Jeff Herrmann - Broadcasting and Mass Communications
Professor of Theatre
Communication & Theatre
M.F.A. in scenic and lighting design from Southern Illinois University; nine years teaching at B-W; Director of the Drama Program; Designer for Cain Park and Dobama Theatre, both in Cleveland Heights, and for Idaho Shakespeare Company in Boise, Idaho.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
That it is extremely important to keep current in oneís field of study. As a faculty member, I am challenged each day, along with my students.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I was encouraged to do so by my college graduate committee. I had been working in the scene shop with undergraduate students, and faculty members observed in me patience and a commitment to those students under my supervision. They encouraged me to consider a career in theatre education. Iím glad that they did!
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I spend a great deal of time talking to students in advising sessions. I always encourage theatre students to get involved in as many aspects of the program as possible. I encourage them to explore areas of theatre both on and off the stage. With each production, I seek out students to assist me in the areas of scene and lighting design. Often, this will lead to a student designing the sets or lights for a main stage production during their senior year.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I would be designing professionally for the theatre.
What do students like best about your class?:
I try to make my classes as hands-on as possible. While some lecturing is always necessary, students learn the most when they are involved in learning-based projects.