Communication and Performance Studies

Sponsor of Phi Kappa Delta


Dr. Richard Groetzinger

Dr. Richard A. Groetzinger
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 111, 580-559-5600

Associate Professor of Communication & Performance Studies
Director of Theatre
Front of House Manager

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., The University of Akron
B.A., Mount Union College

Courses:  Intro to Communication and Performance Studies, Career Preparation in Communication and Performance Studies, Dramatic and Rhetorical Analysis, Fundamentals of Human Communication, Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Diction, Theatre History & Dramatic Literature: The Greeks to 1875, Theatre History & Dramatic Literature: The Modern Era, Oral Interpretation, Children's Theatre, Play Directing, Costuming and Makeup for the Stage, Theatre in Life, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Stagecraft and Scene Design

Activities:  Faculty Co-Sponsor for Alpha Psi Omega theatre honorary, Theatre director for ECU Theatre, Respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VI

Professional Affiliations:  Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, Theatre Communications Group, American Mensa, Inc.

Teaching Philosophy: The theatre is about being human. I was an undergraduate mathematics major when I discovered the joy of doing theatre and changed my major. With theatre, what I did seem to matter more. I was able to affect other human beings the way I was affected and the theatre helped me to be more confident, more creative, and more human. Theatre taught me why all people were created equal, and why every person in my classroom deserves respect and the chance to succeed.


Dr. Steve Phillips

Dr. Steven R. Phillips
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 141, 580-559-5214

Assistant Professor of Communication & Performance Studies

Program Coordinator for Communication and Performance Studies

Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Southern California
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University

Courses:  Fundamentals of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Group Dynamics, Intercultural Communication, Gender Communication, Organizational Communication, Conflict Management, Intro to Communication and Performance Studies, Career Preparation in Communication and Performance Studies

Activities:  Faculty Sponsor for "Stand for the Silent"

Professional Affiliations:  National Communication Association, Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association

Teaching Philosophy: "Every day I try to (1) bring something substantive to class (college is for learning!), (2) present the material in an interesting, memorable manner (learning doesn't have to be boring), and (3) let the students know I care about them as individuals (without #3, the first two result in a sterile learning environment). I don't accomplish each of these goals in every class, but I do my best to "bring the triangle" to class each day."



Ms. Vickie Reifsnider

Vickie Reifsnider
Faust Hall 209, 580-559-5878

Lecturer/Musical Theatre Director

B.A., East Central University
M.E., Music,  East Central University
M.E., Theatre, East Central University

Courses: Fundamentals of Human Communication, Musical Theatre Works, Musical Theatre Voice, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Acting I, Acting II: Acting in Musical Theatre, History of Musical Theatre.

Activities: Member of ACT II Theatre since 1998 (president of this organization for the past 7 years). Founded the ACT II Youth Drama Camp in 2001 with Rudy Lupinski, touching the lives of the Ada community youth through stage performance and live theatre. Theatre director for ECU Theatre, Faculty Co-Sponsor for Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary.

Teaching Philosophy: "My passion is teaching and I have been teaching at ECU for over 16 years."

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Victoria Dansby

Dr. Victoria A. Dansby
Faust Hall 100c,  580-559-5624

Professor of Communication & Performance Studies retired
Advisor to Collagé

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.A. California State University at Fullerton
B.A. University of California at Riverside

Courses:  Creative Arts for Young Children (Education Department), Skills & Techniques of Movement (Kinesiology Department)

Professional Affiliations:  American College Dance Association, National Dance Association,  American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Teaching Philosophy:
The Movement educator stands at the crossroads of the learner's world, holding one rein on creativity, one rein on novel cognition, one rein on kinesthetic growth, one rein on aesthetics, another on the living process, and another on the future, and one rein on the past (Louis, 1977). Therefore, as a tutor of kinesthetic development, I must blend each of these elements into a well-organized stew, building and reinforcing on each concept, enabling the learner to become creatively conversant, aesthetically aware, kinesthetically knowledgeable, and cognitively enlightened.