Theatre Arts Area Faculty and Staff
Shirley Basfield Dunlap-Coordinator of Theatre Arts
Ryan Scott Yuille-Administrative Staff Technician
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!
Phillip Royston Burgess Born in West Baltimore, Phillip is elated about making his collegiate directorial debut at Morgan. Phillip took his first college level theatre class at Morgan in the old Murphy in 1984. Phillip later matriculated to the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro where he obtained his BFA in acting. Soon after, he attended Illinois State University in Normal, IL where he earned his MFA. Phillip's favorite roles while performing on stage have been, Reverend Avery in August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, Elesin Oba in Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman as well as Jim in Big River. Phillip has appeared on film and television. His most notable role on tv to date being the Security Guard on the critically acclaimed HBO show The Wire. Phillip's greatest achievement in life has been the marriage to his college sweetheart Carla which produced two of the biggest blessings he ever received, his daughter Cala Raven and son Parker Rasheed. Phillip would be remiss if he did not thank his mother Dorothy as well as his father Plummer (R.I.P.) for giving him life. Phillip is grateful to God for this opportunity to be a part of taking Theatre Morgan to the next level.
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 Myth, T-Bone and Weasel, Big Momma ‘n Em, Shakin’ the Mess Outta Misery, The 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.