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Dance/Theatre Faculty

Kathryn Gilbert Alverno College Associate Dean of ArtsKathryn Gilbert, Associate Professor of Dance, Associate Dean of Arts

  • Ph.D., Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, Cardinal Stritch University
  • M.Ed., Urban Education, Cambridge College
  • B.F.A., Dance, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

An Alverno Faculty member since 1995, Kathryn collaborated with Richard Runkel to design the dance/theatre curriculum, providing options for students to explore their creativity, which is the topic of her dissertation. Kathryn produces and choreographs the annual dance concert at the College. She has studied with Alvin Ailey (New York), Gus Giordano (Chicago), and performed for ten years with Ko-Thi Dance Company, Milwaukee’s premiere African Dance Company. She enjoys challenging students to express their creativity and apply it in their personal and professional lives.


Tom Reed Alverno College Dance/Theatre Arts ProfessorThomas Reed, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

B.A., Theatre, James Madison University

M.F.A., Acting, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tom teaches a variety of performance-based classes as a member of the Dance/Theatre Department.  Classes in acting are his specialty, and he still works regularly as a professional actor.  Part of Tom’s contribution to the Milwaukee Professional Arts community is the Optimist Theatre Free Shakespeare in the Park festival which he co-produces.  Each year select Alverno Dance/Theatre students are employed by the festival onstage, backstage, and as interns with the Development and Management team.  Outside of professional theatre and Alverno, Tom has been a guest speaker for the local AAUW conference, Milwaukee Theatre Unconference, and he was a guest lecturer/artist in residence at UNC-Greensboro.


Richard Runkel Alverno Dance/Theatre DepartmentRichard Runkel, Professor of Theatre Arts, Dance/Theatre Department Coordinator

  • Ph.D., Drama, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., English, West Virginia University
  • B.A., English/Secondary Education, Boston College

An Alverno Faculty member since 1988, Richard collaborated with Kathryn Gilbert to design the dance/theatre curriculum, providing options for students to explore their creativity. Richard directs departmental productions at the College and has directed in educational and professional settings in Iowa, Texas, New York, and Wisconsin. He enjoys working with a variety of diverse students, including those who come with extensive backgrounds in performance as well as those who are looking for a first theatre experience.


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