Academics

Faculty Profile: Jay Sierszyn (2002)
Associate Professor of Theatre
Director of Theatre

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. - Candidate - University of Missouri
  • M.A. - Northern Illinois University
  • B.A. - Concordia Teacher's College, River Forest, IL

PERSONAL

I grew up in Milwaukee and after 22 years teaching college and high school students in Illinois and Iowa returned to my hometown and have been at WLC since 2002. My wife, Sue, is a computer specialist, and our home life has hopefully provided a wonderful harmony of arts and science for our children, family and guests. I have non-scholarly interests in art and architecture (especially Frank Lloyd Wright), freshwater fishing, golf, and following NFL Football and Major League Baseball.

RESEARCH/PROJECTS/SPECIAL INTERESTS

My current research explores Christian approaches to and interactions with culture, notably the fine and performing arts; and the application of a Lutheran understanding of Vocation to work in contemporary theatre practice. I have undertaken a number of projects related to theatre in a Liberal Arts context. In addition, as a theatre practitioner, I continue to investigate various methods of storytelling in performance, most specifically ensemble devising.

CURRENT COURSES

  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Vocation in Theatre
  • Script Analysis
  • Concept and Collaboration
  • Dramaturgy

MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Lutheran College Faculties
    (President 2001-2002)

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
    (Member of the Strategic Planning Committee 1998-2000)

    • Theatre as a Liberal Art (Focus Group of ATHE)
      (Offices Held: National Chair/Rep, Conference Planner, Member Services, 2006-present)
    • Two-Year College Programs (Focus Group of ATHE)
      (National Chair/Focus Group Representative 1997-2001)
      (Vice Chair/National Conference Planner 1994-96)
    • Council of Theatre Deans and Chairs (Focus Group of ATHE)
  • United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT)

  • Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA)

  • Eastern European Institute at Waldorf College (Founding Fellow; Treasurer 1995-96)