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Theatre Faculty and Staff

Theatre Department

Ms. Anne Jaros, MFAAnne Jaros

Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University

Teaching Responsibilities: Costume Design and Technology, Costume History, Stage Makeup and Hair
Research Interests: Costume Preservation, Millinery
Advising Areas: Theatre, Theatrical Design and Technology

Office: TETPAC 237B
Phone: 417-625-3044

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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Mr. Logan Reagan, MFALogan Reagan

Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University

Teaching Responsibilities: Scenic Design, Light Design, Scence Painting, Stage Management, Theatre Technology, Theatre Appreciation
Research Interests: Region Scenic Theatre Design and Properties Master
Advising Areas: Technical Theatre

Office: TATPAC 243
Phone: 417-625-3543

Ann LileAnn Lile

Master of Science in Theatre and Speech from East Texas State University
Master of Education in Higher Education Administration and Student Services from Kent State University

Teaching Responsibilities: Theatre
Research Interests: None
Advising Areas: None

Office: TETPAC 256
Phone: 417-625-9594

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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