(773) 442-5950
Shayne Pepper
Shayne
Pepper
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Studies and Research
Phone
(773) 442-5962
Expertise
Film and television studies, New media technologies, Gender and sexuality, Critical/cultural theory, HBO and cable television, HIV/AIDS media.
Courses Taught
CMTM 468: Seminar in New Media
CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television (Reality Television)
CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television (HBO: TV History and Theory)
CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies
CMTM 465: Mass Communication Theory
CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study
CMTM 390: NEIU Cinematheque
CMTM 380A: Television Genres
CMTM 377: Gender and Media
CMTM 373: World Cinema
CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
CMTC 300: Mediated Communication
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
Research Interests
Dr. Shayne Pepper's research agenda is at the intersection of popular media, political activism, and public service. In particular, Dr. Pepper studies how film, television, and new media technologies are used to foster political activism and affect public policy with a focus on HBO's HIV/AIDS programming.
Education

Ph.D. North Carolina State University (2011)

M.A. University of Iowa (2007)

B.A. University of New Orleans (2004)

Selected Publications

Subscribing to Governmental Rationality: HBO and the AIDS Epidemic.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 11.2 (June, 2014), 120-138.

"HBO and the Story of AIDS." Communication Currents 9.3 (June, 2014)

“Public Service Entertainment: HBO’s Interventions in Politics and Culture” in Media Interventions. Kevin Howley (ed). (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 127-142.

Beyond Netflix and TiVo: Rethinking HBO Through the Archive.” FlowTV.org, May 21, 2010

“Joanna Newsom Covers in the Blogosphere” in Visions of Joanna Newsom. Bradley W. Buchanan (ed). (Sacramento, CA: Roan Press, 2010).

Invisible Children and the Cyberactivist Spectator.” Nebula 6.4 (December, 2009), 40-55.

Background

Before earning his Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media at North Carolina State University, Dr. Pepper earned an M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Drama & Communication from the University of New Orleans. His work has appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Nebula, FlowTV, and Culture Machine. He has also contributed book chapters to several edited collections and is working on a book project on HBO’s HIV/AIDS programming.

FA 239
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5962
Office Hours
Thursdays: 5-7 p.m. and by appointment
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
Steven Apter
Steven
Apter
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5950
Expertise
Television, Video and Film Theory and Production
Courses Taught
CMTM 260: Introduction to Video Production
CMTM 160: The Art of Film and Video
Research Interests
Television and Film Theory and Criticism
Education

M.F.A., Governors State University – Independent Film and Digital Imaging

B.A., Columbia College Chicago – Television Production

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Cinema Studies

E 112
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5950
Office Hours
Monday: 6:30-7 p.m. and 9:45-10:30 p.m.
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
Katrina Bell-Jordan
Katrina
Bell-Jordan
Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5700
Expertise
Dr. Katrina Bell-Jordan’s teaching has emphasized media history and media literacy; studies in journalism and news writing; communication theory and mass communication theory; rhetorical theory and criticism; public address; and persuasion. She has additional teaching interests in cultural studies, gender studies, political communication, and popular culture.
Courses Taught
CMTM 465: Mass Communication Theory
CMTC 414: Seminar in Organizational Communication
CMTC 404: Communication Theory
CMTC 367: News Writing
CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
CMTC 322: Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
CMTC 310: Persuasion
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 165: Broadcasting and New Media
CMTM 105: Introduction to Journalism
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Dr. Katrina Bell-Jordan’s research falls within the areas of cultural studies, media studies, and rhetorical studies. More specific emphasis is on race and representation in the media; intersections of gender and race; Black feminist thought and African-American women’s communicative experiences; identity and performance in media; and the rhetoric of popular culture. Specific attention has been given to humor in stand-up comedy, political cartooning and film/television parody.
Education

Ph.D.   Ohio University, School of Interpersonal Communication (Rhetorical Studies & Media Studies)

M.A.     Ohio University, School of Interpersonal Communication (Rhetorical Studies)

B.S.J.   Ohio University, E. W. Scripps School of Journalism (News Editorial Journalism)

Selected Publications

Bell-Jordan, K. E.  (2011). Still subscribing to stereotypes: Constructions of black masculinity in popular magazines.  In M. P. Hopson, & R. L. Jackson (Eds.), Masculinity in the Black imagination: Politics of communicating race and manhood.  New York: Peter Lang Publishing.     

