Arthur L. Dirks
Professor of Theatre
Bridgewater State University
Rondileau Campus Center 024b
(508) 531 2039
680 Cohannet St.
Taunton, MA 02780
Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration (2001) University of Massachusetts Boston
M.F.A. in Theatre: Scene Design (1980) Illinois State University
M.A. in Theatre (1974) University of Kansas
B.A. in Speech (1971) Fort Hays (Kansas) State University
- Bridgewater State College/University, Bridgewater, MA (1983 to present).
- Professor of Theatre Arts, with tenure.
- Designer and Faculty Technical Director, B.S.U. Theatre.
- Chairperson, Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts (2001 to 2005, 1992 to 1995).
- Co-coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Research and Teaching (CART)(1999-2000)
- Acting Chairperson, Department of Music (1997-1998)
- Acting Dean, School of Arts and Sciences (1995-1997)
- Coordinator, Program of Theatre and Dance (1985-1992).
- Missouri Western State college, St. Joseph, MO (1982-1983).
- Assistant Professor of Theatre.
- Scene Designer and Technical Director.
- Wayne State College, Wayne, NE (1975-1982).
- Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, with tenure.
- Designer and Technical Director. Also stage director and theatre facility supervisor. Additional responsibilities for broadcasting courses, supervision of a student radio station, and supporting general communication courses.
- Coordinator, Communication Arts.
- Fort Hays State College, Hays, KS (1974-1975).
- Interim instructor of Speech and Theatre. Stage Director. Also supported general communication courses.
- Southwestern College, Winfield, KS (1973-1974).
- Interim instructor of Speech. One-person theatre program. Also supported general communication courses.
At Bridgewater State College:
Chairperson, Department of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts (2001-2005)
22 faculty fte, 500 undergraduate students in major concentrations
Acting Dean, School of Arts and Sciences (1995-96)
- -Proposed and implemented separation of the combined department into departments of Communication Studies, and Theater & Dance.
- -Integrated 2 new faculty; supported 2 junior faculty, bringing 1 to tenure; completed 1 promotion to associate.
- -Won addition of 3 faculty lines.
- -Support and leadership for ongoing curriculum development in all programs
- -Implemented facilities and equipment for departmental video studios and production centers
- -Advised on and coordinated the development and occupation of new office and classroom spaces for the faculty and programs in the department.
- -Initiated accreditation process for theatre program
Assumed all responsibilities of dean, with leadership on numerous matters:
Acting Chairperson, Department of Music (1997-1998).
- -Brought Strategic Planning to conclusion at the department and School level.
- -Extensive School-wide faculty hiring (30 positions in 2 years).
- -Development of college-wide internship policies.
- -Administrative participation in and support for review of General Education in governance.
- -Pursuit of initiatives in centers for research and service (Institute for Regional Development).
- -Early initiatives to develop programs in international studies and environmental studies.
- -Attendance at national conferences for AAC&U, CCAS and Project 30, POD.
- -Administrative service on search committees, committees for admissions and transfer policies, and NEASC accreditation subcommittees.
Co-coordinator, Center for the Advancement of Research and Teaching (CART) (1998-1999).
- -Conducted 2 faculty searches, including one for department chairperson.
Center for the support of faculty development offering regular programming for faculty development that includes an annual on-campus conference, distributing $150,000 in grants to faculty for travel and research, and providing access to most current general teaching and research technologies. Two faculty member share coordination, each released from half teaching load.
Chairperson, Department of Speech Communication, Theatre Arts and Communication Disorders (1992-1995).
- -Worked with large advisory board of faculty and administrators
- -Coordinated grant and programming committees and supervised the technology room.
Seven years as Administrative Coordinator for the program of Theatre Arts (1985-1992).
- -Oversaw initial development of a mass communication program.
- -Negotiation of separation of Communication Disorders program.
- -Initial discussion for a possible School of Communication and Theatre
·Member, graduate faculty.
- -Oversight of theatre curriculum revision 1986-1988.
Active involvement in program reviews and institutional planning.
Participation in comprehensive revision of the General Education Program required of all students (1985-86, and in subsequent review 1995-1998).
Continual involvement with curriculum planning and development.
Other past and continuing service on institutional committees:
- -Center for Advancement of Research and Teaching (CART) advisory committee
- -Strategic Planning Committee
- -College Web Advisory Committee
- -College-wide Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and the General Education Review subcommittee.
- -Campus Center Planning Board
New England Theatre Conference (NETC):
U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT):
- Member, College of Fellows.
- Associate Editor for Design and Technology for New England Theatre Journal.
- Past Board Member for College and University Theatre Division
- Judge and past regional representative for the Moss Hart Award for outstanding theatrical productions.
- Listowner for electronic discussion list NETheatre@bridgew.edu serving theatre interests throughout New England.
American College Theatre Festival (ACTF):
- Chair of New England regional section (1996, 1990-1992).
- 1991 regional conference chair
- Liaison to NETC
- Attendance at national conferences 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2006.
- Active participation and annual attendance at regional festival
- Occasional adjudication of festival entries.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY:
- BSU Commencement reader 1999 - (continuing)
- Writer, BSU Theater program review 2010.
- External reviewer and consultant for theater programs at Worcestor State College 2007 and University of Maine - Orono 2008
- Adjudicator for NETC Community Theatre Division Brandeis Festival in 1991 and 1994.
- Adjudicator for NETC Community Theatre Division New England Regional Festival, 1992.
