The Department of Theatre has designed course work to develop an understanding of the theatre-making process in each of the areas of the art. Keeping this in mind, the production program offers its students broadly varied and representative seasons of plays with opportunities for technical work, design, and acting as fundamental considerations. Above all, we are committed to the students' individual development and their artistic and cultural maturity.

To ignite in the student, teacher, and community:

critical thinking,
compassionate feeling,
collaborative vision,
and the capacity to delight.
Our faculty is comprised of nationally known directors,
designers and scholars, representing the nation's finest
universities. Each faculty member is highly
active in their chosen discipline. Through innovative instruction
and personal attention, our faculty are dedicated
professionals who care about their student's progress.
SUSAN KURTZ - Staff Assistant

D. SCOTT GLASSER - MFA, Assistant Professor - Acting / Directing
ROBBIE JONES - MFA, Assistant Professor - Scenic Design / Technical Production
DOUGLAS PATERSON - PhD, Professor - History / Criticism
CINDY MELBY PHANEUF - PhD,Isaacson Professor - Graduate Chair - Acting / Directing
SHARON SOBEL - MFA, Professor - Chairperson - Costume Design
STEVEN L. WILLIAMS - MFA, Associate Professor - Dir. of Theatre - Scenic and Lighting Design
CHARLENE WILLOUGHBY - MA, Instructor - Costume Shop Manager

D. SCOTT GLASSER - Assistant Professor - Acting / Directing

M.F.A., Cornell University; B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo

Joining the faculty in 2004, Mr. Glasser coordinates the directing curriculum. Scott has acted and/or directed at numerous theatres including The Guthrie Theatre, Opera Institute at Boston University, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company (Minneapolis), Skylight Opera Theatre, Madison Opera, Utah Shakespearean Festival and Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. He served as artistic director for Madison Repertory Theatre from 1993-2002, and has directed over 100 productions. A member of Actors Equity Association since 1974, Mr. Glasser was the Twin Cities Liaison for AEA from 1987 to 1992 and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers as well as the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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ROBBIE JONES - Assistant Professor - Scenic Design / Technical Production

M.F.A., University of Kansas; B.A., Southwestern College

Mr. Jones joined the faculty in 2006. He graduated with honors from the University of Kansas where he received his MFA in Scenography; design with an emphasis in Scenic, Costume, and Lighting. Mr. Jones has designed for Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, H and A Summer Theater, Stephen Foster Theatre, The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Sunrise Productions where he designed two short films.



DR. DOUGLAS PATERSON - Professor - History / Criticism

Ph.D., Cornell University; M.A., Cornell University; B.A., Yankton College

Dr. Paterson is a founding member of both the Dakota Theatre Caravan and The Circle Theatre. He joined the faculty in 1981 after teaching at Yankton College and Willamette University. Dr. Paterson has published extensively in the area of social-activist theatre, created OPTIONS theatre in Omaha, and works closely with Brazilian director, Augusto Boal. Dr. Paterson began the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed conference, now in its 12th year, and offers Theatre of the Oppressed workshops from local to international sites. His work with Forum Theatre has recently taken him to Israel, Palestine, and Iraq


DR. CINDY MELBY PHANEUF - Isaacson Professor - Graduate Chair - Acting / Directing

Ph.D., Texas Tech University; M.A., Texas Christian University; B.A., Texas Christian University

Dr. Phaneuf directs and teaches courses in acting, directing and movement. She has a strong background in dance and enjoys a wide range of theatre from classic to contemporary and musical theatre. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. She served President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America in 1999-2000. During her presidency, she presided over STAA's international conference, which was hosted by the Royal Shakespeare Company, (London) and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

SHARON SOBEL - Professor - Department Chairperson - Costume Design

M.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon University; B.A., State University of New York at Albany

Joining the faculty in 1994, Professor Sobel previously taught at State University of New York at Geneseo and at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Her varied experience includes costume designs for productions at the New York International Fringe Festival, Julliard, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Queens Theatre in the Park, Long Island Stage, Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, Madison Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, and for students at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College.

