Michael Stauffer, M.F.A.

Communication

Associate Professor of Communication
On Faculty since 1979

Phone: (630)752-5262
Email:

Education

M.F.A. – Northwestern University – Stage Design

M.A. – Portland State University – Directing

B.A. – Wheaton College – Communications

Courses Taught

  • Theatre Survey (Comm 271)
  • Scenography (Comm 272)
  • Church and Theatre (Comm 376)
  • Theatre and Culture (Comm 474)
  • Arts in London – Musical Theatre in London
  • European Theatre Studies

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Assoc for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • United States Institute for Theatre Design and Technology (USITT)

Research

  • Religion and Theatre
  • Theatre and Social Change
  • Theatre and the Liberal Arts
  • Recent Publications and Activities

Publications

Educating the Whole Person through Theatre. Baylor Journal of Theatre and Perforrmance, Vol.4, No.2. Fall 2007

Show Me and I Will Believe  - Journal of Christians in the Theater Arts: Spring 2005.

How is it we see what we see?  The essential nature of visual communication in theatre experience, presented @ CCCU Disciplinary Workshop in Theater – 2004

 “Free Play-Improvisation in Life and the Arts” in Reading for Life: Christian College Faculty Recommend the books that Have Shaped Their Lives, ed. By Jeff Davis, Tom Martin and Leland Ryken. Philadelphia:Xlibris Publishing, 2002.

Building Character while Developing a Character  - Religion and Theatre Journal; Religion and Theatre Focus Group of Assoc. for Theatre in Higher Education. Vol 4. (Pgs. 51-79), 2001.

Building Character while Developing a Character – website publication, Center for Applied Christian Studies – Wheaton College: 2002

Professional Presentations

Risking the Whole Person – panel, chair. Risking Change – Envisioning an Alternative Future for the Local and Global Community. to be presented@ Association for Theatre in HigherEducation Conference – Summer 2009.

Theater Education in the Christian Academy. presented@ Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference – Summer 2007.

Theatre: a Way to Forgiveness and Healing. presented@Seminars in Christian Scholarship, Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship – Summer 2007.

How is it we see what we see?  The essential nature of visual communication in theatre experience, presented @ CCCU Disciplinary Workshop in Theater – 2004

The Benefits of Assessment for your Theatre Program – presented @ CCCU Disciplinary Workshop in Theatre – 2004

Building Character while Developing a Character: a Case for Moral Development – Senior Scholars Forum, Assoc for Theater in Higher Education – 7/01

The Artist, the Sand in the Oyster – plenary presentation – Wheaton College Conservatory of Music fall workshop – August 2004

Professional  Activities/Grants

Chair and Head Adjudicator for the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts –  Arlin G Meyers Award in the Performing Arts – 2008

Facilitated an International Exchange Theatre workshop at the Schaubuhne Theatre – Berlin (2008)  (Supported by a generous grant from the German Government for International Exchange)

Developed and facilitated CCCU Disciplinary Workshop - Shaping Communities: the Role of Theatre in the Christian Academy (2007)

CCCU Disciplinary Workshop- Theatre  Practice and Pedagogy in the Christian Academy (2004)

The Responsibility of the Christian Theatre Artist to the Local and Global Community
(this is being developed for summer 2010)

Augusto Boal Professional Training Intensive– ATHE conference – 2008
TOP Labs - 2005

2006/2007 Lilly Fellows Foundation Grant – to support the facilitation of Theater Seminar in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College 2007

2003/2004 CCCU Grant to support facilitation of CCCS seminar 2004

Attended Prague Quadrennial – International Theatre Exposition and Conference Prague 2007