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 Academic Opportunities

Students may pursue a theatre major, musical theatre major, or theatre management major. Students may also pursue interdisciplinary concentrations in theatre or performing arts within the interdisciplinary studies degree. Students may also pursue a minor in theatre or vocal performance. Students who wish to teach high school theatre may pursue a speech minor through Rochester College’s education program. For more information about program and scholarship auditions, please click HERE!

Career Opportunities

Academic groundwork in theatre prepares students for careers as performers, theatre managers, stage managers, technical designers, theatre critics, writers, or educators. Theatre training also provides an excellent foundation for a host of other careers, including radio and television, music, advertising, marketing, law, public speaking, and ministry.

Mission

The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance seeks to provide an aesthetic education for all students. Its vision extends outward to the campus and local communities in a quest for artistic truth, bringing richness to life through the performing arts. Students practice their craft in community with faculty, staff, and other students in an environment that encourages students to consider their vocation as service in God’s world. A strong foundation in the liberal arts emphasizing critical thinking, effective communication, and scholarly research provides graduates with real-world marketable skills and excellent preparation for graduate studies. Year-round opportunities for students to perform, design, and direct, mentored by faculty and other local professionals, broadens the depth of experience of our students, preparing them to become professionals in their respective fields.

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MAJORS & MINOR

 

A theatre and performing arts concentration is available in the interdisciplinary major. Click here for more information.

Theatre Minor (18 hours) 

Vocal Performance Minor (18 hours)

ENSEMBLES

Learn more about each ensemble or to book an ensemble for your next event by click on a box below.

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FACULTY

  • Dr. Catherine L. Parker, dean of the Rochester College School of Humanities and music, theatre, dance chair, has been with Rochester College since 1997. She completed her M.A. in theatre arts at Eastern Michigan University in 1999 and completed her Ph.D. in directing at Wayne State University. Catherine is also a 1996 Rochester College alumna.
  • Robert Arbaugh, MFA, assistant professor and Director of Theatre, has been with Rochester College since 2011. He completed his MFA in acting at Regent University in 2010. Robert is a professional working actor and director and serves as the artistic director of Uncovered Theatre Company.
  • Rachel Arbaugh has been the costume and make-up designer at Rochester College since 2011. She earned her B.A. in theatre performance at Regent University. Rachel is a professional actor and singer and also serves as the company manager of UnCovered Theatre Company as well as events coordinator of Rochester College.
  • Brandon Langeland, MA, adjunct professor, joined the RC community in 2011. He received his M.A. in theatre ministry from Regent University in 2011. Brandon is a professional actor, singer, and writer. Currently, he serves as director of ministry for UnCovered Theatre and as resident director of Ferndale/Hoggatt residence hall.
  • Frank Pitts has been on the faculty of Rochester College since 1995.  He has a BA in vocal performance from Harding University, did graduate work at Oakland University and was an opera apprentice with Michigan Opera Theatre.  He is active as a performer in Musical Theater and Opera and also as a collaborative pianist and has performed in the US, Canada, Spain and France.  As a musical director, Mr. Pitts has directed over 65 shows in high schools, colleges, and community theater. He serves Rochester as a voice instructor, vocal coach and accompanist.  Frank is a member of the National Association Teachers of Singing.
  • Dr. David Keller, D.Min., also earned an MA in theatre arts from Villanova University. He is a semi-retired RC professor and administrator.  Dr. Keller has designed and directed over fifty productions for five colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Michigan.  He also authored Petticoat Surgeon, a reader’s theatre dramatization from the autobiography of Bertha Van Hoosen, the founding president of the American Medical Women’s Association.
  • Lisa Hodge Kander, PhD, is a director, teacher, actor, writer, mentor, and muse. Dr. Kander holds a PhD in Theatre from Wayne State University, and has studied at the Drama Studio of London, the Moscow Art Theatre School, and American University. She has directed, acted in, and/or produced hundreds of productions throughout Michigan. Recently, she has directed plays for Eclectic Theatre Company in Chicago, and for Matrix Theatre and for University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit. She has founded two youth theatre troupes, and directed and managed touring theatre troupes for Michigan Youth Theatre and Wayne State University. She is passionate about Shakespeare, women’s issues and gender and sexuality issues, and working to heal the world for a better future for her children and grandchildren- and yours.
  • Cindy Raffel, adjunct professor, was a professional dancer with the Tampa Bay Ballet and Florida Dance Theatre.  She has a BS in Dance Education from Radford University. She has also been an adjunct professor for Southeastern University and special instructor for Dickinson College.  Rochester College students receive dance training through a dual enrollment program with Cindy’s studio, 2nd Street Studio of Dance, in Rochester.
  • Chad Rasor, MFA, adjunct professor, has an MFA in acting from Regent University. He also has extensive training from the Society of American Fight Directors. Chad has worked professionally as fight choreography, actor, voice actor, technical director, and scenic designer. Chad also serves as assistant technical director at Oakland University and as scenic designer/technical director for Rochester Adams High School.
  • Dr. John Lennox holds a B.S. in Theatre with an acting focus from Western Michigan University, an M.A. in Theatre with a theatre history focus from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D in Theatre with a directing/scholar emphasis with cognate studies in historical fencing from Wayne State University. He is  also an internationally recognized fight director for Art of Combat, an Honorary Fight Director with the Australian Stage Combat Association.
  • Danielle (Danii) Diehl is a Rochester College Alumni with an Interdisciplinary Studies Degree in Theatre and International Studies. She is a professional actor and artist with years of experience both on the stage and creating it. Aside from theatre, Danii has worked as a horseback instructor at camps in Colorado and Michigan, and spent much of her time consumed with travel: including studying abroad, backpacking Europe with her fiancé, and working as a Travel Agent. Danii is excited to be married this coming October to Jonathan Fulton, and looks forward to another artistic year with the Theatre Department.
  • Dr. Joe R. Bentley
    Professor of Music, Director of Music Activities
    B.A., Harding University
    M.M.E., University of Louisiana at Monroe
    D.M.A., Michigan State University
    jbentley@rc.edu
  • Jannah Garback
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    B.S., Rochester College
    Graduate Studies, Bowling Green State University
    jgarback@rc.edu
  • Brandon GauvinAdjunct Instructor of Music
    B.M., Wayne State University
    M.M., Wayne State University
    bgauvin@rc.edu
    (Applied Piano)
  • Bret Hoag
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    B.A., Oberlin Conservatory
    M.M., Indiana University
    (Applied Guitar)
    bhoag@rc.edu
  • Julayne Hughes
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    B.A., Adrian College
    B. S., Rochester College
    M.M., Oakland University
    jhughes1@rc.edu
  • Mary Irvine
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    Certificate in Vocal Performance, Royal College of Music
    mirvine@rc.edu
    (Applied Voice)
  • Chris Shields
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    B.S., Rochester College
    M.R.E., Rochester College
    cshields@rc.edu
  • Nathan Smith
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    B.F.A., Grand Valley State University
    M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
    nsmith1@rc.edu
  • Hye Yoon
    Adjunct Instructor of Music
    M.M. Oakland University
    (Applied Voice)
    hyoon@rc.edu

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