Bell-Jordan, K. E.  (2010). Forward.  In J. Tischauser, Anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias in American newspapers: How they reported the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah and Israeli-Hamas wars (pp. i-iv).  Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press.

Bell-Jordan, K. E. (October, 2008). Black.White and a Survivor of The Real World: Constructions of race on reality TV.  Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25(4), 353-372.

Bell-Jordan, K. E.  (December, 2007).  Speaking fluent “joke”:  Pushing the racial envelope through comedic performance on Chappelle’s ShowPerformance Research, 12(3),74-90.

Bell, K.E., Orbe, M.P., Drummond, D.K., & Camara, S.K. (Winter, 2000). Accepting the challenge of centralizing without essentializing: Black Feminist Thought and African American women’s communicative experiences. Women’s Studies in Communication, 23 (1), 41-62.

Bell, K. E. (1998).  The more they change, the more they remain the Same: Representations of African American womanhood on Living Single. In T. McDonald, & T. Ford-Ahmed (Eds.), Nature of a sistuh: Black women’s lived experiences in contemporary culture (pp. 197-222). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

BBH 158
5500 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5700
Office Hours
TBA
Main Campus
John Bliss
John
Bliss
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5975
Courses Taught
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTC 213: Interpersonal Communication
CMTC 215: Small Group Communication
CMTC 313: Communication, Gender, & Identity
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
CMTT 347: Playwriting
Research Interests
John Bliss’s creative work includes writing fiction and nonfiction books for young readers. He writes scripts for educational videos for McGraw-Hall and Pearson. He also directs for NEIU’s Stage Center Theatre.
Education

M.F.A. The University of Iowa

Selected Publications

"Time with Leo"

"Designer Babies"

"Art That Moves: Animation Around the World"

Selected Performances

Directed "Becky Shaw" at NEIU.

FA 234
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5975
Office Hours
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 4-5:30 p.m.
Main Campus
Melanie Bujan
Melanie
Bujan
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5928
Expertise
Public speaking, Business communication, Arts management
Courses Taught
CMTT 446: Theatre Management
CMTC 305: Writing in CMT (WIP)
CMTC 301: Nonverbal Communication
CMTT 255: Performance of Literature
CMTC 215: Small Group Communication
CMTC 213: Interpersonal Communication
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Theatre in Chicago, Human-animal communication
Education

M.A., Speech & Performing Arts, Northeastern Illinois University

B.A., Communication Arts & Sciences, Dominican University

Selected Performances

"Around the World in Eighty Days," NEIU

"Arcadia," NEIU

"The Waiting Room," NEIU

FA 231
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5928
Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:15-12:45 p.m., 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Fridays: noon-1 p.m.
Main Campus
Maura Cherney
Maura
Cherney
Assistant Professor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Studies and Research
Phone
(773) 442-5957
Courses Taught
CMTC 400: Special Topics in Communication (Communication and Emotion)
CMTC 317: Intercultural Communication
CMTC 306: Special Topics in Communication (Communication Ethics)
CMTC 300: Mediated Communication
CMTC 213: Interpersonal Communication
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Dr. Maura Cherney’s research explores the role of communication technologies in our interactions, especially in interpersonal and instructional contexts. Her most recent work focuses on how people form impressions of other people based on information found about that person online.
Education

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2018)
M.A. Illinois State University (2014)
B.A. St. Norbert College (2011)

Selected Publications

Cherney, M. R., Fetherston, M., & Johnsen, L. J. (2018). Online course student collaboration literature: A review and critique. Small Group Research, 49, 98-128. 

Fetherston, M., Cherney, M. R., & Bunton, T. E. (2018). Uncertainty, technology use, and career preparation self-efficacy. Western Journal of Communication, 82, 276-295. 

Cherney, M. R., Davis, D. C., & Metts, S. (2017). Surf’s up: Communicative aspects of online trust-building among Couchsurfing hosts. In M. Folk & S. Apostel (Eds.), Establishing and Evaluating Digital Ethos and Online Credibility. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Ruppel, E. K., Blight, M. G., Cherney, M. R., & Fylling, S. Q. (2014). An exploratory investigation of communication technologies to alleviate communicative difficulties and depression in older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 28, 600-620.

