Graduate Students in Residence

Ph.D.

Mohamadreza Babaee is a PhD candidate. Originally from Tehran, Iran, he currently serves as treasurer of the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. He is a Teaching Associate for the Department of Theatre and Film, and Course Coordinator for THFM 2020: Performance in Life and on Stage. Mohamadreza’s research interests include Middle Eastern studies, migration studies, critical race theory, queer of color critique, Marxism, and theatre historiography.

Dan Cullen is a 1st year PhD student, originally from Woodbridge, VA. He serves as secretary for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization and as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Theatre and Film scene shop. His research interests include actor training for the postmodern theatre, as well as plays with dystopian narratives and their impact after 9/11.

Patrick Felton is a 1st year PhD student. Originally from St. Albans, WV, Patrick is representative-at-large for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization and serves on the Elsewhere season selection committee. He also works as a graduate assistant in the Department of Theatre and Film scene shop. His research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, aesthetic sexuality in performance, undoing privilege in performance curation, the performance of identity in digital media.

Rebecca Hammonds is a PhD candidate. She is originally from Oroville, CA. In addition to working as a graduate assistant in the costume shop for the Department of Theatre and Film, she serves as vice president of the Graduate Student Theatre Association and as a Graduate Student Ambassador for the Graduate College. Her research interests include women in musical theatre, race and gender, theatre and religion, pedagogy, and performance studies.

Justin Hopper is a 2nd year PhD student. Originally from Gilbert, AZ, Justin currently serves as president of the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. For the Department of Theatre and Film, Justin serves as a Teaching Associate in THFM 2020: Performance in Life and on Stage, and as a Teaching Assistant in THFM 2410: Acing Principles. His research interests include alternative forms of spectatorship, immersive theatre in the United States, and European theatre after commedia dell’arte.

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 1st year PhD student, originally from Charlotte, NC. In the Department of Theatre and Film, he serves as a member of the season selection committee, and as a graduate assistant in the scene shop shop. His research interests are in classical theatre, Shakespeare, and the influence of pre-twentieth century theatre on twentieth century popular culture.

Alesa McGregor is a PhD candidate. Originally from Lindale, TX, she serves as House Manager and as a Graduate Assistant in the costume shop for the Department of Theatre and Film. Her research investigates representations of female monstrosity in contemporary theatrical performance. Additional research interests include film studies, autoethnography, and memory studies.

Cody Page is a 2nd year PhD student. Originally from Annville, PA, he is currently a graduate assistant in the costume shop for the Department of Theatre and Film. He also serves as the social chair for the Graduate Student Theatre Organization. His research interests include LGBT theatre; devised theatre; musical theatre; and the intersections of theatre, popular culture, and fandom.

Leesi Patrick is a 2nd year PhD student. Her research interests are in postcolonial theory, theatre and performance history, intercultural theatre, musical theatre, theatre management, and African and African American theatre. She currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for THFM 3480: Theatre History and Literature.

Daniel Ricken is a PhD candidate. He is originally from Long Island, New York. He is President of the Graduate Student Senate at BGSU and a Teaching Associate in THFM 1410: The Theatre Experience and THFM 2020: Performance in Life and on Stage. His research interests are in masculinity studies, musical theatre, religion in theatre, queer studies, and directing.

Dennis Sloan is a PhD candidate. He is originally from Dallas, TX. He currently serves as a Graduate Student Senator representing the Department of Theatre and Film, and as a Teaching Associate in THFM 1910: Script Analysis. His research interests include race and identity performance, actor training, the Chicano theatre movement, the Federal Theatre Project, and musical theatre. 

M.A.

Phoenix Jacob is a 2nd year MA student originally from Washington, DC. He currently serves as a Graduate Student Senator, as a representative to Department of Theatre and Film faculty meetings, and as a member of the Department of Theatre and Film’s season selection committee. He is a graduate assistant in the scene shop, the costume shop, and stage management. His research interests include trans theatre, reclaiming Shakespeare, dramaturgical stage management, and stage management pedagogy.