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Shirley Basfield Dunlap-Coordinator of Theatre Arts

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 213A, 443-885-3128, shirley.dunlap@morgan.edu 

Deletta Gillespie-Lecturer

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 213G, 443-885-4304, deletta.gillespie@morgan.edu 

Ryan Scott Yuille-Administrative Staff Technician

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214F, 443-885-3670,ryan.yuille@morgan.edu 

Janice Short-Lecturer

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214D, 443-885-3665, janice.short@morgan.edu 

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SHIRLEY  BASFIELD DUNLAP, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts returns to Morgan State University after being an Associate Professor of Theatre at Iowa State University and Towson University.  She has professionally directed August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play FENCES.  At Madison Repertory Theatre, featuring in the role of Troy Maxson, Roscoe Orman (who plays Gordon on the long running children’s television show Sesame Street). Mr. Orman played the role of Gabe in FENCES on Broadway.  She has directed the story of singer Alberta Hunter, COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY, at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona and Pearl Cleage’s FLYIN’ WEST.  Tony Award winner Melba Moore starred in two of the six productions of Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland’s FROM  THE  MISSISSIPPI  DELTA which Ms. Dunlap has directed at regional theatres throughout the country including Milwaukee and Madison Repertory Theatre.  Her production of HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS’ FIRST 100 YEARS originated at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre before moving to Studio Arena in Buffalo, New York, The Dallas Center Theater and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE.  Also at Buffalo’s Studio Arena, Ms. Dunlap directed John Henry Redwood’s THE OLD SETTLER.  Ms. Dunlap directed the late Ossie Davis in SPEAK TO US OF CHILDREN in Baltimore, MD.  Her work has also been seen at The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio, The Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to name but a few.  Directing credits also include OAK AND IVY (the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar), MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM, FORTINBRAS, THE MEDEA MYTH, and SHIRLEY VALENTINE.  She directed A RAISIN IN THE SUN with Daughters of the Dust (film) Cheryl Lynn Bruce at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in Spring, 2004 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Bd of Education. 

          Ms. Dunlap’s leadership skills included developing and coordinating several workshops and symposia from the first Iowa International Storytelling Conference, the first African American Mimetics Conference in Maryland to a Maryland Hate Crime Symposia.  Ms. Dunlap is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).  Her favorite productions?  ...Stacie and Wesley Dunlap!

 

DELETTA GILLESPIE, Lecturer in Theatre Arts is a multidisciplinary performing and teaching artist for twenty-three years. Directed two other Theatre Morgan productions, Spunk, and The Magic City Massacre, which she also wrote. As an actor, shows include Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grille, Two for the Seesaw, and 7:32, an original musical and runner up in the 2009 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Has sung the role of the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. She was a featured soloist in the Broadway to Bermuda concert series, performing alongside Broadway stars Carolee Carmello (City of Angels), Sharon Wilkins (Seussical), and others. As playwright, Gillespie creates work in the genre of theatre for social change. Her play about the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, The Magic City Massacre, also enjoyed a run at Towson University. Music highlights include performing for the late Michael Jackson, and opening for Al Jarreau, New York Voices. Patti Austin, Paul Carrack, and Lalah Hathaway. She is the Acting Instructor for the Baltimore Opera Workshop at MSU. Gillespie studied radio, TV and film at the University of Oklahoma, has a BA from Goddard College, and an MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. She has Vocal Pedagogy certifications through SomaticVoiceworks in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM), and is a member of the The Voice and Speech Teachers of America (VASTA). Visit http://www.delettagillespie.net/

 


JANICE SHORT, Lecturer in Theatre Arts, is a graduate of Morgan State University (1991).  She received her Masters of Arts degree in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio (1995).  Ms. Short joined the Morgan State Fine Arts and Speech Communication Departments as a lecturer in the fall of 1995.  She has directed several Theatre productions and Oral Interpretation presentations while at Morgan State University.  Some of her directing works consists of The Medea MythT-Bone and WeaselBig Momma ‘n EmShakin’ the Mess Outta MiseryThe Vagina Monologues. “I Ain’t Noways Tired”, “Vignettes from the African-American Male Experience” and “The Conductor’s Song”. Ms. Short has directed the children’s play, “The Storytrain,” a collection of world trickster tales which she adapted for the stage.  Also directed by Ms. Short are Theatre Morgan’s productions of Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight:  Los Angeles, 1992 and Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling.She co-directed the Pulitzer Prize winning production Topdog/Underdog and James Weldon Johnson’s God’s Trombones. To her credit is a collection of monologues created for the Mt. Auburn Cemetery project, “Living History Program: Into the Future from Our Past” and many creative performance scripts for local museums and art venues.

 

 

 

RYAN SCOTT YUILLE, Administrative staff technician.Ryan Scott Yuille is a graduate of Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus where he left being onstage to be backstage.  At the Yale School of Drama he completed his MFA with a major in Technical Design and Production.  His thesis, "The Use of Firearms for the Indoor Stage" still garners 1-2 letters each year asking for additional advice. Since leaving Yale, Scott teaching credits include:public schools in New Haven, New York City. and Lebanon, NH. College teaching has involved stints at Providence College, Dartmouth College and the MFA program at the University of Mississippi  . Internationally, Mr. Yuille has just returned from professional and teaching duties as the Production Manager/Technical Director for American University in Cairo's Fine Arts Center in New Cairo, Egypt. Professional credits include: Touring carpenter for the Cash Family, rigger and lead follow spot for many rock and Broadway national tours, ("Phantom...", "Miss Saigon",  Aerosmith, Charlie Daniels, etc.); Prop Designer/Master for regional repertory theatre and opera companies such as the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Opera North, and Northern Stage.  His feature film credits include construction/FX carpenter on "Rosewood", "GI Jane" and "Seige".  TV credits include studio gaffer, (lighting electrician), for the final three seasons on "As the World Turns".  As a shop carpenter for Showman Fabricators and Steiglebauer Studios he was part of the teams building and installing such icons such as: Avon's corporate 5th Ave. showroom/spa, "The Human Genome " interactive exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, and the scenery for Victoria's Secrets Catalog first televised Valentine's Day Special.  Scott is a proud member of IATSE and USITT.  
"Though I was sad to leave Egypt, this opportunity to teach, learn, and work with the energetic, creative, hardworking group of students, faculty and staff at Morgan State will definitely be the highlight of my career.  I hope to be part of the Morgan Family for many years to come."



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