||Andrew Vorder Bruegge
||Chair, Department of Theatre and Dance; Professor of Theatre and Dance
Ph.D., Theatre Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., Theatre, University of South Carolina-Columbia
B.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
||113A Johnson Hall
Theatre History and Literature, Early Dance, Stage Combat, Directing and Choreographing in Production Programs
Over his career as an educator, Vorder Bruegge has taught a wide variety of theatre and dance courses, including acting, directing, theatre history, dramatic literature, dramatic theory, playwriting, script analysis, musical theatre, theatre management, voice and diction, stage combat, early dance, and dance for the theatre. At Winthrop, he teaches theatre history and literature, early dance, and he directs/choreographs departmental productions. At Winthrop he has directed Oklahoma! (produced in collaboration with the Department of Music), Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, the Restoration comedy, The Country Wife, and the American comedy You Can't Take It With You, as well as several suites of early dance for Winthrop Dance Theatre and the Olde English Madrigal Feaste, produced by the Department of Music. He serves as the Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration.
Vorder Bruegge is active in a number of professional organizations. He reviews books regularly for the Sixteenth Century Journal; serves as a regional respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival; serves as a consultant/reviewer for arts granting organizations in the region; and is a site visitor for the National Association of Schools of Theatre.
He also has worked as a translator/adapter, director, performer choreographer, and playwright. His directing credits include Sophocles’ Electra, Arnold Wesker’s Roots, Jean Racine’s "Andromache," John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties. He has choreographed productions of The Mikado, Anything Goes, The Pirates of Penzance, Dido and Aeneis, Godspell, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and The Fantasticks. He has choreographed stage combat for productions of Macbeth, Cyrano de Bergerac, Jungalbook, Romeo and Juliet, and Search and Destroy. He has translated various comedies by Alfred de Musset as well as Jean Racine’s Phaedra, and The Litigators (including a special adaptation for the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival). In more recent years, Vorder Bruegge has turned his attention to playwriting. He has composed several full-length dramas, including The Widows of Ashur and Alceste’s Return, a "sequel" to Molière’s The Misanthrope that was given a staged reading at The Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis, Minn.) in early 2005. His performance credits include Herod in The Play of Herod, Harvey Green in Ten Nights in a Barroom, the Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and as a member of the ensemble of Musica della Fiamma (an early music consort). Vorder Bruegge was the co-founder and co-director of The Roc Havre Dance Ensemble for over a decade. During that time, he led ensemble on tours to the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival, performing a broad range of early dance works.
His past administrative experience includes artistic direction and/or management of several summer theatres and madrigal dinners; five years as the director of theatre at Bellarmine College; four years as chair of the Department of Theatre, Film Studies and Dance, at St. Cloud State University; and president of the Kentucky Theatre Association. He served four years on the board of directors for the South Carolina Theatre Association.