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Ellen Peck

Assistant Professor of Drama
Phone: (256) 782-5489 E-mail:
Office: 340 Stone CenterOffice Hours:

  • Oakland University | | BA in Theatre
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | | MA & PhD in Theatre History

Ellen is both a theatre historian and practitioner. As a historian, Ellen specializes in Musical Theatre History with an emphasis on the early twentieth century. She has presented at several national theatre conferences, published articles in Contemporary Theatre Review and Studies in Musical Theatre (for which she is a member of the Editorial Board) and contributed entries to the 2nd edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Ellen recently published an essay on lyricist-librettists Anne Caldwell, Dorothy Donnelly and Rida Johnson Young in Paul Fryer’s Women In the Arts In the Belle Epoque: Essays on Influential Artists, Writers and Performers. She is currently working on a biography of Rida Johnson Young. Ellen has worked as a freelance Stage Manager for several theatres and opera companies around the country, including Michigan Opera Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, Spoleto USA, and Utah Opera. She has been a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) since 2000, and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) since 2001.


  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre History I and II
  • Dramatic Theory
  • Stage Management

Upcoming/Recent Projects:

  • Stage Managing "Kiss Me, Kate" for JSU
  • Stage Managing "Brigadoon" for JSU
  • Directing "The Illusion" for JSU

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