Publications

Book Chapters

(2016). The Challenges for Students. In The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder Care.
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(2016). Teaching Peneleope: Shaping the Project Structure from a Teaching/learning Perspective (w/A. Basting). In The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder Care.
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(2016). The Mythic Lens of Penelope (w/J. Voights). In The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder Care.
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(2016). What Did the Research Tell Us? (w/J. Voights). In The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder Care.
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(2016). The Essential Elements of Penelope (w/A. Basting). In The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder Care.
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(2016). The Evaluation Tools & Syllabi (Appendices). In The Penelope Project: An Arts-based Odyssey to Change Elder Care.
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(2013). 'The Sublime, The Unsettling, And The Exuberant:' Changing Students' Attitudes Toward Aging Through Time-Slips Creative Storytelling (w/A. Basting). In Creative Writing In The Community
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(2012). Odyssey Under the Stars: Homer's Inspiration at UW-Milwaukee's Planetarium (with J. Creighton)

(2008). Elder Tales (an interview). In Art Care: The Story Of How An Arts Program Can Transform Long-Term Care
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(2007). Connecting Assessment, Aesthetics, and Meaning Making in a General Education Theatre Course. In Making an Impact on Student Learning: Teaching and Assessing with Purpose.
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(2005). Telling Tales: The Journey of an Itinerant Storyteller. In Storytelling Sociology: Narrative as Social Inquiry.
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Articles and Reviews

(2012). Cultivating A Lively Use Of Tension: The Synergy Between Acting and The Alexander Technique (authors: T. Bjerken, B. Mello, & R. Mello). Theatre, Dance And Performance Training.
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(2012). Odyssey Under the Stars: Homer's Inspiration at UW-Milwaukee's Planetarium (with J. Creighton)
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(2009). Telling children About the Past: Book Review. Visitors Studies Journal.
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(2008). Teaching And Learning In An Undergraduate Ethnodrama Course. Journal of Arts and Learning.
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(2007). Teaching for Meaning-making and Deep Understanding. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
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(2006). Framing Education as Art: The Octopus has a Good Day: Book review. Arts and Learning Journal, 22 (1), 151-158
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(2005). Close Up And Personal: The Effect Of A Researcher's Relationship's On An Educational Program Evaluation. Teachers College Record.
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(2005) My Father's Peace
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(2004). When Pedagogy Meets Practice. Journal of Arts and Learning.
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(2004). Teaching At The Border Of Despair And Hope: Supporting The Education Of Nontraditional Working Class Students. Westminster Studies in Education.
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(2002). Collocation Analysis. Qualitative Research.
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(2002). "100 pounds of potatoes in a 25 pound sack:" Stress, Frustration, and Learning in the Virtual Classroom. Teaching with Technology Today.
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(2001). Cinderella meets Ulysses. Language Arts.
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(2001). Passing the Torch: Developing Students' Professional Identity through Connected Narratives. Academic Exchange Quarterly.
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(2001). The Power Of Storytelling: How Oral Narrative Influences Children's Relationships In Classrooms. International Journal of Education & the Arts.
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(2000) Exploring the Artist's Pedagogy. Educational Horizons.

Plays

(2016). Orphan Train. April 4, 2016-April 10, 2016, 508 Productions, UWM

(2015). Odyssey in the Stars. (co-authored with J. Creighton). Boyd Planetarium, Weymouth, MA

(2014). Cinderella, the First 30,000 years. April 24, 2014-May 4, 2014, 508 Productions, UWM

(2012). Odysseus Returns [(co-authored with J. Creighton). Manfred Olson Planetarium, January 18-24, 2012, UWM.

(2008). Unfix the Stars [(co-authored with J. Creighton). Manfred Olson Planetarium, December 7-15, 2008, UWM.

(2004). A Cosmic Web. Studio Theatre, UWM & Milwaukee Tour.

(2000). The Scientific Storyteller (co-authored with C. Hughes). Pittsburgh Museum of Science and Industry, PA.

(1998). Animal Tales (co-authored with C. Hughes). Museum of Science, Boston, MA.

Evaluation & Research

(2015). Department of Theatre Self-study (with L. Stoner & B. Watson)
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(2013) WISE PROGRAM: Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Project
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(2012). The Penelope Project: Using The Power Of Myth to Transform Long-Term Care.
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(2006). University of Wisconsin System-School Library Education Consortium: 10 Year Summation.

(2006). Skylight's Enlighten Program Evaluation Phase II
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(2005). Skylight Opera Enlighten Program Evaluation Phase I

(2005). Libraries Improving Literacy Through Collaboration. (With Anne Zarinnia) For The Milwaukee Public Schools

(2002). University Of Wisconsin System-School Library Education Consortium Summative Report

(1999). Jewish Heritage Video Collection: An Evaluation Report. For The Jewish Media Fund.

(1995). Pilot Study of Student Response to 'Comic Health.' For Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dissertation and Dramaturgy

(2016) Orphan Train
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(2015) The enduring Cinder-girl
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(1999). Narrating Gender: Children's Responses to Gender Roles Depicted in Orally Told Folk Tales and Other Traditional Stories [Dissertation].
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