The University of Evansville Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of two new faculty members, Mitchell Critel and Stacey Yen.

Mitchell L. Critel has accepted the appointment of assistant professor of theatre/technical director and production manager. Since 2014, Mitchell has been an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was named htis year’s Hixon-Lied Junior Faculty Teaching Award-winner. Prior to joining the faculty at the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, Mitchell served as the techincal director at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, from 2010-2014, and as the assistant technical director at the University of Evansville from 2008-2010. He received his MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a BFA in technical theatre production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Mitchell’s current research includes the “Integration of Computer Numeric Controlled Routers into Theatre Curriculum,” as well as “Adapting Professional Theatre Technical Management Strategies into the College Setting.” He is a frequent presenter at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology’s annual conference and is a member of USITT’s Technical Production Commission.

Stacy Yen has accepted the appointment of visiting assistant professor of acting/guest artist for the 2020-21 academic year. Stacey earned her MFA in acting from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in American history from Brown University. She has previously been a guest artist at Princeton, Fordham, and New York University, and has estensive performance experience both in theatre and television. Her acting credits include roles at several prestigious theatres including: The Pulic theatre, Playwrights Horizons, American Conservatory Theatre, The Goodman, Berkley Rep, Arena Stage, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her television guest star appearances include: The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Instinct, Elementary, Madam Secretary, and Treme. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild.

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