Campbell joins UW-S as new University Theatre Director
The University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan is proud to welcome Dr. Thomas Campbell as the new Assistant Professor of Communication/Theatre Arts and University Theatre Director starting in Fall 2013.
Campbell, who hails originally from Denver, CO, joins UW-Sheboygan to replace outgoing professor and director Dr. Simon Provan, who departed UW-Sheboygan in May.
Campbell comes to UW-Sheboygan most recently from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he completed his Ph.D. in Speech Communication/Theater in May 2013. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree with a Playwriting emphasis from Southern Illinois University and a BFA in Playwriting/Directing from the University of Wyoming.
Prior to joining UW-Sheboygan, Campbell taught at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale under a Graduate Teaching Assistantship from 2010 to 2013. He also has playwriting, directing and technical direction experience with a number of productions. Campbell also has published a 10-minute play, Blind Date Gone Good, and a forthcoming book chapter, “Brothers Divided: The Performative Identities of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth during the Civil War.”
Campbell said he is looking forward to embarking on a new season for University Theatre and sharing two new shows with the Sheboygan area community over the coming year.
“I look for institutions that value creative activity as scholarship, and a place where theatre and the arts are seen as contributions to ongoing conversations about society and culture,” Campbell said. “Not only does UW-Sheboygan meet both of these criteria, but it is an institution with a strong desire to engage students’ creative and critical thinking skills. It’s exciting to be in a community where I can do what I love – theatre and teaching -- and converse with others about -- and through -- art and education.”
UW-Sheboygan’s Fine Arts Theatre is also a great venue to share his creativity with audiences, Campbell said.
“It’s intimate, and I like smaller venues where the audience can feel more involved with the performances,” Campbell explained. “I’m hoping that the productions done at UW-Sheboygan will challenge and engage audiences, allowing them to see that we value them, we respect them and we want them to WANT to be sitting in our theatre.”
While he is still finalizing his production selections for the 2013-14 season, Campbell said that his guiding principle remains that “theatre is a collaborative art.” He is hopeful that all audiences enjoying his shows over the coming year will walk away feeling that what they have experienced matters.
“I hope my shows are engaging and entertaining, but also challenging to everybody, enlightening in some fashion, furthering the art and hopefully, illustrating how valuable theatre is and that it has remained a significant art form for thousands of years,” Campbell added.
Campbell now lives in Sheboygan with his partner, Jaclyn.
For more information about UW-Sheboygan or University Theatre, please visit www.sheboygan.uwc.edu or contact Campbell at (920) 459-6677 or Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org.