Communication and Performance Studies Faculty


Victoria A. Dansby
Professor and Dance Program Coordinator, Communication and Performance Studies Faust
Faust 100C
580-559-5624
vdansby@ecok.edu

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

Courses:  All courses in support of Dance Minor, Creative Arts for Young Children (Education Department), Skills & Techniques of Movement (Kinesiology Department)

Activities:  Faculty sponsor for the ECU Dance Ensemble and Musical Theatre Choreographer

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 asthetics, 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.


Kurt A. Edwards
Assistant Professor, Communication and Performance Studies Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 109
580-559-5756
kedwards@ecok.edu

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., University of Missouri

Courses:  Acting I, Acting II, Play Directing, Voice and Diction, Audition for the Theatre, History of Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Works, Musical Theatre Workshop, Fundamentals of Speech

Activities:  Director of Showtime, Theatre Director for ECU Theatre, Respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region 6

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 asthetics, 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.

 


Donna Graves
Instructor, Communication and Performance Studies and , Director of Forensics Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 159
580-559-5503
dgraves@ecok.edu
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 at East Central University since 2009 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Communication and Performance Studies program, and this past year also served as the Costume Shop Manager for the Theatre program. In addition, she taught as an Adjunct Instructor at Murray State College from 1995 to 2012. She also worked at Murray State College as the Public Information Officer from 2007 to 2009. Her previous experience as a public school teacher and forensics coach at Dickson Higher School from 1988-89 and at Gonzales high School in Texas from 1981-83 will be beneficial in leading the ECU Forensics program.

Richard A. Groetzinger
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Communication and Performance Studies and , Director of Theatre Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 111
580-559-5600
rgroetzi@ecok.edu

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

Courses:  Fundamentals of Speech, Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Diction, Theatre History Survey: The Greeks to 1875, Theatre History Survey: The Modern Era, Oral Interpretation, Readers Theatre, Children's Theatre, Play Directing, Costuming and Makeup for the Stage

Activities:  Faculty 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 Division Chair), 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.

 


Theo Peshehonoff
Instructor, Communication and Performance Studies Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 113
580-559-5488
tpesh@ecok.edu

tpesh@ecok.edu

Instructor of Communication & Performance Studies
Technical Director for ECU Theatre

M.A., Oklahoma State University
B.A., Northeaster State University

 

Courses:  Fundamentals of Speech, Theatre in Life, Theatre Production, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Stagecraft and Scene Design, Stage Lighting and Sound

Activities:  Faculty 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

 


Steven Phillips
Assistant Professor, Communication and Performance Studies Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 141
580-559-5214
sphillip@ecok.edu

B.J. Echard
Interim Director, Enrollment Management Administration
Administration 102A
580-559-5806
bechard@ecok.edu

Stanley L. Nnochirionye
ITV/Multimedia Services Coordinator, Distance Education and , Assistant Professor, Communication and Performance Studies Library Annex
Library Annex 2nd Floor
580-559-5622
snnoch@ecok.edu

Vickie Reifsnider
Adjunct, Communication and Performance Studies Faust
Faust 209
580-559-5878
Reifsnid@ecok.edu