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Mitchell L. Critel Joins the Faculty of The University of Evansville Theatre

Stage Directions • Changing Roles • May 18, 2020

Mitchell L. Critel

The University of Evansville Theatre announces new faculty member, Mitchell L. Critel, has accepted the appointment of Assistant Professor of Theatre/Technical Director and Production Manager. He will be replacing current Professor/TD/PM, Chuck Meacham, who has been named chair of the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies for Kennesaw State University.

Since 2014, Critel has been an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he was named this year’s Hixson–Lied Junior Faculty Teaching Award-winner. Prior to joining the faculty at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Critel served as the Technical Director at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, from 2010–2014, and as the Assistant Technical Director at the University of Evansville from 2008–2010. He received his MFA from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and a BFA in Technical Theatre Production from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Critel’s current research includes the Integration of Computer Numeric Controlled Routers into Theatre Curriculum, as well as Adapting Professional Theatre Technical Management Strategies into the College Setting. He is a frequent presenter at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s annual conference and is a member of USITT’s Technical Production Commission.

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