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Theatre Faculty and Staff

Theatre Department

Anne JarosAnne Jaros

Department Chair

Professor Anne Jaros has been at Missouri Southern State University since 1989. Her primary training and experience are in costume design. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. Both degrees are in theatrical design. She has both designed professionally and/or taught at the college level for over 20 years. Anne is a member of United Scenic Artists Association, the professional designers' union. She is a native of the Chicago area but now calls Joplin her home. Her current goal is to teach students to do high quality theatre work while maintaining their physical and emotional health. 

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Jim Lile Ph.D.Dr. Jim Lile

Dr. Lile joined the Theatre Faculty in the Fall of 2004.  
He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Theatre at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) and his Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism at Kent State University. Equally at home in rehearsal or in the classroom, Dr. Lile brings a wealth of teaching, acting, directing, and design experience gathered over three decades from schools and theatres in Texas, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. For Dr. Lile, Theatre is a way of life. To study the theatre is to explore our humanity and to celebrate the richness of our experience. It is a great journey, and Dr. Lile is happy to be one of the guides.

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Logan ReaganLogan Reagan

Logan Reagan is Assistant Professor of Theatre focusing in Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Technical Direction.  Logan earned his BA from the University of Arkansas and a MFA from Southern Illinois University.  He has worked professionally with Carnival Cruise Lines, McLeod Summer Playhouse, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Market House Theatre.   Logan’s educational goal is to guide and instruct students to be ready for professional work or advance to graduate school.

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Ann LileAnn Lile

Ann began her work as the Southern Theatre Costumer in the Fall of 2004. As a Theatre Artist of wide
and varied experience, Ann brings a unique expertise to her position. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Therapy from Midwestern State University, a Master's in Theatre from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce), and a second Master's in Higher Education Administration and Student Services from Kent State University. As a teacher, an actor, a director, and an advisor, she exemplifies the value of training and discipline. Additionally, and, perhaps, most importantly, Ann's experience has taught her to treasure, and to share with her students, the singular joy that a life in the Theatre can be.

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Lyndall W. Burrow

Assistent Technical DirectorLyndall Burrow 

Matt Myers

CostumerMatt Myers

Terri Spencer

Administrative AssisstantTerri Spencer 

Sam ClaussenSam Claussen

Mr. Claussen holds the status of Faculty Emeritus at M.S.S.U. and teaches University Experience and
Online theatre appreciation. Students enjoy his contagious energy and can-do attitude. Mr. Claussen holds an M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. He still often serves as lighting designer and general problem-solver. He is now retired but still serves as adjunct faculty for the department and sponsor of the "Backstage" club for theatre students. His interests both inside and outside of the theatre are numerous, and his enthusiasm is boundless.

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Todd ManleyTodd Manley

 Todd began teaching at Missouri Southern this year as an adjunct faculty member.  He is an MSSU Alumni earning his BA in Theatre Arts in 2010.  He then went on to earn an MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15 Acting School, part of the University of Essex, in London, England in 2015.  He was worked on numerous theatrical and film productions overseas and locally.  His passion is theatre and he hopes to inspire that passion in the students that pass through his classroom.

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Gerrie Ellen JohnstonGerrie Ellen Johnston

Ms. Johnston was born and trained in New York City. She has been instructing Theatre Appreciation, Creative Dramatics, Musical Theatre and Stage Movement at Missouri Southern State University since 1989. Ms. Johnston has also been owner and director of School of Ballet in Joplin Missouri since 1986. She received her Education Degree From MSSU in Theatre with a minor concentration in Vocal Music as well as a Master's in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans. More recently she has choreographed Kiss Me Kate, The Pajama Game, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, and Godspell. She has performed in the ballets, Swan Lake, Beauty and the Beast, Le Cigale, Sleeping Beauty and continues to perform in ballets and musical theatre in the four state area.

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