CRLT Theatre Program Staff

Sara Armstrong

Sara Armstrong
Artistic Director of theCRLT Theatre Program
Senior AssociateDirector
(734) 615-8309
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
skarmst@umich.edu

Sara Armstrong has been the Artistic Director of the CRLT Theatre Program since 2012. She has over twenty years of experience as an actor, director, dramaturg, arts administrator, and educator across professional, university, and community contexts. In her role at CRLT, she maintains the company’s repertoire of existing productions, develops original scripts, facilitates Players sessions, and works with academic units to incorporate theatre into their professional development programming. She also consults with faculty and graduate student instructors on vocal presentation skills and arts integrated instructional practices. Sara received her PhD from the interdisciplinary theatre and drama program at Northwestern University where her research focused on the framing and reception of rhythm-centric performance pedagogies.

Christine Simonian Bean

Christine Simonian Bean
Assistant Director, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 764-8215
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
csbean@umich.edu

Christine Simonian Bean earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama from Northwestern University in 2016. She also holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in Drama from the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation focused on theories of spectatorship, reality, and embodiment. She has taught classes on acting, theatre history, and critical race and gender theory. Most recently, Christine was an Assistant Director for Faculty Programs and Services at Columbia University in the City of New York with a focus on initiatives related to inclusive teaching and learning. Previously, she worked at the Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching at Northwestern University, where she assisted graduate students and postdocs on course design, teaching practices, and professionalization. At CRLT, she works with the theatre program to design, facilitate, and assess programming regarding institutional climate and inclusive teaching and learning.

Theresa Braunschneider

Theresa Braunschneider
Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives Dramaturg for CRLT Players
(734) 763-5988
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
tbraun@umich.edu

Theresa Braunschneider came to CRLT in 2012 from her position as Associate Professor of English at Washington & Lee University. She earned her Ph.D. in English and Women’s Studies from U-M, where she received both the Outstanding GSI Award and the David and Linda Moscow Prize for Excellence in Teaching English Composition. She has held fellowships at the National Humanities Center and the Huntington Library, and in 2009 she was awarded an ACLS Fellowship by the American Council of Learned Societies. Her scholarly publications include the monograph Our Coquettes: Capacious Desire in the Eighteenth Century (University of Virginia Press, 2009), winner of the Walker Cowen Prize for an outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies. At CRLT, she leads the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Team, coordinating relevant programming, consultations, and grant activities. Her range of work includes consulting with individual instructors about their teaching, co-leading the LSA Teaching Academy for new faculty, and partnering with departments, schools, and colleges across campus to provide professional development in inclusive teaching for their faculty and GSIs.

Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan
Executive Director
(734) 763-0159
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
mlkaplan@umich.edu

Matthew Kaplan was appointed as CRLT's Executive Director in 2015. He joined CRLT in 1994 and was Managing Director from 2007-2014 and Interim Director from 2014-2015. Matt leads new initiatives on teaching and learning and represents both CRLT and the broader University community on those topics. He also runs professional development programs for University of Michigan department chairs and associate deans, as well as international higher education leaders. He collaborates with the Artistic Director of the CRLT Players on theatre projects and with CRLT’s professional staff on meeting the needs of the university’s instructional community. Matt received his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he worked at UNC’s Center for Teaching and Learning for three years before joining CRLT. He has published articles on the academic hiring process, the use of interactive theatre as a faculty development tool, and the evaluation of teaching, and he co-authored a chapter of McKeachie’s Teaching Tips on technology and teaching. He has co-edited The Scholarship of Multicultural Teaching and Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2007), a volume of New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and edited two volumes of To Improve the Academy (New Forums Press, 1998, 1999). With former Executive Director Connie Cook, Matt edited Advancing a Culture of Teaching on Campus: How a Teaching Center Can Make a Difference (Stylus Publishing, 2011), a book describing CRLT programs and strategies authored by them and their CRLT colleagues. He was a member of POD’s Core Committee from 1998 to 2001.

Kathryn Pamula 

Kathryn Pamula
Performance Coordinator, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 936-0646
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
kpamula@umich.edu

Kathryn Pamula earned a B.B.A. in Business Administration and a B.T.A. in Theatre Arts-Performing Arts Management from the University of Michigan. She came to CRLT as a Program Assistant in 2013 and joined the CRLT Theatre Program staff in 2015. She has previously worked for several professional theatre companies including Manhattan Theatre Club. Kathryn oversees performance and travel logistics for the CRLT Players and manages the the Players' website.

Courtney Riddle 

Courtney Riddle
Company Manager, CRLT Theatre Program
(734) 615-9265
1071 Palmer Commons • 100 Washtenaw Ave.
myersco@umich.edu

Courtney Riddle earned a B.A. in Communications and Theater Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 2002. She became Company Manager of the CRLT Players in 2010 where she recruits, casts, supervises, and coordinates the work of the actors. She also coordinates rehearsal and performance schedules, travels with the company, and collaborates with the Artistic Director on program development. Courtney has been a resident of Ann Arbor since 1998 and has been performing in the music and theatrical world for over 25 years. 

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