Theatre Department Chair; Professor of Theatre
Monday, Wednesday 11:00 am-12:00 noon, 2:30-3:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday 10:00 am-12:00 noon
Dr. Smith came to Truman State University in the fall of 1999 after three years teaching at Doane College in Crete, NE. She worked as a professional actor, journalist, writer, and radio announcer prior to graduate studies. She received her MA in 1991 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and her Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Oregon, Eugene. She also studied at the Moscow Art Theatre School (The O’Neill Center’s Moscow Semester), where she conducted research toward her dissertation, “Defining Freedom: Moscow Theatre and Drama, 1985-1991.”
Dana is a Practitioner of Lessac Kinesensics: Voice and Body Wisdom. She is currently pursuing trainer certification as well as certification in the Alexander Technique. She was certified as an NLP Practitioner (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) in 1997 and trained in the Viewpoints and Suzuki methods in 2000 with the SITI Company (Saratoga International Theatre Institute), under the direction of Anne Bogart.
Dana’s professional credits as an actor and director include work at the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, The PlayRoom, Murray’s Dinner Playhouse, and she was a resident actor for three years with the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre. Her directing credits at Truman include: Tartuffe, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, White as Snow, Red As Blood, Taming of the Shrew, A Christmas Carol, and a devised work, Just a Word: the Genocide Project. Dana’s current project is the Fall 2011 production of Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play. She is interested in Theatre-Across-the-Curriculum, and conducted the Staged Reading Series—eight plays during the 2008-2009 season, part of THEA 481 (Advanced Studies & Projects). Participating students also brought various scenes into classrooms across campus.
Dana has been involved in ACTF for 20 years, and is a member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Theatre Communications Group, the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers, and she is the founder of the Northeast Missouri Playwrights Workshop. Dana teaches Introduction to Theatre, Lyric Performance, Voice & Movement, plus Theatre History & Literature courses in rotation with colleagues.