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Dr.  Jean K Wolski

Dr. Jean K Wolski

Professor

Office: 2345 - Doudna Fine Arts Center
Phone: 217-581-5919
Fax: 217-581-6027
Email: jkwolski@eiu.edu

Dr. Wolski has been teaching theatre for over thirty years, and has been a member of Eastern’s faculty since 1993. As an undergraduate, she double majored in Music and Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Performance Studies, with an emphasis in Voice and Movement, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Children’s Theatre and Creative Dramatics. She is active in the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, having served for twelve years as editor for the biannual newsletter, ATME News, as a board member for the new ATME digital kinetic journal, and working as a mentor for new movement faculty across the country. Dr. Wolski has worked as a director and/or choreographer on numerous productions including Cole, As You Like It, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Dancing at Lughnasa, Translations, La Histoire du Soldat, and Medea. When not at the theatre, she can be found in tap class, exploring lighthouses, at Michigan State sporting events, or, whenever possible, in Ireland.

Current Syllabi

Frequently Taught Courses

Stage Movement
Performing Voice
Topics in Acting
Topics in Movement
Dialects
Stage Makeup

Education


  • B.A. Music and Theatre - University of Northern Iowa
  • M.A. Performance Studies -University of Iowa
  • Ph.D. with an emphasis in Youth Theatre and Creative Dramatics -Michigan State University
  • Professional Organizations

    Association of Theatre Movement Educators
    Society of American Fight Directors
    Voice and Speech Trainers Association
    Association for Theatre in Higher Education
    American Alliance for Theatre and Education
    Stage Directors & Choreographers Society

    Research

    Irish Theatre
    Shakespeare
    Stage Movement & Choreography
    Dialects

    Selected Publications

    Original Plays for Children:
          SMILES GO UP - FROWNS GO DOWN
          STUPID MARCO
          THE PLIGHT OF PUMPERSNEE
          FELICITY FREEPLE IS SOOO MEAN TO PEOPLE 

    Articles:
          "Batting Practice"   ATME NEWS, Spring 2008, Vol. 16, No. 1
          "A Final Word...."    ATME NEWS, Fall 2010, Vol. 18, No. 2

    Editor:
          ATME NEWS: 1998-2010
    Editorial Board:
          ATME DIGITAL KINETIC JOURNAL
          YOUTH THEATRE JOURNAL
          STAGE OF THE ART

    Selected Conference Presentations

    "Seventeenth Century Period Movement"
                    Kansas State Theatre Conference

    "Movement for the Actor: an Introduction to Laban Effort-Shape Movement"
                    American College Theatre Festival

    "Irish Treble Reel"
                   American College Theatre Festival

    "Scenes, Songs, Sonnets, & Soliloquies"
                    Shakespeare tour throughout the state of Michigan

    Funding & Grants

    Summer Research & Creative Activity Grant:
         JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD: preliminary production research (with David Wolski)
         MACBETH: preliminary production research (with David Wolski)

    Redden Grants for:
          Facecasting & Mask Making
          Stage Combat Materials
          Teaching of Musical Theatre

    Michigan Council for the Humanities Grant:
          Funding a children's theatre tour of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

    Michigan State University Departmental Fellowship for Overseas Study:
          THE GRIPS Theatre of West Berlin
         
    National Endowment for the Humanities Grant:
          Funding for an experimental team-taught course introducing the arts & humanities to students enrolled in technical programs.
    WORKSHOPS & TRAINING:
          MASKS - A National Conference: Workshop training in the building of and performance with various types of masks
       
          Workshop training in Children's Theatre and Creative Dramatics with Brian Way

          "Interpretation of Shakespeare": Workshops with the Royal Shakepeare Company

          Dance/Movment Training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Laban, and Period Movement

    EIU Faculty Laureate 2003

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