The Theatre Program seeks to provide a balanced and comprehensive theatre experience for all students.

We offer classes for both majors and non-majors that provide a thorough foundation in theatrical history, theory, and literature as well as training in acting, directing, design, and technical theatre. Thus, students are prepared for graduate education and for employment in any field that values high level communication skills as well as for careers in theatre as teacher, artist, technician, or manager.

In preparation for their graduate school and/or a professional career, majors are required, as part of their senior seminar experience, to reflect upon their time in the threatre program at Centre College. This reflection process involves a public “exhibition” of their four years of work within the program. Students are therefore encouraged to save the physical evidence of work (programs, photographs, models, masks, drawings, designs, etc.) for this display.
 
For the student body at large, the program affords the opportunity to experience, as audience or participants, a wide range of dramatic forms selected both to educate and to entertain.

 

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Matthew R. Hallock

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Professor of Theatre • Chair of Theatre Program -- Dramatic Arts -- Grant Hall—319 -- Phone: 859.238.5432
Biography

Matthew R. Hallock is professor of Theatre at Centre College where he has taught since 1997. He was named a Centre Scholar in 2013. He is actively involved in the College’s three major productions each year, serving (variously) as scenic, costume, and lighting designer as well as teaching portions of the dramatic arts curriculum. All productions are mounted in the College’s Norton Center for the Arts, a major performance venue.

Hallock has extensive experience in theater design, working professionally in the field in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Kansas City as well as numerous stock locations across the country. Some of the companies he has worked for are the Skylight Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater (Milwaukee), and The Missouri Repertory Theatre. Locally, his designs have been seen at the Actor’s Guild of Lexington (for which he has received three audience appreciation awards), Lexington Children’s Theatre, and the Lexington Shakespeare Festival.

Hallock holds a B.S. in theater arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and received his M.F.A. in scenic design and technology from Western Illinois University.

Email: matthew.hallock@centre.edu

File last updated: 8/7/13

 

Jennifer Goff

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Assistant Professor of Theatre -- Centre College -- Division I -- Grant Hall - 309

Biography

Jennifer Goff joined the Centre College faculty as assistant professor of theatre in 2017.

An active actor, director, and scholar, Goff teaches courses in acting, dramatic literature, theatre history, and improvisation, and directs in the Centre College season. She has also directed and performed across the United States. Directing credits include The Mousetrap, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Bad Dates, and The Learned Ladies, for which she also wrote the adaptation. Acting roles have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), Nunsense (Robert Ann), The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine), and Rainbow Annie is the Angel of Death (Annie – originated).
Her scholarship focuses on the work of contemporary comic women playwrights.

Goff holds a B.A. in drama and English from University of Portland, an M.A. in theatre from University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in theatre from Wayne State University.

Email: jennifer.goff@centre.edu

File last updated: 6/21/17

Patrick Kagan-Moore

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Charles T. Hazelrigg Professor of Theatre --   Dramatic Arts -- Grant Hall—312 -- Phone: 859.238.5429 --
Biography

Patrick Kagan-Moore is professor of theatre at Centre College, where he has taught since 1992. He was awarded the Hazelrigg Professorship in Dramatic Arts in 2004.

A teacher and producing theatre artist for more than 35 years, Kagan-Moore teaches a wide range of courses in Centre’s dramatic arts program as well as humanities courses in the college’s general studies program. He regularly directs at least one of Centre’s three major productions each year. Recent successful shows have included Assassins, Buried Child, and Our Country’s Good.

Since his first directing experience in a student production at Oregon State University, Kagan-Moore has directed or acted in nearly 100 productions, including professional, academic, community theatre, opera, and film. His professional directing credits include an Off-Off-Broadway production of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage in New York City, Macbeth (Central Coast Shakespeare Festival), and Superior Donuts (Athens West Theatre).

His acting roles have included Ahab in Moby Dick, Macduff in Macbeth, and Brian in Joe Egg. Kagan-Moore was a regional finalist in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition, and he received several acting and directing awards from the Bellingham (Wash.) Theatre Guild and Oregon State University.

Kagan-Moore holds a B.S. from Oregon State University, an M.A. from Western Washington University, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Email: patrick.kagan-moore@centre.edu

File last updated 1/18/17

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A veteran of acting and directing for more than 20 years. Recent successes as a director include The Voice of the Prairie, which received the highest possible rating in adjudication at the Kentucky Theater Festival, and Dancing at Lughnasa, which was runner up in the American College Theatre regional competition. Chosen to direct a 1994 Off-Off-Broadway production of Nikolai Gogol’s Marriage.