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Department of Theatre and Dance

Our Members

DEIB Task Force members have been invited by Columbus State University to guide the department’s efforts to ensure diversity, equality and inclusion are amplified within the structures of theatre education and reflected in curriculum, productions, practices and policies. We represent current Theatre students, alumni, faculty and community members with a keen interest or expertise in diversity and inclusion matters.

Our members include:

Chair:
Beth Reeves ’09, ’17
Part-time CSU faculty

Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D.
Gardner Institute Fellow and
Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island

Jo Anne Hill
Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Piedmont Healthcare

Krystal Kennel
Professor, CSU Theatre Department

David McCray ’18
Box Office Manager, CSU Theatre Department

Lauren Pollock
CSU Theatre Student and
President, Theatre of Color

Michael Stiggers ’09
Professional actor, singer and voiceover artist

Gabby Story
CSU Theatre Student

David Turner
Associate Professor, CSU Theatre Department

DEIB Standing Committee (Accountability)

The department will routinely assess its progress, using the previously mentioned assessment instruments, to ensure its DEIB goals are being met and to improve policy and practice.

  • A standing DEIB Committee will be appointed by the chair and approved by the dean, constituted in the following way:
    • Two Theatre Faculty
    • Two Theatre Students
    • Two Theatre Alumni
    • At least two members from outside the Theatre Department (CSU faculty, diversity experts from inside or outside CSU, key community members, or others as needed)
  • A diversity officer will be appointed annually from among the faculty by the department chair; the DO will chair the DEIB Committee and lead the annual DEIB assessment process.
  • Annual Program Reviews and Comprehensive Program Reviews will include results and discussion of the department's DEIB goals.

Members

Krystal Kennel
Co-Chair
Professor, CSU Theatre Department

Beth Reeves
Co-Chair
Part-time faculty, CSU Theatre Department

David Turner
Associate Professor, CSU Theatre Department

Gabby Story
CSU Theatre Student

Lauren Pollock
CSU Theatre Student
President, Theatre of Color

Tamara Wade
Chief Human Resource Officer
CSU Office of Human Resources

Cedricia Thomas
CSU Assistant Director of Leadership Development
CSU Alum

Brandon Mitchell
Professional actor, singer, teaching artist
CSU Theatre Department Alum

Cherwanda Jones
Director of Operations-Gouge Performing Arts Center
CSU Theatre Department Alum

Megan Dickens
Theatre Teacher
CSU Theatre Department Alum

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