Thomas 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.
Anna Haney received her M.F.A. in Performance Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A. in Education from Alverno College, a B.A. in Dance and B.S. in Education (1-8) with a minor in English from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She also holds a K-12 Dance Education Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to returning to Alverno, she was dance faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Gila Ridge High School in Yuma Arizona, Milwaukee’s Lincoln Middle School of the Arts and at the Elementary School for Arts and Academics in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. At Alverno, Anna heads the dance department teaching a variety of dance and movement courses and directing both winter and spring dance productions. She believes that dance is communication in the most authentic form. It is a forum in which people may embody and share their inner most emotions. Through its physicality and emotional connectivity, it allows for the development and knowledge of oneself. Dance challenges one to continually expand and cultivate their aesthetics, abilities and mindset. As a dancer, choreographer and educator, she works to eternally explore, share and inspire the power of movement.