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Faculty Profile

Karie Miller

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance (2019)

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Montgomery House


Karie Miller received her PhD in Theatre Performance, History and Theory from The Ohio State University and her MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia. While at OSU, she facilitated the first OSU Civic Practice and Public Performance Conference, and the Question of Survival: Adaptation/Abstraction Symposium. In addition to her theatre studies, she received the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Fine Art, resulting from multiple collaborations with poets, visual artists, dancers, and musicians throughout the university. Also at OSU, she led devising processes on multiple new works including The Else or Something, Search Party, and Four People, incorporating her practice-based-research into her dissertation, “Practicing a New Hospitality: the Interdependence of Partnership and Play in Theatrical Meaning-Making.” As a performer, director and teaching artist, Karie worked throughout Chicago from 2009 to 2014, during which time she became (and remains) an Ensemble Member with Sideshow Theatre Company, with whom she also served as Community Manager, coordinating and emceeing the Chicago League of Lady Arm-Wrestlers as her alter ego, Rockke L. Squelch. Her research explores the content, behavior, and containers that promote the co-creation of meaning, primarily through acts of care and play.


  • B.F.A., Northern Kentucky University, 2004
  • M.F.A., University of Virginia, 2008
  • Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2019

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

THDA 205 Directing
A study of the major techniques employed by stage directors. Visual theory, text analysis, collaborative techniques, and organizational strategies are examined and applied in class exercises including the direction of scenes. Prerequisite: 203.

THDA 303 Acting II:Adv Tech/Class Drama
An in-depth examination of the process of acting. Technical, interpretive, and psychological aspects are explored through reading, exercises, and scene performances. Major theories of acting are presented and discussed in the context of developing a workable, individualized approach to acting. Prerequisite: 203.

THDA 500 Independent Study