FA 233
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Department of Communication, Media and Theatre
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5957
Office Hours
Tuesday: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday 6-7 p.m.
Thursday: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Or by appointment
Main Campus
Sarah JHP Fabian
Sarah
JHP
Fabian
Assistant Professor, Managing Director of Stage Center Theatre
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5964
Expertise
Scenic Design, Scenic Painting, Scenic Construction, Properties Design, Properties Construction, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Storytelling, Toy Theatre, Puppetry, Portfolio Development, Portfolio Website Design, Lighting Design Theory, Costume Design Theory, Digital Photography
Courses Taught
CMTT 346: American Musical Theatre
CMTT 340: Set Design
CMTT 339: Advanced Theatre Practicum
CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre (The Art of Visual Storytelling)
CMTT 333: Contemporary Theatre
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
Research Interests
Theatrical Stage Design
Education

M.F.A., Northwestern University

B.A., Hope College

Background

Sarah JHP Fabian has designed and worked on over 150 theatrical stage productions throughout storefronts in Chicago and the Chicago area as well as regionally at universities and colleges in the Midwest. Her design work was exhibited at the 2012 Prague Quadrennial in the Czech Republic, and her photography was shown at the 2013 See.Me exhibition in New York. She is a company member with Two Pence Theatre Company in Chicago as its Resident Scenic and Properties Designer, and Director of Internship Programming. She also works as a freelance photographer and fine artist.

FA 232
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5964
Office Hours
Mondays: 5:30-6:30 p.m. (El Centro)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:30-3 p.m. (Main Campus)
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3-4 p.m. (Online)
El Centro
Main Campus
Adam Goldstein
Adam
Goldstein
Assistant Professor and Artistic Director of Stage Center Theatre
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5954
Courses Taught
CMTT 351: Children's Theatre Workshop (Middle & High School)
CMTT 350: Children's Theatre Workshop (Elementary School)
CMTT 345: Directing
CMTT 321: Acting 2
CMTT 240: Stagecraft
CMTT 221: Acting 1
CMTT 220: Improvisation
Research Interests
Theatre as cultural currency, theatre for social change and dialogue, the social history of musical theatre, new play development models, representation, diversity, and inclusion in storytelling, and the theatrical history of Ireland. He is in the process of proposing a new book for professional actors and students that teaches a repeatable dialect process and dynamically connects that process to the creation of character.
Education

M.F.A., Directing, Northwestern University

B.F.A., Acting, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts

Background

Adam is an accomplished director with a long history developing critically and nationally acclaimed new work. He brings credits and assistant credits at Steppenwolf, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre, CityLit, Redtwist, The Side Project, Bristol Riverside Theatre, South Bend Civic Theatre, and leading companies across Chicago and the east coast. One of Chicago’s leading voice and dialect coaches, Adam has vocally designed nearly sixty productions in Chicago with his work praised by Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune as “remarkable."

As an arts leader, Adam has helped to build, shape, and support major institutions such as Bristol Riverside Theatre, Hartford Stage Company, and William Morris Endeavor. Adam previously taught at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University before joining NEIU. In addition to his time on campus, Adam continues to serve young artists as the head of musical theatre at Actors Training Center in Wilmette. His other interests include his wife, young son, a dog and cat, baseball, golf, crossfit, and his amazing neighborhood in Evanston. MFA-Directing, Northwestern University, BFA-Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. 

FA 229
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5954
Office Hours
Mondays: 10-11 a.m.
Tuesdays: 4-5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Main Campus
NEIU logo
Ann
Hartdegen
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5971
Courses Taught
CMTT 393: Drama for Teaching and Learning
CMTT 337: Women in Playwriting
CMTT 350: Children's Theatre Workshop (Elementary School)
CMTT 351: Children's Theatre Workshop (Middle School)
CMTT 331: History of Theatre 1
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
Research Interests
Theatre
Education

M.F.A. Northwestern University

F 113
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5971
Office Hours
Fridays: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Main Campus
Rodney Higginbotham
Rodney
Higginbotham
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5961
Expertise
Theatre Directing
Courses Taught
CMTT 430: Dramatic Theory
CMTT 338: Melodrama
CMTT 345: Directing
CMTT 336: Realism and Naturalism
CMTT 332: History of Theatre 2
CMTT 331: History of Theatre 1
CMTC 301: Nonverbal Communication
CMTT 249: Makeup
CMTT 220: Improvisation
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
Research Interests
19th century theatre of the United States
Education

