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Norman Jones

Professor of Theatre Arts

Norm has been teaching theatre at Gordon College since 1985. In that time, he has directed 36 plays and has supervised 30 student-directed productions. His interest in encouraging the creation of new theatrical works has resulted in 15 premieres or commissioned plays. Norm is also an actor and playwright. He has performed his original one-person script as Nathaniel Hawthorne in dozens of different settings.

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Jeffrey Miller

Professor of Theatre Arts

Before joining the Gordon faculty in 2002, Jeff was the founder and Artistic Director of The Refreshment Committee Theatre Company of St. Paul, MN. He also chaired the Theatre Arts Department at Bethel University in St. Paul, where he received the 1995 Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, and served as Director of Education, director, and performer at Lamb's Players Theatre in San Diego, CA.

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Matt Schwabauer

Production Manager, Technical Director

Matt Schwabauer has been a theatre artist for many years, working both as a performer and more recently as a technician. He draws on experience during his brief time as a construction worker, as well as his undergraduate work at Hope College, to coordinate carpentry, lighting, costuming, properties, sound, and stage management for Gordon productions. His passion is to point students towards their destinies and to help them learn more about the ... more ➔

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"The small size provides more opportunities than a larger department would. This also allows students to work closely with professionals and get a glimpse of what theatre is like outside of Gordon."

"I appreciate that we're given the tools and opportunities to grow and succeed, because the faculty inspire us to be brilliant."

"I particularly value their care for me as an actor as well as a person, exemplified by the chance to meet and talk with faculty in the end-of-year review. I feel that I am important and cared for in this department."

"While they help facilitate the cultivating of students' passions, the department faculty become involved in students' lives in a caring, loving, and mentoring way. We are given responsibility with every show. The amount of trust and faith that our professors put in us is both daunting and welcome. The proverbial ball is in our court and it is up to us to hit it back with all of our effort and being."