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Shirley Basfield Dunlap-Coordinator of Theatre Arts: Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 213A, 443-885-3128, 

Phillip Burgess-Lecturer: Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 213G, 443-885-4304,

Janice Short-Lecturer: Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214D, 443-885-3665,

Cheryl J. Williams-Administrative Staff Technician/Production Manager:

Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts returns to Morgan State University after being an Associate Professor of Theatre at Iowa State University and Towson University. She has professionally directed August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play FENCES. At Madison Repertory Theatre, featuring in the role of Troy Maxson, Roscoe Orman (who plays Gordon on the long running children's television show Sesame Street). Mr. Orman played the role of Gabe in FENCES on Broadway. She has directed the story of singer Alberta Hunter, COOKIN' AT THE COOKERY, at the Herberger Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona and Pearl Cleage's FLYIN' WEST. Tony Award winner Melba Moore starred in two of the six productions of Dr. Endesha Ida Mae Holland's FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA which Ms. Dunlap has directed at regional theatres throughout the country including Milwaukee and Madison Repertory Theatre. Her production of HAVING OUR SAY: THE DELANY SISTERS' FIRST 100 YEARS originated at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre before moving to Studio Arena in Buffalo, New York, The Dallas Center Theater and Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, DE. Also at Buffalo's Studio Arena, Ms. Dunlap directed John Henry Redwood's THE OLD SETTLER. Ms. Dunlap directed the late Ossie Davis in SPEAK TO US OF CHILDREN in Baltimore, MD. Her work has also been seen at The Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio, The Hippodrome State Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center to name but a few. Directing credits also include OAK AND IVY (the life of Paul Laurence Dunbar), MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM, FORTINBRAS, THE MEDEA MYTH, and SHIRLEY VALENTINE. She directed A RAISIN IN THE SUN with Daughters of the Dust (film) Cheryl Lynn Bruce at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign in Spring, 2004 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Bd of Education. 

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, Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling, the stage reading of Joanne Braxton's Crossing a Deep River, and the stage reading of Dwight R.B. Cook's A Prayer. 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.


Cheryl J. Williams, Administrative Staff Technician/Production Manager