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Communication and Theatre

Communication and Theatre

Learn the art and science of sharing ideas in fresh and creative ways in the Communication and Theatre Department. Whether you envision a career on a theatre’s stage or a legislature’s dais, speaking into a hidden lavalier or a handheld microphone emblazoned with the network’s call letters, you can find your communication niche at DePauw.

Study communication from humanities, artistic and social science perspectives by applying knowledge in the fields of journalism, public relations, advertising, marketing, corporate communications, politics, public service and the performing arts. Take your learning beyond the classroom through related cocurricular activities like DePauw Debate, DePauw Theatre, WGRE-FM student radio, D3TV cable access television and The DePauw student newspaper.

Kate Pederson ’25

I immediately felt at home at DePauw.-Kate Pederson ’25


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Internships students have participated in:

  • KVIA-TV, ABC affiliate, El Paso, TX

  • Brand Era Marketing, Fort Worth, TX

  • WBAI, Pacifica Radio, New York, NY

  • Indiana Sports Corporation, Indianapolis

  • DC Witness, Washington, DC

  • Indiana Pacers Sales Department, Indianapolis

  • Young & Laremore Advertising Agency, Indianapolis

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Georgetown University

  • New York University Tisch School of the Arts

  • University of Chicago

  • Indiana University

  • Ohio State University

  • Saint Louis University

  • Purdue University

  • Loyola University Chicago

  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


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  • Jennifer Adams, Ph.D., Purdue University. Research interests: historic interpersonal communication including love letters and diaries as “slow communication” that helps combat digital fatigue and promotes deep interpersonal connection with the past; nostalgia; dialogue.
  • M. Susan Anthony, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park. Research interests: Gothic drama; 18th century theatre and celebrity culture; women’s theatre; and careers of actresses in the Early Republic.
  • Ron Dye, MFA, Indiana University. Research interests: playwriting, songwriting, stage directing and new play development.
  • Melanie Finney, Ph.D., Universtiy of Iowa. Research interests: Influences on cultural identity; coping with grief and loss; and public memory and memorials.
  • Seth Friedman, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: film and television studies; genre; cultural studies; and reception studies.
  • Caroline Good, B.A., Northern Illinois University. Research interests: Greek choruses, plays, and ensemble building for contemporary activist contexts; diverse and inclusive Shakespeare; acting technique; voice/body integration for the stage and communication in various contexts.
  • Tim Good, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison. Research interests: applied theatre for community building and problem-solving.
  • Kevin Howley, Ph.D., Indiana University. Teaching and research interests: critical media studies; multimodal writing; public interest journalism; and social change communication.
  • Jeffrey McCall, Ph.D., University of Missouri.
  • Matthew R. Meier, Ph.D. , Bowling Green State University. Teaching and research interests: rhetoric, comedy, popular culture, democratic theory, and cultural studies.
  • Kent Menzel, Ph.D., Denver University. Research interests: communication in sport, including communication with athletes about body composition, attrition and retention among female athletes, as well as other aspects of coaching communication; and teacher and classroom communication, examining teaching behavior, gender and technology as key variables.
  • Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: media industries; television and film history; the politics of representation; and podcasting.
  • Renee Thomas-Woods, Ph.D., University of Missouri. Research interests: media’s impact on education, media literacy, and journalism practices.