M.F.A. Southern Illinois University

B.A. Northeast Louisiana University

FA 236
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5961
Office Hours
On Leave (Fall 2019)
Main Campus
Leslie Hull
Leslie
Hull
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5957
Expertise
Acting, Directing, Musical Theatre, Classical Theatre, Theatre History, Improvisation, Movement, Vocal Production, Dialects, Prop Design, Makeup/Wig Design, Theatre Management, Stagecraft
Courses Taught
CMTT 339: Advanced Theatre Practicum
CMTT 338: Melodrama
CMTT 249: Makeup
CMTT 240: Stagecraft
CMTT 221: Acting 1
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Contemporary and Classical Theatre, Women in Theatre, Female Representation in Theatrical Performance and Production, Arts Integration in Education, Art Therapies, Intersectional Performance
Education

B.F.A - Theatre/Musical Theatre, University of Michigan-Flint

M.F.A - Acting, Michigan State University

Background

Leslie has been working as an Artist/Educator in the Midwest Region for over a decade. In addition to working on stage and screen and off, she works as a voice-over artist, audio book narrator, and amateur photographer. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity. Some regional theatres include Williamston Theatre, Tipping Point Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, The Henry Ford Museum, Metropolis Performing Arts, Idle Muse, Dandelion Theatre and Quest Theatre Ensemble.

F 110A
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5957
Office Hours
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and by appointment
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Main Campus
Kate Kane
Kate
Kane
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5973
Expertise
Media studies, cultural studies, women's studies
Courses Taught
CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television (Gender and Television)
CMTM 380A: Television Genres
CMTM 377: Gender and Media
CMTM 376: Television History
CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
CMTM 364A: Writing for Media - The Sitcom
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
WGS 310: Lesbian and Queer Cultures: Identities, Histories, and Resistance
ZHON 191: Honors - Introduction to the Arts
Research Interests
Television and ideologies of everyday life; mediated representations of gender, race, class, etc.; spectacles of gender ideology; representations of the body
Education

Ph.D., Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University 1992

M.A., Radio/TV/Film, Northwestern University 1985

B.A., Speech Communication, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1983

Selected Publications

 “What Puts the ‘Me’ in Media? An Umphaloskeptic Meditation on Television and Identity.” In Speaking Up and Acting Out: Women and the Media, ed. Ann Russo and Sandra Jackson. Peter Lang, Inc., 2002.

 (with Elizabeth Kelly) “In Goldilocks’ Footsteps:  Exploring the Discursive Construction of Gay Masculinity in Bear Magazines.” In Opposite Sex: Lesbians and Gay Men Writing About Each Other’s Sexuality, ed. Sara Miles and Eric Rofes. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

“The Ideology of Freshness in Feminine Hygiene Commercials.” In d’Acci, et al., eds. Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader. London: Oxford University Press, 1997.

FA 241
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5973
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 6-7 pm.
Friday: 4-5 p.m. (El Centro)
El Centro
Main Campus
G. "Max" Maxin IV
G. "Max"
Maxin
IV
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-2340
Expertise
Lighting Design, Projections Design, Scenic Design, Scenic Painting, Prop Design/Construction, Scenic Construction, Adobe Suite, Qlab, AutoCAD
Courses Taught
CMTT 348: Advanced Stagecraft
CMTT 341: Lighting Design
CMTT 339: Technical Theatre Producion
CMTT 240: Stagecraft
Research Interests
Theatrical Production Design; Digitally Integrated Media in Theatre
Education

M.F.A. Michigan State University (Production Design)

B.A. Ashland University (Scene & Lighting Design)

Background

G. "Max" Maxin IV works also a freelance theatrical designer in Chicago and is one of the co-founders of Another Door Theatre Project. Favorite design credits include: "Gypsy," "Little Women," "Cabaret," "Bare (Another Door)"; "Urinetown" (Jeff Nomination Lighting), "Three Days of Rain," "Next to Normal," (BoHo); "The Nance," "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert," "Angry Fags," "Design for Living," "The Submission," "Book of Merman" (Pride Films & Plays); "First Date" (Royal George); "Spamalot" (Nightblue); "From These Fatal Loins," "Home Before Dark" (The Ruckus), and "Story of a Story" (The Untold Story) (Underscore).

