Brown Welcomed as Musical Theater Professor

Posted on 4/21/2011 1:39:06 PM

The Department of Theater and Dance proudly announces that Ms. Jeannie-Marie Brown will be the new professor of Musical Theater at IUP.

Brown is an accomplished professional actress, director, and choreographer who has credits off-Broadway and in the Regionals, as well as in academic theater.

She holds an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is currently chair of the theater program at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. There, she created and directed the Integrated Center for Academic Theatre.

While at the University of Massachusetts, Brown was a finalist for the Distinguished Teacher Award and received Arts Council funding for two original productions.

The department says a fond farewell to temporary faculty member Lisa Ann Goldsmith, who steered with sureness and strength the department’s growing Musical Theater program. Goldsmith’s direction of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas last winter was a sparkling achievement for the entire community. The admiration of her students is a tribute to her. Many have spoken fondly of Goldsmith’s ability to challenge and coach the best out of them, from beginner to accomplished senior actor.