STEVEN L. WILLIAMS - Associate Professor - Director of Theatre - Scenic / Lighting Design
Undergraduate Advisor

M.F.A., Indiana University; B.F.A., Eastern New Mexico University

Professor Williams joined the faculty in 1995. He has designed scenery and lighting for a number of theatre companies including the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Aspen Theatre in the Park, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Indiana University, Brown County Playhouse, and the Albuquerque Playhouse. Professor Williams' research focuses on the use of technology in the development of designs using computer modeling, imaging and automated lighting. Professor Williams continues his freelance work as design consultant and scenic and lighting designer for theatre and churches.



CHARLENE WILLOUGHBY - Instructor - Costume Shop Manager

M.A., University of Nebraska at Omaha; B.S., University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ms. Willoughby has been the UNO Theatre Costume Shop Manager since 2001. Prior to that she taught drama and history at Bellevue East High School. Her honors include the 2000 International Thespian Society's Nebraska Drama Teacher of the Year Award and the 2002 UNO College of Fine Arts Excellence in Part-Time Teaching Award. Charleen has designed costumes for UNO, Creighton University, Stages of Omaha, Brigit St. Brigit and numerous other local theatre companies. She has served as the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival Costume Shop Manager since 2001.

SUSAN KURTZ - Staff Assistant


The award-winning Del & Lou Ann Weber Fine Arts Building, design by
Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates LLP of New York, was completed in 1992.
This unique four story, 300 foot long structure houses the departments of
Art & Art History, Theatre, Writer’s Workshop,
a state-of-the-art Experimental Theatre, the UNO Art Gallery and the college administrative offices.
The Experimental Black Box Theatre is a state-of-the-art facility. Using transportable seating units, we are able to transform the space from proscenium, thrust, in-the-round, or stadium style seating. This provides the opportunity to produce an array of productions requiring a variety of different styles of staging. The theatre is equipped with a full tension wire grid system (see photo) providing ample lighting positions and flexibility. Three balcony levels surround the stage floor, providing additional stage and audience locations.
The Tech Booth is located on the first floor balcony above the audience. It provides an ideal view of the stage in most configurations. This room is equipped with an ETC Expression III lighting console, 24" digitizing light tablet, AudioPro analogue mixing board as well as a digital mixing console. Two computers support our lighting and sound design software. Midi/Mini discs, CD, dual disk, reel-to-reel and surround sound complete the room. Other notable equipment include ten Automated fixtures by HighEnd and Coemar, color scrollers, and a collection of SourceFour fixtures.
The Costume Shop is centrally located on the first floor. This naturally-lit space functions as both a classroom and the costume construction site for UNO Theatre and the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. The Costume Shop features a ventilated dye room, separate dressing rooms, a costume storage room and a work area to accomodate multiple projects.
The Directing Lab, familiarly known as 006, is primarily a performance classroom. This room is also one of two alternate rehearsal spaces available for our productions. Because 006 is equipped with a full lighting grid, lighting console and a sprung floor, it makes it an ideal performance space for the annual FAUST production and our student showcase productions.
The Scene Shop is the hub of the production areas. This facility is equipped with all of the power tools that you could want, as well as a fork-lift and dust collection system. Connecting directly to the theatre, adjacent rooms include the shop office, lighting lab, prop design and construction lab, and the paint lab. We continue to implement the latest in construction methods and include an extensive use of steel and traditional building methods.
The Acting lab is primarily a performance classroom for acting, directing, movement, voice, and style courses. This room is also one of two alternate rehearsal spaces available for our productions. The room is equipped with
state-of-the-art home theatre, video and sound system.
The Design Lab is solely dedicated to design and technology classes. This room is equipped with a full lighting grid so students can realize projects in real time. It also has wireless network with LCD projector and surround sound. The design lab is used to teach costume design, scene design, lighting design, model-making, prop design, and drafting.
The computer lab sits adjacent to the design studio. This lab is used to teach technology courses such as PhotoShop for the Theatre, AutoCad, Model-Making and Digital Portfolio. It is equipped with 15 workstations featuring the latest software for digital sound, video, AutoCad and imaging.
The Castle of Perseverance is an additional performance space. Dedicated to the building and the art which is produced there, the castle is an outdoor amphitheatre which seats 100 audience members. Many professors use this space as a classroom on those sunny Nebraska afternoons. The space is also used for theatre performances, poetry jams, and as a wonderful study space.


