Dr. Aubrey Helene Neuman, a theatre educator, artist and scholar, has been appointed assistant professor of theatre at Davis & Elkins College. Beginning with the fall 2021 semester, she will instruct courses in acting, improv and stage makeup, along with a first-year seminar session.
“Dr. Neumann’s teaching experience and research interests are an excellent fit for both the Theatre Department and the College,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Rob Phillips. “We look forward to Dr. Neumann’s contributions in the classroom, on the stage and within the local community.”
As an educator, Neuman has taught introductory theatre, acting, public speaking and television criticism at the undergraduate level as well as theatre workshops and residencies with middle and high schools throughout the Midwest. She also has directed numerous college and community productions.
“I am so delighted to be returning to my liberal arts roots and joining the D&E team,” Neumann said. “The welcome I have received both from campus and the local community has truly been unparalleled, and I look forward to the creations and collaborations to come.”
Neumann recently earned her Ph.D. in theatre from The Ohio State University where she received the honor of Distinguished University Fellowship. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in theatre studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts and mathematics from Lawrence University. In addition to her formal education, Neumann has trained with SITI Company, Albany Park Theatre Project, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.
As an author, her works have been published in Youth Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal and New England Theatre Journal.
The Davis & Elkins College Theatre Arts Stage and Screen program is dedicated to creating creative, collaborative, and empowered professionals working in the performing arts. Students may choose to focus on theatre, film, education or a combination of all three. The College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts or a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre education with optional concentrations in stage and screen performance, technical theatre or musical theatre. The D&E program is Nationally Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.