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Department of Drama

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imageMichele Volansky – Drama Department Chair, Associate Professor of Drama

Michele Volansky is Chair and Associate Professor of Drama at Washington College and an Associate Artist for PlayPenn. She has worked on over one-hundred and fifty new and established plays in her professional career and has served on the artistic staffs at Actors Theatre of Louisville (1992-95), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1995-2000) and Philadelphia Theatre Company (2000-2004).   She has served as an artistic consultant for the TCG playwright residency program, a reader for the Eugene O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference and the New York Shakespeare Festival/The Joseph Papp Public Theatre’s Emerging Voices Program and is the 1999 inaugural co-recipient of the Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy.  She is a past president of LMDA, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (2002-2004). Her book on playwriting and collaboration with Bruce Graham entitled The Collaborative Playwright was published in March, 2007 by Heinemann Press. She holds a B.A. in English from Washington College, an M.A. from Villanova University and a PhD from the University of Hull (England); her dissertation explores the politics and advocacy of the critics Kenneth Tynan and Frank Rich.

 

imageDale Daigle – Associate Professor of Drama, Director, Daniele Z. Gibson Center for the Arts

  • B.A. – University of Maine at Orono, 1977
  • M.F.A. – University of Hawaii at Manoa, 1989
  • Productions directed by Professor Daigle have been seen in Maine, Hawaii, Scotland, Kyoto, Samoa, Denver, Los Angeles, and D.C. as well as the more exotic locales of Chestertown and Church Hill. His most recent work is on the world premier of All Blues by Robert Earl Price in conjunction with 7Stages Theatre in Atlanta. The play premiered at Washington College in the fall of 2011 and travelled to Atlanta.
  • Research interests
    • Acting,
    • Directing
    • Japanese traditional theatre
    • As a research fellow at the Kyoto Arts Center, he performed the kabuki role of Tandanyu at the imperial palace in Kyoto. He has studied for a year with Nomura Shiro and Nomura Mansaku, two of Japan’s “Living National Treasures” in the traditional forms of Noh and Kyogen. His translation, with Junko Sakaba, of Buaku was the first English language Kyogen play performed at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo. His main focus in the last several years has been on new plays (he has directed 5 premiers).
  • Plays directed at WAC
    • Under Milk Wood
    • Shrew
    • Drinking in America
    • Waiting for Godot
    • Angels in America
    • My Children! My Africa
    • Hamlet
    • Pounding Nails…All in the Timing
    • Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll
    • Too Much Light…Lebensraum
    • Molly Sweeney
    • Buaku
    • THe Cripple of Innishman
    • The Laramie Project
    • Extreme Exposure
    • Duchamp Sat Here
    • Twelfth Night
    • My Name is Rachel Corrie
    • Zoo Story
    • We Tiresias
    • Monologues From the Edge
    • Golden Sardine
    • Death and the Maiden

imageRobert Earl Price – Lecturer in Creative Writing and Drama

  • B.A. – Clark College
  • M.A. – American Film Institute

For over three decades, Robert Earl Price has amassed writing credits in fiction, drama and poetry. His imaginative work has drawn praise for its lyric attention to the ‘mutual truths’ mined from human interaction. His many awards include The Theater Communications Group/NEA Playwright’s Residency, The American Film Institute’s William Wyler award for screenwriting, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry and a Cultural Olympics commission for theater. Currently REP is artist in residence in the drama department at Washington College as well as coordinator for the annual Kent County Poetry Festival.

Bloodlines, Blood Elegy, Blues Blood and Wise Blood are the titles of his four volumes of poetry. His poems have appeared in scores of journals and magazines including most currently Drum Voices Revue and The Chattahoochee Review. He has performed hundreds of readings in places as diverse as Berlin, Havana and Johannesburg and is also an ‘old school’ denizen of the open mike and poetry slam scene. Price is the recipient of a Broadside Press Award, a Bronze Jubilee Award, and dozens of other prizes and notices for his poetry.

As playwright in residence at 7 Stages Theater in Atlanta his recent plays, Hush: Composing Blind Tom Wiggins and View Finder have premiered to wide ranging acclaim. On the international stage, Robert Earl Price’s play Blue Monk was recently produced in Johannesburg, becoming one of five plays nominated for the National Theater Award in South Africa. The Berlin production at Theater Am Winterfeldtplatz of Yardbird’s Vamp, an amusing and macabre look at the life and art of Charlie Parker, closed to SRO audiences. Nine professionally produced plays include: an adaptation of Claude Brown’s Man Child in the Promised Land and a ritual play, Black Cat Bones For Seven Sons.

Robert Earl Price is a graduate of the American Film Institute, a protégée of the Oscar winning film director Jan Kadar and Pulitzer/Emmy winner Alex Haley. He was the script consultant for the Peabody Award winning production of The Boy King, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s youth and a principal writer on the CBS/Alex Haley series Palmer’s Town U.S.A.

 

 

imageJason Rubin – Associate Professor of Drama

  • Hofstra University, 1969
  • M.F.A. – Columbia University, 1972
  • Ph.D. – New York University, 1991
  • Jason Rubin, who lives in Baltimore, started teaching at Washington College in the Spring of 1986. He has also taught at George Mason University and Loyola College in Baltimore. He has been a professional set designer since 1970. Among the theaters he has designed for are Theater of the First Amendment in Fairfax, Virginia, Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania, and The Folger in Washington, D.C. A long time ago he was artistic director of Children’s Theater Association in Baltimore. He belongs to AAUP, Actors’’ Equity Association, American Society of Theatre Research, Associations for Theatre in Higher Education, and Theater Library Association, for which he was a juror for the George Freedley Award for ten years. He is researching Baltimore popular entertainments from 1876-1932.
  • Productions Designed at WC
    • Threepenny Opera
    • Henry IV, PartI
    • Madame Butterfly
    • Hamlet
    • Anne Frank
    • Shrew
    • Beckett Plays
    • Leocadia
    • Hedda Gabler
    • Under Milkwood
    • Antigone
    • Cinders
    • My Children! My Africa!
    • The Three Sisters
    • Camino Real
    • Only You
    • Waiting for Godot
    • The Government Inspector
    • Leave It to Jane
    • R.U.R.
    • Cloud Nine
    • Medea
    • Volpone
    • The Boys From Syracuse
    • Chicago
    • Too Much Light
    • The Love of a Nightingale
    • The Baltimore Waltz
    • The American Clock
    • I Have Song to Sing
    • O!
    • She Loves Me
    • Twelfth Night
    • Good
    • The Cherry Orchard
    • Top Girls
    • Crimes of the Heart
    • [sic]
    • The Golden Sardine
    • Troy Women
    • A Funny Thing…
    • An Evening of Tennessee Williams One-Acts
  • Productions Directed at WC
    • Madame Butterfly
    • Anne Frank
    • Leocadia
    • There’s a Girl in Havana
    • Medea
    • Leave It to Jane
    • The Show-Off
    • The Boys from Syracuse
    • Chicago
    • The Baltimore Waltz
    • I Have a Song to Sing
    • O!
    • She Loves Me
    • Good
    • Death of a Salesman
    • [sic]
    • A Funny Thing…
    • The Imaginary Invalid