MA - Theatre and Dance, Teaching Artistry (Online) - Faculty Bios
Dr. Doug Risner
Doug Risner (PhD, MFA), Professor of Dance, Distinguished Faculty Fellow is program director of the MA in Theatre and Dance Teaching Artistry. For over two decades, Dr. Risner was a teaching artist for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Western Pennsylvania School for Blind Children, Abraxas Foundation (for at-risk youth), and numerous college and university dance programs. His research and publications investigate social foundations of education, curriculum studies, dance and gender, teaching artists, and humanizing pedagogies.
- THR 7901: Research Methods in Theatre & Dance
- THR 7951: Foundations of Theatre & Dance Pedagogy
- THR 8961: Artistic Praxis
- THR 8965: Principles of Teaching Artistry
- THR 7999: Master's Essay Research & Direction
- THR 8999: Master's Thesis Research &Direction
"Although the path to becoming a teaching artist may take a number of different routes, being a teaching artist means melding one's pedagogical and artistic knowledge, expertise, and skills in one's chosen art form with a deep commitment to engage others in arts-based learning."
"As the only master's degree of its kind in dance and theatre arts teaching artistry, the value of MA program includes: online, asynchronous learning that does not require relocation or travel; out-of-state tuition waiver for graduate students outside Michigan, and as a part-time program, enables graduate students to continue their employment and careers without interruption."
"Each cohort comprises graduate students at all points in their career trajectories. Diversity at this level promotes rich exchange and meaningful dialogue across the cohort members. As a community of learners seeking to develop, revise, transform their teaching artistry, graduate student peers experience lively debates, informed conversations, and new ideas."
--Dr. Doug Risner
Professor Hannah Andersen
Hannah Andersen (MFA, NCPT, FMT), Assistant Professor of Teaching, teaches in the BS/BFA Dance Programs, MA-Teaching Artistry program, and manages the Pilates Mentorship Program. Her research intersecting dance science, somatics, pedagogy, and technique has received prestigious awards and fellowships. Hannah's journey as an artist, pedagogue, and researcher is represented in local and regional performance venues and inter/national conferences and journals.
- THR 8951: Arts and Human Development
- THR 8875: Research Seminar (Essay/Thesis)
"The MA in Teaching Artistry coursework allows students to imagine where they want to be as teaching artists and shape their experience to help them achieve their goals. Continued investigation and reinvigoration of value systems can enable a 'refresh' for early and mid-career teaching artists. The focus on research and connection to professional organizations helps to introduce a wealth of resources and empower teaching artists' engagement within the field(s)."Professor Hannah Andersen
Professor Lisa R. LaMarre Wilmot
Lisa R. LaMarre Wilmot, M.A. Dance Teaching Artistry, Wayne State University (2018), B.A. Dance, Western Michigan University (2005), enriches dialogs between the complex identities of artist, researcher, and teacher. Her expertise includes dance company artistic direction, integrated and special education dance art education curriculum, and dance for the community. Her work has been presented at conferences nationally and in Canada, and her research on "The Role of Teaching Artists in Postsecondary Education" can be found in the Journal of Dance Education.
- THR 8961: Artistic Praxis
"The program is ideal for the mid-career performer, director, or teacher, who is ready to dive deeper into their artistry, pedagogy, and research. The fully online, part-time format allows you to continue your career work, and will engage you in diverse conversations with teaching artists from across the nation."Professor Lisa LaMarre Wilmot