Michael Stauffer

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Michael Stauffer, M.F.A.

Professor of Communication/Theater Emeritus

On Faculty since 1979. Retired in 2022.

Northwestern University
M.F.A., Stage Design

Portland State University
M.A., Directing

Wheaton College
B.A., Communications

  • Theatre for social change
  • Pedagogy and theater of the oppressed
  • Religion and theatre
  • Scenography
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO)
  • Imagining America (IA) – Artists and Scholars in Public Life
  • Assoc for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • United States Institute for Theatre Design and Technology (USITT)

Risking the Whole Person – panel, chair. Risking Change – Envisioning an Alternative Future for the Local and Global Community
Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference New York, NY, Summer 2009

Theater Education in the Christian Academy
Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference New Orleans, Summer 2007

Theatre: a Way to Forgiveness and Healing
Seminars in Christian Scholarship Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, Summer 2007

  • Theatre Survey (Comm 271)
  • Scenography (Comm 272)
  • Engaging Arts in the City (Core 308)
  • Church and Theatre (Comm 376)
  • Theatre and Culture (Comm 474)
  • International Scenography (Comm 476)
  • Arts in London
  • Musical Theatre in London
  • European Theatre Studies
  • Religion and Theatre
  • Theatre and Social Change
  • Theatre and the Liberal Arts
  • Recent Publications and Activities
  • The Responsibility of the Christian Theatre Artist to the Local and Global Community (Summer 2010)
  • Chair and Head Adjudicator for the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, Arlin G Meyers Award in the Performing Arts (2008)
  • Developed and facilitated CCCU Disciplinary Workshop
  • Augusto Boal Professional Training Intensive, ATHE conference (2008), TOP Labs (2005)
  • Shaping Communities: the Role of Theatre in the Christian Academy (2007)
  • Attended Prague Quadrennial – International Theatre Exposition and Conference Prague (2007)
  • CCCU Disciplinary Workshop- Theatre Practice and Pedagogy in the Christian Academy (2004)
  • Educational/Engagement consultant – Goodman Theatre Dept of Education and Engagement, Chicago (2015-present)
  • Artistic consultant/ advisory board – Theatre Y, Chicago (2012- 2016)

National Conferences regularly attended:

  • Assoc for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Imagining America (IA)
  • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO)


Necessary Alliances – Building Bridges Across the Curriculum ATHE National Conference (Boston) 2018  

Embodied Learning – Using Theatre to Teach Empathy ATHE National Conference (Boston) 2018  

Practice and Process: Building a Common Language Across Diverse Cultures to Create Community ATHE National Conf (Montreal) 2016  

Theatre Beyond Performance – a laboratory for Spiritual Growth and Personal Responsibility ATHE National Conf  (Orlando) 2012 

Educating the Whole Person through TheatreBaylor Journal of Theatre and Performance
Fall 2007

Show Me and I Will BelieveJournal of Christians in the Theater Arts
Spring 2005

How is it we see what we see? The essential nature of visual communication in theatre experienceCCCU Disciplinary Workshop in Theater