Current Graduate Students

Ph.D.

Leesi P. Akubue is a 1st year PhD student. She is originally from Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a Teaching Associate in the Department of Theatre and Film, where she also works as a Graduate Assistant in the costume shop. Additionally, she is Representative-at-Large for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. Her research interests are in intercultural theatre, post-colonialism, and interrogating the language of performance. Her expected graduation year is 2020.

Mohamadreza Babaee is a 2nd year PhD student. Originally from Tehran, Iran, he currently serves as Vice President of the Graduate Student Theatre Organization, and as a Teaching Associate for the Department of Theatre and Film. Mohamadreza’s research interests include performance studies, theatre historiography, queer studies, ethnography, and security studies. His expected graduation year is 2020.

Hyecun Ceon is a 4th year PhD student. She is originally from Seoul, Korea and serves as adjunct faculty in the Asian Studies Program. Her research explores theatre works and performances by Korean Americans. Her expected graduation year is 2019.

Rebecca Hammonds is a 3rd year PhD student. She is originally from Oroville, CA. She serves as course coordinator and Graduate Teaching Associate for THFM 2020 for the department and as Treasurer for the Graduate Student Theatre Association. Her research interests include the gender performance of literary and scholarly women characters in musicals, dramaturgy and adaptation, feminist studies, performance studies, and the intersection of theatre and Christianity. Her expected graduation year is 2019. 

Justin Hopper is a 1st year PhD student. Originally from Gilbert, AZ, Justin currently serves as Secretary of the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. For the Department of Theatre and Film, Justin serves as a Teaching Associate and as a Graduate Assistant in the scene shop. His expected graduation year is 2021.

Seung-A (Liz) Lee is a 3rd year PhD student. She is originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea. For the Department of Theatre and Film, she serves as a Graduate Student Senator, as a Teaching Associate, and as a Graduate Assistant in the costume shop. She is also a member of the social committee for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. Her research interests include Shakespeare studies; classical theatre and contemporary theatre studies; adaptation and representation in TV, film, and stage performance; cultural reception; gender studies; queer studies; psychoanalytic studies; and performance history. Her expected graduation year is 2019.

Alesa McGregor is a 3rd year PhD Student. Originally from Lindale, TX, she serves as a Teaching Associate and as a member of the season selection committee for the Department of Theatre and Film. She is also a member of the social committee for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. Her research investigates representations of female monstrosity in contemporary theatrical performance. Additional research interests include film studies and autoethnography and memory studies. Her expected graduation is Spring 2018.

Cody Page is a 1st year PhD Student. Originally from Annville, PA, he is currently a Teaching Associate and a Graduate Assistant in the scene shop for the Department of Theatre and Film. He also serves on the selection committee for the department’s Elsewhere season. His expected graduation year is 2021.

Daniel Ricken is a 2nd year PhD student. He is originally from Long Island, New York. He is Vice President of the Graduate Student Senate at BGSU, a Teaching Associate for the Department of Theatre and Film, and a member of the social committee for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. His research interests are in masculinity, directing, Judaism, musical theatre, sexuality, and reality television. His expected graduation year is 2020.

Dennis Sloan is a 2nd year PhD student. He is originally from Dallas, TX. He currently serves as president of the Graduate Student Theatre Organization, as a Graduate Student Ambassador for the Graduate College, and as a Graduate Teaching Associate for the Department of Theatre and Film. His research interests include race and identity performance, actor training, and musical theatre. He is a 2017 recipient of the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence. His expected graduation year is 2020.

M.A.

Robert Barnett is a 1st year MA student. He is originally from Defiance, OH. His research interests include design, directing, and theatre for young audiences. His expected graduation year is 2018.

Trey DelPo is a 1st year MA Student. Originally from Annapolis, MD, he is a Graduate Assistant in the scene shop for the Department of Theatre and Film. His research interests include directing and political messaging on the stage. His expected graduation year is 2019.

Jordan Hurst is a 1st year MA student. She is originally from Chicago, IL. She is a member of the season selection committee and works as a Graduate Assistant in the costume shop. Her research interest is in the role of race in all aspects of theatre. Her expected graduation year is 2019.

Minwoo Park is a 1st year MA student. Originally from Gwacheon, Republic of Korea, she is a Graduate Assistant in the costume shop for the Department of Theatre and Film. Her research interests are in theatre historiography and Theatre of the Oppressed. Her expected graduation year is 2018.