F 113
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-2340
Office Hours
Mondays: 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4 p.m.
Main Campus
Nancy McVittie
Nancy
McVittie
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5956
Expertise
Mass Media, Film and Television History, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Media Writing, Academic Writing
Courses Taught
CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies
CMTC 404: Communication Theory
CMTM 390: NEIU Cinematheque
CMTM 375: Contemporary Hispanic Cinema
CMTM 371: American Cinema (Origins-1950)
CMTM 376: Television History
CMTM 374: Special Topics in Film (Teen Movies)
CMTC 305: Writing in Communication, Media and Theatre (WIP)
CMTC 300: Mediated Communication
CMTM 205: Fundamentals of Media Writing
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Representations of Aging, American Culture, Social History of Film and Television, Comedy and Camp
Education

Ph.D. Screen Arts and Cultures, University of Michigan (2013)

M.A. Literature and Film, North Carolina State University (2008)

B.A. English and Art, Northern Illinois University (2003)

Selected Publications

"Fade to Gray: Aging in American Cinema." Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016 (co-authored with Timothy Shary)

“Sending Camp to Kids: When John Waters and Paul Rubens Brought Queer Politics to the Underage Set,” in "Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century." JoAnne C. Juett and David Jones, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010.

FA 231
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5956
Office Hours
Monday and Thursday: 5-6 p.m. or by appointment.
Main Campus
Cyndi Moran
Cyndi
Moran
Professor, Associate Chair
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5977
Courses Taught
CMTM 363: Documentary Film
CMTM 362: Video Production Workshop
CMTM 361: Digital Video Editing
CMTM 360: Advanced Video Production
CMTM 311: Fieldwork in Video Production
CMTM 260: Introduction to Video Production
CMTM 208: Media Laboratory
CMTM 109A: First Year Experience: Chicago On Video: One Pixel at a Time
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
Research Interests
Documentary film, video production and editing
Education

M.F.A. Northwestern University

Background

Cyndi Moran teaches a variety of media production courses includingIntroduction to Video Production, Advanced Video Production, and Digital Video Editingas well as cinema studies courses, such as Documentary Film and The Art of Film and Video. Her documentary work has been seen on the PBS series P.O.V., and in numerous national and international festivals. She has produced TV segments for WTTW and The Sundance Channel, and she has edited independent documentary productions, television shows, commercials, and programs for artists and not-for-profits.

FA 242
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5977
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30-3 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m.-noon
Main Campus
Seung-Hwan Mun
Seung-Hwan
Mun
Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Studies and Research
Phone
(773) 442-5868
Expertise
Dr. Seung-Hwan Mun teaches in the area of media studies, such as mass communication theory, media sociology, media law, broadcast media, new media technologies, and quantitative research methods.
Courses Taught
CMTM 465: Mass Communication Theory
CMTC 402: Seminar in Research Methods
CMTM 379: Media Law and Ethics
CMTM 378: New Media Technologies
CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 165: Broadcast and New Media
Research Interests
Dr. Seung-Hwan Mun’s research areas include media law, telecommunications policy, media history, and global media.
Education

Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

M.A. The University of Texas at Austin

B.A. Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Selected Publications

Mun, S. (2013). Reality check: Rethinking the global software piracy problem. International Telecommunications Policy Review, 20, 1-26.

Mun, S. (2013). Printing press without copyright: A historical analysis of printing and publishing in Song, China. Chinese Journal of Communication, 6, 1-23.

Mun, S. (Aug. 2011). Current trends of U.S. television market part II, 2011 Biannual Report of International Television. Strategic Programming Dept. of Seoul Broadcasting System.

Mun, S. (Jan. 2011). Current trends of U.S. television market part I, 2011 Biannual Report of International Television. Strategic Programming Dept. of Seoul Broadcasting System.

