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Mick SokolDr. Michael Sokol
Professor of Theatre

Phone: (417) 873-6821
Office: Springfield Hall 104
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Mick Sokol holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History from the University of Georgia, an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University, and a B.F.A. in Theatrical Design from The University of Florida. Dr. Sokol teaches a wide variety of courses at Drury, specializing in Theatre History and Playwriting. Of the many productions he has directed, designed or written in his twelve years at Drury, Dr. Sokol notes The Dining Room and Vegetables as his favorites. His passion for producing new scripts helped create the Evening of New Plays and Short and Funny, two venues for the performance of unpublished plays here at Drury.

B.F.A., University of Florida, 1989
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, 1992
Ph.D., The University of Georgia, 1999

Drury University faculty member since 2001
Professor since 2013

Robin SchraftDr. Robin Schraft
Professor of Theatre

Phone: (417) 873-7326
Office: Springfield Hall 105
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A graduate of New York University, Dr. Schraft works in the areas of directing, acting, theatre management, and lighting and sound design. His commercial career includes work as a director, designer and stage manager in New York, summer stock, national tours, and Branson. He has spoken on design at theatre conferences throughout the United States and Canada. He is an active member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, having served for many years as the Vice-Commissioner for Computer Applications for the Lighting Commission of the Institute. He also served on the committee that wrote the current national recommended practices for stage lighting graphics.

Locally he has been a performer, director or designer for such organizations as Springfield Ballet, MSU Tent Theatre and the Springfield Regional Opera.  He has also served as a design consultant in Branson and for schools in the region.  His chapter on teaching Stage Management was recently published in Inspired Teaching:  Essays on Theatre Design and Technology (2013).  The production of Copenhagen that he directed was selected to be performed at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional festival in Omaha, Nebraska.  Last year he directed The World According to David Ives and was lighting and sound designer for Curtains.

B.A., Eisenhower College, 1975
M.A., New York University, 1983
Ph.D., New York University, 1987

Drury University faculty member since 1991
Professor since 2003

Ruth Monroe
Dr. Ruth Monroe

Emeritus Professor of Theatre

Dr. Ruth Monroe, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, specializes in history of theatre and directing. In addition to working with college and university theatre, she has directed for Northwestern Iowa Opera Company and has participated in workshops with Paul Sills and Arthur Lessac. She has observed work in acting and directing in professional theatre schools in Moscow and Warsaw.

Dr. Monroe's current research includes theatre and drama in 17th century England and an examination of the possible connection between the American fascination with musical theatre and the Puritan ban on theatre but acceptance of many forms of music as entertainment.

B.M.E., Central Methodist College, 1951
M.R.E., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1956
M.A. Temple University, 1966
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1976

Drury University faculty member since 1976
Emeritus Professor since 2002

Polly Brandman
Polly Brandman

Adjunct Faculty

Polly Brandman began training in classical ballet in Toledo, Ohio, where she danced with Toledo Ballet Company. She also studied modern dance and developed a profound interest in body mechanics and kinesiology. After completing a B.A. in French and Classical Languages (University of Toledo) and an M.F.A. in Dance with a Concentration in Choreography (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), she arrived in Springfield in 1979 to become Artistic Director of Springfield Ballet. She left in 1985 and was on the faculty at Missouri State University and performed as a guest artist with Mid-America Dance Company of St. Louis. With Tracy Maxfield and Beckah Reed she co-founded Wishbone Dance Theatre, a modern dance company that performed in Springfield and toured in the Midwest. In addition, Polly is a licensed massage therapist and a certified instructor of Youn Wha Ryu martial arts and Tai Chi Chuan.

Mark NeedelmanMark Needelman
Technical Director
(417) 873-7008

Mark Needelman grew up in Miami, Florida. He had formative technical theater experiences at Miami Dade Community College, the Miami Shakespeare Festival, the University of Florida. He has worked as a scenic carpenter, lighting technician, costume shop assistant, and crew supervisor. He received his BFA in Sculpture at the University of Florida. He was also a member of the University of Florida Dance Company. He enjoys the creative process of bringing ideas into physical form on the stage. This is Mark's second season at Drury University.

Beth Falukos
Beth Falukos

Musical Director / Conductor / Pianist

Beth Falukos grew up in Springfield, studying piano with Joyce Minasian. Her first experience accompanying was as an 11-year-old playing the organ for services in a small Lutheran church. As a teenager she substituted as organist at St. George's Church in Tunis, Tunisia, where her family lived for three years. Upon returning to the States she continued developing her skills accompanying theatrical productions, choirs, small instrumental ensembles, and soloists. She completed her nursing degree at St. John’s School of Nursing in 1995.

Beth has been involved with music programs in area churches for the past 24 years and has worked as rehearsal and performance accompanist for the Springfield Regional Opera. Beth is a homeschooling mom of five and teaches piano in addition to working as music director for both The Broadway Cabaret and the musical productions here at Drury. 

Josh InmonJosh Inmon

Director / Choreographer

Josh Inmon holds an undergraduate degree in Communication and a graduate degree in Theatre from Missouri State University. His choreography credits include productions of Les Misérables, The Drowsy Chaperone, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Rocky Horror Show, as well as the regional premiere of Evil Deal: The Musical. Last season he directed and choreographed Curtains for Drury University, and musically staged their production of The Crucible

As a performer, Josh's credits include The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), Curtains (Bobby Pepper), Cats (Rum Tum Tugger), as well as productions of 9 to 5 and 42nd Street at Tent Theatre. Most recently, Josh was seen as Kyle, the UPS guy, in Legally Blonde at Springfield Little Theatre. Additionally, Josh co-directs and choreographs Springfield Little Theatre's Y.E.S. Troupe and Drury University's Broadway Cabaret.

Kerry Allan

Adjunct Faculty

Kerry Allan began her dance training with Woodstock Ballet in Atlanta and continued to study and perform at the University of Georgia. Her choreography has premiered with performing companies like Sole Full of Rhythm, Meaning in Motion, Youth Dance Theater, Merge, and the professional modern dance company People Dancing, where she served as a performer and choreographer. She has received top awards for choreography in regional and national dance competitions and participated in international dance festivals and workshops, including the Zawirowania Dance Festival in Warsaw, Poland. Kerry has a wide range of experience teaching, serving as an instructor at Eastern Michigan University and private studios throughout Michigan and Georgia. In addition to studio work, she has been part of several public school programs (from K- 12) to bring movement arts to a wider community of students. She is currently serving as president, co-founder and director of Springfield Dance Alliance and on faculty at Drury University and Springfield Ballet.

Becky StoneBecky Stone
Costume Shop Manager
(417) 873-7463