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 Vorder Bruegge, Andrew   Name:  Andrew Vorder Bruegge 
Title:  Assistant Dean, College of Visual & Performing Arts; Professor of Theatre & Dance; Director of Graduate Studies in Arts Administration 
Ph.D., Theatre Arts, University of Missouri-Columbia
M.A., Theatre, University of South Carolina-Columbia
B.A., Psychology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Office:  133 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803/323-4850 
Theatre History and Literature, Musical Theatre History, 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, such as 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, and 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 Graduate Programs in Arts Administration program.  His research interests in arts administration focus on ethics and assessment.
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 is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), and serves on that organization’s membership committee.

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 andThe 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 (published by Lambert Academic Publishing in 2015) and Alceste’s Return, a "sequel" to Molière’s The Misanthrope (performed as a staged reading at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, MN in 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.  He currently performs and teaches English Country Dance with the Red Hills English Country Dance Ensemble.

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.  He served for eight years as the chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance and is currently serving as the Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University.

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