Lee Stille

A photo of Lee Stille

Professor of Interpretation, Performance Studies and Theatre Arts, Co-Director of Theatre

School of Communication, Media and Theatre Arts

121 Quirk

734.487.6846

lstille@emich.edu

Biography

Dr. Lee Stille has taught at Eastern Michigan University in the CMTA areas of Interpretation/ Performance Studies and Theatre Arts since 1996. A specialist in the fields of voice, speech and dialects, text analysis and performance of literature (especially Shakespeare), Dr. Stille's professional experience has closely mirrored these interests. His work includes nearly twenty-five years of individualized voice/speech/dialect training with more than 200 clients (actors, performance artists, ESL students, comedians, teachers, politicians and lawyers) and consultation/coaching with over 75 theatre productions. An accomplished stage director of more than 40 productions, in 2010, Dr. Stille received EMU's prestigious Ronald W. Collins Distinguished Faculty Award for Creative Activity. His directing projects span original adaptations of drama, poetry and fiction (Shakespeare's Hamlet, Cornelius Eady's Brutal Imagination, Christy Brown's Down All The Days and D.H. Lawrence's The Fox), re-interpretations of classics, (Moliere's Imaginary Invalid, Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and The Tempest—for which he was awarded EMU's 2007 Artistic Recognition Award), seminal works of modern and contemporary theatre (Jarry's Ubu Roi, Ibsen's Miss Julie, Overmyer's On The Verge and Kushner's Angels In America, Part II: Perestroika) and hard-hitting socio-political commentaries (The Exonerated and Branding The Bull). As an actor, Dr. Stille's work has been featured in critically recognized and award winning local productions of Equus, Jack Goes Boating, The Laramie Project, A View From The Bridge, and Dr. Seward's Dracula. His current research interests center in the field of voice, speech and dialect training, dramaturgy and performance of Shakespeare. Dr. Stille has presented at conferences for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, National Communication Association, Central States Communication Association, and Michigan Association for Speech Communication.

Education

  • Ph.D., Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, 1996
  • MA, Oral Interpretation, Eastern Michigan University, 1983
  • BS, Speech Communication, Illinois State University, 1981

Courses

  • CTAO 102/202/302/402 Voice Development
  • CTAO 205 Voice and Articulation
  • CTAO 314/514 Performing Drama
  • CTAO 405 Voice and Dialects
  • CTAO 418/518 Performing Shakespeare I
  • CTAO 419/519 Performing Shakespeare II
  • CTAO 400/500 Performing Prose & Poetry
  • CTAR 450/544 Theatre History I
  • CTAR 455/530 Dramaturgy

Advising

  • Theatre Arts, major and minor
  • CMTA Comprehensive, major and minor
  • Theatre Arts, MA
  • Interpretation and Performance Studies, MA

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • National Communication Association (Theatre and Performance Studies divisions)
  • Voice and Speech Trainers Association