Karen Bohm Barker Professor of Theatre


M.F.A. in Acting, Northern Illinois University
B.A. in Psychology, Greenville College

TAC 101

Professor Barker’s professional acting credits include national radio (Moody Broadcasting Network), major conferences (Genesis and RCA One Thing), and Taproot (Washington), Saltworks (Pennsylvania) and Eastcheap (Iowa) theatre companies. Her theatre work also includes serving as dramaturg for the new script "Unjustifiable Acts" on the Goodman Theatre's studio stage and as stage manager at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in California. In 2003, she and Jeff Barker, her husband, both were recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for exceptional service to theatre in our seven-state region. The Barkers perform regularly at theatre conferences. They also lead seminars on incorporating drama into worship.

THE100 - Theatre Production Ensemble

This course is designed to provide students with practical experience in the many facets of theatre production. Course members audition and interview for performance and production staff positions.(1/2 credit)

THE215 - Acting

A study of the theoretical framework of the craft of acting.(4 credits)

THE315 - Acting: Scene Work

Students perform scenes from classical, modern and contemporary literature. Emphasis is placed on script analysis.Prerequisite: THE215.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

THE406 - Topics in Dramatic Literature

Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will focus on the study of dramatic literature from one genre or one playwright or one geographical area or one theme/value.Prerequisite: THE113.(2 credits)

THE465 - Selected Topics in Theatre and Speech

This course will focus on various issues of theatre and speech that are not covered in current course offerings. Possible topics might include: auditioning, stage management, musical theatre, contemporary theatre since 1967, specific genres (comedy, tragedy, theatre of the absurd, Greek, etc.), theatre as social criticism, ethnic theatre, theatre as historical documentary.(2-4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 1991