Upcoming Events

  • September 4
    TFMS Open House, 7:30-8:30 p.m.+, Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Come enjoy the party! Mandatory for declared and intended TFMS majors.
  • September 9-10
    Auditions, Much Ado About Nothing, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Bruce Davis Theater, MH. Contact the director, Michael Ellis-Tolaydo, for information.
  • September 22
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing"), 7:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public. 
  • October 20
    Eighth Annual TFMS Film Series, with filmmaker Lynne Sachs ("Your Day Is My Night"), 8:15 p.m., Cole Cinema, Campus Center. Free and open to the public.
  • October 30-31
    Performances of "Falling Man, a dance-art project," with Leonard Cruz & Caitie Sullivan, 8:00 p.m. (Oct. 30) & 4:30 p.m. (Oct. 31), Boyden Gallery, MH. Free and open to the public.


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TFMS Alumni
Where Are They Now?

Megan Rippey

Megan Rippey (class of 2008, B.A. women, gender, and sexuality studies, minor in theater studies) recently completed her M.F.A. in acting at the California Institute of the Arts (class of 2013).

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Mark A. Rhoda
For comments about this site or suggestions for its improvement, contact: marhoda@smcm.edu

Faculty

Faculty 2012
(l. to r.: David Ellsworth; Mark A. Rhoda; Joanne Klein; Michael
Ellis-Tolaydo; Holly A. Blumner; David V. Groupé;
Leonard Cruz; not pictured: Jess Lustig
photographer: Bill Wood)

Below is a list of current faculty in the theater, film, and media studies department. By clicking on their names, you can view more detailed biographies.

Holly A. Blumner (2001; on leave 2014-2016, serving in the United States Peace Corps in the Philippines), associate professor of theater, film, and media studies and former coordinator of Asian Studies. Japanese theater and film, Asian theater, theater history and criticism, performance. B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Ph.D., University of Hawai'i at Manoa. (Office: MH 118A) email: hablumner@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-2064

Leonard Cruz (2012), assistant professor of dance/movement and performance. World dance, including dance from the Pacific islands, modern dance, dance for the camera, dance improvisation and composition, dance history, performance, urban education. B.A., M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.F.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (Office: MH 112) email: lacruz@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4237

Michael Ellis-Tolaydo (1986), professor of theater, film, and media studies, former Steven Muller Distinguished Professor of the Arts and Associate-Artist-in-Residence at Washington, D.C. Theater J. Acting, directing, dramatic literature, Shakespeare, theater history. Graduate, Academy of Dramatic Art, Oakland University; M.A., The American University; M.F.A., Directing, Catholic University. (Office: MH 176) email: mellistolaydo@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4244

David Ellsworth(2007), associate professor of theater, film, and media studies. Film/video production, screenwriting, non-fiction film history/theory. B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Educational Media Production, Appalachian State University; M.F.A., Film and Video Production, University of Iowa. (Office: MH 179A) email: dellsworth@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4235

David V. Groupé (2002), technical director/lighting designer. Technical theater, scenic/lighting design. B.F.A., M.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University. (Office: MH 167) email: dvgroupe@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4245

Joanne Klein (1989), department chair, professor of theater, film, and media studies, former coordinator of the cross-disciplinary minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies. Film studies, film theory and criticism, introduction to film and media studies, documentary practices, dramatic literature, theater history, literary theory, dramatic criticism, feminist studies, directing. A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. (Office: MH 179C) email: jrklein@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4251

Jessica Lustig (2013-2015), visiting assistant professor of scenography (scenic and costume design). (Office: MH 156) email: href="mailto:jtlustig@smcm.edu">jtlustig@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4444

Mark A. Rhoda (2000), visiting associate professor of theater, film, and media studies. Film studies (intro to film and media studies, film history, world cinema, horror film, silent film), performance and cultural studies, dramatic literature, theory, and criticism, theater history, directing. B.A., Middlebury College; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. (Office: MH 179B) email: marhoda@smcm.edu; telephone: 240-895-4231

Merideth M. Taylor, professor emerita of theater and dance. email: mmtaylor@smcm.edu