Dr. Shirley Basfield-Dunlap (R.I.P)

Associate Professor & Coordinator of Theatre Arts

Dr. Shirley Basfield Dunlap, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Theatre Arts, is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), an independent national labor union representing theatrical directors and choreographers, and The National Theatre Conference, distinguished members of the American theatre community. She holds the position as Coordinator of Theatre Arts and Associate Professor of Fine and Performing Arts at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her dissertation for a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was noted as ‘ground-breaking research' on "The Oral History Project of African American Stage Directors of American Theatre." Presently, she is continuing this research towards a book. Dunlap has been an Associate Professor at Iowa State and Towson Universities (Maryland). As a member of SDC she has directed in regional theatres which include Milwaukee Rep, Madison Rep, Dallas Theatre Center, Delaware Theatre Company, The Human Race Theatre (Dayton, Ohio), Buffalo Studio Arena, The Hippodrome Theatre (Gainesville, Florida), and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (Baltimore, Maryland). Dr. Basfield Dunlap was a 2018 Broadway World Best Director of a Play Regional Award finalist for her direction of Red Velvet at the Baltimore Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore, Maryland. She was invited by Intercult of Sweden, an initiator and leader of collaborative culture projects, to facilitate a workshop on American and Nordic women writers. There she spoke on Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf and Spell #7. Dr. Basfield Dunlap has directed for colored girls with women of the African diaspora for New Nordic Voices, Denmark's first global theatre/artistic organization, for a 2019 tour to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Austria.

Even though she has directed award winner Ossie Davis, Sesame Street's favorite dad Roscoe Orman, Broadway's king (Mufasa of The Lion King) Alton Fitzgerald White, and Tony Award winner Melba Moore, her favorite productions are ...Stacie and Wesley Dunlap!

Dr. Shirley Basfield Dunlap, , returned 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. 

Dr. 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. Dr. Dunlap is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Her favorite productions are her children, Stacie and Wesley Dunlap.

reggie phoenix

Mr. Reggie Phoenix

Associate Professor

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 213G



Reggie Phoenix, a native New Yorker, is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Morgan State. He received his B.A. in Theater Arts from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN and an MFA in Acting/Directing from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. Previously he was Coordinator of the B.A. Theatre program at Salve Regina University and Director of Acting at Metropolitan State University. He has been a professional theatre artist for over three decades. He has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in National and International tours, and regional theaters all over the country. He has worked with multiple Tony Award winning directors Michael Bennett (A Chorus Line-Broadway and 6 national tours, Dreamgirls- National tour), Tommy Tune (Grand Hotel- First national tour), Hal Prince and Susan Stroman (Show Boat- First national tour) among many others. Favorite directing credits include The Elephant Man, The Fantasticks, Beast on the Moon, Spring Awakening, Doubt, Antigone and RENT among many others.

Jan Short-Lecturer

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214D



Jan 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.

J.R. Schoyer

Faculty &Technical Director for Fine and Performing Arts

Murphy Fine Arts Center, Room 214




(443) 885-3625


Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center

2201 Argonne Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218