Dr. Shirley Basfield-Dunlap (R.I.P)
Associate Professor & Coordinator of Theatre Arts
WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THAT OUR BELOVED COORDINATOR PASSED AWAY ON JUNE, 15, 2020.
Mr. Reggie Phoenix
The Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 213G
Reggie Phoenix, a native New Yorker, is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Morgan State. He received his B.A. in Theater Arts from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN and an MFA in Acting/Directing from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. Previously he was Coordinator of the B.A. Theatre program at Salve Regina University and Director of Acting at Metropolitan State University. He has been a professional theatre artist for over three decades. He has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in National and International tours, and regional theaters all over the country. He has worked with multiple Tony Award winning directors Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line-Broadway and 6 national tours, Dreamgirls- National tour), Tommy Tune (Grand Hotel- First national tour), Hal Prince and Susan Stroman (Show Boat- First national tour) among many others. Favorite directing credits include The Elephant Man, The Fantasticks, Beast on the Moon, Spring Awakening, Doubt, Antigone and RENT among many others.
Interim Theatre Arts Coordinator
The Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214D
Jan Short, Lecturer in Theatre Arts, is a graduate of Morgan State University (1991). She received her Masters of Arts degree in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio (1995). Ms. Short joined the Morgan State Fine Arts and Speech Communication Departments as a lecturer in the fall of 1995.
She has directed several Theatre productions and Oral Interpretation presentations while at Morgan State University. Some of her directing works consist of The Medea Myth, T-Bone and Weasel, Big Momma ‘n Em, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery, The Vagina Monologues. "I Ain't Noways Tired", "Vignettes from the African-American Male Experience" and "The Conductor's Song".
Ms. Short has directed the children's play, "The Storytrain," a collection of world trickster tales which she adapted for the stage. Also directed by Ms. Short are Theatre Morgan's productions of Anna Deveare Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, the stage reading of Joanne Braxton's Crossing a Deep River, and the stage reading of Dwight R.B. Cook's A Prayer. She co-directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning production Topdog/Underdog and James Weldon Johnson's God's Trombones.
To her credit is a collection of monologues created for the Mt. Auburn Cemetery project, "Living History Program: Into the Future from Our Past" and many creative performance scripts for local museums and art venues.
John-Robert "JR" Schroyer
Faculty &Technical Director for Fine and Performing Arts
The Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214
The Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218