College of Visual and Performing Arts

Beverly Redman, M.F.A., Ph.D.

Beverly Redmon, Ph.D. Department Chair and Professor

 Office: Williams Theatre, room 128
 Phone: 260-481-6551

 Beverly Redman, the new Chair of the Theatre department at IPFW, most recently served as the  Chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Ursinus College, a liberal arts college in the Philadelphia region. Bev holds an M.A. in English from Georgetown University, an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature and Performance Studies from the joint-campus program of the Universities of California, Irvine and San Diego. She is also a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework ©. Her research interests include radical American Theatre and its relationship to the shift in sensibility from Modernism to Postmodernism, with especial interest in theatre communities of the 1960s and the organizational structures they adopted to survive. She is published in the related areas of community-based theatre and radical theatre pedagogy. Her community-based research interests have extended into her practical work, leading her on one occasion to team up with the Cornerstone Theatre Company of Los Angeles and devise a new work with a group of formerly homeless citizen artists. On another occasion, it  led her to utilize oral history techniques during a year-long teaching residency with inmates at Graterford State Prison in Pennsylvania and collectively create a play about their lives, later performed by professional actors at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Theatre under the auspices of the First Person Arts Company. She directs professionally, most recently: directing operas and serving as the Company Artistic Director for the Savoy Opera Company of Philadelphia; directing Sater and Sheik’s musical, Spring Awakening, for the Philadelphia region’s Steelriver Playhouse; and serving as the voice and acting coach for Drastic Action Dance Company of New York on a piece about the children of Holocaust survivors.