Welcome to the College of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. We offer rigorous programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts; internships, pre-professional opportunities in journalism, advertising, and applied communication, and innovative interdisciplinary studies.
Our award-winning faculty introduce students to a balance of theory and practice that prepares graduates for a rapidly changing and increasingly challenging world. As a member of our community, you will have numerous opportunities to learn about, and engage in, artistic and communicative endeavors.
To learn more, please explore our website, or even better, join us on campus for a tour of our programs and facilities. Feel free to be in touch with the departments directly or contact the dean's office. We look forward to seeing you.
Eileen M. Hayes, Dean
Excellence Award for Instructional Academic Staff — Ruth Conrad-Proulx has been a professional theatre production manager and technical director producing in theatrical venues and in classrooms teachings for the past 20 years. At the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Professor Conrad-Proulx oversees the Stage Management program in the Theatre/Dance Department as well as running the Scene Shop, the Electrics Shop and the Sound Shop and a variety of practicum labs. She also teaches Technical Direction, Production Stage Management, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Theatre Appreciation and World of the Arts in addition to mentoring students through design for many areas on stage.
Excellence in Advising — Kathy Brady, Department of Communication Chairperson and Professor of Broadcast/Print/Web Journalism.
Excellence Award for Instructional Academic Staff — Jodi Galvan is academic staff in the Department of Communication and Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she teaches public speaking courses. She earned her M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has been a professional educator for 30 years. In 2011 she created and implemented UW-Whitewater's Partners in Education (PIE) dual-credit program. In 2020, she earned UW System's Certificate in Online Learning.
Roseman Excellence in Teaching Award — Barbara Lynn Grubel is in her 18th year as faculty at UW-Whitewater. She has taught every required course in the Dance Minor, serves as the Dance Program Coordinator, Artistic Director of DanceScapes, was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for creating the “All-Abilities” Dance course and her work has represented UW-Whitewater at the American College Dance Association Regional Conference multiple times. She has an extensive professional career dancing, choreographing and teaching on four continents. She danced in the companies of Ralph Lemon, Douglas Dunn, Dan Wagoner, and David Dorfman and has taught nationally and internationally at many prestigious institutions and festivals. She holds a BFA from UW-Milwaukee and an MFA from Arizona State University.
Outstanding Research Award — Erin Bauer (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 2014) is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her research examines the construction of sociocultural identity through systems of globalization. In particular, she explores the interconnection between genre and identity as a contemporary implication of global processes. Her current book project addresses the worldwide spread of Texas-Mexican accordion music, called conjunto. Bauer’s writing appears in Rock Music Studies, a number of essay collections, the Latin American Music Review, and Latino Studies.
Faculty Service Award — Professor Cohen teaches Directing for the Stage, Theater History and leads the BSE-Theater Education track. He is a sitting Faculty Senator, elected to multiple terms, and is deeply invested in committee work and the participatory shared governance of our university. In the industry at large, Bruce is a full member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, holds affiliation with Actors Equity Association and is a former State Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Prior to his career as a university professor and administrator, Bruce ran several professional theatre companies including the award-winning Utah Musical Theatre. Bachelor of Fine Arts - Acting, Adelphi University. Master of Fine Arts Degree in Directing for the Stage from The University of Alabama.
There are numerous ways that you may make a gift in support of our college — everything from simply writing a check for your annual gift in support of our current needs to a major or planned gift for endowment or a capital project. If you would like more information on any of these types of gifts, feel free to contact us.
Jordan Stine '10
Director of Philanthropy
The murmuring audience. Musical instruments being tuned. The dimming of the lights. The rush of excitement as the lights go up, the show begins and you are taken away into a new world!
This transformative experience for audience members is the result of hundreds of hours of work by dozens of UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance students.
The UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Department’s 5-production season offers hands-on learning-by-doing experiences for our students. When putting on a production they learn:
On the stage
Behind the scenes
Our students use these skills to launch exciting careers in theatre, film and television, as well as stage and project management, game design, teaching and much more!
As our students prepare to bring back live performances this fall, we ask you to consider making a gift to support the UW-Whitewater Theatre and Dance Department. Your gifts will support the outstanding educational experience our students have come to expect.
Your gifts make a real impact:
Helpful faculty and staff resource materials can be found below.
Inclusive Excellence Fellowship Program
FIIRST Application Form - Faculty Initiatives in International/Intercultural Research, Scholarship and Teaching
Professional Development Info & Forms
Professional Enrichment Fund
Budget & Travel Forms
Visiting Artist Forms
Guidelines for Collaboration Fund
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Form