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Faculty and Staff

Valpo’s theatre department faculty have a serious interest in play.

They teach a breadth of disciplines — directing, design, performance, costume and makeup, scenery and lighting, and dance — and emphasize the critical role of each of these disciplines to the process of theatre-making. Through their courses and the performances they supervise, they create a collaborative environment for the study and practice of theatre.


Salena Elish Adjunct Instructor in Theatre

Ann Kessler

Ann Kessler Professor of Theatre

Lee Orchard

Lee Orchard Professor of Theatre


Robert White Professor of Theatre

Andrew Gutshall

Andrew Gutshall Assistant Professor of Theatre

Erica Plotner

Erica Plotner Adjunct Instructor in Theatre