R Cliff Thompson, Ph.D., M.F.A.
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Avid fan of Neil Stephenson, Orson Scott Card, Lev Grossman, Paul Hoffman, and "disruptive" digital tech. Coffee a must.
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- B.A. Theatre, Harding University, 1982.
- M.F.A. Directing, University of Memphis, 1986.
- Ph.D. Educational Leadership: Higher Education, University of Mississippi, 1999.
- Monday - 8:30am - 9:20am; 11:00pm - 12:00pm
- Tuesday - 11:15am - 12:00pm
- Wednesday - 8:30am - 9:20am; 11:15am - 12:00pm
- Thursday - 11:15am - 12:00pm
- Friday - 11:15am - 12:00pm
- Intro to Theatre
MWF - 9:30am-10:20am
- Period Styles of Acting
MW - 1:30pm-2:50pm
- Acting I
TR - 9am-10:20am
- Theatre Movement
TR - 1pm-2:20pm
R. Cliff Thompson serves the university as director of theatre. After completing his M.F.A. at the University of Memphis, Thompson worked professionally in the Memphis theatre community. He then taught college theatre classes for 8 years in north Mississippi before coming to FHU. Favorite directing credits include “The Miracle Worker,” "Macbeth," “Little Shop of Horrors,” "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," “Into the Woods,” “Smash!,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Seagull,” and “Scotland Road.” Acting credits include the Baker in "Into the Woods" and David in "God's Favorite."
He has led groups of students to NYC since 1998. In 2004, Thompson spent the summer working for the Abingdon Theatre, an Off-Broadway theatre in Manhattan’s Garment District. He’s married to Sherry Thompson and is proud of his three children, Robert, Becky and Jon Michael. His long-term goal is to learn to play the accordion, but he’ll settle for a fine set of bagpipes.
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Ph.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education
1999, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS
Coursework: Leadership Theory, Higher Education History, Student Services, Assessment, Organizational Systems
M.F.A. in Directing
1986, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
Coursework: Narrative Theatre, Acting Techniques for stage and screen (Adler, Meisner), Directing, Playwrighting
B.A. in Theatre
1982, Harding University, Searcy, AR
1996-present, Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN
Courses Taught: Introduction to Theatre, Acting I, Acting II, Period Styles of Acting, Acting for the Camera, Voice and Articulation, Theatre Movement, History I and II, Directing, Theatre and the Christian, New York Theatre Survey, London Theatre Survey, Playwrighting, Audition Technique
1996-1988, Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS
Courses Taught: Public Speaking, Oral Interpretation, Voice and Articulation, Directing, Acting, History of Theatre, Theatre and the Christian, Play Production
Professional Theatre in New York -- Internship
Summer 2004, Abingdon Theatre, New York City
Worked as technical assistant, audition assistant and play reader for Off-Broadway theatre and directed a "first reading" of the play "Critical Mass."
"Dinner with Friends" Masterplots Drama II, Salem Press, pub. 2002.
"Donald Margulies" Cyclopedia of Drama, Salem Press, pub. 2002.
"Tina Howe" Cyclopedia of Drama, Salem Press, pub 2002.
The following was provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission.
Performing Arts Resources
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Disruptive Tech in the Classroom
According to PC World "Often, even great new technology needs a partner to really change the world." I think Web 2.0 and innovative educators make great partners.
Here are a few resources that help to make that possible:
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