Dr. Mackenzie is Professor and Director of Theatre in 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, 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, he spent fifteen 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 which was 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, MI, 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.
- BA, Theatre, University of Texas at Dallas
- MFA, Acting, Michigan State University
- Ph.D. Theatre, Wayne State University
Professor of Theatre
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