Lavinia Hart, Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of the Acting MFA joined the department after teaching, acting and directing for three years in Minnesota. Ms. Hart was the Artistic Director of the Attic Theatre in Detroit for 19 years where she acted, directed and produced more than 100 plays. Her most recent WSU directing credits include Translations and Antony and Cleopatra for the Hilberry Theatre. She was co-director with Patricia Ansuini for the Hilberry’s production of The Kentucky Cycle which won the Oakland Press Award for Best Direction. Recent Bonstelle Theatre credits include A Christmas Carol and Ten November. Lavinia’s professional credits include direction of Murder on the Nile at The Meadowbrook Theatre and playing the title role in Kim Carney’s world premiere comedy Maggie Rose at the Performance Network. Hart is a winner of the Detroit Free Press Lee Hills Award and has been named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News Magazine. Currently, Hart is acting as the associate director for the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.