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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.

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 mbogumil@siu.edu
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 tfagerholm@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5747
Office: Comm 2243

Jacob Juntunen, Associate Professor, 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 HowlRound.com, 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 jjuntunen@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 1033B
Personal Website: JacobJuntunen.com
Short Plays: RiposteToTheWorld.blogspot.com

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 darryl.clark@siu.edu
Phone: 417-414-9122
Office: Altgeld 303

H.D. Motyl, Associate Professor, Interim Director School of Theater and Dance

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

H.D. Motyl is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches media production and writing for TV. His feature-length documentary about professional rodeo cowboys called Cowboy Christmas was honored as Best Feature Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival and as Best of the Fest for Faculty Documentary at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.



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H.D. Motyl

Phone: 618-453-6992
hdmotyl@siu.edu

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 gennie.l.neumanlambert@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5471
Office: Comm 1033

Segun Ojewuyi, Professor/Head of Directing, Interim Associate 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 sojewuyi@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-1893
Office: Comm 1033

Jaemin Park, Assistant Professor Practice, Lighting and Sound Design

Jaemin Park, a native of South Korea, began his career as a lighting designer in 2005 by designing the opera "La Traviata" in South Korea. He has designed more than 100 productions in various genres such as plays, musicals, operas, and dances.

While he was in South Korea, he worked as a full-time lighting supervisor and resident designer in the national theatre with about 1,200 seats in Daegu, South Korea. His unique background in studying vocal music during his undergraduate courses has given him a keen ear for analyzing and expressing music. He has directed opera and loves musical works.

 



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Jaemin Park

jaemin.park@siu.edu
Office: Comm Bldg 1033
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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 susanpb@siu.edu
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 janepiv@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-7592
Office: Comm 0024

Eleanor Russell, Assistant Professor of Practice, History and Dramaturgy

Eleanor Russell is a writer and performance theorist. She earned her doctorate from the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University. Her current book project explores the relationship between stand-up comedy, sound studies, and the avant-garde.



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 Eleanor Russell

eleanor.russell@siu.edu
Office: Comm Bldg-C Rm. 1033

Mark Varns, Professor Emeritus

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 varns@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 2032

Matthew Williams, Assistant Professor, Performance and Movement

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 matthew.williams@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 1003

Wendi Zea, Associate Professor, 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

wzea@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-7592
Office: Comm 2238
Personal Website: wendizea.com