- Judge for Massachusetts High School Drama Guild productions annually 1986-1995, 2006- continuing.
- In-service workshop presentations for West Hartford (CT) public schools, 1991.
- Reader, John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award (NETC), 1991.
- Program review and consultant for theatre program at Plymouth State College, Plymouth, N.H., April, 1988.
- Program evaluator, team leader and consultant for SMARTS collaborative of southeastern Massachusetts towns producing summer arts programming under a state grant for gifted and talented youth, 1988-1989.
- External review of faculty for promotion/tenure in design/technical theatre fields, 1990, 1991, 1996.
- "Theatre In Review: Huntington Theatre Company."
New England Theatre Journal. Annually 1994 (Vol. 5) - 2012 (Vol. 23).
- "Education: Designing the Designers and Technicians for the Next Century."
Theatre Design and Technology. Fall, 1993 (Vol. 29, No. 5).
- "Preparing for Improvised Duet Acting."
Kansas Speech Journal. Fall, 1975 (Vol. 37, No. 1).
- "Blindfolds: A Dyadic Experience." Co-author.
1976 Annual Handbook for Group Facilitators. LaJolla, CA; University Associates, 1976.
- EdD Dissertation:
Implementing the Arts In an Urban Public College. University of Massachusetts Boston, 2001
- MA Thesis:
Aesthetic Relationship and Audience Participation. University of Kansas, 1973.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL AND THEATRE ACTIVITY
- Total 140 produced designs 1973 to December, 2012.
- Director of 18 productions.
- Acting roles in 18 productions.
OTHER THEATRE EXPERIENCE
West Hartford Summer Arts Festival, West Hartford, CT.
Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, NY.
- Scenic and occasional lighting designs for one or two shows annually, 1984 to 1995. This sophisticated performance-oriented summer leisure services program includes large numbers of youth age 14 and up.
Robidoux Resident Theatre, St. Joseph, MO.
- Scenic designs for two shows, Summer, 1988.
Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Bloomington, IL.
- Director/Designer for one show, Summer, 1983.
- Assistant Technical Director, Summer, 1980.
- Technician, Summer, 1979.
REPRESENTATIVE PRODUCED DESIGNS
The Glass Menagerie (2012) BSU
Machinal 2011 BSU
Old Times 2010 BSU (independent production)
Man Who Came to Dinner 2010 BSC
Cabaret 2009 BSC
Insect Comedy 2009 BSC
An Ideal Husband 2008 BSC
The Magic Flute 2008 BSC
How I Learned to Drive 2008 BSC
Measure for Measure 2007 BSC
The King of Hears 2007 BSC
Our Town 2007 BSC
Urinetown 2006 BSC
Assassins 2005 BSC
Big Love 2005 BSC
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf 2004 BSC (independent production)
Never the Sinner 2004 BSC
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern 2004 BSC
The Secret Garden (2003) BSC
The Mikado (2002) BSC
Antigone (2002) BSC
Actor's Nightmare / Sister Mary Ignatious (2001) BSC
Hotel D'Amour (2000) BSC
Tommy (1999) BSC
Scarlet Letter (1999) BSC
Cabaret (1998) BSC
Jack the Ripper (1997) BSC
Marisol (1995) BSC
Wonderland, The World of Lewis Carroll (1995) BSC
Forty-Second Street (1994) WHSAF
Fools (1994) WHSAF
No Trifling With Love (1994) BSC
Guys and Dolls (1993) WHSAF
No Sex Please, We're British (1993) WHSAF
Winnie the Pooh (1992) BSC
Babes in Arms (1992) WHSAF
Post Mortem (1992) WHSAF
The Shadow Box (1992) BSC
Step On a Crack(1992) BSC
"Pops and Jazz" (1991, 1992) Hall High School, W. Hartford, CT.
My Fair Lady (1991) WHSAF
Steel Magnolias (1991) WHSAF
The King Stag (1991) BSC
Wiley And the Hairy Man (1991) BSC
Fiddler On the Roof (1990) BSC and WHSAF
The Mousetrap (1990) WHSAF
Puss In Boots [costumes, lighting] (1990) BSC
Museum (1989) BSC
Madwoman of Chaillot (1989) BSC
Singing in the Rain (1989) WHSAF
Black Comedy (1989) WHSAF
Getting Out (1989) BSC
Comedy of Errors (1988) BSC (1989 regional ACTF presentation)
- Seven years in broadcasting, 1966-1973. Positions in radio and television announcing, radio production, continuity writing, and news. News director for radio stations in Wichita and Lawrence, KS, 1969-1973.
- US Army 1962-1965, honorably discharged. Linguist with Army Security Agency.
Courselist of developed instruction:
Seminar In Contemporary American Theatre
-A senior-level capstone requirement, focusing on the current state of the art in all its variety and a review of the historical and intellectual developments that have shaped contemporary American theatre. The course also develops skills and background for transition to graduate work, working as an artist, and working while practicing the art.
-A sophomore level introduction to the technical artists and crafts of the theatre. Includes an introduction to scenic and lighting design, basic drafting, production organizations, and the technology of the stage.
Scene Design and Design Techniques
-Scenic design concepts, research, and working with the script. Design techniques includes skills and practice in communicating design concepts, sketching, rendering, drafting, model-building.
A focused introduction to lighting design, principles and theory, with hands-on exercises in a lighting lab.
An applied introduction to theatre art, through guided experience in all the principle crafts.
Also taught: Stage Costuming, Stage Make-up, Theatre History, Play Analysis for Production, Theater Appreciation.
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