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Jeanne Tiehen

Dr. Jeanne Tiehen is an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department and is the director of the theatre program. She teaches theatre courses that focus on acting, directing, and script analysis. She also directs theatre productions at Wayne State College, including "The Jungle Book" and "Frankenstein." 


Ph.D. 2017 – University of Kansas, Theatre Studies

M.A. 2012 – University of Kansas, Theatre Studies

B.F.A. 2005 – Creighton University, Theatre Performance

Academic Interests

Dr. Tiehen’s research areas include science plays, dramatic theory, performance, and comparative play analysis. Her dissertation, “Time is of the Essence: The Centrality of Time in Science Plays and the Cultural Implications,” explores representations of time in several science plays, arguing that theatre uniquely demonstrates the cultural relationship between science and time. Her article “Climate Change and the Inescapable Present” was published in Performance Philosophy in 2018, and her other work has appeared in Texas Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, SDC Journal, and The Popular Culture Studies Journal.

Dr. Tiehen has presented her work at several conferences, including the American Society for Theatre Research conference, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, and National Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference. She also had an original play, "Anniversary," appear in the PARAGON Theatre Festival at the Otherworld Theatre in Chicago. At the University of Kansas, she served as managing editor for the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism for two years.