Drama/Theatre Office Faculty and Staff

The Drama/Theatre Office offers continuous support and help to the students regarding their academic needs. Along with the Faculty members, two student employees - the Peer Learning Assistant and the Resource Librarian - provide academic advice on course scheduling and production work, and can help you locate the right resources for your project in our Resource Library.

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Despoina Giapoudzi

Director of Drama/Theatre

M.A., Performance Design & Practice, University of the Arts London - Central Saint Martins, 2019 B.S., Humanities & Arts; Concentration in Drama/Theatre, summa cum laude, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2016 B.S., Architectural Engineering, summa cum laude, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2016 Despoina accidentally discovered theatre at the age of 9 when the art class was full, and she has never looked back since. She has experience in Acting, Directing, Scenography and Playwriting, and has produced original and preexisting theatrical work in the US, UK, Italy and Greece. Despoina's main research interests lie in Theatre and Education, Theatre as a form of activism, Site-specific/site-responsive performances, and collective work. Despoina is currently teaching Introduction to Drama, American Drama, Forms in Modern Drama, Forms in World Drama, and advising student projects (practicums, ISUs, minors, majors).

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Patrick Crowe

Technical Director of Drama/Theatre

Patrick Crowe is Technical Director of Theatre and lecture for Humanities and Arts Department. He has worked professionally in the Mechanical Engineer fields and theatrical world focusing on scenic construction. He manages all department theatrical spaces and oversees safety policies for the program.

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Kathryn Moncrief

Department Head of Humanities & Arts

Kathryn M. Moncrief is Paris Fletcher Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Head of Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. She was previously Professor and Chair of English at Washington College, in Chestertown, MD where she taught courses in Shakespeare, Milton, and early modern literature and culture and received the Washington College Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching. She serves as co-editor of the Shakespeare Life and Times section of the Internet Shakespeare Editions and has published widely on Shakespeare and performance. She is co-editor of Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage and Classroom in Early Modern Drama (with Kathryn McPherson and Sarah Enloe); Performing Pedagogy in Early Modern England: Gender, Instruction and Performance; and Performing Maternity in Early Modern England (both with Kathryn McPherson). She is the author of articles published in book collections and journals, including Literary Cultures and the Child, Shaping Shakespeare for Performance, Metaliterary in Practice, Gender and Early Modern Constructions of Childhood, and Renaissance Quarterly.

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Steve Taylor

Professor of Leadership & Creativity

Steve Taylor is a playwright, whose plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, and the United States. He is also a professor of leadership and creativity in the WPI Foisie Business School. His research is focused in two areas: organizational aesthetics and reflective practice. The former applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. The latter focuses on the ability to analyze our own actions and learn how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. Taylor is the author of the books: Leadership Craft, Leadership Art; You’re a Genius: Using Reflective Practice to Master the Craft of Leadership; and most recently Staging organization: plays as critical commentaries on workplace life, which is a collection of his plays. He is also the founding editor of the journal Organizational Aesthetics. He received a PhD in management from Boston College; an MA in performing arts from Emerson College; and a BS in humanities from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Laura Eckelman

Associate Teaching Professor of Theatre

Laura J. Eckelman is a theatrical lighting designer, production manager, and educator. She has worked professionally with theater companies, schools, and other institutions across the country, including Yale Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, Theater J, Keegan Theater, Triad Stage, The Welders, Perseverance Theatre, the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, Capital Fringe, the New York Urban Theatre Festival, PTP NYC, the Byrdliffe Arts Festival, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, University of the Incarnate Word, Connecticut College, the Bard College Vocal Arts Program, and many others. Laura comes to WPI from Washington College, where she was chair, associate professor, production manager, and resident designer in the Department of Theatre & Dance. She is a proud alumna of Middlebury College and Yale School of Drama, and was a 2012 recipient of the S&R Washington Award. laurajeckelman.com

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Katie Doucette

Peer Learning Assistant

I am a Chemical Engineering major with a Theatre minor. My favorite show that I worked on was when I directed LOVE/SICK in A20! Though most of my extracurricular time is spent in theatre, I am also the Music Director of Ketones A Cappella, and am a Community Advisor!

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Jenna Charron

Resource Librarian

I am an Electrical and Computer Engineering major with a Theatre and Business minor. My favorite show I have worked on is Lighting Designing for Cabaret my freshman year! Outside of theatre, I like to dance with the WPI Step Team!

Contact gr-dtoffice@wpi.edu with any questions or come to office hours listed in Academic Resources.