The Artist Behind the Desk

In addition to an impressive list of local politicos, we also have faculty with performing arts experience and interests —

Dr. John Anderson performs nationally in his one-person shows as authors Henry James, William Faulkner, Washington Irving, Lynn Riggs, and Robert Frost. On Oct. 1st, he will be performing as William Faulkner for the Parman Library at Stone Oak in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, as part of the observance of Banned Books Week.

One of Dr. Greg Payne’s areas of expertise is protest rhetoric, specifically the shootings at Kent State. He wrote the play, Kent State: A Requiem, which was first performed at Yale University in 1976 and has since been performed at various colleges nation-wide.

Prof. Allen Vietzke also performs on stage. In the fall of 2011 he was in the play, The Woman in Black, playing at the Salem Theatre. It is an adaptation of a novel.

Adjunct Faculty member and alum, Aleksander Wierzbicki (who teaches Professional Voice and Speech), also has an extensive background in the Performing Arts. Aside from directing, and stage-managing, he also acted in the film Next Stop…Wonderland.

New to our department, is Adjunct Faculty member, Ken Grout. In addition to being a teacher (he teaches another section of Professional Voice and Speech), he is also a writer, speaker, and actor. In 2010 he wrote and performed a one-man show centering around the issue of loss.



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