by Sarah Ruhl

October 6-9 & 13-16, 2010

"Touching, inventive, invigoratingly compact and luminously liquid in its rythems and design, EURYDICE reframes the ancient myth of ill-fated love to focus not on the bereaved musician but on his dead bride - and on her struggle with love beyond the grave as both wife and daughter." - The San Francisco Chronicle

Directed by Krystal Kelly

Box office opens, September 27th.

For Online Reservations, visit

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by Michael Frayn

November 17-20 & December 1-4, 2010

The play takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptivility to out-of-control egos, memory loss and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This comedy-within-a-comedy captures a touring theatre throupe's production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance toward the end of the run. Each performance is portrayed from behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in teh final performance. Brimming with slaptick comedy, NOISES OFF is a backstage farce of slamming doors, falling trousers and flying sardines!

Directed by D. Scott Glasser

Box office opens, November 8th.

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dark play or stories for boys

by Carlos Murillo

February 23-26, March 2-5, 2011

When 14-year-old Nick comes across a naively worded ad from 16-year-old Adam reading "I want to fall in love," he's blown away. What is this love? Already bored with cyber sex and posting fake online ads, Nick invents the girl of Adam's dreams, Rachel, and Adam and Rachel fall hard. But as the cyber relationship heightens, so do the emotional stakes in the real world, until the two collide with devastating consequences.

Directed by Dr. Amy Lane

Box office opens, February 14th.

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by William Shakespeare

April 13-16 & 20-23

This drama is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. Viola, cross dresses and takes the man's name of Cesario. Viola enters the service of the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. Orsino longs for the love of a neighbouring countess. Viola (Cesario) then falls in love with Orsino. To add to the farce Viola's (Cesario) identical twin, Sebastian arrives on the scene. Living in Olivia’s household is her uncle, Sir Toby Belch, a merry character. The steward of the household is the conceited Malvolio.The plot illustrates jealousy, mistaken Identity, cross-dressing and features fights and duels. In the end Sebastian and Olivia fall in love and marry. Orsino realises that it is Viola that he loves and she agrees to marry him. Sir Toby Belch and Maria also decide to marry! Twelfth Night ends and everyone, except Malvolio, is happy and Shakespeare speaks of the madness of love.

Directed by Dr. Cindy Melby Phaneuf

Box office opens, April 4th.

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All other students - $5.00

Our Box Office opens ten days prior to the opening
performance of each production.

Individual tickets are available by calling 554-PLAY (7529) or by visiting the Box Office located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Hours of operation are
1:00 - 5:30, Monday through Friday

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General Season Ticket = $40.00
Faculty-Staff-Student-Senior = $35.00

Call 554-2406 to reserve yours today!

* are demanding, exciting, challenging, and enjoyable.

* provide a solid framework for all students in the historical traditions of theatre practice.

* offer all students a theatre perspective based on cutting edge scholarship and practice.

* offer all students a wide exposure to the many aspects of theatre practice while encouraging an emphasis in performance, design, or scholarship.

* equip graduates to live lives expanded and nurtured because of their
involvement with the study and nature of theatre.

* provide all students with personal, educational, and professional experiences in
keeping with the goal of our department:

To earn a living and to lead a cultured life, not as two separate processes, but as one.



