Graduate Students in Residence


Courtney Boches is a first year PhD student in the Department of Theatre and Film at BGSU. For the past three years, she was an adjunct professor and the wardrobe supervisor in the theatre department at Arcadia University and has guest lectured at Penn State Abington and Delaware Valley Community College. Courtney is a professional costume designer and director, working primarily in non-profit and educational theatre, and is an actor as time permits. As a writer, she has presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular American Culture Association conference, had a reading of her first play at the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, and had work published at and The Sartorial Geek. Her research interests include musical theatre, intersections of theatre with television/film, science fiction, and fandom studies. Courtney holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University and a BS in Television-Radio from Ithaca College.


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.

Cody Page is a PhD candidate, originally from Annville, Pennsylvania.  Currently, he is teaching THFM 1910: Script Analysis, and serves the department as the Publicity and Social Media Graduate Assistant.  His dissertation project: "Toward the Horizon: Contemporary Queer Theatre as a Utopic Activism," explores queer theatrical works that deploy dramaturgies and pedagogies of theatre for social change and argues that these pieces hold the potential to lead audiences towards conceptualization of utopia, as theorized by Jill Dolan and Jose Esteban Munoz.  In addition to his scholarly endeavors, Cody is a director with interests in devised and applied theatre, and theatre for social change.  His research centers on queer representation and theatre while also investigating the intersections of popular culture and fandom studies.

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.


Mahmoud Abusultan is a graduate theatre student in the Department of Theatre and Film.  He completed his undergraduate studies in English Literature at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, Palestine.  After receiving his formal college education, Mahmoud worked with multiple local and international institutes on a number of theatre-related projects.  His research interests include Shakespearean Drama, Middle-Eastern Theatre, Directing Practice, Classical Mythology and Tragedy, Palestinian Theatre, and Politics in Theatre and Drama.


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