Graduate Students in Residence


Mahmoud Abusultan graduated with a B.A. in English from Al-Azhar University - Gaza in 2015 before joining the Fulbright Foreign Student Program in 2019 and receiving an M.A. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in 2021.  He came into the Ph.D. in Theatre program to continue his urgent research on Palestinian theatre and performance culture, as well as to prepare himself for a future career as an academic/professor.

Dan Cullen is a 2nd year PhD student. Originally from Washington, D.C., Dan serves as the president of GuSTO, a Graduate Student Ambassador, and was the recipient of the 2019 Charles E. Shanklin Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research. Additionally, he serves as a Teaching Associate for THFM 2020: Performance in Life and On-Stage. His research interests include actor training, postmodernism, and non-realistic theatre styles.

P.A. Felton (They Them Theirs) is a 3rd year PhD student. Originally from St. Albans, WV, PA is the PhD representative to the Graduate Student Senate.  PA teaches THFM 2020 Performance in Life and On Stage.  Their research interests include digital performance studies, the intersection of public and private, and podcasting as a performance medium.

Justin Hopper is a 4th year PhD student.  For the Fall 2020 semester, Justin is the Teaching Assistant for THFM 3470. His research interests include commedia dell’arte, interactive theatrical forms, and representations of the family unit in dramatic literature.  His dissertation research examines staged representations of "Roland" throughout history using queer theory for contemporary analysis.

Seung-A (Liz) Lee is a 4th year PhD student. She is originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea. Her research interests include Shakespeare adaptation, theatre history and criticism, classical drama, sexuality, and gender.

David Loehr is a 2nd year PhD student. Originally from Charlotte, NC, David serves as a teaching associate for THFM 1910: Script Analysis. His research interests include Shakespeare and other pre-20th Century theatre forms.  David received a certificate of merit from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his performance as Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Nasir Malekijoo is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Theater and Film at BGSU.  He completed his MFA studies at Bauhaus Universitat Weimer, Germany.  He is also a graduate of "drama studies" from IAU Central Tehran Branch.  After graduation, he started to create a variety of plays with an eclectic approach towards "experimental theater".  As a writer, director, set and costume designer, and actor, he tries to protray a unified monolithic world that is defined and developed by his own individual mindset.  His tendency to visual arts has made him inclined to a particular type of dramatic art which is called "visual theater".  His research interests include avantgarde and post-dramatic theater, conceptual art, experimental and postmodernist film, as well as performance in the Twenty-First century.

Leesi Patrick is a PhD student.  She is the current treasurer of the Graduate Student Organization of the Department of Theatre & Film (GuSTO).  Her dissertation explores and documents the process of Musical Theatre in Nigeria. Her research interests include Musical Theatre, Postcolonial theory, Theatre and Performance history, Intercultural theatre, Theatre management, and African and African American theatre.  She is one of the teaching associates for THFM 2020: Performance in Life and on Stage, and also serves as the Box Office Manager for the Wolfe Center.


Mikayla is a first 1st year Master's student.