Theatre Lab
Stage Costume
Stage Makeup
Acting I & II
Dramatic Literature I: to1850
Dramatic Literature II: since 1850
Stage and Television Lighting
Directing I
History of Theatre: Greeks to 1700
History of Theatre: since 1700

In addition to the Theatre core, students may elect to pursue a General OR Focused major.

Theatre Core Curriculum +6 hours Theatre electives. Students select additional courses from the following list in consultation with their faculty advisor.

Introduction to the Theatre
Film History and Appreciation
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Voice for the Actor
Movement for the Actor
Drafting for the Theatre
Rendering and Scene Painting
Advanced Projects in Theatre
Advanced Acting: Post Realism
Advanced Acting: Greeks to Restoration
Advanced Acting: Ensemble
Advanced Acting: Auditioning
Directing II
Costume Design
History of Costume
Scene Design
Theatre and Social Change.


Students seeking a focused major must apply via the faculty advisor, for admission to that major. The application process may be initiated upon completion of certain core requirements. A student admitted to a Theatre Focus must complete a resume/portfolio review each semester and maintain a minimum GPA in their major area.


Voice for the Actor
Movement for the Actor
Dance for the Theatre
Advanced Acting: Auditioning
Theatre Electives - 3000/4000 level

Select two courses from the following:

Advanced Acting: Post Realism
Advanced Acting: Greeks to Restoration
Advanced Acting: Ensemble
Directing II
Theatre for Social Change


Drafting for the Theatre

Select two courses from the following:

Costume Design
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Theatre electives 3000/4000 level

Select two courses from the following:

History of Costume
Rendering and Scene Painting
Advanced Projects in Theatre


The total minimum number of hours required for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is
130 credit hours
which includes academic core as well as theatre coursework.
The UNO Department of Theatre offers a broad-based Master of Arts in Theatre that emphasizes theatre scholarship, including Theory & Criticism, History and Literature, as well as the opportunity for extensive practical experience in areas such as Acting, Directing, Design & Technology, and Theatre Management. The overall goal of the program is to help you develop a perspective about your role as a theatre artist. To this end, our faculty works with each student to develop a program that best suits their needs and goals. The three options for completing the program are: 1) writing a formal thesis; 2) completing a final project in acting, directing, design, or theatre administration; 3) combining the Thesis and Final Project.

Each academic year, the department presents four to five mainstage productions and each summer co-sponsors the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival. Three assistantships, in areas such as Stage Management, Theatre Administration, Publicity/Marketing, Teaching, or Costume or Scene Shop are available for a two-year cycle. Internships with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival are available and can be pursued for academic credit. Financial assistance is available through UNO office of Financial Aid and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Omaha has a very active theatre community, and many of our students have worked locally. We count among our graduates the Artistic Director of the Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, Managing Director of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Founder of the Living Picture Project and Brigit St. Brigit Theatre Company, as well as directors, actors, arts administrators, designers, and theatre technicians.

Nationally, a number of our graduates have gone on to work in professional theatre in other markets, including New York, Washington, DC and regional theatres across the country. Others have gone on to earn teminal degrees and are teaching and conducting research as the university level. In addition, one of our undergraduates served as a Productions Assistant to the Stage Manager for the Broadway production of Taboo.

We have a strong history of successful graduates.

-UNO Graduates have been seen in major motion pictures-
-UNO Graduates have worked on Broadway and Regional venues-
-UNO Graduates have started twenty-two theatres in Omaha-

-UNO Graduates.........Succeed.-
We are privileged to have a strong affiliation with the
Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, co-sponsoring with Creighton University and the City of Omaha.

Each year the festival presents two Shakespeare productions,
playing to over thirty-three thousand audience members in the beautiful surroundings of Elmwood Park,
right outside our back door.

Each year many of our students work for the
festival both on-stage and off.

Building the sets from the grass up and working with
professional directors, designers, and actors from
around the country.

Please visit the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival website
to learn more about this exciting and vital organization.