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!
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 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.