FA 235
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5868
Office Hours
Monday: 6-7 p.m.
Tuesday: 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday: 1-2 p.m.
Main Campus
Ellen O'Keefe
Ellen
O'Keefe
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5951
Courses Taught
CMTT 334: Special Topics in Theatre (Comedy in Context)
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Performance Art, Contemporary Puppetry
Education

M.A. Northeastern Illinois University

FA 238
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5951
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:25-10:40 a.m. (Main Campus) and 2:40-3 p.m. (El Centro)
El Centro
Main Campus
NEIU logo
Elizabeth
Otto-Cramer
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught
CMTT 343: Stage Management
CMTT 342: Costume Design
CMTT 340: Set Design
CMTT 339: Advanced Theatre Practicum
CMTT 242: Costume Construction
CMTT 240: Stagecraft
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
Research Interests
Theatre, Costume Design
Education

M.F.A., North Carolina School of the Arts

F 109
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
TBA
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 7-8 p.m.
Wednesday: 9-11 a.m., and by appointment
Main Campus
Robert Ritsema
Robert
Ritsema
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5951
Courses Taught
CMTM 390: NEIU Cinematheque
CMTM 374: Studies in Film - Film Genre
CMTM 374: Studies in Film - Film Authorship
CMTM 374: Studies in Film - Director: Kathryn Bigelow
CMTM 374A: The American Horror Film
CMTM 372: American Cinema (1950-Present)
CMTM 371: American Cinema (Origins-1950)
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTC 213: Interpersonal Communication
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
Research Interests
Popular culture, cinema history, and the relationship between media and social change.
Education

M.A. Boston University (1986)

FA 238
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5951
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 12:30-1:30 pm. and 3:15-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:30-7 p.m.
Main Campus
John Ross
John
Ross
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5959
Courses Taught
CMTC 319: Conflict Communication
CMTC 316: Family Communication
CMTC 315: Leadership Communication
CMTC 306: Special Topics in Communication - Science, Religion, and Communication
CMTC 306: Special Topics in Communication - Argumentation and Debate
CMTC 214: Business and Professional Communication
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
Research Interests
Theatre, Poetry, Theology, Science
Education

A.L.M. Harvard  (Dramatic Arts)

S.T.M. Boston University (Systematic Theology)

M.P.S. Loyola University Chicago (Pastoral Theology, focus in Religious Communication)

M.A. University of Illinois (Theater) 

Selected Publications

iSpeak! uSpeak! weSpeak!: An Introduction to Contemporary Public Speaking (2012) 

Goat Troubles and Other Chicago Poems (2010)

Ode To Boston Neighborhoods: The Emerald Necklace, Bunker on the Hill, and other Tanka-Cantos (2011)

Where the Designer Came From (2011)

Tao-Te-Ching: The Way of Virtue in Leadership and Life (2012)

American Haiku (2012)

Cosmotrinity (2013) 

Background

John Ross Jr. has been a faculty member in the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre since 2000. He teaches courses in public speaking, voice and diction, and human communication, and he holds a graduate degree in dramatic arts from Harvard University.

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5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5959
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday: 1-2 p.m.
Friday: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Main Campus
Edie Rubinowitz
Edie
Rubinowitz
Associate Professor and Internship Coordinator
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5976
Courses Taught
CMTC 386: Professional Experience Seminar
CMTM 367: News Writing
CMTM 366: Multimedia Storytelling
CMTM 364A: Solutions Journalism
CMTM 265: Mass Media and Society
CMTM 250: Introduction to Audio Production
CMTM 205: Fundamentals of Media Writing
CMTC 200: Theories of Communication, Media, and Theatre (WIP)
CMTM 105: Introduction to Journalism
Research Interests
Journalism, Radio broadcasting, Media writing
Education

M.P.A. Harvard University

Additional Information

Professor Edie Rubinowitz teaches a variety of media and journalism courses, including Multimedia Storytelling, Mass Media and Society and News Writing. She is a freelance journalist and worked as news reporter for several years with NPR-affiliate Chicago Public Radio where she covered urban issues such as poverty, immigration, and housing. Her work has appeared on All Things Considered,Morning EditionMarketplace and Latino USA, and she has contributed to This American Life. On the academic side, she has presented at the National Communication Association and has written for the online Journal of Media Education.

