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Theater Faculty

The Theater program is steered by an immensely talented group of accomplished scholars and performers we are proud to call our faculty. All theater majors are assigned a faculty mentor from their specific area of study to aid them with course selection and to offer guidance on their careers at SIU and beyond. Our faculty ensure that graduates leave SIU with top-tier experience, authentic career advice and vital skills tailored for success in the world of theater.

Robert Anderson, Assistant Professor Practice - Technical Production

Technical Direction and Production

Robert Anderson's theatrical career started with a Bachelor's of Science in Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato after a decade of military service. After graduation, he was hired as a touring technical director based out of Kenner, LA. After completing this tour, he worked in film in the greater New Orleans area until he was hired as Technical Director for Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

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Robert Anderson Email:
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 1033

Mary Bogumil, Associate Professor, English Literature

Professor Bogumil teaches modern British and American literature, with a particular interest in British, Irish, Scottish, Australian and American drama, and often works with student playwrights in the Theater Program.

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Mary Bogumil Email:
Phone: 618-453-6861
Office: Faner 2243

Thomas Fagerholm, Associate Professor Technical Direction and Production Management

Tom Fagerholm's career in theater started with a Bachelor of Arts in creative drama and theater education from the University of Northern Iowa. After graduating, he toured as an actor-educator, worked as a freelance technical director and co-founded two theater companies including Intergenerational Theatre Productions in Eagan, Minn., still in operation today.

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Thomas Fagerholm Email:
Phone: 618-453-5747
Office: Comm 2243

Anne Fletcher, Professor of Theatre History/Dramaturgy

Dr. Fletcher is the author of Rediscovering Mordecai Gorelik: Scene Design and the American Theatre (SIU Press, 2009) and co-author (with Scott R. Irelan and Julie Felise Dubiner) of The Process of Dramaturgy: A Handbook (Focus Publishing, 2010), the forthcoming introduction to the theatre text, Experiencing Theatre, with Scott R. Irelan, and a volume on American playwrights of the 1930s for a Methuen series edited by Brenda Murphy and Julia Listengarten. She is currently at work (with Dr. Cheryl Black from the University of Missouri) on a book on the Theatre Union, the first professional workers theatre company in the US.

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Anne Fletcher Email:
Phone: 618-453-7594
Office: Comm 1035A

Jacob Juntunen, Associate Professor of Dramatic Theory, Criticism, and Playwriting

Jacob Juntunen is a playwright and theatre scholar whose work focuses on theatre’s role in forming national imagined communities, paying particular attention to marginality.

His first book, Mainstream AIDS Theatre, the Media, and Gay Civil Rights: Making the Radical Palatable, was published by Routledge (2016). It shows ideological change over time by examining receptions of plays with an AIDS focus from 1985-2000. It intervenes in the notion that mainstream theatre, because it relies on capitalism, must be inherently conservative. He published related research in three different McFarland anthologies, two articles on, and an article in the journal Peace and Change. He also gave invited talks on the subject at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań, Poland), Ohio University, and SIU. Based on this work, he was named the 2016 James Fisher Fellow in the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS).

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Jacob Juntunen Email:
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 1033B
Personal Website:
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Darryl Kent Clark, Assistant Professor, Musical Theater Dance

DARRYL KENT CLARK, BA, Columbia College, MFA, SUNY College at Brockport, brings a total of over thirty years’ experience as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director and teacher to his position as Assistant Professor of Musical Theater Dance at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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Darryl Kent Clark Email:
Phone: 417-414-9122
Office: Altgeld 303

Gennie Neuman Lambert, Assistant Professor, Scenic Design

Gennie Neuman Lambert is a set designer that works in both professional and academic organizations. She often designs for new plays and musically driven performances, including the world premiere of Repairing A Nation by Nicole Salter at Crossroads Theatre Company, filmed by PBS's Theater Close Up's series, and The Rape of Lucretia at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts conducted by Julie Jordan Gunn, directed by Kirsten Pullen.

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Gennie Neuman Lambert Email:
Phone: 618-453-5471
Office: Comm 1033

Segun Ojewuyi, Professor/Head of Directing, Interim Dean College of Arts and Media

Ojewuyi's international career as a Theater director/Critic/Actor and Scholar has covered parts of Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, America and the Mediterranean. His directing credits include the major playwrights of world drama - Shakespeare, Soyinka, Becket, Wilson, Miller, Brecht, Grass, Chekov, Ibsen, Fugard to list a few. His productions have been on stage in some of the very top Theaters of the world - the Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Playhouse, Everyman Theater Liverpool, Yale Repertory Theater, Public Theater Pittsburgh, Balhaus Theater in Berlin, the Oregon Shakespeare, St. Louis Black Rep., Habima Theater in Tel Aviv and the National Theater in Lagos, Nigeria, directing the National Troupe of Nigeria, amongst many others, garnering strong international reviews.

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Segun Ojewuyi Email:
Phone: 618-453-1893
Office: Comm 1033

Susan Patrick Benson, Associate Professor - Voice and Speech Specialist

Susan Patrick Benson recently made her stage debut at Play2C Theater in Berlin. Her NYC resume includes Ensemble Studio Theatre, Currican Theatre, HB Playwright's Foundation, La MaMa ETC as well as annual appearances in the legendary Rev. Al Carmines' Christmas Rappings.

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Susan Patrick Benson Email:
Phone: 618-453-1892
Office: Comm 2236

Jane Pivovarnik, Assistant Professor Practice - Costume Design

Jane Pivovarnik is the costume shop manager for SIU’s Theater Program.

Originally from Springfield, IL, Jane was previously the assistant costume shop manager at PCPA. She has also worked as a draper for Portland Opera, Portland Center Stage, Northwest Children’s Theater, Western Oregon University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Mcleod Summer Playhouse. She has also worked on costumes for Glimmerglass Opera and Signature Theater, DC. She has designed costumes for PCPA and Allan Hancock Community College. She has a BS in Fashion Design and Merchandising and an MFA in Costume Design from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

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 Jane Pivovarnik Email:
Phone: 618-453-7592
Office: Comm 0024

Mark Varns, Interim Director, Professor of Theater/Lighting Design

A graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, Mark has worked with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Sacramento Theater Co., Utah Shakespearean Festival, The Black Rep of St. Louis, New Harmony Theatre, Millikin University, McLeod Summer Playhouse, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Central Missouri Repertory Theater. Recent professional design credits include; The Foreigner at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Pericles at The Black Rep in St. Louis, Oklahoma at McLeod Summer Playhouse and Treasure Island at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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 Mark Varns Email:
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 2032

Matthew Williams, Assistant Professor Practice


Matthew C. Williams choreographed Will Ferrell’s Broadway debut, You’re Welcome America. Off-Broadway credits include Rooms and the revival of Carrie, the musical. Matthew went on to direct Carrie, the musical at Montclair State University. Matthew was the assistant director to Casey Nicholaw on the Broadway production All About Me.

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Matthew Williams Email:
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 1003

Wendi Zea, Associate Professor of Costume Design

Wendi R. Zea is an associate professor in costume design, teaching design, period styles, costumes construction, play reading and a variety of costume crafts classes, including dyeing, fabric modification, wigs and millinery.

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Wendi Zea

Phone: 618-453-7592
Office: Comm 2238
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