Dr. Mackenzie is a professor of theatre and the chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. He earned his B.A. in Theatre at the University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Fine Arts in Acting at Michigan State University and Ph.D. from the director/scholar program at Wayne State University. He is a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. He was awarded the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for excellence in theatre education and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)/Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Prize for Innovation in Teaching Theatre. He is a past chair for KCACTF Region II. His acting credits include film, television and theatre.
Before coming to Alma, Dr. Mackenzie spent 15 years on the faculty of Westminster College in Pennsylvania. His directing credits include “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Laramie Project,” “Stop Kiss,” and “The Baker From Madrigal,” the English language premiere of “Traidor, inconfesso y martir” by Spanish playwright Jose Zorilla. Current research interests are devised theatre, theatre and social engagement and theatrical adaptation. He put those interests to good use when he and a group of Alma students created 44 Days, a play about the 1937 sit-down strike in Flint, Michigan, and performed it in Scotland at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. While on active duty with the U.S. Army Reserve, he directed “Bigfoot Stole My Wife,” the first play produced by civilian and military personnel serving in Baghdad’s International Zone.
B.A. Theatre, University of Texas at Dallas
MFA Acting, Michigan State University
Ph.D. Theatre, Wayne State University
Acting; Great Ages of Theatre; Directing; Voice and Diction.