Undergraduate Advising  

Undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Theatre or Dance have TWO advisors; an Academic Advisor and a Career Advisor. All students pursuing an undergraduate degree in Theatre have the same Academic Advisor. The student's Career Advisor is assigned according to the student's theatre degree concentration. 

NOTICE: All face-to-face advising appointments in the Department of Theatre and Dance have been suspended until further notice.

Advising appointments will still be made via Advising Works and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams, email, or phone. These methods will be determined by between student and advisor and are subject to change.

To request an "advising appointment", fill out one of the forms below and provide us with thorough information we will need in order to serve you to the best of our abilities.

An advisor will reach out to you and determine which mode of advising is best suited for your needs. We thank you for your patience during this time.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor,  James Fortune

James Fortune - Undergraduate Academic Advisor


Newly Admitted Freshmen

As you enter the university in your freshman year, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you schedule an advising appointment with the Academic Advisor early in your first semester. This appointment would most likely include a discussion of your goals and the creation of a personalized plan of work. Regular advising will help you stay on track and save time and tuition dollars.

Transfer Student

It is very important that you consult with the Academic Advisor PRIOR to your first semester at Wayne State University in order to select courses for the first semester and to create a personalized plan of work. You may do this by signing up for a Transfer Thursday when dates are available. These can be found on the Admissions website: OR email the Academic Advisor for an appointment time.

General Education Requirements for CFPCA

This is for information only. Your Academic Advisor will work with you on integrating these important skill-building courses into your personalized plan of work.

Graduate Advising  

Graduate students are assigned an advisor when they enter the program. Advising occurs on a regular basis with each student's area head.

Please direct Graduate Advising inquiries to the following faculty:

MA - Theatre & Dance: Mary Anderson ( and Doug Risner (

MA - Arts Administration: Tommy Karr (

MFA - Acting Concentration: Cheryl Turski (

MFA - Scene Design Concentration: Sarah Pearline (

MFA - Costume Design Concentration: John Woodland (

MFA - Lighting Design Concentration: Matt Taylor (

MFA - Stage Management Concentration: Dana Gamarra (

MFA - Theatre Management Concentration: Tommy Karr (