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Department of Communication and Theatre

Students in Communication and Theatre find many opportunities to put their developing skills into action, create network connections, and learn industry standards through professional internships, conference presentations, practicums, publications, and productions.

The AUM Communication Program Helped Me Find My Career Passion.

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Helped Me Find My Career Passion

Alabama Conference of Theatre
Hall of Fame

Mike Winkelman

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AUM Ida Belle Young Distinguished Research and Distinguished Teaching Professor, Mike Winkelman (right) was the 2022 inductee into the Alabama Conference of Theatre Hall of Fame honoring pioneers in Alabama theatre as presented by Jeff Glass, current President of ACT and 2004 graduate of AUM, BA English. The award ceremony was held at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival as part of the annual ACT Summit on Saturday, August 20. Several AUM alumni from various departments were on hand, either in person or virtually, to offer their gratitude for their experiential academic opportunities and congratulations on this well deserved honor.

ACT is a premiere resource in Alabama to improve, encourage, create, train, network, promote, and maintain theatre through their five divisions: Theatre for Youth, Secondary, College/University, Community, and Professional. ACT holds theatre festivals and provides other resources to theatre artists throughout Alabama and beyond.

Regional Level Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

Award Recipients

Tikyra Caldwell And Yahzane Palmer - Award Recipients
Tabitha Neyerlin - Award Recipient

AUM recently participated in the Regional level Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
The festival represents Colleges and Universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, US Virgin Islands,  and Virginia.

We are extremely proud to announce that these AUM students were recognized:

Award RecipientAward
Tikyra CaldwellRegional First Place Theatre Design and Technology
Tabitha NeyerlinNational Runner Up Dramaturgy
Tabitha NeyerlinSpecial Recognition for Best Program Note
Yahzane PalmerHonorable Mention Costume Design
Jalan PedonesiStage Management Team Awards Gala

Students also participated in Stage Management and Performance events. They were able to present their research and creative works, receive external feedback and experiential opportunities, audition, interview, attend round table conversations, performances, showcases, new play readings, masterclasses in every discipline, and network with other students and guest artists.

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Department of Communication and Theatre

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Hilary Gamble

Associate Professor
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Katherine Irwin

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Michelle Johnson

Senior Administrative Associate
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Matthew Killmeier

Department Chair; Associate Professor
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Eunyoung Kim

Associate Professor
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Michael Krek

Assistant Professor
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Faith Roberts

Administrative Associate Theatre Operations
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Neil Seibel

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Samuel Wallace

Distinguished Senior Lecturer
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Val Winkelman

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Rebecca Yeager

Instructor of Theatre
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