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5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5976
Office Hours
Tuesday: 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Except online on the first Wednesday of the month)
Thursday: 11 a.m.-noon
Main Campus
Matthew Sage
Matthew
Sage
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5957
Expertise
Creative and Academic Writing, New Media, Audio and Video, Social Media, Pop Culture, Poetry, Fine Arts, Self-Publishing
Courses Taught
CMTM 366: Multimedia Storytelling
CMTC 305: Writing in CMT (WIP)
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
Research Interests
American Cinema, New Media, Human Experience and Digital Mediation, Publishing and Small Press Culture, Fine Arts, Poetics, Counter Culture
Education

M.F.A. - Writing - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

B.A. - Creative Writing (Poetry) - Colorado State University

Background

Professor Matthew Sage is a multimodal artist who has worked across many genres and forms; from writing poems for Rocky Mountain National Park, to collaborating as a musician and sound designer with acclaimed performance artist Pope.L at the Art Institute of Chicago, to operating an internationally acclaimed private press record label out of his basement for nearly a decade. Sage makes work interested in exploring how historical forms interact with modern technology. Schooled in classical poetry, Sage transmits his interests in fine arts and classical historicism into new technological manifolds. He has performed at the MOMAPS1 in New York, and has worked extensively with the Art Institute of Chicago as a performer and graduate ambassador. 

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5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5957
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday 10-11 a.m. (Main Campus)
Friday: 9-9:50 a.m. (El Centro)
El Centro
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
Dan Wirth
Dan
Wirth
Instructor
Communication, Media and Theatre
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5974
Expertise
Professor Wirth has a wealth of experience as a professional actor and director.
Courses Taught
CMTT 393: Drama for Teaching and Learning
CMTT 351: Children's Theatre Workshop - Middle and High School
CMTT 350: Children's Theatre Workshop - Elementary School
CMTT 359: Experimental Theatre
CMTT 334: Studies in Drama - Comedy of Menace
CMTT 332: Theatre History 2
CMTT 346: American Musical Theatre
CMTT 255: Performance of Literature
CMTT 221: Acting 1
CMTT 203: Voice for the Stage
CMTC 202: Voice and Diction
CMTM 160: Introduction to Cinema
CMTT 130: Introduction to Theatre
CMTC 101: Public Speaking
CMTC 100: Introduction to Communication
Research Interests
Experimental Theatre, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, William Shakespeare
Education

M.F.A. University of California, San Diego

B.S. Central Michigan University

Selected Performances

Most recently directed "Episode 26" (Spring '18) and "End Days" (Spring '17) at NEIU and reprised the role of Dave in "Lounging" at the Filament Theatre in Chicago (Summer '16). 

Background

Dan Wirth toured throughout the United States with The Acting Company. In New York City, he performed at the Public Theatre, the Harold Clurman Theatre, the 18th Street Playhouse, the Lamb’s Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, The American Place Theatre, and the Actor’s and Director’s Lab (AKA the Samuel Beckett Theatre.) In Europe, he performed at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Regionally, he appeared at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and the Utah and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals. He performed in plays directed by Alan Schneider, Joseph Papp, Michael Langham, Liviu Ciulei, Garland Wright, Jerry Turner, and Sharon Ott, and appeared on-stage with James Cromwell, J. T. Walsh, Jimmy Smits, Jamey Sheridan, Bob Gunton, Diane Venora, Kathleen Widdoes, David Warrilow, Alvin Epstein, Leigh Taylor-Young, Margaret Reed, Howard Korder, Wayne Knight, and Jeff Daniels. In Chicago, Dan most recently appeared in "Lounging" at both the Raven Theatre and the Filament Theatre. He was a Chicago Cub in the film "Rookie of the Year." Dan has directed for seven Chicago area theatre companies, most recently directing "The Merry Wives of Windsor" for Fury Theatre.

An award winning playwright, Dan’s play Used Carlotta won new play contests at the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C. and the New American Comedy Festival in Ukiah, California, and was produced each time. It was also a finalist in the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill Theater Center. His play "Urban Renovator Blues" was chosen by The Cleveland Public Theatre as part of their Eighth Festival of New Plays. In Chicago, his production of the play was featured at Cabaret Voltaire. His 10-minute play "Smell the Coffee" was featured at Chicago Dramatists and "Shed" was featured in NEIU’s recent Nuevas Voces Play Festival. Dan is also a published poet and a filmmaker.

At NEIU he has directed fifteen main stage plays, four Children’s Theatre productions, and eight Summer Transition Program Drama Workshops. He appeared on stage here as a very large Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest." He has also taught theatre and communication courses at Dominican University, Harper College, Daley College, Barat College, Lake Forest College, Wright College, and Oakton Community College. He has an M.F.A. from The University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. from Central Michigan University.

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5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5974
Office Hours
Monday and Wednesday: 1-2 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.
Friday: 3:05-4:05 p.m.
Main Campus