Sheila Tabaka from Southwest Minnesota State University
Jay Edelnant from University of Northern Iowa
Faculty - Tory Depew from University of Central Missouri
Graduate Student - Aaron Scully from University of Missouri
Cory Johnson from St. Ambrose University
The Writing for Performance Program at University of Missouri
As an actress and current company member of the The Curtainbox Theatre she has been seen as Virginia in Three Viewings, Aunt Julia in Hedda Gabler, and as Virginia in W;t (under the direction of Broadway director, Phil McKinley). She has also performed at Riverside Theatre in Iowa City and numerous times at Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse. Cory will be playing the Duchess of York in Richard III this spring.
Favorite directing experiences include: Private Lives, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pippin, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Tempest, and the world premiere of former student Seth Kaltwasser’s play, TUG: This Untoward Generation at Festival Theatre. This summer she will serve as Associate Artistic Director in the debut season of The Mississippi Bend Players (MBP), a new summer stock based in Rock Island, IL .
She lives in Davenport with her very patient and understanding husband, Don and their two ill-behaved dogs.
In 1998, David Crespy founded MU's Writing for Performance program and has served as its co-director with Dr. Heather Carver since 2000. Over the past two decades, Dr. Crespy has served as founder and artistic director of the Missouri Playwrights Workshop and the Mizzou New Play Series, both important opportunities for University of Missouri playwrights and the continued development of scripts. They are an integral part of the MU new play development process, which begins in the writing for performance courses, develops in Tuesday night workshop readings, initially becomes staged in the New Play Series and comes to fruition as full mainstage productions of new work.
Numerous MU Theatre students have written plays that have received awards from KCACTF over the years. Recent MU Theatre student original plays performed at the Region 5 festival include Nights on A Couch by Matt Fotis, directed by Noah Lelek in 2012, The Lost Slipper by Amanda Newman, directed by Carrie Winship in 2013, and Sleeping With Hitler by Aaron Scully, directed by Professor Jon Drtina in 2015.